Will Ferrell to play all nine positions in various Cactus League games on Thursday

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Spring training results really aren’t worth looking into. And sometimes they’re even less worth looking into than that:

Is it wrong of me to note that Ferrell has been far more interesting in the small handful of dramatic or semi-dramatic roles he’s had in the past decade than anything funny he’s done? Even if he’s still capable of making you laugh sometimes?

Which isn’t to say he shouldn’t do this. He’s got a lot of goodwill in the bank and can kind of do whatever he wants. I just happen to think that there’s room for more than one Bill Murray these days and that if Ferrell wanted to spend some time doing some acting instead of farting around, I’d be all for it.

Oh, whatever. If he does this, I’ll be fine with it:

 

UPDATE: Major League Baseball has issued a press release about it. It’s part of a promotion for an HBO/Funny or Die special which is aimed at honoring Bert Campaneris, who once played all nine positions in a game, and is dedicated to cancer charities. And Major League Baseball has no problem with it. Rob Manfred:

“Spring Training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer. Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball – among our clubs, players and our millions of fans – are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause.”

Ferrell will be playing in the following games as part of the special:

March 12 (all times Pacific; subject to change)

  • 12:05 p.m.      Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics (HoHoKam Stadium)
  • 1:10 p.m.        Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Tempe Diablo Stadium)
  • 2:10 p.m.        Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick)
  • 4:05 p.m.        San Francisco Giants at Chicago White Sox (Camelback Ranch)
  • 6:15 p.m.        Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres (Peoria Stadium)

I’ll be at the Peoria game at least, and may be at one of the day games so if anything fun happens I’ll post about it.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?