Around The Diamond: MLB News & Notes
Last week the stove was a lot hotter as the BoSox signed big name high priced talent in Pablo Sandoval & Hanley Ramirez. Since then the burners have been on low flame as not one bat or arm found themselves a new home. Although no new contracts were signed the league collectively was still busy.
This week MLB's general managers prepare for their annual winter meetings in San Diego were things are sure to reheat. Before the baseball brass have even gathered trades are being negotiated and executed. Not the blockbuster deals that make the back page, rather the small "role" player exchanges that quietly help clubs accumulate victories.
The Pennsylvania native has a .247 career batting average in 543 games, including a .283 average and a .587 slugging percentage in 155 pinch-hit appearances. During the course of his career, Heisey, who has not committed an error since 2012, has appeared in 311 games in left field, 93 games in center field and 70 games in right field, while ranking sixth among NL outfielders (min. 300 games) with a .908 zone rating since 2010. He was originally selected by the Reds in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Messiah College in Pennsylvania.
Magill, 25, pitched in seven professional seasons in the Los Angeles organization, including six starts with the Dodgers in 2013 in his only big league action. He was originally selected by the club in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Royal High School in Simi Valley.
e was selected to the Florida State League (A-Advanced) All-Star Game this year, after going 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA in his first 19 appearances for the Hammerheads. Redman was originally drafted by the Tampa Rays in 2012 as an infielder, but was converted to a relief pitcher after signing with the Marlins' organization in 2013. He's posted a 2.00 ERA in 63 career minor league appearances, going 7-3 with eight saves and 93 strikeouts in 90.0 innings.
Crow, 27, went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and three saves in 67 relief appearances with the Royals this year, but did not pitch in the postseason.
Baseball Stadiums Top Instagram Shares
Fans attending Major League Baseball ballparks during the 2014 season again shared personal photos from their in-ballpark experiences in record numbers alongside the most popular travel destinations around the globe, highlighted by Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium ranking among the top 10 most popular Instagram locations of 2014. Major League Baseball ballparks have cracked the Instagram Top 10 in each of its four years of ranking the world's most popular photo-shared locations - the only sports league to have venues represented annually. Dodger Stadium, which also finished seventh and eighth in the last two annual rankings, respectively, moved up six spots to become Instagram's second-most geo-tagged location in 2014, trailing only Disneyland. Yankee Stadium debuted in the Instagram rankings for the first time (9th).
The only other U.S. sports and entertainment venue to make this year's list was Madison Square Garden in New York.
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