The Rule 5 draft is over

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Continuing where we left off earlier . . .

  • The Jays pick Zech Zinicola from the Nationals;

  • The Brewers pick Chuck Lofgren from the Indians;

  • The Cubs take Mike Parisi from the Cardinals;

  • The Rays take Armando Zerpa from the Red Sox;

  • The Mariners take pitcher Kanekoa Texeira from the Yankees.  How many dim Yankees fans thought it was Mark?

  • The Giants take Steve Johnson from the Orioles;

  • The Cardinals pick Ben Jukich from the Reds; and

  • The Phillies take Kenneth Herndon from the Angels.

I take it back: if you know these people you didn’t draft them and you’re not their momma.  They’re so anonymous that to know them you have be one of these people.

He gone! Hawk Harrelson called his last game yesterday

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Ken Harrelson has been broadcasting for decades but yesterday was his last one. As of today the Hawk has hung up his mic and entered retirement. He gone!

Harrelson, 77, who played in the majors for nine seasons with the A’s, Red Sox, Indians and Senators and led the AL in RBI in 1968. He was also the White Sox’ general manager for a single season in the mid-80s. That didn’t go well — he famously fired Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski and traded away a young Bobby Bonilla, but his career as a broadcaster went swimmingly.

Harrelson served as a Red Sox broadcaster from 1975 through 1981. Despite his reputation as an unrepentant homer for his White Sox — who he called “the good guys,” as opposed to the “bad guys” playing them — he was actually fired as a Red Sox broadcaster for being critical of ownership. He then embarked on his first stint with the White Sox before his move into the front office, worked as a Yankees broadcaster from 1987-88 and worked games for NBC’s Game of the Week in the mid-1980s as well. He then returned to call games for the White Sox in 1990 and the rest is history.

Hawk will still be a team ambassador for Chicago so he not totally gone, but the White Sox broadcast booth is entering a new era.