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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pickoff Moves

Scott Boras Beats Gary Sheffield In Arbitration

Way back when, Scott Boras represented Gary Sheffield. Shef fired Boras, but not before Boras negotiated a change to his contract that allowed him to become a free agent. Boras just won a $550,000 settlement in arbitration for negotiating that deal; he had hoped to win more for the subsequent deal Sheffield negotiated with the Yankees.
"I shouldn't have ever introduced myself to him. Period. Bad person," Sheffield said then.

Sheffield promised to say a lot of "ugly things" about various topics when the case is resolved.

"It ain't going to be pretty," he said then. "No fine is going to be big enough. No suspension is going to be long enough."

Neither character strikes me as a particularly compelling figure; recall Sheffield's whining after the Dodgers signed Kevin Brown to a blockbuster deal in 1998.

Brewers Extend GM Doug Melvin, Sveum Won't Return

Brewers GM Doug Melvin will get a three-year extension, while Dale Sveum won't return.
"Basically, my heart was ripped out of my chest," he said, adding the odds are against his returning to coach under a new manager.

"The most disappointing part of it all is that I'm no longer going to wear a Brewers uniform," he said. "That hurts more than anything. I loved the Brewers and the organization."

Ah, but baseball's designed to break your heart ...

ESPN, Please Stop With The Sox-Stroking

I was at the gym last night, and one of the TVs was turned on to ESPN (several, actually), and even though I couldn't hear anything, about half the time on SportCenter was devoted to showing the Red Sox, Jonathan Papelbon's pursed, hyperventilating lips, the piling on as though they had just won something besides the right to play today, and the endless deifying camera shots. Look, I understand they know where their money's coming from, but for the love of Mike could they just slow it down? They make me pine for NASCAR, or the NFL, or even the NBA. It's almost like a caged bird looking in the mirror...

OT: "We're Votin' For The N****er"

An unreal story from Pennsylvania.

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