August 5, 2015 |
Active hits leaders entering Monday's games. 1. Alex Rodriguez. . . 3,035 2. Ichiro Suzuki. . . 2,902 3. Adrian Beltre. . . 2,693 4. Albert Pujols. . . 2,619 5. Torii Hunter. . . 2,416 6. Carlos Beltran. . . 2,394 7. Jimmy Rollins. . . 2,385 Stats at Short Jimmy Freddy Rollins Galvis .216 Avg. .277 .630 OPS .683 8 Errors 12 .979 Fielding pct. .971
October 16, 2014 |
WHILE THE Phillies' ruling triumvirate has given itself plenty of votes of confidence during the organization's 3-years-and-counting swan dive, it has yet to offer a compelling reason to believe that its long-term plan involves anything more comprehensive than a new scouting director and a click of the heels. Granted, the public equivocations of David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. are not definitive evidence of the absence of such a plan. They have their stadium and their cable contract, and thus little motivation to sell the public on their blueprint for the future.
February 19, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brevity might be the art of wit, but oversimplification is its essence. The Phillies' roster is so old, Anna Nicole Smith wouldn't have married it . . . The Phillies' roster is so old, it watches CBS . . . Q: What's your prediction for this Phillies team? A: Depends. Now, the reality. Last year, the Red Sox boasted a pitching staff that was the third oldest in the game, and a corps of hitters that ranked as the fifth oldest. In 2011, the Cardinals fielded one of the oldest rosters in the game.
October 16, 2013 |
STEVE HORGAN went from Boston police officer to national celebrity with one swing of a bat. Horgan is the now-famous cop who was caught on camera jubilantly raising his arms after David Ortiz' game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning landed in the Red Sox' bullpen on Sunday night. Not surprisingly, there's already a new fad called "Horganing," where people pose with their arms raised. Call them "Horgan's Heroes. " While Horgan was celebrating, Tigers rightfielder Torii Hunter was busy flipping over the outfield wall in a bold, but futile, effort to catch the ball.
August 18, 2012
It's official: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson and members of the O'Malley family now own the Padres. Major League Baseball's owners Thursday approved the sale of John Moores' club to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley, sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley; Peter and Tom Seidler (Peter's nephews); Mickelson, and beer magnate Ron Fowler for about $800 million. Commissioner Bud Selig said it's going to be difficult to say farewell to Moores, whose divorce forced him to put the team on the market in 2009.
May 17, 2012 |
Carl Yastrzemski played 23 seasons in a Boston Red Sox uniform. Ted Williams and Dwight Evans each played 19 seasons. After that trio of fabled outfielders comes knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who went to the mound at Fenway Park on Tuesday to fling one more floater. The retired righthander wiped away tears during a pregame ceremony that honored him for his play and for his charitable work, which earned him the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. Wakefield also ranks among the immortals as a pitcher: He won exactly 200 major-league games and his 186 for the Red Sox ranks third in club history, trailing only Cy Young and Roger Clemens.
May 4, 2012 |
RIGHTHANDER Jered Weaver threw his first no-hitter as the Angels pounded the Minnesota Twins, 9-0, Wednesday night. The only two baserunners for the Twins were Chris Parmelee in the second inning when he struck out and ended up on first on a passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta and a seventh-inning walk to Josh Willingham on a 3-and-2 count. The Angels collected a season-high 15 hits. Howie Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a three-run home run. Weaver (4-0) struck out eight and walked just nine on his way to the near-perfect game.
June 20, 2010 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Thanks to Target Field, their new, post-retro ballpark in this city's warehouse district, the Twins, those paragons of Midwestern thrift, at last have a little pocket change. But, like the contented miser who awakes one day to find he's won the lottery, the newfound wealth also concerns this historically frugal franchise. All around baseball, people are asking the same question: Will money spoil the Twins? "We don't want to change the way we work," said general manager Bill Smith.
May 10, 2010 |
In free-fall, Mariners try new hitting coach Job security is not a perk if you're the hitting coach for the league's worst offense. Seattle's Alan Cockrell learned that Sunday as the Mariners gave him the hook in his second season in that capacity. He was scouting in the video room at Safeco Field when he got the call for the long walk to manager Don Wakamatsu's office. Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik broke it to him. His replacement is Alonzo Powell, who's been the hitting coach at triple-A Tacoma for three seasons.
December 2, 2007 |
No event in professional sports is quite like baseball's winter meetings. Even with one season over and another four months away, even with the players having scattered about the globe and the stadiums sitting dark and empty, the game elbows itself to the forefront of America's sporting consciousness for the better part of a week - whenever this time of year rolls around. Never mind that the winter meetings are sometimes as eventful as a rain delay. Their arrival always generates excitement and expectation.