Tag:Sean Casey
Posted on: January 27, 2009 6:11 pm

Welcome, Sean

Some guys you like, some you don't.

It's that way in every job, right? And it's like that when you cover a baseball team for a living.

One of the first things the great Vern Plagenhoef taught me when I joined him on the Tiger beat was to judge every player for yourself. Don't rely on the reputation, on whether people he's a "good guy" or a "bad guy." Judge for yourself.

Vern was right; often, the reputations didn't hold true. Or at least, I didn't agree.

That said, Sean Casey's reputation is as true as could be. I've never met anyone, or heard of anyone, who doesn't like him. I can't remember anyone saying a bad word about him, ever.

Now he's retiring as a player, and heading to the MLB network as an analyst. I expect he'll be great.

Welcome to the media business, Case.


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Tags: Sean Casey
Posted on: October 17, 2008 1:50 am

Now the Rays do have "a different look"

BOSTON -- This time it was true.

The Rays did have a different look on their faces. I saw it as they stood in the field in the eighth and ninth innings. I saw it as they walked through the Fenway Park concourse an hour after tonight's game, heading for their bus, heading for what was supposed to be the best plane ride of their lives.

They were stunned, and you couldn't blame them.

"Who wasn't stunned?" Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey said. "Everyone was. I was, too."

But he was good-stunned. The Rays were uh-oh-stunned.

And even though manager Joe Maddon strongly defended his late-game pitching decisions, he had to be "Did I just mess this up?" stunned.

Maddon allowed right-hander Grant Balfour to pitch to David Ortiz in the seventh inning, even though he had lefties Trever Miller (Ortiz is 1-for-11 against him), J.P. Howell (1-for-9) and David Price in his bullpen.

"We've been doing that all year," Maddon explained. "Grant has been very good in that situation, actually. (Ortiz) just got him tonight. If you had been watching us all season, that's the situation where Grant has really done well. He's been kind of like that middle closer guy, and I felt pretty good about it. Papi just got him."

Posted on: June 17, 2008 8:29 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2008 9:32 am

Hamels: 'I don't agree with the AL'

Another American League pitcher fell victim to National League rules today, when the Red Sox put Bartolo Colon on the disabled list with a back injury suffered while swinging and missing on Monday night. At least Colon isn't as important to the Sox as Chien-Ming Wang is to the Yankees. In fact, the Red Sox were simply able to put Daisuke Matsuzaka into Colon's spot in the rotation.

But there's another side to this whole DH/no DH question, and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels expressed it.

"I don't agree with the American League," he said. "I don't want to be in the American League. I don't want to face a No. 9 hitter making $8 million."

When Hamels beat the Red Sox Monday, he twice escaped trouble by striking out Colon with two on and two out.

It doesn't hurt that Hamels is a good hitter himself, with a .316 average this season (although he's a more pitcher-like .176 for his career).

A few other Tuesday thoughts:

Did you notice that the Tigers' Marcus Thames has homered in five straight games, with six home runs total in that span? Well, Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey noticed. "I think if you give that guy 500-some at-bats, he'd have a shot to hit 40," said Casey, Thames' ex-teammate with the Tigers. "He's in the top five as far as the longest balls hit by guys I've played with. I'm a big fan of his."

The Mariners have a lot of work to do in the next month, but scouts from opposing teams say they should be able to start the rebuilding process by trading away pitchers Carlos Silva and Erik Bedard. The pitching market should be interesting to watch in July, with quite a few teams looking but also quite a few decents arms available (C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Paul Byrd, among others).

While several other American League teams bemoan their lack of speed (White Sox, Indians, Tigers, to name three), the Red Sox are seeing the impact of AL steals leader Jacoby Ellsbury. "He's brought a brand of baseball that we're not accustomed to," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We talk about preparing for the Angels, Tampa Bay and Minnesota, teams that run and put pressure on you. Now other teams are having to prepare that way for us. We've always been good, but we've been big and slow. We went through periods where we didn't hit, and we looked big and slow."


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