As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.* It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen — hold forth on their careers and their legacies.
And then there’s Bud. When introducing Piniella, he said that the Pilots traded Pinella “two days after we came in an bought the Pilots to move them to Milwaukee.” Only problem: he was a year off. As anyone who read “Ball Four” know, Pinella was traded at the beginning of the 1969 season. Selig’s group bought the Pilots just before the 1970 season. Other than that, aces.
In other news, Abner Doubleday continues to not have invented baseball.
*Cox had a family emergency and had to leave
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: