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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew49 mins ago
The honors keep rolling in for New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera following his retirement from Major League Baseball. The latest — and undoubtedly one of the coolest — came on Tuesday when a City Council proposal to rename a street outside Yankee Stadium in his honor passed 47-0.
Yes, 47-0. It's virtually impossible to get any group of politicians to agree on just about every other issue, but they all agreed Mariano Rivera is worthy of his own street.
The New York Post, which played a big part in campaigning for Rivera's street, reports the proposal calls for one block of River Avenue — near 161st Street — to be renamed Rivera Avenue.
Here's a look at the location.
— Dom Monteverde (@dom_monte) December 10, 2013
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.
HOLD THE PHONE: According to Matt Kemp's agent, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer looking to trade Kemp. Andre Ethier now? [L.A. Times]
HE KNOWS WHAT'S UP: David Price is prepared for a trade, and open minded about an extension with a new team. Except maybe the Mariners. [Tampa Bay Times]
FAKE TRADES: What if the Dodgers, Rays and Mariners worked a three-way deal involving Matt Kemp and David Price? It might look like this. [For The Win]
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Buster Posey, your agony won't be in vain, or forgotten.
More than two years after Posey suffered a broken leg on a violent play at home plate, Major League Baseball announced it intends to ban the practice of a runner crashing into the catcher while trying to score. New rules also will govern catchers, not allowing them to "block" the plate as they currently are allowed. The details are still being sorted, but it will look something like what college baseball does. More tagging, no bowling over.
At a press conference during baseball's winter meetings Wednesday, New York Mets president Sandy Alderson laid out, in generalities, where the competition committee stands. The specific changes will be presented to owners at a meeting Jan. 16. Their group, along with the players union, will have to approve for the changes to be enacted for 2014.
Alderson said a spate of injuries to catchers, along with the growing general concern of concussions, led to change.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Some pitchers welcome a move to the National League, because it means they get to bat. Bartolo Colon is not one of those pitchers.
Colon agreed to a two-year deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday, which will pay him $20 million. It also means he'll need to bat routinely. Watch the video above. That's him batting last year with the Oakland Athletics during an interleague game against the Milwaukee Brewers where there was no DH to help him.
Notice how he bails out of the box on a called third strike right down the middle. He later made contact and flied out — but ran to first base holding his bat.
Colon has been in the league so long that he was a rookie the year that interleague play began. He's 40 years old. He's played 16 seasons with seven teams, but only once has he played for an NL team. He has 10 hits in his career, which isn't bad for a pitcher considering he only has 96 career at-bats. But he doesn't have a hit since 2005. Five of his hits came in 2002 when he played for the Montreal Expos. He actually only has on hit since then.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
This is The Stew's running list of trades and signings that happen during baseball's winter meetings. We'll keep updating this post as the news happens. For more chatter and rumors, be sure to check out our winter meetings tracker.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Jerry Blevins obviously has a sense of humor, even about being traded. The Oakland Athletics dealt Blevins to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon, and not long after finding out he had to move, Blevins went to work looking for materials to make a new uniform. Can't be seen walking around in A's stuff, no matter how classy the green and gold might look.
In order to get current, Blevins printed out a couple of Nats' "W" logos on pieces of paper and pasted them to the breast side a plain gray sweatshirt and to the forehead of a red and white trucker's cap. It was like Gio Gonzalez was in the room, or something. He also wore his glove for full effect and had a picture taken to make something of a baseball card. Like one of those horrible airbrush jobs Topps used to do before digital photography.
On Twitter, he said of his avatar:
I needed to update my avi without notice. I think it was a seamless transition.
He's also excited to learn about #natitude. His final words to the A's:
Thank you A's for giving me the chance to be a big leaguer. I'll miss the fans in Oakland. You've been great to me my whole career.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla — A free agent after playing with the Milwaukee Brewers for parts of nine seasons, Corey Hart finally surrendered his cheese and beer credentials to sign with another club. He'll play for the Seattle Mariners in 2014, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports at baseball's winter meetings Wednesday afternoon.
Hart's deal hasn't been confirmed by the Mariners, and there's only speculation on the money, but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the contract is like the one Mike Napoli signed with the Red Sox that had a base of $5 million with incentives that gave him a chance to earn $13 million.
- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Artist Timothy Raines has never met Tim Raines, the baseball player who should be in the Hall of Fame. He came kind of close, once, on his 21st birthday down in Texas when Raines was still playing.
"I got down close to the field and asked another player if he could get him for me — which you're not supposed to do, I know," Raines said. "I thought about throwing my I.D. into the dugout to prove that, 'Hey, my name's Tim Raines!' But if I didn't get it back, I wouldn't have been able to drink for the rest of the night, so I didn't."
Prudent, but the two Raineses haven't connected since, which means the one piece of art Timothy Raines needs to paint the most — a portrait of Tim Raines — has yet to happen. It will someday, hopefully, like Cooperstown will for the ballplayer. Raines played with the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles from 1979-2002. Raines got 52.2 percent of the vote for the Hall in 2013. He's 53rd all time in runs scored, 37th in walks and fifth in stolen bases with 808.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Andrew McCutchen is off the market. The newly minted NL MVP — and probably the coolest guy in baseball — proposed to girlfriend Maria Hansloven ... on national TV! That's how cool he is. Cutch was a guest on Wednesday's episode "Ellen" and promised his fans a "big announcement."
As you'll see in the video above, it was biggest for Hansloven. Cutch cued up a video talking about their relationship, then called her on stage and said, "I didn't do any of this for the publicity. I didn't do any of this for the recognition. I did this to show you that if I could tell the whole world how much I love you, I would do that." Then he dropped to a knee and presented the ring. Judging by Ellen's reaction, it was quite a rock.
Well played, Mr. McCutchen, well played.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
It's that time of the year again. Baseball executives, agents, players looking for new teams and media members have gathered in Orlando this week for baseball's annual Winter Meetings.
Given how the offseason has gone thus far, things are sure to be busy and unpredictable. We've already seen Roy Halladay declare his retirement and Mark Trumbo get traded in a three-team deal this week at the winter meetings. What's going to happen on Day 3?
The Stew is here to help you stay up to date with the latest news and rumors. We've set up his handy tracker for you to follow all the third-day thunder.