Archive for January 4th, 2008

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Congress Calls Out Clemens, Andy

Yankees Rumors & News

The House Oversight Committee announced today that it has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, January 16th, in response to baseball’s Mitchell Report. Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Brian McNamee, Kirk Radomski, and Chuck Knoblauch have all been invited to testify under oath at the hearing. While none of that motley crew has yet agreed to appear, the announcement released by the committee today listed the aforementioned under the heading, “Witnesses will include.”

Clemens’ attorney, Rusy Hardin, released the following statement:

“We welcome Chairman Waxman and the Committee’s interest in this very serious matter. Roger is willing to answer questions, including those posed to him while under oath. We hope to determine shortly if schedules and other commitments can accommodate the committee on that date.”

Randolph Suspended 1-Game

Knicks Rumors & News

Knicks forward Zach Randolph has been suspended for one game for flinging his headband in the direction of a referee the other night. Z-Bo will serve the suspension tonight when the Knicks visit the San Antonio Spurs.

F-Mart, Better Than Hughes, Ellsbury

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Mets outfield prospect Fernando Martinez is considered a “better prospect” than either the Yankees’ Phil Hughes or Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury due to his talent and upside. However Law cautions that Martinez is a “higher-risk” because he’s just 19 and much further from the majors than either Hughes or Ellsbury, both of whom figure to be key contributors in the major leagues next season.

Just as the Yanks and Sox have proved reluctant to include their prized prospects in any deal for Minnesota’s Johan Santana, it seems that the Mets would like to hold onto Martinez and instead construct a deal around Carlos Gomez. Says Law: “The guy to keep is Martinez. Everyone else should be negotiable.”

In truth, if the Mets’ pitching prospects were even halfway decent, a deal with Gomez at the center might not be all that outrageous, however the value of Mike Pelfrey and Phil Humber has plummeted around the league to the point where Kevin Mulvey seems to have …

DiPietro Faces Suspension

Islanders Rumors & News

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro returned to action last night after missing three games with a knee injury. However, the Isles could once again be without their franchise player as DiPi faces a two-game suspension for using illegal or uninspected equipment. Via Newsday:

“I got those pads a week before I got hurt, started wearing them and breaking them in and started using them in the game today,” said DiPietro, who wore the new white pads in the warm-ups and changed to his old ones after the first period after a phone call from league officials in Toronto. “Usually before I get them, they’ve been sent to the league. I guess it’s my fault, but I was under the impression that they’d been approved.”

Violations of this sort call for an automatic two-game suspension, a $25,000 fine assessed to the team, and a $1,000 fine assessed to the equipment manager.

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