Citing “family reasons,” Don Mattingly will not join Joe Torre in the dugout this season after all, instead serving as the team’s “major league special assignment coach.” Mike Easler will take Donnie’s spot as Dodgers’ hitting coach. Via ESPN.com:
“I’m very grateful that the Dodgers have allowed me to take care of these family matters and I hope that everyone can respect our privacy during this time,” Mattingly said in a statement issued by the team. “I truly appreciate the support of all Dodger fans since joining the organization and I look forward to helping the team win in 2008 and beyond.”
In his new role, Mattingly will assist the coaching staff during spring training and at different points throughout the season.
Giants fans, for your viewing pleasure, I present Ryan Parker. Hat tip to Big Blue View for the link.
Tom Brady was spotted in New York yesterday sporting a walking cast on his right foot. He was photographed and videotaped en route to girlfriend Gisele’s West Village apartment.
According to the Boston Herald, while appearing on WEEI in his weekly radio spot, Brady “didn’t dismiss the notion he had suffered some type of leg injury during Sunday’s AFC Championship win over the San Diego Chargers.” Via the Herald:
Brady was asked to respond to reports of an observer noticing that he was a little gimpy at one point during the game, and was examined by a doctor. He paused a bit before answering.
“Ah, you know, there’s always bumps and bruises. I’ll be ready for the Super Bowl,” Brady said, when asked point-blank if he had a leg injury. “I’m not worried about that. I’m not missing this one. I’d have to be on a stretcher to miss this one. There will be treatment this week. In games like this, you get a little nicked up. It’s …
You have to feel for Twins GM Bill Smith.
When long-time General Manager Terry Ryan resigned from his post in September, he left behind a record of creative wheeling and dealing that would be hard for anyone to follow. Over the years, Ryan had maximized his assets in a manner essential to any small market team looking to consistently swim in the deep end of the pool. Most famously, in 2003 Ryan acquired three young prospects named Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for impending free agent A.J. Pierzynski. It’s tough to figure out how Giants GM Brian Sabean still has a job after that one.
Still, while I don’t mean to speak ill of Ryan, the timing of his resignation was rather curious given the contract status of Johan Santana, who incidentally Ryan plucked from the Houston Astros (by way of the Florida Marlins) in the ’99 Rule V draft. Could you really blame Smith if he feels a bit …
If you are a New York Yankees’ fan — or a fan of any baseball team with a young pitching phenom — you have to stop by Peter Abraham’s fantastic LoHud Yankees Blog.
There, a guest post from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus describes in painstaking detail why the Yankees would be taking an immense risk with the futures of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy if any or all of them spends most of the 2008 season in New York’s starting rotation.
Here’s a snippet of Carroll’s piece.
With Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, and Joba Chamberlain all likely to see increases, their handling will be one of the key tasks facing Joe Girardi, who it should be noted was responsible for two of the injured players (Sanchez and Scott Olson) from the Verducci list. Hughes was limited by injury to just 72 innings. The 100 inning threshhold is a minimum expectation for the Yankees No. 3, making him a very high risk player for the future, especially when he starts …