Fans withstood the 30-degree weather to line up on the snow-covered sidewalks hours before Finnerty’s sports bar in New York opened in order to secure a chance for a picture with the Giants’ coveted championship hardware.
The roster was a little different, the stars a little less familiar for some. The weather was a little warmer by late January standards. The response for TigerFest was very familiar.
Infielder Brandon Hicks has been assigned to Triple-A Sacramento, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page, so it seems the Giants have re-signed him to a minor-league deal.
The A’s have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with reliever Fernando Abad, thus avoiding arbitration.
New htting coach Keven Seitzer spent three days this week working on B.J. Upton’s swing and believes the veteran will rebound in 2015.
Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Key Moves The Nationals signed top starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal. The Rangers acquired SP Yovani Gallardo and cash from the Brewers for IF Luis Sardinas and pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan. The Cubs acquired OF Dexter Fowler from the Astros for IF Luis Valbuena and P Dan Straily. The Astros signed OF Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal. The Giants signed OF Nori Aoki to a one-year deal with a club/mutual option
Ernie Banks arrived in Chicago by way of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, where he played under manager John “Buck” O’Neil, one of the eventual founders of the Negro Leagues Museum. Banks frequently checked in on the museum and was one of its proudest supporters.
Cubs icon Ernie Banks, who would’ve celebrated his 84th birthday in one week on Jan. 31, passed away Friday. His death sparked an outpouring of reaction.
Billy Williams felt the absence of Ernie Banks during Cubs Convention last weekend, and Williams’ biggest fears came true Friday, when he heard his former teammate and longtime friend had passed away.