Doc Gooden has a Twitter account. I don’t read it much. Maybe I’ll start, though, because he seems to be breaking into the Heyman/Buster/Rosenthal world of transaction scoops. Here he was a few minutes ago:
Look for Albert Pujols to follow Ozzie Guillen to Florida if the cardinals don’t.
I would have ignored it totally if it wasn’t for the “insidescoop” hash tag. But since it’s there I’m going to imagine that Gooden has been working the phones all morning and finally got a source to talk to him. He’s wearing a 1986 Mets cap with a “press” card taped to the side too.
I can’t ever picture the Marlins spending that kind of money, but how fun would Pujols in Miami be? I can picture the cover of Sports Illustrated already. Ozzie and Albert in their ugly new Marlins uniforms, smiling big in front of palm trees or whatever. Like Bum Phillips and Ken Stabler with the New Orleans Saints back in ’84 or whenever it was.
“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.
Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:
He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced this morning that they are contributing $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that recently hit Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations: The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players – the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope – will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
According to the joint press release, several players with connections to the area, including Reid Brignac, Will Harris, Wade LeBlanc, Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Ranaudo and Ryan Schimpf were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support.
Nice move, union and league.