Courtesy of ‘Duk at Big League Stew comes word that the wackiest of all baseball stories — long in development hell — may finally be coming to the big screen:
The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of
2 New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping
wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues. Ben Affleck has become attached to direct and potentially star in the Warner Bros film . . . Teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich stunned the country when they
disclosed in spring training 1973 that they were trading wives.
Peterson had fallen in love with Susanne Kekich and his teammate fell
in love with Marilyn Peterson. Fritz and Susanne remain a couple till
this day, while Mike and Marilyn drifted apart.
I seem to remember that the reason this movie was held up in the past was that Major League Baseball and/or the Yankees didn’t want to allow filmmakers to use their logos and names and stuff in a movie that would put them in an seedy or unseemly light. That always seemed a bit fuddy-duddish to me. The Kekich-Peterson thing is more silly than immoral, more of a cultural curio than a social threat.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.