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2013 MLB Winter Meetings Day 1: Three legends enter Coopertstown

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The first day of the MLB Winter Meetings sure got off to quite a bang.

Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox have been inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.

According to MLB.com, "All three won more than 2,000 games and were selected on all 16 ballots when the committee met Sunday ahead of baseball's winter meetings."

They talk about how .406 and 56 will never be broken, just put into perspective what those three legends have accomplished. We may never see their likes ever again.

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced Roy Halladay will retire a Jay. Arguably, the greatest pitcher of his era, injuries have slowed "Doc" down, but his accomplishments will not soon be forgotten.

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft, Halladay was supposed to be one half of a super one-two punch that included Chris Carpenter. Both pitchers endured struggles, and that potent combination never developed in Toronto.

Halladay floundered at the beginning of his career, but a demotion to Dunedin turned his career around. With the help of Mel Queen, his mechanics were corrected, and the rest is history.

Halladay finishes his career with 203 wins (143 as a Jay) and a career 3.38 ERA, which ranks him 164th all-time. Whether or not the Hall of Fame is in his future, he will put forward a strong case. His 204 wins ranks fourth amongst recently active pitchers, his 6.56 WAR (for pitchers) is first amongst active pitchers and 41st all-time. Halladay is also the current leader amongst all pitchers in complete games, Win-Loss%, shutouts, and nearly every "adjusted" pitching statistic you can think of.

Jack Morris was the best pitcher of the 1980's and his Hall of Fame struggles continue, Roy Halladay is as good or better and will seemingly endure the same voting conundrum when it's his turn to be voted in.

David Price's name continues to be one that keeps coming up in trade talks. Tampa Bay Rays coach Joe Maddon was asked his thoughts about a possible trade by ESPN.

"So if it were to happen, it's one of those that's almost the word 'devastating' in a sense. But we have to recover from those kind of moments if it does actually occur."

I am fully aware Joe Madden is one of the best in the game, but how long can he operate after losing another stud on his pitching staff. We'll most likely see next year.

Sergio Santos' name will go down in infamy...not really. Apparently the Blue Jays, who have an excess of bullpen arms, attempted to trade Santos in a three-way deal that included the Texas Rangers. Unfortunately, "someone" failed his physical. Speculation abounds to who the mystery man is. I believe Santos is one of their better bullpen arms. He has that the swing and a miss fastball that not many people possess. Despite injury trouble during his time with the Jays, he still put together solid numbers (1.75 ERA in 25.2 innings, with 28 Ks) with a blazing fastball humming at 95mph.

SMWW continues to be at the forefront of sports management/marketing in the game today. Led by Lynn and Liz Lashbrook, they offer a variety of classes that will assimilate students with their new focus.

Today, a wide variety of guest speakers which included, Dan Evans, Ari Kaplan, Cory Schwartz, and Roby Neyer, have undoubtedly made SMMW a great place to learn and a an institution to be reckoned with in the sports management world.

Day 2 continues in a few hours. Stay tuned!

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