Rick Ankiel signed a deal with KC. He hit .231-11-38 last year for St. Louis, OPS+ 76. 26 walks, 99 K. In 2008, Ankiel, the former pitcher, hit 25 HR for the Redbirds.
The Mets traded for Gary Matthews Jr. from the Angels. Matthews hit .250-4-50 for the Angels last year, OPS+ 83. A move designed to help ease the Beltran hurt. Matthews, 35, is a .258 career hitter, OPS+ 93. To get him, the Mets traded reliever Brian Stokes, 2-4, 3.97 with the 2009 Mets.
Octavio Dotel signed with the Buccos.
So, Tiger Woods is apparently in a sex-addiction clinic in Mississippi. I would hope it isn’t co-ed.
Speaking about addiction, Miggy Cabrera has been going for treatment of alcohol abuse. His drunken domestic abuse episode with his wife during the last weekend of the season sure didn’t help his Tigers, who blew a 3 game lead with 4 to play.
Interesting bit in the NY Post today. 60 Minutes does a feature on the preponderance of Samoans in the NFL, but in 1988 Jimmy the Greek got canned for his thoughts about the preponderance of blacks in the NFL. One reader (and the Post) pointed out that the views espoused by both seemed similar…only the same network (CBS) that canned the Greek in 1988 airs similar viewpoints now?
Add Fergie Jenkins to the bash McGwire now bandwagon.