Carlton Ernest "Pudge" Fisk (born December 26, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for 24 years with both the Boston Red Sox (1969, 1971-1980) and Chicago White Sox (1981-1993). Known by the nickname "Pudge" due to his 6'2", 220 lb frame, he was the first player to be unanimously voted American League Rookie of the Year (1972). He is best known for "waving fair" his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, one of the greatest moments in World Series history. At the time of his retirement in 1993 he held the records for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 351 (since passed by Mike Piazza). A testament to his durability behind the plate, Fisk held the record for most games played at the position of catcher (2,226) until June 17, 2009 when he was surpassed by "Pudge" Iván Rodríguez. Fisk still holds the American League record for most years served behind the plate (24). Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won 3 Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position. Fisk was known as a fierce competitor, a superb handler of pitchers and a natural on-field leader. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Trade News

The Trading block is on fire this offseason as everyone seems to be getting in on the action. Lets take a look at some of the more notable trades completed thus far.

->The Buffalo Wings send Ismael Fernandez and Tom Watson to the San Diego Smoke in exchange for Phil Kelly , Merv Everett , Hersh Hunter and 3 million in cash to cover some salary.

Phil Kelly along with recently promoted SP Denny Singleton gives the Buffalo Wings two ace style SP's at the top of the rotation. Plus Buffalo gets a proven shut em down closer in Merv Everett. These additions make Buffalo's pitching staff much more respectable and should serve to get the Wings into the thick of the division race in the NL North.
Buffalo also recieved Hersh Hunter, who is a good all around corner outfielder with a decent bat. Overall I give Buffalo an A+ on this trade.

San Diego gains two SP prospects in Fernandez and Watson. They also manage to clear almost 18 million in payroll, thus paving the way for a rebuilding project for manager reefer 124. As far as grades go, I give San Diego a B on this one. The Pitchers are middle to bottom of the rotation types, but the salary room gained brings the grade into the B range.

->The Washington D.C. Do nothing Senators trade Irv Kohlmeier and Gerald Zheng to the Portland Polecats in exchange for Vitas MacFarlane and Clarence Jennings.

For Washington, McFarlane is a decent defensive minded Center Fielder with very little Batting skill, definitly a bottom of the lineup type. Clarence Jennings is an interesting pickup, he has the ratings that would make him the staff Ace on a lot of clubs. However, his stats have suffered over the years from pitching on mediocre ball teams. He has a good chance of revitalizing his career with Washington. I give Washington a solid B+ on this trade.

Portland gains a decent bat in the outfield with the youngster Irv Kohlmeier. A downside for Kohlmeier is his expensive 6.5 mil arb salary which will likely increase next season when he goes shopping for a long term deal. They also get Gerald Zheng, a low control/vR long relief prospect. With his vR rating that low, i see him as a LRB/mopup guy at the ML level. Portland gets a C in this trade.

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