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Red Sox Great Bobby Doerr Passes Away At Age 99

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The Boston Red Sox lost a legend on Monday, as several sources reported that Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr passed away at age 99 in Junction City, Oregon.

Red Sox owner John Henry released a statement which included the following:

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself. And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”

At the time of his death, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer, and first ever to reach age 99.

Doerr played his Major League career entirely as a second baseman for the Red Sox from 1937-51; he missed the 1945 season due to military service in World War II.

In his 14-year career, Doerr was a .288/.362/.488 hitter with 2,042 hits, 223 homers, 1,247 RBIs, and nine All-Star appearances.

The Red Sox retired Doerr’s No. #1 in 1988, two years after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1995, the Red Sox inducted Doerr into their annual franchise class.

Known as the “silent captain” on Red Sox teams of the ’40s and early ’50s, Doerr’s legacy includes being known for “his exemplary work habits, quiet confidence, and the ability to lead by example”, as MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the following in a statement:

“Bobby’s life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace. He set the standard for what it means to be a good teammate through abiding friendships with Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio, all while realizing legendary status on the diamond. He touched us all with his class and dignity, and will remain an example and an inspiration for generations of players to come.”

Doerr was just under five months shy of his 100th birthday.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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