Is Zumaya really onthe same list for playing Guitar Hero, being in a 4 wheel drive accident, etc.
Forget the excuses give me results.
Doesn't Bud Selig have something else to do, like sort the socks in his laundry?
Maybe a pant-leg getting caught on a spike is a bit of hazard to the sartorially-challenged player, but isn't that a risk that the player takes? If the manager or owner are concerned, couldn't they point out the risk to their million dollar investment, and convince him it's not in his own best interest?
Does the Detroit News really need to waste space on this story?
Do I need to waste space on this story?
Tiger Hall of Famer George Kell dies
Detroit News staff and wires
George Kell, a Hall of Fame third baseman who outdueled Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title and became a longtime Tigers broadcaster, died Tuesday. He was 86.
Jackson's Funeral Home in Newport, Ark., confirmed the death but did not give a cause. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he died in his sleep at his home in Swifton, Ark.
Kell edged Williams for the 1949 batting crown, hitting .34291 while the Boston Red Sox great finished at .34276. Kell played 15 seasons in the AL, hitting more than .300 nine times and compiling a career average of .306. He was a 10-time All-Star.
Kell played from 1943-57 with the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles. He batted more than .300 each year from 1946-53. He played for the Tigers during his batting duel with Williams.
After he retired, Kell broadcast Tigers games from 1959 to 1996. Longtime Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell and Kell became close friends while working together in TV and on radio.
"He had a very laid-back style," Harwell told WWJ-AM (950) on Tuesday. "He was easygoing and an expert on the game. He brought the field to the booth because he played and played well. He had a conversational style that people took to."
Kell was born on Aug. 23, 1922 in Swifton. He lived in the same house in Swifton from his birth to when it burned down in 2001, then was rebuilt on the same land.
Kell became a beloved Tigers television broadcaster. His TV broadcast partner from 1976-96 was another Tigers Hall of Famer, Al Kaline.
In addition to his .306 average, Kell also had 2,054 hits, 385 doubles and 870 RBI in 1,795 games.
Kell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
"There's no one who loved and respected the game more than George," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson wrote on the Hall's Web site. "Not only was he one of baseball's true legends, but he was a fan, too. He loved coming to Cooperstown and sharing in the camaraderie with his Hall of Fame family, and we will miss him."
The joys of watching Spring Training baseball. You have to remember that these games don't count, yet, you sit there in anguish, waiting on that bloop hit or anything to give you hope, only to have your heart ripped out.
The next day, your Savior, gives up four bombs in a row. I thought that Elias "Boom Boom" Sosa had left the building. The new Boom Boom is Brandon Lyon. Hell, I would hit somebody or something after two. Todd Jones would have cried in the locker room afterwards.
Remember, this is only Spring Training and the games don't count. Just keep repeating that phrase.
Ok, I guess that we will try it again on Thursday night. There is nothing like Spring Training baseball and watching the Senior Trot.
The other day I suggested we poll everybody on their favorite non-Detroit ballpark. You guys are incredible. Tom even provides photographic evidence of many of the parks he has visited.
(Too many pics to show you here, but it's an awesome display you can see at http://picasaweb.google.com/Thomas.hagerty/Ballparks.)
Once again, with the power vested in me by nobody as commissioner, I'm going to break this poll into at least two or three pieces. Existing major league parks, defunct major league parks, and minor league stadiums. Let me know if you have more, and I'll do the first poll over the weekend.
Existing Major League Parks
- Ballpark at Arlington (Texas)
- Camden Yards (Baltimore)
- The New Comiskey
- Shea (I think the Mets are going to play there this year, right?)
- Rogers Centre (Toronto)
- Coors Field
- Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia (still used?)
- Bush Stadium (new St. Louis)
- PNC Park Pittsburgh
- Miller Park (Milwaukee)
- Great American Ballpark (Cinci)
- Kaufman Stadium (KC)