to work as analyst on SNY
NEW YORK — Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine will be a pregame and postgame analyst for 12-15 of New York’s telecasts on cable channel SNY this season.
The network said Thursday that Valentine will work Monday’s opener against San Diego with Bob Ojeda and Chris Carlin. Valentine was an analyst for ESPN in 2011.
A former manager of Texas (1985-92), the Mets (1996-02), Boston (2012) and Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, 2004-09), Valentine also is the new athletic director of Sacred Heart in Connecticut and an analyst for NBC Sports Radio.
Musial to be honored with uniform patch
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.
The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. The Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Monday at Arizona.
The patch is unusual for one honoring a deceased icon: There is no black, a nod to Musial’s always-sunny disposition. It features a red border and Musial’s No. 6, in red, with his signature through the number. The background of the patch is the color of the jersey — gray for road games, white for home, and cream-colored when the Cardinals wear their new alternate jersey.
Feller to be honored with annual MLB award
CLEVELAND — Late Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller is being honored by Major League Baseball with an annual award named for him.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award will be given each year to a major leaguer and Hall of Famer who displays good character, assists those less fortunate, supports U.S. servicemen and women and conducts himself with dignity on and off the field. The U.S. Navy will give a companion award to one service member.
Feller served in the Navy, interrupting his baseball career to enlist immediately after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller did so despite being eligible for an exemption.
Feller missed four seasons but still recorded 266 career victories and led the American League in wins six times and strikeouts seven times.
A celebrated figure in Cleveland, Feller died in 2010 at the age of 92.
Detroit will begin season without set closer
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers have optioned rookie reliever Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo, leaving the AL champions without an announced closer as they prepare for Monday’s opener at Minnesota.
Rondon went 2-1 with a 5.84 ERA in 13 spring training games with nine walks and 19 strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings.
Jose Valverde struggled in the postseason last year and became a free agent, and the Tigers brought the 22-year-old Rondon to camp as his potential replacement. Manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that any of his seven relievers could be used to close games early in the season.