What’s Happening in Baseball Today

January 18, 2021: The First Pitch

On a quiet baseball Sunday in the middle of January, the big news of the day had the Red Sox re-signing pitcher Martin Perez to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million with a team option for a second year at $6 million (or a $500,000 buyout). The left-hander who turns 30 shortly after the ‘scheduled until further notice’ Opening Day of April 1 was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 2020, his first year with the Red Sox, numbers which aren’t far off line from his career totals of 56-61 and 4.71.

It Was Whatever-Something Years Ago Today

1947: The Pirates purchase Hank Greenberg from the Tigers. The aging slugger only agrees to the deal after learning that the Pirates are moving in the left-field fences at voluminous Forbes Field.

Shameless Link of the Day

Here’s a look at Forbes Field, the ballpark Hank Greenberg hesitated to call home until the Pirates reduced the dimensions.

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Atlanta pitcher Max Fried is 27; Minnesota pitcher Michael Pineda is 32; former Astros hurler Wandy Rodriguez is 42; two-time All-Star catcher Mike Lieberthal is 49; 50-homer leadoff guy Brady Anderson is 57; 138-game winner Scott McGregor is 67; TGG interview subject Billy Grabarkewitz is 75. Born on this date is pitcher Carl Morton (1944) and Gold Glove outfielder/reserve clause destroyer Curt Flood (1938),

Welcome to the New This Great Game

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