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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Anyone see FOX pregame? - Manny countdown on

UPDATE - here is the online version of what I talk about below.

I did not.
A friend in the media business (not covering baseball) just sent a text that says Ken Rosenthal said Manny Acta was out, either this Monday or Friday, to be replaced on an interim (we presume) basis by Jim Riggleman. Ol' Interim Jim.

IF true, Monday makes the most sense with a day off. But, since the replacement isn't coming from outside, I guess that doesn't matter.

Wonder how much it will cost to re-film the pre-game intro on the big screen?

What I do not know is this: Was it presented as fact or was it presented as "we're hearing?" Awaiting a response.

Did anyone see it?

I know Rosenthal a little from his days in Baltimore. Didn't have a rep as being a wild-hair guy who threw stuff out to see what sticks. If he said it, I'd put some credence to it.

On a much sadder, real world intervenes note: Condolences to the family of Josh Willingham, based on this item reported by the Nationals News Network. Awful stuff. I can't imagine going through something like that. Here's the link to the newspaper story. Says he was trying to elude police, which is not good. Doesn't make it any less sad for Josh Willingham and family.

Willingham is on bereavement leave, Corey Patterson called up.


An Briosca Mor said...

I saw it. Rosenthal presented it as fact, i.e. "it's going to happen, the only question is will it be Monday or after the Yankees series." He cited "major league sources."

One has to wonder though why absolutely none of the Washington baseball media has had even a whiff of a rumor about this. Where are the ritual votes of confidence in the manager from the front office that always, always precede a firing? Will heads roll at the Washington Post if they get scooped on this story by a former Orioles reporter?

MikeHarris said...

Curious, too, if major league sources are different from Nationals sources.
Did Rizzo call a buddy of his and tell him? And that buddy called Ken?
Anonymous sources always leave valid questions in their wake - but again Rosenthal isn't known as a mud slinger. At least he wasn't. I'm not terribly informed on his work with FOX.

An Briosca Mor said...

"Major league sources" probably equals Jim Bowden's Twitter. Which very well may be fake. Ask Tony LaRussa about that.

MikeHarris said...

An outlet near me once reported something based on a kid's Facebook status. I wish I was kidding.