Cardinals Open Camp In Jupiter, MLB News
Published on February 12 2014 6:21 am
Last Updated on February 12 2014 6:21 am
Written by Millie Lange
Cardinals Open Camp In Jupiter
(Jupiter, FL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals open spring training today in Jupiter, Florida with pitchers and catchers arriving. The first workout is scheduled for Thursday with the remainder of the team reporting on the 17th. The Cardinals have a total of 33 pitchers and catchers reporting today, 12 of whom are non-roster invites. St. Louis will open up Grapefruit League play on the 28th against the Marlins.
Tanaka Introduced To Large Press Conference
The stage belonged to Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday as the prized right-hander was introduced in the largest press conference the Yankees have held since Hideki Matusi's at Times Square in 2003. The Yankees inked the 25-year-old Japanese star to a seven-year, $155 million contract last month despite having never pitched in an MLB game. Tanaka recently received his visa, guaranteeing he will report to spring training on time. Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) last season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan's Pacific League. He led Rakuten to it's first Japan Series title. Tanaka will likely serve as the third starter in New York's rotation behind lefty C.C. Sabathia and fellow-Japanese hurler Hiroki Kuroda. Tanaka said through a translator that his goal as a Yankee is to win a World Series. He also said that he is looking forward to the heightened intensity of MLB games. Tanaka will report to spring training on Friday when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report.
Astros Pitcher Roy Oswalt Retires
Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt has decided to retire after 13 seasons, according to multiple reports. Oswalt broke into the majors with the Astros in 2001, racking up a 14-3 record with a 2.73 ERA. He stayed with Houston until 2010, when he was traded midseason to the Philadelphia Phillies. Oswalt then spent 2011 in Philadelphia before stints with the Rangers and Rockies to finish out his career. He accumulated a career record of 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA in 365 games (341 starts). Oswalt led the National League with 20 wins in 2004 and led the majors with a 2.98 ERA in 2006. Oswalt, a three-time All-Star, plans to join his former agent Bob Garber at RMG Baseball as VP of baseball operations.
Marmol Signs With Miami
(Miami, FL) -- The Miami Marlins have signed pitcher Carlos Marmol to a one-year deal. Marmol went 2-and-4 with two saves and a 4.41 ERA in 52 games with the Cubs and Dodgers last season. He was traded to LA last July. Marmol recorded 92 saves from 2010-2012 with the Cubs. The 23-year-old is 23-32 with 117 saves and a 3.46 ERA in 504 career games.