Friday, February 17, 2012

2/17 Morning Buzz: Gary Carter, Bill Walker, Javy Lopez

Top Story:
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57
Reading so many good things about Carter, not just from yesterday following the news of his passing but prior as well, made it an especially sad day for baseball. As Craig Calcaterra said, it was inevitable, but it doesn't make it any less sad. Carter was a true gentleman to his wife and family, and it's something we could use more of in this world.

Braves Bits:
Jerry Crasnick - ESPN feature on new hitting coach Bill Walker.
Mark Bowman - Braves hopes depend on the health of Hanson and Jurrjens.
Mark Bowman - Braves stolen base leaders from 2006-2011...
LoveMyBravos - Javy Lopez to release autobiography; new Braves commercial. I'm loving the commercial.
TimesFreePress - Video of Bill Walker discussing the upcoming season.

MLB News:
Pirates - Garrett Jones lost his arbitration case to the Pirates, earning $2.25 million in 2012. Also, the team and Casey McGehee avoided arbitration with a deal at just above Jones'.
Red Sox - The Red Sox signed Ross Ohlendorf as minor league depth. They also signed former Brave Mauro Gomez to a minor league deal. Gomez can mash but is aging and is an AL-only bat.

MLB Bits:
Red Sox - Shot of JetBlue Park, the Red Sox's new spring stadium.
Nationals - Pitching coach Steve McCatty on the Nats rotation.
Rays - Not sure where this came from, but staring at it too long freaks me out.

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