Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Quick Hits - MLB Stuffage...

  • Chris Young has signed a deal with the Padres for 4 years, $14.5 million and that could climb up to $23 million if the club uses the 2011 option.
  • The Cleveland Indians of Milwaukee vs. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: After a weekend series was wiped out by snow at Jacobs Field, the Indians made themselves at home -- in Milwaukee. With less than 24 hours, and tickets around $10, a happy crowd of 19,000 plus (realize, they got a crowd larger than a few teams) saw the Indians beat the Angels 7-6. (Note to MLB: Perhaps maybe once a month or so, a few teams might want to have a family night where tickets are discounted to get more people into stadium, and let families who could not afford games otherwise to see their team in action.

  • The Poor Nats: Could the Washington Nationals possibly have one of the worst records of all time once the 2007 season is done? From the looks of it, maybe. The Nationals who are 1-7 have been outscored 53-18, falling behind by at least 3-0 in every game. The Nationals haven't scored in the first three innings of any game. Not good. Not good at all.
  • Brad Lidge Demoted: Brad Lidge has been demoted as the closer in Houston. He’s not happy with the decision, and has been replaced by Dan Wheeler. Lidge has saved 29 or more games in each of the last three seasons for Houston but had a 16.20 ERA and a blown save entering Monday's game against the Cubs. The Astros started the season with five losses in six games.
  • Barry Bonds and Steroids: A former Giants trainer testified before the federal grand jury investigating steroid use in sports, a sign the probe of star slugger Barry Bonds was not derailed by the firing of the investigation's top prosecutor. Mark Letendre, 50, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he testified for about an hour on Feb. 14. He was asked about Bonds' size and confirmed the slugger hurt his elbow in 1999.
  • Hank Aaron doesn't plan to be at the ballpark if and when Barry Bonds breaks his home run record. "Uh-uh. No, no. I'm not going to be around," Aaron was quoted as saying in Tuesday's editions of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hank’s absence from the event says a lot, and to be quite honest, Barry Bonds for all his gifts and ability does not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Aaron.

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