Legendary sports announcer Dick Enberg passed away unexpectedly in his home yesterday. He announced all types of sports from his play-by-play for college basketball, college and professional football and Major League Baseball. He also called other sporting events such as boxing, tennis, golf, horse racing and the Olympics.
San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Bryce Miller broke the sad news on Twitter. He also stated that Dick’s wife believes her husband died of a heart attack.
Dick who last worked for the San Diego Padres had just retired from broadcasting in 2016. Don Orsillo, the former Red Sox announced had taken over for Dick and shared his thoughts on his passing.
The Cleveland Indians have filled their void at First Base by signing Yonder Alonso. The deal is for two years at $16 million, with an $8 million vesting option for a third year.
Although this move isn’t a big splash, the Indians get a comparable player to Carlos Santana at a bargain price. Santana signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 3 years $60 million.
Last year, Alonso hit 28 HR and 67 RBI’s with a .266 BA, while Santana hit 23 HR and 79 RBI’s with a .259 BA.
Again, not a big splash but atleast there is no real drop off in production and you get him for a third of the cost.
Breaking news: The Tampa Bay Rays and the San Francisco Giants have agreed on a trade that will send 3B Evan Longoria and cash to the Giants for 3B Christian Arroyo and OF Denard Span along with prospects LHP Matt Krook & Stephen Woods.
Bad news for Pablo Sandoval, looks like hes out of a job again. This now gives the Giants another big bat in their lineup to go along with Buster Posey.
For the Rays, they get a young player who has great upside and a veteran CF that they can plug in for a year. The Rays also shed Longoria’s contract and even though its a bargain it will still help lower their payroll.
In the end, it looks like both sides win. I would give a slight edge to the Giants because Longoria is a stud and will help them immediately.
Orioles’ closer Zach Britton will miss at least six months due to a serious injury this offseason. The Orioles all-star who was on the disabled list for two months last season due to a left forearm strain, will now be out after rupturing his Achilles tendon while working out. The Orioles were in hopes of trading Britton this season, which now derails their plans to do so. Britton is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2019 season.
The baseball season is over and now begins the much anticipated MLB awards. The categories for both AL and NL are MVP, CY Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. The top three vote-getters in each category have been announced — here are this years’ finalists.
The OCB boys have picked their winners for each category. It appears that everyone believes Jose Altuve will win AL MVP, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger will win AL & NL Rookie of the year and A.J Hinch will win AL Manager of the Year. With that said, this years award-race should be tight and anyone can win.
Awful news coming at the end of the afternoon today that broke. Roy Halladay, the beloved retired pitcher for the Blue Jays and Phillies, has passed away today in a plane crash. His private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. There aren’t many more details at this time but he was only 40 years old and is survived by his wife and two children. Sad stuff and the pouring of shock and devastation is coming from all athletes. RIP to a legend.
In a not so surprising move, the Red Sox have named Alex Cora as their 47th manager in team history. For the past week, it was speculated that he was the top choice for the open manager spot. The only other notable competition he had was Arizona Diamondbacks’ assistant coach Ron Gardenhire. That all changed on Saturday, when Gardenhire was swept up by the Detroit Tigers. From there, it was clear that Cora was the man for the job. The team has not made it official yet — they must wait for Cora‘s current team to finish their season. Currently, he is the Houston Astros’ bench coach and the organization is about to embark in their second ever World Series appearance.
This is not Cora’s first stint in Boston, he played for the Red Sox from 2005-2008 mainly as a utility infielder. Although he was never a star player, he was always highly respected by fellow players and had a reputation amongst fans as being a very like-able person.
Right now, he feels like the right type of manager that the Red Sox need. They need someone that is personable — and like-able among the fans and players. They also need a person the younger players can go to and the fact that he speaks Spanish should help out some of the Hispanic players on the Sox. The biggest question mark is going to be whether he can in game manage and handle the scrutiny of the Red Sox brass. There are high expectations in Boston and we’ll see if Cora is able to handle that.