· Coopertown will have three new players to grace the Hall of Fame on July 30 as Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are the new class of 2017. Trevor Hoffman missed by only five votes in his second year of eligibility, and Vladimir Guerrero missed by 15 votes. However, there was a storyline within the storyline. Raines made it on his 10th and final attempt, Bagwell made it on his seventh try, and Rodriguez made it on his first. He joins fellow Hall of Famer Johnny Bench as the only catchers to get voted in on their first attempts. For the fifth time, Barry Bonds and Rogers Clemens fell short of votes. It still shows that MLB writers aren’t yet ready to get past the PED allegations on both. In 15 years with the Houston Astros, Bagwell was a 4-time All-Star, and won NL ROY, and MVP in 1994. For his career, he batted .297 with 449 HR and 1,529 RBI. Raines played 23 years in the MLB playing for the Expos, White Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Marlins. The 7-time All-Star batted .294 with 808 SB, which is fifth all time. He only had 170 HR and 980 RBI. Pudge Rodriguez played 21 years in the majors. The 14-time All-Star won the MVP in 1999 while also accumulating 13 Gold Gloves and batted .334 with 311 HR and 1,332 RBI.
News and Notes
· The Oakland Athletics DFA’d righty Zach Neal. This move was made to make room for newly acquired slugger Trevor Plouffe.
· Catcher J.P. Arencibia announced his retirement on Wednesday. He spent time in the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A organization.
· Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Los Angeles Angels have given a contract extension to outfielder Kole Calhoun.
· The Tampa Bay Rays have traded outfielder Mike Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for a PTBNL. In order to make room, the Tigers DFA’d fellow outfielder Anthony Gose.
· According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league deal with former Tribe lefty Ross Detwiler.
· Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that free agent closer Greg Holland will make a decision on a new team within the next week.
· According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Hearld, the Boston Red Sox have signed veteran righty Kyle Kendrick to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.null