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Cody Ross Inks 1-Year Deal With The Boston Red Sox

Cody Ross Inks 1-Year Deal With The Boston Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Cody Ross agreed to sign with the Boston Red Sox, giving them an experienced hitter with postseason success on his resume to help replace J.D. Drew in right field. Foxsports.com and ESPN.com reported the contract is for one year and $3 million. Ross told The Associated Press in a text message late Monday that the deal won’t be finalized until he takes a physical. The 31-year-old Ross batted .240 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs for the San Francisco Giants last season while playing at least 22 games at every outfield position. Ross was the 2010 NL championship series MVP for the Giants and helped them win the World Series that year after they picked him up off waivers in August. He expressed his thanks on Twitter to San Francisco fans and wrote: “Looking fwd to meeting the (hash)redsoxnation fans!!” The right-handed hitting Ross and newly acquired Ryan Sweeney provide the Red Sox with a righty-lefty tandem to fill right field. Drew is a free agent after completing a $70 million five-year contract. He played only 81 games last year, batting .222 with four homers and 22 RBIs in an injury-plagued season. Ross and Sweeney also give Boston insurance in left field as Carl Crawford recovers from surgery on his left wrist. Crawford might not be ready for opening day. With the Red Sox, Ross would join a team in transition after manager Terry Francona was let go and replaced by Bobby Valentine. Boston went 7-20 in September last year, missing the playoffs with a record collapse. Now, Valentine’s roster is taking shape. Late last month, the Red Sox landed a new man for the back of the bullpen when they acquired All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and Sweeney from the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Josh Reddick, infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara. Reddick spent much of last season filling in for Drew and occasionally Crawford. Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning reliever to replace Jonathan Papelbon, who signed a $50 million, four-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in November. Last January, Ross avoided salary arbitration and signed a $6.3 million, one-year contract with San Francisco. It was a hefty raise for the former kid rodeo clown, who earned $4.45 million in 2010 and joined the Giants on a waiver claim from Florida on Aug. 22 that year. Ross then became one of the Giants’ most reliable players—and a fan favorite—down the stretch and during an improbable title run. The franchise won its first championship since 1954 and first since moving West in 1958. He hit three of his five postseason home runs during the NLCS against Philadelphia, and the Giants won in six games against the favored Phillies as Ross received MVP honors. He drove in 10 runs during the 2010 postseason, two in San Francisco’s five-game World Series win over the Texas Rangers. But Ross—son of a team roper and steer wrestler—never found a steady groove in 2011 and the Giants failed to return to the playoffs.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.

 

2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll Be Watching For History During The 2011 Baseball Season, But I’ll Be Watching These Guys Too…

I’ll Be Watching For History During The 2011 Baseball Season, But I’ll Be Watching These Guys Too…

Last night I told you about some of the amazing baseball history that can be set during the upcoming season.  And while I am very eager to see how all of that plays out as we wait for ‘Opening Day’, I am just as excited to see how these guys are going to do…

Cody Ross – A favorite in my household, Cody is ready to defend his World Series championship in 2011.

Ryan Braun – Quietly putting together an incredible start to his career – should be considered one of the top offensive outfielders in the sport.

Chipper Jones – Back from major offseason surgery, Chipper has so many baseball milestones within reach.  I would love to see him regain his form from just a few seasons ago.

Cameron Maybin – While the Marlins experiment may be over, I’m hoping that a new start in San Diego is just what the doctor ordered for this talented young player.

Manny Ramirez – New team, New attitude.  Manny is ready to prove his doubters wrong.  I hope he does so often…

Roy Halladay – I have to watch the Phillies to see how the division looks.  And while Halladay is my favorite non-Marlins pitcher, I still have to cheer against him.  Something tells me big things are about to happen for him.

Pudge Rodriguez – Looks like he will be the started for the Nationals this year.  A former Marlin, I wish Pudge nothing but success(except when he’s playing against my team).

David Price – I think that he got robbed last year in the Cy Young voting.  I watched him a lot last season, and I expect even more this year as he firmly takes the role of ‘Ace’ for the Rays.

Hanley Ramirez – He says that he wants to be the team’s leader.  And now with his tenure and contract, he should try to prove it every night.  If anyone in the game can do 40/40, it’s Hanley!!!

Man, I cannot wait for the season to start!!!

We’re just a few short days away…  Who do you have your eyes on this year??? 

Tell me all about it!!

Dan Uggla & Cameron Maybin Collections Up For Grabs!!!

Dan Uggla & Cameron Maybin Collections Up For Grabs!!!

It’s time for me to trim my current collection down a bit as I make room for some new player collections that I am going to start working on.

And while neither of the lots I am offering up are very big, they are definitely very shiny as they both contains some high quality cardboard.

So, while I do plan on keeping tabs on both of these former Florida Marlins players as they suit up for new teams this season, I am ready to part with the cards that I own of them.

First up is Dan Uggla – 15 cards, a nice lot of multi-year issues.

Cameron Maybin – 7 cards, lots of early issues.

There it is – nothing too spectacular, but both lots would be nice additions to anyone’s collection that appreciates these two ball players.

Want the cards?  Just say so.  Leave me a comment and I will randomly select who gets them.  And shipping is on me!!

Thanks.

A Handful Of Cody Ross Cards For My Little Guy!!!

A Handful Of Cody Ross Cards For My Little Guy!!!

Back in Aust of 2009, I took my family to an autograph appearance that featured one of my favorite Florida Marlins – Cody Ross.

