Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition
Dan Evans, Astros GM?Richard Justice in the Houston Chronicle seems to think so:
Evans knows personnel, and more importantly, he has been around winning organizations. He knows how to construct one. He knows how to put a productive minor league system together.That leaves me just about speechless. Clearly, in at least one market, Dan Evans' career timeout is over with, especially when a major metropolitan newspaper writes so glowingly about a GM who wasn't even on the deck when his team made the postseason (and still did remarkably little once there). Either Justice hasn't been paying much attention or is in "anybody-but-the-incumbent" mode, which, according to a co-worker who is a big Astros fan, wouldn't be too hard to understand. Now, I'm as big a defender of Evans as you'll find on this planet, and even I am not of the opinion that the 2004 team that won the division was exclusively his doing. The real question is: will Evans be allowed to wear pink polo shirts without the local media trashing him?
He was dismissed after two years in Los Angeles when ownership asked him to make Draconian cuts in their player development system. In those two years, he brought in some of the best scouting and development people in the game.
The franchise's overall talent level increased from 28th to first in that time. The core of young talent the Dodgers are running out there today is a tribute to the work done by Evans. And he did something else in his short time on the job. He surrounded himself with around a dozen former managers and general managers.
- The Dodgers interested in Esteban Loiaza?
- Chris Resop will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow and will miss the rest of the season, duh.
- Kelvim Escobar has been pitching through patellar tendinitis, but you coulda fooled me.
- Chone Figgins won't be able to return to service until next week at least.
- Casey Kotchman is swinging a bat off a tee, and might return as early as Saturday against Texas.
- Milton Bradley failing to run one out?
Milton Bradley went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Monday versus the Diamondbacks.Say it ain't so...
Bradley's homer hit off the rail on top of the fence in right field at Petco. Bradley thought it was a homer off the bat, so he wasn't running particularly hard initially. However, after it came back on the field of play, it bounced about 30 feet away from the right fielder, which could have given Bradley a chance at an inside-the-parker had he been busting it around the bases. Instead, he stopped at third base and only later realized the first-base ump had called it a homer. Fortunately for the Padres, his lack of hustle didn't play a role tonight.
- Did you know that Byung-Hyun Kim is back in a Marlins uniform? Me, either...