Tagged: Players

It’s Headlines Like This

That almost makes me wish I was a Yankee fan.

Is Hudson too good for D-Backs to keep?

What is the difference in dollars, I wonder, between a headline like that and the one I’d like to see:

Is Hudson too good for D-Backs to let get away?


West Coast Notes

Sushi, Anyone?
So, word is out that the Diamondbacks have made an offer to Japanese free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
 AZ Snakepit has the scoop here. I wonder if this is a serious offer or a "Dice-K Not A Chance In ****" offer?

Barry "vs U.S." Bonds
This is the only article I’ve read about the Bonds indictment that I thought was worth sharing. It was originally posted over at The Harball Times, and I came across it via Baseball Musings.

Barry Bonds – A guide to help you cut through the noise

Artful Dodger
There once was a doctor named Charlie
Who traded in ‘wicked’ for ‘gnarly’
He left ‘Sweet Caroline’
And the Murphys behind
With hopes to make Dodger fans jolly

Dr. Charles Steinberg is leaving the Red Sox asexecutive VP for public affairs to accept a top front-office position
with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In Boston, Steinberg specialized in marketing and improving the fan experience at Fenway Park.

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Charles briefly in 2005 and got a peek at his World Series ring. Sorry, Charlie! The next NL West team to wear a championship ring plays its home games in Phoenix. 🙂

In Hollywood they call it ‘good casting’
The Dodgers filled another coaching position by naming Rodney McCray to the staff. McCray has only 14 career big league at bats but was the outfield and baserunning coordinator for Cincinnati when his new
boss and current Dodgers vice president of Minor Leagues DeJon Watson
was a scout with the Reds.

McCray is best known for a play he made in 1991 for Triple-A Vancouver when he crashed through the plywood fence at Portland’s Civic Stadium.


This seems like an obvious choice given his new title – ‘roving baserunning and outfield coach’ and the fact that the Dodgers are notorious for hitting the wall after the All Star break.

Happy Holidays, fellow baseball fans! Try to lay off the high heat and remember that sometimes a walk is as good as a hit.


20011029insidewilliamsAnother former Diamondbacks player is in the news today. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Matt Williams bought performance-enhancing
drugs from the Palm Beach Rejuvenation Center, which was targeted this
year in a law-enforcement investigation of suspected illegal drug sales.

During his penultimate season in
Arizona, records show, Williams placed two orders with the Palm Beach
Rejuvenation Center. On March 9, 2002, while the Diamondbacks were in
spring training in Tucson, records show he ordered $5,693 worth of
testosterone cypionate, growth hormone, clomiphene, Novarel and
syringes. On May 8, Williams ordered $6,000 worth of testosterone
cypionate, nandrolone, clomiphene, Novarel and syringes, according to
the records. The drugs were sent to a Scottsdale business office
Williams long has used as a mailing address.

A-Rod a Cub?

Here’s a story that must have Cubs fans slobbering intheir Cheerios: Apparently soon to be manager Lou Pinella wants the team to acquire
Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees
. Now, my first thought is what manager
DOESN’T want his team to acquire Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees? But
if you think about it, it’s the perfect fit. A-Rod, who can’t seem to handle
the pressure of not being the star player, could hit 100 home runs in Wrigley
field, be the toast of the town and not ever have to worry about choking in the

More thoughts on Macha

Does the departure of Ken Macha in Oakland open the door for the return of Dusty Baker to the Bay Area?

Cory’s Story

4899c0ffff6d4487aaf1186fd5c92a65Cory Lidle wasn’t a great pitcher. Some will say he wasn’t even a very good one. At 82-72 with a 4.57 career ERA, he was a journeyman who played with 7 different major league teams in 9 years. His best season was in 2001 when he went 13-6 with the Oakland A’s and posted a 3.59 ERA while helping them put together a string of 20 wins in a row.

But there’s something else about Cory you may not know: After being traded this past July from the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees, he took some parting shots at his former team. Phillies holdover Arthur Rhodes responded by dredging up Lidle’s past: "He is a scab," Rhodes said of Lidle, who was a replacement player during the 1995 spring training lockout. "The only thing Cory Lidle wants to do is fly around in his airplane and gamble."

But, really, it was so much more complicated than that. Isn’t it always?

Old Wounds


There ISN’T always next year. There is only today, and less than that, there is only this moment. Cory Lidle shouldn’t be remembered merely as a Yankee pitcher who died in a tragic plane crash. He should be remembered as a son, brother, father, husband and friend who lived loving what he did and died doing what he loved.