Monday, January 17, 2011

Frank Robinson Angered; Sandoval, Yankees Dropping Dead Weight

Hijacked from ESPN's Truth and Rumors column (link insider only), here's three noteworthy posts:

  • Torre overtures irk Robinson: Commissioner Bud Selig confirmed last week that he is actively involved in discussions with former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre about a front office position, a job that has been widely reported to be that of vice president of baseball operations.

    That apparently isn't sitting well with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who is currently serving as an overseer of the umpires situation at the behest of Selig. Bill Madden reports that Robinson is livid with Selig's overtures to Torre and the fact that he was not approached about the job.

You can't please all of the people all of the time.

  • It is mid-January, time to check in as to whether the Giants' Pablo Sandoval is winning his annual Battle of the Bulge. The Giants want Sandoval to control his weight, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports there is evidence on Twitter that the Kung Fu Panda has indeed shed many pounds.

Don't be fooled. That's a wide-angle lens.

  • Once the New York Yankees landed reliever Rafael Soriano, the future of Joba Chamberlain quickly became a hot topic.

    A report in Saturday's New York Daily News says Hal and Hank Steinbrenners were bothered by GM Brian Cashman's plan to use Chamberlain as the primary set-up man for Mariano Rivera and made the deal for Soriano.

    Could Chamberlain be traded? According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Yankees have no plans of trading Chamberlain right now, but they would listen to offers.

The Dodgers want to trade Darren Dreifort, too.


spank said...

And Congrats to A.C.,wherever you are, for signing with the Washington Nationals. I thought you had retired?

Kyle Baker said...

Waaaaay off topic:

This is one of the worst, most pointless columns I have read in many a year. Why ph why does the writer get paid to write this tripe?,0,3574402.column

I want to be hypnotized and made to lock away this hideous memory of reading Erskine's column today.

MR.F said...

I'll just take your word for it, DB.

Jason said...

To Erskine's credit, the majority of his paragraphs contain two, and sometimes even three sentences. That is way, way above average for an L.A. Times columnist these days.

Kyle Baker said...

True, Jason. True.

Kyle Baker said...

Keeping with the off topic theme:

"Jets fan killed after celebratory sled ride

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 17, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

The New York Jets’ rousing victory in New England was marred by the death of a Jets fan in Staten Island, New York.

John Annese of the Staten Island Advance reports that 46-year-old Raymond Larsen celebrated the Jets win by sledding down his steep driveway in a Mark Sanchez jersey. The sled vaulted into the road below, and Larsen was killed by an oncoming motorist.

The driver, a 61-year-old woman, was not intoxicated and police don’t suspect any crime on her part.

Larsen was known by his neighbors for his buoyant personality.

“It’s really a big loss not having him on the block,” his neighbor Amir Alishahi said. “He was really a fun, fun guy.”"

Now, I don't wish death on anyone (well, there may be an exception or two), and I don't mean to make light of this situation. But damn, a 46-year old man sledding into traffic just ought to, well, know better.

Kyle Baker said...


Whatever happened with this glove situation?

karina said...

I forgot to tell everyone about this, but the US Embassy in Venezuela featured Sandoval on the website and tweeted about it:

see the weight loss by yourselves...the WS ring too...feel the anger and the hate...

if you need me to translate, I will, it's short anyway...

Josh S. said...

I clicked through to the Sandoval story; and then from there ended up on his site, the banner of which reads:

"the Kung Fu Panda" Pablo Sandoval's

OK then!

karina said...

a) google ads are scary...

b) sorry Josh :(