Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

New York Yankees Aquire Seattle Mariners All-Star Ichiro Suzuki

New York Yankees Aquire Seattle Mariners All-Star Ichiro Suzuki

From The New York Daily News

SEATTLE – Joe Girardi planned to watch his pitchers face Ichiro Suzuki this week in Seattle. Instead, he will be writing his name into the Yankees’ lineup.

The Yankees acquired the 38-year-old outfielder Monday, sending righthanders D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar to the Mariners for the former American League Most Valuable Player. The Yankees also received cash from the Mariners in the deal.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, is having the worst year of his career for the last-place Mariners, hitting .261 with a .288 on-base percentage and a .353 slugging percentage. He has four home runs, 28 RBI and 15 stolen bases, leading the American League with five triples.

It’s unclear how the Yankees plan to use Ichiro, as he’ll fit into the mix with Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones.

Ichiro is in the final year of a five-year, $90 million deal. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Mitchell appeared in three games with the Yankees this season, throwing 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He’s 6-4 with a 5.04 ERA in 15 games at Triple-A Scranton.

Farquhar was claimed off waivers by the Yankees from the A’s on June 26.


Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

Miami Marlins Trade 2B Omar Infante And Pitcher Anibal Sanchez To Detroit Tigers

The Marlins are effectively throwing in the towel on the season, agreeing to trade second baseman Omar Infante and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects. While the deal has not been announced officially, the Marlins have revised their lineup for tonight’s game against the Braves, scratching Infante and moving Emilio Bonifacio to second base.
       According to sources, the Marlins are acquiring Jacob Turner, a top right-handed pitching prospect. In addition, MLB Network’s Peter Gammons tweeted the Tigers are also throwing in minor-league catcher Rob Brantly and minor-league left-hander Brian Flynn. Turner was the 9th overall pick in the 2009 draft and was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the 22nd overall prospect.
       The Tigers, who are in need of a second baseman, have been scouting Infante for weeks. Infante said before batting practice today that he expected to be traded.
        “I think I’m gone,” he said.
        Sanchez, who is eligible for free agency, was also ripe trade bait and told reporters following Sunday’s start in Pittsburgh that he understood the situation.


1968 Topps Game – Gary Peters

1968 Topps Game – Gary Peters

Gary Peters played in 14 big league campaigns.  Hi s debut came in 1959, but with very limited action in his first four seasons, he was still tagged as a ‘Rookie’ in 1963; the year that he won the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

In his first full campaign, Peters started 30 games while posting a 19-8 record.  He threw 13 complete games, including 4 shutouts.  Peters amassed an ERA of 2.33 during his rookie season while also striking out 189 batters in 243 innings of work.

For his career, Peters posted a record of 124-103.  He was a 2-time All-Star and never made a postseason appearance.

Progress – 28/33

John Smoltz 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

John Smoltz 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

John Smoltz is one of my favorite pitchers of the modern-era.  A true ‘Team Guy’, Smoltz put his team goals before his personal goals and the Atlanta Braves benefitted greatly. 

Smoltz is also one of the more accomplished post-season performers of his generation.  Having made the playoffs in 14 of his 21 seasons in the big leagues, Smoltz amassed a win-loss record of 15-4 during that time.  He has an ERA of just 2.67 in 41 games and his strikeout to walk ratio of 2.97:1 is solid.

I picked up this card of Smoltz from the 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes set in a lot that I recently won.  The photo takes me right back to when Smoltz and his Braves teams were dominating the NL East.

Have a look:

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Nomar Garciaparra turns 39 years old today!!

I have been racking my brain for the last few days trying to remember a rookie that has impressed me as much as Nomar Garciaparra did during his rookie campaign in 1997.  And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Jerome Walton’s amazing year in 1989, I would say that Nomar’s rookie year is the most impressive one I have ever been witness to.

In the ’97 season, Nomar took the baseball world by storm.  He collected 209 hits while ending the year with a .306 average.  He belted 30 home runs, collected 98 RBI, and scored 122 times.  He was also able to amass 44 doubles, steal 22 bases, and amazingly show enough patience as a hot-hitting rookie to strike out just 92 times.  That season was certainly Nomar’s most highly decorated one too.  He was an American League All-star and he won the Silver Slugger award, finished in 8th place for the MVP, and was the league’s Rookie Of The Year award winner.

The sky was the limit for Nomar and over the next 6 seaons, he finished in the Top 7 for the MVP award five times.

Happy Birthday Nomar!!!


Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Don Drysdale had a very stellar 14-year baseball career that ultimately landed him among the greatest pitchers from his era.

Starting 465 games during that span, Drysdale earned a record of 209-166, while throwing 167 complete games including 49 shutouts.

His dominance continued into the post-season as he helped lead the Dodgers into 5 World Series championship match-ups, and 3 titles.

Drysdale was a 8-time All-Star and winner of the 1962 National League Cy Young Award.  He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Drysdale, they don’t make them like you anymore!!!