July 18, 2008 |
The Oakland Athletics traded away their second starting pitcher this month, sending right-hander Joe Blanton to the Philadelphia Phillies for three minor leaguers Thursday. A's General Manager Billy Beane traded Blanton a week after sending Rich Harden to the Chicago Cubs -- and that's with his team in contention in the American League West, six games behind the first-place Angels.
September 29, 1998 |
For the first time in their history, the Colorado Rockies won't have Don Baylor in the dugout next season. The Rockies on Monday fired the only manager they have had in their six years of existence. They finished fourth in the National League West with a 77-85 record, 21 games behind the first-place San Diego Padres. Baylor, who had a 440-469 record with the Rockies and was under contract through the 1999 season, was offered a job in the front office.
July 28, 2012
Despite homering on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte could be on the move. He's being discussed in deals for Hunter Pence and Shin-Soo Choo . … The Washington Nationals expect Jayson Werth back next weekend, possibly as early as Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit. He could be a big part of the story line in September and October. … The Chicago Cubs' Bryan LaHair is a possibility for the Baltimore Orioles as they search for ways to improve at the infield corners.
August 20, 2011 |
BS is put up with here, WAR happily obliged. It's a place where gobbledygook acronyms such as PVORP and BABIP hold sway, and the more easily digestible BS (blown save) and WAR (wins above replacement) do not automatically raise blood pressures. In this realm, it's often H_IP to be square. The search for the most telling baseball statistics can lead to some strange places, the least peculiar of which is the Dodgers' clubhouse. As he swiveled ever so slightly in the leather chair in front of his locker, right-hander Chad Billingsley wore a quizzical expression when asked whether there was one stat that definitively told whether a pitcher was good.
September 30, 2011 |
Tony Reagins, harshly criticized for trades that brought the underachieving and overpaid Vernon Wells and Scott Kazmir to Anaheim, abruptly resigned as Angels general manager Friday. The move came one day after Reagins vowed to be "creative and aggressive" in attempts to upgrade the team this winter. A statement released by the Angels indicated that Reagins was forced out. "Though we finished 2011 with a winning record, we remained short of our objective in winning a championship," owner Arte Moreno said.
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June 20, 2012 |
Roger Jongewaard, a longtime baseball scout from Long Beach who presided over three No. 1 draft picks - Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez for the Seattle Mariners and Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets - has died. He was 75. A resident of Fallbrook, Jongewaard died June 11 of a heart attack, the Mariners announced. FOR THE RECORD: Roger Jongewaard: A news obituary of longtime baseball scout Roger Jongewaard in the June 24 California section reported that he was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves in 1954.
October 5, 1999 |
While several potential candidates for the job of Angel general manager expressed interest Monday--Bob Watson, Pat Gillick and Bob Gebhard among them--only Fred Claire actually telephoned Tony Tavares. "If there's an opportunity there," Claire said Monday evening, "then I'm interested." Claire and Tavares, president of Disney Sports, traded messages but had not spoken as of Monday evening.
October 4, 2005 |
Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Dave Dombrowski, Tiger president and general manager, planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields -- coaches under Trammell -- before discussing the opening with Leyland. "I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland," said Dombrowski, adding that his search could end today.
July 22, 1998 |
The contract negotiations between Gerald Laird and the Oakland Athletics appear to be at a standstill. Laird, a two-time Times Orange County Player of the Year and a second-round pick by Oakland in the June draft, has been offered a $420,000 signing bonus by the A's, according to his agent, Alan Meersand. It is a figure Laird and Meersand deem too low. Meersand said he countered with an offer "in seven figures to start negotiations" and that the Athletics have not made another offer.
October 27, 2006 |
San Diego Padres Manager Bruce Bochy agreed in principle late Thursday to become manager of the San Francisco Giants, and Angels pitching coach Bud Black is a strong candidate to replace Bochy with the Padres. Black, the Angels' pitching coach for seven seasons, was also a candidate for the Giants' job and was scheduled to interview with the Oakland A's next week for their vacancy.