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Blue Jays Payroll May Reach $95 million in '07 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 03:24

Blue JaysThe Blue Jays made a splash this past off-season by increasing player payroll by $26,195,500, which placed their Opening Day payroll at $71,915,000 -- an increase of 57.3% over the year prior.

It appears that the Blue Jays aren't done yet. There is speculation that their payroll might rise as high as $95 million (USD) next year, although the budget process won't be finalized until the end of October. "I think in the grand scheme of things we're coming a lot closer to coming in first place," said GM J.P Ricciardi. "I don't think we're that far away. We may need a couple of shakes here and there but I think we're in a better position to do some things now."

Key areas to address will be resigning Vernon Wells who becomes a free agent after the '07 season. As reported, Starter Ted Lilly, reliever Justin Speier, catchers Gregg Zaun and Bengie Molina (whose $7.5 million option won't be picked up) and left-fielder Frank Catalanotto are all headed for free agency and will have to be replaced if they're not re-signed. 

(The Canadian Press )

 
Marlins Fire Girardi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 02:40

Joe GirardiWhat has been speculated for over a month has, today, become a reality. Joe Girardi has been fired as manager of the Florida Marlins after one season with the club. He had a three-year guaranteed contract, meaning the Marlins will have to pay him for the two seasons he would have otherwise managed.

As we reported Sunday, Fredi Gonzalez is expected to fill Girardi's shoes.

As reported:

Girardi's strained relationship with [owner Jeffrey] Loria and general manager Larry Beinfest became public this summer. Loria subsequently declined to endorse the job Girardi did in his first year as a manager, even though the Marlins far exceeded expectations while playing 22 rookies.

The rift erupted at a game Aug. 6 when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a 90-minute clubhouse meeting.

Loria declined to comment on the episode or respond to published reports that he fired Girardi, then changed his mind. Beginning in spring training, Beinfest clashed with Girardi over personnel decisions, and during the second half of the season the general manager was rarely seen in the clubhouse or manager's office.

(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

 
IAAF Suggests "Health Passports" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Tuesday, 03 October 2006 02:27

At the end of a three-day symposium hosted by the International Association of Athletics Federations yesterday, officials announced the need for better tracking of athletes' physiological makeup, and suggested the use of "health passports" to assist in that effort. The system would use a worldwide data base for storing and evaluating the information.

As reported:

"It's not that we suspect individual athletes but we wish to protect the vast majority who aren't doing anything wrong from those who try to cheat you, rob you and steal your glory," World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee member Arne Ljungqvist said. "That's why we need to profile all athletes individually."

Health passports - or medical profiles - could help anti-doping agencies identify abnormalities or detect sudden changes in an athlete's blood. WADA first championed the idea in 2001, but it has recently gained momentum.

Currently, testers measure athletes' samples against predetermined average levels for substances naturally occurring in the body - such as EPO and testosterone. But this potentially allows athletes with naturally low levels to cheat without being detected.

The IAAF's medical and anti-doping commission hopes to launch the project before the world championships at Osaka next August.

(The AP)

 
"Inaccuracies" in PED Story Linked to Grimsley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Staff   
Monday, 02 October 2006 11:30

Seems the LA Times may be in the hot seat.

The big story over the weekend was a report by the LA Times stating that the names on a redacted version of papers filed in federal court during the Jason Grimsley investigation into performance enhancing drugs were Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons. Now it seems that may not necessarily be the case.

The federal prosecutor overseeing the investigation is quoted as saying there are "significant inaccuracies" in the LA Times report.  As reported:

San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan issued a statement Monday, saying: "In view of the recent news reports purporting to identify certain athletes whose names had been redacted from the government's search warrant filings in the Grimsley matter, and in the interests of justice, please be advised that these reports contain significant inaccuracies."

A spokesman for Ryan declined to elaborate.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Times had no immediate comment. The newspaper reported that an unidentified source with access to the document allowed the newspaper to view it, and a second source provided additional details about the document.

(The AP)

 
Felipe Alou out as Giants manager PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 October 2006 11:19

AlouAfter five seasons with the San Francisco Giants, GM Brian Sabean announced Monday that Felipe Alou will not be back as manager in 2007.

The Giants had a 76-85 record and finished third-place in the National League West this season.

"Tough decisions are always painful and this one is especially painful," Sabean said. "Felipe (Alou) is a man of unquestioned integrity who has put his heart and soul into the Giants. He endured some injuries to key players over his tenure here and always kept the club in contention despite some difficult circumstances.

"The Giants were very fortunate to have a man of his stature at the helm of our club over the last four years and I personally thank him for his loyal efforts and significant contributions."

(The AP)

 
Dusty Baker Feels He's Out As Cubs Manager PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 30 September 2006 12:00

Dusty BakerCubs manager Dusty Baker said over the weekend,  "I'm gone. I won't be back," regarding his position as manager of the organization. The Cubs went 65-97, worst in the NL this season.

