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Sanders Not Returning to Broadcast Booth for Indians in '07 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 07:46
SandersSportsTime Ohio yesterday announced John Sanders will not return to the Indians TV booth for the 2007 season. Sanders, who joined the Indians in 1991, just completed his 16th season calling Indians baseball action on the TV network side.

"We want to first thank John for his dedication and longtime service of covering Indians baseball," said SportsTime Ohio President JIM LIBERATORE. "It is our goal to establish a two-person broadcast team, and today's announcement is the first step in that process. At the end of the day, the announce team serves as story tellers and in order to tell the most complete story, the announcers need to know the complete story. Consistently working with the team, proximity to the team and regular communication with the team is the best and in fact the only way to present the total story, which is what Indians fans expect and deserve. We believe a two-person booth offers a more consistent, defined and viewer-friendly approach for the 138 telecasts on STO."

"From an overall SportTime Ohio perspective, we want a full time presence in the community for our increasing number of local programming hours and also a recognizable STO face for participation with our charitable and civic contributions to the region".

About SportsTime Ohio
SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network designed to offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan, with its initial venture being the largest television package in Cleveland Indians team history (158 games to be broadcast in 2006). The schedule calls for SportsTime Ohio to air 130 regular season games and eight spring training games on cable and satellite television. SportsTime Ohio also broadcasts an additional 20 games on WKYC-TV (Cleveland) and other over-the-air local television stations in key Indians television markets. Plans are being developed to offer additional programming, geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region the greatest sports community. www.sportstimeohio.com
 
Schaumburg Flyers Launch Group Sales Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 October 2006 12:00
FlyersSCHAUMBURG FLYERS LAUNCH FLIGHT ATTENDANCE PROGRAM

Schaumburg, IL - The Schaumburg Flyers have launched an innovative program to simplify and streamline group sales at Alexian Field. The program titled, "Flight Attendance" will enable all event coordinators to invite and track their invitees through this website program.

The program was developed by Schaumburg-based Links Technology Solutions, working closely with the Schaumburg Flyers Director of Graphics and Publications, Sarah Wienman.

"We are constantly looking for ways to improve our organization for our fans to enjoy the Alexian Field experience," said General Manager Rick Rungaitis. "Group sales are a critical aspect of our fan base and this program makes organizing an outing at Alexian Field easy and fun."


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In the hot seat: New Twins Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 03:34

New Twins FacilityThe word from MLB yesterday was that today's Game 3 ALCS being played at Comerica Park in Detroit is being bumped to a 4:30pm EST start because Detroit is seeing snow arrive at an all-time early date.

Now, think about an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

After a decade of attempts, the Twins were able to lock up funding for a new facility this year, but it came with a caveat: no extra funds for a roof. From that point on there have been talks of how to at least put a curb on the cold for those Spring and Fall time games:

As reported: 

For all the early talk about heating the Twins' newly approved stadium, including the field and possibly the seats, making it work poses significant challenges. Using hot water from the cooling tower of the adjacent Hennepin Energy Recovery Center, a waste-to-energy garbage burning plant built in 1989, remains one possibility.

However, both technological and legal questions remain.

Installing heated seats, while never really seen by the Twins as a viable option, may already have been discarded as impractical because of inadequate technology. Few large outdoor stadiums use heated seats -- and one National Football League team that has, the Buffalo Bills, reports that 40 percent of them had quit working because of mechanical problems over the past winter.

However, the Twins and Hennepin County officials are confident that other options can work as the Twins move toward outdoor baseball in 2010 after a quarter century in the climate-controlled Metrodome.

One compromise, which both the Boston Red Sox and the NFL's Cleveland Browns have used variations of, would make radiant heat available through overhead ducts. In the case of the Browns, whose stadium opened in 1999, the radiant heat is provided only for a limited number of outdoor seats used by luxury suite ticket holders.

(The Minnesota Star Tribune)

 
Bochy out with Padres, in with Cubs? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 03:19

Bruce BochyWhile there has been talk of Joe Girardi and Lou Piniella, the man that may jump to the front of the candidates for the Cubs managerial opening is still employed.

There have been several reports that Padres manager Bruce Bochy is being granted permission to talk to other clubs, with the Cubs being one club that has requested contact with Bochy. Bochy has managed the Padres to back-to-back National League West titles.

This entry on The Biz of Baseball comes with question marks as the article reports:

It has appeared Piniella is the front-runner, but Bochy's possible availability has slowed that talk. One source said the Cubs were hedging a decision until they checked further into the Bochy situation, citing Hendry's reported effort to interview Bochy in 2002 before settling on Dusty Baker.

Adding further to the new scenario Thursday was a report on foxsports.com that the Padres would grant permission for Bochy to talk with other clubs, even though his team just won back-to-back National League West titles and he has a year remaining on his contract at $1.9 million. Bochy, 51, has a .494 winning percentage in 12 seasons.

The report could not be confirmed. It is not even known if another club has contacted the Padres because Bochy's most logical landing place would be with the Cubs. And sources insist the Cubs had not contacted the Padres as of Thursday evening.

 

(The Chicago Tribune

 
Dodgers' VP of Scouting Quits PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 October 2006 01:27

DodgersRoy Smith, the Dodgers' vice-president of scouting and player development resigned yesterday. Smith was hired before the start of the 2004 season by Paul DePodesta, and Smith cited uncertainty over his role with the new regime under new GM Ned Colletti. The resignation was not forced.

As reported:

 "We sat and talked and it was the time to do it," Smith said. "I felt like I needed a change. The way things were going, not that it's wrong, but personally I felt it was time to move on.

"There were a lot of reasons. Ned was fine. He was great with me and we had a respectful talk."

Colletti said he was surprised by Smith's departure and does not plan to hire a replacement soon, if at all.

