Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

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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

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.