11/28/11

Baseball: - Rogers Hornsby, Draft Pick Compensation, Ed Wade, Don Newcombe, Rinku Singh

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With his .358 career batting average, Rogers Hornsby rates as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. While the “Rajah” dominated on the field, his life was full of struggles and controversy. In particular, he was a regular in the legal system, constantly popping up in investigations and law suits. As the years have passed, much of his troubles have been forgotten. However, it is a fascinating study to explore the near constant nature of his connection with trouble. http://networkedblogs.com/qDJvv

Oh, and then there’s the matter of draft pick compensation. Starting in 2012, “Type A” and “Type B” free agents and the use of the Elias ranking system will be eliminated. Now, only Players who have been with their Clubs for the entire season will be subject to compensation and a free agent will be subject to compensation if his former Club offers him a guaranteed one-year contract with a salary equal to the average salary of the 125-highest paid Players from the prior season. That equals approx. $12.5 million now. http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5522:good-bad&catid=26:editorials&Itemid=39

In a press release by the Houston Astros, the team announced that they have dismissed general manager Ed Wade and president of baseball operations, Tal Smith. The press release continues: “The search for a new General Manager begins immediately. We are searching for a candidate who has the knowledge, skills and experience to build a winner and a strong commitment to player development in order to sustain success. Our goal is to consistently compete for a championship, and we know the first step towards that goal is to develop one of the top farm systems in baseball. We will hire the best candidate available to achieve our goal. http://www.prorumors.com/2011/11/rumors/houston-astros-dismiss-gm-ed-wade?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Don Newcombe, 1956 - The Dodgers owned the ballot. Newcombe wooed 66 percent of voters behind a 27-7 record, 3.06 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, and a 3.02 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Meanwhile, Duke Snider, who owned a .292/.399/.598 line while playing good defense in center field, finished 10th overall and fifth amongst Dodgers receiving votes. No disrespect intended towards Newcombe, Sam Magile, Jim Gilliam, or Pee Wee Reese—each who contributed to a very good Dodgers team—but Snider deserved more attention. He led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, adjusted-OPS, home runs, walks, and intentional walks (thus, proof that he possessed “The Fear”). The real shame is that Snyder, who had finished top-five in the previous three votes, would never win the award, despite having a strong claim to it in 1956. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15575



RINKU SINGH'S story is so amazing, Hollywood is making a movie about it. Picture this; a young athlete from the Indian town of Lucknow who doesn't speak a word of English, getting pushed to compete in a reality television series, winning it, and embarking on a career as a professional baseballer in the United States. And that's the short version. Right now Singh, who is part of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, is in Adelaide, beginning a three-month stint as a pitcher with the Bite. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/other-sport/adelaide-bite-indian-star-rinku-singh-is-all-hollywood/story-fn34oii8-1226206597314

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