Activated 1B/OF-L Chris Richard from the DL; optioned OF-R Luis Matos to Rochester. [7/24]
Cancelled Richard's recall/reactivation; announced they would recall 2B-B Brian Roberts from Rochester on Friday. [7/25]
Skip the decisiveness, we're back in business as Akbar's House of Waffletastic Indecision.
Chris Richard managed to reinjure himself in his last game in Rochester, so Brian Roberts got a reprieve for blowing his previous opportunity to be recalled by not having his passport handy. That brings us back to the same point we were at before Roberts got sent down, which is that the Orioles will flim-flam their way through their second-base situation, wallowing through a non-choice between Roberts and Jerry Hairston Jr. It could be worse, because it has been--they could keep finding ways to get Luis Lopez into the lineup. Assuming that finishing close to .500 or keeping third place are actual (versus worthwhile) goals, this doesn't really help realize either of them.
The Internet has spoken. Your choices for this year's Internet Baseball Awards.
It's time to announce the winners of the tenth annual Internet Baseball Awards. More than 2,000 cyberspace baseball fans--a new record--participated in this effort to select the baseball players whose 2001 seasons were most deserving of honors.
This year marks not only our tenth year of balloting (we started in 1991, but sat out the 1994 season in protest of baseball's rude behavior), but also our fifth year of Web balloting. A few of our readers probably remember the good old days of e-mail ballots (as we remember all the fun it was counting ballots by hand), but most of you have been treated only to the extraordinarily comprehensive user-friendly Web ballots designed by BP's Webmaster, Dave Pease. Our thanks go to Dave, who puts in a ton of work to make this process go smoothly.
Now that Davey Johnson's pink
slip has surfaced from a long lurk in the Dodgers' interoffice mail, there
are five managers out of work. Within
the next couple of weeks, we'll probably see Jimy Williams and Jim Fregosi
join the list. While it makes for nifty trivia that no manager was fired
in-season, the firings mean something slightly different for each of the
teams. The usual crocodile tears are being shed for the public's benefit
about how Buck Showalter, Gene Lamont, Terry Francona and Jack McKeon all
deserve better, but what are the really important elements of these firings,
and the hirings yet to come? And how much recycling are we going to have
accept this time around?
If Jack McKeon was cranky enough to sue over the question of whether or not
he was fired because of age discrimination, his dismissal would be a
particularly interesting case. If Jim Bowden ends up selecting Bob Boone as
McKeon's replacement, it would be Bowden who would have given greater
evidence of age-related handicaps like memory loss. Has everyone forgotten
Boone's ineptitude as a manager during his stints with Tacoma and Kansas
City? There's a hint of a glaucoma problem here if Boone gets the job, at
least as far as what George Bush called "the vision thing." Firing
the oft-recycled McKeon for someone who hasn't demonstrated any core
competency to deserve recycling strikes me as poor judgment on a par with
acquiring Fonzie Bichette or Ruben Sierra. On a similar level of
irrelevance, Bowden is supposed to be considering Hal McRae, last seen as
the Phillies' hitting coach. I don't know what the fascination with
uninspired and uninspiring ex-Royals managers represents, but it isn't a
good thing. Why not dig up Duke Wathan? If the objective is to bring back
Davey Johnson, that's fine, but if the choices are limited to Ken Griffey's
dad and some ex-Royal flops, then Bowden isn't rating the job as one with
any real importance.