Archive for July 2007


Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Yankees deal Proctor for Betemit

Yankees Rumors & News

Yankees deal Proctor for Betemit: “The Yankees and the Dodgers have reached an agreement this morning in principal which would swap reliever Scott Proctor for infielder Wilson Betemit according to ESPN.

Rumors that this was a likely move have been reported for some time now, but recently gained some steam once the Dodger’s Brad Penny was diagnosed with an abdominal strain. Both teams have been trying to address their pitching situations and it appears the Dodgers have improved their starters by adding an arm in the pen.

The Bombers have been looking to upgrade their bullpen and feel like they have done so by abandoning a pitcher who has surrendered 4 home runs in his last 6 outings. At one point at the end of June the hard throwing righty became so frustrated by his performance that he set some of his equipment ablaze on the top step of the Yankees’ dugout.

Now he will have a fresh start with the same team that drafted him in the 5th round in the 1998 draft. …

Castillo In, Blanton Next?

Mets Rumors & News

Last night the Mets finalized the deal that sent second baseman Luis Castillo to Flushing for two minor league players. The two-time all-star and three-time Gold Glove winner is due to make his debut tonight in Milwaukee. Castillo will bat second and give the Mets some extra speed at the top of the order, while strengthing the middle infield.

It appears the Mets aren’t done as they are still rumored to be one of the front runners for Athletics pitcher, Joe Blanton. Blanton, currently 8-7 with a 3.82 ERA, is a young arm the Mets could use to bolster the rotation. Before Mets fans get too excited, this is far from a done deal. Earlier reports had that Oakland wanted outfielder, Lasting Milledge in return for the pitcher, a piece Mets GM Omar Minaya was unwilling to part with; at least for a pitcher like Joe Blanton. The Dodgers have now moved to the forefront, and while A’s GM Billy Beane’s asking price is high, the Dodgers have a surplus …

Monday Night Jets Camp Update

Jets Rumors & News

I’d be remiss if not starting off with our condolences to the Walsh family. Bill Walsh was a great coach and an even better man. Hopefully every NFL stadium will have a moment of silence for him on opening day. He is certainly worthy.

A practice off? Jonathan Vilma got his wish during Sunday’s second session. No, not the session off, but the classical music turned off. Scattered storms caused the practice to be moved and apparently the blaring speakers weren’t part of the rain plan.

Darrelle Revis is still not signed. Hopefully he’s a quick learner because he’s missing a lot. And it’s not like he’s a returning veteran with a wealth of knowledge about the team’s defensive schemes, etc.

Pete Kendall is still not a happy camper. But at least now he’s apparently camping out in the veteran’s dormitory.

According to Eric Allen on the Jets website the defense ruled the day today:

Perhaps the Jets’ defenders had heard enough about Chad Pennington’s aerial assault on Sunday because the tables were turned Monday. Bob Sutton’s unit …

Mets To Acquire Castillo

Mets Rumors & News

With the Phillies acquiring Tad Iguchi & Kyle Loshe and the Braves on the verge of acquiring Mark Texeira and Octavio Dotel, ESPN is reporting the Mets are on the verge of acquiring Twins second baseman Luis Castillo. In the deal the Mets would send two minor league players; catcher Drew Butera and outfielder Dustin Martin for the nine year veteran.

Castillo, a career .294 hitter, is currently hitting .304 as the Twins lead off hitter. Castillo hits for average and plays solid defense, only commiting three errors this season. While it wasn’t the most pressing need for the Mets, this is a good move. Castillo is an upgrade over Ruben Gotay and Damon Easley, and Omar Minaya didn’t have to mortgage the future to acquire him.

Rangers Frustrate Avery

Rangers Rumors & News

Rangers Frustrate Avery: “Last February 5th the Rangers had a 25-24-4 record and could be best described as a weak team. After a deal for Sean Avery they went on a 17-6-6 run which took them deeper into the playoffs than they have been since 1997.

There was little doubt of the sparkplug effect Avery provided. His tough style of hockey was just what the team needed when they looked down. Despite the seemingly monumental effect he provided, GM Glen Sather said that not only was Avery not an instrumental part of turning the team around, but he was actually a ‘detriment to the team’, according to the NY Post.

‘I know this is part of the business, I know this is part of the process, but it’s extremely disappointing to read something like that coming from Slats and not to be offended by it,’ said Avery about Sather in the Post.

In an arbitration brief presented before the hearing in Toronto today the team accused Avery of taking unnecessary penalties among other things. …

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Yankees Miss-Out as Teixeira goes to Braves: “The Atlanta Braves acquired first baseman Mark Teixeira today from the Texas Rangers in a deal involving catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and 4 other players, according to ESPN.

The preliminary agreement includes Atlanta picking up lefty Ron Mahay and sending minor league shortstop Elvis Andrus and two pitching prospects over to Texas. One of the prospects, according to The Fort-Worth Star Telegram, is 19-year old pitcher Neftali Feliz, the other, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is left-hander Matt Harrison.

