Tag:Brad Ziegler
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Bruce, O'Day among Super Twos

Brad Ziegler, the right-handed sidearmed reliever, is the lucky winner of the Super Two cutoff date this year with two years, 122 days of service time, according to the list sent to agents by the MLB Players Association. Super Two qualify for salary arbitration early.

The cutoff this season is lower than it has been in recent years, perhaps indicating that teams are getting more and more careful about how soon they bring up players in attempts to put off arbitration as long as possible.

Leading the list is Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, who has already been signed to a long-term deal, a deal that's looking better and better by the day for the Rays.

Here's the list:

Jay Bruce Player 2009 Club Total Service
Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 2.170
Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.165
Felipe Paulino Houston 2.163
Josh Fields Kansas City 2.159
Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia 2.159
Sean White Seattle 2.156
Ian Stewart Colorado 2.154
Dana Eveland* Pittsburgh 2.152
Luke Hochevar Kansas City 2.151
Armando Galarraga Detroit 2.148
Burke Badenhop Florida 2.143
Ross Ohlendorf Pittsburgh 2.139
Chris Perez Cleveland 2.136
Alberto Gonzalez Washington 2.135
Jensen Lewis Cleveland 2.133
Darren O'Day Texas 2.128
Jay Bruce Cincinnati 2.125
Chase Headley San Diego 2.123
Travis Buck Oakland 2.123
Brad Ziegler Oakland 2.122

It appears that this is the best news for Bruce, O'Day and Perez, who will likely get the biggest bumps in salary from 2010 to 2011.

Of all those players, Bruce (pictured) may have had the best season, hitting .281/.353/.493 with 25 home runs. Perez recorded 23 saves and had a 1.71 ERA as the closer for the Indians once Kerry Wood was sent to the Yankees. O'Day was a valuable member of the Rangers' bullpen, appearing in 72 regular-season games and 11 postseason games. During the Regular season, he had a 2.03 ERA.

All three of those players made $440,000 or less last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:56 am

Maple bat reaction coming in

We've got a full news cycle since Tyler Colvin was impaled by a shattered maple bat, so there's been plenty of time for response, including MLB's .

Here's a sampling of some more reaction, starting with Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler, who was cut by a maple bat earlier this season.

Ziegler (via the San Francisco Chronicle ):
"A little higher and it could have struck him in the throat," Ziegler said. "I'm worried there won't be interest in doing anything until it's too late and it takes a lawsuit when a player or fan gets hurt."

Maple bats now must meet stricter standards to be approved, but, Ziegler said, "Until they are eliminated, the danger is still there. ... This is like having a 2-pound tomahawk flying through the air."
Boston's Mike Cameron (via the Boston Globe ):
“I don’t think that’s the problem,’’ said Mike Cameron, who uses both maple and ash. “I think the problem is the weight of the bats, the way they’re designed. All maple bats don’t break like that.

“I think the maple bats are something that can be very dangerous when guys get really light ones, really thin handles. They don’t have any give in them. I’ve had some ash bats that do the same thing. I don’t think that it’s as violent because of the bend in the bats. But probably the biggest thing is when they break, they leave these points. The impact from the ball and a major league player and a bat is going to make a dangerous impact.’’
Astros third baseman Chris Johnson (via the Houston Chronicle ):
"I'm pretty close and if bats break I have to be on the lookout, but I think that's part of the game," Johnson said. "Pitchers are trying to do that — pitchers are trying to break bats - and bats are going to go flying whether they're maple or ash." And Astros general manager Ed Wade:
"I think we have to continue to conduct the studies that have been ongoing," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "When bats become spears or projectiles, it's of concern. They have implemented some changes over the course of the last year or so, and sometimes these things will continue to happen no matter how many safeguards you build into it." -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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