Jerry Coleman doesn’t get as much notice in the National Treasure Broadcaster beat as Vin Scully and Bob Uecker, but he’s most excellent and much-loved in San Diego. And for good reason. Yesterday he got the legend treatment at Petco Park:
Saturday night, a day after his 88th birthday, the Padres celebrated the life of Jerry Coleman by unveiling a statue of the San Diego treasure at the East Village entrance to the Park at the Park. The only other member of the Padres to be so honored is Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn.
“Jerry Coleman is one of those very few men who achieve iconic status,” Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said recently. “I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Jerry.
Coolest thing: the statue is not him with a microphone. It’s him in his Marine Corps flight suit. Click
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.
Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.
Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.
The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.
Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.
Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.
EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.