MLB In Full Bloom 12/28/12


47 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

93 – Number of days until Opening Day

19 – Number of days until Opening Day of the California Winter League


Today's blog will be the final one for 2012. And, with only two transactions in MLB on Thursday, it will be the shortest to date! I want to thank Julie Buehler and everyone at Team 1010KXPS for all their support of MLB In Full Bloom. I also want to thank all of you that listen to Buehler's Day Off and read this blog each day. I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year in 2013!

  • Hideki Matsui, who arrived in the United States with great fanfare after a terrific career in Japan and stamped his Yankees years with an exclamation point as the 2009 World Series MVP, officially announced his retirement on Thursday. At 38 years old, Matsui could no longer play the game of baseball at the level he did for so many years.
  • The New York Mets and left-hander Aaron Laffey agreed to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training. Laffey could compete for a job in the bullpen, or provide rotation depth in the Minors.
  • THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1994 - In the century's fourth-largest trade, the biggest since 1957, the Astros and Padres exchange a dozen players. Houston sends Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (Sean Fesh) for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley.