Wednesday Wallpaper: Lasorda Suffers Heart Attack, Bard Sent to Triple-A, Papelbon Misused, MLB’s Missed Opportunity?
Eighty-four year old Tommy Lasorda is resting comfortably in a New York hospital after suffering a mild heart attack.
Via Hardball Talk’s Aaron Gleeman: The Red Sox demoted beleaguered Daniel Bard to Triple-A Pawtucket. Bard has struggled since moving from the bullpen to the rotation before this season started. Over 55 innings he has a 5.24 ERA and 5.63 xFIP.
David Schoenfield of the Sweet Spot blog points out that Charlie Manuel continues to misuse Jonathan Papelbon. Meanwhile, the closer is plenty steamed at Monday night’s home plate umpire.
Are the draft rules embedded in MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement hampering the sport’s ability to more effectively compete with the NFL? Dayn Perry of CBS Sports thinks so. He explains, using the 112th pick of this year’s first-year player draft, a high-school senior from Mississippi named Anthony Alford, as an example.