Around the Majors: Reds fire O’Brien

1) The Reds fired GM Dan O’Brien and named Brad Kullman interim GM.

2) Astros LF Lance Berkman will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   27   40  .412  .515  .927  .678   8.03  .288  25   93    5  153  Astros       
2004   28   69  .450  .566 1.016  .762   9.98  .316  30  106    9  160  Astros       
2005   29   35  .411  .524  .934  .690   7.67  .293  24   82    4  132  Astros       
CAR        289  .416  .557  .973  .708   8.74  .302 180  617   44  907 
LG AVG       0  .342  .434  .775  .500   5.22  .269  99  400   51 
POS AVG     73  .358  .472  .830  .567   6.09  .276 126  454   57 

3) The Cubs signed free agent P Wade Miller to a 1 year, $1 million contract. Miller is recovering from labrum surgery and is expected to return in May.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 26    7   4.13   33  33  187.1  161  7.73 12.25  14  13   0  14  13  Astros       
2004 27   10   3.35   15  15   88.2   74  7.51 12.18   7   7   0   9   5  Astros       
2005 28   -5   4.95   16  16   91     64  6.33 14.44   4   4   0   4   4  Red Sox      
CAREER    51   3.98  143 139  859    723  7.58 12.30  62  43   0  60  45 
LG AVG     0   4.33           859    642  6.73 12.81  48  48 

4) Rockies 1B Todd Helton had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and is expected to be ready for spring training.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   29   80  .458  .630 1.088  .768  11.09  .358  33  117    0  160  Rockies      
2004   30   78  .469  .620 1.088  .763  11.95  .347  32   96    3  154  Rockies      
2005   31   46  .445  .534  .979  .701   9.25  .320  20   79    3  144  Rockies      
CAR        441  .433  .607 1.040  .693  10.19  .337 271  916   33 1279 
LG AVG       0  .343  .434  .777  .500   5.25  .270 136  558   76 
POS AVG     99  .362  .473  .834  .563   6.08  .276 183  688   35 

5) The Astros plan on filing an insurance claim on 1B Jeff Bagwell. Bagwell still says he is able to play.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   35   21  .373  .524  .897  .593   6.56  .278  39  100   11  160  Astros       
2004   36   17  .377  .465  .842  .582   6.33  .266  27   89    6  156  Astros       
2005   37    0  .358  .380  .738  .504   5.00  .250   3   19    0   39  Astros       
CAR        680  .408  .540  .948  .704   8.11  .297 449 1529  202 2150 
LG AVG       0  .339  .423  .763  .500   5.07  .269 228  991  161 
POS AVG    168  .356  .461  .817  .559   5.84  .277 306 1230   81 

6) Today’s birthdays–

NEIL ALLEN, AGE: 48
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1987 29  -10   5.93   23  11   74.1   42  5.09 16.35   0   8   0   3   5  White Sox/Yankees
CAREER   -12   3.88  434  59  988.1  611  5.56 12.85  58  70  75  63  65 
LG AVG     0   3.81           988.1  599  5.45 12.24  55  55 

ROB DIBBLE, AGE: 42
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1988 24   12   1.82   37   0   59.1   59  8.95  9.86   1   1   0   2   0  Reds         
1989 25   17   2.09   74   0   99    141 12.82  9.45  10   5   2  11   4  Reds         
1990 26   22   1.74   68   0   98    136 12.49  8.91   8   3  11   9   2  Reds         
CAREER    45   2.98  385   0  477    645 12.17 10.98  27  25  89  34  18 
LG AVG     0   3.70           477    309  5.84 11.99  27  27 

CLIFF HEATHCOTE, 1898-1939
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1922   24  -11  .325  .370  .695  .397   4.12  .270   1   48    5  110  Cardinals/Cubs
1923   25  -31  .298  .308  .606  .244   2.90  .249   1   27   32  117  Cubs         
1925   27  -15  .343  .366  .709  .383   4.20  .263   5   39   15  109  Cubs         
CAR        -85  .333  .375  .708  .437   4.28  .275  42  448  191 1415 
LG AVG       0  .345  .398  .743  .500   4.95  .287  53  559   94 
POS AVG     92  .362  .428  .791  .558   5.64  .299  69  597  131 

SCOTT KAZMIR, AGE: 22
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2004 20   -5   5.67    8   7   33.1   41 11.07 15.12   2   3   0   2   3  Devil Rays   
2005 21   11   3.77   32  32  186    174  8.42 13.65  10   9   0  11   8  Devil Rays   
CAREER     6   4.06   40  39  219.1  215  8.82 13.87  12  12   0  13  11 
LG AVG     0   4.40           219.1  151  6.20 12.71  12  12 

TIM STODDARD, AGE: 53
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1979 26   15   1.71   29   0   58     47  7.29  9.78   3   1   3   3   1  Orioles      
1980 27   14   2.51   64   0   86     64  6.70 11.62   5   3  26   6   2  Orioles      
CAREER     1   3.95  485   0  729.2  582  7.18 12.90  41  35  76  39  37 
LG AVG     0   3.98           729.2  428  5.28 12.43  41  41 

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