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Diamond Thoughts – 5/6/2011

Posted by Rich Stowe on May 6, 2011

Welcome to today’s Diamond Thoughts.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14: Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaks at a news conference at Dodger Stadium prior to a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Large numbers of LAPD

MLB has asked the Los Angeles for even more documents relating to their finances. Baseball doesn’t believe the Dodgers can make their payroll at the end of May. If this is true, the Dodgers aren’t that far away from being sold. If I’m not mistaken, once they can’t meet their payroll, baseball has the right to take complete control of the Dodgers (not just the limited control they have now) and that means they’ll go up for sale. So, keep an eye on Craig’s List, maybe you can find a once-proud and historic franchise on there cheap.

Bryant Stow, the Giants fan beaten within an inch of his life outside of Dodgers Stadium has to have brain surgery later this week to drain fluid that is building up. According to his cousin, they are also planning on slowly weaning him off of medication which should allow him to come out of the medically induced coma, however, last time they tried he suffered seizures so they’re hoping that doesn’t happen again. Here’s wishing him and his family all the best.

Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays manager, believes in the use of expanded replay; especially after he got ejected for arguing a call that was overturned the other night. "If you really want to be intelligent about it, technology is a part of our game," Maddon said before Thursday’s game against Toronto. "The fact that replay is already utilized, those are moments that you can review at the end of the season. Log them all and then see if there is any kind of common thread and say, ‘Now this should be reviewable.’ " Replay in baseball is a hot button issue – you don’t want everythng reviewed and make the game take longer, however, the technology exists to get more calls right and that’s what I think they should do. Get all the calls right you can. I do not believe replay should be used on balls and strikes, but fair/foul, home run/not a home run, safe/out at the plate, whether an OF trapped the ball or not, those would all go a long way to ensuring there’s less blown calls in each game.

Derek Jeter was given last night off and his replacement, Eduardo Nunez, committed two errors, showing that even though Jeter is not playing well at all this year, the Yankees simply don’t have anyone to replace him. Will the Yankees look to trade for a serviceable shortstop to use when they "give Jeter days off"? As a Yankees fan it pains me to say this, but maybe they should. Right now Jeter is one of the worst offensive players in the game and when you couple that with his declining defense (which is saying something because no matter how many Gold Gloves he has on his mantle, he was never Ozzie Smith), you end up with a huge liability in that lineup.

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