That was a good Super Bowl … but let’s get back to business …
- The Times‘ Tyler Kepner offers up a blog entry on Bobby Abreu’s unemployment, including a quote for his former GM in Philly:
… Wade was G.M. of the Philadelphia Phillies when Abreu played there, and he called him “one of the most underappreciated players in the game.”
“He’s a sabermetrician’s dream, from the standpoint of what he produces statistically,” Wade said. …
“Aaron Rowand came in there and in one year found the only exposed piece of metal in the ballpark and ran into it; some people wanted to build a statue in his honor,” said Wade, recalling the former Phillies center fielder who famously crashed into a wall at Citizens Bank Park.
“Aaron Rowand is an outstanding player and he brings that blue-collar type of energy to the field, and that’s great. Fans gravitate to that, especially in Philadelphia. Bobby’s so good at what he does and so smooth at doing it, he tends to be underappreciated.”
- Bill Madden critiques the Torre book, wonders what Joe “holds sacred”, and has this amazing excerpt:
Torre said he stands behind everything in the book, even though it is written by Verducci in the third person. That means, he fully approved Mike Mussina’s insensitive critique of Mariano Rivera on Page 312: “As great as he is, and it’s amazing what he does, if you start the evaluation again since I’ve been here, he has accomplished nothing in comparison to what he accomplished the four years before. He blew the World Series in ’01. He lost the Boston series. He didn’t lose it himself, but we had a chance to win in the ninth and sweep them and he doesn’t do it there. . . . That’s what I remember about the ’04 series.”
- The Post and the Times have more dirt from Torre’s book, should you be interested.
- Here is a transcript of Torre’s appearing on ‘Larry King Live’.
- Get to know the coaching staff of the Yanks’ Triple-A team.
- Belated happy 31st birthday to Erick Almonte. Almonte was the replacement for Jeter in 2003 when the Captain got hurt early in the year.
- Belated happy 49th birthday to Cecilio Guante. Guante was a reliever in ’87 and sometime closer in ’88.
- Belated happy 65th birthday to eight-time GG Paul Blair. Blair was a defensive replacement / part-timer for the Yanks primarily in ’77 and ’78.
- Happy 41st birthday to Scott Erickson. Erickson finished up a 15-year career by appearing in nine games for the Bombers in 2006.
- Happy 47th birthday to Pat Clements. Clements was a reliever on the ’87 and ’88 squads.
- Pat Tabler turns 51 today. Tabler was a first-round draft pick of the Yanks in ’76. He never made it to the big club, getting dealt to the Cubs in ’81 for Bill Caudill and Jay Howell.
- Dale Murray turns 59 today. Murray was a 32-year-old career reliever in 1982, when he was dealt by the Blue Jays (along with Tom Dodd) to the Yanks for Dave Collins (a Steinbrenner mistake), Mike Morgan (oops) and a young 1B named Fred McGriff (d’oh).
- Happy 76th birthday to Jack Reed. Reed didn’t make the majors til age 28 (1961), and only stuck for three seasons in a bit role.
- On this date in 1936, the Baseball Writers Association of America announces the results of the first Hall of Fame vote. Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner comprise the inaugural class of Hall of Fame members.
- On this date in 1989, former All-Star first baseman and Yankee announcer Bill White is elected president of the National League. White succeeds Chub Feeney, becoming the first African-American to be named president of either league and the highest ranking black executive in the four major sports.