July 25, 2006
The White Sox traded for Mike MacDougal of the Royals yesterday. This was supposedly the partner deal to the Soriano deal that I mentioned yesterday (to fill the bullpen void dealing Brandon McCarthy would leave), but the Sox were looking for bullpen help even before the Soriano rumors. Ken Williams is now saying McCarthy will not be traded, which would put a damper on the Soriano-Sox trade talks. As always, I'll have a full deadline preview on Thursday.
Harold Reynolds was reportedly fired by ESPN at some point last night. The Worldwide Leader has been quiet so far publicly about this, and as of now nobody really knows the reason. Regardless of why he was fired, Reynolds will be sorely missed - most of the people discussing this that I've read liked Reynolds' work on Baseball Tonight, and I personally agree with them. I always liked Reynolds' work, and it's sad to see him leave.
Update (3:45 pm): Found some rumors on why Reynolds might have been fired; don't know if they're true or not.
Here's a cool site to check out - go to coolstandings.com to check out each team's odds of making the playoffs. The Tigers apparently have a 99.2% chance of making the playoffs, making my midseason predictions look wrong already. What seems surprising is the large edge the White Sox have over the Twins - despite the fact that they're only two games ahead in the standings (and the Twins are hot, while the Sox are slumping), they are listed as having a 15% greater chance of reaching the playoffs. What's even more interesting is that the gap has closed from a 60% differential before the All-Star break. But I'll let you explore the site on your own.
If you're a major baseball addict and looking for some more local blog coverage, you might want to try Jim Margalus' blog on the TU website. I wouldn't call it a must-read, but it's pretty interesting when he posts.
I don't have a link on this, but the Albany varsity basketball coaching job is open right now, with the departure of Doug O'Brey. Coach Black, the JV coach (and the brother of Nisky coach Mike Black), is expected to be the frontrunner for the job. Albany is expected to be a frontrunner for the section 2 AA title next year, along with CBA and Bishop Maginn (but you'll have to wait for winter for my full preview).
Vena Watch: Albany Conquest QB Ryan Vena threw for somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 yards last week, so he'll have to wait until the season finale at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to break the record. He only needs 50-60 yards to do it, so barring an injury or something spectacular out of the W-B defense, Vena should easily break the record.