Thursday, May 31, 2007
Damon on the move: According to sources in the Front Office, the Yankees are looking to trade Johnny Damon, and will shop him to one of the teams he put on his partial no trade clause. Damon hand picked tweleve teams that he would be willing to go to at the beginning of this season. A team that is looking to unload an outfielder and maybe a reliever or two should fit the Yankees needs.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
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ELI: Did you play any other sports growing up in
SHAWN: I played volleyball and basketball in school, and one year of soccer one year when I was very young. But I started playing baseball when I was 4 and it was always my favorite sport.
ELI: Were you disappointed to leave
SHAWN: Definitely, only because I have family that still resides in
ELI: Did you think you could make a successful comeback after
Tommy John Surgery?
SHAWN: Yeah, I've still got a long ways to go before I can say it's successful but I feel good about where I'm at now, and for the most part how it feels day in and day out.
ELI: What did playing in the Futures Game in 2003 mean to you?
SHAWN: It was a fun experience, although I never got to pitch in the game itself. More importantly it was nice to represent my country, as well as finally get a little confidence in myself realizing I had made somewhat of an impression in the minors to get that honor.
ELI: What was it like playing on Team
that team playing in the major leagues now?
SHAWN: It was easily the best group of guys I've ever played with as a whole. The whole experience over there was incredible; although very disappointing. But I took a lot from it in the end so I'm very thankful for the chance to play on that team. I know Pete Laforest is with
ELI: How's Manny Acta this year?
SHAWN: He's been great, very upbeat and encouraging all the time. I think it's been a great fit with him here considering the team we have and the situation we all know we're in with rebuilding. I really think he has the right mindset right now in regards to dealing with us as a whole and individually right now.
ELI: Do you follow baseball during the off season?
SHAWN: I'll watch the playoffs of course, aside from that though I just check on stuff once in awhile, otherwise I hear most of stuff that goes on from friends and family or on TV while I'm watching another sport perhaps.
ELI: You've pitched in a lot of places in your career, which stadium has the best mound? Food? Clubhouse overall?
SHAWN: Tough call, but I'd have to say Philly personally. It's a great field and facilities are top notch.
ELI: During a rain delay, what is usually on the TV in the clubhouse?
SHAUN: Usually another baseball game that's playing at that time, or times like right now a NBA playoff game might very well be on.
ELI: Have you ever asked another player on a different team for his autograph?
SHAWN: Nope, a lot of guys do trade autographs, and its common practice, but I just feel like I need to get a little more established before I start bothering guys for their time.
ELI: When the season ends, as a pitcher, how much time do you take off before getting back to work?
SHAWN: Usually about 3-4 weeks of downtime, somewhat active though, and then I start lifting right away followed by a throwing around the middle of December.
ELI: Do you stay in touch with most of your teammates during the off-season?
SHAWN: Some of them. It's been a little tough for me the past couple years because I've bounced around here a bit with being on the DL and having surgery and such. Hopefully now that I'm spending a good amount of time up here and able to get a little tighter with the guys, I'll keep in touch more so.
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Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Pavano Out For Season: Carl Pavano was given permission from the Yankees to pursue surgery on his elbow. Pavano, who is 5-6 with a 4.77 ERA in 19 starts since signing prior to the 2005 season, will not be ready to pitch again until August 2008. He will probably not sign with the Yankees in the 2008 off season and will look for an incentive base contract elsewhere. Pavano's best year came in 2004 when he was 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA when he was with the Marlins.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
2007 Projection: .303 AVG, 16 HR, 66 RBI.
Kim Strong in Debut: Just a week after being traded from Colorado, Kim went into the sixth inning against the Rays, giving up two earned runs and striking out five. Aaron Boone contributed to 8-4 victory with a homerun, and Kim picked up his second win. The Marlins scored their runs early, and the Rays tried to battle back, but weren't able to get any hits against Kevin Gregg and Matt Lindstrom.
