Tag:Jermaine Dye
Posted on: October 29, 2011 12:03 am
Edited on: October 29, 2011 12:26 am

2011 World Series best in a decade

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals are the World Series champions, but for one of the few times in recent memory, baseball fans were rewarded with an exciting, entertaining World Series. Looking over the last 10 World Series, there have been some stinkers -- good storylines, but often better storylines than games. Here's looking at the last 10 World Series and ranking them by what happened on the field and on the field only, with 2011, of course, leading the way in a landslide.

1. 2011: Cardinals over Rangers in 7

MVP: David Freese
What it's remembered for: Well, we'll see -- it could be Chris Carpenter's gutty Game 7 effort, Albert Pujols' historic Game 3 performance, David Freese's Game 6 heroics, Tony La Russa's Game 5 blunders, the Cardinals' rally from being down to their last strike twice in Game 6 or even Mike Napoli's amazing series. It's probably too early to tell -- just like it's to early to tell where this one will fall in the list of all-time great series, but we do know for sure right now that it's the best we've seen in a while.

2. 2002: Angels over Giants in 7
MVP: Troy Glaus
What it's remembered for: With the Giants just eight outs from the title, manager Dusty Baker pulled Russ Ortiz with one out in the seventh after back-to-back singles. Baker handed Ortiz the game ball before sending him back to the dugout before Scott Spiezio hit a three-run homer off of Felix Rodriguez. The Angeles rallied for three more runs in the eighth inning to win 6-5 and went on to win Game 7 behind John Lackey.

3. 2003:
Marlins over Yankees in 6
MVP: Josh Beckett
What it's remembered for: Beckett started Game 6 on three days' rest and shutout the Yankees on five hits to clinch the title at Yankee Stadium.

4. 2009:
Yankees over Phillies in 6
MVP: Hideki Matsui
What it's remembered for: Long-time Yankee nemesis Pedro Martinez started Game 6 for the Phillies, but was taken out of the game after giving up four runs in the first four innings and took the loss, while Andy Pettitte recorded his record 18th career postseason victory. It was the last game Martinez would pitch in the majors.

5. 2010: Giants over Rangers in 5
MVP: Edgar Renteria
What its' remembered for: After missing most of the season with several injuries, Edgar Renteria hit a three-run home run off of Cliff Lee in the seventh inning of Game 5 that was enough for a 3-1 victory, clinching the Giants title. Renteria joined Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig to have two series-winning hits.

6. 2005: White Sox over Astros in 4
MVP: Jermaine Dye
What it's remembered for: Like the other Sox, the White version had a long drought of its own broken, but White Sox fans never really whined as much as Red Sox fans so it was less celebrated. Although the White Sox swept the series, no game was decided by more than two runs, with Scott Podsednik hitting a walk-off homer in Game 2 off of Brad Lidge after the Astros rallied to tied the game with two runs in the ninth. Podsednik hadn't hit a home run in the entire 2005 regular season, but it was his second of the postseason.

7: 2008: Phillies over Rays in 5
MVP: Cole Hamels
What it's remembered for: Rain. Game 3 was delayed for an hour and a half, while Game 5 was started on Oct. 27 and suspended in the top of the sixth inning with the score tied at 2. The game was completed two days later with the Phillies winning 4-3. It was the first suspended game in World Series history.

8. 2004:
Red Sox over Cardinals in 4
MVP: Manny Ramirez
What it's remembered for: Because the Red Sox broke the Curse of the Bambino, the series itself is remembered more fondly than the play on the field merited. Despite Boston's complete domination of the series and an early 3-0 lead in Game 4 (to go along with the 3-0 series lead at the time), for many Red Sox fans, it wasn't until Keith Foulke flipped the ball to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out did they believe the Red Sox would actually win the series. (There's also the whole Curt Schilling bloody sock episode that would be in this spot if it weren't for that whole curse thing).

9. 2007:
Red Sox over Rockies in 4
MVP: Mike Lowell
What it's remembered for: Dustin Pedroia led off Game 1 in Boston with a home run and the series kind of followed suit from there. Boston trailed only once in the entire series -- falling behind 1-0 in the first of Game 2, only to win that game 2-1.

10. 2006:  Cardinals over Tigers in 5
MVP: David Eckstein
What it's remembered for: How bad was this series on the field? Well, there were 12 errors committed in the five games and three of the five games featured errors by both teams. There was a game pushed back by rain and the most memorable moment was probably a guy washing his hands. In Game 2, the drama (aided by Tim McCarver's yapping) was the mystery of a mixture of dirt and rosin on Kenny Rogers' hand in the first inning. He went on to pitch eight shutout innings and allowed just two hits in the Tigers' only victory of the series.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:19 pm

Jermaine Dye retires

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jermaine Dye Former All-Star Jermaine Dye will retire, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal tweets .

Dye, 37, last played for the White Sox in 2009 and hit 27 home runs. He ends his 14-season career with 325 home runs and a career slash line of .274/.338/.488.

