Thursday Baseball Notes

I’m very happy for Andruw Jones. He hit three home runs in three at-bats yesterday, and then came close to getting a fourth and tying the major league record. Jones isn’t putting up all-star numbers, but he’s putting up solid numbers for the Rangers – 14 homers and 34 RBIs in 46 games. He’s been solid value for the Rangers at the price they paid for him, and he has justified the risk. I’m glad to see it – he’s far too talented to have been washed up already. Guys who are younger than I am should not be washed up.

It must be a slow news day – I just read a surprisingly long article about how Kevin Millar doesn’t like the new Yankee Stadium. Really?!?! Wow! Are we supposed to think that a guy who has played for three AL East teams not from New York is really going to gush about the building? Especially a guy like Millar – a self-proclaimed rebel. Some things are too stupid to be written.

Very interesting situation developing in Chicago. Alfonso Soriano isn’t playing great, Lou Piniella isn’t happy, and things are getting ugly. Soriano has been benched three times over the last eight games, and he’s displeased. He was especially unhappy when he was benched the game after he had two hits. Now he has gone to the papers to voice his displeasure – something Piniella doesn’t tolerate. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see him on the move before the deadline.

If you read this often then you know that I am a big fan of Roy Halladay – easily the best pitcher in the AL in my mind. Yesterday¬† mentioned that he is reportedly on the market for the right price. Today it has come out that the Brewers are in the market for him. It’s an intriguing move for them – the second time they have acquired the best pitcher on the market at the deadline. Of course, it would be far more impressive if they could convince one of them to stay for more than a couple of months. I’d much rather see him go to a big market team, though – it’s time for him to get more recognition.

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