Quite a few things happened this week in MLB, particularly the BBWAA winners being announced and Kim Ng being named GM of the Miami Marlins—becoming the first woman to be a MLB GM. I posted about none of it. None of it is currently important to me. That is because this week my 90-year-old mother…… Continue reading In Memoriam
I don’t like getting into politics, and that’s not what this post is about. No…it’s this: The Boston Red Sox have apparently hired a new manager. It’s Alex Cora. No, I’m not kidding. We all know why he got fired last off-season. If the Red Sox had planned to bring him back after his roll…… Continue reading Is the World Trolling Us?
The awards are going to be, um, awarded as usual despite the season being only 60 games due to the pandemic. Yesterday the BBWAA announced the finalists for each. Without further ado, here they are, with my hypothetical vote: AL MVP: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees. The second baseman tied for the AL WAR lead (all stats…… Continue reading BBWAA Award Finalists—Who Ya Got?
Today is Election Day. I voted. I’ve no interest in watching talking heads all evening about it. Thinking about baseball is a lot more fun. As of 5 PM Sunday the main free agency period began, with the end of the period for players and teams to pick up or decline options. The MLBPA indicates…… Continue reading 20-21 Free Agents
The list actually came out last week. I didn’t address it at the time because my Rays were busy winning a pennant and playing in the World Series. This award has at times in the past been notorious for awarding the undeserving based on reputation…often reputation with the bat and not the glove. In recent…… Continue reading Gold Glove Finalists
The MLB owners have rubber stamped the sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen. He now has a 95% stake in the club. The Wilpon family retains 5%. With the sale, the Mets are valued near $2.5 billion. Cohen has previously announced he was bringing Sandy Alderson back to be the team president. Yesterday he…… Continue reading Mets Sale Approved
Detroit is reportedly finalizing a deal to hire AJ Hinch as their manager. He, of course, was the manager of the 2017 WS champion Houston Astros. He was also suspended for the 2020 season by MLB, and subsequently fired by the Astros, for failing to stop the Astros players’ cheating scheme in 2017. He was…… Continue reading Tigers Close to Hiring New Skipper
The Chicago White Sox have gone back to the future to hire their “new” manager—Dr Emmett Brown, ummm, I mean Tony LaRussa. He was previously their manager from 1979 – 1986. He led the ChiSox to the playoffs in 1983, which was their first postseason appearance since 1959. After getting fired part way through the…… Continue reading It’s Like It’s 1985 Again
“Now how about that?!” “I can’t believe what I just saw!” Y’all know what I mean. Game 4, 8-7 Rays, series tied 2-2 I can barely breathe. Wow.
Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. The Asterisks finally got sent home, 4-2, at the hands of the Rays. After being just the second team to force a game 7 after being down 3 games to mil, they did not become the first team with a regular season losing record to reach the World…… Continue reading Rays in WS
The Chicago White Sox have dismissed manager Rick Renteria after 4 seasons at the helm. The announcement came with laudatory statements about him and about how it’s not about the last week or so of the regular season nor the playoffs. Instead, it was supposedly about the nebulous idea of how to “take the next…… Continue reading ChiSox Fire Renteria
In what has become a sad refrain this year, another baseball great has passed, this time Joe Morgan. He was 77. The report I saw stated it was due to complications of polyneuropathy.Morgan began his career with the Houston Colt 45s/Astros, then came to the Reds in a trade. He was a key cog in…… Continue reading Joe Morgan Latest HoF Player to Die
Terrible news. Bob Gibson passed away today at the age of 84. Last year it was announced he had pancreatic cancer; it’s one of the worst types to have, but his death still comes as a shock. He becomes the third Hall of Famer, and second Cardinals icon to die in just the past 6…… Continue reading Bob Gibson Has Died
Major League Baseball wants to cut the number of affiliated minor league teams from 160 to 120 (one low A, one high A, one AA, and one AAA team per MLB franchise). The accord between MLB and MiLB ended Wednesday without a new agreement being reached. Leading into that on Tuesday, MLB took their first…… Continue reading The Minor League Purge Begins
Spanish Heritage Month is Sep 15 – Oct 15 this year. I thought I’d put up a post or two about Latinos in baseball. So, to answer the question in the title, Lou Castro is generally cited as the first modern major league player born in a Latin American country. Never heard of him? He…… Continue reading Who Was Lou Castro?