December 31, 2010
THE 2011 HALL OF FAME ballot presented the usual challenges and tough decisions common in years without a slam-dunk first-ballot presence. Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, both painfully close to the magic 75 percent a year ago, are back for another run at the tape. In his 13th year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot, Blyleven was supported by 400 voters, or 74.2 percent. Alomar drew 397 votes, or 73.7 percent. That was hanging-chad close. Jack Morris (52.2 percent)
August 19, 1998 |
Righthander Mike Grace reverted to his early season form last night as the Phillies' two-game winning streak was halted by the Houston Astros, 8-2, before an announced crowd of 17,541 at Veterans Stadium. First baseman Jeff Bagwell went 3 for 5 with five RBIs to pace the Astros. Bagwell has 14 RBIs and is hitting .433 in 30 at-bats against the Phillies this year. "In a way, his season has been sort of a tease," Houston manager Larry Dierker said of Bagwell. "He hasn't had a bad year" - 26 homers, 84 RBIs - "but he hasn't been able to stay hot for three weeks or a month, like he usually does.
April 18, 2006 |
Ken Griffey Jr. went on the 15-day disabled list last night after a test found inflammation in a tendon behind his right knee. The Cincinnati Reds' centerfielder missed his fifth straight game with the injury. He was put on the DL after a 9-1 victory over the Florida Marlins. A fan was removed from the left-field bleachers at Chase Field in Phoenix for throwing an object at Barry Bonds during last night's game between San Francisco and Arizona. The object, which resembled a toothpaste tube, landed a few feet in front of Bonds and was removed by a security guard.
August 11, 1994 |
Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, who leads the major leagues in RBIs with 116, will miss three to five weeks with a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch in last night's 3-1 victory over San Diego. Bagwell was taken to Houston's Methodist Hospital after he was hit by a pitch from Andy Benes in the third inning. Bagwell remained in the game until he took a called third strike in the fifth and was replaced by Chris Donnels. X-rays revealed he has a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone.
August 18, 1990 |
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons turned a triple play in the sixth inning on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Omaha Royals in a Triple-A Alliance game last night. With men on first and second in the sixth, Omaha's Tommy Hinzo lined out to second baseman Mickey Morandini. The runners had been moving on the 3-2 pitch, and Morandini threw to shortstop Victor Rosario for the second out. Rosario then threw to Ricky Jordan at first for the third out. In the eighth, a botched double play helped the Barons score three runs.
September 3, 1995 |
The New York Yankees' Paul O'Neill has 11 RBIs in his last three games after singling in a run yesterday in a 5-0 win over Oakland. Colorado's Dante Bichette reached the 100-RBI mark for the first time in his career with three RBIs Friday against St. Louis. With his save in St. Louis' 5-4 victory Friday, Tom Henke reached 30 saves for the sixth time in his career. Jeff Bagwell, in his first game off the injury list, drove in two runs as Houston rallied to beat Florida, 7-3, on Friday.
May 12, 1990 |
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons ended Columbus' winning streak at six games last night, beating the Clippers, 2-1, in the second game of an International League doubleheader. The Barons had lost eight of their last nine games, including a 7-1 decision in last night's first game. NEW BRITAIN 7, READING 5 READING - Vinnie Degifico went 3 for 5 with a homer and knocked in three runs to lead the New Britain Red Sox past the Reading Phillies in an Eastern League game.
August 8, 1994 |
Like all managers with contending teams, Houston's Terry Collins is treating this as the last week of the season. "With Cincinnati winning today and only three games left, it's one we had to have," Collins said after the Astros defeated the visiting San Francisco Giants last night, 7-4. It was their sixth straight victory and put them within one game of Cincinnati for the NL Central lead. "We've got to go out and play the next three games as best we can," Collins said. "Cincinnati has four games left and we've got to stay with them.
February 25, 2006 |
Jeff Bagwell arrived at Houston's spring training camp in Kissimmee, Fla., yesterday, his future still uncertain because the Astros filed an insurance claim stating that he's too hurt to play. "This is what I do, this is who I am," the first baseman said. "I can't just go away. That's not in my nature. I'm going to need a couple of weeks to see where I'm at and then make a decision from there. " Bagwell had surgery in June on his right shoulder, and the Astros want to recoup about $15.6 million of the $17 million he is guaranteed this season.
May 11, 2005 |
Jeff Bagwell went on the disabled list yesterday for the first time in seven seasons, an ominous setback in his battle with a degenerative shoulder condition. Bagwell, who turns 37 this month, missed only 12 games over the past three seasons despite arthritis in his right shoulder. But playing has become too painful, the Houston Astros first baseman said. "I just don't have the arm strength to get the ball to the infielders during warmups or get the bat head to the ball," he said.