Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:09 pm

Tigers exec quits -- during draft

Too much warring in the Tigers' war room?

Glenn Ezell, Detroit's director of player development, quit today during the draft. Assistant general manager Al Avila wil assume his duties for now. Ezell, 65, had held the post since 2007 and also has served as a bench coach and bullpen coach for the Tigers.

Both sides released the standard polite announcements, but there's surely more to this story.


-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:02 pm

Ill Crosby not with Pirates

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Rob Biertempfel says via Twitter that Pirates infielder Bobby Crosby is not with the team in Washington, having stayed behind with a stomach virus. The team hopes he'll be back in action Wednesday.

-- David Andriesen,
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Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:48 pm

MLB clears Mets in Perez move

As the New York Daily News reports, Major League Baseball has finished its investigation of a suspicious roster move by the Mets, determining that no funny business was involved.

The Mets placed left-hander Oliver Perez on the disabled list Saturday with knee tendinitis, a move that happened to come after Perez had refused an assignment to the minors and at a time when the team needed a roster spot to activate Jon Niese from the DL. MLB frowns upon using the DL to stash players for roster and performance reasons, and asked to see Perez's medical records.

-- David Andriesen,

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:32 pm

Strasburg mania

Bits and pieces from the Stras-os-phere ... er, Strasburbia ... er, nevermind. Bits and pieces about the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg:

  • A Strasburg baseball card sold on eBay last weekend for $16,403. Yes, really. Bowman has a series called “chrome superfractor,” and produces just one card for each player. Superfractor cards only pop up at a rate of one per 11,000 packs.
  • The Washington Post is running a Strasburg haiku contest .

  • His old college coach will be among the 25 friends and family in Strasburg's section. Which is notable, because his old college coach is Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn .
  • Jim Lackritz, associate dean of the college of business at San Diego State, where Strasburg played in college, estimates in this CNBC item that tonight's debut will net the Nationals $1.56 million. That's more than 10 percent of his record signing bonus, recovered in one night.
-- David Andriesen,
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Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am

Harper among Golden Spikes finalists

Last night's No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, is up for another honor, although one much less lucritive: the Golden Spikes Award, givien to the nation's top collegiate player.

Harper is one of five finalists, and the only junior college player honored.

The other four players named as finalists by USA Baseball are Central Florida infielder/outfielder Chris Duffy, Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, left-hander Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale. Duffy is the only one not to be drafted in the first 13 picks.

Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Indians, Grandal 12th to Cincinnati and Sale 13th to White Sox.

Keeping with the siliness of the era, USA Baseball is opening up voting to fans at .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:24 am

Indians DFA Grudzielanek

The Indians have designated veteran infielder Mark Grudzielanek and purchased the contract of Anderson Hernandez, according to's Anthony Castrovince.
Grudzielanek, 39, suffered a strained hamstring in Sunday's game against the White Sox. He was hitting .273/.328/.273. All 30 of his hits were singles.

Hernandez, 27, is a slugger relative to Grudzielanek, hitting .234 with four double and a home run in 17 games for Triple-A Columbus.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 3:21 pm

Youngsters at top of draft

Of the first three players taken in the draft, two were high school players and one, top pick Bryce Harper, is a 17-year-old who finished high school early to pitch a season of junior college ball.

As noted by , it had been 20 years since the last time three high school-age players were taken at the top of the draft. In 1990, Chipper Jones, Tony Clark and Mike Lieberthal were the first three selections. The only other time in the past 35 years that it has happened was 1987, when the first three were Ken Griffey Jr., Mark Merchant and Willie Banks.

-- David Andriesen,

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 2:15 pm

Giants not giving up on slumping Molina

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said starting Buster Posey behind the plate Monday night against the Reds was not a signal that the team is moving toward replacing struggling Bengie Molina, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Molina has just four hits in his past 50 at-bats.

Bochy revealed Monday that Molina had a cortisone injection in his left elbow during the Reds' previous homestand because of lingering pain from an old foul tip injury. The manager said Molina would be in the lineup today.

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