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Herzog HOF, Hot Stove News

 A young Whitey Herzog with the KC A’s.

Whitey Herzog made a brilliant decision when he decided to manage after a mediocre at best record as a player hitting .257 and hitting 25 homers and drove in 172 runs in eight major league seasons. His playing career ended at the age of 31. He didn’t manage his first major league game till ten years after retiring as a player.

His decision to manage culminated yesterday in his being voted in by the veteran’s committee to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager.

Herzog’s first managerial stint with the Texas Rangers did not go well as the Rangers posted a 47-91 record while he was at the helm.

Two years later he was named the manager of the Kansas City Royals where he posted a 410-304 record and a .574 winning percentage while piloting the Royals to three AL West championships and two second place finishes.

He then took over the reins of the St. Louis Cardinals and guided them to a 1982 World Series championship. His record was 822-728 and a .530 winning percentage while while managing the Cardinals. He came very close to winning another World Series championship in 1o85 but umpire Donald Denkinger made a wrong call in Game 6 that enbabled the Royals to extend the series to seven games. Denkinger even has a photo of that play in his house to remind him that he missed the call.

Herzog managed the Cardinals for 11 years. His 1,281 wins are 32nd on the all time list for wins by a manager and his .532 winning percentage is 66th alltime.

Hot Stove News

There is a rumor circulating that Curtis Granderson could be moved to the Yankees in a three way trade also involving the Tigers and the Diamondbacks.

 Granderson would go to the Yankees along with an unspecified number of prospects in exchange for Edwin Jackson who would go to the Diamondbacks while the Tigers would receive Max Scherzer from Diamondbacks and receive Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yankees.

The possible trade might mean that Roy Halladay is not going to be acquired by the Yankees since Austin Jackson would be a prospect that the Blue Jays may have requested in a trade for Halladay.

The Yankees had made a trade earlier in the day trading Bob Bruney to the Nationals for a player to be named later strengthening the Nationals bullpen.

Ivan Rodriguez has signed a two year contract with the Nationals for $6 million. Rodriguez needs 289 hits for 3000 hits and will start the 2010 season hitting .299. He is an almost surefire Hall of Famer unless his being linked with steroids keeps him from being voted in but it would be at least 7 or 8 years before he would be eligible for induction and by then there could be a different attitude among voters about players with steroids in their past.

MLB Network Coverage of Winter Meetings

The MLB Network covered the winter meetings from 6-8 PM ET last night and they did their usual great job of providing news from the winter meetings and had some informative interviews with Bobby Cox, Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen.

When Piniella was questioned about Bradley he said he had no problem with him and mentioned that Bradley had a great spring training after becoming a Cub. He did say that the Cubs are entertaining trade offers for Bradley.

Cox said he will be doing a lot of traveling and spend time with his 14 grandchildren after managing one more season in 2010.

Guillen said the White Sox are set with their pitching unlike last season when the fourth and fifth spots in the starting rotation were a question mark. He praised Gordon Beckham for learning to play third base in the majors during a pennant race.

He also said that Alex Rios needs to return to his form of past seasons to help the White Sox in 2010. Guillen reminded analyst Dan Plesac of a time when Plesac had drilled him with a pitch and host Victor Rojas reminded Guillen that he was 3 for 16 against Plesac.

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