Around the Majors: Sosa’s retiring

1) Sammy Sosa’s agent says he’s retiring, although he won’t formally be added to the retirement list.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1998   29   58  .377  .647 1.024  .709   8.34  .308  66  158   18  159  Cubs         
2000   31   73  .406  .634 1.040  .760   9.62  .320  50  138    7  156  Cubs         
2001   32  114  .437  .737 1.174  .838  12.57  .328  64  160    0  160  Cubs         
2002   33   58  .399  .594  .993  .739   8.67  .288  49  108    2  150  Cubs         
CAR        338  .345  .537  .882  .606   6.44  .274 588 1575  234 2240 
LG AVG       0  .339  .422  .761  .500   5.04  .269 250 1093  171 
POS AVG    152  .348  .459  .807  .549   5.67  .276 325 1273  215 

Sosa ranks 5th on the career HR list.

HOMERUNS                        HR      RCAA    
1    Hank Aaron                  755     1032   
2    Babe Ruth                   714     1795   
3    Barry Bonds                 708     1502   
4    Willie Mays                 660     1008   
5    Sammy Sosa                  588      338   
6    Frank Robinson              586      852   
7    Mark McGwire                583      665   
8    Harmon Killebrew            573      516   
9    Rafael Palmeiro             569      572   
10   Reggie Jackson              563      565   

He is 13th vs. the league average–

HOMERUNS                        DIFF   PLAYER   LEAGUE    RCAA    
1    Babe Ruth                   622      714       92     1795   
2    Barry Bonds                 464      708      244     1502   
3    Hank Aaron                  457      755      298     1032   
4    Mark McGwire                405      583      178      665   
5    Jimmie Foxx                 403      534      131      985   
6    Willie Mays                 390      660      270     1008   
7    Lou Gehrig                  377      493      116     1247   
8    Ted Williams                376      521      145     1475   
9    Mel Ott                     374      511      137      989   
10   Mike Schmidt                367      548      181      623   
11   Harmon Killebrew            362      573      211      516   
12   Mickey Mantle               346      536      190     1099   
13   Sammy Sosa                  338      588      250      338   
14   Frank Robinson              337      586      249      852   
15   Willie McCovey              334      521      187      606   
16   Reggie Jackson              327      563      236      565   
17   Ken Griffey Jr.             311      536      225      579   
18   Willie Stargell             305      475      170      553   
T19  Eddie Mathews               285      512      227      655   
T19  Dave Kingman                285      442      157       53   

Sosa ranks 2nd on the Cubs career RCAA list–

RCAA    
1    Billy Williams              436   
2    Sammy Sosa                  393   
3    Frank Chance                349   
4    Stan Hack                   315   
5    Hack Wilson                 310   
6    Bill Nicholson              287   
7    Mark Grace                  274   
8    Ron Santo                   272   
9    Gabby Hartnett              251   
10   Phil Cavarretta             222   

2) The Angels signed free agent P Jeff Weaver to a 1 year, $8.325 million contract.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26  -29   5.99   32  24  159.1   93  5.25 15.19   7   9   0   6  10  Yankees      
2004 27    3   4.01   34  34  220    153  6.26 12.27  13  13   0  13  13  Dodgers      
2005 28   -5   4.22   34  34  224    157  6.31 11.29  14  11   0  12  13  Dodgers      
CAREER    -8   4.44  226 209 1396    937  6.04 12.51  78  87   2  83  82 
LG AVG     0   4.53          1396    992  6.40 13.07  78  78 

3) Pitchers and catchers report today for the Braves, Cardinals, Devil Rays, Indians, Padres, Phillies, Pirates, Reds and Yankees.

4) Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild says he doesn’t put schedules on rehab, but expects Kerry Wood to miss the first couple of weeks of the season. Wood is still recovering from the shoulder surgery that ruined his 2005 season.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26   24   3.20   32  32  211    266 11.35 11.64  14  11   0  16   9  Cubs         
2004 27   13   3.72   22  22  140.1  144  9.24 12.12   8   9   0  10   7  Cubs         
2005 28    0   4.23   21  10   66     77 10.50 10.91   3   4   0   4   3  Cubs         
CAREER    67   3.67  185 174 1109   1286 10.44 11.96  70  54   0  71  53 
LG AVG     0   4.30          1109    834  6.77 12.82  62  62 

5) The Padres claimed P Jason Anderson off waivers from the Yankees and designated P Kenny Baugh for assignment.

