News on Colon, Baldelli

MLBTR reports that Rocco Baldelli is retiring at the age of 29. It’s sad. In his first two seasons, Baldelli at age 21 and 22 hit .289 and .280, stole 44 bases and hit 27 HR. He was considered to be a can’t miss star—at a time when Tampa Bay (2003 and 2004) needed a star besides Carl Crawford. Then came injuries and illness. As MLBTR reports:

He missed the entire 2005 season and considerable chunks of the 2006-10 seasons as he dealt with foot, hamstring, and hip injuries, plus a type of channelopathy, which has caused muscle fatigue.

After 2004, Baldelli never played 100 games in a season again. From 2006-2010, the number of games he appeared in counted 92, 35, 28, 62 and 10. From that great beginning, to these numbers 2006-2010:

Average 45 games a year, .268-7-22. He retires with a .278 career BA, 60 HR, 60 SB. OPS+ 101.

What could have been.

Meanwhile, a minor league signing for the Yanks as they decide to give Bartolo Colon a look. After reading that, let’s just say that MY Colon isn’t doing very well. Colon pitched for Tony Pena in the Dominican Winter League, and he and scouts must have liked what they saw. Whatever. Colon will be 38 in May, 2011. Since his CYA year of 2005 (when I thought, and I still do feel, Mo should have won the award) when he went 21-8, 3.48, Colon has gone 14-21, 5.18. Those numbers are from 2006-2009. He wasn’t in the majors in 2010. In those four years, Colon only averaged 12 games a year. The last we saw of him, he was 3-6, 4.19 for the White Sox in 2009. Maybe Sidney Ponson’s old pants will still fit him. It’s funny how Baseball Reference has him listed at 6 feet, 185. He probably hasn’t been 185 since his rookie year. 245 to 255 is more like it.

As for the deal, ugh. Desperation. I’ll be (pleasantly) shocked if he makes the Yanks and does well. I’m certainly not expecting it to happen, though. 

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4 responses to “News on Colon, Baldelli

  1. Talk of the Yankees off-season with my father eventually came around to pitching, the signing of Soriano and whether he might be the next in a long line of steller Yankee stoppers. That led my father to talk about back in the day, when they listed “probable pitchers” they would always list Page when somebody, he thought Raschi, started. Do you have any info on it?

    This is all I found, which I found curious:
    Q: The baseball Encyclopedia does not list a pitcher by the name of Tom Page (or Paige, either). There was a Joe Page who was a well known relief pitcher for the Yankees from 1944 – 1950.

    A: According to the 1957 Little Red Book of Baseball, there was a pitcher named Page who pitched for New York, AL, in the 1947-49 World Series. He won 2, lost 1. Unfortunately, no first name is listed. I have a ticket stub for one of those games, when I research it, I will update with further info, if found.

    December 23, 2005 I was at a Dentist’s Office in Mission Viejo, California when a Senior Citizen was leaving the Building, we stopped to speak for a few moments when I asked about his occupation. He is now retired in Northern San Diego County. He told me back in the 1950′s he had played baseball with the New York Yankees. His name was “TOM PAGE”. I did confirm the spelling of his last name as I attended High School with a “PAIGE”. I did not receive any additional information, but the gentleman seemed quite sincere and I believe he is the Tom Page who played for the Yankees.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Did_a_pitcher_named_Tom_Page_play_for_the_New_York_Yankees_during_the_1950's#ixzz1CG3lO37j

    “Sidney Ponson’s pants” – lol – I was guess about 450 pounds, but maybe that is just being mean.

  2. Seems like the Yankees are putting a 2005 world series team together. Really though it cant hurt likely wont make the team anyway but worth a look.

  3. A look doesn’t hurt. May as well give Duchscherer a look too.

    The pitcher who was 2-1, 3.27 in the 1947 & 1949 WS was Joe Page. There was no official WS MVP back then. The NY writers gave the Babe Ruth award (kind of like a WS MVP) to Page for his work in the 1949 WS. It was the first of these awards to be given out (being that Babe died Aug. 16, 1948).

    Often, the WS MVP and the Babe Ruth Award go to the same person. But it is not always the case.

    The WS MVP started in 1955. From 1949 to 1954, the Babe Ruth Award went to Page, Jerry Coleman, Rizzuto, Mize (I think Mantle should have got it in 1952), Martin, and Rhodes.

    Here are the years the Babe Ruth Award was different than MVP:

    1958 WS MVP Turley; Babe to Ellie Howard
    1960 WS MVP Richardson, Babe to Mazeroski
    1967 WS MVP Gibson; Babe to Brock
    1969 WS MVP Clendonon; Babe to Al Weis
    1973 WS MVP Reggie; Babe to Campaneris
    1974 WS MVP Fingers; Babe to Dick Green
    1975 WS MVP Rose; Babe to Louie Tiant
    1980 WS MVP Schmidt; Babe to Tug McGraw
    1981 WS MVP 3 way tie; Babe to Cey (1 of the 3)
    1982 WS MVP Porter; Babe to Sutter
    1984 WS MVP Trammel; Babe to Morris
    1990 WS MVP Rijo; Babe to Billy Hatcher
    1992 WS MVP Borders; Babe to Winfield
    1996 WS MVP Wetteland; Babe to Fielder
    1997 WS MVP Livan Hernandez; Babe to Moises Alou (who I would have picked for MVP)
    2004 WS MVP Manny; Babe to Foulke
    2007 WS MVP Lowell; Babe to Papelbon
    2009 WS MVP Matsui; Babe to A-Rod
    2010 WS MVP Renteria; Babe to Lincecum

  4. The Page listed who played for the Yankees 1944-1950 is Joe Page. He came back to pitch for the Pirates in 1954.

    There was a Thomas Page who was in the Yankees farm system in 1950, then 1953-1956. This Thomas Page is still alive is 81 or about to be 81. This Tom Page would have been 75 when you saw him. Tom Page never made it to the bigs, but BaseballReference.com has his minor league stats. As much as they could dig up, that is. Apparently he got as high as the AA level. Most of his games were at Class C. About 73 starts, 48 other appearances, and the righty pitcher went 42-39, 3.87 in his professional career. These stats aren’t complete.

    His stats can be found here:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=page–001tho

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