Al Forester, the longtime Fenway Park employee who drove the cart carrying Ted Williams during the 1999 All-Star Game festivities in Boston, died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.
Alcides Escobar always has seen himself as a leadoff man or No. 2 hitter. He hit mostly first or second in the Brewers’ Minor League system before doing so for significant parts of his Major League career in Milwaukee and Kansas City.
Sad news today out of Chicago, as longtime White Sox scout Paul Provas passed away from brain cancer at age 63. As Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports, Provas had been scouting for the South Siders since 1993 after doing the same for the cross-town rival Cubs dating back to 1983. MLBTR extends its condolences to his family and friends. Here are the day’s news and rumors out of the American League: Left-hander Joe Beimel would love to return to the Mariners, and the team has expressed interest in re-signing him as a lefty specialist, reports Greg Johns of MLB.com in his latest Mariners Inbox.
A day after Tim Lincecum left Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium because of tightness in his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was decidedly upbeat about the extent of the injury, which occurred during the veteran right-hander’s first outing of the postseason.
Paul Provas, who was a valuable part of the White Sox organization since the 1993 season, passed away Thursday morning at the age of 63 after a battle with brain cancer.
Throughout the Royals’ frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball: Buck woulda loved this.
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration with lefty Cesar Jimenez, the club announced. Terms were not made available, though MLBTR’s Matt Swartz projected Jimenez to earn just over league minimum, $600K, through the arbitration process. In concert with the team’s recent one-year extensions — really, pre-market free agent deals — with Grady Sizemore and Jerome Williams, it appears that Philadelphia is pursuing a strategy of locking in cost certainty early on with several veterans.
Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Twins have re-signed minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The 27-year-old St. Paul native has had a brief taste of the Majors, tossing eight innings for the 2011 Rangers after the Twins sent him to Texas in exchange for Eddie Guardado. Last season, Hamburger split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a combined 3.69 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 70 2/3 innings. The Pirates announced that they have signed right-hander Josh Stinson to a minor league contract that contains in invitation to Major League Spring Training. The Moye Sports client has big league experience with the Mets, Brewers and most recently the Orioles. Over the past two seasons, Stinson has posted a 4.50 ERA with 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 30 innings for Baltimore
Three players at each position in each league were named finalists for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Thursday.
After giving up just the 10th leadoff homer in World Series history, rookie Yordano Ventura did not allow it to faze him. Instead, the right-hander delivered 5 1/3 innings while limiting the Giants to two runs on eight hits to help the Royals earn a 7-2 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night.