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Kerfuffles, Palmeiro, and Bonds, Oh Joy...

Heck of an off-field day for us baseball fans, especially those who follow the NL West. It started when I checked in at the Dodger Thoughts blog, and discovered the aftermath of what was apparently a big kerfuffle during yesterday's watch & post. I decided not to wade through the 715 comments, but rather just read the blog owner's post scolding everyone who participated. From what I can infer, the kerfuffle started over Jim Tracy's managing of the game, specifically the fact that he had Milton Bradley lay down a sacrifice bunt with men on first and second, and no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Bradley succeeded, but the Cards then intentionally walked Jeff Kent, after which Saenz grounded into a double play to end the scoring opportunity.

DT posters tend to be strong supporters of DePo's baseball philosophy, and a number of them feel the Tracy just doesn't get it, mostly because he doesn't play Hee Seop Choi enough, who is viewed as the epitome of DePo's philosophy wrapped up in a 6'5" package. The "Fire Jim Tracy" crowd are very vocal in their ridicule of Tracy, and a lot of it seems pretty unfair to me. It gets tiresome considering how many really bad managers are out there (cf., Charlie Manuel). Granted, I thought Tracy had a bad game yesterday, but having Milton bunt didn't bother me. Saenz will usually get that run home. A lot of sabermetrics folks insist that any sacrifice attempt is a total waste of an at bat, with absolutely no redeeming value, so they get incensed when it's called, especially hen the batter's the number three hitter. Some of these guys have actually accused Tracy of deliberately making bad moves to make DePo look bad, which is just silly. FWIW, I think he's dead right keeping Choi on the bench, because his numbers just aren't all that. His supposed virtues are that he hits home runs, and takes walks. Except he his walks are down this year. He has hit home runs in occasional bunches, but he's also killed a bunch of rallies. I like him as a pinch hitter. I think we have better options at first base.

Meanwhile, up in San Francisco, Barry Bonds has announced that he is likely out for the season, and Giant fans are steaming because he waited until after the trade deadline to announce this. The Giants made their moves and non-moves assuming Bonds would be back this year. With any normal player, they'd have known what was going on in time, but there are special rules for Barry. What a putz.

Over in Phoenix, the GM of the currently NL West leading DBacks, Joe Garagiola, Jr., resigned to take a position with MLB, which is very strange timing. The rumors are that Matt Williams wanted the job and may have forced Garagiola out.

All this, and I haven't even gotten to Rafael Palmeiro yet.

Good morning, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false.

What a dolt. He says he didn't know he'd taken a steroid. Pal, it you're going to point a finger at Congress, and testify you never taken steroids, and then serve on a zero tolerance for steroids committee, it might be prudent to have someone other than the clerk at GNC take a look at the labels of the supplements you're planning on taking to advise you of the potential consequences. The other night, veejane and I were discussing the possibility that Jason Giambi's resurgence might be due to his being back on the stuff. I was giving Giambi the benefit of the doubt in large part because I didn't think anyone would be stupid enough to go back on steroids given the current climate. I may have to rethink that.

Just to cap off the day, I found the following note in my mailbox today:

Dear Neighbor,
We just wanted to give you a warning that we had some cell phones and money stolen from out vehicles parked in our driveway sometime between Saturday 7/30 10:00 pm and Sunday 7/31 7:30 am. We've notified the Police, but thought you should know that someone is stealing from the neighborhood so you can take appropriate precautions.

I always leave my car unlocked. I leave money and CDs and even my cell, on occasion, in it. One of the reasons I like living out here is that I don't usually have to worry about stuff like this. I locked my car tonight. The frelling terrorists have won.
Tags: baseball, home, rant

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