Friday, July 29, 2005
Yard Work MovesThe new URL is http://www.yard-work.org. Please make a note of it.
Incidentally, did anyone else see this extremely weird "Seymour Hersch" piece about Autry wrecking the game?
Jered Weaver ScheduleJered Weaver's remaining starts for Arkansas should be:
Date Opponent =========================== Sun. 7/31 @ Wichita Sat. 8/6 vs. Springfield Fri. 8/12 @ Round Rock Thu. 8/18 vs. Round Rock Wed. 8/24 vs. Wichita Mon. 8/29 @ Tulsa Sat. 9/3 @ Springfield
After his most recent work for the Travs, I don't expect a callup to the big club, not unless he dominates from here on out.
BTW did anybody else who got the Angels calendar notice that July 31st is missing?
Update 7/31: corrected. One of these days I'll have to learn how to count.
- The Dodgers are expected to recall Dioner Navarro in time for tonight's game, according to the Daily News; Mike Rose will be optioned to Las Vegas to make room.
Update: According to the Las Vegas Sun, 51's catcher Mike Nixon got hit in the head with a bat and suffered a grade III concussion, the worst kind. He was not listed as a patient at either of two nearby hospitals, though he did manage to walk off the field. Catching may be a short-term problem for the 51's; utility infielder Nick Theodoreau completed the game for Las Vegas.
And in case you were wondering: Navarro has thrown out 22 of 64 baserunners attempting to steal.
- Gil Meche left the game early last night for the Mariners, with shoulder tightness.
- Kevin Brown went on the DL again and may be out for the balance of the season.
- Update: Washburn has been scratched from his next start, vs. the Yankees; due to tendinitis in his throwing arm. Paul Byrd will replace him.
Eat This, Frank RobinsonThe Braves smacked down the Nationals, sweeping them in Atlanta. Rookie Jeff Francoeur homered twice in last night's 5-4 win. Francoeur is 21, and emblemic of a minor league system that really knows what its doing. Now, as the Nats crawl back to the cellar, a fond adieu mixed in with a bunch of snickers.
Caveat SuckerBen Jacobs looks at the worst offseason signings in baseball, and guess what? Cabrera and Finley both show up on that list. So, for that matter, does Troy Percival (Tigers), Armando Benitez (Giants), and Russ Ortiz (Diamondbacks). Letting Percy go proves that while Stoneman has some brains, he's not consistent in their usage. I would have made the Finley mistake, too, which shows that I probably shouldn't be entrusted to run a major league ballclub.
The LaRoche BrothersHere's a nice little Register article on the LaRoche brothers. Excerpt:
[Adam] was known as a pitcher in high school, in suburban Kansas City, and was the MVP of the national junior college tournament in 2000. But he wanted to hit for a living, or at least convince himself that he couldn't. He politely told all the major-league scouts. Only Atlanta's believed him.
"I finally got a little fed up and told one scout, 'Look, here's a guy who is going to accept less money and get drafted lower just because he wants something so badly,'" Dave recalled. "'Wouldn't you die for 25 guys like that?' The guy finally said he saw my point. The Braves just wanted him. And because of that, they were able to get him in the 29th round.
How can JD Drew not be on that list, particularly since he has a 2 year out, but the team has a 5 year committment, and considering he is on his 6th significant DL trip in 7 seasons.
Most of the players on that list will end up outperforming Drew, but hey, he walks a lot when he's in the lineup, so he's a great signing.