Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Notes

As we approach next week's baseball meetings, when the fun should begin...

  • AJ Burnett hasn't determined if he will retire or pitch for the Pirates in 2014. The Pirates' refusal to make a qualifying offer could be a factor; Burnett, 36, would have value on the market as a FA and could land a one or two year deal if he feels the Bucs are lowballing him.  
  • Clint Hurdle is the first Pittsburgh skipper that the local Rotary has named as "Chuck Tanner Manager of the Year." Their awards banquet has been a part of the Pittsburgh scene since 2007.
  • Starting tonight, the Baseball Writers' four major awards - Rookie of the Year on Monday, manager of the Year on Tuesday, Cy Young on Wednesday and MVP on Thursday - will be announced on the MLB Network at 6PM each night. The Bucs have two horses in the race: Clint Hurdle for MOY and Cutch for MVP. The Bucs also have 11 nominations for the 2013 GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) awards, given out during the baseball meetings later this month.
  • MTV Networks and Major League Baseball said Monday they are collaborating on a weekly series that melds pop culture and baseball. Boston's Big Papi Ortiz and the Pirates Andrew McCutchen are the executive producers of the series, set to air next spring.
  • Sometimes it pays to clean out the ol' closet. Bill Mazeroski’s collection of 1960 World Series stuff - jersey, spikes, bat, etc. - sold for $1.7M.
  • The old gang is getting back together. New Seattle coach Lloyd McClendon is interviewing the Nats' Trent Jewett, who was part of his Pittsburgh staff and expected to join Legendary Lloyd and the Mariners.
  • Wendy Thurm of Fangraphs has some team valuation figures for the MLB and the Bucs taken from Forbes and Bloomberg.
  • The Braves confirmed that they're moving to Cobb County in 2017 from DT Atlanta and Turner Field.

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