I’m in a glass case of emotion
Just minutes ago, I received maybe the most disheartening news of the off-season so far: Sal Fasano, former major-league catcher, is now Sal Fasano, former Lansing Lugnuts manager. He did such a good job in Lansing last year, the Blue Jays are sending him to Double-A New Hampshire for 2011.
Understand, Sal Fasano is as awesome as he looks, and that’s really saying something. He’s a good manager on the field, he’s friendly, he’s funny, he writes his lineup in calligraphy every day (he grew up with calligraphy as a hobby), he’s an avid woodworker, he has good taste in music, he has the delightful Fu Manchu, and he’s the only manager who’s ever told me I could “punch him in the face” if I didn’t think a YouTube video was funny. He’s everything you’d ever want in a minor-league manager.
Former MLB catcher Mike Redmond was hired by the Blue Jays to be the new Lansing manager. Like Fasano he’s a former journeyman MLB catcher. Unlike Fasano, he doesn’t have sweet facial hair. But he seems like exactly the kind of guy to be an outstanding minor-league manager or coach. He’s got a high standard to live up to. Mike Nutter says Redmond is a great guy and that’s good enough for me.
- Former TinCap Mat Latos is in the running for MLB Breakout Player of the Year. Vote now, vote often.
- Yorvit Torrealba signed with the Rangers. Add another supplemental draft pick to the mix. That’s four picks in the first and sandwich rounds coming to the Padres in 2011. If Kevin Correia leaves, it’ll be five.
- The San Diego paper seems a little bent out of shape by Torrealba (and Jon Garland) leaving, talking about the Padres’ “direction.” Both players both had good years and I’m not sure how easy it’ll be to find another catcher who will hit .271 on the cheap, but I think about it this way: When David Eckstein rehabbed with the TinCaps, he flat-out said, “We know we’re not this good.” Meaning the Padres were winning games, but a lot of things had to go right for that to happen. Meaning, by extension, that maybe the 2011 performance wasn’t completely sustainable. Let’s say you’re Torrealba. You have the option of a one-year deal with a team that played over its head and might end up with a $40 million payroll again (the Padres), OR a two-year deal with a team that just went to the World Series and is talking about spending big for either Cliff Lee or a traded Zack Greinke. Which place are you going? Also, Jon Garland outside of Petco Park will be decent, but not Jon Garland pitching half his games at Petco Park.
- The Padres might not be big players at the Winter Meetings. Surprise!
- You might be interested in this book review on a book about minor-league players.
- You might also be interested in this article about why the Colts stink.
- The latest example of how Twitter (especially in the wrong hands) is dumb.
- Sledding? Ice skating? At a major-league ballpark? In Cleveland? Where do I sign up? I’m in negotiations with groundskeeper Keith Winter to build giant sledding hills on our field in a couple of months. Keith Winter’s Wonderland, here we come!
- Michael Jordan, what should LeBron do?
- As much as I hate to predict this, I feel like LeBron coming back to Cleveland for the first time is going to get ugly. This is the same town that threw full beer bottles onto the field during a football game against a team not named the Steelers or Ravens.
And now, your Cleveland-Miami football fact of the day: Don Shula, who led the 1972 Dolphins to the NFL’s only perfect season, is from Cleveland and attended John Carroll University. In fact, the football stadium at JCU is named after him. Bernie Kosar, who was the only real quarterback ever to play at “The U,” is from northeast Ohio. Unless you consider Gino Toretta, Steve Walsh, Ken Dorsey, Vinny Testaverde or Brock Berlin a real quarterback. So, in summary, you’re welcome, Miami. Without northeast Ohio, you wouldn’t even have football.
Musical guest and Cleveland natives, the Michael Stanley Band!