Craig ran a story in October explaining why current Diamondbacks manager and former Dodgers legend Kirk Gibson is selling several pieces of his personal memorabilia.
Gibson basically said that the memories of his playing career are locked in his head and that he doesn’t need bats and batting gloves on display at his home to prove his accomplishments in the game of baseball. He’s giving some of the proceeds to charity, too, which makes it an even more reasonable move.
The way things are going, it looks like he might have a lot of money to go around.
According to the Associated Press, the bat that Gibson used to launch his famous home run “on two bad knees” in the 1988 World Series is already up to $90,570. In a world where baseball memorabilia no longer regularly goes for millions, Gibson’s stuff is doing quite well.
He is also auctioning off his home and road jerseys from that 1988 Fall Classic and his batting helmet.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.