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News of the Day – 11/21/08

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Here is the news:

  • Hal Steinbrenner would like C.C. Sabathia to know that the Yanks offer does have a deadline, according to ESPN.

“We’ve made him an offer. It’s not going to be there forever.”

  • MLB.com reports that Bud Selig had former Reserve chairman Paul Volcker address a baseball owner’s meeting yesterday, to give a little history lesson on the country’s current economic woes.  The thinking around baseball is that while the signing of the elite free agents to mammoth deals might still go forward, lower echelon free agents may not find as much money being thrown their way.
  • Mark Teixeira’s fondness for Baltimore is well-known.  It was long thought that he might want to play for the Orioles when he hit free agency.  Now it turns out that the O’s neighbors, the Nationals, might be a mutally-agreeable spot for him, according to MLB.com.
  • Over at LoHud, Pete Abe gives us a promising update on Phil Hughes as he toils in the AFL.  Pete also has a strong opinion on whether Hughes should remain a Yankee:

The Yankees would be flat crazy to trade Hughes. His injuries have all been freak things and he obviously has great ability. Signing big-time guys is fine and it makes sense when there is a need. But the key to putting together a consistent championship contender is developing your own pitching. You need to pay for what a guy will do, not for what he has done for somebody else.

  • In a matter of administrative formality, Major League Baseball announced Hal Steinbrenner as the new control person of the Yankees.  Hal will be the liaison between the Commissioner’s Office and the team. George will still be the Chairman of the organization.
  • Mike Cameron might still end up in pinstripes, reports The Star-Ledger.  The Brewers are waiting to see if they somehow hold onto Sabathia before dealing their center fielder.
  • Was it just a coincidence that yesterday, when most papers were reporting noted baseball-throwing cruciverbalist Mike Mussina’s retirement plans, there was the following clue in the Times crossword puzzle:   47. Pitcher Hideki _____

  • Happy 35th birthday to pitcher Todd Erdos, who is not related to the late famed Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos.  However, Paul Erdos DID have a very slight connection to baseball (emphasis mine):

Because of his prolific output, friends created the Erdős number as a humorous tribute; Erdős alone was assigned the Erdős number of 0 (for being himself), while his immediate collaborators could claim an Erdős number of 1, their collaborators have Erdős number at most 2, and so on. Some have estimated that 90% of the world’s active mathematicians have an Erdős number smaller than 8 (not surprising in the light of the small world phenomenon). It is jokingly said that Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron has an Erdős number of 1 because they both autographed the same baseball when Emory University awarded them honorary degrees on the same day.

  • On this date in 1934, the Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
  • On this date in 1980, manager Dick Howser resigns (despite winning 103 games that year) and is replaced by Gene Michael.

Categories:  Diane Firstman  News of the Day

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1 BobbyB   ~  Nov 21, 2008 9:40 am

I'm bummed that Mussina has retired. He was modest about himself and was a real team guy. He was a standup guy, too, whenever he pitched badly (which wasn't too often except in 2007-when he was hurt and said nothing about it). I personally liked his attitude towards the press although I'm sure they didn't like it. It was obvious he was smarter than any of the guys asking him dumb questions.He was classy and I hope he will return to baseball with the Yankees in some capacity when he wants to go back to work. I'm thankful I got to see him pitch so often. It's a shame he didn't get a World Series Ring but he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I've got no reservations about saying that. Good Luck Mike!

2 jkay   ~  Nov 21, 2008 10:00 am


Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz Welcome Baby Boy!

By Us Magazine

Ashlee Simpson and husband Pete Wentz have welcomed their first child, a boy.

Bronx Mowgli Wentz - who weighed 7 lbs, 11 oz, and was 20.5 inches long - was born Thursday night, a spokesperson for the couple confirms to Usmagazine.com.

"Proud new parents Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz welcomed new son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, late this evening," the rep tells Us. "Ashlee, Pete and baby Bronx are all healthy and happy, and thank everyone for their well wishes!"

As for the baby's name, Bronx, Wentz said his goal was to make sure his kid would have a moniker that would work as either "a rock star or a senator."

3 Raf   ~  Nov 21, 2008 10:32 am

[0] Dick Howser was the first person I thought of after the 2004 ALCS

[2] I can think of several names that would work better than "Bronx Mowgli." So if they have a brother, will they name him "Baloo?" Hope that kid can play a sport, because around here cats'll be snapping hard on that name...

4 Bama Yankee   ~  Nov 21, 2008 10:41 am

[0] "47. Pitcher Hideki _____ "

Would that be Okajima or Irabu?

Since today's paper will probably have a story about George Steinbrenner, maybe 14 Down should be "Fat, _____ toad"

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 21, 2008 11:08 am


It was a 5-letter answer :-)

6 Bama Yankee   ~  Nov 21, 2008 11:38 am

[5] I can imagine a Sox fan working on that puzzle (I realize you might need a vivid imagination to see a Sox fan working on a crossword puzzle, but humor me):

"Those chowdaheads ovah at the Noo Yok papah spell Okajima with five lettahs"

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