"I believed our relationship was solid," he said. "A lot of what we accomplished, Roy was part of. I'm sad, but I can understand it."

Smith was assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1999 to 2004 and pitched in the majors for eight seasons.

(The LA Times

 
Are MLB Radar Guns Juiced? PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 17:25

Are the radar guns used for the Division Series and League Champinship Series "Juiced"? Some scouts, and at least one high profile former manager thinks so.

New York Mets scout Bob Johnson, who was at Game 1 of the ALCS in Oakland laughed out loud when looking at the reading from the gun displayed on the scoreboard while A's reliever Joe Kennedy was in the game.

"That gun had to be soaked in greenies," Johnson says. "There was not a chance he was throwing 97. He tops out at 93 mph. He's never thrown that hard in his life.

"Fans love velocity, but when you see some of these numbers, especially the screwy ones late in the game, all you can do is laugh."

Lou Piniella, who is working for Fox as an analyst in the postseason, questioned the readings during the Game 1 broadcast and continued to mock it the next day.

"I haven't been in the dugout for a while," Piniella says, "but I don't remember all these guys throwing in the high 90s. I mean, it's good to see these guys throwing 100, but are they really throwing 100?"

As reported:

Scouts are convinced relievers Zumaya and Wagner legitimately hit 100 mph on the radar gun, but perhaps no one else. Zumaya was clocked at 103 mph on the Fox gun Tuesday night, but Johnson's radar gun had him at 101.

"It's getting ridiculous what they're coming up with now," says Randy Johnson, special assistant to A's general manager Billy Beane. "It's like when the (scoreboard) gun readings had Kenny Rogers at 94. Come on, that can't be right.

"He's maybe touched 90 a handful of times the last five years, so there's no way he's throwing that hard at the age of 41. It's not just him, but everyone. ... Maybe these radar guns are on steroids."

(USA Today)

 

 

 
Blue Jays add to Scouting Staff PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 10:48
Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays have promoted Andrew Tinnish to the role of Assistant Scouting Director and have added Marco Paddy as the club's new Director of Latin American Operations.

Tinnish, a 30-year-old native of Hamilton joins Scouting Director, Jon Lalonde, to form the first all Canadian tandem to lead the Blue Jays Scouting Department in club history. The Brock University graduate has been a member of the Toronto Blue Jays Scouting Department since 2002, starting as an Assistant in Baseball Operations. In January of 2003, he was named an Area Scout, responsible for covering North Florida and Alabama. In September of 2003, he was named Scouting Coordinator, assisting in all facets of the department's operations, with a special emphasis on the amateur draft. He played one season in the Independent League (Quebec Capitales) in 1999, pitching to a record of 3-1 in 22 appearances.

Paddy, a 42-year-old native of Panama, was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves as a catcher in the 1988 First-Year Player Draft. He played one year of professional baseball before serving as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for his alma mater, Southern University, in Baton Rouge, La. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Player Development for the Atlanta Braves after spending nine years as an Area Scout, responsible for covering Georgia, Florida and his home country. In August of 2004, he was named Director of Latin American Operations for the Braves and fulfilled his duties until joining the Toronto Blue Jays organization last month.

 
WS Trophy To Be Window Displayed PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 08:32

World Series TrophyTIFFANY & CO. SALUTES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, 2006 WORLD SERIES WITH WINDOW DISPLAY IN THE FAMOUS FIFTH AVENUE WINDOW OF ITS FLAGSHIP STORE

WHAT: Tiffany & Co., the premier American jeweler and silversmith, will salute Major League Baseball and commemorate the arrival of the 2006 postseason with a window display featuring the 2006 World Series Trophy. Tiffany & Co. will display the trophy, which will be awarded to the 2006 World Series Champions, in the famous 57th Street windows of its flagship store.

Major League Baseball first commissioned Tiffany & Co. to create the World Series championship trophy, officially named “The Commissioner’s Trophy,” in 2000. The 24-inch high trophy features 30 flags, one for each Major League Baseball team, with latitude/longitude lines symbolizing the world, and 24 karat vermeil stitches representing those on a baseball. Etched on the base are the words, “Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball,” along with the signature of Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.

WHEN: Monday, October 16th through Sunday, October 22nd.

WHERE: Tiffany & Co.
Fifth Avenue and 57th Street
New York City

 
UPDATED: Friday LCS Game Times PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 06:37

FRIDAY’S LCS GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED

Friday’s National League Championship Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium will be played at 8:05 p.m. (ET) and the Oakland Athletics-Detroit Tigers American League Championship Series Game 3 has been moved to 4:30 p.m. (ET), it was announced today. FOX Sports and ESPN Radio will carry the games live, coming on-air at 4:00 p.m. (ET) for the ALCS and 8:00 p.m. (ET) for the NLCS.

Those fans who hold NLCS tickets that say “Home Game 1” will be able to use their tickets to Friday’s game only. Fans planning to attend tonight’s NLCS game must use tickets that say “Home Game 2.”

 
Lidle Tragedy Should Remind Us of Others PDF Print E-mail
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Maury Brown Article Archive
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 03:24
Yesterday was a shock to many in the US and around the world as a small plane flew into an East River condo high rise in Manhattan, rekindling fears of 9/11.

I happened to be at a local television station getting ready to do a CNBC segment with Darren Rovell during much of the news reporting of the tragic event. At the time, little in the way of details were known, and the producer in the studio with me kept the live reports on as I was wired up for taping.

When Rovell came on in my earpiece, I mentioned that I thought we might get bumped due to the news. At the time, he said we should get in and would let me know.

It wasn’t until later that word was released that the plane was licensed to Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, and that his passport had been found on the street below. Later came the sobering news that Lidle and his flight instructor were in the plane.

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