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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.

Random thoughts:

  • 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!

Take care!

DW

Snow-mageddon 20-o-11

I don’t mean to alarm anybody, but The Weather Channel reported this morning that this snowstorm headed our way will be, and I quote, “Armageddon.”

So, you know… Just start panicking. And hope a cavalcade of stars led by Bruce Willis can think of a way to save us before it’s too late.

Random thoughts:

  • TinCaps in Winter Ball update: Edinson Rincon is 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts in the Dominican Winter League… “The Big Dog” Hayden Beard is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in the Australian League.
  • One of the San Diego papers talked to the prospects acquired in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.
  • The 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game logo is out, says legendary author Ben Hill.
  • Fort Wayne alum RHP LaTroy Hawkins says he feels good as he rehabs from shoulder surgery.
  • In other buzzcut news, Bob Uecker feels good too. About several things.
  • As expected, the Royals are moving one of their top hitting prospects from catcher to the outfield.
  • The Braves’ pitchers start voluntary throwing sessions today. Oh baby. Baseball’s almost here.
  • The latest addition to the “Who Wants to be the Rangers’ Fifth Starter?” competition is Dave Bush.
  • Former Ranger Vladimir Guerrero has talked with the Orioles. Baltimore signed RHP Justin Duchscherer, who the Yankees were looking at.
  • The Yankees HAVE to be working on a trade for a starting pitcher, don’t they? Maybe Ivan Nova can make the jump to the big leagues, but Sergio Mitre and Big Fat Bartolo Colon would just freak me out as No. 5 starters.
  • Twins pitcher Brian Duensing had a terrifying day this off-season.
  • GMs are getting active away from the office this off-season… Yankees GM Brian Cashman has dressed like an elf and rappelled off the side of a building for charity, then bartended for charity. Astros GM Ed Wade ran a marathon. He’s 55 years old!
  • A retired pitcher is working at a fish market. And he loves it.
  • Last week we read about a book that claims umpiring is different depending on the venue. Another viewpoint says not so fast.
  • The Sunday Night Football crew proves that sometimes, even when there’s a mic in front of you, it’s best if you just shut up for a while.
  • To kill time while sick this weekend I decided to start cooking things. In a two-hour period I made blueberry pancakes (incredibly good), banana nut muffins (ehh) and lasagna (solid). I’m anxiously awaiting an invitation to try out as a celebrity cook in Scott Kammerer‘s kitchen.
  • Dave Hutte Status Update: “It’s nice to wake up to your tax refund being in your checking account.”

Musical guest… Donavon Frankenreiter and John Oates!

Take care!

DW

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