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Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:34 am
 

Yoenis Cespedes strikes back with new video

Yoenis Cespedes
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Marlins, Red Sox, Phillies, Tigers and Cubs have all seen Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes work out -- and how do we know? Cespedes' agent has released another video on YouTube, featuring Cespedes' workouts and pictures of the 26-year-old with the likes of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and manager Ozzie Guillen, Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, the Phillies' Pat Gillick and the Tigers' Willie Horton. There's also video of what the caption tells us is a private workout for the Cubs.

While the new video isn't as entertaining or outlandish as the one that introduced us to Cespedes last month, but it does show a lot more of why teams are interested in him -- as Cespedes not only shows off his impressive workout skills, but also baseball skills in nearly 10 minutes of batting practice footage, in addition to sprints and outfield drills.

Sadly, there are no cooking segments this time, even though the Star Wars-style intro remains, but there is a bonus scene after the credits, so make sure you stick around.

H/T: Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Report: Gillick open to job with Cubs

By Matt Snyder

Hall of Fame
Pat Gillick is in Cooperstown this weekend to be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his brilliant career in the front office, specifically building the Blue Jays, Mariners and Phillies into consistent contenders under his watch. Might the Cubs -- a large-market franchise in a state of disarray as things presently stand -- turn to him? There were reports earlier this week that the Cubs were talking with Gillick, but those were summarily shot down when Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued a press release saying he hadn't spoken with Gillick.

If there is interest in Gillick, however, the feeling is reportedly mutual.

"If the situation was right for Pat, he would definitely consider the Cubs," one of his longtime associates told ESPNChicago.com.

The Cubs currently have maligned general manager Jim Hendry at the helm, and they don't even have to fire Hendry to hire Gillick, if that's the direction Ricketts wants to take. Gillick reportedly is interested in a team presidency role, if he leaves his current consulting post with the Phillies. And just because Ricketts said he hasn't spoken with Gillick doesn't mean he's uninterested or won't eventually speak with him.

The Cubs definitely need a change at the top in some form. Despite having one of the largest payrolls in baseball, the Cubs have the second-worst record in the majors -- only fellow NL Central bottom-feeder Houston is worse. If Hendry isn't fired after the season, perhaps bringing in a brilliant mind like Gillick will help build a stronger organizational foundation and prevent crippling contracts in the future.

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:01 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Miller unhappy with snub

To put it bluntly, Marvin Miller is unhappy he fell short of being voted into the Hall of Fame.

Here's his statement:
“The Baseball Hall of Fame’s vote (or non-vote) of December 5, hardly qualifies as a news story. It is repetitively negative, easy to forecast, and therefore boring.

“Many years ago those who control the Hall decided to rewrite history instead of recording it. The aim was to eradicate the history of the tremendous impact of the players’ union on the progress and development of the game as a competitive sport, as entertainment, and as an industry. The union was the moving force in bringing Major League Baseball from the 19th century to the 21st century. It brought about expansion of the game to cities that had never had a Major League team. It brought about more than a 50% increase in the number of people employed as players, coaches, trainers, managers, club presidents, attorneys and other support personnel, employees of concessionaires, stadium maintenance personnel, parking lot attendants, and more.   It converted a salary structure from one with a $6,000 a year minimum salary to a $414,000 a year salary from the first day of a player’s Major League service. The union was also the moving force for changing the average Major League salary from $19,000 a year to more than $3 million a year, and the top salary from $100,000 to more than $25 million a year. The union was a major factor in increasing the annual revenue of all Major League clubs, combined – from $50 million a year before the union started in 1966 to this year’s almost $7 billion a year. That is a difficult record to eradicate – and the Hall has failed to do it.

“A long time ago, it became apparent that the Hall sought to bury me long before my time, as a metaphor for burying the union and eradicating its real influence. Its failure is exemplified by the fact that I and the union of players have received far more support, publicity, and appreciation from countless fans, former players, writers, scholars, experts in labor management relations, than if the Hall had not embarked on its futile and fraudulent attempt to rewrite history. It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out.”
Miller fell one vote shy of the 12 needed for election. The 16 voters were Johnny Bench, Whitey Herzog, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Bill Giles, David Glass, Andy MacPhail, Jerry Reinsdorf, Bob Elliott, Tim Kurkjian, Ross Newhan and Tom Verducci.

You can bet the four executives -- Giles, Glass, MacPhail and Reinsdorf -- voted against Miller, so they only needed one more vote to keep him out. Talking to someone who has previously served on that committee, he told me he believes the committee is always constructed to keep Miller out -- there are just enough owners and those influenced by voters to continue to exclude Miller.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:45 am
 

Gillick elected to Hall of Fame

Gillick The Hall of Fame has a new member, with the Veteran's Committee electing longtime general manager Pat Gillick, while Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was among those that missed out.

Gillick has helmed three teams to the World Series, overseeing the 1992 and 1993 victories of the Blue Jays and leading the Phillies to the promised land in 2008 before retiring after that year and handing the reins to Ruben Amaro, Jr.

Gillick served as Jays GM from 1978-1994 after serving as assistant GM for the club since 1977. He then moved to the Orioles for the 1995 season, signing a three-year contract and sent the O's to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997. When his three-year pact expired, he left and the O's have not had a winning season since.

Gillick moved to the Mariners and oversaw the transfer of Ichiro Suzuki from Japan to the bigs and Seattle's sublime 116-win season in 2001, serving as GM from 2000-03, finishing his GM career with the Phillies from 2006-08 and currently serves as a special adviser to Amaro.

Gillick is the 32nd executive to be elected but just the fourth whose career was spent as a GM, joining Ed Barrow, Branch Rickey and George Weiss.

"We are thrilled to have Pat as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and we welcome him into the Hall of Fame family," the Hall of Fame's Jane Forbes Clark said. "Pat’s consistent excellence as a talent evaluator and team builder has been evident at every step throughout his brilliant career, constructing three World Series champions with his teams making 11 postseason appearances."

As the sole inductee, Gillick won't enter the Hall alongside Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away earlier this season. The player voting will be announced on January 5, and Gillick could possibly be inducted along with Roberto Alomar, whom Gillick traded for along with Joe Carter in 1990. Both players would go on to play significant roles in the World Series titles, and Gillick cited that trade as his "proudest" trade.

Below is the voting tally. Twelve votes were required for induction.
  • Pat Gillick (13 votes, 81.25 percent)
  • Marvin Miller (11 votes, 68.75 percent)
  • Dave Concepcion (8 votes, 50 percent)
Less than eight votes:
  • Ted Simmons
  • Vida Blue
  • Steve Garvey
  • Ron Guidry
  • Tommy John
  • Billy Martin
  • Al Oliver
  • Rusty Staub
  • George Steinbrenner

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Minaya on the hot seat?

Omar Minaya Omar Minaya may be out as the Mets' general manager if the team doesn't have a big finish, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports .

Heyman cites "people familiar with the situation" as saying only a good finish could save the jobs of Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.

"I focus on doing my job today, and that's all I can control," Minaya told Heyman.

Owner Fred Wilpon had insinuated earlier this month that Minaya's job was safe.

The Mets entered Tuesday's game with Florida with a 62-62 record, better than last season's 70-92 mark, but hardly up to New York expectations.

Heyman lists Kevin Towers, John Ricco, Wayne Krivsky and Pat Gillick as potential replacements. Ricco and Krivsky are already with the Mets. He also lists Bob Melvin as the "leading candidate" to replace Manuel with Wally Backman as another possibility.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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