Wednesday, February 22, 2006
"Oh My God, He Wants To Come Here"Apparently Manny was rather desperate to get out of Boston, so much so that he called Orlando Cabrera for a scouting report on the media here:
"He asked me in particular about you guys," said Cabrera, who helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series. "A lot of [the problems] he has in Boston are about a lack of privacy. He's bothered by the media all the time.Sox owner John Henry personally called Arte Moreno at one point, but the Angels balked at the players Henry wanted. "Oh my God, he wants to come here," Cabrera said. "He'd be happy here."
"I told him [Anaheim] is a normal city. When you try to compare the media in any city to the media in Boston, nothing is the same. It's crazy over there. The only thing close to that is New York."
Update: The Register has more on this. Cabrera:
"He really wanted me to talk to people here to tell them that he really wants to come here," Cabrera said. "I don't have that kind of power. I don't mess around with that, trying to become the GM or anything like that. That's not my job."Shite.
- In the story above, visa delays will postpone K-Rod's arrival at spring training, and Bill Stoneman's none too happy about it, as Frankie didn't apply in time.
- Darin Erstad, on why the team put Brandon Wood's locker between his and Vlad's:
Everyone's got it backwards — they want him to rub off on me. They want me to hit some home runs.
- Jeff Kent's wrist surgery was more extensive than originally reported, though he says "I'm going to be ready to play baseball when I need to play baseball". Kent is the subject of a Tim Brown character piece in the Times in which he goes over his most recent surgery (for the ligaments in his wrist) and how he came to the Dodgers ready to demand a trade from "an organization whose management seemed bent on self-destruction", as Brown put it. Apparently, he also recommended Ned Colletti as a GM. After Tracy had been fired, he said
"I was very nervous," he said. "I didn't have a good feeling about what was going on."So were we all. So are we all, still.
The Press-Telegram has yet another article on the Dodgers' slugging second baseman, and whether he's thinking about retirement:
"I haven't thought much about it," he said. "I have been talking about retiring for five years now ... but the opportunity hasn't come yet. It was tough to leave my family this time. It's tougher every year. One of these days, it won't happen anymore."
- Sheigh Drew gave birth to a boy, the couple's first child.
- Eric Gagné has appealed an April 29 suspension... how do you not serve a suspension for almost a whole season?
- Bucking the trend, Olmedo Saenz will play in the WBC.
- The Lies They Tell Themselves In Gotham: Ken Davidoff in Newsday tries to explain how the Yankees are better off with three years of Gary Sheffield than five years of Vlad Guerrero. Scratches head... Apparently the Boss is not so impressed: the Yankees are likely to pick up his $13 million option.
Sheehan: Bonds Must Play In 2007 To Catch AaronHere's really good piece in Baseball Prospectus from Joe Sheehan about Barry's future. Turns out, Bonds will have to play in 2007 if he wants to surpass Hank Aaron:
Bonds cannot catch Hank Aaron for the all-time home-run crown unless he puts on a uniform in 2007. The 500-odd plate appearances he lost to multiple knee surgeries last year put him too far behind the Hammer, and while a leap to second place on the list--currently Babe Ruth, with 714 bombs--is virtually certain, Bonds would need 47 home runs just to tie Aaron, and there’s virtually no path to that number in 2006.