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Closed circuit to the first base ump

Posted at 9:43 AM on June 1, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Not that it mattered much, but remember Liriano's only "hit"? Wow. Safe, by a fairly obvious margin. That's a fairly routine call, buddy. Don't start acting like those replacement umpires in single-A.

The St. Petersburg Rays of Tampa Bay

Posted at 9:47 AM on June 1, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Devil Rays name change likely delayed until 2008
Apparently the Devil Rays are interested in changing their names: partly to take the "devil" out of their name, but also possibly including St. Petersburg in their name, since that's where they actually play their baseball. The deadline was yesterday, and they didn't want to rush their decisions, so they will probably wait a year or two to figure everything out within a decent timeframe.

I could be mistaken, but isn't St. Petersburg already sort of "included" in their name? Isn't that why they're called Tampa Bay instead of just Tampa? Wouldn't it make sense to stick with a theme? Got any name "suggestions" for the team?

What a Woot!

Posted at 2:20 PM on June 1, 2006 by David Zingler (2 Comments)

Here that whirling sound? Listen more closely...still don’t hear it...well, that is Joe Bauman spinning in his grave. Bauman, who passed away in 2005, once hit 72 homeruns in a single minor league season, yet never was able to crack a big league roster. Why am I bringing this up? Well, it looks like the Twins are set to demote Scott Baker and fill his roster spot with – get this – Shawn Wooten and his .218 Triple A batting average.

According to the Star Tribune, the team likes Wooten because he can catch and play first base. His addition would allow Ron Gardenhire to continue using both Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond in the line up without risking losing the DH if either catcher is injured. While that logic seems sound, Wooten is nothing more than a warm body who looks destined to become the 2006 version of Corky Miller.

Update: The Twins apparently came to their senses and decided to re-call Terry Tiffee rather than Wooten. Gardenhire correctly said Tiffee, who was hitting .298 at Rochester, "deserved" it more. Joe Bauman can rest, for now...

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I've heard this story before.

Posted at 11:32 PM on June 1, 2006 by Josh Lee (1 Comments)

Boof Bonser managed to hang with Oakland's Barry Zito for seven innings. Boof showed good control, threw lots of strikes, and didn't walk a batter. He only made a few mistakes, but unfortunately, those mistakes led to four runs on three homers. Combine the solid-but-dinger-prone pitching with a complete absence of run support, and this year's Boof Bonser starts to look suspiciously like last year's Brad Radke. I'm still not sure what to make of this year's Radke; perhaps he'll give us some hints on Saturday.

Or perhaps Terry Tiffee will help to turn this road trip around, although that's about as likely as Tony Batista sprinting through foul territory to chase down a foul ball. Since that's exactly what T-Phat did tonight, though, there's hope yet! Right?

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