Dye came up with the Braves and also played for the Royals, A's and White Sox. Dye was an All-Star for the Royals in 2000 and for the White Sox in 2006. He also won a Gold Glove in 2000.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 11:20 am

Dye can't find job, might retire

Jermaine Dye
For hire: Former World Series MVP with 325 career homers. Missed last season, but prior to that hadn't played fewer than 137 games, had fewer than 500 at-bats or hit fewer than 23 homers in any of the previous six years, amassing a line of .276/.342/.515 during that time.

And yet Jermaine Dye can't find a job, at least not one with a major-league contract. So he tells Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com he might just retire.

“I would still like to play, but I think my choices have passed and teams have gone with other people,” Dye said Wednesday. “I will continue to stay in shape and hopefully someone will call. If nothing gets done by the end of the spring, I may call it a career.”

Dye basically misjudged the market and ended up without a job last winter (Paging Mr. Guerrero to the white courtesy phone), opting to sit out the season after earning $11.5 million with the White Sox in 2009. Now that he's trying to come back at age 37, he's not finding any suitors, even though he hit 27 homers in '09. He had some contact with the Dodgers this winter, but they were apparently unwilling to offer anything but a minor-league deal. It's not clear what kind of money he's looking for.

“I feel I can contribute to a team in a big way,” Dye said. “I guess I’m just shocked that nobody has called. Regardless if a team thinks I have slowed defensively, I think my offensive numbers make a case for themselves.”

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 3, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 8:18 pm

DH market still crowded

Vladimir Guerrero If there's a surplus of one position on the free agent market, it may be the designated hitter spot.

Jim Thome, one of last season's bargain pickups, is still unsigned, as are Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. And then there's the not-retired Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Russell Branyan, Jose Guillen and Hank Blalock.

So far this offseason, the Red Sox exercised their option on David Ortiz, the Yankees have said they'll move Jorge Posada out from behind the plate, as will the Tigers with newly-signed Victor Martinez. Adam Dunn will be a first-time designated hitter with the White Sox.

As for teams with needs, that includes the team Thome DH'd for last season, the Twins, who would like him back. Of course, after putting up the year he did, he feels like he deserves a raise -- especially with his 600th career home run likely coming this season. The Rays, Angels and Rangers also have obvious needs, while the Orioles, Royals and Blue Jays could upgrade at the spot or stay put.

As it stands, here how the current AL DHs line up:
Orioles -- Luke Scott
Red Sox -- David Ortiz
Yankees -- Jorge Posada
Blue Jays -- Edwin Encarnacion
Rays -- Matt Joyce
White Sox -- Adam Dunn
Indians -- Travis Hafner
Tigers -- Victor Martinez
Royals -- Billy Butler
Twins -- Jason Kubel
Angels -- Mike Napoli
A's -- Hideki Matsui
Mariners -- Jack Cust
Rangers -- David Murphy

And here's who is left on the market (2010 AVG/OBP/SLG HR, RBI)
Jim Thome .283/.412/.627 25, 59
Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496 29, 115
Manny Ramirez .298/.409/.510 16, 42
Johnny Damon .271/.355/.401 8, 51
Russell Branyan .237/.323/.487 25, 57
Jason Giambi .244/.378/.398 6, 35
Andruw Jones .230/.341/.486 19, 48
Hank Blalock .254/.319/.349 1, 7
Jose Guillen .258/.314/.416 16, 62
Jeremy Hermida .216/.268/351 6, 29
Troy Glaus .240/.344/.400 16, 71
Mike Sweeney .252/.321/.444 8, 26
Jorge Cantu .256/.304/.392 11, 56
Jermaine Dye (2009) .250/.340/.453 27, 81

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:13 pm

Dye drawing interest

Jermaine Dye Jermaine Dye, out of baseball in 2010, wants to play in 2011 and is already drawing some interest, he tells FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal .

Dye tells him the Rays, Rockies and Phillies have already contacted him.

Dye, who will turn 37 in January, hit .250/.340/.453 with 27 home runs in 2009 for the White Sox.

Dye could serve as a platoon-mate and mentor to Domonic Brown in right field if he went to Philadelphia. The Rockies have an opening in right field, while the Rays could be looking high and low to replace offense lost in free agency. Dye said he was willing to play first base and serve as a DH in addition to playing the outfield.

Dye isn't using an agent. He said he turned down a one-year deal worth $3 million last season from the Cubs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 9:25 pm

Report: Teams looking at Dye

Jermaine Dye Jermaine Dye wasn't happy with any of the offers teams sent him in the offseason, so he chose to stay home.

Now, teams are calling again with at least the Padres, Rockies and Rangers sending out feelers to the former White Sox outfielder, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Dye hit .250/.340/.453 with 27 home runs for Chicago in 2009, although most of his production came in the first half. His poor showing in the second half of the season along with his liability on defense caused teams to blanch at Dye's asking price in the offseason. Now, Dye may be more willing to accede, otherwise his price will continue to go down. As Rosenthal points out, players such as Jim Edmonds had to sign a minor-league deal after sitting out a season.

Dye wouldn't be ready to step into the breach immediately, but could have value as a first baseman, outfielder and DH. He would be a cheap source of power -- something the Padres, Rockies and Rangers are in need of. The only question is if Dye is willing to swallow his pride and ink for a low base salary and work his way into shape.

-- Evan Brunell

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