The Morning Nine from Surprise…Newy Scruggs photos
1. Occasionally you read stories about the financial troubles about the Dodgers and the Mets, and you hear them being described as one of the “premier” franchises or the “crown jewels” of baseball. Just wondering – other than being lucky enough to be in a big market – what it takes to be one of the “crown jewels” of franchises.
Never heard of the Oakland Athletics being considered a “crown jewel” but they have won four World Series since division play began in 1969. Only the Yankees have won more. The Dodgers, Red Sox, Phillies and Mets have won two World Series since then, same as the Marlins, Pirates, Orioles and the Twins. The Reds and the Cardinals have won three.
2. Nolan Ryan on the increased media attention with Yu Darvish: “That’s one of the things that the more success we’ve had and the attention we’ve received the last couple of years, with the attention he brings, I don’t think our guys will view it differently. They’re used to the attention.
3. Jim Bowden of ESPN said that free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt could decide by Thursday which team he will sign with for this season. Based on what club officials have been saying, it would be a shock if he signs with the Rangers.
4. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that all 32 pitchers and six catchers are in Arizona and will be at Thursday’s workout.
5. Legend has it that during Spring Training, Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean was so incensed at giving up seven runs in an inning that he hit seven straight batters. Too bad there is no documentation for that.
6. Former TCU great Pete Donuhue died on this date in 1988. He was a three-time 20-game winner for the Reds in the 1920s.
7. Spring Training in Texas? Used to happen all the time. Mineral Wells, Marlins Springs, Waxahachie and Galveston were all popular spots in the first half of the 20th century. So was San Antonio. Been to Hot Wells, Texas? The Cardinals trained there in 1915-17. That is in Harris County. Cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash was born in Hot Wells in 1918.
8. Greg Maddux has 355 career wins. Ryan has 324. They rank top two for most wins by a pitcher in Texas. Third? James “Hippo” Vaughn. The Weatherford native won 178. Roger Clemens was born in Ohio.
9. Ryan won 51 games for the Rangers in 1989-93. But the pitcher born in Texas to win the most games as a Ranger? Bonham’s Danny Darwin with 55.