Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are undecided about pitching in 2007. Bernie Williams has likely played his last game in pinstripes. But enough about these non-entities. Two of the games’ greatest ambassadors, thinkers and effervescent personalties might be hanging up the spikes. Joe Randa tells the KC Star’s Jeffrey Flanagan, “I was on a team with a lot of 24-year-olds and 25-year-olds. The truth is, I don™t have that much in common with them anymore. And man, can I relate. Some of these kids don’t even remember Hirax.
Randa’s Pittsburgh teammate, Jeromy Burnitz, is also mulling retirement after earning nearly $7 million in 2006 and taking almost the entire month of September off.
Rev. Wristbands is a candidate for the Padres’ managerial opening, and the San Diego Union Tribune’s Tim Sullivan claims that Dusty Baker “owns the biggest name on the managerial market “ his designer toothpicks are better known than some of the guys the Padres are considering “ and he has a reputation for being able to coax the best out of difficult characters.” That would seem to be a no-confidence vote for Trey Hillman, then.
Both the Mariners and Angels have indicated they’ll opt out of the competition for Daisuke Matsuzaka’s services. The LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna writes the latter have expressed interest in OF Gary Matthew Jr., and have all but cut ties with 2B Adam Kennedy (possibly a Mets target this offseason).
Who says David Wright is a flop in the postseason? The Mets’ 3B hit a game-tying 2 run HR off the Yomiuri Giants’ Takahiko Nomaguchi to salvage a 7-7 draw for the traveling MLB All-Stars earlier today.