Welcome to my penultimate post of 2014! I decided to celebrate the Baseball Solstice by writing two blog posts today; this is the first one.
Yes, in addition to today being New Year’s Eve, it’s the Baseball Solstice, too! The term “Baseball Solstice” was coined by Dan Day on his Ball Caps Blog in 2011. The Baseball Solstice is the day exactly halfway between the final out of the World Series and the first pitch of Spring Training games. Baseball fans can mark the unofficial holiday however they wish, whether by wearing their favorite baseball cap or clothes, reading a baseball blog, visiting a local baseball diamond, watching a replay of a favorite game or baseball movie — anything baseball-related!
Anyway, it’s been hard keeping up with all the baseball transactions this month, but I couldn’t let the Baseball Solstice pass without writing another wrap-up of the latest player movements involving former Midwest Leaguers!
Catcher Nick Hundley, who has spent most of his career with the San Diego Padres, reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies. He played 67 games with the 2005-06 Fort Wayne Wizards, batting .267 with 8 HR and 49 RBI.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they’ve signed LHP Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million deal. The injury-prone lefty was limited to only eight starts for the Rockies in 2014 due to a broken finger and lower back surgery. He pitched for the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2007, going 8-4 with a 2.21 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 81.1 IP.
The Philadelphia Phillies traded OF Marlon Byrd and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for minor-league RHP Ben Lively. Byrd never played in the Midwest League, but Lively did … barely. He made a single start for the Dayton Dragons late in the 2013 season, striking out seven batters in four innings. He split the 2014 season between Cincinnati’s High-A and Double-A affiliates.