It’s a three-peat, but not the kind you want. For the first time in his soon-to-be Hall of Fame career, Mariano Rivera blew a save three consecutive trips to the mound.
It appears the unstoppable isn’t quite the hurler he once was.
The end result was a Yankees loss to the Detroit Tigers, 5-4. Rivera, who has 643 saves, hadn’t failed to get the save in three-consecutive in his 936 relief appearances.
More to come…
It was all quiet on the eastern front Saturday as Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez did not meet with the union. The meeting will likely discuss A-Rod’s suspension through the rest of the season.
ESPN is currently reporting that A-Rod’s season is likely done. The Associated Press is reporting that a meeting is likely and the also likely to discuss some kind of suspension.
Saturday night, Rodriguez was in Trenton, N.J. playing in what could be his last game of the year.
According to the AP before Rodriguez took the field Saturday, his people attempted to contact the Yankees, the MLB union head, Michael Weiner, and MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred. Both the Yankees and MLB said they had no interest in talking.
Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will not be participating in the World Baseball Classic this summer.
“I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC,” Suzuki told the Associated Press. “But after the second tournament in 2009 I never considered playing in the third event.”
Suzuki, who turns 40 next year, helped Japan win the WBC in 2006 and 2009.
He isn’t the only former Japanese player to pass on the opportunity to compete. Both Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki will not play
It’s thought that Japan will now likely field a team with players from Japan with only a few Major League players.
At 71-years-old, Pete Rose is stepping back into the batters box. Only this time he is taking a crack at reality television.
The cable network TLC, most famous for home and garden fixer-uppers, says it has started production a show following baseball’s all-time hitting leader and his fiancee, model Kiana Kim.
“It’s not going to be classless,” Rose told Entertainment Weekly. “It seems like a lot of reality shows aren’t really reality, but our reality show is going to be funny, entertaining and real.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ms. Kim, feel free to help yourself to the Google Machine for a moment.
Turns out that the series will follow the two from wedding plans to trying to convince the two families to like each other. So far the series is only “ok’d” for five episodes, but more could be added later.
No air-date has been released yet.
Since it is the begining of Spring Training and I can’t wait for baseball season to start, I wanted to remind Yankee fans that the Blue Jays aren’t just going to take it on the chin in 2012.
Well, at least not in March. Hey, one game at a time, right?
If you missed the game today – which I have no doubt you did – catcher J.P. Arencibia and southpaw left-fielder Travis Snider homered and Brett Cecil gave up one hit over two scoreless innings.
And the Yankees pinstripes looked more like jail bars because they were held captive in a losing effort, 6-1.
Adam Lind went 2-for-3 and scored on Colby Rasmus’ grounder to shortstop.
The Blue Jays offered the Yankees insult to injury. Earlier Thursday, the Yankees learned their All-Star pitcher David Robertson sprained his foot when he fell down the stairs at his house.
Great way to start the 2012 season.
The Cleveland Indians received some less than beneficial news Thursday. Outfielder Grady Sizemore went under the knife to help solve some lower back problems. Again. This time at the University of Miami.
This surgery was titled “minimally invasive” but will keep the eight-year pro off the field for eight to 12 weeks.
Sizemore resigned with the Indians this past offseason. He’ll return to Arizona to rehab with the team.
He only played in 71 games last season.
Please consider this for the sake of argument, comparison and, well, fun: Could the Washington Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg be the next Todd Van Poppel?
Consider the similarities: Blazing fastball, first-round pick and both are about 6’4 and 215 pounds. Both players debuted at home. The main difference is Strasburg got the win, Van Poppel got a no decision.
But think of the hype involved with the two players. Recall back in 1990 when Van Poppel was taken 14th. He was touted as the next Nolan Ryan. He had a fastball just shy of 100mph. He was apart of the “Four Aces”.
Strasburg was dubbed the savior of the Nationals franchise. Together with Bryce Harper, they were supposed to provide a one-two punch that lifted the Nationals into contention in the NL.
Well, Strasburg is entering his third season. So far, he was 10 starts, six wins and an ERA of 2.54. Not bad.
The main difference might be the patience shown by the Nationals front office. Washington has made is clear they don’t want to leave Strasburg out there more than about 150 innings this season. The team also bolstered it’s rotation. The Nats added Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson to go along with Jordan Zimmerman, John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang.
Then again, Van Poppel did have Steve Ontiveros, Ron Darling, Ed Nunez, Dave Leiper and, some guy named, Dennis Eckersley during his third year in the Bigs. And he only won seven games that year.
Despite all of the off-season woes that have troubled the L.A. Dodgers organization, Don Mattingly is the manager and Ned Coletti is still the General Manager. Despite the L.A. Angels of Anaheim signing Albert Pujols, the Dodgers still have Matt Kemp (39 HR, 126 RBIs).
And despite starting 2012 in the shadow of their neighbors to the north, the L.A. Dodgers made a statement.
According to The Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley, the Dodgers still think they own L.A. McCauley writes: “Don Mattingly made one thing clear before his team’s first full-squad spring training workout: The Dodgers still reign in L.A.”
Colletti, still working to put the financial woes behind the team, was quoted as saying, “at this stage, it will be good to get another chapter going.”
In an interesting twist, reports are surfacing that All-Star Manny Ramirez is moving north to play with the Oakland Athletics.
ESPN was the first to report the deal. Since then multiple sources have been reporting that the deal is worth roughly $500,000. Although the deal is contingent on Ramirez passing a team physical and – you guessed it – another drug test.
Of course before Man-Ram can play in an A’s uniform he must sit out a 5-game suspension for testing positive on a drug test for a second time.
As Associated Press writer Janie McCauley pointed out: “Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30 – on his 40th birthday.”
Of course as The [Five] Sides Casey Grogan made clear there is only one person to blame for this move: Dan Johnson.
Minnesota Twins reliever Matt Capps wasn’t expecting to return to the Twin Cities. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound closer didn’t think it would be his decision.
After finishing 2011 with a 4-7 record and a 4.25 ERA, most pitchers would be run out of town, not asked to return. But the 28-year-old righty was asked to return to Minnesota on Monday. General Manager Terry Ryan decided to keep Capps as the closer after Joe Nathan left for the Texas Rangers.
Capps told reporters that he was happy the team showed faith in his abilities. He is now out to prove that 2011 was a fluke.
In his seven MLB seasons, Capps is 28-29 with 124 saves with a 3.51 ERA.