Hall of Famers know who got in on the first ballot and who had to agonize over a long selection process. And within the former group, there's a subset that is truly iconic. In the historic six-man Class of 2014, the Hall's most anticipated since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount went in together in 1999, that's where Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas come in.
Frank Thomas' dream of becoming a Hall of Famer has become a definite reality, and with it he has a whole new set of worries. "It's reality but it's very stressful, trust me," said Thomas, addressing the media at the Clark Sports Center gymnasium Saturday afternoon as part of the electees press conference. "It's been a long week."
Joe Torre said on Saturday that his relationship with the Yankees right now is right where it's supposed to be.
The speeches are just about written and a crowd perhaps in excess of 40,000 is expected today for the induction ceremony of this memorable Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 -- 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.
Julio Teheran was not at his best on the mound, but he pitched well enough for his 10th win, while adding an RBI on a squeeze bunt in the Braves' 5-3 win over the Padres on Saturday night.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki flew to Philadelphia on Saturday to visit with noted surgeon Dr. William C. Meyers to discuss the left hip flexor strain that has him on the 15-day disabled list.
Behind Efren Navarro's first Major League home run and seven strong innings from Matt Shoemaker, the Angels beat Detroit, 4-0, on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.
Jeremy Guthrie labored in a five-run second, but the Royals climbed back to tie it before Billy Butler belted a go-ahead two-run homer to help the Royals earn a 7-5 win over the Indians on Saturday night.
Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria certainly had Tom Koehler's back in a crazy third inning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.
Chris Sale struck out 12 and Alexei Ramirez led a 14-hit attack with a two-run homer Saturday night to carry the White Sox to a 7-0 win over the Twins at Target Field.
The final score read like a pitchers' duel, but the Rays' ninth straight victory, a 3-0 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, didn't exactly fit that description.
A.J. Pierzynski and Shelby Miller had never formally met until Saturday. Yet for 5 2/3 innings, including three perfect frames to start the game, the two played pitch-and-catch as the Cards topped the Cubs, 6-3, at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Adams drove in four runs.
Jake Peavy headed to San Francisco on Saturday, and the Red Sox may find reason to move ace lefty Jon Lester before Thursday's Trade Deadline.
Once again, the Cardinals relied on Matt Adams' clutch bat. Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Saturday to stop a four-game skid. Adams doubled sharply in the first inning, a one-hopper that bounced past first baseman Anthony Rizzo and into right field to score two runs. Adams' two-run triple with two outs in the seventh made it 5-2.
Intent on bolstering their starting rotation, the Giants have acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox for a pair of prospects. The Giants receive cash considerations as part of the deal. Peavy will start on Sunday night against the Dodgers.
Four months ago, Chris Young was on the verge of retiring from baseball. Good thing for the Mariners he decided to give the game another shot. Young allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and Seattle snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday. ''In my last start the team spotted me three early runs and I gave it right back in Anaheim,'' Young said.
The Reds needed a win in the worst way on Saturday. They turned to their ace, and he delivered. Johnny Cueto tossed seven sparkling innings, and Brayan Pena singled home the game's only run in the fifth as Cincinnati snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.
Citing the constraints of limited supply and widespread demand five days before the Trade Deadline, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti indicated on Saturday that he's not close to acquiring a significant pitcher.
The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night's middle game at AT&T Park. The Giants have plenty of familiarity with Peavy, who pitched for manager Bruce Bochy with the San Diego Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06.
Finally, the distinguished outsider has been affixed as part of baseball's firmament of stars. Roger Angell, graceful master of prose for The New Yorker for five decades and counting, was feted with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Saturday at Doubleday Field.