Archive for May 29th, 2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Hello Mota

Mets Rumors & News

“The moment he’s eligible, he will be back.”- Mets GM Omar Minaya of reliever Guillermo Mota

That moment is fast approaching, as tonight the Mets are set to play their 50th game of the season. It will be the final game in the 50-game ban imposed on Guillermo Mota for violating baseball’s steroids policy at the end of last season.

Mota won’t be the only cheat returning to the Shea on Wednesday, as Barry Bonds is expected to get the day off when the Mets host the Giants tonight, but will be back in the lineup tomorrow night.

In The Post today, Mike Vaccaro speculates on the reception that Mota will receive from the Shea Faithful, and examines the hypocrisy of the whole situation. Says Vaccaro:

Now, if Mota comes back to the Mets and he’s missing a yard or two off his fastball, Shea Stadium is going to greet him the same way they did last October, when he surrendered the Game 2 Scott Spiezio blast that turned the …

Ready For Roger

Yankees Rumors & News

Roger Clemens had a successful outing for AAA-Scranton last night, throwing 89 pitches and striking out six through six shutout innings. After the game, VP of player personnel Billy Connors reported that Rocket is “ready to go,” and barring some unforeseen development, Clemens’s next start will be in the major leagues.

According to Clemens, he could pitch Sunday in Boston or Monday in Chicago. Interestingly, the pitcher is on-turn for Saturday, but perhaps the Yankees have already ruled out bumping Mike Mussina from his scheduled start since the fussy pitcher finally seems to be getting on track.

There is a ground-swell among media and fans for the Rocket to make his dramatic debut against the division-leading Red Sox, however the chance of that seems slim. Currently, the Yanks’ big three of Chien-Ming Wang, Mussina, and Andy Pettitte are lined up for the weekend series at Fenway, and Joe Torre has already voiced his distaste with the notion of throwing Clemens into the Boston media circus.

I guess $28 million doesn’t …

Weinman: “Stay the Course” Philosophy In Jeopardy

Rangers Rumors & News

It’s official…VP of player personnel and assistant GM Don Maloney is leaving the New York Rangers to take over as general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes. As the Journal News’ Sam Weinman states, the Blueshirts’ long-term building strategy could be disrupted now that one of the “key member of the brain trust” is leaving.

Early speculation is that Mark Messier could join the organization, beginning his apprenticeship to eventually succeed Glen Sather as the team’s GM. Of course, this is just speculation, and largely based in Messier’s February assertion that he’d like to assume the job when Sather retires.

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