ANDERSON
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 24   -2   4.88   28   0   31.1   16  4.60 15.80   1   0   0   0   1  Yankees/Mets
2004 25   -4  45.00    1   0    1      1  9.00 45.00   0   0   0   0   0  Indians      
2005 26   -2   7.94    3   0    5.2    2  3.18 17.47   1   0   0   0   1  Yankees      
CAREER    -8   6.39   32   0   38     19  4.50 16.82   2   0   0   0   2 
LG AVG     0   4.44            38     27  6.28 12.82   2   2 

6) Rangers GM Jon Daniels says he’s spoken with free agent DH Erubiel Durazo.

7) Orioles P Rodrigo Lopez lost his salary arbitration case. He will get $3.75 million, instead of the $4.5 million he was seeking.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27  -25   5.82   26  26  147    103  6.31 14.76   7  10   0   6  11  Orioles      
2004 28   23   3.59   37  23  170.2  121  6.38 11.60  14   9   0  15   8  Orioles      
2005 29  -19   4.90   35  35  209.1  118  5.07 12.98  15  12   0  11  16  Orioles      
CAREER   -15   4.56  137 118  748.1  495  5.95 12.69  51  43   0  47  47 
LG AVG     0   4.49           748.1  521  6.26 12.87  42  42 

8) The Brewers re-signed P Tomo Ohka to a $4.53 million contract, to avoid salary arbitration.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27   21   4.16   34  34  199    118  5.34 12.98  10  12   0  13   9  Expos        
2004 28    6   3.40   15  15   84.2   38  4.04 12.65   3   7   0   6   4  Expos        
2005 29    2   4.04   32  29  180.1   98  4.89 12.33  11   9   0  10  10  Nationals/Brewers
CAREER    51   3.95  156 144  846    488  5.19 12.66  44  53   0  54  43 
LG AVG     0   4.32           846    624  6.64 12.86  48  47 

9) Brooks Kieschnick announced his retirement.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2001   29   -2  .289  .548  .837  .371   4.91  .238   3    9    0   35  Rockies      
2003   31    4  .355  .614  .970  .651   7.41  .300   7   12    0   69  Brewers      
2004   32   -3  .324  .365  .689  .352   3.86  .270   1    7    0   75  Brewers      
CAR         -7  .315  .444  .760  .439   4.88  .248  16   46    1  257 
LG AVG       0  .342  .432  .773  .500   5.20  .270  10   41    6 
POS AVG    -12  .293  .360  .653  .364   3.87  .227   8   32    4 

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 31   -5   5.26   42   0   53     39  6.62 14.43   1   1   0   1   1  Brewers      
2004 32    3   3.77   32   0   43     28  5.86 11.93   1   1   0   1   1  Brewers      
CAREER    -2   4.59   74   0   96     67  6.28 13.31   2   2   0   2   2 
LG AVG     0   4.30            96     71  6.69 12.82   5   5 

10) The Nationals signed OF Ruben Mateo and Ps Joe Horgan and Saul Rivera to minor league contracts, with invitations to spring training, and signed INFs Henry Mateo and Alex Nunez, OF Jesus Feliciano, C Miguel Bernard and Ps Juan Ovalles and Jacobo Meque to minor league contracts.

RUBEN MATEO
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2002   24   -2  .319  .395  .714  .421   4.57  .256   2    7    0   46  Reds         
2003   25  -12  .290  .329  .619  .290   3.15  .242   3   18    0   74  Reds         
2004   26   -7  .270  .357  .627  .300   3.12  .206   3   14    1   51  Pirates/Royals
CAR        -33  .303  .386  .689  .368   3.99  .250  21   89   11  295 
LG AVG       0  .342  .435  .777  .500   5.24  .271  29  121   15 
POS AVG      5  .346  .445  .791  .514   5.46  .273  31  124   23 

HORGAN
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 27    4   3.15   47   0   40     30  6.75 13.50   4   1   2   3   2  Expos        
2005 28  -11  21.00    8   0    6      5  7.50 36.00   0   0   0   0   0  Nationals    
CAREER    -7   5.48   55   0   46     35  6.85 16.43   4   1   2   3   2 
LG AVG     0   4.30            46     34  6.71 12.83   3   3 

HENRY MATEO
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26  -12  .304  .273  .576  .253   3.40  .240   0    7   11  100  Expos        
2004   27   -4  .289  .318  .607  .182   2.19  .273   0    0    2   40  Expos        
2005   28    0  .500  .000  .500  .000   0.00  .000   0    0    0    1  Nationals    
CAR        -18  .297  .286  .583  .243   3.12  .242   0    7   15  168 
LG AVG       0  .341  .432  .772  .500   5.16  .268   8   31    4 
POS AVG     -3  .337  .403  .739  .462   4.76  .272   5   25    4 

