MLB In Full Bloom 1/15/13

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29 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report

75 – Number of days until Opening Day

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

 

California Winter League News & Notes

  • MLB showcase days are Friday January 18th (workout) and Saturday January 19th
  • League games start on Saturday January 19th
  • Starting on the 20th of January, 3 games per day - February 12th
  • 1 ticket will get customers into all 3 games each day.
  • Select Saturday and Sunday games will be heard on Team 1010 KXPS
  • Daily Game times 9am, 11:30am, 2pm

 

MLB News & Notes

  • Major League Baseball announced that the fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move now would be considered a balk. Baseball's Playing Rules Committee voted last year to outlaw the trick move, but the union vetoed that change temporarily, pending further discussion.
  • Baseball owners approved a rule change last week, that would allow coaches and managers to bring interpreters to the mound this season for conferences with foreign-born pitchers who don't speak fluent English.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz agreed to a one-year contract extension which keeps the closer in Arizona through the 2014 season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels will have  top prospect Kaleb Cowart to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Cowart should start in Double-A after splitting time last season between low and high Class A where he combined to hit .276 with 16 HR, 103 RBI, and stole 14 bases.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jeff Karstens agreed to a one-year contract on Monday, pending a physical. The right-hander is expected to slot into the fourth spot in the rotation.
  • The Cincinnati Reds assigned top prospect Billy Hamilton to their major league camp for spring training as a non-roster invite. Hamilton has incredible speed (155 stolen bases last season), he can also hit and get on base. The Reds are planning on converting Hamilton to center field, so after the team traded for Shin-Soo Choo, he's expected to spend most of 2013 in the minors.
  • The Oakland Athletics and manager  Bob Melvin agreed a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season. The decision by general manager Billy Beane to award Melvin with this extension was expected after the A's won the American League West in 2012.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives baseball the go-ahead to play despite World War II. FDR encouraged more night baseball so that war workers could attend the games. Ironically, the Chicago Cubs, who had signed contracts to install lights at Wrigley Field, dropped their plans because of the military need for the material. With that decision there w be no lights at Wrigley for 35 more years.