Tag Archives: Izturis

SI Sportspersons of the Year? Two college coaches

Coach K and Pat Summitt were named SI’s Sportspersons of the Year.

Baseball news: Betancourt to KC. Endy Chavez to the Orioles. Reed Johnson, Cubs. Izturis to Milw. Mijares to KC.

The Cubs traded Sean Marshall to Cincy for Travis Wood.

SS on the move. One definite, the other?

There were reports that Rafael Furcal may be going back from whence he came. The 31 year old SS came up with the Braves, and it has been reported, but not confirmed yet, that he’s going back there. The 2001 ROY spent 2001-2005 with Atlanta before going to the Dodgers. In 2008, he played great but not often. Just 36 games, .357-5-16, OPS+ 164. For his career, .286 with an OPS+ of 96. His 162 g. average for his career is .286-12-59 and 36 SB. MLBTR however, is reporting Furcal’s agents are still talking to the Dodgers. For now, it’s best to just say that he is leaning toward Atlanta.

Meanwhile, another SS is on the move, as Cesar Iztruris leaves the Cardinals for the Orioles. Izturis, 29 in February, hit .263-1-24 with 24 SB for the Cards in 2008. OPS+ 67. He won a Gold Glove in 2004 with the Dodgers, but Oriole fans better think “Mark Belanger” here. For his career, Izturis is a .260 hitter (better than Belanger’s .228) but with an OPS+ of just 67 (Belanger’s was 68).

OF Joey Gathright signed with the Cubs after being non-tendered by the Royals. Gathright, 27, hit .254-0-22 with 21 SB. Only four of his 71 hits were for XBH. OPS+ 59. Career .263, OPS+ 68.

Finally, Kenny Lofton denies badmouthing the Yanks to CC.

ESPN is reporting that PSU gave soon-to-be 82-year-old football coach Joe Paterno a three-year extension. This is funny—

“…The parties might re-evaluate their circumstances and alter the arrangement by either shortening or extending its length as necessary…”