Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Curt Schilling? Tim Wakefield? David Wells? Matt Clement? Who needs 'em? We have Kyle Snyder (7 shutout innings on Friday), Julian Tavarez (6.1 innings, 2 runs last night) and Kason Gabbard (7 innings of shutout ball, combining with Mike Timlin on a 1-0 shutout over the White Sox tonight). It's pretty amazing that the Sox are managing to do anything with this unheralded starting rotation, but it's been fun to watch.

Has anyone ever been named Manager of the Year and been fired in the same year? It might happen with Joe Girardi of the Marlins, who has brought this extremely young team with a $15 million payroll (less than 8% of the Yankees total) back to .500 heading into tonight's game. It's the first time in baseball history that a team has been 20 games under .500 and made it back. This is an exciting young team with guys like Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez. It would be nice if a few more people in South Florida were paying attention (there were about 12,000 in attendance at Dolphins Stadium last night).

The problem is that Girardi and Marlins owner Jeff Loria have a feud going. I don't know all the particulars, but you would think these guys could get it together, wouldn't you?


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