David Price wasn’t at his best last night, needing 115 pitches to record 15 outs and allowing nine baserunners in five innings of two-run ball, but still beat the Tigers for his AL-leading 15th win.
With the victory Price is also now the Rays’ all-time leader in single-season wins:
DAVID PRICE 2010 15
James Shields 2008 14
Edwin Jackson 2008 14
Rolando Arrojo 1998 14
Jeff Niemann 2009 13
Andy Sonnanstine 2008 13
Scott Kazmir 2007 13
Obviously only existing since 1998 plays a big role in the franchise’s unimpressive win leaders, but there’s a lot more to it than just that. In the 13 seasons it took the Rays to have one 15-game winner, there were 319 different instances of a pitcher winning 15 or more games.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.
Rangers reliever Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease. As a result, the lefty will miss at least half of the 2017 regular season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was diagnosed with the illness when he was 11 years old. He has brought awareness to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America with a “Gut It Out” campaign.
Diekman, who turns 30 years old on Saturday, finished the 2016 campaign with a 3.40 ERA and a 59/26 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. He came to the Rangers from the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31, 2015.
The Rangers and Diekman avoided arbitration last Friday, agreeing to a $2.55 million salary for the 2017 season.