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Indians Pitcher Fausto Carmona: The Man Who Never Was

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona—or whatever his name is—has some ‘splaining to do

Carmona, the Indians’ opening-day starter last season, was arrested in the Dominican Republic for allegedly using a false identity. Officials in his native country are contesting his real name and birthdate…

…Carmona’s real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia and he’s 31, three years older than the pitcher claimed.

The Indians are probably not as concerned about the false name as they are about the apparent fact that they have invested millions of dollars in a player who is actually three years older than they thought he was.

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January 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

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Keith Olbermann, Baseball Nerd

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Fortunately for Baseball fans, Keith Olbermann knows far more about Baseball than he does about politics.

I caught him on MLB Network’s “Clubhouse Confidential”, chatting with Brian Kenny, and was impressed.

You can find Olby’s “Baseball Nerds” blog at http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/.

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January 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

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Time for Jorge Posada to retire gracefully

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Posada has nothing to gain by extending his career another season, other than to dilute the purity of a start-to-finish tenure in pinstripes. He could probably latch on with the Rays or Orioles, but he’d have to accept a limited role of 50 or so games as a part-time DH against right-handed pitchers. Posada has no defensive skills to speak of anymore, nor is he a threat from the right side of the plate. So what’s the point?

via Time for Jorge Posada to retire gracefully – BostonHerald.com.

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November 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

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Why the Yankees should offer arbitration to Freddy Garcia

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Eric Schultz makes his case for why the Yankees should offer Freddy Garcia salary arbitration:

Based on Freddy Garcia’s recent track record of solid, consistent performance (and a demonstrated ability to survive in the AL East), I would have no problem with the Yankees bringing him back to occupy the #5 spot in the rotation.  Offering arbitration increases the likelihood that he comes back with a reasonable contract.  If he leaves, however, offering arbitration will give the Yankees another high draft pick, which could be a potentially significant asset for Damon Oppenheimer and co. to exploit.

I agree. As Matt Imbrogno says in the comments, Garcia’s resulting salary will be reasonable, so this is a no-brainer.

 

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November 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

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Red Sox Owner John Henry: State Of Denial

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CBS Sports reports:

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry popped in on a Boston radio show on Friday to deny that the club conducted a smear campaign against manager Terry Francona after letting him go.

The billionaire financier also seized the opportunity to slip a knife into the back of departing general manager, Theo Epstein:

Henry also said that he personally opposed signing outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract but leaves those decisions to the baseball people.

From the comments thread:

There hasn’t been this much denial in MA since Teddy Kennedy drove the car in the lake.

 

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October 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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Baseball, Law Firms, and Aging Stars

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A couple of interesting—and related—articles surfaced this weekend about how two different types of organizations deal with aging employees whose performance has diminished.

Older players, diminished performance: What to do?” looks at the challenges Major League managers face in dealing with star players whose age is catching up with them:

 You’re overseeing a stellar work staff that’s maybe a little past its prime. The boss is complaining that performance is off and says the old guard must go. A little gray now, they once were your top employees. They’ve given their professional lives to the company. But someone needs to take on the challenge of managing them out. So congratulations, Joe Girardi, it’s your job.

Over at The New York Times, “Easing Out the Gray-Haired. Or Not.” takes a look at the same challenge, as faced by law firms:

Nothing, he said, is as tough as telling fellow partners that their best days are behind them. “I’ve always joked that I wish I could have these conversations by phone,” Mr. Levine said. “If someone wants to stay and you don’t want them to, that’s the hardest. It’s like going to your parents and telling them they can’t handle their affairs anymore.”

Coincidentally (or not), the Times article draws a parallel with the Yankees’ situation:

If anyone doubts the sensitivity of the task, consider the case of Jorge Posada, the once-formidable New York Yankee who at the ripe old age of 39 found himself demoted in the starting lineup, unable to consistently do the one thing a designated hitter does — hit.

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May 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Manny Ramirez Retires After Third Positive Drug Test

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The New York Times reports that Manny Ramirez has retired:

Manny Ramirez retired from baseball Friday instead of facing a 100-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, according to two people briefed on the matter.

This would be Manny’s third positive drug test result:

In 2009, he was suspended after his urine sample from spring training had elevated levels of testosterone. The New York Times reported later in 2009 that Ramirez was among the roughly 100 players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003, when testing was conducted on an anonymous survey basis.

The Tampa Bay Rays’ statement said “our fans and organization will carry on.” That shouldn’t be hard to do, considering that Manny had only 1 hit in 17 at-bats this season.

So, will Manny receive the same scorn that’s been heaped upon other steroid users? Or will the media wink and shrug this off as just “Manny being Manny”?

And how will Hall of Fame voters treat Manny when he shows up on ballots in five years? Will all those who refused to vote for Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro hold Manny to the same high standards?

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April 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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