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Monday, March 15, 2004
It's The Little Things
A little gossip and rumor-mongering to get your Monday morning started.
I Know Something You Don't Know
Buried in Matt Clement process pieces in both the Sun-Times and Tribune is this little gem from the articles' subject. He's speaking of Mark Prior, and I've used the Sun-Times' version below:
"The most important thing is that he's healthy," Clement said. "If he misses two starts [in April], he misses two starts. That's not the end of the world, as if he tried to rush and make that first start and then he misses the first month-and-a-half."
Looks like Mr. Clement slipped up a bit. I don't know about you, but that's the first time I've heard the implication that Prior could miss more than one start. It's certainly not cause for panic, but it does make me think that the team is trying to control this story very carefully to keep the natives from running around yelling something about the sky and how we should all seek shelter.
I could also be reading something into it, but for now, I'm going to stay inside with a pillow over my head.
That's Not What I Meant!
I've occasionally advocated trading Juan Cruz for something that would fill a need, but this freaked me out:
The Cubs denied a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel claiming they were discussing a trade with Florida in which pitcher Juan Cruz might be dealt for shortstop prospect Josh Wilson, a Marlins minor-leaguer.
If the team is looking to fill their need for a AA, no-hit, mediocre defensive shortstop, they certainly found their man in Josh Wilson. His 2003 line of .253/.294/.371 in 434 at bats for Your Carolina Mudcats! doesn't inspire me, and certainly doesn't make me think he's worth the team's most tradable commodity.
In his Baseball Prospect Book 2004, John Sickels basically calls Wilson a future utility man, as he's not a whiz with the glove, and he's yet to show any plate discipline, or even a consistently high batting average. The fact that this trade even makes the rumor mill gives me a sinking feeling about Cruz' perceived value. I don't know if that's a Cubs issue or a market issue, but neither sits well with me.
A man who's spent years applying layers of paint to a baseball that's grown to enormous proportions is hoping to have it declared the world's largest ball of paint.
For the past 27 years, Mike Carmichael has been painting a baseball that hangs in a shed behind his home. It now weighs 1,300 pounds, is more than 35 inches in diameter and has a 111-inch circumference due to more than 18,000 layers of paint.
In honor of Carmichael's work, Saturday was declared Ball of Paint Day in Alexandria, about 25 miles northeast of Indianapolis. It starting with a proclamation honoring Carmichael on the steps of City Hall, followed by a photo exhibit and ending with the core sample taken at Carmichael's home.