Saturday, September 20, 2008

other meaningless stuff

Sheffield also said he watched the replay of the brawl to see who else came after him and tried to attack him from behind.

"I know who they are," Sheffield said, "and they are going to have to deal with me."

I think I'd hire someone to start my car for me if I were a Cleveland player.

Right-hander A.J. Burnett is expected to opt out of his contract following the season, which with the Marcum update, leaves the Jays' rotation with two significant holes.

So next April 6, the Jays' rotation would seem to consist of Roy Halladay, Jesse Litsch, David Purcey and question marks.

I want Burnett in a Cardinals uniform next year. Get this done for me, Moze.

Ichiro Suzuki wasn't able to celebrate his eighth consecutive 200-hit season because in a season with almost no end to the losses, the 200th hit came in a loss.

That didn't mean there wasn't some enjoyment for Ichiro, who tied Hall of Fame outfielder Wee Willie Keeler (1894-1901) for the most consecutive 200-hit seasons. Ichiro had shared the AL record with another Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs.

It's hard to celebrate when you play like a spoiled little league team with no coach. Or maybe it's easy.

This weekend's matchup between two of the worst teams in baseball will go a long way toward determining who gets the No. 1 pick in next summer's draft—widely expected to be Strasburg, the hard-throwing right-hander from San Diego State who is likened to Josh Beckett and Mark Prior.

Though the Nationals insist they're not thinking about such things and they're attempting to win every game the rest of the season, privately, the organization knows it could be better off finishing with the majors' worst record and adding Strasburg to its farm system.

[Padres watchers]'d like to see the Padres get Strasburg, which means the Padres would need to finish the season with the worst record in the major leagues—which means the Padres did themselves no good with Friday night's 11-6, 14-inning win over the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

The win—or loss depending on your view—gave Washington the worst record in the National League by a game over the Padres, although both teams are playing catch-up (again, depending on your view) with Seattle of the American League.

It's good to have your priorities straight. I guess.

Trade rumors generally don't amount to much in baseball, merely serving up conversation before the actual trade - something that wasn't predicted by anyone - goes down. Just wondering, though, if you heard the one from ESPN's Peter Gammons the other night: Matt Cain to the Milwaukee Brewers for Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and perhaps a third player.

Fire sale in Milwaukee. Get in there fast.