Orioles Rally Past Nationals: The Orioles scored two runs in the top of the eighth to go ahead on the Nationals 5-4. Despite runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the ninth, the Nats were not able to drive them in. Both Zimmerman and Dmitri Young hit homeruns, but Steve Trachsel was able to contain them along with great relief outings from Parrish, Baez, and Ray.
*Twins Power Past Brewers: Torii Hunter hit his ninth homerun to help Boof Bonser secure the win in his impressive performance. Bonser went seven strong innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, and striking out eleven. Veteran and former Brewer Jeff Cirillo was 2-4 with three RBIs. The Twins snapped thier three game losing streak and help cut the lead of the Brewers in the NL Central.
Tigers Miller Strong in First Start: In his first Major League start, Andrew Miller pitched six scoreless innings, giving up four hits. Granderson, Polanco, and Sheffield all had three-RBI games, and Magglio Ordonez contributed with a homerun. The only downside for the Tigers in this game is their bullpen. After Miller left, they gave up four runs, one a homerun from Albert Pujols. Jason Grilli and Bobby Seay gave up five hits, and four earned runs, striking out three, but giving up one homerun. They send Nate Robertson to the mound tomorrow against Anthony Reyes.
Rangers Five Run Third Toppels Astros: Sammy Sosa's two RBI double followed by Nelson Cruz's two run homerun powered the Rangers in the third inning, complimented by a solid performance from Robinson Tejada. Eric Gagne was able to get the save to help the Rangers improve their 16-26 record. The send John Koronka to the mound tomorrow, making his major league debut against Wandy Rodriguez. The bad news coming from Rangers camp is Hank Blalock will be out for 12 weeks recovering from right shoulder surgery.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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ELI: When did it first think you that you might play in the major leagues?
HAROLD: When I was fourteen years old, I had a scout by the name of Larry Diamoato hand me his card after one of my Little League games. He was a scout with the Cincinnati Reds. He said to me, “Son you have a chance to play major league baseball.” And that planted a seed in me that I had the potential to play baseball at the professional level. I also have two older brothers that played so I knew then I had a good chance.
ELI: You were first drafted in 1979, but you did not sign, what were your reasons for not signing?
HAROLD: I didn’t think I was ready. I was only about 5’8’’, 150 pounds, and I didn’t think the grind of a long season was something I could endure. I went to
ELI: What was it like being drafted number two?
HAROLD: It was great, a great honor. I had a lot of experience which helped me go higher. I played with the Alaska Goldpanners, which has a lot of history with good ballplayers, so that looked good to a lot of scouts. Players like Tom Seaver and Bob Boone played up there before me. It was nice playing up there, a honor because so many great ballplayers played there.
ELI: Did you have a favorite stadium to play at during your career?
ELI: What was it like being traded from the Padres to the Angels? How were you told and what did you think?
HAROLD: It was interesting. I didn’t mind being traded, going back to the
ELI: What was it like walking into the new clubhouse for the first time?
HAROLD: I knew most of the guys so it wasn’t bad. I mean I played in the
ELI: Growing up in
HAROLD: I was Giants fan growing up.
ELI: Did you have a favorite ballplayer growing up?
HAROLD: Family favorites included Willy Mays and Roberto Clemente, but as I grew up my favorite player became Rod Carew.
ELI: You’ve called some pretty big games in your broadcast career, is it stressful calling games?
HAROLD: No, It is fun. I love teaching baseball and pointing out things that people do not see during the game.
ELI: What is it like in the broadcast booth during the game? How many people are in the booth usually, and what are they doing?
HAROLD: There are usually four people in the booth. You have your play by play guy, who is doing most of the talking; you got your color guy or analyst, who talks with the play by play guy. Then you have the stat man in the back who hands us stats about certain players. And finally you have the stage manager who queues the play by play guy on commercials and hands him note cards that say “That last play was sponsored by Weed Wacker, don’t clean your front yard without it!”
ELI: I heard you have some sort of DVD Set, can you tell me about that?
