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  • January 15th, 2010

    January 15, 2010:
    A Bunch of This and That

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:58 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Some stuff the Day after the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America held their annual awards dinner:

    The Sox agreed to terms with Hideki Okajima yesterday, signing him to a 1-year, NON GUARANTEED $2.75 million contract, with another $200K available in bonus clauses based on appearances.

    But what’s with the non-guaranteed contract? The Red Sox could actually release Okajima in spring training, and only have to give him between 30-45 days termination pay. His 09 numbers with the Sox were an impressive 6-0 with a 3.39 ERA in 68 appearances (a career high), including being 6th in the majors in fewest inherited runner scoring, allowing only 16%, or 6 out of 37 to score…And this was the pitcher the Sox picked up in 2007 as someone to keep Daisuke company–I would take him over Daisuke any day of the week…

    Speaking of Daisuke: Good reports coming out of the Athletes’ Performance in Arizona, where Daisuke has been training this off-season. From baseball training coordinator Craig Friedman: “Daisuke has been training now for about four weeks and is making great improvements. It is new training methodology for him, and he has responded very well. The main point of emphasis right now is improving his overall stability with the end goal of taking stress away from his throwing arm. For him, it is about minimizing energy leaks throughout his body, allowing the throwing motion to be more efficient.” Hopefully, this will result in less Maalox smoothies for me in 2010…

    Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Tito is exploring using Tim Wakefield out of the bullpen: “He’s a starter. What we need to do is, for the last three or four years we haven’t had him at the end of the year. It’s probably hard for Wake to understand. He sees us signing guys and probably that’s a normal human reaction. What we’re trying to do is have our guys stay healthy and productive.” So look for Wake to pitch less often, in hopes that will help him get through a complete season…

    So the Skanks are saying they don’t have enough money to sign Johnny Damon…that is like saying that A-rod will run out of pink and purple lipstick–its impossible…Their story is that they only have $2 million to spend on a left fielder–and Johnny Damon wants at least $10 million a year for 2 years…Looks like there just aren’t any takers in the “overpay for yet another Scott Boras client” sweepstakes…Maybe he can get Johnny one of those “pillow contracts” HA HA…

    No, his mother didn’t give him that name at birth (it was John Paul then) She just started calling him “Boof” at some point in his youth. But in 2001 John Paul Bonser legally changed his name to “Boof”….uh…..WHY??? Good thing his parents didn’t call him “wooby” or “stinker”, or it could have been really bad–wait, “Boof” is pretty bad…

    Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has a ton of things going on over the next 12 months. Co-founded by the late Buck O’Neil and Horace Peterson, the museum has grown into an impressive cultural showplace for the preservation of an important part of baseball history. Highlights of the year-long celebration include:

    The 10th annual Legacy Awards: On January 30th, at the Kansas City Convention Center, some of the outstanding players of old and new will be honored, including Red Sox left fielder (still weird to say) Jacoby Ellsbury, who, with Michael Bourn of the Astros will be awarded the Cool Papa Bell Award for being the stolen-base leaders in their respective leagues. Also being honored is new center fielder Mike Cameron, with the Pop Lloyd Award for recognition of baseball/community leadership. Tickets for the Legacy Awards, which are $150 each, also include a one-year membership to the museum.

    Coming Home 2010: Fewer than 150 of the 2,600 players in the Negro Leagues are still surviving. Many of them will attend a reunion at the museum on September 27-28.

    Buck O’Neil Memorial Birthday Salute: Before his death in 2006, O’Neil used his birthday to raise funds and awareness for the museum. This year’s celebration will come on what would have been his 99th birthday, November 13, at the Gem Theater.

    You can get more info on any of these events, or order tickets for the Legacy Awards by calling (816) 221-1920.

    Finally, from our friends at eTrue Sports: St. Louis Cardinal infielder Julio Lugo is raving about the results of his off-season conditioning work with new hitting instructor Mark McGwire over this winter, baseball sources told eTrue Sports. “The man can teach,” Lugo said. Asked about how he put in 50 pounds of muscle in such a short period of time, Lugo said, “Mark knows just what to do to keep me healthy and keep me on the field.”

    Coming up: 33 days to Pitchers and Catchers…seems so far away when it’s 18 degrees outside…

    One Response to “January 15, 2010:
    A Bunch of This and That”

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