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Sunday, January 20, 2013Top 10 rotations in MLB history
|Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux were a formidable trio in the 1990s for the Braves.|
1. 1997 Atlanta Braves
2. 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
3. 2011 Philadelphia Phillies
Greatest rotation ERAs since 1987
|1988||New York Mets||2.97|
|1989||Los Angeles Dodgers||3.02|
|From Justin Havens of ESPN Stats & Info|
4. 1954 Cleveland Indians
5. 1907 Chicago Cubs
6. 1986 Houston Astros
7. 1971 Baltimore Orioles
8. 1948 Cleveland Indians
9. 1939 New York Yankees
10. 1905 Philadelphia Athletics
New York baseball writers' dinner report
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TIME TO CHANGE SUBJECT TO ALCOHOL
By Murray ChassJanuary 20, 2013
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Sunday, January 20, 2013David Wright engaged to model Molly Beers
By Adam Rubin
Scott Wintrow/Getty ImagesMolly Beers and David Wright.
Weeks after model Molly Beers accompanied Wright to the winter meetings for his contract-extension announcement, the couple became engaged over the holidays, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com.
No wedding date has yet been set.
JOE POSNANSKI: SPORTS ON EARTH
REMEMBERING THE MAN
Hall of Famer Stan Musial passed away Saturday night at his home in Missouri. (Getty Images)
Stan Musial, Gentlemanly Slugger and Cardinals’ Stan the Man, Dies at 92
From MLB Trade Rumors:
- The field of available DH options for the Rays has thinned out somewhat, but there are still a good number of options including Luke Scott and Delmon Young, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Other free agent sluggers that Tampa Bay might consider include Dan Johnson, Aubrey Huff, Jim Thome, and Carlos Lee.
- The Mets’ plan is to emulate the Giants by playing sound baseball in a large ballpark and developing strong pitching to carry them through, writes Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. Sandy Alderson & Co. see it as the more cost-effective plan towards winning as home run hitters tend to cost big bucks.
- The Yankees knew that they would be parting ways with Rafael Soriano this winter and GM Brian Cashman told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that he wasn't exactly sweating things out before the closer signed with the Nationals. Agent Scott Boras still has to find homes for Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse,Francisco Rodriguez, and Jose Valverde, but says that he's not afraid to wait for the right deal.
"I want to thank everybody from Fred and Jeff Wilpon, to Jay Horwitz, to Sandy Alderson. By the way, Jay Horwitz, one of these days they're going to make an award after him. I know it. If you don't know Jay Horwitz, he's the P.R. guy for the Mets. A fantastic guy. But the only thing is, it's not going to be a plaque. It's going to be a bobblehead, with mustard on the tie. But he's great.
"I have so many thank-yous to my Met family. And that's what it really felt like while I was here. I was embraced by the fans and the staff. I don't think I could have ever wished to play for a better manager than Terry Collins. Terry, thank you very much.
"I also need to thank, obviously, my wife [Anne]. She's here. I think Cy Young's wife, her name was Robba. For every Cy Young Award winner who has a mate, is married, there needs to be a Robba Young Award to go alongside of it, because I have drug her from every little city in the country, to Venezuela, to Puerto Rico, to the Dominican Republic, and everywhere in between. All the while, she never wavered. She didn't want me to have any regrets, even when I thought about giving it up to try to support our family. We were making $1,100 a month -- just the months we were playing -- and we were trying to get by. So thank you, Anne, for that. I appreciate it, and I love you.
"And a special thanks to who I refer to as the Jedi council of knuckleballers. They are Charlie Hough, Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield. When I met Charlie Hough in 2005, I was on my way out. I had run my course as a conventional pitcher, was throwing 85 mph, and didn't have the control of Greg Maddux. I was serving up some balls that still haven't landed. And so I knew it was time to do something else.
"And I had people in my life who loved me well enough to tell me the truth. That was Buck Showalter and Orel Hershiser and Mark Connor. And they said, 'What you've got now isn't going to cut it. And if you want to try to be a knuckleballer, then we'll give you that opportunity.' And so I took it. Seventy-five thousand knuckleballs off a cinder-block wall later, here I am. I would not be here if it weren't for Charlie, Phil and Tim. And this is an award not only to be celebrated with them, but with the city of New York and the New York Mets fan base."