October 25, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals will name five-time All-Star third baseman Matt Williams to be their new manager, according to multiple reports. Williams, 47, will replace Davey Johnson, who retired at the end of the regular season. It is Williams' first managerial job at any level. He joined the Arizona Diamondbacks' coaching staff in 2010 as a first base coach but was most recently the third base coach. Williams, 47, starred for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians in addition to Diamondbacks, for whom he also served five years as a broadcaster.
October 20, 2013 |
BOSTON - Ryan Dempster spent nine seasons riding the Chicago Cubs' roller coaster, experiencing just about everything one could imagine in a baseball life. During his time in a Cubs uniform, Dempster played for four managers, from Dusty Baker to Dale Sveum, and once broke his right big toe while jumping over the home dugout railing celebrating a win. He returned from Tommy John surgery in time for the final two months of the 2004 collapse, and endured a 96-loss season in 2006 that led to the departure of president Andy MacPhail and Baker.
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October 9, 2013
Andy Pafko, 92, a former Brooklyn Dodger outfielder who famously watched Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" sail over the left-field wall of the Polo Grounds during the 1951 National League playoffs, died Tuesday at a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich. He had Alzheimer's disease, his family said. Pafko spent 17 seasons in the major leagues - with the Chicago Cubs, Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves - and was voted an All-Star five times. A fan favorite known for his dogged play and diving catches, he is perhaps best remembered as being part of one of the most famous games in baseball history, when Thomson's three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the New York Giants the victory in the decisive Game 3 of their NL playoff against the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds.
August 2, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Hyun-Jin Ryu started the season with two goals: to win 10 games and be named the National League rookie of the year. Ryu reached the first of those goals Friday, as he improved to 10-3 in the Dodgers' 6-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ryu gave up 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings, but was charged with only two runs. He struck out six. "My new goal now is reaching 11 wins," Ryu said through an interpreter. The last Dodgers rookie to win 10 or more games was Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002.
August 1, 2013 |
Meanwhile, back on the road, all was well once again for the Dodgers. The road used to be a land of pitfalls and scary creatures, but now it might as well come with cookies and warm milk. The Dodgers flew to Chicago on Thursday, arriving at their hotel at 7:30 in the morning. No problem. The Dodgers lifted their eyelids long enough to down the Cubs, 6-4, at Wrigley Field, which left them with 11 consecutive victories away from home. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Chicago Cubs 4 They already had set the Los Angeles Dodgers record for consecutive road wins, but Thursday's victory managed their most since the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers won 11 in a row on the road.
July 23, 2013 |
The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs for rookie right-hander Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt and Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. “He's an extremely talented pitcher that's had success in the toughest of divisions and the biggest of stages, who's throwing the ball as well as anybody right now,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said in a statement released by the team. “It's a power repertoire, a little bit of a different look from what we've got, and he was available.