Former Tigers and Dodgers great and 1988 National League MVP Kirk Gibson has been inducted to the Hall of Fame! The College Football Hall of Fame, that is. The inductees were announced this morning. In addition to Gibson, Peyton Manning, Steve Spurrier and a whole bunch of other dudes got the call. The entire list below if you care. Unlike baseball, college football voters do not get the shakes when they induct more than one or two dudes.
Most of us know Gibby as an outfielder, manager and now as a Tigers broadcaster, but the guy was way more famous for football at the time he was drafted. He was a standout wide receiver for Michigan State — an All-American — who helped lead the Spartans to some of their best seasons in a decade. When he graduated in 1978 he had only one year of college baseball under his belt, but it was a fantastic year. So fantastic that the Tigers took him in the first round of the 1978 draft with the 12th overall pick. The rest was baseball history.
In addition to Gibson, inductees are Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State); Peyton Manning (Tennessee); Bob McKay (Texas); Dat Ngygen (Texas A&M); Adrian Peterson (the other one — from Georgia Southern); Mike Roth (Boston College); Brian Urlacher (New Mexico); Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas); Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina); Larry Kehres (Mount Union).
Colby Rasmus isn’t ready to take outfield reps just yet. According to Rays’ manager Kevin Cash, that’s a red flag, one that could potentially postpone Rasmus’ debut as the club’s designated hitter and outfielder in 2017. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rasmus will need to prove he can play a defensive position before getting cleared for the active roster, something which the veteran outfielder has yet to do this spring.
Rasmus, 30, signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Rays following his two-year run with the Astros. He batted a meager .206/.286/.355 with 15 home runs and a .641 OPS in 2016 and was shut down in late September with an unspecified hip/groin issue. Entering the 2017 season, he’s expected to work his way back to a full-time role after undergoing surgery to repair his core muscle and left hip labrum last October.
The Rays also finalized their one-year, $1.2 million deal with catcher Derek Norris on Saturday and will need to clear room for him on the 40-man roster. Topkin speculates that the move could send Rasmus to the 60-day disabled list, though the outfielder is not projected to miss more than a couple weeks of the regular season.
The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $49.5 million extension for second baseman Rougned Odor, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The extension comes with a club option for a seventh year, Heyman adds.
It’s close to the six-year, $52.5 million extension Jason Kipnis netted with the Indians in 2014, a sum Odor was rumored to be seeking during contract negotiations over the last two years. Granted, the circumstances are a little different this time around. Both players signed extensions on the cusp of their fourth year in the major leagues, but at 27 years old, Kipnis was coming off of an All-Star campaign and a career-high 4.5 fWAR performance. Odor, meanwhile, saw mixed results in 2016, batting 33 home runs and putting up 2.0 fWAR while struggling to stay consistent at the plate and exhibiting poor defense.
According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Odor previously agreed to a $563,180 salary for 2017. Depending on when the extension kicks in, it should cover all three of Odor’s arbitration-eligible seasons and two seasons of potential free agency. The team has yet to confirm the extension.