Some commotion started in Philly on Tuesday when Jimmy Rollins said of his 0-fer the day before, "Who cares?"
This apparently rubbed manager Ryne Sandberg the wrong way, as he promptly removed Rollins from the starting lineup. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement: he whited out Rollins's name. (I think Sandberg may have played for the Cubs at one time)
Freddy's a guy that will get playing time at various positions. He's a guy that I like in the lineup. I felt good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence. His positive influence on everyone around him.
When asked if Rollins brought the same energy and influence to the team, Sandberg replied "No comment."
On Friday, Rollins was back in the lineup and Sandberg was claiming it was not disciplinary. He just wanted to see Freddy Galvis play three days in a row. Right.
Listen, I like Sandberg but this was Bush League. First, Rollins is in the right here: who cares about spring training stats? This is about getting ready for games that count. Then, instead of talking with Rollins, he simply pulls him from the game. Following this, his player is beaten up in the media for three days. At the end of that Sandberg isn't even willing to own his decision and hides behind excuses that absolutely no one believes. He wanted to lay down the law and show that everyone has to play hard every day. But this was an overreaction and leaves him minimized in its wake.
Around the league,
- Barry Bonds appearance in uniform for the San Francisco Giants is re-igniting the debate on his Hall of Fame candidacy. Craig Calcaterra and Ken Rosenthal have differing viewpoints on it.
- This is starting to become serious. Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras is still struggling to get playing time and will likely not be on the Opening Day roster. However, Stephen Piscotty is taking advantage of the opportunity that Taveras's absence has given him.
- David Price had an outstanding outing for the Rays, striking out 8 in five innings. Price is a wild card. If he's on the market, he instantly becomes the best starter available and reduces any return for Jeff Samardzija. However, the Rays, who expect to be competitive in the AL East, could use him as much as any other team out there. Moreover, they may be unwilling to trade him withing-division to the Blue Jays, keeping Shark as the best option available to Toronto.
- A minor but fun story: Yahoo has replaced CBS Sports as the official fantasy game of MLB.
- The first "are you kidding me?" injury of the summer: Brewers RHP Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus.
- Ryan Braun has picked up his first post-suspension endorsement deal, with cleat manufacturer 3N2 paying him a fraction of his old Nike deal.
- Some cactus league controversy. After Kevin Towers said this offseason he wanted his pitchers to hit more people, Diamondbacks' P Tommy Kahnle responded to a pitch that hit OF Mark Trumbo in the back with a fastball off of SS Troy Tulowitzki's leg. Fortunately for the Rockies (unfortunately for the Cubs' pursuit of CarGo), x-rays were negative. However, there seems to be more than a little bad blood between the two teams.
- The A's are dealing with injury problems of their own. Pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jarrod Parker will be seeing doctors following elbow issues. Parker will be making the dreaded journey to Dr. Andrews.
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