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Plane that crashed in NYC registered to Cory Lidle PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:55

NYC plane crashThe place that crashed today into Manhattan high-rise was registered to Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. Joe Torre has just made the announcement.

As reported:

New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre told CNN that the plane that was a Cirrus SR-20 registered to team pitcher Cory Lidle.

The plane hit the Belaire Condominiums at 524 E. 72nd Street near the East River. More than 150 firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire in the building.

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) said it had put fighter aircraft into the air over numerous U.S. cities, though they said they had no reason to believe the event in New York was anything more than an accident, sources told CNN's Barbara Starr. NORAD did the same thing after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

(CNN)

 
Twins Off-Season Scorecard: Player Contracts PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:34
UNDER CONTRACT

  • Johan Santana $12,000,000
  • Luis Castillo $5,750,000
  • Joe Nathan $5,250,000
  • Dennys Reyes $1,000,000
  • Mike Redmond $900,000

Total $24.9 million

SALARIES OFF THE BOOKS FROM 2006*

  • Brad Radke retirement $9 million
  • Shannon Stewart free agent $6 million
  • Kyle Lohse traded $3.95 million
  • Rondell White free agent $2.5 million
  • Tony Batista released $1.25 million
  • Juan Castro traded $1 million
  • Ruben Sierra released $ 400,000

Total $24.1 million

*The Twins paid free-agent-to-be Phil Nevin less than $100,000 for the month he was with the team.

PLAYER OPTIONS


FREE AGENTS

  • Phil Nevin
  • Brad Radke*
  • Shannon Stewart
  • Rondell White

*expected to retire

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE

  • Michael Cuddyer
  • Lew Ford
  • Joe Mauer
  • Justin Morneau
  • Nick Punto
  • Juan Rincon
  • Carlos Silva
  • Jason Tyner

UNDER CONTROL

  • Scott Baker
  • Jason Bartlett
  • Boof Bonser
  • Alexi Casilla
  • Jesse Crain
  • Willie Eyre
  • Matt Garza
  • David Gassner
  • Matt Guerrier
  • Jason Kubel
  • Francisco Liriano
  • Pat Neshek
  • Glen Perkins
  • Josh Rabe
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Terry Tiffee
  • Glenn Williams

(The Minnesota Star Tribune)

 
White Sox + 7:11= $1.5 million PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 16:09

7 ElevenThere are sponsorship deals, and then there are sponsorship deals. Someone in the While Sox organization is smarter than the average sales person.

Starting next season, White Sox games won't start at 7:05 or at 7:35, but rather 7:11. Yes, the convenience store chain has inked a deal with the club that will switch the start times. How much will they pay the White Sox in return? Approx. $500,000 each year for 3 years.

As reported:

“It’s a fun way to insert our name into fans’ hearts and minds,” said Margaret Chabris, a 7-Eleven spokeswoman. “We think it’s worth way more than $500,000.” She said that 7-Eleven is talking to other baseball teams about sponsorship deals that would include starting their games at 7:11.

The shift to 7:11 at U.S. Cellular Field was not envisioned when the team and 7-Eleven were working on the details of a sponsorship deal that would have kept the starting times at 7:05 and 7:35. But team executives said that 7-Eleven wanted a new wrinkle to the more traditional sponsorship they were working on, which includes 25,000 giveaway coupons at each game.

There are, by the way, 185 7-Elevens in the area; the company recently acquired 202 local stores from the White Hen Pantry chain, which prompted 7-Eleven’s desire to increase its presence in what it views as a growth market. “It made sense to sponsor the White Sox,” Chabris said.

(The NY Times)

 
Mark Gorris resigns as VP of Bus. Ops for Royals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 12:00

RoyalsMark Gorris, the vice president of business operations for the Kansas City Royals resigned late Tuesday afternoon. Gorris had held the position for six years and oversaw the effort to get funding passed to renovate Kaufmann Stadium.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but, sometimes, these life changes come upon you because your gut tells you. I think we’ve accomplished quite a lot of things since I arrived in 2001,” Gorris said.

As reported:

Gorris and Glass each insisted the parting was amicable. Gorris informed Glass and club president Dan Glass of his intentions Monday night.

