Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski put his gold gloves and the gear he was wearing during Game 7 of the 1960 World Series up for auction. And it brought a pretty nice haul: $1.7 million.
The buyer of most of the stuff was Thomas Tull, a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the CEO of Legendary Pictures. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review spoke to Milene Mazeroski, who was pleased with the proceeds and the fact that the stuff will go to someone with Pittsburgh ties.
We’ve seen a lot of these memorabilia auctions recently. My first impulse when I see them is to think that so-and-so player is in financial trouble. But reading this story and many of the others, you get a pretty strong sense that, for most of these guys, the memories are way more important than the hardware, which eventually just becomes clutter.
I kinda like that.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.