The White Sox first reality show episode will feature an inside look at the team’s front office as they discussed the pros and cons of offering designed hitter Jim Thome a 2010 contract. Featured in the episode are general manager Kenny Williams, and assistant general manager Rick Hahn. …
The 2nd episode will be on Jerry Reinsdorf having lunch with Bud Selig.
Graham @ LL. Per 600 PAs:
C: +12.5 runs
SS: +7.5 runs
2B, 3B, CF: 2.5 runs
LF, RF: -7.5 runs
1B: -12.5 runs
DH: -17.5 runs
More sabermetric concept explanations here.
In 2009 MLB had a record $6.6 billion in revenues. In 2008 MLB revenues were $6.5 billion.
The NBA was $400 million in the red in 2009. The NFL revenues were $7.6 billion and the NHL revenues were $2.6 billion in 2009.
UPDATE: MLB’s revenue-sharing (big clubs to small clubs) for 2009 was $433 million.
Mark Buehrle on Ozzie’s twittering:
“I could give two (bleeps) about it,” Buehrle said. “I think this whole Facebook, Twitter, all this stuff is ridiculous, if you ask me.”
BTW, Buehrle on his future:
“I got two years left on this contract. Everybody says I’m crazy, but as I sit here today I can see myself walking away pretty easy. My family is the biggest thing. I want to see my kids grow up. I don’t want to have to be down here at spring training or during the season be out on the road somewhere and have my son and my daughter call me saying ‘Daddy, I scored a goal or I got a hit today in a game.’I i want to be there for that.
“I’ve done enough stuff in this game and obviously made enough money that I think I can walk away in a couple years and be satisfied.”
“Let me start with this – that’s why this world is all screwed up,” Guillen said during a lengthy address on the subject. “I want to say (bleep) off, but I can’t. All of a sudden we’re worrying about something that is personal. I wanted to do something that is fun off the field; all of a sudden they’re making a big deal of this thing.
“It’s a thing out there about Ozzie Guillen; it’s not the White Sox organization or anything. If people think I’m going to go out there and say what I say to Andruw Jones or Carlos (Quentin) or what my signs are going to be or what the lineup is going to be, that’s a little different.
“This has nothing to do with the organization or baseball. It’s my life. I don’t know why people are making a big deal of it. All of a sudden, it’s Ozzie Guillen. I didn’t know how famous I was. That’s pretty interesting. I thought people hate me.” …
UPDATE: Garfein has video. More video.
Williams was first sent a text asking him to comment on the fact that his say-anything manager had opened a Twitter account for himself on Tuesday night.
“Are you serious?’’ was his reply.
Then when asked about it in person, Williams’ reply?
“No comment … and make sure you write that it is a no comment with a headshake from side to side.’’
Asked if he was next to join the social media craze that Ozzie Guillen had now fallen into, Williams said, “No, never.’’
Ozzie says his sons, Ozzie Jr. and Oney, handle his twitting, but Oney says he isn’t involved.
– BDD’s Top Prospects Compilation: Update #15:
Spreadsheet: 2009-2010-Top-Prospect-Lists.xls [210 KB]
– Opening Day (1985 and on) and Year-end (1999 and on) payroll information for all MLB teams from Biz of Baseball. Also some, not all, player salaries for years before 1985.
– MLBTR’s White Sox Offseason Review.
– Final draft order.
– Mark Gonzales tells us the areas the Sox will be focusing on in their Spring Training workouts.
– Golebiewski @ BDD: “Can Chris B. Young Be Salvaged?”
– Players improve in the second year of a 2-yr contract.
– Wrist Injuries and Power: A Quick Glance.
Ozzie is in the building: @OzzieGuillen
As Anthony Castrovince said:
“At long last, @OzzieGuillen is on Twitter. I’m pretty sure that’s why this thing was invented.”
PS. Dalai Lama also just joined Twitter: @DalaiLama. Coincidence?
Scott Reifert compiled a list of links to articles covering Frank Thomas’ retirement. Here’s a couple more:
KenWo @ SSS: Quite Frankly, He Was The Greatest
Joe Posnanski: Frank Thomas
This is a must-read by Rick Reilly written for SI on August 9, 1994: The Big Heart
And you can check my blog’s Frank Thomas page (12 posts in 2010).