December 9, 1992 |
The last time they signed a third baseman who showed signs of advanced age and decreasing production, the Angels saddled themselves with Gary Gaetti's $11.4-million contract for four years. At least this time, they minimized the potential for folly. In acquiring Kelly Gruber from the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday in exchange for infielder Luis Sojo, the Angels took on a $4-million salary--but only for one year, and they got the Blue Jays to throw in more than $1 million.
June 28, 1989 |
The first major league game between teams with black managers turned into a rout as the Baltimore Orioles benefited from 15 walks to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 16-6, Tuesday night at Baltimore. The Orioles, managed by Frank Robinson, won despite being outhit, 13-11. The 15 walks by Blue Jay pitchers set a team record and were the most in the majors this season. The Blue Jays also committed four errors, three by third baseman Kelly Gruber. The historical significance of the black managers meeting was lost on Toronto Manager Cito Gaston.
February 21, 1993 |
A little known group called the Professional Baseball Executive Council voted 9-5 this week to block the proposed move of the New York Yankees' Albany-Colonie farm team in the Eastern League to Long Island. The chaos in the commissioner's office prevented even the Yankees from getting the official word until 24 hours later. Mets general manager Al Harazin said he had heard second-hand that the move was rejected, but didn't know for sure.
February 26, 1993 |
Third baseman Kelly Gruber reported to the Angels' spring training camp Thursday and revealed that he might have to undergo season-ending rotator-cuff surgery within the next two months. Gruber, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Feb. 16, said he was advised by Dr. Lewis Yocum that he might need major surgery but decided to forgo an immediate operation in an attempt to play this season. "They told me it's an option right now, but it's up to me." Gruber said.
June 4, 1993 |
The last time we saw Gary Gaetti, he was popping up to shortstop with the tying run in scoring position. The last time we heard from Gary Gaetti, he was lamenting his lot with the 1993 Angels, braying to a group of writers, "What am I now, J.T.'s caddie?" So often, the ones who should be the first to know are the last to find out. For the final two months of his Angel career, yes, Gaetti was J.T. Snow's caddie. And Rene Gonzales' caddie. And Chili Davis' caddie.
February 28, 1993 |
Gene Autry, Angel owner and chairman of the board, said Saturday that he is willing to sell the baseball team if overwhelmed by an offer. "I'd hate to sell the club," said Autry, 85. "But if someone came along with $200 million, I'd consider it. "We lost about $10 million last year, and I can't do that anymore. Maybe if I was still making movies, I'd say, 'OK, I'll make another movie.' But I can't do that. "We've lost a few good ballplayers that we'd like to have kept.
April 17, 1989 |
For the most part, 1988 was a disappointing season for the Toronto Blue Jays. But a bright spot was the development of Kelly Gruber as a major league third baseman. In a professional career that began in 1980, Gruber bounced around between the minors and majors until 1986, when he made it as a utility player, largely because he could play any infield position. Last season he began to show power when he won a regular job at third. He hit 16 home runs, drove in 81 runs and batted .278.
February 16, 1993 |
In yet another trade that might have embarrassing repercussions for the Angels, third baseman Kelly Gruber is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery today that will cause him to miss the start of the season. The operation is expected to be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood. Gruber took a flight Monday to Los Angeles, and Centinela officials said he is scheduled to check in today.
October 20, 1992 |
Kelly Gruber of the Toronto Blue Jays is hitless in his last 22 at-bats of the postseason. Terry Pendleton of the Atlanta Braves is batting .211 in the postseason. The World Series hot corner is as frigid as the weather that is suddenly numbing Ontario.
February 9, 1994 |
Whitey Herzog is out of here, probably frolicking on some well-packed ski run at this very moment, but he is in every Angel fan's thoughts today as Bill Bavasi and Buck Rodgers try to figure out what to do with that exorbitant parting gift Whitey left behind, Joe (Rhymes With Kelly Gruber) Magrane. Magrane, expected to be the No.