Storylines: Death of Peters felt by Indians
- One of the best occasions in the MLB is the unveiling of a new Hall of Fame class. The Baseball Writers Association of America will have all of their votes for this year’s inductees in by 2pm Tuesday afternoon. The actual ceremony will be held on July 26th. Some of the top names being mentioned are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra and Craig Biggio. Biggio and Sheffield would be the biggest stories if they were to get voted in due to Sheffield admitting to using steroid cream during the BALCO scandal and Biggio being linked to the infamous “PED” era in baseball. They both have the statistics which could potentially make them both first-ballot HOFers, however it will be up to all of the writers to have a sense of forgiveness or still feel deceit towards them when it comes to the final vote.
- Former ESPN host Stuart Scott succumbed to cancer on Sunday. He was only 49 years old.
- Former Orioles, A’s and Tribe GM Hank Peters died at the age of 90 on Sunday from complications that arose from a recent stroke . It is known around the MLB that Peters was a huge part of the renaissance of the Indians in the 90’s. During his tenure along with his sucessor John Hart, they accomplished six AL Central titles from 1995-2001 and claimed two AL pennants in 1995 and 1997. He was honored twice as The Sporting News Major League Executive of the Year. "We are saddened by Hank’s passing and express our deepest sympathy to his daughter, Sharon, son, Steve and grandchildren," Indians President Mark Shapiro said. "We celebrate Hank’s instrumental role in the renaissance of Indians Baseball. Hired in November of 1987 by owner Dick Jacobs, Hank was the foundation of the rebirth of baseball in Cleveland that led to a new ballpark, modernized baseball and business operations and, ultimately, championship teams.”
Other News and Notes
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Kansas City Royals have signed righty Ryan Madson to a minor league deal. Madson hasn’t pitched in the MLB since 2011 due to elbow issues.
- According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Baltimore Orioles have had discussions with the Los Angeles Dodgers on acquiring Andre Ethier.
- Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter met with outfielder Colby Rasmus but no deal is yet imminent between the two sides.
- According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, It is hard to gauge the market on righty James Shields but there are several teams said to have interest in him. The Red Sox, Angels, A’s, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Rangers are just a few of them. He is expected to get around a five-year, $100 million deal with whichever team he chooses.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that MLB owners will discuss a number of issues during next week’s meetings in Arizona. One potential rule to be discussed is a pitch clock. Another rule would pertain to batters keeping one foot in the batter’s box in between pitches. However the biggest discussion could come over the modification of replay.