HAROLD: Yeah, you can find all the information at Hrbaseball.com It is an Instructional Series teaching all the aspects of the game with great ball players. It is the best series ever created, period. It is shot in High Definition with Ozzie Smith teaching infield, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on hitting, former Marlins manager Joe Girardi on catching, former Rangers manager Buck Showalter on coaching, All-Star Twins outfielder Torii Hunter on manning the outfield, Jeff Brantley on pitching, and myself on the base paths. Like I said, the best series ever created. Everyone in this video was an all-star at some point in their career.
ELI: What was it like playing in the All Star Game?
HAROLD: The All Star Game is great, but it is a quick three days and you really do not get to know everyone. It was a great honor to play in the game. One of my best memories of playing was in my first All Star Game; Willy Randolph was the leading vote getter and was starting at second base. But he had a sore hamstring. So he came up to me and said “Kid, I’m taking one at-bat, and that game is yours.” I love it, standing next to players that I watched growing up: David Winfield, Dooie [Dwight] Evans, it was a trip.
ELI: What is the dugout like during the game? Is everyone focused?
HAROLD: You know, it is not like high school where you play once a week. You see the same guys every day so I would say it is competitive, but-you know this is what I say about it: Baseball is an individual game and a team concept. No one is standing at the plate but you.
ELI: Do you hope to get back into baseball in future? Maybe in a Front Office role?
HAROLD: I’d like to get back into TV. I’d liked doing what I was doing and want to do it again. I like helping people understand the game better.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
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Sunday, May 13, 2007
Victory For the Ages: Nationals pitcher Jason Simontacchi picked up his first victory of the season by pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up three earned runs. It was his first victory since Sept. 20, 2003, against the Astros. It has been 1,332 days since his last win.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
ELI: What was it like being traded by the Braves? Did you expect it to happen?
TONY: Well I knew something was going to happen and I didn’t know where I was going to end up. If I was going to stay with the Braves but whenever it happened I was happy because I was going to get a chance to play everyday.
TONY: Baseball is the same everywhere, you know. I’ve just been adjusting to the leagues. You know the American League and the National League aren’t the same, so I am trying to adjust to that.
ELI: When did you first realize that you might make it to the major leagues?
TONY: When I was going up the scale, like Double-A. From Double-A up is when you pretty much start to have an idea on what’s going to happen to you and that is when I started to get a feel for it.
ELI: How long have you played baseball?
TONY: Professionally this is my eighth year.
ELI: Have you always been a shortstop?
ELI: Are there any players on the club that serve as mentors for you?
TONY: Yeah lots of guys. Reggie [Sanders] and Mark Grudzielanek are always trying to keep me on track. Esteban German is always telling me things about the game. Me being a rookie most of the guys try to help us [other rookies] out.
ELI: Did you have a favorite player growing up?
TONY: Yeah, Omar Vizquel.
ELI: Your dad is a coach with the Yankees, what role has he played in molding you into the ballplayer you are now?
TONY: Well I have always tried to go out and have fun and that is something he has always told me. Just to go out and have fun.
ELI: Do you have a lineup preference?
TONY: No, not really. Just go out and wherever they put me, I’ll play.
ELI: This is a very young team with a few veterans, what is the chemistry like in the clubhouse?
TONY: You know were hoping for the experience to get us going. We got a lot of young guys and it is just fun being around all of them.
ELI: Do you have a favorite clubhouse on the road?
TONY: Well right now my favorite is
ELI: Do you have any friends around the league that you hang out with during the off season?
TONY: I hang out in the off season with Andy Marte, Brayan Pena whenever we play Winter Ball. And some of the other guys that I play with back home in the Dominican.
ELI: What do you like to do with your free time?
TONY: Lay down. Just watch TV and relax. Relax as much as I can.
ELI: Do you have a pregame ritual? Any superstitions?
TONY: Sit down at my locker and try and get concentrated for the game. You know, get my game face.
ELI: You’ve got a brother with Mets, do you try to keep in touch with him?
TONY: Yeah, I talk to him just about everyday. See how he is doing. He’ll call me or I’ll call him just to see what is going on.
ELI: Do you plan to sport the pink bat for Mother’s Day?
TONY: Of course. Any time you get a chance to appreciate Mother’s Day and especially when it is a good cause.