UPDATE: Clark Spencer snapped a picture of today’s remembrance ceremony for the Miami Herald. And here’s a recap of the day’s events.
12:02pm: ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a powerful piece this morning on Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died suddenly last week in a Salt Lake City hotel room. McGregor wasn’t often in the public eye as an executive of the Mountain Time Zone’s only baseball team, but he clearly had an impact on the lives of those that knew him.
Take a minute, or two, and learn a little about him and the way he affected the Rockies both on and off the field. He was a family man at heart, with four kids ranging from ages 11 to 19, but also gained the admiration of million-dollar athletes during his 17 years with the organization.
Veteran first baseman Todd Helton was asked to describe McGregor just 48 hours after the announcement of his untimely death. His response:
“That’s a tough one,” Helton said, quietly. “If you went around and asked
anybody in this room what kind of man you’d want to grow up and be, 99
percent would have said him. He’s the type of guy we all strive to be.”
The Rockies will honor McGregor this morning with a public service at Coors Field.
Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …
Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.
Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.
Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.
He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.
Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …
The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.
Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.