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News of the Day – 10/29/08

Posted By Diane Firstman On October 29, 2008 @ 9:43 am In Diane Firstman,News of the Day | Comments Disabled

Happy Humpday … here now the news!

  • MLB.COM’s [1] Anthony DiComo has some big news from the mouth of Brian Cashman:
  1. Chien-Ming Wang got a thumbs up from the doctors after a pain-free bullpen session Monday.
  2. He wouldn’t comment on whether the Yanks would discipline Joba Chamberlain for his recent DUI incident.
  3. He isn’t counting on Mussina returning for 2009, at least at this point.
  • ESPN [2] reports that Willie Randolph denied a report stating he was interested in a coaching job with the Nats. Randolph is being considered for the managerial position in Milwaukee. (Thanks to Baseball Musings [3] for the link)
  • USA Today [4] has a piece penned by Gary Thorne detailing the issue of tax-exempt bonds being used to finance new stadiums (Mets, Yanks, Nets). It is noted that teams are getting “interest-free loans” through the issuance of tax-exempt federal bonds for construction of the stadiums and allowing them to pay them back in place of taxes. However, as of Friday, the IRS revised their regulations to prevent future deals where tax-free bonds could be used in this manner to avoid taxes.
  • Over at SI.COM, Jon Heyman [5] has some tasty Yankee tidbits:
  1. If you believe Jimmy Rollins (a good friend of C.C. Sabathia), the Yankees will end up the winner of the Sabathia Sweepstakes.
  2. Matt Holliday intrigues the Yanks, but they are wary of his home/road splits.
  3. One of the reasons Brian Cashman stayed with the Bombers was because Pat Gillick warned him to avoid the Mariners opening at all costs.
  • Happy 33rd birthday to former Yankee (and Banter punchline) Karim Garcia [6]. Also, a happy 49th b-day to the cannon-armed (and once traded for Banter fave Al Leiter) Jesse Barfield [7].

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URLs in this post:

[1] MLB.COM’s: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081028&content_id=3651961&vkey=ps2008news&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

[2] ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3667457&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

[3] Baseball Musings: http://www.baseballmusings.com/

[4] USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/columnist/thorne/2008-10-28-thorn-bonds-new-york-stadiums_N.htm

[5] Jon Heyman: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_heyman/10/28/scoop.sabathia/

[6] Karim Garcia: http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/garcika01.shtml

[7] Jesse Barfield: http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/barfije01.shtml

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