Craig Calcaterra

Pablo Sandoval to visit Dr. James Andrews

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When Pablo Sandoval was placed on the disabled list, many of us raised an eyebrow. There had been no report of any incident which might have led to such an injury and the Sox placed him on the DL without doing an MRI or anything. The thinking was that the move was simply to eliminate a problem for a while and to push Sandoval to work on his conditioning.

Now, however, there is a basis for thinking that maybe there is something wrong with him after all, as Ken Rosenthal reports that Sandoval will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Guess we’ll see.

Oddsmakers make Fredi Gonzalez a 1/1 favorite to be the first manager fired in 2016

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez talks with the media before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Washington. Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball after he was arrested when a woman accused him of assault at a hotel outside Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Gambling on baseball is a bad idea 100 out of 100 times. Gambling on a baseball-related thing that involves otherwise good men getting fired because their team gave them crappy players to manage, well, you’re taking it next-level and are likely accumulating a lot of karma in the process.

Still, I know some of you are degenerates and you have to occupy yourselves with these things. If that describes you, here are the odds, via Bovada.lv, on which manager will be fired first in the 2016 season:

Fredi Gonzalez: 1/1
Walt Weiss: 7/2
Paul Molitor: 4/1
Terry Collins: 8/1
Joe Girardi: 10/1
Mike Scioscia: 12/1
Don Mattingly: 25/1

I get it with Fredi. I don’t gamble, but I’d almost bet my kids on him taking the fall for this mess by midseason and Eddie Perez getting a chance to test-drive the job for a few months with no pressure. I’ve never been a big fan of Fredi, but this sure as hell ain’t his fault. Hopefully he gets kicked upstairs to an advisor position or something rather than tossed to the curb.

Collins and Girardi seem like jokes here. Collins did just win a pennant and Girardi has (a) consistently done better than people expected; while (b) remaining in good graces with a GM who himself has perfect job security. Still, I suppose oddsmakers realize that there is a certain sort of fan who will go crazy and put money down on such a thing because they’re mad that a given game didn’t go well. A fool and his money, I guess.

I’d say Mike Scioscia is a good choice to be fired on merit, but it’s well established that he has compromising photos of anyone within a 40 mile radius of Anaheim who could even suggest firing him. He’s gonna outlast us all.

Oh well. Happy wagering.

Kevin Costner wants to do a movie about the Cubs

Kevin Costner arrives at the LA Premiere Of "McFARLAND, USA" held at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Kevin Costner starred in one excellent baseball movie, one that wasn’t so good but had more good moments in it than its detractors like to admit and one execrable pile of sappy treacle disguised as a baseball movie yet simultaneously doing a disservice to sappy treacle and baseball. I’ll let you guys figure out which one is which.

But he’s not done! At least he doesn’t think so. He was on Larry King’s show (Wait: Larry King still has a show?)  promoting his most recent flick when he said that, maybe, he has one more baseball movie in him:

“I’ve enjoyed (all the baseball movies). I think I have one more in me. It has to do with the Cubs. I don’t know, I have to get it written.”

Please fund my Kickstarter campaign to go back in time and divert a young Kevin Costner’s attention away from baseball. “Bull Durham” would still exist without it. They would’ve gotten another actor to play Crash Davis and, while he did a great job with that role, it probably would’ve been OK with someone else. Kurt Russell coulda pulled it off I bet. Or Jeff Bridges. Ron Shelton’s script and Susan Sarandon make that movie anyway.

Consider yourself warned, Cubs fans. Kevin Costner has you on his radar.