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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Pickoff Moves

"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.

"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."

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."

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."

Roster Notes

Sheehan: Bonds Must Play In 2007 To Catch Aaron

Here'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.

"Bonds cannot catch Hank Aaron" from his lips to God's ears!
"Everyone's got it backwards — they want him to rub off on me. They want me to hit some home runs." Easily the best Darin Erstad quote ever.
I liked how Kent said what a swell guy Bradley was. "I had a good relationship with Milton"... uh huh.
Rob, I wasn't sure where to post this, but Stoneman is scheduled to be ESPN Radio tomorrow morning on Colin Cowherd's show (6-10 AM PST).
No one says less in an interview or is more boring than Stoneman. Good gm, terrible interview

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