Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Jayson Werth Drops SuitJayson Werth has dropped a lawsuit against Ryan Root, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Root had inundated the Werths with letters "smearing Werth's reputation". Root and Werth were teammates in high school, and Werth's wife formerly dated Root, but married Werth. The suit was dropped because Root could not be found.
PrescienceFire Jim Tracy, 8/2/05 10:24 pm:
Meanwhile, what few media dolts still clinging to the Tracy Bandwagon as it careens toward Cincinnati are probably typing rapturous prose about how wonderful it is that Tracy is able to get the “most out of Jason Phillips.”Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 8/3/05:
[Tracy's] decision to start Phillips at first base and continue to use Choi as a pinch-hitter proved astute. Dodger front-office executives have scratched their heads recently, wondering why Choi rarely plays despite carrying an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .800.Which is only true if you believe that .240/.290/.379 is about equal to .248/.332/.476. Speaking of small sample size theater: Tony Jackson in the Daily News:
Although the overall batting numbers of Phillips and Choi are about equal, Tracy said the determining factor is that Phillips is batting .315 with runners in scoring position, and Choi is at .177.
The Dodgers finally found an offense worse than theirs Tuesday night. And Hee-Seop Choi appears finally to have found a role at which he can excel.Hey, Tony -- how about letting Choi pinch hit four times in a row?
Choi's first career home run in a pinch-hitting role -- and his first home run of any kind in almost two months -- ultimately proved the difference in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals in front of 36,277 at rotting RFK Stadium.
More Uncertainty About AlvarezThe adjectives continue to shift, but this Times story makes it sound like immediate retirement is a real possibility for Wilson Alvarez:
...Alvarez is at his Florida home contemplating whether to retire, go on the disabled list or return to the Dodgers.
Angels NotesVia the Times:
- Combined with Saturday's 8-7 setback,[Sunday's game] was the first time in club history the Angels lost consecutive games with a four-run lead in the eighth inning or later.
It was the first time any major league team had lost two straight with a four-run lead in the eighth inning or later since May 7-8, 1992, when Seattle beat Toronto.
- Washburn should be back in the rotation for his next start, barring further problems. The MRI taken yesterday showed some mild inflammation.
- Kelvim Escobar threw 40 pitches from a mound yesterday with no ill effects.
- Dallas McPherson will start rehab games at Rancho today.
- The Angels have declined to exercise their option on Rex Hudler, and the contracts for Steve Physioc and radio team Terry Smith and Rory Markas expire at the end of the year. The Angels have made no decisions about their broadcast team, and could retain any or all of their existing announcers. The Angels will review their broadcasting situation after the season is over.
2 months sure sounds like a lot, but when you consider he's been riding the pine for the last month, i think it begins to make some sense. it was only like 86 at-bats, i believe. dodger blues had a counter going.
and henson must have failed math if he thinks that .808 and .667 are "about equal". and he failed statistics if he thinks that variation in performance over 89 at-bats (phillips) or 62 at-bats (choi) w/RISP means a lick.
good to know that the front office is busy scratching themselves and wondering instead of actually DIRECTING THEIR SUBORDINATE.