Monday, August 29, 2005

Funny, Funny Things

Edit: Robin is much cooler than I am, because he called me about the news about Bellhorn, whilst I was munching on gnocchi at Vincent's in Little Italy. He rules, blah blah blah.

According to, the Yankees have signed Mark Bellhorn as a utility player to replace Rey Sanchez and Ruben Sierra, both currently on the DL. Bellhorn will become a Yankee as soon as he clears waivers. I think I've figured out the real reason for the signing, though: Cashman's decided that the best way to beat the Red Sox is to sign the guys who beat the Yankees in key moments in the post-season last year - how else do you explain New York snatching up both Embree and Bellhorn as soon they hit the waiver wire?

A rendering of Bellhorn with his new haircut, shave and uniform

I want to state for the record now that I bear Bellhorn no more emnity for signing with the Yankees than I do Embree - the guy needs a job and he'll forever be a part of the 2004 team in my mind. I just hope that Boston doesn't have to face New York in the post-season.

Although Keith Foulke expressed some dissatisfaction with his throwing sessions in Single A today, saying that his velocity was down and his control was off, the Front Office has announced he'll be back in Boston by September 1, following another outing in Lowell tomorrow. Foulke cites weakness in his knee and the resultant inability to push off correctly as the root of his problems - time is now clearly the factor as Foulke, like Schilling, must regain his pitching strength.

David Wells tee-ed off on the MLB disciplinary office, the appeals process, the Commissioner and MLB's handling of steroids in an interview today, maintaining that he never bumped third base umpire Angel Hernandez, never sprayed him with spit and that Rafael Palmeiro should have been suspended as soon as he failed his test for steroids, not several weeks later. Major League Baseball took the time to issue a press release basically calling Wells an idiot and point out that the steroids appeal process is determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Red Sox put out their own press release disavowing Wells' comments. Although the entire thing is hillarious because it's Wells, the big man does have a point: CBA or no, there's no good reason why the steroids appeal process should be so secret and so accomidating to the player, while a suspension appeal hearing takes two months to process and doesn't seem to make much difference to the end result. When you take into account that a.) Palmeiro kept playing the week he tested positive and played a big role in Baltimore's series win over Boston and b.) Wells will miss a start while the Sox are in the middle of a pennant hunt, the circumstances, coincidence or no, get downright rediculous.

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