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Friday, May 29, 2009
The announcement will come approximately one minute after the time this is posted:
Clint Hurdle's seven-year run as the Rockies' manager will end today, according to a major-league source. With an off day to discuss the situation, the Rockies are poised to make a change given that their poor start has begun to affect attendance and fan interest.
Let's see, if I really want to force Mrs. Shyster to file for divorce, I order the Extra Innings package, then go on the road trip, and just before I leave I give the DIY Network people the key to my basement door . . .
This seemed inevitable: The first officially licensed league "man cave."
Best part: since the basement will be obnoxious, I'll almost certainly get to keep the house!
(Thanks to Pete Toms for the link)
The"Yay Jason" comment thread was getting worn out anyway . . .
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he doesn't think suspended outfielder Manny Ramirez should be an All-Star this year, even though fans have him fourth in voting at the position.
(link via BTF)
Benjamin Edwards at Studyofsports.com has an enjoyable and seemingly comprehensive article up chronicling the history of baseball movies. The ones that we always talk about -- "Bull Durham," "Major League," "The Natural," and "Eight Men Out" are clustered at the bottom. You're going to want to read this for the vast majority of films discussed here that you've never heard of. Like this one:
1927 gave us "Babe Comes Home," a silly tale starring Babe Ruth as Babe Dugan, a star hitter who has given up tobacco for his new wife. He goes into a slump before the big game and ultimately his wife tosses him his chewing tobacco from the stands just in time to hit the winning home run.
If such a movie were made today there would be Congressional hearings followed by indictments.
History will one day almost certainly show that Bobby Cox was a superior manager to Joe Girardi, but from where Mark Teixeira is sitting, that simply isn't the case:
The good thing about Joe is that he is consistent. He expects a lot out of us but you look at him and you can't tell if we won or lost," Teixeira said. "Your leader needs to show confidence. The manager can't be upset after every loss. He can't be angry all the time."
I wonder how he would have answered that question when he played in Anaheim and Atlanta.
Excuse me for a minute, but I have to go get a tissue. A little dust or something got in my eyes, you see. Damn allergies.
Given the dearth of interesting stuff to write about so far today, I can only assume that baseball writers followed most of baseball's lead and took yesterday off. After I grab some lunch I'll start digging, however. I'm sure we'll find some fun stuff to talk about yet today. For now:
You'd think they'd make these in the U.S.A., no?
President Obama bobbleheads planned for a give-away at a minor-league baseball game on Saturday apparently have not gotten approval from customs officials. The West Virginia Power Class A baseball team said that 1,000 of the figures, produced overseas, had been held up at a Customs and Border Protection warehouse in Los Angeles since May 20. It is unlikely the bobbleheads will arrive in time for the giveaway, a team official said, so fans will be given vouchers.
Red Sox 3, Twins 1: Varitek homers twice and gets run for getting up in the ump's face arguing balls and strikes. I can't criticize him; I like to go home early on days on which I get a lot done too. Mike Redmond, Terry Francona and Ron Gardenhire were also ejected, and I picture all four of them pounding the Budweiser together while watching the rest of the game on a plasma TV in one of the clubhouses. Oh, and the Captain is now at .248/.320/.541, which is more than respectable for a guy who was basically in a coffin this time last year.
Indians 2, Rays 1: The Rays were just swept 4-0 by one of the five or six worst teams in baseball, which I think relieves us all of the obligation of pretending they are one of the five or six best, as we have been since last year. And it could have been worse: thanks to a nearly three-hour rain delay, the Rays were spared from further embarrassment at the hands of a rookie starting pitcher who had an ERA of 17.55 entering the game. As it was, young David Huff shut Tampa Bay down for four innings, with a random assemblage of Cleveland's bullpen fodder coming in to finish off the job.
Orioles 5, Tigers 1: Let the record reflect that on this night, Greg Zaun joined (1) Chuck Diering; (2) Mark Belanger; and (3) the Earth, without form and void and darkness upon the face of the deep, as the last things which preceded an appearance of God in Baltimore.
Dodgers 2, Cubs 1: Another day, another multi-hit game for Juan Pierre. Randy Wolf was the real story, though, as he goes seven strong innings giving up a single run. The bullpen got out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the win. Bobby Scales was sent down to Iowa on Wednesday and called back up yesterday because Ryan Freel went on the DL. Despite being jerked around, dude hit a homer, so the fairy tale continues.
Diamondbacks 5, Braves 2: Danny Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings, striking out eight and now has a K/BB ratio of 71/9 on the season. He's pretty good.