July 2, 2016 |
READING, Pa. - Dusty Wathan was entering the ninth grade when his father became manager of the Kansas City Royals. John Wathan had retired just 16 months earlier. He made an almost seamless transition from Royals player to manager. It was no surprise, Dusty Wathan thought. His father had been working at Royals Stadium for almost Dusty Wathan's entire life. And now his dad was the manager. And Wathan, who is chasing his own major-league coaching dreams, would soon find out that his father's quick path was far from the norm.
September 27, 2000 |
Fox landed exclusive television rights to major-league baseball's postseason and All-Star Game from 2001 to 2006 with an offer of about $2.5 billion, the Associated Press reported last night. NBC and ESPN declined to match Fox's offer for their postseason packages by yesterday's deadline. Major-league baseball planned to announce the deals today, a baseball official said on the condition that he not be identified. From Sydney, Australia, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer confirmed his network's withdrawal.
January 6, 2003 |
Adriano Petrutz, a hard-throwing senior righthander from Sterling High, confirmed last night that he has made an oral commitment to attend St. Joseph's University on a baseball scholarship. The 6-foot, 187-pound Petrutz compiled an 8-0 record and a 0.89 ERA while helping Sterling finish as the top-ranked team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings last season. Petrutz plans to commute to St. Joseph's. "They told me they're going to give me a chance to be a four-year starter and that I can play shortstop when I'm not pitching," he said.
July 27, 2013
Tim Hudson is out for the season with a broken right ankle, leaving the Atlanta Braves without the leader of their pitching staff as they make a push for the pennant. The team said Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides. The righthander was injured Wednesday night when Eric Young Jr. of the New York Mets inadvertently stepped on the back of Hudson's right leg while the pitcher was covering first base. Mets' Young hurt It could be karma, but the Mets' Young, the man who caused Hudson's injury, was pulled from Thursday's game with pain in his right knee.
December 2, 2015 |
THE INVENTORY of pitchers that will be participating for big-league jobs this spring grew by one on Monday, when Phillies general manager Matt Klentak claimed another off waivers. Righthander Michael Mariot was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, becoming the fifth pitcher Klentak has added since taking over as GM at the end of October. The 27-year-old Mariot, who went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 42 relief appearances at Triple A Omaha, joins rotation-lock Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
April 14, 2001 |
Major League Baseball opened to rousing success in many new parks and popular locations in the last two weeks. But despite record opening-day crowds at The Ballpark in Arlington, Chicago's Comiskey Park, Denver's Coors Field, Detroit's Comerica Park, Minneapolis' Metrodome, New York's Shea Stadium, Seattle's Safeco Field and San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, overall attendance for the first week of the 2001 season was down 1.7 percent. The first 91 games drew an average of 31,872, down from 32,420 in the first week of the 2000 season.
March 9, 2014
Kansas City Royals righthander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI exam revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Hochevar, 30, will make $5.21 million this year and is eligible for free agency after the season. Nats hold out Fister Washington righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his Grapefruit League start Friday because of elbow inflammation.
March 16, 2014
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a four-year contract that guarantees the lefthander $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout. His new contract calls for him to earn $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.
June 26, 2013 |
The difficulty Hall of Famers such as Ted Williams and yes, Mike Schmidt, have had as managers is kind of understandable. What can they say? "Hey, kid, just go do what I did. " The latest Cooperstown plaque having less success coaching than playing is George Brett, the last guy to get close to Williams' mark of .400. Brett, though, always said hitting was easier for him to do than demonstrate. Now three weeks into a monthlong experiment as the Kansas City Royals' hitting coach, Brett is finding it slow going.
October 22, 2010 |
J.J. Picollo was at the forefront of one of the most impressive runs in South Jersey baseball history as the catcher and team leader of a program that would reach unprecedented heights. A 1989 graduate of Cherry Hill West, Picollo was a starter on three straight South Jersey championship teams. His 1989 squad won the state Group 4 championship. From 1987-1992, Cherry Hill West won six straight South Jersey titles and four state championships, a staggering period of dominance.