Baker was in the final year of his contract, and had not heard from GM Jim Hendry on an extension. 

"If they wanted me back, I would have heard something by now," Baker said.

As reported:

Baker likened the '06 season to 1996, his fourth year managing the San Francisco Giants.

"We lost 94 games," he said. "But they believed in me, and we won the next year, and we kept winning."

Baker said he will leave with his head high, knowing he never backed down from his principles or let his critics change him into something he was not.

"I am what I am, and I am who I am," he said. "My dad taught me a long time ago, speak the truth and be yourself, with no regrets."

(The Chicago Tribune

 
Woman hit by falling concrete at Dolphin Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 02 October 2006 00:54

Dolphin StadiumA piece of concrete fell approx. 20 feet and struck a woman attending yesterday's final game of the season for the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. The accident occurred in the 4th inning in section 242. The woman sustained minor injuries, and was treated by paramedics at her seat where the injury occurred. The woman mentioned that she would have her personal doctor look at the injury today. She stayed after the injury and continued to watch the game.

As reported, George Torres, director of corporate communications for the stadium speculated the accident may have been caused by some rebar that had rusted, causing a piece of concrete to give way and fall approximately 20 feet into the seating area. Torres said the piece of concrete weighed less than a pound, though it was described by other fans in the stands as being "the size of a football.''

(The Miami Herald

 
Updated 2006 Division Series broadcast schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2006 17:42
The following is the national broadcast schedule for the first four days of the 2006 American League and National League Division Series.

FOX and ESPN will provide complete coverage of all Division Series games, while ESPN Radio will provide national radio coverage. MLB International will be transmitting the entire Division Series to a worldwide audience. In addition, broadcast rightsholders from Japan and Puerto Rico will broadcast live from select Division Series games.

The remainder of the Division Series schedule will be announced later this week.

2006 DIVISION SERIES (ALL TIMES EASTERN AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Tuesday, October 3rd
1:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 1, Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins, ESPN
4:00 p.m.: NLDS Game 1, St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres, ESPN
8:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 1, Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees, FOX

Wednesday, October 4th
1:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 2, Oakland Athletics @ Minnesota Twins, ESPN
4:00 p.m.: NLDS Game 1, Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets, ESPN
8:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 2, Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees, ESPN

Thursday, October 5th
4:00 p.m.: NLDS Game 2, St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres, ESPN
8:00 p.m.: NLDS Game 2, Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets, FOX

Friday, October 6th
4:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 3, Minnesota Twins @ Oakland Athletics, ESPN
8:00 p.m.: ALDS Game 3, New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers, ESPN
 
MacPhail resigns as Cubs' President PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2006 17:24

Andy McPhailChicago Cubs President Andy MacPhail resigned on Sunday, ending his 12 year run as president of the organization. The Cubs finished the season 66-96 (.407), last in the NL Central. Under McPhail's tenure the Cubs went to the playoffs twice (the Divison Championship in '98 when the Cubs lost to the Braves, and in 2003 when they lost the NLCS to the Marlins).

As reported, "I have been here 12 seasons and during that time there have been only two postseasons," MacPhail said. "That's not what I came here to do. I haven't been as effective as I wanted to be. I think for a franchise that has had a payroll among the top teams, we should be doing better and we are not. I am the CEO and I am responsible."

"I think what is most frustrating to me is just a lack of consistency. This year is an example to a degree," MacPhail said. "It was a club that we thought we were building on just evaporated on us. The last couple of years we have had some of our highest paid players on the disabled list for most of the season."

Senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting, John McDonough will serve as interim president while Jim Hendry will remain as general manager of baseball operations.

(The AP)

 
Girardi Out, Fredi Gonzalez In with Marlins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 01 October 2006 11:29

Girardi It appears Joe Girardi's time with the Marlins is done after only one season. Sources inform me that Girardi is out in Florida and that Fredi Gonzalez, the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves, will take Girardi's place.

Gonzalez was the Marlins' third base coach from 1999 through 2001. Before joining the Marlins major league club, he managed in the minor leagues for nine years, earning league manager of the year honors from Baseball America three times: in 1993 when High Desert finished 82-52 in the regular season and won the Class-A California League championship; in 1994, when Brevard County went 78-61 in the Class-A Florida State League; and in 1997, when he guided Portland (ME) to a 79-63 record and first place in the AA Eastern League.

There are a number of clubs where Girardi might land. Girardi has been talked of as the NL Manager of the Year due to his ability to take a roster that was almost exclusively made up of rookies into a club that finished ahead of expectations. As little as two weeks ago, the Marlins were in the hunt for the NL Wild Card before slowing down at the end of the season, finishing 78-84 (.481). Girardi has been mentioned for the manager's position with the Cubs and Nationals, to name two.

 
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