Monday, May 5, 2008

In the News (5/5)

RFB Joe discovered what Houston rookie J.R. Towles was doing before he took over as the Astros' starting catcher.
He was Happy Gilmore's caddy.

- The Mets are reportedly discussing adding Turnbow to their bullpen.

- Melvin says the Brewers have no plans to remove Gagne from the closing role.

- Melvin said this offseason that he believed Gagne struggled in Boston last season because he was not being used as a closer. This Dugout Central analysis seems to conclude that there is no such thing as a "closer mentality" that allows closers to pitch better in save situations than in non-save situations. Hat tip to BrewersNation.

-'s John Donovan says Gagne might be the worst free-agent signing of the offseason.

- Sheets will most likely pass Teddy Higuera and become the Brewers' all-time strikeout leader on Saturday. The RFB Crew will be there Saturday applauding his accomplishment.

- The Brewers are averaging the largest road attendance for any team in baseball. Strange...

- ESPN's Jerry Crasnick picks the Cubs to win the NL Central and answers fans questions.

- interviewed Gabe Kapler.

- The Brewers are unlikely to trade for a starter, at least this early.

- If you want to relive the awful weekend, read this Sporting News piece.

- A poster at Chuckie Hacks asks at what point is Yost (and the rest of the coaching staff) to blame for the hitters not hitting and the pitchers not pitching.

- BrewersNation and Brew Crew Ball look to the future.

- Brewers Fanatics take a look at catching prospect Angel Salome's start to the season after returning from his suspension.

- Speaking of Salome, he checks in at #5 on the new Power 50, which was updated a few days ago. 

- Tom Haudricourt hosts a mailbag.

- Jim Abbott "truly enjoyed" his season in Milwaukee.

- MLB has sold some strange advertising over the years (remember the Spider Man bases?), and you can add this to the list.

- The Callix Crabbe story continues. The former Brewers prospect, taken in the Rule 5 Draft by San Diego, is playing with the Padres in Atlanta, where he lived and played as a teen.

- Here's a little more info on Miller Park's new "Tundra Territory" section.

- Could the Cubs be the third team in the NL Central (and third in MLB) to bat the pitcher eighth? Unlikely, but Piniella could see some merit in it for his club.

- Could Griffey be headed to Detroit? That's the latest rumbling involving Junior.

- Mark Cuban is still pursuing the purchase of the Cubs.

- What's worse than being a member of the Notre Dame football team? Being a member of the Cubs' organization after leaving Notre Dame... Needless to say, I can't stand Jeff Samardzija.

- And lastly, here's Jimmy Kimmel's take on the Tejada situation:


Anonymous Chris in PA said...

Gagne hasn't been right since he's been off roids. He's a firestarter extraordinaire and he sucks. Classic case of Fashion before Function.

May 6, 2008 10:37 AM  
Blogger Johnny! said...

Mr. Gilmore! I'm your caddy.

May 6, 2008 6:07 PM  

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