The modern-day Wee Willie Keeler has to his credit a pair of batting titles, and seven times he's led baseball in hits. And if Ichiro Suzuki pulls it off again, he'll break the record he shares with Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. Ichiro also will be looking to break the record he co-owns with Rose for most 200-hit seasons (10). That's not all: Ichiro also will seek to extend the records he holds for most consecutive times leading the majors in hits (5) and most consecutive 200-hit seasons (10). Breaking news: Ichiro is good at hitting baseballs.
Via Nikkan Sports - The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec throws up a quote from Buck Showalter that sounds as if the team will continue to allow Koji Uehara to close out games, so long as he doesn't hit any walls:
"Andy [MacPhail] and I agreed that we [didn't] want anything said or promised to get this guy to sign with us," Showalter said of [Kevin] Gregg. "He knows exactly what the deal is. Obviously he's going to be in the bullpen. Last time I looked, he's the only guy on the club that saved 37 games in the AL East. But I also know how Koji pitched the last couple of months. If Koji is healthy, it's tough not to give him an opportunity to pick up where he left off. I don't look at it as a problem. It's a good situation to have."
When Uehara was informed of what Showalter said, he replied that it was still a competition and that he couldn't afford to let up his guard.
Hideki Matsui: $4.25 million, 1 year, A's. This seems to be a steal, though I'm not exactly sure why he was worth less than half of what Magglio Ordonez got from the Tigers ($10 million). Apparently, Matsui enjoyed the West Coast so much he wanted to stay after spending last year with the Angels.
Ryota Igarashi has been working out 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon while in Pheonix, Arizona. He's also working on new mechanics that supposedly put less strain on the upper body.
Seems like Bobby Valentine is getting involved in local politics. Via an article at MLB.com:
Valentine on Thursday was named the director of public health and safety in Stamford, Conn. A cabinet position, Valentine's new role will involve facilitating communication between the city's mayor, Michael Pavia, and the local law enforcement, fire department, emergency medical services and department of health. Valentine and Pavia held a press conference on Thursday at Stamford's Government Center.