Bobby Valentine to join ESPN

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About those Bobby V. managerial rumors? Eh, forget I said anything:

Television industry and baseball sources say Valentine, completing his final season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League, is on the verge of signing a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN . . . “It’s a done deal,” one source said. “And it should be announced soon.”

The article says that the last time ESPN hired Valentine he had a clause in his contract that called for him to pay back some money if he bolted to take a manager’s job.  Which pretty much has to rule out him taking either the Mets or the Nats jobs. I mean, it’s one thing to work for either of those train wrecks, but to actually pay for the privilege? Ye Gods.

Marcell Ozuna scratched from Cardinals lineup because he overslept

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.

The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.

It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.