MLB puts cool into baseballs

first_imgThe decision was made following debate generated by the Colorado Rockies’ use of a humidor at Coors Field. The ballpark ranked first in the major leagues in scoring in its first eight seasons, starting in 1995, but dropped to second in three of the last four years behind Arlington’s Ameriquest Field (2003), Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park (2005) and Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium (2006). Colorado said in 2002 that it had installed the humidor. The Coors Field scoring average, which peaked at 15.0 runs per game in 1996, dropped to 10.7 last season, the lowest ever, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “I guess you could say this is the first time that we were pro-active in reaching out to the teams,” Garagiola said. “The vast majority of teams were already doing this. Everybody was taking good care of their baseballs.” In recent years, fluctuations in home runs and scoring have led to greater scrutiny of baseballs. Since 2000, the commissioner’s office has arranged annual tests at UMass-Lowell Baseball Research Center. Major League Baseball also told teams they may only use balls manufactured in the current year. Baseballs will keep their cool this summer. The commissioner’s office is telling teams for the first time that balls must be stored at a uniform temperature after they are delivered from the manufacturer. “The specifications that Rawlings recommends are a 70-degree temperature and 50-percent humidity,” baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. said Friday. “We have contacted all 30 of the clubs, and they have all confirmed to us that they will all be storing their baseballs in a temperature-controlled facility. We’re not going to have humidors every place, but every place will be temperature controlled, and so I think there will be a very high degree of uniformity.” center_img “It’s the first year that we’re mandating this,” Garagiola said. “We just felt it kind of made some logical sense that everybody start the year using the current year’s baseballs.” Mets add Park Chan Ho Park is joining the expanding list of pitchers trying to earn spots in the New York Mets’ rotation. Park and the Mets agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract, giving the team another option for its starting rotation heading into spring training. In addition to his base salary, Park could earn $2.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings. “We’re happy to add a veteran pitcher like Chan Ho to our staff as we approach spring training,” Mets GM Omar Minaya said. Park will compete with John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber and Aaron Sele for jobs in the Mets rotation behind Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez. Pedro Martinez is expected to be sidelined for the first half of the season. A 33-year-old right-hander, Park was 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 21 starts and three relief appearances last season for the San Diego Padres. An All-Star in 2001 with the Dodgers, Park has a 113-87 record in 13 major league seasons Fassero retiring Jeff Fassero is retiring from baseball after winning 121 games over 16 major league seasons. The 44-year-old lefty, cut by the San Francisco Giants in May, worked out for the Dodgers on Feb. 2. “I thought I threw really well. I guess they didn’t think so,” Fassero said. Fassero finishes at 121-124 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 saves in 242 starts and 478 relief appearances for Montreal, Seattle, Texas, Boston, the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco. “You’re never going to be satisfied. I can live with it,” Fassero said. “I got to do what I wanted to do growing up for 20 years, counting minor leagues and big leagues.” Around the horn Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and his wife, Dylan, have mutually agreed to a divorce after some 16 years of marriage. Center fielder Corey Patterson avoided arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing to a $4.3 million, one-year contract. Patterson had a career-high 45 stolen bases last season and batted .276 with 16 homers, 53 RBI and 75 runs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United will let De Gea join Real Madrid this summer… on one condition

first_img Could David de Gea finally seal his move to Real Madrid this summer? 1 Manchester United are ready to allow David de Gea to join Real Madrid this summer – but only if they can land his replacement.Reports claim the Red Devils are targeting Atletico Madrid number one Jan Oblak and are willing to let De Gea go if they can land him in this transfer window.The 27-year-old Spaniard is a long-term target for Real, having been close to joining the LaLiga giants back in 2015.They have repeatedly attempted to sign the Spain number one in following windows, but United have always resisted any urge to cash in on the man considered by many as the best goalkeeper in the world.But, according to Diario Gol, Real are ready to launch their latest bid to land De Gea – and United could let him leave this time.De Gea, who won his first Premier League golden glove award this season with 18 clean sheets, is said to be keen to return to his hometown, having come through the ranks at rivals Atletico Madrid.The Spanish source also claims United have already identified his successor in 25-year-old Slovenian Oblak, and will look to land the Atletico number one before making a decision about their current glovesman’s future.Oblak, who has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in LaLiga and has kept the most clean sheets in the league for three seasons in a row.Diario Gol also claims De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has held talks with Real president Florentino Perez over a potential move to the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s bottle-smashing celebration was ‘totally wrong’, says former star

first_img 2 “And then he’s questioning the people in the studio and saying they don’t understand it – they’re ex-players!“They’ve had those moments when they want to win a game, they’re chasing that big bonuses, to get something that hasn’t materialised in 90 minutes and in the first minute of added time you get it – they’ve had those massive highs.“But they wouldn’t run to the touchline and start bashing around bottles to show it – you just don’t do that.”Listen to a clip of Paul Parker on talkSPORT above! Jose Mourinho endured a frustrating 90 minutes from the Man United dugout However, his violent celebration hasn’t gone down well with a number of former players and pundits, with Parker branding it ‘embarrassing’ and ‘totally wrong’.EXCLUSIVE: Mourinho showing signs of ‘anxiety and over-arousal’ – Sports psychotherapist on Man United boss’ body languageAsked for his reaction to Mourinho’s behaviour, the former Red Devil told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Shock and embarrassment to be perfectly honest.“To react like that as a manager, it’s wrong. It’s totally, totally wrong.“There’s no excuse for that. Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has blasted manager Jose Mourinho for his bottle-smashing celebration during Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Young Boys.The Red Devils boss celebrated Marouane Fellaini’s match winning injury-time goal by picking up a water bottle carrier and hurling it to the floor.Mourinho said following the game he lost it on the touchline through sheer relief, having squirmed through 90 minutes watching his team waste chance after chance. 2 Mourinho was animated on the touchline throughout the Champions League clash last_img read more