January 2012 Baseball News
Comes the turn of a new year, baseball stays on the back burner. Maybe a personnel change of your favorite team catches your eyes. Even so, finding material for baseball audiences during the winter months can be a difficult task for the media.
Here is the Scoop during the early days and middle of January 2012
Barry Larkin, Jorge Pasada, Howie Kendrick, and Paul Maholm
Barry Larkin, Cincinnati Reds Shortstop, was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 9, 2012. He was the only baseball player chosen in this balloting. He posted a very fine .295 career batting average in 19 seasons, all with the Reds. Larkin was chosen for 12 All Star Games. Barry played a big role in 1990 World Series 4 game sweep by Cincinnati over Oakland and was the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player. Most impressive, in 1996, he hit 33 homers and notched 36 stolen bases, to become the first major league shortstop to ring up 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox called him a dream player and went on to say, with his all around talent on offense and defense, Barry Larkin might have been one of the top 2 or 3 shortstops of all time.
Jorge Posada, New York Yankees Catcher. Announced his retirement after being one of the Yankees stars from 1997 thru 2011. He played mostly in the minors during his first 2 years, 1995 and 1996, then took over catching duties full time in 1997. A five time All Star, the switch hitting Posada also won 5 Silver Slugger Awards. Noted for his clutch hitting Jorge put together the following career statistics, a .273 batting average plus a .374 on base pct, hit 379 doubles, 275 homers, scored an even 900 runs, collected 1,065 RBIs in 1,829 games. Nicknamed the Yankee Sipper, Jorge Posada helped the New Yorkers reach the ALDS 15 times, ALCS 8 times, played in 6 World Series and collected 5 Gold Rings for 5 World Series Championships. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, he played his entire major league career with the NY Yankees.
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels All Star second baseman, signed a 4 year 33.5 million dollar contract with the team. He would have been a free agent after this season, 2012. Last season, 2011, Howie Kendrick compiled a .285 batting average, with 30 doubles, 18 homers, 86 Runs and 63 RBIs. He joined the Angels as a rookie in 2006 and helped the team make the AL postseason three times, 2007 thru 2009. A consistent hitter, the right handed batter has a .292 career average, 2006 thru 2011.
Paul Maholm, Chicago Cubs Pitcher. He signed a contract with the Cubs on January 9, 2012 after pitching 6 and half years with Pittsburgh, where he had a 53-73 record with a 4.36 ERA. By posting his signing with Cubbies on Twitter, Paul Maholm was the first player in baseball history to announce his signing on Twitter.
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