Tigers and Twins in Minnesota for the fifth most exciting day in sports in the last six days for Twin Cities residents… First pitch is at 5:07 and, yes, I’ll be watching even if using my IPhone application to do it.
Meanwhile, the Tigers deal with the fact that Miguel Cabrera, in the last weekend of the season, went out with members of the Chicago White Sox on Friday night and got RIPPED – he blew .26 when finally forced to do a blood/alcohol test – and was fighting with his wife when she called the police. At 26, the supposed star (and – until this weekend – one of my favorite players… just not anymore) should have known better. He let his team down, he let the city down. If anyone needs a four hit, two homer breakout game, it’s this guy. Otherwise, Cabrera may never be able to show his face in Detroit again. [ESPN, SI, etc.]
Heading into the playoffs, the Cardinals decided to give a bench spot to Troy Glaus… [SI]
Congratulations to Chris Carpenter and Aaron Hill for winning the NL and AL Comeback Players of the Year. [ESPN/MLB]
First overall pick Stephen Strasburg pitched his first two professional innings for Viera in the instructional league yesterday, throwing mostly easy fastballs. Still – it’s never too early to get excited about Washington Nationals baseball!!! [SI]
A good rundown on possible coaching and GM moves can be found on SI.com. John Heyman does a nice job with the article. Meanwhile, the Mets are shaking up coaches when the team should be shaking up the front office and manager. I mean, the coaches can only work with the players that Omar Minaya keeps around – and that team is getting older and older… [SI/ESPN]
Meanwhile, the Rays fired hitting coach Steve Henderson, despite the fact that the Rays hit more homers, drew more walks, scored more runs, and had a higher on base percentage than any Rays team ever. Apparently, they want more productive outs??? Better situational hitting??? This makes no sense. I’m sure Henderson will be back somewhere. [ESPN]
And, word on the street is that Matt Williams may get a coaching position with the Arizona Diamondbacks. [FoxSports]
Transaction Wire Notes… After a successful audition, including stopping the Tigers on Saturday night, the White Sox signed Freddy Garcia to a one year deal worth $1 million, plus up to $2 million more in incentives. Garcia has struggled with injuries for most of this decade and has had limited success since about 2005 – but when healthy, he’s a winner. [SI]
Hurry Back! Jose Reyes will need surgery to remove scar tissue behind his right knee, but the hamstring itself appears sound. Reyes should be ready for spring training for the Mets.
Happy Birthday! Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd turns 50, as does former White Sox first baseman Greg Walker… Has it been that long? Others include Jerry Grote (67), Gene Clines (63), Steve Kline (62), Alfredo Griffen (52), Jay Baller (49), Ruben Sierra (44), Darren Oliver (39), Benji Gil (37), and Joel Hanrahan (28).
Afterthoughts… The Hall of Fame wants a game-used glove from Kevin Kouzmanoff, who committed just three errors and set a new mark for the highest fielding percentage by a third baseman (.990). Kouz says he’s reluctant to give up a gamer, though – it helped him set the mark… [ESPN]