11) The Yankees say P Carl Pavano won’t throw off the mound for 10-14 days, due to back stiffness. His availability for Opening Day is uncertain.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 27   -7   4.30   33  32  201    133  5.96 11.64  12  13   0  12  13  Marlins      
2004 28   27   3.00   31  31  222.1  139  5.63 11.01  18   8   0  17   9  Marlins      
2005 29   -3   4.77   17  17  100     56  5.04 13.95   4   6   0   5   5  Yankees      
CAREER    -7   4.27  184 166 1037.2  673  5.84 12.67  61  64   0  64  61 
LG AVG     0   4.33          1037.2  770  6.68 12.86  58  58 

12) Today’s birthdays–

ERIC BYRNES, AGE: 30
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   12  .333  .459  .792  .589   5.71  .263  12   51   10  121  A's          
2004   28   13  .347  .467  .814  .568   6.04  .283  20   73   17  143  A's          
2005   29  -13  .294  .371  .665  .383   3.82  .226  10   40    7  126  A's/Rockies/Orioles
CAR         10  .325  .437  .761  .520   5.20  .259  48  180   40  509 
LG AVG       0  .335  .430  .765  .500   5.04  .269  49  205   25 
POS AVG      6  .338  .431  .769  .512   5.18  .274  46  203   37 

MANNY DELCARMEN, AGE: 24
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2005 23    1   3.00   10   0    9      9  9.00 16.00   0   0   0   0   0  Red Sox      
CAREER     1   3.00   10   0    9      9  9.00 16.00   0   0   0   0   0 
LG AVG     0   4.36             9      6  6.16 12.63   1   1 

ALEX FERGUSON, 1897-1976
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1925 28  -28   6.26   33  15  125     49  3.53 16.70   9   5   2   5   9  Red Sox/Yankees/Senators
1926 29  -20   7.69   19   4   48     16  3.00 16.88   3   4   1   2   5  Senators     
1927 30  -22   4.84   31  31  227     73  2.89 13.92   8  16   0  10  14  Phillies     
CAREER  -102   4.90  256 166 1238.2  396  2.88 14.33  61  85  10  65  81 
LG AVG     0   4.09          1238.2  389  2.82 13.32  69  69 

BARRY FOOTE, AGE: 54
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1975   23  -36  .229  .295  .524  .154   1.98  .194   7   30    0  118  Expos        
1976   24  -15  .272  .340  .612  .317   2.92  .234   7   27    2  105  Expos        
1979   27  -11  .316  .427  .742  .413   4.43  .254  16   56    5  132  Cubs         
CAR       -102  .277  .368  .645  .319   3.19  .230  57  230   10  687 
LG AVG       0  .332  .385  .718  .500   4.46  .265  46  258   49 
POS AVG    -33  .322  .365  .687  .438   3.95  .248  46  260   12 

BILLY HAMILTON, 1866-1940
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1889   23   49  .413  .395  .808  .671  10.46  .301   3   77  111  137  Cowboys      
1890   24   62  .430  .399  .829  .741  11.33  .325   2   49  102  123  Phillies     
1891   25   96  .453  .421  .874  .824  12.85  .340   2   60  111  133  Phillies     
1892   26   63  .423  .410  .833  .749  10.09  .330   3   53   57  139  Phillies     
1893   27   74  .490  .524 1.014  .817  15.84  .380   5   44   43   82  Phillies     
1894   28  116  .523  .528 1.050  .812  16.81  .404   4   87   98  129  Phillies     
1895   29   93  .490  .495  .985  .796  14.40  .389   7   74   97  123  Phillies     
1896   30   70  .477  .463  .940  .741  12.69  .365   3   52   83  131  Braves       
1897   31   46  .461  .414  .875  .694  10.26  .343   3   61   66  127  Braves       
1898   32   78  .480  .453  .933  .842  12.95  .369   3   50   54  110  Braves       
CAR        802  .455  .432  .887  .744  11.55  .344  40  736  912 1591 
LG AVG       0  .349  .377  .726  .500   6.27  .281  42  787  313 
POS AVG    145  .370  .391  .761  .567   7.19  .296  44  749  440 

SERGIO MITRE, AGE: 25
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 22   -4   8.31    3   2    8.2    3  3.12 19.73   0   1   0   0   1  Cubs         
2004 23  -12   6.62   12   9   51.2   37  6.45 16.55   2   4   0   2   4  Cubs         
2005 24   -7   5.37   21   7   60.1   37  5.52 13.13   2   5   0   3   4  Cubs         
CAREER   -23   6.12   36  18  120.2   77  5.74 15.07   4  10   0   5   9 
LG AVG     0   4.27           120.2   89  6.65 12.80   7   7 

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