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http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers-20111005,0,2172800.column Another good Simers article, this time on Scioscia. "Mike Scioscia is the best manager in baseball" has become the new "St. Louis has the best fans in baseball." And whenever people say it they never really say why, it's just become this mantra-like thing. Apparently he consistently outperforms the Angels' expected wins stat thingy, but if he really holds as much power as is alleged that changes things.
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Haha, check out Vinny Del Thirdbase coming in having never managed or coached at any level.

That's simply not true. Get your facts straight. Ventura was the volunteer hitting coach at Arroyo Grande High School in California this past season.

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I'm certaiinly not overwhelmed with the hiring of Ventura, as I wanted Martinez. However, he is thoroughly professional, which is something we need right now. He will surely make some beginners' mistakes, but baring him routinely starting fist-fights with players, he will make for a better clubhouse atmosphere and probably do a better job than Guillen. And realistically, if Adam Dunn and Alex Rios hit close to their career averages next year, Mike Quade with Terry Bevington as his bench coach would have this team in contention late in the season.

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I'm certaiinly not overwhelmed with the hiring of Ventura, as I wanted Martinez. However, he is thoroughly professional, which is something we need right now. He will surely make some beginners' mistakes, but baring him routinely starting fist-fights with players, he will make for a better clubhouse atmosphere and probably do a better job than Guillen. And realistically, if Adam Dunn and Alex Rios hit close to their career averages next year, Mike Quade with Terry Bevington as his bench coach would have this team in contention late in the season.

Yeah, real thorough.

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I'm certaiinly not overwhelmed with the hiring of Ventura, as I wanted Martinez. However, he is thoroughly professional, which is something we need right now. He will surely make some beginners' mistakes, but baring him routinely starting fist-fights with players, he will make for a better clubhouse atmosphere and probably do a better job than Guillen. And realistically, if Adam Dunn and Alex Rios hit close to their career averages next year, Mike Quade with Terry Bevington as his bench coach would have this team in contention late in the season.

Yeah, real thorough.

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Very relevant. Sure, he had a 16 year career, but he got into a single big fight during that span. He also won 6 gold gloves and hit 294 homers during his career, and I haven't heard anything negative about him personally. Sorry, that one moment didn't define his career.

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Sox open season in Texas too...but anyway I hate that the fight with NR get's brought up every time Ventura is mentioned, and I'm not surprised to see it brought up on this site.

I agree with what you said OldRoman, it was a shock, (I wanted Martinez too) but i think just getting the mess that was OG and his family out of Chi-town will be good for the Sox moving forward. I really hope a player like Beckham will turn it around under Robin. I'm interested in who will be named bench coach as well as hitting coach, and as much as Frank Thomas is my favorite player he shouldn't be the hitting coach.

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Something's going around about how Joe Cowley is going to cost the S-T their press credentials for alleging that Kenny Williams is cheating on his wife with Toni Braxton. Bahahahahaha.

I don't know much about Joe Cowley other then he is not to be confused with the other Joe Cowley, but I've yet to hear a single positive thing said about this person from anyone.

So my question is at this point why is he still employed? I can't imagine the Chicago Sun Times really going to that lengths just to keep one writer on their staff, but maybe they are.

Again don't know much about what he writes, but if he's trying to publish an article that Kenny Williams is cheating on his wife with Toni Braxton he better have some proof, otherwise he can be sued for slander. You can write speculative articles and try to pass them off as fact.

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Something's going around about how Joe Cowley is going to cost the S-T their press credentials for alleging that Kenny Williams is cheating on his wife with Toni Braxton. Bahahahahaha.

Is this a new thing? Cowley implied Williams was cheating on his wife with her last season, but he had already been divorced for close to a year at that point. But as expected, Cowley is going out kicking and screaming since his only source in the organization left. He knows that nobody in Chicago cares to hear the latest gossip about which Marlins player can't hold their liquor, so he is completely useless writing for the Sun Times. At this point, I think he is doing his best to Mariotti-it-up and get Williams to publicly snap at him, which will garner Cowley enough notoriety that he can get some kind of national job offer. His days in Chicago are numbered and he knows it.

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Something's going around about how Joe Cowley is going to cost the S-T their press credentials for alleging that Kenny Williams is cheating on his wife with Toni Braxton. Bahahahahaha.

I don't know much about Joe Cowley other then he is not to be confused with the other Joe Cowley, but I've yet to hear a single positive thing said about this person from anyone.

So my question is at this point why is he still employed? I can't imagine the Chicago Sun Times really going to that lengths just to keep one writer on their staff, but maybe they are.

Again don't know much about what he writes, but if he's trying to publish an article that Kenny Williams is cheating on his wife with Toni Braxton he better have some proof, otherwise he can be sued for slander. You can write speculative articles and try to pass them off as fact.

The Sun Times is one of the worst, unethical newspapers around. You are talking about the newspaper who stood by Jay Mariotti all those years, even after it was clear to everyone involved all he did was steal other reporters' quotes, make up conspiracy theories and cause controversy just to get people to read his crap. There were apparently a large number of people who read it whether they hated or liked him. Cowley hated Mariotti, but the only difference between the two is that Cowley actually went into the locker rooms. Of course, he publicly sniped at players and sometimes aired their dirty laundry. Nothing will come of the Sox supposedly revoking the Sun Times' credentials, and they will continue to stand by his sleazy tabloid journalism. Basically, the Sun Times prescribes to the "any attention is good attention" theory and does whatever it can to stir up controversy.

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Torn achilles for Ryan Howard. Damn.

Good chance he could miss all of next year. Right now the Phillies are saying start of spring training and into the regular season, but with an injury like there is no timetable you can put on it. He could even miss a good portion of the following season as well depending on how his rehab goes. If you know anything about achilles tendons, you know tearing one is that bad. There's a decent chance he may never even come back.

If I'm the Phillies I'm already starting to look in other directions. No way I'm pinning my hopes on a guy coming back from an injury that bad.

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Torn achilles for Ryan Howard. Damn.

Good chance he could miss all of next year. Right now the Phillies are saying start of spring training and into the regular season, but with an injury like there is no timetable you can put on it. He could even miss a good portion of the following season as well depending on how his rehab goes. If you know anything about achilles tendons, you know tearing one is that bad. There's a decent chance he may never even come back.

If I'm the Phillies I'm already starting to look in other directions. No way I'm pinning my hopes on a guy coming back from an injury that bad.

Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols will be available... :P

I hope the Brewers will in the World Series... just so that years from now people will say they didn't win it all with the Ball In Glove logo :D

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No, but you notice that they were a terrible team until they brought it back, even part time... ;)

Seriously, watching the games on television really shows how popular that logo/color scheme is. Easily half of the Miller Park crowd is wearing royal blue and athletic gold.

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If Howard misses the season, that'll be huge. I wasn't sure they were going to bring him back anyway.

Three superstar first basemen are up for free agency after the season, and now one of them might be out of the game.

Wow. Hell of a last at-bat.

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