Whitey Herzog in the House

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Whitey Herzog is in the press room for his welcome-to-the-Hall-of-Fame press conference.  I’m a huge Whitey Herzog fan. I grew up in the 80s, so his legend loomed large.  Just because I’m in the press room doesn’t mean I’m not still a fan, so I went up to him.

Me: “Whitey, can I get a picture?”

Whitey: “If you got a camera you can.”

Har har. 

Anyway, Herzog and fellow inductee Doug Harvey are on the dais now, with Jane Forbes Clark putting their Hall of Fame jerseys and caps on them.  I’m waiting for an argument to break out between Herzog and Harvey.

If anyone says anything really interesting during the press conference, I’ll post it shortly.

UPDATE:  Asked if he and Harvey can be friends now that they’re both being inducted (Harvey ran Whitey A LOT when they were active).  Harvey is sitting right next to Herzog, and Herzog says “Doug was the worst damn weatherman ever. For Christ’s sake, Doug, when we get to Cooperstown next summer, don’t put the tarp on the field. And don’t kick me out of the damn Hall of Fame, OK?”

Red Sox designate Eduardo Núñez for assignment

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The Red Sox announced a handful of roster moves on Monday afternoon: infielder Eduardo Núñez has been designated for assignment, pitcher Hector Velázquez has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and pitcher Ryan Weber and 1B/OF Sam Travis have both been recalled from Pawtucket.

Núñez, 32, has had an awful year, batting .228/.243/.305 with two homers and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances. He’s owed the remainder of his $4 million salary. Odds are Núñez will pass through waivers and become a free agent, after which his odds of landing with a team will go up.

Velázquez, 30, tossed 36 pitches in an inning of work against the Dodgers last night, taking the loss after allowing three runs in the 12th inning.

Travis, 25, is back for his second stint in the majors this season. Thus far, he has a .387 OPS in 31 trips to the dish.

Weber, 28, has accrued 19 1/3 innings thus far, allowing 11 runs on 24 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts.