News item: Per colleague Peter Abraham, the Red Sox want pitcher/postseason folk-hero Nathan Eovaldi to stick around, and apparently they will spare few dollars and fewer adverbs to make it happen. In a vacuum, this is a welcome, if not totally surprising development. Who wouldn’t want Eovaldi back? He’s in the sweet spot of his prime at 28 years old, throws 101 miles an hour like it’s nothing, and bought real estate in permanent Red Sox lore this postseason with a sensational overall performance, including six innings of gutsy relief on almost no rest in the epic 18-inning Game 3 of the World Series. To see a pitcher who has endured two Tommy John surgeries put his elbow at risk purely for the sake of the team weeks before he hits free agency is the modern definition of selflessness in baseball. I’ve never seen anything exactly like it, though it did remind me a little of Tim Wakefield beginning the turn toward fulfillment in Red Sox history by taking the ball … [Read more...] about Is it financially prudent for the Red Sox to re-sign Nathan Eovaldi?
Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 5:40 PM EST Nov 21, 2018 Don Kelly’s pluses as a multi-purpose handyman during the Detroit Tigers’ playoff years helped make him an invaluable, and insightful, big-league scout and coach for the team after he joined them following his playing days. Other teams had noticed. The Astros were preparing to announce late Wednesday that Kelly, 38, will become manager A.J. Hinch’s new first base coach. “Detroit’s a second home to us, but this was too good,” Kelly said Wednesday, after notifying the Tigers he would be leaving for Houston. Kelly will replace Rich Dauer, 66, who 13 months ago had emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma. More: When will the Detroit Tigers contend again? Here's one possible timeline Kelly in 2001 was an eighth-round pick by the Tigers out of Point Park University, in Pittsburgh, not far from his hometown of Mount Lebanon. He was a shortstop and first baseman with a left-handed … [Read more...] about Don Kelly leaving Detroit Tigers to be Houston Astros’ first base coach
Vietnam Airlines receives first Airbus A321neo plane The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has received its first Airbus A321neo from US-based Aviation Capital Group (ACG) in Hamburg, Germany earlier this week. The new aircraft will be used for domestic flights and routes connecting destinations in Southeast Asia. It is among the 20 new-generation A321neo planes the airline plans to lease from the ACG, ICBC Leasing of China, and US-based Air Lease Corporation (ALC), expected to be fully delivered by the end of 2019. These planes will help expand its aircraft fleet to about 110 in 2020. Khanh T. Tran, president and CEO of ACG, expressed his delight at the delivery and stressed the company looks forward to Vietnam Airlines operating these highly fuel-efficient aircraft in their growing route network. For his part, Vietnam Airlines’ president and CEO Duong Tri Thanh said his firm selected the Airbus A321neo for its exceptional operational performance with 15-20 percent … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 19/11
Kyle Hightower, AP Sports Writer Updated 9:44 pm CST, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora leans against the dugout rail during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Red Sox rewarded Cora for winning a World Series in his first year with the team, giving him a new contract that includes an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season, in a deal announced Wednesday, Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) less FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora leans against the dugout rail during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Red ... more Photo: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press … [Read more...] about Alex Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 10:04 AM EST Nov 10, 2018 Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million contract offer Wednesday from the Washington Nationals; Harper is likely looking to become baseball’s highest-paid player, or at least the one with the largest overall contract. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at the 11 players who have signed contracts worth at least $200 million: Giancarlo Stanton Value: $325 million Years: 13 (2015-27) AAV (Average Annual Value): $25 million The result: We’re only three seasons into this one, but it’s kind of a mixed bag. The good: Stanton has hit .265 with 124 home runs in just 436 games since signing the deal. That includes his 2017 season, which saw him hammer 59 home runs and win the NL MVP on a bad Marlins team. The bad: The contract features an opt-out after the 2020 season; Stanton used the threat of that option to force a trade to the Yankees for 2018. His … [Read more...] about Detroit Tigers familiar with pain of big-money contracts