Ted Williams signs with the Red Sox for $135,000, making him the highest-paid player in major-league history. By way of comparison, the average major leaguer made $4.47 million in 2017. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers was MLB highest-paid player for that year, at $33 million.
It was 84 years ago today that Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years (some still consider him the “true”…
Happy 56th birthday to Dan Plesac! Now a respected and enjoyable contributor on the MLB Network, Dan was a MLB pitcher with an 18-year career from 1986 to 2003. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Billy Herman, Earl Averill, and Bucky Harris are selected for the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Herman was a ten-time All-Star second baseman who batted .304 in 15 seasons and played in four World Series. Averill batted .299 or better in nine of his first ten seasons and finished as a .318 career hitter. Harris managed the Senators…
Three-time 20-game winner Dennis Leonard, who returned to the majors in 1986 after a three-year absence due to a knee injury, announces his retirement. Leonard was 8-13 with a 4.44 ERA for the Royals in his final season. It was only the second time in his 12 year career that he did not have a winning record.
In an effort to add some much-needed power to their lineup, St. Louis trades outfielder-first baseman David Green, shortstop Jose Uribe, pitcher Dave LaPoint, and outfielder-first baseman Gary Rajsich to the Giants for slugging first baseman Jack Clark. He will average 22 home runs a season for the Redbirds.