Monday, February 12, 2007

Monday: Hitting the Links

Eagles head coach Andy Reid has taken a leave of absence to deal with personal issues. He will be away from the team for a month. Probably to smack some sense into his two delinquent sons who've been charged with heroine and handgun related incidents. Both events took place only hours apart on the same day.

The Boston Herald explains why the 2007 Red Sox have more worries than is customarily associated with a $160 million ballclub.

The Yankees firstbase platoon will have Mientkiewicz from the left side of the plate and an all out war for the righty portion. Andy Phillips, an Alabama product who has spent his entire professional career within the Yankees organization will fight it out with Rule V draft pick Josh Phelps.

Phelps has put up some impressive MLB statistics, yet he has failed to carve out a niche for himself as an everyday player. The Daily News looked into his career, proving there will be a battle to become the Yankees first baseman. If Phillips does not make the team, he is out of options and will therefore look elsewhere in MLB.

As we all know, Joe Torre does not have a contract in place following the upcoming season. What does this mean? I don't know, ask Mike Lupica.

The Florida Marlins are doing their best to torment their most talented player. With an ongoing financial battle which has the two sides separated by $700k, Miguel Cabrera decided to spurn invites to "fan-caravans."
"(Owner) Jeffrey (Loria) and the rest of us are extremely disappointed that he's not here with every one of his teammates. All the players are here except Miguel,'' Samson said Saturday at FanFest at Dolphin Stadium.

"We're disappointed, that's the bottom line. Our organization is disappointed that he wasn't there with his teammates.
By the way, Loria did not attend the event either, which is both hypocritical and setting a bad example for Cabrera. Time for the Marlins to wake up. This guy is on the verge of superstardom, has already appeared in three Allstar games and is only 23 years old. Give him the money and pray he eventually decides to stay with Florida. He may have little leverage, but the team will play a lot better when Cabrera is happy than when he feels slighted or mistreated.

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