With my wife, and two young sons in tow, we had a great time, got some great autographs, and saw the birth of my 2 1/2 year old son’s love for baseball form right before our eyes.  Cody was great with all of the fans that he encountered but the impact he had on my young son was remarkable.  I don’t know if it was the high-fives that they shared, or the autographs that we brought home, but that meeting has left Cody as his favorite baseball player.

When I talk Andre, he talks Cody!!

It was a baseball-filled weekend as I took him to his fist big league game the very next day.  The whole time we looked for and watched Cody both in the field and at the plate.  He has now been to 4 Marlins games, and each time he tunes in to see one specific player.

Now, 18 months later, the love that he has for Cody Ross has not faded one bit.  So I took that as a sign – a sign to start a collection of cards for him.

And here is the start:

Plenty more to come for this collection!!!

How am I going to explain the uniform change to a 4-year old???  Oh, man…

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

 

From the Miami Herald:

One day after trading pitcher Andrew Miller, the Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin — the other key piece in their 2007 blockbuster deal with Detroit for Miguel Cabrera.

The Marlins traded Maybin to the San Diego Padres for right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, as they all but wiped clean their six-player return from the Tigers in the deal for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

The two pitchers the Marlins are acquiring from the Padres are young but bring big-league experience.

Webb, 24, appeared in 54 games for the Padres last season, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Mujica, 26, has spent five seasons in the majors with the Indians and Padres, compiling an overall record of 8-9 in 179 games.

And there you have it, the end of the Maybin-era in Miami.  I kind of felt like this was coming, just not in November…  With the emergence of Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Gaby Sanchez this season, and the return of Chris Coghlan in 2011, the Marlins are stacked with young talent.  And of the group, Maybin has under-performed all of them.

Good Luck to you Cameron.  I am hoping that a fresh start out in California is just what you need!!

And remember, it was ’30-YOC’ that supported you all the way!!!

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross? Oh Wait, That Was Me…

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross?  Oh Wait, That Was Me…

I don’t often like to toot my own horn, but please allow me a moment to climb up onto my soap-box.

Cody Ross captured the hearts of many Marlins fans(oxy-moron?).  His style of play and extremely positive attitude quickly earned him the role of a fan-favorite in Miami.  When at bat, or after making a sensational play in the outfield, it was not rare to hear chants of “Cody, Cody, Cody” by the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Allow me to digress a little…

Again, it was ME that told you all about this wonderfully talented baseball player, and all-around nice guy:

I have said it before, and I will say it again – Cody Ross plays the sport the way that it is meant to be played.  His is a very hard worker, yet always keeps a large smile on his face.

The San Francisco Giants got a great deal when adding them to their roster a few months back, and to be honest my heart was a bit broken by his sudden departure from the Marlins.

Today, I cheer for Cody.  He is just another player that leaves my ‘home’ team.  And isn’t kind of odd that once a player leaves the Marlins, they go off to do some pretty incredible things(Juan Pierre, Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, and now Cody).

I know one thing for sure, I will probably be tuned in to the Giants quite a bit more next season.

Congratulations on a fantastic season Cody.  Don’t forget about us in Florida!!!

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Congratulations To The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!!!

Well, that was one hell of a series, and amazingly the team that I wanted to win came out on top this time!!

The San Francisco Giants are your 2010 World Series Champions!!!

From their timely hitting to their dominant starting pitching, the Giants played brilliantly in this post-season and they deserve to be the team that hoists the trophy tonight!!!

And a special congratulations go out to Edgar Renteria and Cody Ross!!!!  Way to go guys!!!

The Official ’30-YOC’ World Series Preview And Prediction!!!

The Official ’30-YOC’ World Series Preview And Prediction!!!

Like many of you, I have been tuned in to what has been a fantastic baseball playoff season.  And while the results of several of the series that have concluded so far did not match what my crystal ball stated, I figured that I may as well offer up my prediction to you as to who I think will win this match-up.

If you told me back in April that the final two teams standing in October would be the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, I would have laughed at you.  But truth be told, both of these teams are incredibly hot right now and I think that his series will be very fun to watch.

I expect a lot of close contests, and I think that several of them will end with late inning heroics.

And after watching several of the games from both the division and championship series’ of each league, my prediction is that the San Francisco Giants will with the World Series in 6 games.

Sometimes you just see a team click in every way possible as they pick up win after win the a ‘normal’ team does not.  When watching these playoffs, that team is the Giants. 

This one will be fun – Stay Tuned!!! 

So Happy For Cody Ross!!!

If you took a poll in my house, Cody Ross would be the favorite player. 

I know, I know, I am an Andre Dawson guy, tried and true, but my 4-year old loves Cody and my wife likes him as well.

We met Cody during the 2009 baseball season and he was so friendly and outgoing towards us.  And when we told him that my son’s very first Marlins’ basbeall game would be the next afternoon, he gave my son a huge ‘High Five’ and my little guy has been hooked on him since.

So now, when I am watching a game on TV, if it catches his attention he asks where Cody is.  He wants to see Cody.  He wants to ‘High Five’ Cody again.

As a matter of fact, in my son’s room on his corkboard are pictures of our family, his classmates, trips we have taken, and 1 autographed baseball card – of Cody Ross!!!

Cody – We are so thrilled to see how well you are playing and helping the Giants win in the playoffs.  And while I am not cheering for any specific team to walk away with the World Series championship this year, I am hoping that you reach that goal.

Best of luck Cody!!!  ‘High Five’!!!!