Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday notebooks

Here are a few stories I found interesting today.

St. Petersburg Times: The Rays want to revamp their image in baseball and make it a "destination spot where players want to play," said GM Andrew Friedman.

Rocky Mountain News: Let's face it, Bud Selig will be baseball's commissioner for as long as he wants. Owners gave him a three-year contract extension through 2012 on Thursday.

Chicago Tribune: The annual Cubs Convention is this weekend and the team is heading toward a milestone -- 100 years since that last World Series title. And the Trib breaks down the trade between St. Louis and Toronto that swapped third basemen Scott Rolen and Troy Glaus. The notebook also says that the Braves plan to have newly acquired Mark Kotsay for just one season.

New York Times: Baseball has changed how it gives "therapeutic-use exemptions for attention deficit disorder" among major-leaguers after an abnormal rise in applications. Amphetamines, such as ADD drugs Ritalin and Adderall, are banned unless a player has such an exemption. And please forgive me for a football dalliance and sharing this story about the Lambeau Leap and its history.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Cardinals have rid themselves of their former "core" this offseason and are moving to the next generation.

Boston Globe: Can't pass up first-hand stories of Babe Ruth getting "shot" or of Hall of Famer Lefty Grove's right-handed squirrel hunting, told by the oldest former major-leaguer. Bill Werber turns 100 in June. Don't forget the weekly notebook.

San Francisco Chronicle: Maybe baseball will take San Jose away from the Giants' "territory" and give the A's a lucrative option for a new stadium. The Giants are in Selig's doghouse because of how they allowed Barry Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson, too much access.

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