Tagged: Hot Stove

Torre to Stay

Joe Torre announced today he will be back with the New York Yankees in 2007, ending speculation that Lou Pinella might be going to New York, and increasing speculation that he will be the next Chicago Cubs manager, as reported here on this blog and at www.spikesballparks.com .  Stay tuned.

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

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Scoop Central!

Yo! Yo! Yo!  Scoop! E-maj’s sources have confirmed Lou Pinella has agreed in principle to be the next Cubs manager.  They believe the press conference is to be held next Tuesday.  First to the punch again, imagine when I’m really locked in next year.  Looking forward to Sweet Lou shaking the country club up.

Peace, E Maj

e-maj@spikesballparks.com

Wood for Sale: BBHeckler Scoop

Yo–

Went to the game tonight, and got upgraded to right behind the plate, Meyers-style.  Pettite looked like his pitching self getting the W, 7 IP, only 6 reached base, and 1 earned run. 

The scoop: (pictures forthcoming).  Kerry Wood merchandise was 1/2 off at the left field souvenir shop.  $65 cut down to $35, in one instance.   Trade bait?  I guess I can see him pitching relief somewhere, but what comes to mind is the Cubs have no intention of re-signing him for next year and in typical Tribune fashion are trying to bleed the Cubdom to get rid of the existing inventory of Wood paraphenalia.  Stay tuned.

peace, E Maj

eric@spikesballparks.com

Daily Pickle

**"Baseball been berry berry good to me"–Sammy Sosa..offered non-guaranteed deal by Washington, who also inked Matt LeCroy(1yr/$850 K) http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AtVYJK5lvG7z_TtPXtpMh_4RvLYF?slug=ap-nationals-sosa-lecroy&prov=ap&type=lgns**

**Toronto continues its shopping spree, signing C Bengie Molina to a 1yr/$5 million contract….. http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/9212700 …. Worthy of note is the 3yr/$18 million deal from the Mets his agent advised him to reject**

**BB Heckler Sneak Preview Rag:  ‘Hey Ump, your *****. called, it wants your head out by tomorrow.’**

**good plug on LA GM Colletti, who had a nice off-season.. http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=60083**

**Florida Marlins announced that Joe Girardi has instituted a No Facial Hair policy….why have hair on your face, when the Owners’ Policy is to have egg on theirs?**

Peace, E Maj

bbheckler@yahoo.com

Daily Pickle

Mr. and Mrs. Terminator flew in for some High Lifes, Windy City-style…back in the saddle again…Ed. …..p.s. any Spring Training questions appreciated

**http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5283258  Tribe acquires OF Jason Michaels from Philly for Arthur Rhodes…setting up OF Crisp and RP Riske to Boston for prospects Marte, Shoppach, and reliever …..like Crisp in Boston in lieu of Damon(attach the economic), and Gillick in Philly still working those phone lines**

**ESPN to broadcast the Semis and Finals of the WBChttp://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060130&content_id=1303417&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb BB Special Alert!: BB Heckler will be reporting live from the fields in Anaheim(semis) and San Diego(finals)**

**Piazza sign for $2 million w/the Padres?… http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-padres-piazza&prov=ap&type=lgns  everyone had him pinned as a DH candidate in the A.L., my guess is Mike didn’t want to learn a whole new league’s pitchers.**

**Jesus Colome, Tampa Bay RP, re-signs for 1 yr, $815,000….this is only noteworthy ‘cuz he will be in the book…:)..**

**End of an Era:  http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=thomaswhitesox&prov=st&type=lgns **

Peace, E Maj

BBHeckler@yahoo.com

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**SP Wade Miller signs w/the Cubs for 1yr/$1 million… http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2303134  …been a couple years since he was healthy, we’ll watch him in Spring Training…62-43 Lifetime record**

**Astros to file Insurance claim on Bagwell…http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-astros-bagwell&prov=ap&type=lgns …no kidding**

**Mets trade SP Kris Benson to the Orioles for RP Jorge Julio and righthander John Maine, leaving O’s teammates excited http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-astros-bagwell&prov=ap&type=lgns, excited not to have Benson, but  model wife Anna on board.  Anna is on record saying if she ever caught Kris cheating on him, she would get even by having sex w/everyone in the organization**

**Bonds pulls out of World Baseball Classic; http://www.sportsline.com/mlb/story/9183937 rumored to bat in the #2 hole if he played, the BB Heckler was looking forward to watching Barry sacrifice bunt and move runners over..:)**

Peace, E Maj

ericm1@nase.org