Archive for January 11th, 2007


Thursday, January 11th, 2007
Knicks Rumors & News

In anticipation of Chris Webber’s impending free agency, the tabloids are aflutter with speculation that CWebb could wind up in blue and orange. Don’t count on it. Despite a close relationship between Webber and Knicks’ GM Isiah Thomas, the gimpy veteran and rebuilding Knicks would be an extremely poor fit for one another. Additionally, Webber told ESPN.com on Wednesday night that his wish list of landing spots includes five teams: Miami, Detroit, Dallas, San Antonio, and the LA Lakers. CWebb’s home town Pistons seem to be the consensus favorites.

Dolphins talk to Schott, Lewis

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As the Star Ledger reported yesterday, the Miami Dolphins were granted permission to speak with Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer about their head coaching vacancy. Today the local papers are reporting that Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga flew his private 737 to Newark Airport yesterday morning to meet with both Schottenheimer and Giants’ defensive coordinator Tim Lewis. Huizenga reportedly also flew to visit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz in Detroit, and USC coach Pete Carroll, who was on vacation in Costa Rica.

As stated here yesterday, losing Schottenheimer would be a huge loss to the resurgent Jets. The same can’t be said of Tim Lewis, whose job with the Giants may be in jeopardy anyway.

Coughlin’s back, like it or not

Giants Rumors & News

While returning head coach Tom Coughlin got a strong endorsement from several key Giants’ yesterday, including Jeremy Shockey, Michael Strahan, and Antonio Pierce, the New York Post quotes several anonymous players who are less than thrilled with the decision to bring the head coach back. “He has no inspirational tactics whatsoever. Zero,”says the anonymous player. In addition, the player claims that a preseason back injury suffered by quarterback Eli Manning was caused by faulty strength program that included weight-lifting maneuvers that aren’t suitable for a quarterback.

Schoeneweis to the Mets

Mets Rumors & News

Multiple sources are reporting that lefty reliever Scott Schoeneweis will sign with the Mets, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $10.8 million. The move is somewhat surprising given that earlier in the offseason, the Mets balked at matching the three years and $10.5 million that RHP Chad Bradford received from the Baltimore Orioles. Bradford finished the season with a 4-2 record, 2.90 ERA, and 1.16 WHIP. Schoeneweis was 4-2 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.39 WHIP while pitching for the Jays and Reds. Additionally, the Mets already have two pitchers – Aaron Heilman and Pedro Feliciano – in the bullpen who can get left-handed hitters out, not to mention lefty closer Billy Wagner.

Pedro progressing

Mets Rumors & News

Mets’ ace Pedro Martinez stopped in at Mets’ minicamp yesterday and declared that his recovery from rotator cuff surgery is going “perfect.” Pedro expressed pleasure with his health, fitness, and range of motion, even suggesting he could accelerate his rehab if not for his desire – and that of the organization – to play it safe. Pedro is expected back sometime after the All-Star break, and has been told by doctors that his velocity could creep back consistently into the 90s. Pedro’s fastball had steadily declined since initially injuring the rotator cuff in 2001 while with the Boston Red Sox.

Murcer’s tumor is malignant

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankees’ great and YES broadcaster Bobby Murcer will undergo six weeks of chemotherapy after pathology reports revealed that the brain tumor removed on December 28th was malignant, and apparently has spread. Murcer released a statement in which he vowed to “put up an incredible fight” and asked fans for their continued prayers.

Ready for launch?

Yankees Rumors & News

The Daily News and New York Post are both reporting that Roger Clemens is likely to pitch in 2007. According to his agent, Randy Hendricks, there’s a greater than 50-50 chance that Roger Clemens returns for another season – which in layman’s terms probably means closer to 100 percent. The more burning questions is if/ when he returns, what uniform will he be wearing? The Yankees are naturally hoping that Clemens follows buddy Andy Pettitte back to New York. As was the case last offseason, Hendricks says that Clemens will only consider playing for the Astros, Red Sox or Yankees.

Cheat!

An exclusive story from the New York Daily News this morning has got the baseball world buzzing. According to the News, San Francisco Giants’ slugger and suspected-cheat Barry Bonds failed a test for amphetamines last season, the first season in which the performance-enhancers were banned under Major League Baseball’s new amphetamine policy.

Amphetamines have long been ubiquitous in baseball, as most players find themselves in need of an energy boost at one time or another during the daily grind of a 162-game season. During Mets’ telecasts on SNY, former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez would often note that while he played, day-games-after-night-games were the perfect time to “go to the jar.” Long-time Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner, 84, has similarly spoken openly of the abundance of amphetamines or “greenies” during his playing days.

Unlike MLB’s recently beefed-up steroid policy, players are not publicly identified for their first violation of the amphetamine policy. However as a result of his positive test, Bonds was reportedly subjected to six further …

Free CWebb

Knicks Rumors & News

According to Al Trautwig on MSG Network‘s telecast of the Knicks vs. Sixers, Chris Webber’s buyout is official, freeing Webber to seek a deal for the mid-level exception with another team. Earlier in the week, the Post’s Peter Vecsey speculated that Webber could wind up with the Knicks, citing Webber’s close relationship with Knicks GM Isiah Thomas. However, realistically, even Thomas must realize that Webber would be a poor fit for a Knicks team already struggling to streamline its rotation. For further details, check out ESPN.com.

UPDATE: SI.com is now reporting that it’s a done deal as well.

No love for Paulie Walnuts?

Mets Rumors & News

According to the AP, Blue Jays RHP John Thomson, formerly of the Atlanta Braves, chose to sign a one-year deal with Toronto rather than the Mets in part because he can’t stand looking at Paul Lo Duca.

Said Thomson: “As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I’m not really into how he acts behind the plate. I know a bit about [Toronto catcher] Gregg Zaun and I know he wants to win and he’s not going to let anything get in his way to do that, and I like that.”

The AP reports that the Mets initially offered Thomson (2-7, ERA 4.82) a minor-league deal before offering a major-league contract.

In defense of Isiah

Knicks Rumors & News

Apparently, LZ Granderson of ESPN.com’s Page 2 is a big Isiah Thomas fan. In an article posted on January 8th, Granderson defends Isiah’s tenure as GM of the Knicks, pointing to an abundance of bright spots on this current Knicks squad. While not exactly popular opinion in New York these days, Granderson makes a good argument for Zeke, echoing the sentiments of optimistic (or is it delusional?) Knicks fans everywhere.

Says Granderson:

“For all of Thomas’ shortcomings as a general manager — and he has his fair share of them — his greatest strength, identifying talent, is among the best in the league. When you consider that eight teams passed on Tracy McGrady, six teams passed on eventual Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire, he swapped a faltering 34-year-old Kurt Thomas for a fairly talented 26-year-old Quentin Richardson, he plucked David Lee (the only second-year player averaging a double-double) with the 30th pick, and he watched Chicago overpay for 32-year-old Ben Wallace while 24-year-old Eddy Curry is developing into one of …

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