The Week That Was in Baseball: May 30-June 5, 2011
Brian Sabean Just Can't Keep it Within Him • Debut of the TGG Diary
Are the Yankees Overrated? • MLB Teams Surprisingly Fighting the Debt Bubble
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After Further Review: Making the Right Call on Replay
Cousins’ agent, Matt Sosnick, wasn’t thrilled with Sabean’s comments, responding: “I’m really hoping that he was speaking in the heat of the moment and out of emotion,” Sosnick said. “Because if he wasn’t, he took a bad situation and certainly made it a lot worse.” He added that Cousins has received death threats since knocking Posey out.Sosnick’s response was on par with those of numerous other players and executives around baseball, who rightly felt that Sabean should have kept his opinions internal. The Giants themselves released a statement on Friday, apologizing without really apologizing.
Baseball's Debt Sentence?
Of the other seven teams on the list, some come as no surprise. They include the Texas Rangers, who were officially bankrupt last summer; the Detroit Tigers, who’ve had carried excessive payrolls over the last five years; and the Chicago Cubs, who invested a ton of money in long-term contracts over the last three years, without much return. But two teams on the list are worthy of double takes: The Philadelphia Phillies, who constantly sell out Citizens Bank Park and, you would think, have their financial house in order; and the Florida Marlins, widely skewered in public for their profit-taking and skimpy payrolls.
MLB wasn’t thrilled about the leak but waived off the story as no big deal. Isn’t that the way former Treasury head Alan Greenspan felt about the housing bubble just before the Wall Street collapse of 2008?
Jealousy in Disguise?
No Joyce in Armando's Mudville
One Bad Seed
Maybe Dave Bush Will Join Him at Gwinnett
A Grain of Salt is Required
A Household Name Before He Throws His First Pitch
Mass Transit is an Option
It Just Don't Add Up
WTF Moment of the Week
This Week's Challenger to Joe DiMaggio
Wounded of the Week
Also being placed on the disabled list this past week are three more Minnesota Twins (pitcher Francisco Liriano, slugger Jim Thome and outfielder Jason Kubel), two St. Louis Cardinals (star outfielder Matt Holliday and surprising starting pitcher Kyle McClellan), and two Los Angeles Dodgers (infielder Rafael Furcal and pitcher Jon Garland). Additionally, there’s Chicago Cub outfielder Alfonso Soriano (leg), Pittsburgh catcher Ryan Doumit (sprained ankle after another collision, though this one wasn’t head-on), San Diego outfielder Cameron Maybin (knee) and top San Francisco prospect Brandon Belt (fractured wrist).
The Comebacker’s Greatest Hits
A Day-by-Day Review of the Week:
Kansas City closer Joakim Soria blows his fifth save opportunityand his third in a weekas the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim top him and the Royals in the ninth, 10-8. Soria came into the season having converted 132 of 145 save opps; this year, he’s just 7-for-12. After the game, Soria goes to manager Ned Yost and asks to be removed from the closer’s spot.
The New York Yankees’ Bartolo Colon throws his first shutout in five years, blanking the A’s on four hits and no walks in Oakland, 5-0. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball continues its investigation into Colon’s off-season shoulder surgery, performed by a Dominican doctor who admitted that he had done similar procedures using Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
The same storage unit that caused a fire underneath Dodger Stadium two days earlier sparked anew in the early morning hours. Firefighters took five minutes to put this one out. It is later determined that ballpark employees inexplicably used a fan in an attempt to “cool off” the area; it only fueled some of the hot spots in the room back to life.Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson collects a double, triple and two home runs in the Diamondbacks’ 15-4 rout of the Florida Marlins. He failed to add a single that would have given him the cycle.
Tuesday, May 31
On that subject, Posey leads all NL catchers in All-Star Game voting.
The Diamondbacks lose to Florida, 5-2, but finish the month of May with a 19-10 recordtheir best showing for any month since going 19-8 in April 2008.Although the Seattle Mariners are right in the mix of a very tight AL West race, they draw a record-low Safeco Field crowd of 11,692 for their 3-2 win over Baltimore. In fact, it’s the smallest crowd in Seattle going back to 1995, just before the Mariners’ began to shake their longstanding losing ways.
Wednesday, June 1
The San Francisco Giants are an out away from an 11-inning, 7-5 win at St. Louis when several banks of lights behind home plate partially go out, prompting a 16-minute delay. When the lighting come back to full strength, Giant closer Brian Wilson needs just one pitch to finish the game when he forges a ground out from the Cardinals’ Alan Craig.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, flying home from Kansas City, have to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (instead of their intended destination, John Wayne Airport in Orange County) due to a hydraulic problem. The plane lands safely and no one is hurt.
Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero earns his 300th career save, placing him in a 21st-place tie on the all-time list with Bruce Sutter. He’s second among active players, trailing Mariano Riverawho has nearly double the saves at nearly 600.Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez throws a four-hit shutout at Los Angeles to snap his winless skid at 12 startswhich had been the longest in the majors’ after Jo-Jo Reyes’ 28-game run ended a few days earlier.
Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Texas starting pitcher Alexi Ogando throws eight solid innings to improve to 6-0 on the year with an 11-2 win at Cleveland. Ogando has the most wins without a loss in the majors; his .187 opposing batting average and 0.88 WHIP (walks and hit allowed per inning) are the best in the majors.
Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox finally gets his first hit of the season against a left-handed pitcher when he barely beats out an infield hit against Detroit reliever Charlie Furbush. He was hitless in his first 40 at-bats of the year against southpaws.
The Houston Astros release veteran infielder Bill Hall, hitting just .224 with two homers in 46 games. He’s leading the team in one stat: Strikeouts, with 55 in 147 at-bats. Hall, who was earning $3 million this year, has seen his play badly depreciate since being rewarded by the Milwaukee Brewers with a handsome contract after a terrific (.270 average, 35 homers) 2006 campaign.
Saturday, June 4
Rookie Dillon Gee joins Ogando at 6-0 with seven shutout innings to give the Mets a 5-0 win over Atlanta.
Sunday, June 5
Pittsburgh starting pitcher James McDonald, not known for his wildness, loses his mental compass and walks three Philadelphia Phillies on 12 pitches to start the fifth inning; he’s removed, and the Phillies go on to win, 8-3. McDonald overall walks five, hits two batters and throws two wild pitches in four official innings of work.
Both the Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals deny it, but it sure looks like a tit-for-tat is taking place in the series finale between the two teams in Arizona. The D-Backs’ Justin Upton is hit for the fourth time in the four-game series, while the Nationals’ Jayson Werth is hit for the third time; Washington infielder Danny Espinosa is hit twice today alone. Both managers and two players are ejected as a result, and the Nationals win in 11 innings, 9-4.Is reality returning for the surprising Cleveland Indians? Their 2-0 loss to Texas is their sixth straight at home after starting the year 19-4 at Progressive Field.
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