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Steinbrenner: "I think we should have played" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 05:27

SteinbrennerTiger fans aren't the only ones upset that the Game 2 of the Yankees v. Tigers series didn't get in last night due to rainout. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was not happy, as well.

"I think we should have played," Steinbrenner said upon leaving the stadium. "We should have made up our minds earlier."

Calling the game due to rain occurred when there was no rain falling at all. At one point, the grounds crew pulled the tarp off, only to immediately pull it back on the infield. As reported:

Many of the Yankees were dressed by the time reporters were allowed in the clubhouse a few minutes past 10, and manager Joe Torre already had left without addressing the media.

That was about the time the Tigers were beginning to fume, believing they were told the news much later than the Yankees.

"At 9:35, they said 10 o'clock start," Detroit reliever Todd Jones said. "Then Justin [Verlander] goes out there and starts throwing and not one Yankee was out there. They went from, 'We're going at 10 o'clock,' to six minutes later, 'The game is canceled.' And it hasn't really rained hard out there? Is that what I'm hearing?"

 (The Baltimore Sun)

 
Astros Extend Garner's Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 01:13

Phil GarnerPhil Garner will manage the Houston Astros for at least two more season. With his contract set to expire after next season, Astros GM Tim Purpura worked to get the extension.

"I feel very comfortable with Phil. We work well together and that has grown this past season," Purpura said. "I have a comfort level with what Phil is doing, a comfort level with how he goes about his business."

"You feel like you have a partner in this," Purpura said. "I think you have to have those kinds of relationships."

Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. backed the extension.

"Our goal has always been to bring a World Series championship to Houston, and we have come closer to reaching that goal under Phil's tenure as manager than at any other point in the history of the franchise," McLane said.

 (The AP)

 
McClatchy to continue running Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 10:48

McClatchyKevin McClatchy will remain CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement was made today. "The board and the partnership group are completely supportive of Kevin and his executive team," said board of directors chairman Bob Nutting, the son of G. Ogden Nutting, the majority owner of the franchise. "We've made great strides on the business side of our organization and we're extremely encouraged by the team's performance during the second half of the season."

The Pirates haven't had a winning season since McClatchy came on-board in 1996. The Pirates finished with a 67-95 (.414) season, second worst in the NL, and fourth worse in all of MLB ahead of only the Royals, Devil Rays, and Cubs.

As reported:

Despite playing in a ballpark that was funded largely by tax dollars, the privately held Pirates do not reveal how much profit they make. Revenue sharing money paid by larger market clubs and other income, such as advertising, is believed to have been enough to cover the team's approximately $47 million payroll this season even before ticket revenue was added.

McClatchy's focus will continue to be improving the on-field performance. The Pirates have had 89 losses or more eight times in 11 seasons since McClatchy's group bought them.

"I am committed to leading this organization to success in all aspects of our business," McClatchy said. "There is no question our on-field record has been extremely frustrating and disappointing for everyone in the Pirates organization. But we've worked very hard over the last several years to improve."

Besides running the Pirates, McClatchy is a member of Major League Baseball's executive council and the labor and international committees.

With the announcement, many expect the Pirates to continue their losing ways on the field. No major roster moves are expected in the off-season, even though many clubs, such as the Blue Jays and Angels have said they are already gearing up for increased player payroll spending this off-season.

Under McClatchy's tenure the Pirates have never finished above .500. They are a combined 783-996 (.440) since he became CEO in 1996.

(The AP)

 
Rangers Fire Showalter PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 03:05

Buck ShowalterBuck Showalter has been fired as the manager of the Texas Rangers after four years with the club. He was informed of the firing late last night at a dinner at Rangers' owner Tom Hicks home. General manager Jon Daniels was also in attendance.

Showalter still has three years on his contract at $2 million.

As reported:

After the meeting late Tuesday, a clearly dejected Showalter would not confirm that he'd been fired but said he had "some things to think about."

There are plenty of candidates for a new manager. Should Daniels and Hicks opt for an experienced, veteran manager, Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella, Felipe Alou and Frank Robinson are available.

