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Girardi Interviews with Nationals for Second Time PDF Print E-mail
MLB News
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 02:46

Joe GirardiJoe Girardi has interviewed for a second time with the Washington Nationals. The report indicates that the Nationals are serious about the former Florida Marlin manager as a replacement for the departed Frank Robinson.

As reported:

Girardi also is a candidate to manage the Chicago Cubs, a team for which he played catcher. His Chicago ties are strong -- he was born in Peoria, Ill., and played at Northwestern -- and if the Nationals want to hire him, they could end up in a tug of war with the Cubs, who would like to wrap up their hiring process by the end of next week.

The Nationals have offered no timetable to make a hire since the search began, and General Manager Jim Bowden and President Stan Kasten remain mum on the process.

Girardi was recently voted The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year by his fellow National League manager peers.

(The Washington Post)

 
Ron Washington to Interview with Rangers PDF Print E-mail
MLB News
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 01:16

Ron WashingtonOakland A's third base coach Ron Washington will be interviewing for the managerial opening with the Texas Rangers. Washington is considered to be one of four finalists for the position.

As reported:

A's general manager Billy Beane said after Game 2 of the American League Championship Series that he's talked to Rangers GM Jon Daniels and granted permission for them to speak with Washington, but no interview date had been set.

Washington interviewed last year for the Florida Marlins opening and the A's brief opening, before Ken Macha was rehired.

Macha and numerous A's players have consistently lobbied for Washington and raved about what a great manager he would make.

But they've also acknowledged what a huge blow it would be for the organization because he's been so instrumental in making poor infielders adequate, good infielders great, and great infielders the best.

"I don't care where he goes, Wash deserves a shot," injured second baseman Mark Ellis said. "I'm just glad he's getting an opportunity. Obviously, we'd like it to be somewhere else, so we don't have to face him. But for him to get a shot anywhere is exciting. I know he's going to interview well. I hope he gets the job.

He deserves it, and hopefully he'll get it."

(The Oakland Tribune)

 
Nats Facility Construction Still On Schedule PDF Print E-mail
Facility News
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Thursday, 12 October 2006 01:04

New Nationals BallparkAllen Lew, chief executive officer of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC) said yesterday that construction of the new Washington Nationals facility on the banks of the Anacostia River is, "on time, on budget and we expect to have the ballpark open by April of 2008."

To get it done, however, workers have toiled from 7am to dusk seven days a week. The reason for the extra effort is that the DC Council and MLB went back and forth over terms of a lease and construction agreement.

As reported by Tim Lemke of the Washington Times:

The construction team has excavated more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt at a rate of more than 5,000 cubic yards a day. It also has installed more than 55,000 cubic yards of concrete, and visitors to the site can see the infield stands starting to take shape. Nearly 2,400 pilings have been put in place, and nine cranes are being used to help erect the steel.

Construction officials said they were able to move quickly in part because the sports commission agreed on a "design-build" plan that allows construction to begin even while architectural plans are being completed. Furthermore, the sports commission also saved time by ordering the steel for the stadium early this year, long before construction was permitted to begin, and by ordering excavations and the relocation of utilities nearly a year ago. 

As for keeping on budget, Lew reported that $7 million more than expected was spent on environmental cleanup at the site.

Construction officials yesterday also said the city's debate over the proposed parking structures should have no affect on the ability of the Nationals to play in the ballpark in Opening Day of 2008.
    

(The Washington Times)
 
Mark Gorris resigns as VP of Bus. Ops for Royals PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 October 2006 12:00

RoyalsMark Gorris, the vice president of business operations for the Kansas City Royals resigned late Tuesday afternoon. Gorris had held the position for six years and oversaw the effort to get funding passed to renovate Kaufmann Stadium.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but, sometimes, these life changes come upon you because your gut tells you. I think we’ve accomplished quite a lot of things since I arrived in 2001,” Gorris said.

As reported:

Gorris and Glass each insisted the parting was amicable. Gorris informed Glass and club president Dan Glass of his intentions Monday night.

“We’re going to fill it quickly,” [Glass] said. “There are a number of excellent businesspeople out there who are sports junkies, and working in baseball would appeal to them.”

Glass said Gorris’ responsibilities in the interim will be shared by several people, including Dan Glass and various officials in business operations.

(The Kansas City Star)

 
Reds fire Chambliss, sign other coaches PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 10:46

ChamblissToday, the Cincinnati Reds fired hitting coach Chris Chambliss. He had been the Reds' hitting coach for the past 3 seasons.

As reported:

The Reds also announced that coaches Mark Berry, Bucky Dent, Billy Hatcher and Tom Hume along with bullpen catcher Mike Stefanski have agreed to contracts for the 2007 season.

Bullpen coach Lee Tunnell will not return to the big league staff but could be offered a position elsewhere within the organization.

(The AP

 

 
Selig Statement on Cory Lidle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 10:31

Editor's Note: The staff of The Biz of Baseball passes our condolences to the Lidle family - Maury Brown 

COMMISSIONER’S STATEMENT

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the death of New York Yankee pitcher Cory Lidle:

“All of baseball is shocked and terribly saddened by the sudden and tragic passing of Cory Lidle,” Commissioner Selig said. “Cory was only 34 years old and had played in the Major Leagues for nine seasons with seven different clubs. He leaves a young wife, Melanie, and a young son, Christopher. Our hearts go out to them on this terrible day.”

 
Plane that crashed in NYC registered to Cory Lidle PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 08:55

NYC plane crashThe place that crashed today into Manhattan high-rise was registered to Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. Joe Torre has just made the announcement.

As reported:

New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre told CNN that the plane that was a Cirrus SR-20 registered to team pitcher Cory Lidle.

The plane hit the Belaire Condominiums at 524 E. 72nd Street near the East River. More than 150 firefighters are on scene of a four-alarm fire in the building.

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) said it had put fighter aircraft into the air over numerous U.S. cities, though they said they had no reason to believe the event in New York was anything more than an accident, sources told CNN's Barbara Starr. NORAD did the same thing after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

(CNN)

 
Maury Brown on CNBC 7pm ET tonight PDF Print E-mail
Facility News
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 04:28

Maury Brown, the editor of The Biz of Baseball will talk with Darren Rovell of CNBC tonight about the incredible shrinking MLB stadium.

Air time is 7pm EST. 

Stadium designs are growing smaller in terms of seating capacity. This season has also seen the A's tarping off the upper deck of McAfee Coliseum, as well as the Rockies closing off upper sections of Coors Field. Darren and Maury will look into this trend tonight.

 
Twins Off-Season Scorecard: Player Contracts PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:34
UNDER CONTRACT

  • Johan Santana $12,000,000
  • Luis Castillo $5,750,000
  • Joe Nathan $5,250,000
  • Dennys Reyes $1,000,000
  • Mike Redmond $900,000

Total $24.9 million

SALARIES OFF THE BOOKS FROM 2006*

  • Brad Radke retirement $9 million
  • Shannon Stewart free agent $6 million
  • Kyle Lohse traded $3.95 million
  • Rondell White free agent $2.5 million
  • Tony Batista released $1.25 million
  • Juan Castro traded $1 million
  • Ruben Sierra released $ 400,000

Total $24.1 million

*The Twins paid free-agent-to-be Phil Nevin less than $100,000 for the month he was with the team.

PLAYER OPTIONS


FREE AGENTS

  • Phil Nevin
  • Brad Radke*
  • Shannon Stewart
  • Rondell White

*expected to retire

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE

  • Michael Cuddyer
  • Lew Ford
  • Joe Mauer
  • Justin Morneau
  • Nick Punto
  • Juan Rincon
  • Carlos Silva
  • Jason Tyner

UNDER CONTROL

  • Scott Baker
  • Jason Bartlett
  • Boof Bonser
  • Alexi Casilla
  • Jesse Crain
  • Willie Eyre
  • Matt Garza
  • David Gassner
  • Matt Guerrier
  • Jason Kubel
  • Francisco Liriano
  • Pat Neshek
  • Glen Perkins
  • Josh Rabe
  • Luis Rodriguez
  • Terry Tiffee
  • Glenn Williams

(The Minnesota Star Tribune)

 
Gonzo to be top analyst for Fox PDF Print E-mail
Media News (Television, Radio, Internet)
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Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:18

GonzoLuis Gonzalez is proving that he has talent beyond just the playing field.

"Gonzo" has been calling games in the postseason for ESPN radio, and will make the jump straight to the broadcast booth for Fox tonight working with their A-lineup of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver when they call Game 1 of the NLCS between the Cardinals and the Mets.

As reported:

"Being still an active player, you tiptoe the line a little bit," says Gonzalez, who also called ESPN Radio playoff games. "I consider it a unique opportunity. And still being on the field gives me a different perspective."

Especially historical perspective. "I'm an old-school player," he says. "Now I'm seeing a new generation where some things are totally different. Like how they hang out. When I came up to the majors in 1990, players stayed two or three hours in the locker rooms, had a couple cold ones and talked baseball. Now maybe a handful of guys are left after games. Everybody's off doing their own thing."

Gonzalez, who joked that he should "ride out on a donkey into the sunset" after being released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, says he won't name teams he's interested in "because some are still playing. And I don't want to knock out the others." Eventually, he'd like a "limited" TV role — as opposed to a being a full-time team broadcaster — because as the father of triplets, age 8, "I want to see my kids grow up."

(USA Today)

 
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