Tag:Jeff Conine
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 3:58 pm
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Pepper: Gomes adjusting to Nats after deal

Gomes

By Evan Brunell

TRADE IMPLICATIONS: It's never easy to get traded, and Jonny Gomes is still adjusting to life in Washington.

Unfortunately, his first game ended hitless with a hit by pitch, grounding into a bases-loaded double play in the third, then striking out with runners on the corners in the seventh inning.

“You can’t help but kind of jump into an interview, if you will,” Gomes said. “It’s everyone’s first time seeing you and whatnot. I’ve got a few years in now. I’m a little older. I’m definitely not nervous by any means. But there’s still some sea legs. I can’t remember the last time I grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, maybe ever. I had to go back in the archives to find that. So I’m a little bit out of my element, things like that. But I felt good at the plate.”

Gomes admitted that staying in the National League is going a long way toward getting used to his new surroundings.

“It’s not like they’re going to pitch me different because I’m in a different uniform,” Gomes said. “There’s certain strategies with guys who hit behind you, who hit in front of you, guys who like to run, guys who don’t like to run – just kind of situational ball inside the clubhouse that I’ll have to adjust to. That just comes with days of service to this team.” (Washington Post)

RASMUS FALLOUT: Why didn't the White Sox simply trade for Colby Rasmus themselves, Phil Rogers reports. His conclusion? The White Sox want to keep the manager's seat available for Tony La Russa, as there's a distinct possibility he could rejoin the ChiSox after the year. (Chicago Tribune)

NEW REP IN TORONTO: For Rasmus' part, he just wants to move on and close the St. Louis chapter of his career. Who can blame him? Rasmus is looking to play his game in Toronto, free of distractions. Free from a manager the center fielder feels never cared for Rasmus. Free from constant speculation about his father's involvement in his career. (Sportsnet.ca)

MAN ON THE MOVE: Why does Edwin Jackson keep getting traded? It's simple: Jackson is a good enough pitcher to be in demand by many teams, but has a salary that has continually risen the last few years. (Big League Stew)

MORE CONINE: After Hanley Ramirez called Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine a "chicken," he then took to the Twitter waves to speak more on the subject, and this looks PR-scripted. "I'm sorry that Mr. Conine feels that way, and I admire him for all that he accomplished in his career. Proud to leave my skin on the field and the sweat on my uniform every night for my team, as we pursue our winning goals. End of story, we have games to win!" (Twitter link)

NO HITTING: Adam Dunn never hits in the offseason, choosing to pick up a bat in spring training and find his swing then. It's always worked, but it hasn't in Chicago. The good news is that Dunn's new home near Houston is close to a place for him to swing the bat in the offseason, and he may elect to change his routine this winter. (Chicago Sun-Times)

SKIPPING ZITO: Barry Zito was rocked so badly in his last start that he may have lost his opportunity to make his next start -- and perhaps has lost his spot in the rotation. (San Francisco Chronicle)

UNPOPULAR: Hideki Irabu was never a popular Yankee, but he didn't have many fans in the Japanese media, either. A New York Times story details how Irabu got a frosty reception from his countrymates in his first Yankees news conference. (New York Times)

TIME FOR A FIVE-MAN: Jake Peavy is ready for a five-man rotation with the departure of Edwin Jackson. The only drawback is that Peavy has essentially been a five-inning pitcher all season and won't be fully healthy until next year. This is something to watch. (Chicago Sun-Times)

TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY: It's always going to be better as a big-market team. That's just a fact. But parity rules the day in 2011, and payroll space isn't why. It's because most teams are geared to contend this year than usual. (BizofBaseball.com)

Mets DEBUT: New Mets prospect Zack Wheeler will draw his first start on Monday, in Class A Port St. Lucie. Wheeler was dealt for Carlos Beltran. (Zack Wheeler Twitter)

IRREGULAR: Kenley Jansen was hospitalized after Tuesday night's game, but was released a day later after a cardio conversion put his heartbeat back in place. (MLB.com)

Rays TRADE: Joe Maddon doesn't want his team to make any trades, the manager saying he likes the combination he's got. But there's a reason he's manager, not GM. You can bet on Tampa making some moves before the weekend is out. (St. Petersburg Times)

BEST CHICAGO GM: Three GMs are in action out in Chicago this weekend: the White Sox's Kenny Williams, the Cubs' Jim Hendry and football's Jerry Angelo, leader of the Bears. Which GM inspires the most confidence to get things done? No surprise, it's Williams, who has a history of not waiting around to make his move. (Chicago Tribune)

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:55 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Ramirez upset with Conine, calls him 'chicken'

Ramirez

By Evan Brunell

Hanley Ramirez fired back at "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine, who spent eight years with Florida in a 17-season career before taking a job as special assistant in the Marlins' front office. Conine made remarks last week on the radio about how he would trade Ramirez if it were up to him. Conine added that Ramirez frustrates him on a nightly basis, due to what has become a well-chronicled history of Ramirez not trying as hard as he can to complete a play.

"If he's got a problem, just come over and talk to me like a man," Ramirez told the Miami Herald. "Don't be a chicken, talking on the [radio], because whatever you say is going to stay out there."

Ramirez added that he's surprised at the timing of the remarks, which coincided with the Marlins reversing their skid and posting a 18-13 record under octogenarian Jack McKeon, the new manager. Ramirez himself has finally snapped out of a season-long slump that had him hitting .200/.298/.295 on the morning of June 21, a far cry from the dominating force the 27-year-old had fashioned himself to. Since then, Han-Ram is at .327/.413/.545 with six home runs in 126 plate appearances, swiping six bases as well.

"Why now?" The shortstop questioned, saying he was friendly with Conine prior to the comments. "There are a lot of worse guys than me out there. But nobody knows because nobody pays attention. When I'm on the field, I'm just being me. I'm playing my game. It's how I've got to play. Nobody's going to change me. What I get paid for is to win, respect each other, respect the organization. That's what I do."

Ramirez, who won the Rookie of the Year Award back in 2006, plus a batting title and second-place MVP finish in 2009, has his name littered among Florida's all-time leaderboards, showing up more impressively than Conine has. Ramirez is currently second all time in franchise history in batting average (.307) with Conine seventh at .290. He's fourth in Marlins history in OPS with a .889 mark, Conine placing 10th. Runs scored? Ramirez is second with 615, just behind Luis Castillo's 675 while Conine is sixth. Doubles, triples, home runs ... all the same story: Ramirez ranks near the top, Conine's back in the pack -- except for RBI, where Conine holds a 120-run lead.

In hits, Ramirez, who stated a desire to go into the Hall of Fame as a Marlin, just passed Conine, with 1,010 career hits as a Marlin. Conine has 1,005.

"I think he wants to be Mr. Marlin forever," Ramirez said of Conine. "It won't happen. I'm coming, baby. I think I'm going to be Mr. Marlin. That's my goal now. I wasn't thinking about that [before Conine's comments]."

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