Other potential candidates include Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu, Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, former Rangers farm director and current Nippon Ham Fighters (Japanese Pacific League) manager Trey Hillman, and former Rangers first base coach and current Boston Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Before coming to Texas, Showalter's record in seven years as a major league manager was 563-504. Excluding his first season in both New York and Arizona (which was an expansion team), he had had winning records each year.

The Rangers have scheduled a press conference for later today.

 (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

 

 
Grimsley denies ID of steroid users PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 01:02

Jason Grimsley has said that the players listed within an LA Times artilcle implicating them of using performance enhancing drugs, did not use steroids. And, in in the case of Brian Roberts  or Jay Gibbons, there was never any mention of them at all to federal agents.

As reported Grimsley's lawyer said, "As to all five players [including the Houston Astros' Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte] named, Jason did not attribute steroid use to any of them," the attorney, Ed Novak, said in yesterday's edition of the Arizona Republic.

"There was no mention of Roberts or Gibbons at all," Novak said. "The agents didn't even mention Roberts or Gibbons."

He said investigators brought up Pettitte's and Clemens' names and Grimsley strongly rejected the idea that either would use performance enhancers.

(The Baltimore Sun)

 
Gonzalez Replaces Girardi in Florida PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 06:49

Fredi GonzalezFredi Gonzalez, the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves has replaced Joe Girardi as the new manager of the Florida Marlins. The move comes on the same day as Girardi's firing.

The Marlins signed Gonzalez to a three-year contract.

Gonzalez was the Marlins' third base coach from 1999 through 2001. Before joining the Marlins major league club, he managed in the minor leagues for nine years, earning league manager of the year honors from Baseball America three times: in 1993 when High Desert finished 82-52 in the regular season and won the Class-A California League championship; in 1994, when Brevard County went 78-61 in the Class-A Florida State League; and in 1997, when he guided Portland (ME) to a 79-63 record and first place in the AA Eastern League.

(MLB.com

 
Delta Names Airplane After David Wright PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 04:33

David WrightIf you are shuttling between New York, Boston and Washington, you can now hop on "The Wright Flight", named after the New York Mets' All-Star third baseman, David Wright.

The plane's name and Wright's signature and jersey number (5) are next to the boarding door.

 "I use Delta to go home to visit family and friends," Wright said Monday, "so this will be pretty cool to take a plane named after me when I go home."

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
Blue Jays Payroll May Reach $95 million in '07 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 03:24

Blue JaysThe Blue Jays made a splash this past off-season by increasing player payroll by $26,195,500, which placed their Opening Day payroll at $71,915,000 -- an increase of 57.3% over the year prior.

It appears that the Blue Jays aren't done yet. There is speculation that their payroll might rise as high as $95 million (USD) next year, although the budget process won't be finalized until the end of October. "I think in the grand scheme of things we're coming a lot closer to coming in first place," said GM J.P Ricciardi. "I don't think we're that far away. We may need a couple of shakes here and there but I think we're in a better position to do some things now."

Key areas to address will be resigning Vernon Wells who becomes a free agent after the '07 season. As reported, Starter Ted Lilly, reliever Justin Speier, catchers Gregg Zaun and Bengie Molina (whose $7.5 million option won't be picked up) and left-fielder Frank Catalanotto are all headed for free agency and will have to be replaced if they're not re-signed. 

(The Canadian Press )

 
Marlins Fire Girardi PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 02:40

Joe GirardiWhat has been speculated for over a month has, today, become a reality. Joe Girardi has been fired as manager of the Florida Marlins after one season with the club. He had a three-year guaranteed contract, meaning the Marlins will have to pay him for the two seasons he would have otherwise managed.

As we reported Sunday, Fredi Gonzalez is expected to fill Girardi's shoes.

As reported:

Girardi's strained relationship with [owner Jeffrey] Loria and general manager Larry Beinfest became public this summer. Loria subsequently declined to endorse the job Girardi did in his first year as a manager, even though the Marlins far exceeded expectations while playing 22 rookies.

The rift erupted at a game Aug. 6 when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a 90-minute clubhouse meeting.

Loria declined to comment on the episode or respond to published reports that he fired Girardi, then changed his mind. Beginning in spring training, Beinfest clashed with Girardi over personnel decisions, and during the second half of the season the general manager was rarely seen in the clubhouse or manager's office.

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
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