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Friday, February 24, 2006
Today's BirthdaysCon Lucid BRO b. 1874, played 1894-1895, d. 1931-06-25
Gary Moore LAN b. 1945, played 1970
Eddie Murray LAN,ANA b. 1956, played 1989-1997
Fred Sington BRO b. 1910, played 1938-1939, d. 1998-08-20
Eric Karros Joins KCAL/9 As A Baseball AnalystEric Karros will join KCAL/9 as a baseball analyst for the pregame Think Blue show. I wasn't all that impressed by him when he was on the radio; he seemed pretty surly and quick to attack his former teammates. On the other hand, all his former teammates are now gone.
- Vin Scully wouldn't have re-signed with the Dodgers unless his wife okayed it, which she did, according to the Daily News.
"I asked her if I could share a little more of my baseball life, and if she said I couldn't, then I'd pack it in," the 78-year-old Scully admitted at Wednesday's Dodger Stadium press gathering to announce he had agreed to a two-year contract extension - without a pay raise from his annual salary that's in the $3 million a year ballpark.The News writes that Scully will broadcast four spring training exhibition games from Vero Beach (March 19, 25, 26 and 30), the two games of the Freeway Series on April 1 and 2, and then the April 3 home opener against Atlanta, though I'm skeptical of the last one because it's a nationally broadcast game on ESPN.
- Rory Markus has been given a five-year extension, and expected extensions for Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler, and Terry Smith are "imminent".
Quote, Unquote"I understand," Choi said when asked about the situation. "I don't know (what will happen). They told me in the offseason - backup first base, pinch-hitter. I just try to play hard, have fun."
-- Hee-Seop Choi, on the Dodgers' plans for him"Right now, he's in camp competing for a job as an extra player on this ballclub. We have 57 players out there in that clubhouse. We're going to leave here with 25. You do the math."
-- Grady Little"I am able to do everything I want to do -- run, throw, swing. Now all I have to do is get out there playing every day -- play nine innings, come back the next day and keep coming back the day after that."
-- Eric Gagné, after facing live batters for the first time since his surgery