A level 1 blogging emergency
In Ohio (where I’ve lived most of my life), the higher the level of a snow emergency, the worse the snow is. So you can understand my confusion when yesterday morning someone declared a Level 1 snow emergency in our area and no cars were allowed on the roads.
Anyway, it was the first snow day I’ve had since college. And after watching several hours of awkward interviews with high-school football players who just announced (on quasi-national TV) where they’re going to attend college, I’m here to report that snow days are lamer than I remember. That is all.
- The TinCaps will celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier on April 15.
- The Padres picked up RHP Samuel Deduno from the Rockies. Lots of strikeouts in the high minors, lots of walks. Consider him the new Radhames Liz. San Diego designated INF Oscar Salazar for assignment, which means Jeudy Valdez keeps his spot on the 40-man roster. The move means about half of the players who were with San Diego for a substantial amount of time last year have gone elsewhere.
- Dave Roberts is feeling good and already working at Petco Park. He’ll be the Padres’ first-base coach this year.
- Lewis Black, who has made a career of being fake-outraged, caught wind of the Akron Aeros’ artery-clogging concession items. He is faking, right?
- Fun names from this week’s minor-league transactions: Nick Bierbrodt, Braden Looper, Timo Perez (who, like many of us, wishes it was still the year 2000), Tobi Stoner (no, that’s not a misspelling).
- Tim Kurkjian wonders if the workload on last year’s World Series pitching staffs will spell trouble in 2011.
- From Buster Olney’s blog (insider only): Did you know some teams have installed 3D Doppler radar systems in their ballparks that can measure the spin, in RPMs, of pitches? Word is, TV news stations in those towns are racing to find a slightly-better Doppler system for their weather forecasts, then advertise the bejeesus out of it.
- The Braves invited RHP Julio Teheran to MLB spring training. He’s considered the best pitching prospect in the minors by several outlets.
- Frank Viola will be the pitching coach for the Mets’ short-season affiliate in Brooklyn. He was at the Winter Meetings looking for work, if I remember correctly.
- The Mariners’ minor-league operations director did an interview. Interesting stuff about how winning games needs to be part of the development process. Not every organization believes that, at least not strongly.
- The Yankees picked up OF Justin Maxwell, who had been designated for assignment by the Nationals. He played for us in Harrisburg when I worked there. Enormous and smart guy, but hasn’t been able to stay healthy or hit enough in the big leagues. I’m also puzzled as to how he’s going to be ready to go for spring training after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October.
- Snow-mageddon 2011 has claimed part of the press box at Wrigley Field.
- The Indians’ equipment truck leaves Cleveland for Arizona on Friday.
- That might be the only positive sports-related story Cleveland gets for months. I watched the Cavs last night and couldn’t stop thinking about how the Cavs wouldn’t trade for Amare Stoudamire because they’d have to give up J.J. Hickson. Also, their starting lineup last night included Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris and Ramon Sessions. This guy here is dead!
- I don’t know how everybody missed it yesterday with ten hours of live coverage, but Forrest Gump of Greenbow High School has signed to play his college football at Alabama. Rival fans are calling for an investigation into how Gump qualified academically.
Musical guest… REO Speedwagon!