yankees re-sign hideki matsui for 4 years / $52 million. that probably takes new york out of the race for brian giles, which is good; but it sets a high market for giles, not so good. matsui is four years younger and a better fielder, but giles is a more potent offensive player -- at least for now. won't be true in two years . . . . .
TSF at the birdwatch has the best piece i've seen about wayne hagin's firing. seems to be very little reaction to his departure on the internet, which speaks volumes; the man just didn't make a connection. i've spent many a summer's eve listening to this guy -- in the late 1980s, when i lived in the bay area (he was doing giants games), and then out here in denver, where he was the rockies' lead announcer for the franchise's first decade (1993-2002) -- and have never been much of a fan. he shoulda stayed here in colorado -- the listeners adored him, and he coulda spent another 30 years doing the rockies, maybe been the jack buck of the mountain time zone . . . . but you can't blame hagin for wanting more. this is and always will be a football town, with hockey running second; nobody really gets or cares about baseball, particularly the rockies, a clueless franchise with a seemingly insoluble problem (viz. how to pitch effectively at altitude). so 30 more years of that, vs a shot at broadcasting for a great franchise in the nation's best baseball city? a no-brainer, really. i'm sorry it didn't work out better for him; by all accounts he's a person of great character and integrity, and miklasz for one thinks the cardinals screwed hagin over.
cardnilly has grades for half of the cardinal bullpen -- can you guess which reliever elicits thoughts of ringo starr?