Asked by CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien what kind of grade he deserves for the season, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen responded, “Z for Zorro. I don’t think I did a good job.”
That’s probably overly harsh, given that he’s pretty much had his hands tied with having to play three of the game’s worst regulars for most of the season: Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Brent Morel. OK, maybe he didn’t have to play Morel, but alternatives like Mark Teahen and Omar Vizquel didn’t really have anything more to offer.
Plus, the one area in which a manager really can make a difference is in his bullpen usage, and after a rough start, Guillen has done a great job mixing and matching Sergio Santos, Chris Sale, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton. He definitely deserves some points for that, so I’d at least give him a solid ‘H.’
Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young died on Tuesday at the age of 51, the team said. Young was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in February.
Young, 51, pitched parts of six seasons in the majors from 1991-96. He began his big league career with the Mets in 1991 and stayed with the team through ’93. He famously failed to win a game between April 24, 1992 and July 24, 1993. During that span of time, he went 0-27. It was a great example, even back then, of the uselessness of won-lost records. Young posted a respectable 4.17 ERA in ’92 and 3.77 in ’93.
Former pitcher Turk Wendell, who was Young’s teammate with the Cubs in 1994-95, called Young “a true gentleman.”
The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that the club designated reliever Jason Grilli for assignment as part of a handful of roster moves. Outfielder Dwight Smith was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was activated from the 10-day disabled list, and pitcher Chris Smith was recalled from Buffalo as well.
Grilli, 40, struggled to a 6.97 ERA with a 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings of work this season in Toronto. The right-hander similarly struggled in the first half last year with the Braves before being acquired by the Jays but Grilli’s role had diminished and most of the rest of the bullpen has been pulling its weight.
Grilli should draw some interest — perhaps from the Nationals — as his peripheral stats suggest he’s not nearly as bad as his ERA suggests.