Former New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana is hoping to return to the major leagues in 2015 after missing all of the last two seasons due to injuries.
But Santana’s comeback has not been going smoothly. Santana, 35, retired six straight batters in his first appearance with the Navegantes del Magallanes on January 13th. However, Santana’s manager Carlos Garcia told reporters that the pitcher’s left shoulder has been slow to recover and he won’t pitch again in the Venezuelan Winter League.
FOX Sports reporter Jon Morositweeted that Santana may still throw for MLB scouts, but those plans are unclear.
I’d love to see Santana’s comeback be successful – it’s always better to be able to leave on your own terms than to have injuries force you out the door. But at this stage, we might have to get ready to accept the idea that we watched Santana’s final MLB appearance on August 17, 2012.
I added 14 new autographed baseball cards to my collection last week, the majority coming as my prize for winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. And I’ll show those off on Wednesday. Today, I want to take a look at the ones I got through the mail by writing to former players.
Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr is the oldest living member of the baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 9-time All-Star during a 14-year major league career. (He missed the final month of the 1944 season and all of 1945 while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.)
The Oakland Athletics are certainly making all the moves to build a powerhouse playoff rotation this year, aren’t they?
Not content with picking up Jeff Samardzjia (and Jason Hammel) from the Cubs to go along with Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, Oakland has reportedly sent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester (and Jonny Gomes.)
I’m pretty sure this will be the biggest “star power” deal of the day, but I agree with Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron that it will have far less of an impact for Oakland than the earlier Samardzjia trade.
Boston got the best possible return they could imagine for Lester, considering he’s a two month rental. And who knows, maybe they aren’t teasing their fan base – maybe they really will re-sign him during the off-season. (We can all be sure Lester won’t be staying in Oakland after October.)
For a variety of reasons, I’m less into collecting autographs than I was a few years ago. Where I once used to bring a binder of cards try to get signed to every game, this year I haven’t brought anything to more than half of the games I’ve been to see.
Monday was one of those days, but I was hanging out with my friend Bart while he tried to finish getting the last few autographs he wanted from players on the Portland Sea Dogs. He had an extra copy of this photo of Sean Coyle for me, so I got the Sea Dogs’ infielder to sign it while I was there.
Coyle, 22, was named to replace Mookie Betts on the U.S. team for the All-Star Futures Game this week. He’s hitting .347 with 10 home runs, 40 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 55 games at the Double-A level this year.
My friend has taken to calling the 5-foot-8 Coyle “Little Dustin” because he reminds him of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
That’s almost certainly an unfair comparison, but the Red Sox seem to have an awful lot of young players coming along for their fans to be excited about considering that their on-field success has kept them from having early-round draft picks in recent years.
A one-of-a-kind ticket to the 1867 meeting where the decision was made to exclude African-American players from the National Association of Base-Ball Players is going up for auction tomorrow. (via Sports Collectors Daily)