Rockies exercise $2.5 million option on Miguel Olivo for 2011

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Miguel Olivo followed up a big first half by hitting .193 after the All-Star break, but finished with a solid .269/.315/.449 line in 112 games overall and will be back in Colorado next season after the Rockies’ exercised their $2.5 million team option for 2011.
Olivo either figures to split time behind the plate with Chris Iannetta again or take on the bulk of the starts if the Rockies end up taking Iannetta out of the doghouse long enough to trade him, but either way $2.5 million is a reasonable enough salary.
Olivo does a nice job shutting down the running game and has good power for a catcher, smacking 14 homers in 394 at-bats this season and an average of 20 homers per 500 at-bats for his career, but horrendous plate discipline keeps him from actually being a major asset offensively. He struck out 117 times while drawing a grand total of just 22 non-intentional walks this year, and was even worse in the previous two seasons with K/BB ratios of 126/19 and 123/14.
UPDATE: Not so fast, my friend: Colorado’s team option on Olivo actually became a mutual option because he played more than 110 games this season, which means he still has the ability to become a free agent even after they exercise their half of the deal.

Red Sox manager John Farrell receives a one-game suspension

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Major League Baseball announced that Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during an argument with third base umpire Bill Miller in the top of the seventh inning of the Sox’ game against the Angels on Saturday night at Fenway Park.

The argument was over a balk call on Fernando Abad, which brought in a run for the Angels. It wasn’t Miller’s call — home plate ump Ryan Blakney made the call — but Miller is the crew chief. Things got pretty animated as Farrell got face-to-face with Miller and the spittle flew:

Managers do not have the right to appeal a suspension, so Farrell will be sitting out tonight’s game against the Twins.

Alabama man arrested for stealing a Braves golf cart from SunTrust Park

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Last Tuesday night, the Braves hosted the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park. They lost 6-3. An Alabama man named Marcus Stephens almost came away a winner, however. At least if stealing a $4,500 golf cart that belongs to the Braves makes you a winner, which in some circles I suppose it would.

Stephens lost, however, when he crashed the cart into a metal pole, attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by Cobb County Sheriff’s deputies. This all went down at 1:40AM Wednesday morning. The report doesn’t mention anything about alcohol being involved but I’ve read enough stories like this to make educated guesses about such things.

That being said, Stephens seems relatively composed in his mugshot:

I mean, yeah, the eyes look a bit red and puffy and the overall vibe he gives off is “I came to the game as part of the Sigma Nu reunion (Auburn University class of ’06, WAR DAMN EAGLE!),” but I expected much worse after reading the headline.

Anyway, dude is out on bail. Somewhere, someone is really super proud of him, I’m sure.