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Archive for October, 2011

MLB Updates

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
  • White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has revealed that Robin Ventura will be the team’s new manager. The offer apparently came as a surprise to Ventura who assumed that Ozzie Guillen was in line for the job, but apparently, Williams’ other main consideration was team captain Paul Konerko who would have been made a player-manager by the move. Ultimately Williams realized that Konerko would be split by the position and that the team would be better served to keep their skilled and capable captain focused on the game.
  • If you were wondering what happened to the Boston Red Sox last year, the word is out in the latest sports headlines. Apparently, there was a little too much partying going on…in the clubhouse. While we’re all used to athletes getting a little wild out there in the big bad world, it’s a whole other thing when you’ve got a trio of pitchers (Josh Beckett, John Lackey, and Jon Lester) hanging out drinking, eating and playing video games instead of supporting their teammates. Obviously, this was happening during games where they were not starting- there would have been a much bigger stink otherwise! There were other allegations that Terry Francona was distracted by personal issues, which he vehemently denies, but then, he’s moved on so it will be up to the players to prove that they can get their act together for the next season.
  • Sports 247 fans have embraced the Busch Stadium Squirrel/Rally Squirrel after the little fellow(s) made appearances at two games, including one who ran across home plate during the NL division series game between the Phillies and the Cardinals on the Wednesday before last. Rally squirrels and “Got Squirrel?” t-shirts are a new and humorous addition to fan paraphernalia this season, one which Cardinal’s Manager Tony La Russa supports because it shows the fans having fun. So far, four squirrels have been caught in humane traps and removed from the Busch Stadium.

Sports 24 7 News

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Well, it isn’t like it really belongs in the latest sports headlines since we all saw this coming but technically it is news: the first two weeks of the NBA season have been cancelled, so we are likely looking at something more like a 65 game season at best. After meeting for nearly twelve hours over the weekend, there continues to be a massive divide between players and owners.

Current issues that were discussed without resolution include the luxury tax (owners want to quadruple it, players find this to be out of bounds) and the ability of teams to make exceptions such as re-signing their superstar players regardless of salary caps by doing so independently.

Says Union exec Billy Hunter, “[The owners] figure that once a player misses a check or two it’s all over. I’m saying … that would be a horrible mistake if they think that’s going to happen, because it’s not going to happen.” Players have been chiming in via Twitter to say both “let us play” and “we’re holding out” and there is absolutely no sign that anyone is thinking of caving yet.

Big Changes In Mets Coaching

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The 2012 lineup of Mets coaches under Terry Collin’s management is going to look quite a bit different then this year’s. Safe in their positions are pitching coach Dan Warthen and hitting coach Dave Hudgens. Changing will be bench coach Ken Oberkfell, first-base coach Mookie Wilson, third-base coach Chip Hale and bullpent coach Joh Debus. Hale, Wilson and Debus were all asked to stay on within the Mets organization. Hale chose instead to join manager Bod Melvin with whom he was previously paired with the Arizona Diamondbacks on the staff of the Oakland Athletics for a two-yea contract.

Known replacements are Tim Teufel who will become the third-base coach and Rick Bones who will become the bullpen coach. The vacancies in bench and first-base coach positions have been announced and are expected to be filled in the coming weeks. The Mets are looking for a bench coach with experience in that role. They have also stated that one of the reasons for the change up was that they were interested in having a pitching influence in the bullpen.

The NBA’s Monday Deadline

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

If no deal is struck by Monday then the first two weeks of the NBA season games will be cancelled. While disappointing to fans, players have seen this coming, and not just as a result of the past week’s negotiations. For years now players have been told to expect this kind of difficulty in renegotiation, and it is playing out exactly as some expected that it would.

In this past round at the table players were unofficially offered a 50-50 split. Some saw this as an opportunity to step down. It was an opportunity they were not interested in taking. This past year the players received 57% and their new offer on the table is 53%, which they say will put $1 million back into the pockets of the owners.

Meanwhile, players continue to sign overseas contracts. There is a wide variety of players who are taking overseas deals. From rookies to first-year players to those with eight and ten years in the NBA, you’ll see all kinds. Some contracts have outs for the players returning should the lock-out end and others are signing this year away to a team whose season is guaranteed. You might have to catch a French, Italian, Chinese or Israeli game this year to keep up with players’ stats!