The American League West has claimed the Houston Astros off waivers….
Two wild card teams will be added to Major League Baseball’s playoffs no later than 2013, the same year the Houston Astros will begin play in the American League.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball’s owners unanimously approved Jim Crane as the Houston Astros’ owner. As part of his agreement to buy the club, Crane will shift the Astros to the AL after 2012, creating two 15-team leagues.
Burrell was elected into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2008 and was followed two seasons later by Aubrey Huff(notes) and Jason Michaels(notes). Huff later credited Pat with helping him overcome his shyness by saying “I broke out of my shell at the University of Miami when I got around guys like Burrell.”
How did Burrell help? Well, here’s one story Huff has told:
“After two weeks at Miami, I wanted to go home [...] So my mom flies out, trying to convince me to stay. I was living ...
Similar to the franchise’s traditional cityscape emblem, the [Mets’] new logo sports a gold 50th anniversary banner superimposed over the New York City skyline and will be featured on the left sleeve of jerseys and hats.
Gone for the 2012 season are the black-and-blue Mets caps, as players will wear the traditional orange-and-blue hats with their pinstriped home uniforms, gray road jerseys and two alternate unis—black and solid white. The 2012 uniforms will reflect the look from the Mets’ ...
According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora, Clemens left the team without providing any reason. This led his team to file paperwork which bans him from playing for any other winter league team, be it in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Here’s team owner Daniel Aquino, translated by our friend Mr. Collias:
“The paperwork will explain that he didn’t give reasons for abandoning the team. With this document we’re ...
One of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars David “Big Papi” Ortiz is now “POWERED by FUSE.”
This agreement with Ortiz follows the recent announcements of partnerships with Tiger Woods, Arian Foster and a host of other athletes, and augments FUSE Science’s overall strategy of signing the most notable players from around the world of sports to spotlight FUSE’s innovative technology and products.
“I am excited to be part of the FUSE Science family which is ...
Remember those rumblings about the Orioles doing something more concrete at Camden Yards to honor their six Hall of Famers? Turns out those plans are finally out in the open - and the finished products will be in bronze.
A club source has confirmed the Orioles will erect bronze statues of their players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. - Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray and Cal ...
When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about Joe Rudi.
There are three great truths about Derek Jeter that we know that tell us his skills are changing as he declines. First, he is hitting for less power. This much is obvious as he’s only had one year of more than 12 HR’s in the last five after averaging nearly 19 per season from 1998 to 2005. Second, he’s hitting more and more balls on the ground as he ages. Now, Jeter has always been a big ground ball guy—his career GB rate is ...
Well, we know where he learned obp from…ops, I’m not quite sure.
With the Red Sox considering changes in baseball operations, including in international scouting, is it possible Omar Minaya could be added to the staff? According to a source, the Sox may be interested in Minaya for a position in the organization.
...Minaya was appointed GM of the Mets on Sept. 30, 2004, a position he held until the end of the 2010 season, when he was let go with two years remaining on his contract. He was not ...
Or as we used to mockingly sing when his horrific Challenge the Yankees card would pop up…“This Landis YOUR Landis”.
Your (White Sox) teammates volunteered you to be the player rep one year and you asked on their behalf for $50 in appearance fees. Weren’t you traded pretty soon after?
Landis: Ha ha, you bugger. How did you hear about that? No, I wasn’t traded. What he’s talking about is our player rep got traded somewhere — I think it was Detroit — so they made me (player rep) and I ...
Today could very easily have been the 100th anniversary of the biggest one-for-one trade in baseball history.
Toledo News-Bee, November 17, 1911:
An effort was made in Chicago Thursday by Manager Callahan of the White Sox to secure Tris Speaker from the Boston Americans. Jimmy McAleer was willing, but wanted Ed Walsh. This quickly stopped the deal.
The Palehose should have pulled the trigger. Career (BB-Ref) WAR after 1911: Speaker 113.8, Walsh 11.9. In terms of Win Shares after the trade, ...
With Murphy scheduled to be on the Hall of Fame ballot just two more times, Braves president John Schuerholz has intensified the efforts to campaign for one of his organization’s most beloved figures. Schuerholz has sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters and other members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking them to take a closer look at Murphy’s credentials.
Dear Hall of Fame Voter:
As you prepare to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s ...
Q: Despite the Astros’ final regular-season results in 2011, what are you most proud of as the team’s general manager?
A: I like the way, despite the fact we played so poorly from a win/loss standpoint, that our guys gave a really solid effort each day. I think that’s a tribute not only to the players, but also to Millsie [manager Brad Mills] and the staff. I am proud of the way the young guys, when given opportunities, have stepped up and responded. It ...
“But he’s prepared for everything. He has the feel for the game, and he also takes all the sabermetrics and all that stuff and combines it into what he wants to have available.”
“You wouldn’t think it of ‘Gibby,’ but that’s part of his repertoire of a manager,” Williams said. “He has an idea of what he wants to do and has an idea of what the other club is going to do, and he reacts accordingly. I think it worked very well.”
