Monday, February 27, 2006
Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition
UTK TidbitsFrom today's UTK:
- Troy Percival did everything he could to come back. His arm simply won’t allow it. He has a choice: throw hard but don't come back quickly, or throw less hard and reduce his already sliding effectiveness. The proud Percival was once an elite closer and will leave the game with his head held high and his pocket full of Mike Ilitch’s money. It’s hard to call this Dave Dombrowski’s worst move--it made sense at the time.
- Look for Eric Gagne to be ready by Opening Day. He’ll miss being a part of Team Canada, something he regrets. There will be more regrets when hitters see his newly rediscovered slider, something he hasn’t thrown since his days as a starter. Gagne is experimenting with the pitch as a possible alternative to using his strangely gripped but filthy changeup quite so much. That strange, Vulcan grip puts a lot of stress on Gagne’s forearm and elbow.
- The more I learn about Garret Anderson, the more I think he’s resembling Tim Salmon Part Deux. Gotta get clarification on that one, but it doesn't sound good. Update: Will says, "Good, not great. Slowing down due to injury. Eventual collapse, all at once."
The Hee-Seop FAQThanks to Jon for mentioning (if not linking to) Dodger Math's Hee-Seop Choi FAQ. Choi's never going to be a great player, and if John Sickels is to be believed, it's unlikely he'll even make it to competence. Pity.
17 Voted Into Hall Of FameSeventeen players have been elected to the Hall of Fame, seven of whom were Negro Leagues players:
The electees include seven Negro leagues players: Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Biz Mackey, Mule Suttles, Cristobal Torriente, and Jud Wilson; five pre-Negro leagues players: Frank Grant, Pete Hill, José Méndez, Louis Santop, and Ben Taylor; four Negro leagues executives Effa Manley, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, and J.L. Wilkinson; and one pre-Negro leagues executive Sol White. Manley, an owner in the Negro leagues, becomes the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.Hat tip: The Griddle.
Vlad Leaves Angels After Deaths Of Three CousinsVladimir Guerrero left the Angels spring training after three cousins were killed in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic. He is expected back in camp on Tuesday.
Rocket Gives Up A Blast -- To His Own SonKoby Clemens took his dad deep on the first pitch of a simulated game. Dad Roger was practicing for the upcoming WBC, but remains without a major league contract so far.
Koby Clemens said his dad was ready to retire in December, but his family talked him out of it.Time to retire, I think.
"We were all like, 'You should wait and allow yourself to rest your body,'" Koby said. "He was still kind of hurting, kind of tired. He was like, 'I don't want to do this again.'"