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Brown Suggests Selig and O'Malley for HOF PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2006 01:35

SeligMaury Brown, editor of The Biz of Baseball continues in his series of articles that rank executives from 1 to 5 that should be in the Hall of Fame. The article is published on The Baseball Journals, the sister publication of The Biz of Baseball.

Today he has Walter O'Malley and Bud Selig in a tie for #2. As Brown writes, "There’s a reason I have a tie at #2 in my countdown from 5 to 1 of those executives that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame one day. Walter O’Malley is an easy pick for number 2, but I had to throw Selig in here as well because, well… we just don’t know how his career could end."

Brown has ranked current or former excutives for the Hall of Fame so far as:

#5 - George Steinbrenner
#4 - Judge Roy Hofheinz
#3 - Ted Turner

(The Baseball Journals

 
Robinson Meets with Kasten & Bowden PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2006 01:18

Frank RobinsonFrank Robinson of the Washington Nationals met yesterday with Stan Kasten and Jim Bowden in separate meetings about his future as manager of the Nats. When he addressed the media afterwards, there were tears in his eyes and all but said that his run as manager with the organization was at an end. "Let me say this: I had my say," Robinson said. "We sat down, each one, and I had my discussions with them. And I'm very comfortable with what ... I wanted to say about the situation here and my situation. Other than that, I just don't want to go into depth on anything said behind closed doors at this time."

Neither Kasten or Bowden would comment about the meeting. As reported, A reporter told Robinson he looked sad.

"'Cause it's time to go," Robinson said. "Just got a bad call from the umpires, and they didn't want to reverse it. No, only kidding."

No annoluncement has been made as to whether Robinson will be offered a front office position.

(The AP

 
Testing for Greenies Alters Player's Lifestyles PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 September 2006 01:00

AmphetaminesTesting for amphetamines keeps players from going out late after a game or has them drinking more coffee. That was the comment made by Mets pitcher Tom Glavine about how the new drug testing policy has impacted player activities. "I think it's changed guys' behavior, no question about it," Glavine said. "Guys are trying to find other ways to compensate for that, whether it's getting more sleep or drinking more coffee." More time on the pillows means less time in bars and clubs.

Unlike a positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), MLB does not announce to the public when a player has tested positive for amphetamines for the first time. However, since the new testing policy has been in place, no player has tested positive twice, which would result in a 25 game suspension. On a related topic, no MLB player has yet to test positive for PEDs this season.

(The AP

 
Pohlad: “I’d rather play the Yankees..." PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 18:42
PohladCarl Pohlad, 91, the owner of the Twins, and MLB's richest owner, took shots the the NY Yankees yesterday, sounding, as the NY Times said, "more like Steinbrenner," than Steinbrenner. Pohlad's comments come as the Twins are nearing a possible post-season matchup with the Yankees. As Pohlad said, originally in The St. Paul Pioneer Press, and republished in the NY Times:
“I’d rather play the Yankees because I know we can beat them,” Pohlad was quoted as saying yesterday in The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

When Pohlad was subsequently asked if he would derive the most enjoyment out of defeating George Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ principal owner, he told the newspaper, “That’s right.”

What was more surprising than Pohlad’s remarks about a team that defeated the Twins in the American League division series in 2003 and in 2004, was Steinbrenner’s reaction. He had none. For once, Steinbrenner, who is typically loud and proud while discussing or defending the Yankees, was mum.

“He’s certainly a friend of mine, so I’ll decline comment on that,” Steinbrenner said through Howard Rubenstein, his spokesman.

(The NY Times)

 
Bavasi & Hargove Return in '07 for Mariners PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 16:12

Bill Bavasi

Bill Bavasi

Chuck Armstrong, President of the Seattle Mariners, announced to season ticket holders today that General Manager Bill Bavasi and manager Mike Hargrove would be returning with the Mariners next season. Hargrove has one year left on his contract, and Bavasi has been with the club since November of 2003.

