Mike Trout agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Angels after finishing second in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award in each of his first two full Major League Baseball seasons.
They played in a ramshackle ballpark on the prairie during the most trying economic period of modern times. The stands were separated from the field by chicken wire, the locker room had no showers, fans parked their cars in the outfield. This was baseball in Bismarck, North Dakota, in the 1930s.
It’s puzzling why only Americans made the cut in Joshua Kendall’s study of obsessive traits in seven high achievers -- but who cares? The control freaks and workaholics profiled in “America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built Nation” (Grand Central Publishing), one of three books reviewed in the Summer 2013 issue of Bloomberg Pursuits, are so fascinatingly weird that carping seems almost criminal.
Catcher Jason Varitek, who helped lead Boston to two World Series championships and was Red Sox captain from 2005-11, will announce his retirement today at the team’s spring training camp, the Boston Globe reported.