Sunday, February 20, 2005

Here's Everything Else

-- Call him Green-Light Guzman (second item) We'll have to come up with a snappier nickname for when he gets thrown out. Despite his speed, he's been succesful only 102 times out of 154 attempts, which is below the break-even point for whether you're helping or hurting your team.

As far as offense, this sums it up(second item):
"It doesn't matter to me [where I hit]," Guzman said. "Two, nine, eight ..."
The career American Leaguer was reminded that you can't hit ninth in the National League.
"Oh, not nine," he said. "Unless the pitchers are hitting good."


-- The headline reads, "Thousands Seek RFK Stadium Jobs." It should read, "Thousands Seek Crappy, Low-Paying, Non-Benefit-Providing, Dead-End Jobs That Will Force You To Work Ourdoors In DC In August."


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Frank Robinson plans on going with 11 or 12 pitchers (Third item). Early season gaps in the schedule usually allow you get away with a shorter pitching staff for the first few weeks. I'd be shocked if it wasn't 12 before too long.

It also notes that Livan Hernandez mildly strained his achilles. I'm sure he overdid it on his first day back, after overdoing it on the buffet circuit all offseason.


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This is a beginning of a sentence you never want to see in your favorite team's notes column (bottom): "The Nationals named former Cubs and Red Sox third base coach Wendell Kim"

Thankfully, in this case, it ends, "to manage their entry in the Class A Gulf Coast League."


-- Former Mariner owner Jeff Smuylen is another of the names who's placed a bid. I couldn't place my finger on it, but something about his name troubled me.

Smuylen's no stranger to the idea of holding a city hostage for a better stadium deal.

Smuylen was the type of owner who did lots of damage to the fans with his relentless negativity about the stadium and the ballpark experience. He failed to make wise investments in the team and showed absolutely zero ability to put a winning team on the field or to put people in place who would know how to do it. He sold the team in 1992. Since then, they've been one of the more successful franchises in baseball, Woody Woodward, notwithstanding.

If he gets the team, it's bad news.