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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Pickoff Moves

Today's Birthdays

Matt Herges LAN b. 1970, played 1999-2001. Had some decent years for the Dodgers early on in his career; he's been with the Expos, Padres, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Marlins since. Most recently, he signed a minor league deal with the Rockies, who gave him a spring NRI but declined to add him to their 25-man roster. I'm not sure if he's been released or agreed to work for them at AAA Colorado Springs.

Willie Montanez CAL b. 1948, played 1966, All-Star: 1977. Came up with the Angels but played in only eight games with them; eventually, he was returned to the Cardinals, who originally signed him. They in turn sent him to the Phillies in place of Curt Flood, who refused to report, thus sparking the most significant skirmish in the long battle for free agency since the Koufax/Drysdale holdout. Once up with the big club, Montanez proved a slick-fielding hot dog centerfielder, who hit 30 homers in his first full season. The power was atypical, and his lot in life was to be frequently traded. One of those trades was a monster four-team deal in December, 1977 that sent Bert Blyleven to the Pirates; by the time his career was over, he had been traded nine times.

Ron Perranoski LAN,CAL b. 1936, played 1961-1967, 1972-1973. Rubber-armed and dominating, Perranoski won three World Series rings with the 1960's Dodgers, leading the league in saves twice. He later became the Dodgers' pitching coach under Tommy Lasorda.

Angel Stadium Notes

Quote, Unquote

"I just have to worry about making sure my back is healthy," McPherson said.

"I'm pretty sure I can play at this level if I'm healthy. I can't worry about who's moving to third base or who's moving to first base.

"I'm sure there will be a place for me. Hopefully, it's here."

Dallas McPherson, on his chances to play major league baseball

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