The Padres have announced that broadcaster and former player and manager Jerry Coleman has passed away at the age of 89. Coleman spent nine seasons from 1949-1957 in the Majors as a player, all with the Yankees. He earned a spot on the 1950 All-Star team and helped the Yankees sweep the Phillies 4-0 in the World Series the same year. Coleman had a brief stint as a manager, taking over the Padres in 1980, leading them to a 73-89 record.
In 1960, Coleman began his broadcasting career, taking a job with CBS television. Starting in 1963 and lasting for seven years, Coleman called Yankees games for WCBS radio and WPIX television. He called Angels games in 1970-71, then became the Padres’ lead radio announcer — a position he had held ever since. Coleman was honored for his work in 2005 as a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.
We extend our sincere condolences to the Coleman family.
This is more significant for basketball fans than baseball fans, but Magic Johnson is taking over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dan Feldman over at PBT has the full story on that.
For our purposes, you probably know that Johnson is part of the Dodgers ownership group. Anthony McCullough of the L.A. Times got comment from the Dodgers, saying that despite his new full-time job, his status with the Dodgers will be unchanged:
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I’m not entirely certain what Magic does with the Lakers, so the first clause in Kasten’s comment may be doing most of the heavy lifting here.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.