Sunday, September 6, 2009

Another Baseball Sunday

With less than a month of play left, it was an interesting week in baseball. Here's a round-up of some of the key trades and transactions:
  • Jose Contreras traded from White Sox to the NL Wild Card chasing Rockies, adding to an earlier pick up of Jason Giambi after the A's released the slugger.
  • Yankees released Kevin Cash, which I am assuming means Jose Molina is healthy and we're back to having all three Molina brothers everyday in the bigs.
  • Braves brought Jordan Schafer back up in the absence of a solid-hitting center fielder and activated TIm Hudson after nearly a year away from the game.
  • The NL Wild Card chasing Marlins activated Nick Johnson from the DL, his immediate impact is unknown because of Jorge Cantu place in the lineup.
  • The runaway NL Central St. Louis Cardinals got Troy Glaus back from the disabled list.
  • The Dodgers activated pitcher Jon Garland further solidifying their place in the post season.
  • The other Wild Card chasing team in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants, picked up free agent Brad Penny after he was released by the Red Sox. Penny adds to the already deep and successful starting pitching staff in SanFran.
Among the baseball headlines this week unrelated to trades, activations and transactions are these stories:
  • Ichiro is one hit away from having 2,000 hits in the Majors (since his move from the Japanese big leagues). The hit could happen this afternoon with the Mariners playing at 1:05 (PST).
  • Derek Jeter is approaching Lou "Iron Horse" Gehrig's mark as the man with the most hits in a Yankee uniform
  • Keith Olbermann made the best observation in all of baseball this week when he likened the look of Mets third baseman David Wright (recently activated from the DL after being nailed in the head by a fastball) in the new Rawlings S100 batting helmet to the Great Gazoo.
  • The longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell, was diagnosed with cancer this week. His voice has been missed in baseball for some time and surely baseball fans across the country are wishing him well.
  • Roger Clemens' lawsuit against former trainer and steroid-use whistle blower Brian McNamee has been dismissed.
Last, but not least, there are a couple of votes to cast if you're a fan of the game. Each of the following awards require input from the fans:
  • The Roberto Clemente Award (I'll be voting for Albert Pujols)
  • Continued voting on the 20th Year All-star Team for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball is currently asking for fans to vote on the best right fielder (Sammy Sosa, Vladimir Guerrero or Tony Gwynn). The winner will be announced tonight.
Predictions for the 2009 baseball awards (MVP, Rookie of the Year, gold gloves)? Soon...

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