Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Pedro Borbon LAN b. 1967, played 1999. Son of another Pedro Borbon, Borbon pére came up with the Angels, while fils pitched in relief for the Dodgers in 1999. This one was with the Angels briefly last year in their minors as he attempted a comeback that never happened.
Tom Donohue CAL b. 1952, played 1979-1980
Greg Jones ANA,LAA b. 1976, played 2003, 2005
Mickey Livingston BRO b. 1914, played 1951, d. 1983-04-03
Jay Partridge BRO b. 1902, played 1927-1928, d. 1974-01-14
Pat Ragan BRO b. 1888, played 1911-1915, d. 1956-09-04
Jack Smith LAN b. 1935, played 1962-1963
More On The Dodgers' Arizona MoveThe Times has more on the Dodgers' possible move to Glendale, Ariz. The bad news (if, as I am, you're rooting for this to happen) appears to be threefold:
- First, the state has only $45M to spend on a single combined facility.
- Second, the White Sox, the Dodgers' proposed partner in the new shared facility, would have to find another team with "equivalent economic impact and similar drawing power" to fill their stadium in Tucson. That would be tough, since the Sox bring in snowbirds.
- Third, the Cleveland Indians have expressed interest in moving to Goodyear, Ariz., which would put them in competition with the Dodgers and White Sox for those same dollars.
- Joe Beimel is brokenhearted over his broken glass.
- These are the sorts of things you leak to the press in the offseason: Casey Kotchman "seemed to fall out of favor with the front office and coaching staff" this year, and the Angels "were not pleased with backup catcher Jose Molina's conditioning efforts last season", possibly leading to a trade or an outright release.
- The A's will have a "<Somewhere> Athletics of Fremont" designation according to Blez's report from the press conference. To those A's fans snickering at the LAA nonsense: here's a crow pie, hope you enjoy it.
I still think he's an excellent defensive catcher, probably one of the two or three best in the league. I would be shocked if they outright released him.