Around Baseball: Not-so-serious news
A not-so-serious look at the some of the newsmakers this week in Major League Baseball:
- Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced this week they are divorcing. Alex Rodriguez hasn’t made a bigger impact during October in years.
- The Associated Press reported Friday that Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield lost a $550,000 decision to agent Scott Boras in a contract dispute. Call it the irritable force meets the unlikable object.
- John Gibbons, fired as Toronto’s manager this summer and famous for challenging Shea Hillenbrand to a fight in 2006, was hired this week as the Royals’ bench coach. How long will it take next season for Gibbons and volatile outfielder Jose Guillen to throw down? Two weeks? A month? Three at-bats? Cue footage of Lou Pinella and Rob Dibble just in case.
- The Royals also hired former major leaguer Kevin Seitzer to be their hitting coach. What’s the over-under on how long it will take Chris Berman to make a tired Kevin “Alka” Seitzer reference?
- The Phillies made their first World Series since 1993. Who else believes the current Phillies should grow bad mullets to honor noted alums such as Darren Daulton, “Nails” Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk and Mitch Williams?
- Boston’s famous Citgo sign by Fenway Park was damaged during a fire Wednesday. Here’s guessing Red Sox fans blame Manny Ramirez.
- A report in the Boston Herald had Red Sox players voting a 2/3 share of playoff money to Ramirez since he played basically two-thirds of the season for Boston. Not bad. A 66 percent share for giving 50 percent effort.
- According to the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star, the city tabled a motion to honor native son Jim Thome by naming it “Thome Town” for the entire month of October. No word from West Palm Beach (Fla.) if they’re thinking about naming the city “Saltalamacchia Town” in honor of Rangers catcher and West Palm Beach product Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
- The baseball players’ union says it has evidence that teams acted in concert to not sign Barry Bonds. I’m sure all of baseball sympathizes with Mr. Bonds.
- Speaking of disgraced former sluggers, Jose Canseco has been charged with a misdemeanor offense of trying to bring a fertility drug across the border from Mexico. Good to see Jose has adjusted well to life after baseball.
- Former Twins minor league pitching coordinator Rick Knapp was hired as the Tigers pitching coach this week. Congrats, Rick. Enjoy Dontrelle Willis.
- Indians DH Travis Hafner had surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday, which was about as surprising as comedian Andy Dick pleading guilty to a drug charge.
- Remember the good ol’ days when Tampa Bay fans didn’t show up for games? Like a month ago? Well, now Tropicana Field is bursting at the seams. The Rays removed the tarp that covered some of the worst upper level seating at the Trop, allowing room for 5,762 more fans. It’s safe to say the seats can be labeled “nosebleeds” since the catwalks block views from some.
“Some are obstructed-view, some don’t have seatbacks, and they’re pretty high up,” Rays President Matt Silverman told the Tampa Tribune. “But you’re in the ballpark and you’re there making a difference to the team.” Which is kind of like a real estate agent saying, “Sure, your house is on a landfill, but it’s a great school system.”