Cal Ripken Jr. is auctioning off his old truck, a 1994 Chevy Suburban that he drove to the ballpark the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record in September of 1995.
Hunt Auctions is running the bidding, which goes through August 28 and includes the following:
The winning bidder will receive first class airfare and lodging for two to Baltimore where they will be invited to attend the Sports Legends Museum Gala honoring Cal and fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Murray on September 5th as well as Cal’s statue unveiling at Camden Yards on September 6th. During this time they will meet Cal and receive the keys to the truck from him.
According to Ripken funds from the auction will go toward “helping kids and building fields.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.