Mike Oz

  • Astros fail to come to terms with No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, two others

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 days ago

    For the third time in MLB draft history, the No. 1 overall pick has failed to come to terms with the team that selected him before the league's deadline to sign. Brady Aiken, the top high-school pitcher in the country, didn't sign with the Houston Astros, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis, after a contentious bout of negotiations.

    At issue were Aiken's elbow, a disputed physical and, in the end, about $1.5 million, according to reports.

    Friday's 5 p.m. deadline to sign draft picks came and went, and now Aiken, 17, is left to decide upon a new place to play baseball next season, while the Astros' high-profile rebuilding plan has hit a sizable snag. To make matters worse, the Astros didn't come to terms with two other draftees, whose deals were tied to Aiken's getting done. 

    The last No. 1 overall pick not to sign was Tim Belcher in 1983 (Minnesota Twins). Prior to that it was Danny Goodwin (Chicago White Sox) in 1971.

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    Tue, Jul 22
    7:05 PM PDT
    Houston at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • Agnes McKee, 105 years old, will throw out the first pitch at Padres game

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 days ago

    Agnes McKee has been warming up for a couple months now, grabbing a baseball in her right hand, propping herself up against her walker and tossing the ball underhand to a staff member from the San Diego-area retirement community she calls home.

    Her big day will come Sunday, when McKee steps on the field at Petco Park and throws the first pitch at the San Diego Padres game. No matter how close she gets the ball to the plate or whether it's a strike, McKee certainly won't get any boos.

    She's not 50 cent. She's 105 — as in years old.

    Her Oceanside retirement community, Fairwinds, had planned an outing a few months ago to Sunday's Padres game. One of the staff members at Fairwinds asked if McKee, their oldest resident, could toss the first pitch since it would be just a few days after her 105th birthday, which was Wednesday.

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    Tue, Jul 22
    5:05 PM PDT
    San Diego at Chi Cubs
    Preview Game