Archive for April 30th, 2008

Getting DFAed Is Not Fun

The Boston Red Sox designated reliever Bryan Corey for assignment yesterday, the second time they have done so this season.  The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes had a very good column on Corey today, reminding us that there is still a significant caste system in Major League Baseball:

Feel sorry for him? That’s the last thing he would want. A little understanding, maybe, that there’s a huge difference between the big-league life lived by Manny and Papi and ‘Tek and Schill, and the one lived by Bryan Corey and the many like him inhabiting the periphery of the game, here one day, a line of small type in the newspaper the next.

“We’re not all millionaires,” he said the other morning in Tropicana Field. “I have a nice life, a comfortable life – well, somewhat comfortable.”

Corey strikes me as a 4A player, a guy who is plenty good enough for the highest levels of the minor leagues but never quite manages to stick in the majors for very long, for whatever reason.  (Curtis Pride was a 4A-type player.)  This season, he has a 10.50 ERA in seven games (six innings), largely due to a couple of terrible outings prior to his first DFA.  He has only pitched once since then, on April 25, and struggled with his control.

Given Boston’s bullpen issues thus far, there’s a good chance that Corey will be back with the team soon (assuming he clears waivers and isn’t traded and all that good stuff).

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Spotlight on AA Ball: 4/30/2008

I like that the Erie Seawolves (Tigers) have a reading program for kids. At first I thought that it was aiming a bit low, only asking kids to read three books between April and September to earn game tickets, but then I realized there were no restrictions on how many times a kid could come back for more. Plus, the mascot C. Wolf is kind of cool. [Seawolves.com]

When the Altoona Curve (Pirates) pay tribute to working implements, also known as “tools”, they’re going to honor football coach Nick Saban as a Tool with a capital “T”. Now that’s funny. [Friendsoftheprogram.net]

The West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Mariners) have a LOT of rules at Pringles Park. If I were you, I wouldn’t collect $200 without passing Go, either. [Diamondjaxx.com]

I always enjoy the Hawaiians in baseball. Meet Micah Kila Kaaihue of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals). He’s only hitting .225, but he’s blasted six homers already. [MiLB.com]

And, since I blew off Monday’s A-ball news to write my final school paper ever, I’ll throw in the story of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Cardinals) and their battle with the Big Muddy… the Old Man… the Mighty Mississip… [MiLB.com]