Wednesday, March 30, 2005

No More Kim!

Well, hopefully. Colorado is supposedly considering picking Byung-Hyun Kim up in exchange for starter Jason Young, currently in Triple A. Colorado has been interested in Kim since this past winter and has been moved to pick up a closer as their current closer, Chin-hui Tsao, looks like he's about to go onto the DL with rotator cuff problems. The Rockies' manager is a bit touchy about doing the deal, since he feels like it's giving the guys who worked to be on the team in Spring Training short-shrift (or maybe because he knows about Kim and his abilities), but of course he isn't calling the hiring shots. Kim became expendable in Boston after the Sox re-acquired Mike "I'm Gonna Kill You All" Myers for outfielder Carlos de la Cruz and left-handed pitcher Kevin Ool* on the 29th. Since Myers is a left-handed specialist and Kim is a wet blanket, the move makes a lot of sense for the Sox.

Ok, I won't be subtle about it. I don't like Kim. He didn't make any friends in '03 and as I put it in September of last year, made several million in '04 to blow two games. He was having a weak spring and although he felt he would improve, I wasn't ever really sure why the Sox were giving him the sort of chances they were giving him. Now hopefully he's gone for good. Robin happened to come on IM right when I found out, so we had a wee bit of a celebration online.

On to less vindictive news: Schilling is setting his return to be either the April 11th home opener against the Yankees or the game after that on the 13th. He pitched a minor league game against Indianapolis, was roughed up in the first inning and then figured out The adjustment he needed to make to his fastball and ended up throwing 54 strikes out of 69 pitches and striking out 7. It was The adjustment, you see, because it was the one thing he needed to get his four-seam fastball to move correctly. And now he's got it. And now he's pretty much ready to pitch. Kick ass, I say. GOOOOO SOOOOOOX!!!!

* - Man, that's a great name right there. Makes me think of Star Wars, for some reason.