I was watching the end of Nationals-Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, and two news items dominated the discussion: 1) Joe Saunders pitched great, thereby instantly justifying Arizona's trade of Dan Haren (these were the Diamondbacks broadcasters, after all); and 2) Mark Reynolds got hit in the head by a Collin Balester pitch, after hitting a homer earlier in the night. There was much concern on the latter front, and you could understand why, based on the linked video
Hence my surprise when I noticed - on Twitter, of all places - that Reynolds was starting last night's game for Arizona. Not even one night to let things play out a little more?
Sure enough, as you can see lower in this game story, Reynolds left the game early, because he wasn't feeling quite right. Ironically, after manager Kirk Gibson's quote about Reynolds, the next name mentioned is Ryan Church, who is now on his third team as a replacement-level player since the Mets unloaded him last year _ after, of course, the Mets didn't respond properly at all to Church's two concussions in 2008.
Crazy. Ridiculous. Out of curiosity, I checked the Arizona Republic website, to see if any of my media brethren had called out the Diamondbacks for their stupidity. But as I type, at 8:34 EDT, they don't even have a game story from last night. So much for up-to-the-minute coverage.
1) As dumb as we think the Mets can be at times, they have company. Plenty of it.
2) The Players Association needs to be even more proactive on the head-injury front. They should work together with Major League Baseball and the team trainers to get more conservative practices in place.
Shoot, I understand why the union had mixed feelings on steroid testing. Everyone was making so much money! But who's gaining from lax treatment of head injuries?
--The Rangers' ownership situation appears to have been resolved, with Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan prevailing. There will be celebrating in Major League Baseball headquarters today.
Really, the image I had, as Greenberg and Ryan kept going toe-to-toe with the other bidders Jim Crane and Mark Cuban, was Selig holding a garage sale at his home in Milwaukee - "Fifty bucks for a used Gorman Thomas jersey!" - and then funneling those revenues to his desired choice Greenberg.
Cuban has done great things with the Mavericks in the NBA, and I'd love to see him own a baseball team someday. Yet the Rangers have accomplished so much these past years, with Ryan joining the crew in 2008 and keeping the baseball operations team in place, that it would've been a shame to break up that crew.
Perhaps Cuban would've retained general manager Jon Daniels and everything would've kept progressing. But in this instance, the known was so alluring that it was good to see the unknown surrender.
--A Yankees security guard retrieved the milestone ball, which landed on the netting atop Monument Park. The joke going around the press box was that the young man, Frankie Babilonia should've made a run for it, quit his job on the spot and sold the ball.
--Another brutal loss for the Mets. I don't foresee a 2009-ish meltdown for two reasons: 1) This group is far more talented than the guys wearing Mets uniforms in August and September of last year; and 2) The schedule is still pretty forgiving, even if the Mets went 1-5 against Arizona. There still are seven games each against Houston and Pittsburgh, and six against Washington.
--Carlos Beltran isn't ready to switch positions, as Torii Hunter did for the Angels this week. I think Beltran deserves more time to get comfortable out in centerfield. Besides, if the Mets want to shop Beltran this winter - no harm in shopping him, as David Lennon notes on his blog (featuring a comment from JE!) - he'll carry more value if he can prove the ability to play a decent centerfield.
--Carlos Delgado is drawing some interest, Ken Rosenthal reports. I'd love to see whether Delgado can help a team, but we have to be skeptical, given how long it has been since he played in a game.
--The Reds are close to summoning Aroldis Chapman from the minor leagues, Buster Olney reports _ but as a reliever. I guess you can give the Reds some leeway regarding Chapman during year one of their six-year, $30.25 million agreement. But if he's not starting by next August, then this will start to look like a serious overpay.
--Book giveaway contest this afternoon.