As Armstrong said in his letter, "We believe they are the right people to lead us to the next level. We have great confidence in their abilities. In our view, continuity of leadership is extremely important at this time."

(The AP)

An interview with Chuck Armstrong is here on the Biz of Baseball. 

 
Q&A with Mark Lerner PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 08:59

Mark LernerWashington Nationals owner Mark Lerner interviews with Thom Loverro of the Washington Times.

Highlights include:

  • I can't imagine ever having an emotional letdown from owning the hometown major league baseball club — the national pastime team — in the nation's capital. No. There has been absolutely no emotional letdown.
  •  It's hard for us to imagine being really satisfied until the team is more competitive on the field and until we are in the new ballpark and can offer the fan experience we've always imagined.
  • We're all looking forward to the opportunity to make some adjustments to the stadium in anticipation of this ownership's first full season at RFK.
  • I know that everyone — owners, players, sponsors, advertisers and media partners — shares a hope that a CBA will be reached quickly and amicably. We're all quite optimistic. I think we all learned from the last agreement — which was reached without work stoppage or even a threat of work stoppage — was beneficial to the game and certainly appreciated by the fans.

(The Washington Times)
 
Sources: Robinson Out as Manager of Nats PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 15:57
Frank Robinson

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post is reporting that Frank Robinson will not be back as manager of the Washington Nationals next season, marking the end of a 5-year run with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. Robinson's one-year, $650,000 contract expires at the end of the season. As reported:

A discussion between the team's top officials and Robinson could happen as soon as today (Thursday), but it almost certainly will take place by Monday, the day after the 71-year-old manager's fifth season at the helm of the franchise concludes. It is unclear whether he will be offered another position within the organization.

Robinson has not yet met with General Manager Jim Bowden or President Stan Kasten regarding his future with the organization. Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 as a player, and has managed in MLB for 16 seasons.

(The Washington Post

 
It's Official: The Pesky Pole PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 12:50

Johnny PeskyIn a pre-game ceremony before tonight's Devil Rays vs. Red Sox game at Fenway Park, the club officially named the right field pole after, what for years has been only a nickname. The pole was officially christened the "Pesky Pole" in honor of longtime Red Sox, Johnny Pesky. Pesky, who has now been a part of the Red Sox organization for over 56 years, was honored on his birthday with the naming ceremony, and him throwing out the first pitch to Tim Wakefield. In attendance was his longtime teammate and second baseman, Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

This is a little unusual for me," said Pesky of the attention, while sitting in the Red Sox dugout and wearing a uniform with his No. 6 on the back during batting practice. "I'm a little flattered. This is really nice." 

"The guy had to work hard for what he has," Doerr said. "He's a Hall of Famer in my eyes. He's a great ambassador for baseball."

The Red Sox organization will place a plaque just before the pole on the outfield wall in foul territory at Fenway.

(The AP

NOTE: Read Maury Brown's extensive interview with Johnny Pesky, as well as his interview with Bobby Doerr.

 
Pass the Fritos & Pepsi for the Playoffs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 11:16

Frito LayMediaweek is reporting that MLB and PepsiCo are nearing a partnership deal for the playoffs and the World Series. While Pepsi has been the official carbonated drink of MLB since 1997, Frito Lay may become the official "salty snacks provider, a category previously untapped by MLB marketing honchos."

As reported:

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. An MLB official said there is "a significant increase in terms of overall rights" over past Pepsi deals. The first, in 1997, was a five-year pact that analysts put at $50 million; a second five-year deal, signed in 2002, was valued at $80 million.

Frito Lay previously joined Pepsi to activate MLB's all-star game retail balloting program. In 2007 they will play a more energetic role as an official MLB partner, likely to include baseball-themed marketing and packaging. The deal also means MLB joins the NFL and NHL with official Pepsi-Frito Lay tandems.

"This is a valuable category in terms of targeting consumers," said Susan Goodenow, vp-business public relations at MLB, New York. "When you think baseball, you think snacks."

 The playoffs begin on October 2nd, with the World Series scheduled to start on October 21st.

(Mediaweek

 
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