Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
Before the paperwork was even complete on the purchase of the team, Magowan made two moves that would go a long way toward reshaping Giants baseball. He signed free agent outfielder Barry Bonds to a then-tremendous six-year, $43.5 million deal. He also hired Dusty Baker as the team’s new manager. Bonds, the 1992 MVP with the Pirates, won his second straight MVP Award in his first season in San Francisco and Baker led the team to 103 wins, a 31-win improvement over the previous year’s record. The team’s fortunes would ebb and flow for the remainder of the decade, but the success of 1993 and Bonds’ star power sparked newfound enthusiasm for the team.
That enthusiasm would eventually lead to a new home for the team when Magowan put together a plan to build the first privately-funded major league ballpark in decades. Pacific Bell Park, which would later be named SBC Park, AT&T Park and is now known as Oracle Park, opened on San Francisco’s waterfront in 2000. It was and remains one of the most gorgeous ballparks in the game, and has been filled to or near capacity for most Giants games for nearly two decades now. The Giants made the playoffs four times in Magowan’s 16-years as owner, including winning the 2002 National League pennant. He stepped down as chairman in 2008, but the ownership group he formed continues to run the team to this day. The Giants, of course, won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Read more HERE.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Houston Astros star third baseman, Alex Bregman, is one of the best gamers in the sport of Major League Baseball... so he is the perfect choice to be the face of the popular video game.
The Caller.com reports:
Bregman was the first Astros player to receive the honor in 17 years, according to a release.
Bregman hit 31 home runs last year with 103 RBI as he is the fourth straight player under the age of 25 featured on the cover of the video game. Others were Francisco Lindor (2018), Corey Seager (2017) and Mookie Betts (2016).
Bregman, a former Corpus Christi Hook, has seen a meteoric rise with the Astros after his debut in 2016 as he helped win the Astros a World Series in 2017 and was the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player in 2018.
The game is officially licensed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player’s Association.
Learn more about RBI Baseball 2019 HERE.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Friday, January 25, 2019
The Dodgers have made perhaps their most important move in the offseason, locking down one of the game's best outfielders.
Arizona Central Sports reports:
Former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
Pollock, 31, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks, was a free agent.
He went .281 with 74 home runs and 264 RBIs during his time in Arizona.
His lone All-Star season came in 2015 when he hit .315 with 20 homers and 76 RBIs. He also stole 39 bases.
Pollock's deal, which was first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, was expected to be a five-year contract.
The Diamondbacks will receive a compensatory draft pick for Pollock after extending him a qualifying offer in November.
It will either be after the first round or after a competitive balance round, depending on the amount of guaranteed money he receives in Los Angeles.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
A crafty move has been made by the Bronx Bombers to strengthen their bullpen, by landing a confident and boastful reliever.
The Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Adam Ottavino ("ah-tah-VEE-noh") to a three-year contract through the 2021 season.
Ottavino, 33, went 6-4 with six saves and a 2.43 ERA (77.2IP, 41H, 25R/21ER, 36BB, 112K, 5HR) in 75 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies in 2018. His 112 strikeouts out of the bullpen ranked second in the NL and fourth in the Majors, and set a new Rockies single-season record for strikeouts by a reliever. Among NL relievers, he was fifth with a .158 opponents’ batting average (41-for-260), fifth with a 36.2% strikeout rate (112K/309BF), tied for fifth in appearances and tied for sixth in innings pitched.
In 366 games (three starts) across parts of eight Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals (2010) and the Rockies (2012-18), the New York City-born right-hander is 17-20 with 17 saves and a 3.68 ERA (413.0IP, 169ER). Prior to making his Major League debut, he pitched for Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He made his postseason debut in 2018, allowing 2ER in 3.2IP over three appearances with Colorado.
A native of Park Slope, Brooklyn, Ottavino grew up playing in the 78th Precinct Youth Council Little League before earning all-state honors at the Berkeley Carroll School, and then playing collegiately at Northeastern University. His signing gives the Yankees three relievers born in New York State, as he joins New York City’s Dellin Betances and Latham-born Tommy Kahnle. Only once in the last 53 years (since 1966) have three New York-born pitchers appeared for the Yankees in the same season, when in 1993, John Habyan (36 games), Paul Gibson (20 games) and Neal Heaton (18 games) all pitched for the club.
Read more coverage on Ottavino HERE.
Ottavino will wear No. 0 for the Yankees, becoming the first player in franchise history to sport the uniform number. He also believes that he could have struck out Babe Ruth every single time.
Now while Ottavino is certainly no Mariano Rivera, let alone the greatest player in MLB history we all like to call the Bambino, at least he comes to the Bronx with some swagger and is that really such a bad thing?
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Mike Oz takes us further down the Rabbit Hole:
Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, the three most controversial names on the Hall of Fame ballot, didn’t get stamped into Cooperstown on Tuesday.
That’s not a surprise. Nobody was really expecting they would, not given what we know about their candidacies, their previous results and what was on the 55 percent of ballots that were made public. But they did take a step in the right direction.
Bonds and Clemens saw their vote totals improve again, while Schilling rebounded after taking a big dip in 2017.
• Bonds finished at 59.1 percent after last year’s 56.4 percent.
• Clemens earned 59.5 percent after 57.3 percent last year.
• Schilling rebounded in a big way, jumping from 51.2 percent in 2018 to 60.9 percent in 2019.
This was the seventh year on the ballot for each of them. They’ll have three more years to try to reach the necessary 75 percent to get into Cooperstown.