Yesterday the Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Angels and the City of Industry have been negotiating about the team possibly maybe moving up there. It seemed like an extreme long shot at the very best and more likely a total ruse/negotiating ploy. Bill Shaikin reports, however, that it’s even less than that. It’s baloney:
The Angels have not held negotiations about moving to a potential new ballpark in the City of Industry, Angels Chairman Dennis Kuhl said Thursday …
Industry City Manager Kevin Radecki said he was unaware of any conversations involving the Angels coming to his town.
“We haven’t talked to anybody here,” Radecki said.
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: