Pitcher Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ogando, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA and 29/23 K/BB ratio over 32 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season.
Ogando began his career with a bang, posting a 139 ERA+ with the Rangers between 2010-13. But he suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow in June of 2014, ending his season. He hasn’t been the same since, working in Boston and Atlanta quite unevenly.
Here’s hoping that Ogando can get his once promising career back on track in the KBO or, at the very least, make a little bank in the meantime.
January is always slow, but today is crazy-slow in the world of baseball. Really, not a substantive baseball happening since that Manny Ramirez story yesterday. This has left me to tweeting my close readings of Toto songs from the early 1980s and proposing liberal arts essays about it all. That’s pretty desperate and pathetic, even for me.
So, let’s look at what other people are writing about stuff that isn’t really news, which I have been reading so far today:
- In light of the Manny comeback news, here’s ESPN’s Jayson Stark and Tim Kurkjian discussing Manny’s Hall of Fame case. It’s interesting. While we can all agree he was a great player, his PED issues occurred in the post-testing world which makes me think he’s going to get way lower vote totals than any of the PED guys from the pre-testing era. And that makes sense. If we’re going to talk about character things, though, I’d say that PEDs are only the third worst offensive on Manny’s list. His alleged domestic violence incident and the time he attacked that Red Sox employee are the worst, followed by his transparent quitting on the Red Sox back in 2008;
- Mark Armour has been writing about baseball cards for the Society of American Baseball Research. Indeed, he has a whole blog at the SABR site solely about cards and SABR has a baseball card chapter now. His latest entry is about those weird, rare multi-player cards from the 1950s and 60s. I had the Hank Aaron/Eddie Matthews “Fence Busters” card when I was a kid. It was one of my favorites. Mark wants to know why they don’t make ’em anymore. It’s a good question.
- Did you know that Babe Ruth became great when he stopped throwing baseballs at random yaks? That 714 is more than 12? That Barry Bonds’ nickname was “Massive,” and that, if he tries to enter the Hall of Fame, the employees bang pots and pans until he is scared away? No? Well go educate yourselves with this statistical portrait of Babe Ruth. Buried lede: According to NASA, Chipper Jones is the second-greatest player of all time. Can’t argue with statistics.
Here’s hoping some news happens. If not, we’ll share more nonsense.
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).