“We’re going to fill it quickly,” [Glass] said. “There are a number of excellent businesspeople out there who are sports junkies, and working in baseball would appeal to them.”

Glass said Gorris’ responsibilities in the interim will be shared by several people, including Dan Glass and various officials in business operations.

(The Kansas City Star)

 
Torre Back with Yankees Next Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 06:33

Joe TorreIf there's a lesson to be learned, it's that news spins on the head of a pin.

We reported yesterday that Joe Torre would be out as manager of the Yankees. Apparently, George Steinbrenner didn't get the memo.

Torre held his season ending press conference today and announced that he will remain as dugout manager for the Yankees, at least for the time being.

As reported:

"I just got off the phone with George Steinbrenner and he told me I'll be the manager next year," Torre said Tuesday during a gathering with reporters at Yankee Stadium.

Thus apparently ends three days of speculation about the future of Torre, who has managed the Yankees to four World Series titles and six American League pennants in 11 seasons.

"I'm very excited about it," Torre said. "This has been the best job of my life."

Word is that GM Brian Cashman lobbied hard for Torre, as did Derek Jeter.

The announcement does not mean that change isn't in the air for the club. Alex Rodriguez may be the first order of business on Tuesday when the front office of the Yankees meet to plan for next season.  

(MLB.com

 
Girardi voted Manager of the Year by NL peers PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 04:22

GiardiJoe Girardi has been voted by his fellow peers as The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year. The Sporting News will make the announcement today.

Girardi earned 6 votes by his fellow NL managers, just edging the Mets’ Willie Randolph, who collected 5 votes.

Girardi was able to take a roster primarily with 22 rookies and a payroll under $15 million and keep them in the Wild Card hunt until the last 2 weeks of the season.

However, getting his players to overachieve did not save him his job. Girardi was fired last week after friction between him, owner Jeffery Loria, and GM Larry Beinfest.

As reported:

Last week Girardi was asked if it would be poetic justice to be honored as the league's top manager after being fired at the conclusion of his debut season.

"No," he said, "because I didn't take the job to win Manager of the Year. I took the job to win a World Series. Bottom line. We didn't win the World Series."That's not to say Girardi isn't appreciative of the effort given on his behalf.

"People made predictions we were going to lose over 100 games," he said. "People thought we were going to lose more games than any team in baseball. We didn't, and that was because the players worked at it [and] coaches prepared the players. I am forever grateful."

Giardi is seen as a top candidate for any number of managerial vacancies including the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
Piniella Rules Out Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Monday, 09 October 2006 17:43

Lou PiniellaLou Piniella may be managing in the future, but not with the Washington Nationals.

Piniella was besieged with questions regarding his future on Monday while at McAfee Coliseum where he will be an analyst for Fox during the ALCS. Questions regarding a host of manager vacancies were met with only vague answers, except when it came to the Nationals.

"You know, they've got a team that's going to be building for the future," Piniella said at McAfee Coliseum, where he will serve as an analyst for Fox during the American League Championship Series. "That's a situation that's really not for a guy like me. I think they're going to go for a young manager -- and rightfully so."

Piniella's comments came on the same day that the Nationals interviewed Houston Astros bench coach Cecil Cooper and Chicago White Sox third base coach Joey Cora -- both of whom have no MLB managerial experience.

Piniella has been mentioned as a possible successor to Joe Torre should he be fired by the Yankees.

(The Washington Post) 

 
Girardi Interviews with the Cubs PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Monday, 09 October 2006 17:14

Joe GirardiJoe Girardi may not be on the unemployed list very long. Girardi interviewed with the Chicago Cubs on Monday where he is seen as a leading candidate for the position of manager. Girardi started his MLB career with the Cubs and played with the club in two separate stints ('89-92 and 2000 to 2002).

"Joe and I spent the better part of the day together," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "I thought it went very well, and I think Joe appreciated coming down to Wrigley Field and seeing a lot of the people he knew from his playing days here." 

(The AP

 
Torre to Be Let Go. Announcement Imminent PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Monday, 09 October 2006 11:19
Joe TorreA source close to the NY Yankees indicates that the club will be letting go of Joe Torre and that an announcement is imminent. No other details were provided. Stay tuned for details.
 
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