It’s a significant one too:
A Connecticut family is selling a baseball that New York Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig hit a home run with in the 1928 World Series.
Elizabeth Gott, a Stamford resident, says she’s selling the ball on behalf of her 30-year-old son, Michael. She says the proceeds will be used to pay off his medical school debt.
Gehrig hit the homer off Grover Cleveland Alexander. It’s expected to fetch between $100K and $200K. No word on whether young Michael’s specialty will be ALS and other diseases of the nervous system, but seeing as though Gehrig is indirectly paying for his education …
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.