April 12, 2012 |
The Angels and Minnesota Twins played a three-game series this week in Minneapolis over a span of four days. And there wasn't a rainout. The games were scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for what might be called weather insurance; for teams located east of the Rocky Mountains, Major League Baseball tries to build in off days after home openers just in case the first game is postponed because of rain. That insurance date is just one square in the Rubik's Cube that is MLB's annual schedule, a mosaic of dates and locations spelling out where each of the sport's 30 teams plays its 162 games — 81 at home and 81 on the road.
August 27, 2012 |
Ah, the price of success. Or at least hoped-for success. The Dodgers' new owners are reinventing the rules, and it ain't a cheap policy change. That additional $260 million in salary commitments the Dodgers took on with their stunning trade with the Red Sox on Friday is going to have significant, almost mindboggling, payroll impact as quickly as next season. The bankrupt Dodgers under Frank McCourt started the season with an opening day payroll of approximately $91 million.
February 10, 2001 |
Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a 10-year, $189-million contract after more than 13 months of negotiations. "I never intended to play elsewhere," Jeter said, "and to be honest with you, never intended to look elsewhere." Yankee President Randy Levine and Casey Close, the agent for the all-star shortstop, finalized details of the deal Friday morning, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. "This was an arduous process," Levine said.
November 29, 1999 |
Sixty years ago today, a highly promoted matchup of two NFL superstars, Ernie Nevers and Red Grange, turned into "The Ernie Nevers Show." There is no shortage of great days by running backs in NFL history, but no one has topped what Nevers achieved when his Chicago Cardinals met Grange's Chicago Bears at Comiskey Park. He scored 40 points, not only still the NFL one-game record but the oldest NFL one-game record on the books. Nevers scored 20 points in each half.
October 11, 1994 |
The NCAA has declared Cal State Fullerton pitcher Matt Wagner ineligible for the upcoming season because of a violation of NCAA rules and Wagner has left the team. Titan Coach Augie Garrido Monday confirmed Wagner's ineligibility, but would not comment on the reason. Other university officials also declined to comment. Wagner, reached by telephone, also declined to discuss specifics, saying: "I'd rather just keep it to myself.
June 10, 1988
Three San Diego county players will be on the South roster when the annual North-South high school all-star baseball series starts at 7:30 tonight at San Diego State's Smith Field. Sean Rees of Mission Bay, Andy Williams of Madison and Ron Kelly of Mt. Carmel made the South team after Sunday's tryouts. Mike Rendina of Grossmont, the county leader in home runs (10) and runs batted in (38), was also selected, but he signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers and will not be able to participate.
March 9, 2009 |
Alex Rodriguez's spring training saga took another unexpected turn: He's headed for hip surgery today that will sideline him for six to nine weeks -- and that's not all. The New York Yankees slugger will need a second operation after the season, assuming he can play all the way through. Dr. Marc Philippon, who will perform the initial procedure in Colorado, said he's confident Rodriguez will be able to do that once he recovers.
April 6, 2004 |
Attorneys for Jeremy Bloom, the University of Colorado football player and the third-ranked moguls skier in the world, on Monday filed an affidavit in the Colorado state Court of Appeals that may help him continue his dual sporting careers. Bloom, 22, has been fighting the NCAA for two years over endorsement money from skiing equipment and clothing companies that would allow him to remain competitive on the international level as he continues to play football for the Buffaloes.
August 6, 1986
Arbitrator Tom Roberts, who last week struck down the drug-testing clauses in major league baseball players' contracts, has been fired by the owners' Player Relations Committee. Rich Levin, an aide to Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, announced the decision Tuesday, reading a statement from Barry Rona, director of the Player Relations Committee, that said: "The arbitrator's decision voiding the drug-testing clauses in player contracts caused us to make a change at this time."