September 2008 - Baseball Wiretap
White Sox Beat Twins For AL Central
The Chicago White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 1-0 on Tuesday night to win the AL Central Title. After 162 games the two teams were tied for first place in the division, so a tie-breaker game was held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. John Danks threw eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits, with the first coming in on a double by Michael Cuddyer in the fifth inning. Bobby Jenks then came on in the ninth to retire the Twins and propel the White Sox into the playoffs. Jim Thome was responsible for the only run of the game, hitting a solo shot off Minnesota's Nick Blackburn in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blackburn pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up the one run on four hits. The White Sox will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Rays in the ALDS on Thursday.
Red Sox Had Teixeira In 1998, But He Chose School
The Red Sox landed Mark Teixeira when they drafted him in the ninth round of the 1998 draft, but he chose to attend Georgia Tech when his family and he learned how Boston landed him. The Sox put out a false report that Teixeira wanted to go to college, which kept teams from drafting him. The strategy worked in one sense, but it backfired badly when Teixeira's adviser Scott Boras and his father John were so upset with what the Sox had done that they walked away from a take-it-or-leave it $1.5 million bonus. Teixeira ended up going to Georgia Tech. "That was the greatest decision of my life, both professionally and personally," said Teixeira recently. "It was made very clear to me that I wasn't ready for pro baseball. The business of it is something I completely understand now, but as an 18-year-old kid it was completely unfair." "I got to go to college and have the three best years of my life. And I can't complain on how my career has turned out. I was upset about it for a couple of weeks, but then I started getting into college, and once I stepped on the campus of Georgia Tech, I knew it was meant to be."
TV Exec: We Want Cubs To Reach World Series
Even without the Yankees in the postseason, television executives would be happy with ratings if the Cubs advance deep in October. "If we can get the Cubs to the World Series, it?s going to be huge," said Neil Mulcahy, Fox Sports executive vice president of sales. "It?s all about the Cubs right now."
Pettitte Won't Commit To 2009
Andy Pettitte only wants to pitch for the Yankees next season if he decides to continue playing, but he's not ready to commit just yet. "I think Andy will continue to pitch," Manager Joe Girardi said. Pettitte has said that he would like to pitch in the new Yankee Stadium. "Like I've told you all over and over, I'm not real sure," Pettitte said. "Just looked at the ballpark over there and I would love to do it. I just feel like I need to get away and like I've told you all, I've got some things that I need to weigh over and figure out." "Hopefully, I can come to a conclusion pretty quick and figure out what I would like to do."
Braves Want Lowe This Winter
The Braves will be looking to fortify their pitching rotation this winter and could have their eye on Derek Lowe. "Improve our starting pitching ? that?s our No. 1 priority," General Manager Frank Wren said Monday. Recently, Atlanta has had scouts following the Dodgers around scouting Lowe, who will become a free agent at season's end.
Could Twins Give Mauer $100M Extension?
Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer is in the middle of a four-year deal worth $33 million, but the Twins could try to lock him up with a lucrative extension this winter. The Twins don't have a history of spending much money, but they could make the move in order to ensure Mauer will be a fixture on the team when Target Field opens in 2010. A five-year extension could be worth close to $100 million given Mauer's production and possible second AL batting title.
Orioles Could Make Run At Teixeira, Burnett
The Orioles could make a play for expected free agents Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett this winter. Teixeira grew up just outside of Baltimore, and Burnett lives close to the city during the offseason. "I think we would be remiss if we don't look into what might be unique opportunities in the case of geographic ties to the area," said Andy MacPhail, who did not name names. "I think we owe it to our fans to explore that. Again, I don't know how realistic it would be, but I think we'd be remiss in not exploring it."
Could Arizona Deal Byrnes To Mets?
The Diamondbacks could look to trade outfielder Eric Byrnes this winter, and the Mets could be a likely destination. Byrnes is owed $22 million over the next two years, and they could deal him from another bad contract, like that of New York's Luis Castillo. The second baseman is owed $18 million through 2011.
Cashman Will Remain GM Of Yankees Through 2011
The New York Yankees announced today that they have reached an agreement with Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman to remain in the same role through the 2011 season.
College Course On 'Red Sox Nation' Becomes A Big Hit
Margaret Creighton, a history professor at Bates College, came up with the idea for "Red Sox Nation: Baseball and American Culture" following the Boston's loss to the New York Yankees in the 2003 American League championship series. The course was first offered at the small liberal arts college in 2005, a year after the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918. With only 15 openings, it took only a minute or so for the class to fill up when online registration opened.
Cubs/Dodgers NLDS Preview
The Chicago Cubs enter the postseason in the unfamiliar position of National League favorites.
Lee And Lidge Win Comeback Player Awards
Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians and Brad Lidge of the Philadelphia Phillies were named recipients of the 2008 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Giants Will Be In Sabathia Market
The Giants will be in the market for CC Sabathia this winter as they determine how serious his interest is in returning to the Bay Area.
White Sox Want A Blackout On Tuesday
The White Sox are urging fans attending Tuesday's game to wear all black in support of the team.
Delgado: I'd Like To Be Back
The Mets are rumored to want Carlos Delgado back next season, and the first baseman would like to return to the team in 2009, as well.
Wrigleyville Bars Agree To Stop Serving Alcohol After Seventh
Bars and restaurants surrounding Wrigley Field have reluctantly agreed to stop serving alcohol after the seventh inning of potential series-clinching Cubs playoff games.
Padres Will Bring Black Back In 2009
The Padres will bring Manager Bud Black back next season.
Crawford: I'm Ready For ALDS
Rays' outfielder Carl Crawford has declared himself ready to play in the ALDS later this week.
Mariano Rivera Opts For Shoulder Surgery
Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera has decided to have arthroscopic surgery to clear up the calcification on top of his AC joint in his right shoulder.
White Sox Win To Force Playoff With Twins
The Twins and White Sox will play Tuesday night for the AL Central title.
Giants Won't Trade Cain?
Giants' general manager Brian Sabean told the press that both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain will be untouchable this winter.
Lohse Signs $41 Million Contract With Cardinals
Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to a $41 million, four-year contract.
How Does Yankees' 13-Season Streak Measure Up?
The Yankees have had more playoff appearances in that 13-season span than 21 other teams have had during their entire existence.
Jays CEO Godfrey Steps Down
As expected, Paul Godfrey resigned Monday as president and CEO of the Blue Jays after eight seasons with the club.
Mets Likely To Let Oliver Perez Walk?
The Mets also probably won't make a serious push for the biggest free agent starters like CC Sabathia, Ben Sheets or A.J. Burnett.
Manny's Impact Could Boost Dodgers' Revenues $15 Million
The Dodgers could reap as much as $15 million from Ramirez this season.
Tigers Won't Pick Up Renteria's Option
The Tigers won't pick up shortstop Edgar Renteria's option for next season, President/GM Dave Dombrowski said Monday.
Scout: Mets' Core Hitters Just Don't Get It Done
The Mets were once again unable to make the postseason, largely due to the lack of depth in their bullpen, but some baseball people blame their talented core of hitters.
Hunter: MLB Homer Drop Due To Testing
There were fewer home runs hit in 2008 than in any season since 2003, and Torii Hunter believes PED testing has contributed to the decline.