NHLPA begins search for executive director Fehr's successor
(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File) (Hans Pennink)The NHL Players’ Association announced Friday night that a search has begun to replace Donald Fehr, who has been executive director of the union for more than a decade. The NHLPA executive board voted to form a search committee, according to a news release that did not say why Fehr was stepping down at a date to be announced later. Fehr began talking to players about a succession plan last fall when traveling around the league early in the season. The former head of the Major League Baseball Players Association turns 74 in July. The PA says the committee will provide an update to the executive board at its annual meeting in June.wftv.com
Yankees star Derek Jeter inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Hall Of Fame Inductions Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, watches a video during an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) (Hans Pennink)COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — (AP) — Derek Jeter was simply Derek Jeter on his special day — smooth as silk. Jeter was touched by the moment and acknowledged how different the ceremony seemed in the wake of the recent deaths of 10 Hall of Famers. “The Hall of Fame is special because of those who are in it. “I had one goal in my career, and that was to win more than everyone else, and we did that, which brings me to the Yankee fans," Jeter said as the fans erupted again. You drilled that in my head over and over and over and you led me to believe it," Jeter said.wftv.com
Marvin Miller remains "Godfather of it all" to modern MLBPA
We learn to leave the game better than we found it.”“He is, for lack of a better term, the Godfather of it all,” added Cardinals pitcher and association player representative Andrew Miller. Few of the union's leaders today had even passing interactions with Marvin Miller before he died in 2012. Andrew Miller told the AP he got a similar set of lessons from coaches with the Florida Marlins when he played there in 2008. Where Marvin Miller's task was instilling confidence in a cause, the modern union's challenge is maintaining it across a wider range of factions. In navigating differences between those blocs, Andrew Miller said he still tries to use the same blueprint laid out by Marvin Miller.wftv.com
Twins finalize $13M contract with DH Nelson Cruz
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Nelson Cruz, center, smiles in the dugout after the Twins clinched the AL Central championship with the Chicago White Sox's loss during the tenth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Twins are bringing back designated hitter Nelson Cruz on a one-year, $13 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins finalized their $13 million, one-year contract with designated hitter Nelson Cruz on Wednesday, retaining the most valuable player from the AL Central champion teams of the last two seasons. Last season, Cruz batted .303 with 16 homers and 33 RBIs in 53 games in the pandemic-shortened schedule. Cruz won the team MVP and leadership awards in each of the last two seasons as well.
AP source: Twins reach 1-year, $13M deal with DH Nelson Cruz
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Nelson Cruz, center, smiles in the dugout after the Twins clinched the AL Central championship with the Chicago White Sox's loss during the tenth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Twins are bringing back designated hitter Nelson Cruz on a one-year, $13 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig, File)MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins are bringing back designated hitter Nelson Cruz on a one-year, $13 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The six-time All-Star won Silver Slugger awards in 2019 and 2020, when the Twins won the AL Central both seasons. Cruz was about the only constant, despite being at least 10 years older than most of the regulars.
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy
Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. Schilling, a right-handed ace who won three World Series titles, finished 16 votes short of the 75% threshold necessary for enshrinement. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote.
Dodgers ace Kershaw finally wins elusive World Series title
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas – Clayton Kershaw stood in the Los Angeles bullpen in right-center field, watching Austin Barnes glove the final pitch, the one from Julio Urías that gave the Dodgers their first World Series title since 1988. “When people talk about him, it's World Series champion first, then future Hall of Famer,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. But he entered this year just 9-11 in postseason play, with poor outings in a pair of World Series Game 5s that resulted in a 2017 no-decision and a 2018 defeat. “We won the World Series, the 2020 Dodgers won the World Series.