The free agent slugger was in Parma, Italy, last Saturday as part of a European tour with fellow major leaguers Adam Jones, Mike Stanton, Dexter Fowler, Roger Bernadina, Greg Halman, and Dutch-born right-hander Rick VandenHurk. Former All-Star Bobby Bonilla, an executive with the players’ union, joined the group as they conducted youth clinics in Parma, Amsterdam, and Prague.
Why Parma? Baseball is more popular there than just about anywhere else in Italy. Cariparma Parma is one of the most ...
The return of professional baseball in London, Ontario is off to a controversial start. The London Rippers will begin play in the independent Frontier League in 2012. The nickname was introduced Tuesday and its likeness to serial killer Jack The Ripper is drawing plenty of criticism. London City Council has asked the club to reconsider its moniker.
Damn, I haven’t been this bummed…since I found out GBV’s Let’s Go Eat the Factory wasn’t an aborted tribute to us.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin just told us that he doesn’t plan to make an offer to re-sign free agent infielder Craig Counsell, a Milwaukee native who has played the last five seasons with the club.
...I contacted Counsell at his home in Milwaukee and he said he was aware that the Brewers would not try to re-sign him.
“I’ve talked to Ron (Roenicke) a couple of times and ...
Kirk Gibson, who directed the Arizona Diamondbacks in a worst-to-first season as winners of the National League West title, was voted NL Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA.
Gibson, 54, placed first on 28 ballots and second on the other four of the 32 ballots, submitted by two writers in each league city, to score 152 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. He was the only manager in either league this year to be named to every ballot.
MILWAUKEE—Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein met face-to-face with Carlos Zambrano on Monday afternoon and said the starter will get a chance to return to the team in 2012.
“We met today at his request,” Epstein said. “It went well. He expressed a strong desire to be a Cub (again) and an even stronger desire to have a strong 2012 season. He’s in great shape. He’s working out twice a day, pitching down in Venezuela. I told him that we’d let him earn his right back ...
This was too long for my Internet-addled mind to get through in one quick sitting (and it has footnotes!). Let me know what it says.
I could tell the crowd was serious by how little Packers garb I saw despite the autumn Sunday — even in the height of summer there’s usually more green and gold. Fans in red had to be vetted for Badger or Cardinal alliance — if they were wandering instead of tailgating, they were probably from St. Louis. The Cards fans’ beefiness looked different from ...
“But that doesn’t make him a slam dunk for anything more than he won Tuesday. He still has plenty of competition for MVP, among the candidates, three outfielders — Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox, Curtis Granderson from the Yankees and Jose Bautista from the Blue Jays.
“Curtis Granderson, he’s a friend,” Verlander said of his former Tigers teammate. “If I don’t win, that’s the guy I hope has the best opportunity.”
Still, Verlander’s as competitive as it gets. On the mound. On the golf ...
And the Tupolev Tu-160’s are all gassed up for parade flyovers!
Thanks to a concession by the Marlins, the Reds were able to move Opening Day up to Thursday, April 5, at 4:10 p.m ET at Great American Ball Park. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, April 6.
The Reds asked Major League Baseball to move the game up even before the schedule was announced in September.
The Marlins had to approve the switch since they are opening the season Wednesday, April 4, with a single game against ...
A short season in both the American and National leagues, followed by another season of games among all the teams of both circuits, is not likely to receive serious attention at the hands of the National Commission this winter.
[National League president Thomas Lynch:] “The game as it is now conducted by the two leagues is in a most prosperous condition…The commission members feel we should be content to ‘leave well enough alone’ and not try to force more ...
1. Brett Jackson, of
2. Javier Baez, ss
3. Matt Szczur, of
4. Trey McNutt, rhp
5. Dillon Maples, rhp
6. Wellington Castillo, c
7. Rafael Dolis, rhp
8. Junior Lake, ss
9. Josh Vitters, 3b/1b
10. Dan Vogelbach, 1b
Epstein and Co. have their work cut out for them. The big league club has more bad contracts than young cornerstones and will need at least a year to rebuild, even with the Cubs’ vast resources. Outfielder Brett Jackson is ready ...
Opens Mets pfeil…Gak! No mention of Rich “0 fer 10” Puig!
1966 – With the top overall pick in the draft, the New York Mets take Reggie Jackson
1967 – Keep Tommy Davis or at least don’t trade him for Tommie Agee.
1968 – With the top overall pick in the draft, the New York Mets take Thurman Munson
1977 – Ban Dick Young from the clubhouse
1978 – Have Joel Youngblood take off his cap just once while my sister was watching so she could see he was bald
1979 – Never, ever trade for ...
The Cardinals tipped their hand in early September by re-signing right fielder Lance Berkman to a one-year, $12 million extension. Though Mozeliak publicly has never connected the dots, the club intends to move Berkman to first base and install Allen Craig in right field should Pujols go elsewhere.
Speaking on the first official day of baseball’s general managers meetings, Mozeliak said that the Cardinals are more inclined to spend heavily on Pujols because of what he represents to the ...