Fernando Rodney gained 1 first place vote when it came to the AL Cy Young this past week. Whether or not he deserved one or not, especially with him not being mentioned as a “finalist” in the first year of that adjustment, it cannot be denied how awesome of a season he had. He had (ERA wise) the best season a relief pitcher ever had. The great part of the story is how he was essentially washed up after a failed contract with the Los Angeles Angels which resulted in him losing the closing job in 2011 to Jordan Walden.
Of course, many compare his 2012 season to the 1990 season of Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley. Mainly because of the similarities and the fact that Eckersley had held the record for lowest ERA in a season (minimum of 50 IP). Since the ERAs were so close, could most of the other stats be so similar? Probably not, since they happened 22 years apart in non-exact relief eras. Or could they?
Rodney finished 2012 with a 2-2 record with
The full-court press is on for free-agent center fielder B.J. Upton.
Upton not only met with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, but also spoke with the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the week, according to major-league sources.
Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies' longtime shortstop, was part of the team's contingent that met with Upton, sources said.
Upton, 28, is the youngest...
Ben and Sam discuss the finding that Jose Molina`s receiving was worth 50 runs and talk about what it`s implications for baseball might be.