"Barry Bonds soon should be toasty warm again in the San Francisco Giants’ dugout.
The Giants said Wednesday they are looking into ways to upgrade the heating system in the team’s dugout after state law mandated the club remove two kerosene heaters following the 2005 season because of health and safety concerns.
The 41-year-old Bonds, who came in to pinch hit and homered for the second straight game Wednesday, brought the issue to the attention of Giants officials earlier this season, then took his complaint public after Tuesday night’s 4-1 loss to the New York Mets."
This must mean its time for …
"The Top 10 Ways the Giants can Upgrade the Heating in their Dugout"
10. Mandatory team group hug after each half-inning.
9. Lap dances given by the 49ers cheerleaders.
8. Players should be threatened with banishment back to Candlestick Park if they don’t quit their whining.
7. Gatorade coolers now filled with cognac.
6. Solar panels built into team uniforms.
5. Rename the ballpark "H*ll".
4. Opt into a timeshare arrangement with the Diamondbacks for use of Chase Park.
3. Equipment manager applies Icy-Hot to player’s cups.
2. Move the dugout to one of the luxury suites.
and the number one way the Giants can Upgrade the Heating in their Dugout
1. Burn copies of "Game of Shadows"
Patrick (St. Louis, MO): You stated in your last chat that because you’ve been around the game for so long, there isn’t much more anybody can teach you about it. It seems like you’re saying that everything in baseball is known already, whereas I feel that there is plenty that we don’t know, especially with advances in sports medicine, the ability to use technology to evaluate defense more accurately, and the increasing availability of pitch-by-pitch data to study long-term trends in the game. Don’t you owe it to your listeners to listen to new arguements and research, especially if they are intelligent and logical? You seem to have the notion that a lot of the objective analysis being done now is trying to get rid of traditional scouting, but most sabremetricians feel that both are essential to get the best results.
Joe Morgan: The guy that wrote Moneyball can’t teach me about the game. That is what I meant. If you haven’t been on the field, why should I read your book? How can that person teach me about the game? I learn plenty about the game everyday. Every Sunday night I learn something. The game changes almost every day. But I’m still not going to read Moneyball or books written by people who haven’t been on the field or really experienced what goes on in the game of baseball.
You know Joe, if it weren’t for the open-mindedness of Branch Rickey, you might not have ever had a chance to step on a Major League field …
Free your mind …. and the rest will follow!
Woe is Womack (my comments in bold)
"The Cincinnati Reds acquired outfielder Cody Ross from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named Monday, and designated infielder Tony Womack for assignment to the minors. Womack hadn’t started since April 14 and was relegated to occasionally pinch-hitting after general manager Wayne Krivsky traded for second baseman Brandon Phillips on April 7. "We just felt with the way the team’s set up right now, his playing time is obviously not going to be what he thought it might be," Krivsky said. ‘We thought it best to do it now.’" ===================
Rather than wait for the "Tony Womack Appreciation Day" that was scheduled for July 14 …
"If the Reds can’t trade Womack, he could become a free agent."
I can just hear the voice of Howie Mandel now "for Mr. Womack … deal or no deal?"
"Womack was one of the Reds’ main offseason acquisitions under former general manager Dan O’Brien, who traded a pair of prospects to the Yankees for the second baseman/outfielder. The Yankees also sent the Reds $900,000 to cover part of Womack’s $2 million salary this season, the last on his contract."
"O’Brien then gave Ryan Freel a two-year, $3 million contract, and brought Rich Aurilia back on a one-year deal, leaving the Reds with three second basemen."
The Reds then petitioned the league to allow them to play all three of them at the same time, in a new position to be called the "sixth baseman".
"When Krivsky got Phillips from Cleveland in a trade, Womack’s role was even more limited. Phillips started all seven games last week and hit .452 with three homers and 17 RBIs."
… in all of 2005 (340+ PAs), Womack TOTALLED 0 HR and 15 RBIs!
"Howard batted fifth in the lineup for the first time after batting sixth for most of this season and seventh in the previous two outings.
"He can hit anywhere from fourth to sixth," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I was looking for balance in the lineup. It’s not like I’m trying to punish Ryan Howard. I’m a Ryan Howard fan all the way, believe me. He’s gonna knock in runs and I’ll try to put him a position where he can definitely do that."
Dear Charlie Manuel,
Balance???? You are worried about balance with a bat like Howards??? You are worried about having 2 lefty bats in a row??? You are worried about whether the opposing manager can bring in a shut-down lefty if you bat Abreu and Howard back-to-back?
If you bat him 7th, he WILL get pitched around.
If you bat him 7th, his RBI potential gets decreased.
If you bat him 7th ….. (shaking my head)
Leave him in the 5 spot until he proves he CAN’T handle it! He’s a 26-year-old player, not some 21 y.o. baby.
"Rockies designate Day for assignment"
Kids 14 and under can bring their homework assignment to the park on June 3rd, and have Rockies players help them with it.