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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pickoff Moves

Today's Birthdays

Chris Cron CAL b. 1964, played 1991

Balvino Galvez LAN b. 1964, played 1986

Bill Hallman BRO b. 1867, played 1898, d. 1920-09-11

Jeff Mathis LAA b. 1983, played 2005

Gene Snyder LAN b. 1931, played 1959, d. 1996-06-02

Moose Stubing CAL b. 1938, played 1967. Interim manager for the Angels in 1988, he lost all eight games he managed; he replaced Cookie Rojas, and was in turn replaced by Doug Rader.

Howie Kendrick Hits (The) Big Time

Tim Brown pens a nifty piece about Howie Kendrick:
He is a born hitter. Everyone says so. He believes it and has since the moment his grandmother put a bat in his hand when he was a child. It was her – Ruth Woods – who raised Kendrick until he was 11 and who registered him for youth baseball in Callahan, Fla., for the purposes of distraction.

"Just to get me out of the neighborhood," Kendrick said, smiling, "and keep me from throwing rocks at the houses."

Then he started hitting. Going on 15 years, he has not stopped.

Bad Habits Die Hard: Dodgers 13, Angels 4

The Dodgers got their first home victory in eleven games of the Freeway Series last night, pounding Angel pitching for 13 runs and 18 hits; Ervin Santana was just throwing straightballs out there, and Dodger bats did not miss. I actually went to bed early on this one, the outcome essentially decided after the first inning.

Santana needs to get his head screwed on right. He's got a history of being terrible on the road, and while his 3.65 spring ERA prior to this game was a positive, it's exactly the kind of thing that makes you wonder if he's ever going to figure out how to pitch on the road. For the Dodgers, the news was only slightly less sobering, as Jason Schmidt failed to crack 90 MPH the whole game. Yet, Schmidt claims to be healthy and, more importantly, pitched well, so for the moment we dismiss such talk. But on a $47M, three-year deal, the Dodgers have to be at least a little concerned.

Box/Recap

Dodgers' Ticket Price Hike Leads The Majors

The Dodgers' new ticket price increases led the majors in the offseason, but was it that unexpected considering the addition of the Lasorda-friendly all-you-can-eat section?

Roster Notes

Tech: Apple iPhone Launches June 11

I don't care so much, but I know there are people out there who will want to know the iPhone's June 11 launch date. Jobs knows how to create a buzz, that's for sure; but is it worth trading in Verizon and their generally very reliable network? People, let's not forget that Cingular bought all of AT&T's assets, including not a few of their employees; it really makes you wonder whether all that Apple/Jobs coolness comes with a load of operational 'tude.

OT: Kathy, You Ignorant Slut

I don't know quite what to make of this three-page tempest in a teapot ($), chock-full of idiotic and outright vile name-calling from people who ought to know and behave better, except to say that when I read Kathy Sierra's most recent post about the matter, I tuned out immediately after the quote "respected Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Chris Locke (aka Rageboy)." The Cluetrain Manifesto, respected? By whom? Lord help me, it was the biggest, most braggadocio-filled piece of self-important puffery I've seen in the last decade. If he's respected, what for? It surely can't be Cluetrain.

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