Garrett Jones’ hearing against the Pirates was the final one of the arbitration season and his loss means that teams defeated players in five of the seven cases that went the distance.
MLB Trade Rumors notes that the seven hearings represent just five percent of the 142 total arbitration eligible players, as settling for one-year deals and in some cases agreeing to multi-year contracts was the preferred route for both sides, as usual.
Jones lost to the Pirates, Jose Veras lost to the Brewers, John Lannan lost to the Nationals, Jeff Niemann lost to the Rays, and Brad Bergesen lost to the Orioles, all for less than $3 million. Both player victories came against the Marlins, as Anibal Sanchez and Emilio Bonifacio beat Miami for $8 million and $2.2 million respectively.
Last offseason there were only three arbitration hearings and the players won two of them.
Today is the 13th anniversary of one of the most exciting and iconic plays in postseason history. On October 17, 2004, the Yankees and the Red Sox faced off in Game 4 of the ALCS. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead in the series and held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth. The Red Sox were three outs from being eliminated by the Yankees. Again.
Kevin Millar led off the inning facing Mariano Rivera and worked the greatest closer in baseball history for a walk. Terry Francona inserted Dave Roberts as a pinch runner. Everyone in the building knew that Roberts had one job: get to second base and scoring position. Despite everyone knowing it was coming, Roberts swiped second base. He’d come around to score, the Sox won the game in 12 innings, would win the next three and the World Series, completing the greatest comeback in postseason history and ending an 86-year championship drought.
Understandably, the Red Sox wanted to remember that wonderful day today. So they tweeted about it:
The Yankees, however, weren’t gonna let that one go by: