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Girardi Interviews with the Cubs PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 17:14

Joe GirardiJoe Girardi may not be on the unemployed list very long. Girardi interviewed with the Chicago Cubs on Monday where he is seen as a leading candidate for the position of manager. Girardi started his MLB career with the Cubs and played with the club in two separate stints ('89-92 and 2000 to 2002).

"Joe and I spent the better part of the day together," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "I thought it went very well, and I think Joe appreciated coming down to Wrigley Field and seeing a lot of the people he knew from his playing days here." 

(The AP

 
Torre to Be Let Go. Announcement Imminent PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 11:19
Joe TorreA source close to the NY Yankees indicates that the club will be letting go of Joe Torre and that an announcement is imminent. No other details were provided. Stay tuned for details.
 
LCS Umpires Appointed PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 07:47

Jerry Crawford and Tim Welke to Serve as Crew Chiefs

Major League Baseball has named the two umpiring crews that will work the 2006 American and National League Championship Series, which are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11, respectively.

Jerry Crawford will serve as the Crew Chief during the American League Championship Series, extending his record to 12 L.C.S. assignments. Now in his 30th year as a Major League Umpire, the Philadelphia native also has worked four Division Series and five World Series. Crawford’s crew will consist of Mike Reilly, Derryl Cousins, Chuck Meriwether, Gary Cederstrom, and Hunter Wendelstedt.

Tim Welke, who is in his 23rd year as a Major League Umpire, will work his sixth League Championship Series. The Michigan native also has worked five Division Series and three Fall Classics. He will lead a crew that features Gary Darling, Jim Joyce, Jerry Layne, Jeff Kellogg and Fieldin Culbreth.

Umpires for the 102nd World Series will be announced when assignments have been made.

2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES UMPIRES

American League Championship Series between:

Game One Umpire Previous Postseason Assignments

HP Jerry Crawford (Chief) 4 DS (’81, ’00, ’02, ’04); 11 LCS (1980, ’83, ’85, ’90, ’93, ’95, ’96, ’99, ’01, ’03, ’05); WS (’88; ’92; ’98; ’00; ’02)

1B Hunter Wendelstedt
1 DS (’03)

2B Derryl Cousins 4 DS (’97, ’99, ’02, ’05); 4 LCS (’85, ’89, ’95, ’03); 3 WS (’88, ’99, ’05)

3B Chuck Meriwether 6 DS (’98-02, ’04); 1 LCS (’03); 1 WS (’04)

LF Gary Cederstrom 4 DS (’00, ’03-05); 1 LCS (’01); 1 WS (’05)

RF Mike Reilly 5 DS (’81, ’95, ’99-00, ’02); 7 LCS (’83, ’87, ’91, ’96-97, ’01, ’03); 3 WS (’84, ’92, ’02)


National League Championship Series between:

Game One Umpire Previous Postseason Assignments

HP Tim Welke (Chief) 5 DS (’95-96, ’99-00, ’03); 5 LCS (’91, ’98, ’01-02, ’04); 3 WS (’96, ’00, ’03)

1B Jim Joyce 6 DS (’95, ’98-99, ’01-03); 2 LCS (’97, ’04); 2 WS (’99, ’01)

2B Jerry Layne 5 DS (’95, ’98, ’01-02, ’05); 2 LCS (’97, ’99); 1 WS (’05)

3B Fieldin Culbreth 2 DS (’02, ’04); 2 LCS (’00, ’03)

LF Jeff Kellogg 3 DS (’98, ’00, ’03); 4 LCS (’99, ’01-02, ’04); 2 WS (’00, ’03)

RF Gary Darling 6 DS (’95, ’97-98, ’02-03, ’05); 2 LCS (’92, ’04); 1 WS (’03)

 
League Championship Broadcasting Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 07:41

REVISED: 2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BROADCAST SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The following is the national broadcast schedule for the first four days of the 2006 American and National League Championship Series.

FOX will provide complete coverage of all League Championship Series and World Series games, while ESPN Radio will provide national radio coverage in both English and Spanish. MLB International will be transmitting the American League Championship Series and World Series to a worldwide audience in 223 countries and territories in 13 languages.

2006 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

League Date Match-up Air Time First Pitch

  • ALCS Game One Tuesday, October 10 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
  • ALCS Game Two# Wednesday, October 11 Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
  • NLCS Game One Wednesday, October 11 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
  • NLCS Game Two Thursday, October 12 St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.
  • ALCS Game Three Friday, October 13 Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers 8:00 p.m. 8:19 p.m.

# Detroit and Oakland will be on FX, except in their own markets where the game will be on FOX (with the NL game moving to FX).

 
A's Appear to be Fremont Bound PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 07:30

Proposed A's FacilityThere are indications that the Oakland Athletics may soon be the Fremont Athletics. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the A's are purchasing up parcels around the proposed 143-acre site owned currently by Cisco Systems where the stadium and other mixed use development would be, in an attempt to get a better investment on the deal before property values skyrocket around the site location, as seen in and around facility development such as the new Washington Nationals stadium project.

As reported:

"I think it's pretty clear we are spending a lot of time in the Fremont area,'' said A's managing partner Lew Wolff. "Obviously, if we can acquire land around (the proposed stadium) and make it better, we will do that.''

The A's and Fremont officials are trying to stay low-key, hoping to avoid a rush on real estate that would drive up prices before the team commits to a ballpark site. Wolff says the A's will make that call before the end of the year.

The A's are hot to leave the Coliseum, where they'll be on a year-to-year lease after 2007. And their options for staying in Oakland or moving to downtown San Jose -- floated as a possibility from time to time -- are shrinking.


"We can't go into the Giants' territory (meaning San Jose, or anywhere in Santa Clara County for that matter), and that's fine," Wolff said. "We want to stay in Alameda County."

(The San Francisco Chronicle)

 
Indians Announce Scouting and Clubhouse Changes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 09 October 2006 06:19
IndiansThe Cleveland Indians today announced that WILLIE JENKS has been named the Visiting Clubhouse Manager.  Jenks replaces Cy Buynak, who recently retired after 45 years with the organization, the last 13 of which he spent as Visiting Clubhouse Manager.

Jenks, who has been working under Cy in the Visiting Clubhouse since the 1996 season, is a native of Brecksville , OH and graduated from Holy Name High School and the University of Akron .  

Also today the Indians promoted SCOTT BARNSBY to South East Crosschecker.  Barnsby has been an Area Scout in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi & the panhandle of Florida over the last several seasons after beginning his tenure in the Indians organization as an Intern in the Baseball Operations Department.

Also today the Indians named BILLY RYAN Area Scouting Supervisor for Georgia, South Carolina , and North Florida & GREG SMITH Northwest Area Supervisor and Canadian Crosschecker.
 
Terry Pendleton to Inverview with Nats PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 October 2006 12:00

Terry PendletonTerry Pendleton will interview this coming week with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals fired Frank Robinson on September 30th and plan to interview Lou Pinella and Joe Girardi, as well, for the vacancy.

As reported:

The Nationals received permission from Braves general manager John Schuerholz to talk to Pendleton, 46, a former National League MVP who has served five seasons as Atlanta's hitting coach. He's scheduled to meet next week with Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, who will come to Atlanta for the interview.

A person familiar with the situation said Pendleton, who has three children ages 5, 14 and 16, would have to be "blown away" by any offer before he'd consider leaving Atlanta, where his family lives year-round.

The Los Angeles native was a leading candidate for the Dodgers' managerial post last year, but Pendleton pulled out before the final interview, citing his desire to be with his family in Atlanta during the season.

(The Atlanta Journal -Constitution)

 

 
Torre to be Fired as Yankees Manager? PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 October 2006 02:46

Joe TorreIs Joe Torre's time with the NY Yankees over? The NY Daily News is reporting that Torre will be most likely let go after 11 years with the club. The article also cites that Alex Rodriguez "figures to be shopped on the trade market," as well.

The actions may come after, what many saw as the greatest offensive team ever, fall to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. The Yankees won Game 1 of the series but lost the next three.

As reported:

Afterward, Torre choked up on the interview room podium before composing himself. Like others, he seemed stunned. Critics wondered why he did not play Melky Cabrera earlier in the series or how he could use a neophyte first baseman such as Gary Sheffield in the playoffs, but the overriding fact was that the $200 million Yankees were overflowing with talent and it still wasn't even close to enough.

"I'm stunned," GM Brian Cashman said. "This team fooled me, to some degree."

That could be taken as a sign that changes are imminent, but Cashman gave no sign that Torre's situation was tenuous and the Yankee skipper did not offer any indication that he was concerned about his fate.

"What can the manager do? It is not his job to play the game for us," Mariano Rivera said. "It is the players who play."

(The NY Daily News)

 

 
Suns name Johnson assistant GM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 12:00
Mandalay Baseball Properties, owner of the Hagerstown Suns, promoted C.J. Johnson to Assistant General Manager.

Previously the team's Senior Director of Marketing, Johnson will take on additional administrative responsibilities.

Johnson has worked with the Suns the past four seasons, beginning as an intern and earning a promotion to Director, Marketing and then Senior Director, Marketing. The LaVale, Md. native is a graduate of West Virginia University.

"I'm looking forward to building on the successful foundation we have laid over the past five years," said Johnson. "We don't draw 150,000 baseball fans, we draw 150,000 Suns fans, and that really sets us apart from other teams."

"Through our four years of working together, C.J. has proved to be invaluable. I look forward to working more closely with him as we begin our affiliation with the Washington Nationals and truly congratulate him on his promotion," said Suns General Manager Will Smith.

Smith was recently promoted to General Manager when Kurt Landes left the team for another opportunity. On Wednesday, it was announced that Landes was named the General Manager of the Triple-A baseball team headed for the Lehigh Valley.

Landes left the Suns in September after completing his fifth season. The Lehigh Valley team will open a new ballpark in Allentown, Pa. in 2008.

The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League are the new Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties. Ticket packages, group information, and sponsorships are available by calling 301.791.6266 or by visiting the Suns at www.hagerstownsuns.com.

 
Updated Division Series broadcast schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 October 2006 05:08
Major League Baseball announced the following updates for the national broadcasting schedule of the 2006 Division Series.

(All times ET, subject to change)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th

1:00 p.m. - ESPN2: Game 3, SD @ STL
4:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 4, NYY @ DET
7:30 p.m. - FOX: Game 3, NYM @ LA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th
1:00 p.m. - ESPN: Game 4, SD @ STL**
4:00 p.m. - ESPN: Game 4, NYM @ LA*
7:30 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, DET @ NYY
* NYM @ LA moves to 7:30 p.m. on FOX if DET vs. NYY series is over after October 7th game.
** SD @ STL moves to 7:30 p.m. on FOX if all other series are over after October 7th games.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th
4:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, STL @ SD****
8:00 p.m. - FOX: Game 5, LA @ NYM
**** STL @ SD moves to 8:00 p.m. on FOX if LA vs. NYM series is over after October 8th game.

 
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