My current Hall votes on Steroid Era stars and more (cont.)
First base market won't be bad, if Mets should look
The Mets' current first base plan is to use the amazing Fernando Tatis ("better than ever,'' according to one scout), while mixing in Daniel Murphy and Jeremy Reed. However, Carlos Delgado is going to have his hurting hip checked out Monday, and if he requires surgery or a couple months away, the Mets still might need to consider a trade. The market for first basemen might not be bad.
Aubrey Huff, who's a productive hitter and also does pretty fair Joba Chamberlain impersonation, could be the best-hitting first baseman on the trading block. And as a bonus he's left-handed. Two more first basemen that the Mets might take a look at would be Nick Johnson, the oft-injured National who's perpetually on the block, and Russell Branyan, who's off to a hot start with the Mariners.
Oddly, Delgado's absence has cost Murphy some playing time, as manager Jerry Manuel likes having Sheffield's presence in the lineup when Delgado's not there. And you can't argue with success. Sheffield produced four straight multi-hit games in Delgado's absence, all victories.
Around the majors
The Indians can't even catch a break when they're catching a break. After Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine had to bat third on Sunday due to a lineup-card mistake by manager Joe Maddon, Sonnanstine delivered a run-scoring double in the latest Indians defeat, 7-5.
Angels ace John Lackey has misplaced priorities if he thinks it's worth getting ejected two pitches into his return start. The first was behind Ian Kinsler, the next hit Kinsler. Nice that he apparently wants to stand up for his teammates, but not at the expense of his availability. And what did poor Ian Kinsler ever do to him?
Regarding that same incident, shouldn't home plate umpire Bob Davidson have issued a warning when Lackey threw behind Kinsler on the first pitch?
Meanwhile, MLB was right to give honest head hunter Bobby Jenks a wrist slap of a $750. Jenks admitted he was throwing behind Kinsler after not being ejected, and he didn't hit Kinsler. (Unlike Lackey, Jenks also wasn't returning from a long rehab.) But again, what is it about Kinsler?
Two demerits for Maddon for messing up his lineup card and losing the great Evan Longoria for a start. If you're going to lose someone's start, make it someone else next time.
Clint Hurdle got slammed by Denver Post lead columnist Woody Paige. Not a good thing for Hurdle. The Rockies do appear to be nodding off.
The Angels can win a few different ways. But only a few days ago they had a lineup in which their top three hitters (and five of nine) had zero home runs.
After a couple of rough outings the Giants' Brian Wilson hit 98 mph in saving a game Sunday versus the Mets. No one was pulling a Casey Blake on him.
Red Sox prospect Clay Buchholz has pitched brilliantly for Pawtucket, and you have to think there's room eventually for a pitcher with a 1.03 ERA.
"Papi stinks.'' At least Papi is issuing non-stinky quotes.
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