New Arizona Diamondbacks chief executive Jeff Moorad -- who actually does not officially take over until Jan. 1 and who still must be approved by league owners -- gave a lukewarm endorsement to General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr. "Joe's the GM," Moorad told reporters.
Meantime, Moorad's critics have dug up this quote from him following the 1994 players' strike: "The fans care about the game. The players care about the game. The owners don't care about either. What they care about is grabbing more money and more power over the national pastime." . . .
Brady Anderson, right, last wore a Baltimore Orioles uniform when Cal Ripken, Jr. was part of the club.
(Joel Richardson -- The Washington Post)
In heaping praise upon veteran Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez last week, following Martinez's announcement that he would be retiring after the season, some of my colleagues went overboard in proclaiming Martinez the best (or "most feared") right-handed hitter of his generation.
That distinction, of course, goes to Albert Belle. . . .
Among the notable call-ups expected in September is St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Rick Ankiel, who has been working his way back to the majors on a minor league rehab assignment following elbow ligament replacement surgery in July 2003. Ankiel, whose career started falling apart with an acute bout of wildness in the 2000 playoffs, is still only 25 years old. . . .
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa defused a potentially volatile situation by phoning Manager Dusty Baker to suggest Baker drop him to fifth in the lineup. Baker had been contemplating the same move, but for political reasons needed Sosa's approval. . . .
The San Francisco Giants' playoff hopes took a huge blow when ace Jason Schmidt suffered a strained groin that forced him to miss one start already. Tuesday will be a big day -- that's when Schmidt is scheduled to start again. . . .
Wondering the identities of those 13 players who have started in center field for the Orioles since Anderson? They are Larry Bigbie, Delino DeShields, Karim Garcia, Luis Garcia, Hairston, Willie Harris, Luis Matos, Gary Matthews Jr., Darnell McDonald, Melvin Mora, Tim Raines Jr., Chris Richard and Chris Singleton.