November 13, 1999 |
Now that the Phillies have fortified their starting pitching rotation with Andy Ashby, the team is turning its attention to finding a closer. In their ideal scenario, the Phils would sign Mike Jackson or Kazuhiro Sasaki. Jackson, who had 39 saves for the Cleveland Indians in 1999, is the top closer on the free-agent market. Sasaki, Japan's all-time saves leader, intends to pitch in the United States in 2000. In reality, obtaining either of these arms will be difficult for the Phillies.
November 16, 2000 |
The Phillies continue to believe they are close to sealing a deal with one of the three free-agent relief pitchers they have offered contracts, and a baseball source confirmed last night that the pitcher is Jose Mesa. "We're getting closer on one guy," general manager Ed Wade said. "Hopefully, we can get it done. There are still a couple of issues left to be resolved, but we're feeling confident they will be resolved. " Mesa, 34, was 4-6 with a 5.36 earned run average last year with Seattle.
April 7, 2001 |
Alex Rodriguez won't have a fond memory of his first game against his former team - because of Ichiro Suzuki's 10th-inning home run. Suzuki, the seven-time Japanese batting champion, hit his first major league home run and was 4-for-6 last night to lead the visiting Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers, 9-7. Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and two runs scored, striking out twice and flying out. In his first five games since...
October 18, 2002 |
The New York Mets denied a report on ESPN Radio last night that they have received permission from the Seattle Mariners to speak to manager Lou Piniella. "These reports are incorrect. We've been hearing them all night," Mets spokesman Jay Horowitz said. Earlier, the Mets failed to lure Art Howe from the Oakland Athletics. The New York Daily News and Newsday reported yesterday the Mets had received permission from Oakland to speak to Howe, but he said he had withdrawn from consideration.
November 18, 1999 |
After trading for righthander Andy Ashby, the Phillies were swept up in a rising tide of optimism. With a bounce in their step, they turned their attention to finding a quality closer for the bullpen. A week later, that sense of headlong optimism has all but evaporated. One target, righthander Mike Trombley, signed with the Baltimore Orioles. A day after making an offer to righthander Mike Jackson, general manager Ed Wade was forced to acknowledge he's "not very optimistic" about being able to sign the former Indians closer.
November 8, 1999 |
Jeff Brantley had shoulder surgery in May. Wayne Gomes had a 5.08 earned run average and converted just eight of 13 save opportunities after June 25. So where are the Phillies going to find a closer for next season? They could go all the way to Japan. Kazuhiro Sasaki, Japan's career leader in saves, has decided to become a free agent from the Yokohama BayStars and pitch in the major leagues next season. Ed Wade, who is attending the general managers' meetings in Laguna Beach, Calif.
November 10, 2000 |
The Seattle Mariners agreed to pay more than $13 million for the right to talk to a player few have seen play. Starting this weekend, teams will bring out the real big money. As baseball's general managers laid the groundwork for trades and signings at their annual meetings this week, the only major move came yesterday when the Mariners won the bidding rights to Japanese All-Star Ichiro Suzuki. The winning bid of $13,125,000 would be paid to Suzuki's Japanese team - the Orix BlueWave - only if the Mariners sign the outfielder to a contract by 9 p.m. EST on Dec. 9. "There's always a risk with any player you sign be it an amateur, a professional free agent or a player from another professional league," Mariners GM Pat Gillick said.
November 7, 2000 |
Doctors at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., inserted a pacemaker yesterday into the chest of 82-year-old Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams. Suffering from congestive heart failure, Williams was admitted to the hospital Oct. 30. After Williams spent a week in intensive care, doctors opted to implant the pacemaker. Dr. Rick Kerensky, attending cardiologist at Shands, said: "He did really well with the procedure today. He was awake and alert within an hour of the procedure.
October 22, 2001 |
The New York Yankees are one win away from their fifth World Series in six years, thanks to two of the biggest clutch hits they have gotten in their impressive postseason run. Bernie Williams, a mainstay on four World Series championship teams, provided the first big blow - a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. One inning later, rookie Alfonso Soriano, playing in his first postseason, joined the Yankees' long list of October heroes. He clubbed a two-run homer to give the Yanks a dramatic 3-1 victory over the stunned Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series last night at Yankee Stadium.
February 4, 2000 |
Ken Griffey Jr. thinks he's a hated man in Seattle. As a result, he doesn't think it would be in his best interests to play his final season there. "The front office, the fans and the media, everybody's ripped me," he was quoted as saying in yesterday's editions of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Think I can come back?" Griffey wants to be traded from the Mariners to Cincinnati and won't sign a contract extension in Seattle. He is eligible for free agency after the season.