GATOR GREENWELL IS 50
Do you remember former Red Sox left fielder Mike Greenwell a.k.a “The Gator”? He turned 50 this summer.
The funny thing is that Greenwell’s last season was in 1996 and he is just a little over six years older than Mariano Rivera, who just retired yesterday. (That says something about the great Mariano).
Greenwell’s best season came in 1988 when he hit 22 home runs, knocked in 119 runs and batted for a .325 average and recorded a .416 on-base percentage. He finished second in the American League MVP voting that year, behind Jose Canseco, who hit 42 homers, knocked in 124 runs and hit for a .307 average for Oakland. Third in the voting was Kirby Puckett, followed by Dave Winfield in fourth and Dennis Eckersley in fifth.
Greenwell played in 1,269 games during his career and hit 130 home runs, knocked in 726 runs and batted .303 with a .368 on-base percentage.
Henderson Alvarez had pitched 9.0 hitless innings for the Miami Marlins yesterday but the game was tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
No worries though ... Alvarez’s no-hitter became official though when teammate Giancarlo Stanton scored on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Tonight’s Monday Night Football game should be a good one with two 3-0 teams colliding. Miami Dolphins (3-0, 2-0 on road) goes against the New Orleans Saints (3-0, 2-0 at home).
The Dolphins are led by second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill who has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 827 yards while Saints QB Drew Brees has completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,021 yards.
BIG GAME ALERT
Haverhill and Methuen field hockey play against each other for the second time this season. Haverhill won the first match this year with a 2-1 victory.
In that Sept. 16 win, Holly Pereira scored both goals in the first half, on assists from Rakel Tavitian and Lizzy Duchemin.
Today’s game is at 7 p.m. at Haverhill.
There were two 100-loss teams — Miami and Houston — in the major leagues this season. Those organizations are in tough shape but the Los Angeles Angels (finished with a 78-84 record) who have Josh Hamilton signed through 2017 and Albert Pujols on the books through 2021 might be in just as tough of shape.
Pujols will make $23 million or more each of the next eight seasons, including $30 million in 2021 when he will be 41 years old. The right-handed hitter batted .258 with a .330 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage and .767 OPS in 99 games this year.
Look for the Angels to continue to struggle again next year and in the coming years despite having arguably the most talented player in baseball, 22-year-old Mike Trout, who isn’t free agent eligible until 2018.