Trust brings City Clinics program to PR
Delgado, Feliciano among big leaguers teaching kids
A group of community-minded big leaguers hosted a free, three-hour clinic for hundreds of underprivileged kids in Puerto Rico.
Carlos Delgado, Pedro Feliciano and Angel Pagan were joined by former big leaguer Sandy Alomar Sr. in the town of Carolina on Saturday for the seventh in a series of 10 City Clinics hosted by the Players Trust in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
In addition to receiving hands-on instruction in baserunning, hitting, pitching, throwing and fielding, the youngsters participated in a question-and-answer session with the players and received free T-shirts, autographs and refreshments during the midday event at Roberto Clemente Stadium.
Initiated this season, City Clinics is a campaign underwritten and developed by Major Leaguers to promote baseball to underprivileged children, ages 6-16, in select cities across the United States and Latin America.
Clinics were held in Phoenix; Philadelphia; Orange, Calif., Myrtle Beach S.C.; South Florida; and Atlanta earlier this year, while clinics are being held this weekend in Dallas and Houston. A clinic will be held in San Diego in January.
Miller gets support from Grebey: Founding MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller, again on the Hall of Fame's executive ballot despite being snubbed in 2005 and 2007, has the public support of one of his primary adversaries in baseball management.
"I think Marvin deserves to be in the Hall of Fame," Ray Grebey told MLB.com. "He was a strong adversary, but I respect what he did for baseball. When you sit across the table and have disputes, it doesn't diminish what he did."
Grebey, now 82 and retired in Stamford, Conn., was the owners' chief negotiator in 1981 when the owners' hard-line positions led to a 50-day strike by players and a split season.
Teixeira, Jeter add fielding hardware: First baseman Mark Teixeira and shortstop Derek Jeter, key components in the Yankees' outstanding infield defense, were named to the Rawlings American League Gold Glove team on Tuesday.
Jeter earned his fourth Gold Glove at shortstop while Teixeira earned his third at first. It is Jeter's first since 2006 and caps a season in which he worked hard to his defense.
"I've said it time and time again -- playing championship-caliber baseball starts with pitching and defense," Jeter told MLB.com. "I think those two components were certainly the foundation for our success in 2009. I've always taken a great deal of pride in my defense, and being honored with a Gold Glove is an accomplishment I will never overlook."
It was also Teixeira's first Gold Glove since 2006.
"Solid defense is the most underrated component of winning baseball, but it is something I have always taken pride in," Teixeira said. "Winning a third Gold Glove means a lot to me, especially when good defense helped our entire team reach the ultimate goal of a world championship."
Mark Buehrle, a first-time Gold Glove recipient, compared the satisfaction of winning the award to throwing his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23.
"It's weird to say, but it does rank just as high up as the perfect game," Buehrle said during a conference call Tuesday as reported by MLB.com. "In this case, you are doing 95 percent of the work, whereas during a perfect game, you are making the pitches, but you also have to depend on everyone making the plays behind you.
"I don't want to say that I've been after it, but I definitely take pride in fielding my position. I've always wanted to win a Gold Glove. It's a great honor."
Ichiro and Torii Hunter were given the award for a ninth consecutive year in the outfield, where they were joined by first-time winner Adam Jones.
Catcher Joe Mauer won his second straight, and second baseman Placido Polanco earned his second. Meanwhile, third baseman Evan Longoria won for the first time.
"It's the one award that I've wanted to win since I started pro ball," Longoria told MLB.com. "I take a lot of pride in my defense, so this award is very special to me. It's humbling to have your name associated with some of the great players who have won a Gold Glove, especially the third basemen."
Long-term deal could be next for Crawford: The Rays exercised their contractual option with Carl Crawford and indicated a desire to forge a long-term commitment with the All-Star left fielder, who is already the team's career leader in hits, runs, stolen bases, triples and RBIs.
"Carl's a big part of what we have accomplished and what we will accomplish," Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman told the Tampa Tribune. "Obviously, the question everyone wants to know is, what does the future mean? I don't think anyone can answer that.
"Both sides are very interested, which is a great starting point. ... It's safe to assume that, at some point, we will have conversations about possibly extending the contract even further."
Snyder making progress after back surgery: Six weeks after back surgery, Chris Snyder is pleased with the progress he is making with his rehab.
"Talking with D-backs trainers and [the] doctor that performed the surgery, I'm right where I need to be," the Arizona catcher told MLB.com. "There has not been a setback; there has not been anything freak happening."
As of now, Snyder is on schedule to be ready for the start of Spring Training and the 2010 season.
Branyan wants multi-year deal in Seattle: Russell Branyan turned down the Mariners' first offer of a one-year deal and an option but believes he will come to agreement during their exclusive negotiating period.
"I'm highly optimistic," Branyan told the Seattle Times. "I don't feel like I'm going anywhere right now. We filed free agency just like 180 or so other players. It's nothing out of the ordinary. I don't think that should be a signal we're going somewhere. I think it's just part of the process."
"I really want to get something done; I really want to stay in Seattle and be there the next couple of years," he said. "That would be awesome. It would be nice to finish out my career there, but it's obviously in their hands. It really is. I'm not being too demanding. I just want a fair shake."
Wakefield eyes Boston career wins record: Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox agreed to a two-year contract that will likely be his last.
Wakefield now has a clear chance to reach two milestones. He needs 11 wins to reach 200 for his career and 18 victories to reach 193 wins in a Red Sox uniform, which would set the club record. Cy Young and Roger Clemens share the all-time record with 192 wins. But if Wakefield is short of the record when his new contract expires, he will probably still retire.
"I can tell you with all seriousness that, after this two-year deal's up, I probably won't play anymore," Wakefield told MLB.com. "It gets me to 45. It gives me an opportunity to break Roger Clemens' and Cy Young's record. It gives me a chance to get to 200 wins career-wise. That's what I'm most excited about. They understand it, and they're giving me an opportunity to get it done. That's the really cool thing about it. I'm ecstatic."
Free agent Pavano to give Twins first look: Carl Pavano wants to give Minnesota every chance to keep him in the fold.
"I want to sit down with the Twins and see which direction they want to go," Pavano's agent, Tom O'Connell told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "[Pavano] really enjoyed his time there and finished great. He wants to see if it's a fit moving forward."
Fields ready for new beginning with Royals: Josh Fields, who came to the Royals along with Chris Getz in exchange for Mark Teahan, likes the idea of a change of scenery.
"I'm looking at it as a fresh start," Fields told the Kansas City Star. "I've played against the Royals for a while. So, they know what I can and can't do. As far as where I'm going to [play], that hasn't been discussed. It's a little early in the day for stuff like that."
Tillman thankful for dozen starts: Chris Tillman is just 21, but he got 12 Major League starts for the Orioles after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk at the end of July.
"I gotta thank the Orioles for that," the pitcher told MLB.com. "They gave me a chance early. Because of injuries and guys getting hurt and the way things were going up there, they had to call someone up."
Closing could be future for free agent Lyon: Free agent Brandon Lyon had a 1.56 ERA from June through the end of the season and put himself in position to enter the market as a potential closer.
"If there's an opportunity to close, I think he still feels like he can close," his agent, Barry Meister, told MLB.com. "But he enjoyed the job that he did with the Tigers. I think it's just kind of a question of putting all these variables together."
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