They say it is the children who suffer most from divorce. In the ‘War of the Roses’ battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt, it is the Dodgers who are caught in the middle. GM Ned Colletti’s hands have clearly been tied by the financial constraints resulting from the ongoing high-stakes ownership tussle. Colletti has done his best under those circumstances.
These are not the greatest of times for the Houston Astros. The club finished in the middle of the pack in the NL Central last year and has posted losing records in consecutive seasons for the first time in two decades.
There was no football this weekend for the first time since August. Nashville also saw the thermometer top 50 for what feels like the first time since then as well. So conducting more fantasy baseball mock drafts than any single male under the age of 30 should admit too sounded like the perfect idea.
This time firing the manager during the season didn’t lead to a World Series title. Unlike 2003, when Jack McKeon took over for Jeff Torborg in mid-May and led the Marlins to their second championship in seven seasons, the Edwin Rodriguez-for-Fredi Gonzalez swap last June couldn’t inspire more than a distant third-place finish in the National League East.
Mark Twain once poked fun at Cincinnati for its inability to change with the times. In the case of the 2011 Reds, the lack of change is being viewed favorably in the Queen City. Manager Dusty Baker and almost every key player who helped the Reds end a 15-year postseason drought in 2010 are back this season.