December 20, 2012 |
THE LOS ANGELES Angels traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for lefthander Jason Vargas. The 29-year-old Morales became expendable after the Angels agreed to a deal last week with free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton. The Angels had been looking for a pitcher after losing Zack Greinke and Dan Haren to free agency and trading Ervin Santana. Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBI last season. Vargas led Seattle in wins last season, going 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA. Noteworthy * The New York Yankees and Ichiro Suzuki finalized a $13 million, 2-year contract that keeps the 10-time All-Star in the Bronx.
October 10, 1993 |
An exhaustive search of the Chicago White Sox locker room has disclosed the presence of two veterans who aren't playing and who aren't venting their public disgust about it. If you've been following the Sox through their postseason journey, you know this isn't always the case. Bo Jackson said that when manager Gene Lamont used Frank Thomas as the designated hitter in the first two games, he was allowing his team to play "a man short. " Jackson was put into the designated-hitter slot for Game 3, with Danny Pasqua, the fill-in first baseman for Thomas, sent back to the bench.
January 11, 1992 |
The New York Yankees traded five-time all-star second baseman Steve Sax to the Chicago White Sox yesterday for righthander Melido Perez and two minor- league pitchers. The Yankees, who also got pitchers Robert Wickman and Domingo Jean, sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the White Sox. The trade unites the 25-year-old Perez with his older brother, Pascual. Sax, who will be 32 on Jan. 29, was the only Yankees regular to bat over .300 last season. The 1982 National League Rookie of the Year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sax was called "one of the finest offensive second basemen in the game" by White Sox general manager Ron Schueler.
December 8, 1991 |
Predicting a dangerous trickle-down effect that could ruin the financial structure of baseball, deposed New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner last week took a solid swipe at the New York Mets' signing of Bobby Bonilla. "It just seems strange that (Mets co-owner) Fred Wilpon has been preaching fiscal integrity," Steinbrenner said Thursday. Steinbrenner laughed when asked what the reaction of his colleagues and the press would be if he had signed Bonilla to the record-shattering $29-million, five-year deal.
August 15, 1989 |
It's no surprise that people have stopped referring to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the world champions of baseball. Sure, they won the World Series, but that was last season. This year, the same fans that danced in the streets last October, are finding very little to cheer about. They have their reasons. For one thing, the Dodgers, who begin a three-game series with the Phillies at Veterans Stadium tonight, are six games below .500. For another, they are 11 games behind the San Francisco Giants, who lead the National League West.
November 12, 1988 |
The University of Illinois football team may play in what would be the first U.S. college football game in the Soviet Union. If plans work out, the Illini would meet Southern California in the Glasnost Bowl on Sept. 2 in Moscow. The Los Angeles Times reported that an Illinois-Southern California game was in the works. Illinois associate athletic director Karol Kahrs said the school had been contacted by Raycom International, which is promoting the event. The Illini are one of several teams reportedly under consideration, the others being Penn State, Alabama, Florida and Miami.
November 8, 1988 |
Although the price tag appears steep, the Phillies have emerged as one of a handful of top contenders for free-agent infielder Steve Sax. Sax, 28, confirmed yesterday that the Phillies were one of the teams he would like to join, and Phils general manager Lee Thomas said the club was interested. "He's a heck of a player, no question about it," said Thomas. "And certainly, the possibility of acquiring someone like him is very interesting. He's a team-oriented player, and he is extra attractive because of his ability to play either second or third.
October 21, 1988 |
Certainly, there have been much more impressive-looking heroes in World Series history. World Series heroes are supposed to look like Adonis, not like Don Ameche. They are supposed to run like Carl Lewis, not Jerry Lewis. Heroes are supposed to play the game with a recognizable elegance, not with a style that you might see on the sidelines of a semi-pro football game. But when you watch Mickey Hatcher play baseball, you're not watching a real person, you're watching a caricature that's both fun and funny.
October 16, 1988 |
Mickey Hatcher batted third last night in a World Series game. Mickey Hatcher hit a home run last night in a World Series game. Mickey Hatcher did the fastest home-run trot ever recorded last night in a World Series game. Even when things go wrong for the Dodgers these days, they still seem to go right. Before we continue with the Mickey Hatcher saga here, we first would like to remind you what it means to bat third in a World Series game. It means Hatcher was following in the footsteps of people named Mantle, Clemente, Kaline, Ruth, DiMaggio and Mays - to name just a few. It means he was residing at a rather famous address in baseball history.
August 17, 1988 |
By his own admission, Phillies lefthander Don Carman had great stuff last night at Dodger Stadium. He also had a simple explanation for why he still got cuffed for five runs, four of them earned, in the fifth inning. "I was making bad pitches," he said. "I had no concentration. I threw no changeups at all. "I just went out there like a Class A pitcher. The only reason I got away with it for the first four innings was because I had great stuff. I threw like an idiot, like I didn't know what I was doing.