Nothing Whatsoever To Do The Lack Of Big Deals At The Deadline

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(photo by Matt Baab)

I think we all know how this feels. Especially Chuck LaMar.

Creed Sucks…And Crede Has A New Understudy

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Utility IF Geoff Blum (above), who performed admirably during Khalil Greene’s absence earlier this year, is on the way to the White Sox having been traded by the Padres in exchange for LHP Ryan Meaux.

Dusty Denies LA Story

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From MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat :

The Los Angeles Times quoted sources saying Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker wants to take over the Dodgers if Jim Tracy doesn’t return in 2006. The Times quoted a source saying, “[Baker] would love the Dodgers to come calling and then hope the Cubs would let him go.”

“I don’t know where these things come from,” Baker (above) said Sunday about the report. “I’ve got a year and some change on my contract [with the Cubs]. I’ve never not honored a contract in my entire life. I don’t renegotiate contracts. I’ve never done that. Only one time have I ever signed before the end of the season, only one time. This is the first time since I was a player that I’ve had a contract over two years, and most of the times that was at my choice.

“I didn’t sign here for four years thinking about going somewhere else,” Baker said. “I signed here for four years because I thought it might take that long, No. 1, and, No. 2, because I wanted to make sure we saw this thing through. LA, that’s kind of out there. Sources, there’s always a source saying something. It seems like I’m in more rumors than somebody in Hollywood.”

Deadline Deals – The Few, The Confirmed

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1) Braves get P Kyle Farnsworth from Detroit for Zach Miner and Roman Colon. Look for Fernando Rodney to be Detroit’s closer down the stretch, as the Tigers have wisely begun looking towards 2006.

2) LHP Ron Villone (2-3, 2.45 ERA) is moving from Seattle to Florida in exchange for right-handers Yorman Bazardo and Mike Flannery

3) The Cubs acquire OF Matt Lawton (.273, 10 HR’s, 44 RBI) from the Pirates ; Pittsburgh will receive OF Jody Gerut (.260, 1 HR , 12 RBI).

Sultan Of Sloth Tells Manny, “Hands Off My Cake”

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David Wells, as interviewed post-game on NESN last night (from the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin)

”I didn’t know until we hit in the bottom of the inning and there’s no Manny,” Wells said. ”The guy’s messing with my cake. I want to try to get a ring, man. If he’s not out there, that creates a problem. And I don’t know the situation. Whatever it is, he better have a great excuse because we need Manny Ramirez in the lineup. I don’t care what’s going on. This team needs him.

”If he’s going to come out and say he needs another day off, that’s not going to sit well with a lot of guys. There’s no question. . . . It’s selfish for him not to step up. Listen, we’ve got a couple guys hurt. We need you in there. His impact in that is tremendous. The [opposing] pitchers are going, ‘Oh boy. What do we throw this guy?’ He’s hitting everything. For Manny not to step up, I think that was selfish on his part.”

Indeed, if only Manny were capable of “stepping up” the way Boomer did in Game 5 of the 2003 World Series.

Groom : I’m Not Torre’s Buddy

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From Newsday’s Jim Baumbach :

A teary-eyed Buddy Groom was so upset about being designated for assignment yesterday that he wanted to send a message to relievers who might consider joining the Yankees.

“Don’t come here thinking you might get a chance at a lot of opportunities,” he said, “because unless you’re one of Joe’s boys, you’re not going to get a shot.”

Although Joe Torre agreed that the lefthanded reliever wasn’t used regularly during his three-month stint here, Torre took offense at Groom’s assertion that he plays favorites. “If I started pitching or playing guys because I liked them, or didn’t play them because I didn’t like them, I’m doing a disservice to the rest of the team,” Torre said.

“If I’ve ever done that,” he added, “I’m not aware of it.”

“They just said they got Embree and that’s it,” Groom said. “It wasn’t anything like I hadn’t done the job or whatever. Maybe it was my age? I don’t know.”

Buddy Groom (above) is 40 years young.

Rickey : Hall Of A Conspiracy

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From the New York Post’s Brian Costello :

When Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs give their induction speeches today, future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will not be watching. He’s got a game.

The 46-year-old outfielder will not be playing where he thinks he belongs ” in the major leagues ” but in an independent league game in Yuma, Ariz., for the San Diego Surf Dawgs.

Henderson believes he still has what it takes to play in the big leagues, but no one has shown interest since he finished the 2003 season with the Dodgers.

“I would love to play anywhere,” the all-time steals leader said. “I think my skills are there. To me, it’s just the chance. Why can’t I have a chance? I see [the current] players and what [teams] need, and you’re saying I don’t have none of that? That shocks me. Then I’m not a Hall of Famer. I should have never played the game.”

Henderson (above) believes it’s his status as a surefire Hall of Famer that is holding him back. The former Yankee and Met thinks someone in baseball does not want to delay his induction. Players are eligible to be inducted five years after their final major league game, meaning Henderson could be inducted in 2008.

“I don’t know why, unless I’ve done too much in the game,” Henderson said, when asked why he believes he is not on the big leagues’ radar. “Most people say you’re a Hall of Famer and they’ve got a certain date that they want me to go to the Hall of Fame. They feel that if I continue playing it would screw up when I go into the Hall of Fame. I don’t think that’s fair to me.”

Heyman At The Trading Deadline

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Along with providing an autopsy for the Mets’ failed (for now) pursuit of Manny Ramirez, Newsday’s Jon Heyman serves up the following with less than 3 hours to go before the trading deadline :

The Yankees are scanning the weak pitching market and considering Ron Villone, Eddie Guardado (who has a shoulder tear), Scott Sauerbeck, Kevin Millwood, Bobby Howry, Jason Johnson, Scott Eyre, Rick White and Mark Redman. One person said even Jeff Weaver’s name came

The Yankees called Cincinnati about Ken Griffey Jr., but the Reds called back to say, “No thanks.” Which stunned everyone, given that the Reds finally had their chance to get out of most of the $47 million remaining on Griffey’s contract.

Regarding the Reds’ intractability, one NL exec said: “They’ve made Kent Mercker damn near untouchable. Kent Mercker!”

The Phillies sought only a No. 1 starting pitcher, a reliever and two top prospects for Billy Wagner. No mention of a first-born son, though.

Trachsel Labors In AA Rehab Start

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Mets P Steve Trachsel allowed 3 runs in 5 innings last night, two of them on solo HR’s, as Binghamton (Eastern League) dropped a 6-4 decision to the Akron Aeros.

2B Kaz Matsui went 1 for 2 with a single in 3 innings of action last night for Gary Carter’s Gulf Coast League rookie Mets.

Cottagers Thumped By MLS All-Stars

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Though a return to the East/West format would’ve excited, well, no one, what does it say about Major League Soccer’s place in the overall scheme of things that a friendly between the league’s stars and a club that finished 13th in last season’s Premiership standings was thought to be a marquee match?

Presumably, Major League Baseball are taking notes and will prepare to send the Kansas City Royals on a barnstorming tour of Japan shortly before the 2006 season.

Lovers of overpriced satellite TV pay channels can look foward to the following friendlies this morning and afternoon :

12: 30pm EST Arsenal v. Porto, Amsterdam Arena (Gol TV)
2:30pm EST AC Milan v. Chelsea, Giants Stadium (Gol TV)
4:00 pm EST Ajax v. Boca Juniors, Amsterdam Arena (tape delay, Gol TV)

Setanta’s US satellite channel will carry the 2nd leg of Liverpool’s 2nd qualifying round Champions League match against Kaunas this Tuesday at 2:30pm EST.