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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Pickoff Moves

High-Def Baseball Notes

Yesterday's Angels game was the first I've watched in HD, thanks to FSN. Unfortunately, FSN decided to broadcast it in 4:3 rather than 16:9, the preferred format that INHD always uses for their games-of-the-week. Now Time Warner is finally picking up ESPN in HD, something ESPN's been flogging all year on "Baseball Tonight" ads. I'll let everyone know if their HD coverage is worthwhile later on. Elseways, it would be great if we could get more than one game a season broadcast in HD -- let's get on it, Arte!

Speaking of INHD, their next three nationally broadcast games will be Yankees at Red Sox, which should be great; they always have the best camera work of any of the HD broadcasters. We've watched Phillies at Padres and one of the Red Sox games earlier in the season, and INHD does a great job wherever they go, it seems.

Terry Kennedy Out

For some reason, there seems to be a contingent of Dodger fans who thought Las Vegas 51's manager Terry Kennedy would make a good manager of the big club. Well, it's no longer an option: he's been released after this year.

Nomo In The Bullpen?

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Nomo has been moved to the bullpen. It's hard to imagine he'll see any use there if reports of another velocity decline are accurate.

Fins Back In 2005?

From this Times article:
Said agent Tommy Tanzer: "I talked to McCourt at the time of the trade and was impressed by his upbeat attitude and positive view of the future. I think he and his wife are dedicated to doing it right, but whether the finances are there or not, I don't know.

"I do know that Steve now realizes what a phenomenal place L.A. is, and what McCourt said to me was, 'If he fits in and does well, why wouldn't we want to keep him?' "

"whether the finances are there or not, I don't know." Chilling words, no?

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