The deal, which is set to be finalized upon review of their medical records, solves two problems for the Atlanta Braves. They had a promising young talent in Saltalamacchia, but as a catcher he was stuck behind Brian McCann. The Braves are also involved in a tight pennant race just 5 games back in the loss column behind the Mets in the NL East and 2 behind the Diamondbacks for the Wild Card. Teixeira’s superior offensive and defensive skills can help them in their quest for …

Monday, July 30th, 2007

A-Rod on Canseco: No Comment

Yankees Rumors & News

Here we go again…Alex Rodriguez is making headlines. This time, Jose Canseco has the dirt on A-Rod. Canseco allegedly has information on Rodriguez that he plans to reveal in his next book. He did not disclose if the info was directly related to steroIds.

Canseco, in an interview on Friday with WEEI Radio in Boston, said Rodriguez was a “hypocrite” who “was not all he appeared to be.”

Via ESPN.com:

“Jose has information about A-Rod and the Yankees that will be in the book. But, I am not sure if Jose is willing to disclose it at this point,” Canseco’s lawyer, Robert O. Saunooke, told The New York Times.

When asked about Canseco’s comments, A-Rod said he hadn’t heard them and had “no comment”. Canseco who played with the Yankees in 2000 and won a ring that season also says he stuff on Yankee players during his tenure there.

Joe Torre offered his opinion on the matter, via Mark Feinsdad, NY Daily News:

“You worry about anything like that, because unfortunately, when people …
Jets Rumors & News

Odds and Ends from Coach Eric Mangini’s Sunday press conference.

Leon Washington was back at practice today.

Justin Ayat (kicker) was waived. Obviously the coaching staff felt Mike Nugent’s two missed field goals during the two-minute drill yesterday would have been good during the regular season.

Darrelle Revis is still unsigned and Mangini continues to give the “company line” on players not being in camp ~ as expected. It could be Justin Miller time on opening day.

Mangini is playing Mozart music at practice to stimulate learning. Something tells me there won’t be a lot of that played during the games this year. Via the New York Jets website, linebacker Jonathan Vilma had this to say bout the Coach’s music selection:

“We need to work on that. He had Mozart going or Beethoven. The guys aren’t really feeling that. We have got to work on that.”

Overall, other than Revis not being signed, a great first three days of camp.

Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. He is also a frequent …

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

Curry Robbed at Gunpoint

Knicks Rumors & News

Via the AP:

Three masked robbers broke into the suburban Chicago home of Knicks forward Eddy Curry early Saturday, according to the police.

The deputy chief of police, John Madden, said the robbers restrained Curry, his wife and an employee with duct tape, then made off with cash and jewelry.

Madden said that investigators did not believe the robbery was a random incident.

The robbery occurred a little more than two weeks after Miami Heat forward Antoine Walker was robbed at gunpoint at his Chicago town house.

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Via ESPN.com:

Hoping for more offensive production from their infield, the Houston Astros acquired Ty Wigginton from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday for relief pitcher Dan Wheeler.

Wigginton was hitting .275 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs in 98 games this season. Last year, he had a career-high 24 homers and 79 RBIs.

Just yesterday, George King wrote in the New York Post that the Yanks appeared on the verge of acquiring Wigginton in exchange for Scott Proctor, whom the Devils Rays were reportedly interested in converting to a starter. We can only assume therefore that the Yankees had second thoughts about parting with Proctor, or the D-Rays valued Wheeler more highly. Either way, Ty Wigginton is headed to Houston, and apparently will man third base “for the next several seasons,” according to Astros GM Tim Purpura. Given that statement, it would appear Morgan Ensberg’s days in Houston are numbered.

Moreover, the deal could signal the imminent departure of Mark Loretta. With Ensberg hitting just .232 …

Jets Practice 3, Day 2

Jets Rumors & News

Leon Washington was excused from today’s practice for personal reasons. This following an absence from Friday’s afternoon session after becoming ill during the morning practice. No further information was relayed from Eric Mangini.

On the Jets’ official website, Randy Lange tells us that coach Mangini gave kudos to D’Brickashaw Ferguson today, stating that D’Brick is “one guy who had a really good off-season, did a lot of work on his own, in the weightroom and the program, with his nutrition, working with the coaches and Lomas Brown [at minicamp].”

The Jets hit for real today after yesterday’s “thud” tackling sessions. You can ask Alvin Banks if he found his helmet yet after a jarring hit from Cody Spencer.

In the 2-minute drill, Mike Nugent was wide right from 51 yards and wide left from 43. But…they were Arena League goalposts (not as wide as the NFL). I’d still like to know if they would have been good during a real NFL game.

4,000 fans watched today’s practice in sweltering heat and humidity.

Double session scheduled for tomorrow. Look …

The IronMan ~ He is the Man off the Field, too!

Cal Ripken, Jr., The IronMan of baseball, spent his career thrilling fans of all ages with his play on the field, culminating with his induction this weekend in baseball’s ultimate shrine.

He continues to inspire fans of all ages with his commitment outside the baselines.

I had the honor and privilege of working with Mr. Ripken at a recent fundraising event. He spent over three hours with honored guests, corporate “big wigs” and an eager crowd. He posed for pictures and chatted with admirers during two private receptions and then inspired the crowd with stories about commitment, instilled in him growing up with his famous baseball family.

My guess is Mr. Ripken could command appearance fees similar to those of the highest paid celebrities. Instead he is committed to saving organizations’ money by charging nothing so they, in turn, can spend it on those that matter most – the people they serve.

We have heard stories about how he never refuses an autograph and unlike today’s athletes will sign anything you give him, regardless of …

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