The Red Sox announced this morning that Bobby Doerr passed away last night at the age of 99.
Doerr, a Pacific Coast League product who was signed at the same time as his longtime friend Ted Williams, debuted with Boston in 1937 and played 14 seasons for the Sox, retiring after the 1951 season. He was a nine-time All-Star who, for his career, he hit .288/.362/.461 with 223 homers and 1,247 RBI. He drove in 100 runs six times, which was unusual for a second baseman, though perhaps not that unusual for a guy who had Ted Williams hitting in front of him.
In his best season, 1944, he hit .325/.399/.528. That slugging percentage led the American League. In his lone World Series appearance he hit .409/.458/.591 as the Red Sox lost to the Cardinals in 1946. He was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1986.
At 99, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer. He was also the last of the famous group of Red Sox players, including Williams, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, who, in the 1940s and 1950s, forged the identity of the storied franchise for millions of northeast fans.
We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.
The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;
The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?
UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:
Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.