December 2nd, 2005

Calvinball

I Got the Baseball Blues...

Neck Deep in the Managerial Muddy...

I haven't had much enthusiasm lately for things baseball, mostly because the Dodgers new GM doesn't seem to be able to get any of his desired choices for manager to return his phone calls (and Neddy ain't exactly no ball o'fire in his own right). Orel took one look at the new situation, said "No, thanks," and went back to Texas. Bud Black said pretty much the same. (Although to be fair, Black walked away after Lasorda made some undiplomatic comments about Black's total lack of experience in the press. Way to undercut your new GM there, Tommy, even if you do happen to be correct.) Now the only people under consideration appear to be has beens (Grady Little and Jim Frelling Fregosi) and never weres. Jon Weisman posted a nice recap of the morass over at Dodger Thoughts. Given what's happened, DePo's firing makes even less sense.

Meanwhile some other GMs are making deals, none moreso than Omar Minaya of the Mets. Collapse )

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The Red Sox are going to court to try to steal the ball Doug Mientkiewicz caught (and kept) for the last out of the 2004 World Series from him. They made a deal with Mientkiewicz last winter that allowed them to display the ball for a year. Now they've decided that they don't want to give the ball back, and are claiming that since Mientkiewicz was their employee, the ball really belongs to them. Never mind that no other team has ever taken a ball away from either a player or a fan before, nor that they are welching on the deal they made with Mientkiewicz. Pillocks.