Lou Piniella says, “Blame me,” and then quickly adds, “but it’s a players game – I can only do so much.” So which is it? Where is Jim Hendry – he put this team together… [SI]
Meanwhile, Milton Bradley says that people don’t just taunt him – some of the taunts demonstrate racial bigotry. ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski says he might be right – even if Bradley isn’t the warm fuzzy right fielder that Gary Matthews or Andre Dawson were. [ESPN]
By the way, the Cubs lost two of three to Washington – confirming what I had declared yesterday anyway – the Cubs are dead in 2009.
The saddest thing to happen the game, though, was probably the loss of Nyjer Morgan, who broke his hand sliding into third base and may miss the rest of the season. Morgan is a former hockey player, the one Pirate that EVERYBODY missed when he was sent packing, and apparently is the most popular person on whatever team he plays for. Morgan hustles, feels privileged to be a ballplayer every day, and is the guy you want your kid to grow up to be, or the guy you want your daughter to date. (He was also hitting .351 since joining the Nationals, scoring runs and stealing bases by the bushel.) Hurry back, dude. [SI]
Atlanta’s Tim Hudson may make his first start of the season on Monday against the Marlins. (Hmmm – Checking my schedule… Yes, I’m free.)
Meanwhile, White Sox starter Jake Peavy’s return has been pushed back one turn – he’s going to make one more start for AAA on Saturday… My friend, Nick, came to the gym this morning decked out in his Sox garb ($65 at Comiskey Park) and told he he was there for Elvis night. Though I am a Cubs fan, you have to admit – games at old Comiskey (and even the ugly new one) were always a gas. [MLB]
I was hoping that the Marlins might give a look-see at soon to be former Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny, and they did. So did the Rockies, White Sox, Rays, and Rangers. I wonder who will give him his next paycheck… [MLB]
A lot of teams ask waivers on any number of players in August, just to see what interest there might be in various players. FoxSports listed Trevor Hoffman (Milwaukee) and the duo of Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman (Cubs) as people who were on that list and received bids. It’s getting late in the trading season – after 8/31 you can’t trade at all – and this doesn’t mean a trade is in the works, but you never know… [FoxSports]
Welcome Back! Dave Bush came off the DL for Milwaukee.
Hurry Back! Texas desnignated Jason Jennings for assignment. He was a good pitcher once – like five or six years ago for Colorado. Jennings has been fighting his control, and actually hadn’t pitched that badly for Texas – but Neftali Feliz is better.
Is it Over? MLB reported that the Dodgers moved Jason Schmidt from the 15 day to the 60 day DL, which means his season – and quite possibly his career – is over. Schmidt’s body won’t do what his heart and mind want him to do – and it’s tough to watch a really good pitcher go.