Now that Dave is retired, the job falls to someone to bring you the news, right? Wrong. That’s not my cup of tea. I much prefer rambling on mindlessly about whatever I feel like. Who wants the restrictions of having to post about current events? Blah, not this guy. That said, here is my batch of random notes for the week.
Playoff Rosters are coming!!! – If only that statement actually instilled a little bit of excitement around here. Alas, baseball in Chicago will thankfully come to a close soon. For teams not based in Chicago that will actually be playing in October, playoff rosters will be set very soon. That said, I thought you might be interested in knowing what it takes to be eligible to play in the postseason. On September 18th, the Dodgers traded Octavio Dotel to the Rockies. The first thought that may come to mind is that Dotel would immediately be eligible for the post-season should the Rockies make it. That’s not the case. In order to be on the postseason roster, a player must be on the 25 man roster, the disabled list, the bereavement list, or the suspended list for the playoff eligible team as of midnight on August 31.
The only way someone not on one of these lists gets on the postseason roster is if he was in the system as of August 31 and is replacing someone that plays the same position, but is injured. For example, if the Cubs were in the playoffs, Brett Jackson could play in the postseason provided that he replaced an outfielder that was injured. For the Reds, that means the nasty Cuban, Aroldis Chapman is eligible for October baseball provided that he replaces someone like Mike Lincoln who is on the 60 day DL.
Guns Don’t Kill People, Baseball Bats Almost Do – Thankfully Tyler Colvin is still on this earth and will be making a complete recovery. The backlash is that people are calling for the use of bats that are made from wood other than maple. Deadspin.com put together a video of some scary bat incidents (View the video)
If the Bats Don’t Get Ya, the Terrorists just might? – I don’t know if you saw this, it really didn’t seem to get much publicity that I saw, but some guy had every intention of blowing up Wrigley Field.
A 22-year-old Lebanese medical student who regards Sept. 11 as a “beautiful day” is in custody after placing a backpack containing what he thought was an explosive device into a Wrigleyville trash can, federal authorities said Monday.
Sami Samir Hassoun, of the 4700 block of North Kedzie, has been charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Chicago office said.
Hassoun’s arrest after midnight Saturday comes after a months-long investigation during which he unknowingly worked with an informant and an undercover FBI agent, officials said. (Source)
I don’t know what you think about this, but to me it’s some scary stuff. I’ll never forget the stuff that went down on 9/11 and to think that there are still people out there with enough hate in their hearts to do things like this scares the crap out of me. On a non-serious note, if there was a way we could work with the terrorist to blow the field up when no one would get hurt, I’d be all for it. I’m not a fan of Wrigley Field. I’d much rather see a new state of the art ballpark.
Mitch Atkins…The Tribe has Spoken – Atkins was designated for assignment (Muskat Tweets). That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done with the organization, but it’s usually not a good sign. I haven’t heard anymore since the tweet, so we’ll see what happens to him.
Don’t Want Ryno? Canada Does – Chicago Breaking Sports had this to say about Ryno’s chance of becoming a manager:
The Cubs aren’t the only team interested in interviewing Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg for a managerial opening. Add the Toronto Blue Jays to the list.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted Wednesday night that the “Blue Jays have a long list of candidates, and Ryne Sandberg is on it.”
Sandberg managed the Triple-A Iowa Cubs this year and was named the Pacific Coast League’s Manager of the Year. Current Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston is stepping down at the end of the year. (Source)
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