Some jokes just write themselves.
Aubrey Huff has a strained groin.
Fish in a barrel, my friends. Fish in a barrel.
I'm fairly certain the Orioles will be announcing more non-roster invitees. That list of 11 yesterday can't be complete. As some of you pointed out, Nolan Reimold and Cory Doyne are glaring omissions. And if I thought about it long enough, I'd come up with plenty of others (though I doubt Brandon Snyder is one of them. Remember that they're keeping Chorye Spoone at the minor league camp. I'd assume the same is true of Snyder).
There also must be some other minor league free agents who will be announced shortly.
I wasn't aware that catcher Ben Davis had joined the organization. I remember him as a hot-shot prospect, the second-overall pick in the 1995 draft by the Padres, a player who will make a nice spring training feature for at least one reporter.
Davis has bounced around since then, landing with the independent Camden Riversharks last year before the Dodgers signed him in June and eventually released him from their Triple-A roster two months later. He will compete for the backup job this spring.
Davis, a switch-hitter who turns 31 in March, might best be remembered for breaking up Curt Schilling's perfect game on May 26, 2001 with a drag bunt in the eighth inning that violated one of baseball's unwritten rules. Afterward, Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly called Davis' decision "chicken." But Arizona held a 2-0 lead, and the bunt allowed the Padres to bring up the tying run.
Read all about it here.
Seeing the Maryland men's basketball team wearing yellow jerseys last night brought back memories for this grad, and reminded me of the No. 34 Len Bias jersey that I'll never throw away.
The Sun's Mike Preston writes that the Ravens might consider "trading" for Bengals coach Marvin Lewis by perhaps offering a draft pick as compensation.
What's the going rate for a coach whose team can't make the playoffs, can't play defense and can't stay out of trouble?
At least two No. 1s…right?
Just hire Jason Garrett and get it over with. And hope he's the next Jon Gruden rather than the next Mike Mularkey…or Gregg Williams…or Marty Morningwig…or Chris Palmer...
Feel free to keep going.
Hot-shot assistants aren't always head coaching material, but something tells me that Garrett is the exception. He's been preparing for this opportunity his entire life, and he's been exposed to some of the best minds in the business.
Are performance-enhancing drugs the only reason Mark McGwire has twice been denied entrance into the Hall of Fame? I can find plenty of voters who don't think he's worthy, and that's only taking his playing career into account.