Orlando Hudson, speaking with Yahoo Sports, suggested that the reason sluggers Jermaine Dye and Gary Sheffield can’t get jobs is – well, he wouldn’t say specifically but he SUGGESTED that it was because they were black. [Yahoo Sports]
Look – I’m not going to say that the country has tackled racism, but I thought that Gary Sheffield had already played for just about every team in baseball and had annoyed (or offended) most every owner in the country. He’s in his 40s, hasn’t always stayed healthy, can’t really play the field anymore, but can still hit. He was once linked to steroids in the BALCO scandal.
In Dye’s case, his fielding has become problematic and his second half last year was awful. He, too, is past prime – having hit 36 – and a lot of teams are trying to keep their expenses down. Johnny Damon thought he was worth $26 million over two years and wound up settling for about 20% of that over one season with Detroit. The days of overpaid aging sluggers appears over. It’s part age, it’s part teams focusing on defense AND offense, and for all we know it’s collusion. The Union has suggested that already…
FoxSports writer Ken Rosenthal spends more time writing about it here. Mine took fewer lines of copy, but I’m not getting paid for this… [FoxSports]
Fun With Numbers…
Jorge Cantu has a hit and RBI in each of the Marlins’ first eight games – and twelve in a row going back to 2009. George Kelly last did this in 1921 (according to Elias). [ESPN]
The game needs to be sped up – and Bud Selig is on the case. I’ve written about this before. Get the batters to stay in the box and the pitchers to stay on the hill and keep throwing. Faster games will also keep pitchers healthier – and if the average game time falls to 2:40, nobody is going to complain. [SI]
Members of the Angels, including Jered Weaver and Matt Palmer, watched a man jump to his death from the pool deck of a Manhattan hotel yesterday. [FoxSports]
Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz? I’d rather date Kate Hudson. [FoxSports]
Cuban Signings in Tampa, Toronto…
Tampa signs Leslie Anderson, a veteran outfield/first baseman, while Toronto inks Adeiny Hechavarria, a shortstop. Both are former members of the Cuban national team – and while Anderson may be a MLB ready hitter, he’s 28. Hechavarria is just 21 and got the bigger signing bonus. [SI]
Arizona ace Brandon Webb is playing catch – but isn’t close to returning. [MLB]
Mariner ace Cliff Lee is making progress, making 60+ pitches in a bullpen session and may return as early as May 1. [ESPN]
Carlos Delgado had a second surgery on his hip and hopes to get a chance to play in the late summer. [MLB]
Brad Hawpe is day to day with a strained quad. Hawpe left yesterday’s Rockies game with even less mobility than he usually has in right field…
Kelly Shoppach broke up C.C. Sabathia‘s no hitter the other day despite pain in his knee. Now, the Tampa backup catcher heads to the DL.
Padres starter Chris Young heads to the 15-day DL with tightness in his right shoulder. (Affects my fantasy team…)
Toronto infielder Aaron Hill is out 15 days with a tight right hamstring.
Orioles infielder Brian Roberts is out 15 days with a strained abdominal muscle.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero heads out for 15 days with a right knee strain.
Nationals first baseman Mike Morse heads out for 15 days with a left calf strain.
Mets reliever Sean Green heads to the DL for 15 days with a right intercostal muscle strain.
Dodgers backup catcher Brad Ausmus is on the DL for 15 days with a pinched nerve in his lower back.
The Royals sent former AL Rookie of the Year Mike Aviles to AAA Omaha. Wow – the Royals can’t keep a rookie performer, can they?
A.J. Ellis gets the call to cover for the Dodgers while Ausmus is out.
Jeremy Reed gets the call to cover the infield for Toronto while Hill is out.
John Jaso gets the call to back up Dioner Navarro in Tampa while Shoppach is out.
Gil Meche returns to the Royals after a short DL stint.
1927 – Don Mueller
1935 – Marty Keough
1941 – Pete Rose
1947 – Joe Lahoud
1966 – David Justice, Greg Maddux
1966 – Greg Myers
1969 – Brad Ausmus (obviously, will not get hits on his birthday)
1970 – Steve Avery
1971 – Gregg Zaun
1976 – Kyle Farnsworth
1982 – Josh Whitesell
1984 – Christopher Leroux
I predicted four hits for Mark Teixeira on his birthday and he had three. Of course, they are the only three hits he has this year… He should be BENCHED!!! (Not really.)
The guy who apparently needs to be benched is David Ortiz. Or does he? Let me know your thoughts!