Posted on: March 23, 2010 1:56 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Charlie Manuel is hoping for a World Series rematch.
So is Joe Maddon.
The reason is the same. The rematch is different.
Manuel said again this morning that he'd love for the Phillies to play the Yankees again this October, because he'd like another chance at the team that beat the Phils in six games in 2009.
Maddon's response? If the Rays get back to the World Series, he wants the Phillies, because he'd like a chance to beat the guys who beat him in five games in 2008.
"I'd love it to be Charlie and the Phillies," Maddon said. "I would absolutely love it. First of all because I respect Charlie so much, and like Charlie so much, but also because it's like unfinished business. I still remember standing in the clubhouse after the last game, talking to our team, and it just didn't seem right.
"It was destiny, and they screwed up our destiny. We have to rewrite destiny against the Phillies."
The Rays and Phillies are playing today in Clearwater. The Yankees and Phillies played yesterday in Clearwater.
Two World Series rematches. And maybe, if one manager or the other gets his way, one World Series preview.
People who have talked to the Yankees say while they expect Phil Hughes to win the job as fifth starter, manager Joe Girardi likes Sergio Mitre, enough so that Mitre can't be completely ruled out. Joba Chamberlain, who has been portrayed as the other main candidate for the job, is apparently headed for the bullpen. . . . The Tigers, meanwhile, seem to have settled on Jeremy Bonderman as their fourth starter, with the fifth job to be decided between Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis. Willis hit 93 mph on the radar gun yesterday, but Robertson is still thought to have a slight edge. The plan is that whichever of the two doesn't open in the rotation would go to the bullpen as a long man.
Posted on: October 2, 2009 4:42 pm
DETROIT -- Baseball's impossible-to-understand discipline system has struck again.
A day after an incident that the Twins said was entirely the fault of Minnesota pitcher Jose Mijares, MLB judge Bob Watson decided to fine Mijares $750. Watson also handed down two suspensions -- both to the Tigers.
No, of course it doesn't make any sense.
Watson apparently paid no attention to the postgame comments of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who blamed Mijares, saying he "lost his cool," "made a mistake" and "lost his composure" when he threw at Tigers shortstop Adam Everett in the eighth inning of the Twins' 8-3 win on Thursday. Gardenhire also said that the Tigers "did the right thing" when they had Jeremy Bonderman hit Twins outfielder Delmon Young on the knee to start the ninth inning.
Young responded to getting hit by pointing angrily at Mijares in the Twins dugout.
Home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez issued a warning after Mijares' pitch. He threw Bonderman out of the game, as the rules require for a retaliation pitch. But the rules also require Hernandez to eject the manager (or in this case, the acting manager, since Hernandez threw Jim Leyland out of the game earlier). Hernandez didn't ask who the acting manager was, and didn't eject any of the Tiger coaches.
Watson suspended Bonderman for three games (he has appealed), and suspended Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who was the acting manager, for one game. He fined Bonderman $1,500, and fined McClendon $1,000. He also fined Leyland and Tigers catcher Gerald Laird for their ejections.
The discipline made it seem as if the Tigers and Twins played a heated series, something players and managers from both teams said wasn't true.
"There was no problem the entire series, and there never has been with the Twins," Leyland said. "I'm just sorry to see the Tigers pay more for it than the pitcher who threw the pitch."
Posted on: March 28, 2009 1:42 pm
Now iffy has become "highly unlikely."
Manager Jim Leyland said today that he doesn't expect Bonderman in his rotation when the season begins April 6 in Toronto. Bonderman had surgery last June to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder, and while he has been able to pitch this spring, he still has a way to go to be ready for a regular-season game.
"I could put Bonderman out there right now, if I'm willing to have him throw 88 mph," Leyland said.
While Leyland can't be sure when Bonderman's first start will be, he said he does believe Bonderman will start 20-plus games for the Tigers this season.
"I feel confident in that," Leyland said. "It's not a slam dunk, but I feel confident."
Bonderman is scheduled to start for the Tigers on Sunday.
Bonderman's absence at the start of the season would leave the Tigers with two spots to fill in their rotation, behind Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Armando Galarraga. Rookie Rick Porcello will likely get one of those two spots. Nate Robertson and Zach Miner are the top candidates for the other spot.
Earlier this spring, Leyland said it was "99.9 percent" that Miner would pitch out of the bullpen this season. Now, he said, Miner is back in the picture.
Leyland also expressed hope that Joel Zumaya will help the Tigers this year, even though Zumaya is also expected to begin the season on the DL. Zumaya pitched in a minor-league game today in Lakeland.
It's hard for the Tigers to have much confidence about Zumaya, who has been on the disabled list three times in the last two years. Bonderman's situation is different.
"He knows it's going to come back," Leyland said. "But it's not there yet."
Posted on: June 6, 2008 5:23 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2008 9:59 pm
After reporting some discomfort around his right shoulder, Bonderman went to see a doctor this afternoon. The Tigers weren't sure what's wrong, but two club sources said he would be checked for a possible circulation problem in the shoulder. The Tigers made no announcement before or after tonight's game against Cleveland, but Bonderman isn't expected to make his scheduled start Sunday, and will likely be placed on the disabled list.
Bonderman is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 12 starts, but his velocity has been down, and his slider hasn't had its usual bite.