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Jerry DiPoto, Stan Kasten, David Ortiz and Jose Bautista
Greetings from the Stadium. Quiet lead-in to what could be a very fun Yankees-Rays season series finale. Both teams have their righty-heavy lineups in against lefties CC Sabathia and David Price.
Remember, the Rays now have a 9-8 advantage against the Yankees. A victory tonight clinches the tiebreaker, should the teams finish with the same record. If the Yankees win, tying the series at 9-9, but the two clubs wind up tied, then the next tiebreaker is AL East record. The Yankees are 35-27 within the division, and the Rays are 40-28
--I'm not quite sure I understand the sudden infatuation with Jerry DiPoto when discussing Mets GM candidates. Yes, he pitched for the Mets (briefly), and he has worked under some talented GMs in Theo Epstein and Josh Byrnes. He's a nice, bright guy. But does he have the strength of presence the Mets need to really set the franchise in a new direction?
His brief run as Arizona's GM was OK, not spectacular. Joe Saunders, the one major-leaguer who came from the Angels for Dan Haren, has been a below-average pitcher. Daniel Hudson, acquired from the White Sox for Edwin Jackson, has been terrific.
But again: Is DiPoto a franchise-changer? Someone who can change the culture of a franchise that needs such a transplant? Maybe someday. Not now.
--Stan Kasten is resigning as president of the Nationals, and while he leaves the team in better shape than when he arrived in 2006, suffice it to say this doesn't quite constitute a mission accomplished.
This column by Tom Boswell of The Washington Post, published this morning - prior to Kasten's announcement - lays out a convincing case why Kasten would leave. It reflects poorly on Washington's ownership.
--David Ortiz is anxious about his future with the Red Sox. I like the comparison the writer, Josh Alper, makes here to Derek Jeter and the Yankees. It might make sense for Boston to simply exercise Ortiz's $12.5 million option for 2011, hope he duplicates his 2010 and then deal with this again a year from now.
--Jose Bautista hit his 50th homer today, and I'm hearing a lot of that, "Hey, we have to be suspicious. It's not our fault, it's their fault" crap. Don't want to hear it. Just because others used illegal PEDs, that doesn't allow us to point fingers all around. It's times like this we must embrace the gray and come to terms that we're never going to fully understand everything that occurs in the world, let alone in baseball.
Bautista's solo homer accounted for the lone run in Toronto's 1-0 victory over Seattle and Felix Hernandez, who dropped to 12-12. Terrible job (not really) by Hernandez, failing to pick up the all-important win.