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So, who’s getting fired over this?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 14, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In the hours leading up to the release of the Mitchell Report, an e-mail listing the players about to be named was dropping into in-boxes around the country.

It was a fake. I suspected as much when I saw the name of Rich Garces, a rotund former Red Sox reliever whose performance enhancer of choice was probably nacho cheese.

But WNBC in New York ran the list on its web site. Worse, they portrayed it as a scoop uncovered by a reporter named Jonathan Dienst

The station apologized but the damage was done. There were dozens of names on the list WNBC posted that were not in the Mitchell Report.

So who do Rich Garces and the others see to get their reputations back?





31 Responses to “So, who’s getting fired over this?”

  1. mark December 14th, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    has the yankee schedule been posted yet? :)

  2. Stephen December 14th, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    Hey Pete,
    You like Bruce, so you probably like Marah? If you don’t know them, check them out. Their “New York is a Christmas Kind of Town” is a great Christmas song.

  3. Ethan December 14th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Here’s Abreu’s quote on Santana from Newsday:

    Abreu “has been closely following the trade talks for Twins ace Johan Santana, a fellow Venezuelan also represented by agent Peter Greenberg.

    “I know him very well,” Abreu said. “I know he wants to play here. He’s such a good pitcher. If he gets here, it’s going to help us get so many wins.””

  4. x23 December 14th, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I like the original “fake” report better. At least that one includes many sux players.

  5. CaptainsCorner December 15th, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Santana all you have to do is call the Twinkies and say a couple of words…I will only accept a trade to the Yanks, please trade me there. That is all.

  6. MikeinBH December 15th, 2007 at 12:03 am


    I really believe a Santana to Yanks trade gets done before New Years. Jon Heyman said as much on the M&MD show the other day.

  7. GRRRRRRRRRR December 15th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    That is why you had to know it was a fake report. No way would the number 5 man in the Red Sox organization ever have it hurt his team.

    Not that this report is all that trustworthy. I am awaiting the huge backlash that Selig and Mitchell are going to receive from this.

  8. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 15th, 2007 at 12:06 am


    I really believe a Santana to Yanks trade gets done before New Years. Jon Heyman said as much on the M&MD show the other day.

    not w/ Philip Hughes in this deal

  9. MikeinBH December 15th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    In fact, I would bet the Yanks and Twins have been talking secretly ever since the Winter Meetings. I believe Hank when he said he did not want to get wrapped up in the circus that the Meetings created. Look at the A-Rod trade, it came out of nowhere, certainly not weeks and weeks of hoopla.

  10. MikeinBH December 15th, 2007 at 12:07 am

    No Hughes, but I would be bet a Kennedy, Melky, Horne, Igawa, Hilligoss, Marquez deal might happen

  11. MikeinBH December 15th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    In fact, that would be similar to the package the D-Backs got for Haren. The only top-notch prospects in the Haren deal were Eveland and Gonzalez, very similar to Kennedy and Melky.

  12. whatever December 15th, 2007 at 12:08 am

    go back to sleep Pete.

  13. Charlie December 15th, 2007 at 12:11 am

    There’s talk that the list was actually in the unedited Mitchell Report.

    Also, there was a report in the times that a prominent player managed to keep his name off the list by cooperating with Mitchell.

    The whole thing stinks.

  14. December 15th, 2007 at 12:13 am December 15th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    With Satana now on the team, I’m already making Red Sox 2008 World Series Champions Memoabilia in my basement.

  15. Don Capone December 15th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    It was Canseco.

  16. whatever December 15th, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Unless you’ve found that wide-rumored missing page in the Mitchell report concerning David Ortiz, don’t bother with the steroid talk anymore.

  17. Brandon (Proud supporter of "ALEX BEING ALEX") December 15th, 2007 at 12:15 am

    MikeinBH,Arizona gave up their 1,3,7,8

    Billy Beane fleeced the crap out of them

    Carlos Gonzalez, 22, is the stud of the group. He can play right or center and has definite star potential. However, he’s no lock to become Carlos Beltran or Jeff Francoeur.

    Southpaw starter Brett Anderson turns 20 in February. He’s more about polish and command than stuff, and is a curious guy to be the main pitching prospect in the Haren deal. He’ll try to tackle Double A in 2008.

    21 year-old first baseman Chris Carter is a slow guy with massive power and plenty of strikeouts. (JACK CUST)

    Outfielder Aaron Cunningham turns 22 in April. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t do anything poorly but isn’t great at any one skill either. Baseball America thinks he’ll become a solid fourth outfielder.

    24 year-old southpaw Dana Eveland came to Arizona along with Doug Davis. He’s drawn David Wells comparisons and has proven himself in the high minors. He missed a lot of ’07 with a torn tendon in his pitching hand.

    Greg Smith is a 24 year-old southpaw starter with a good curveball and mediocre fastball. His strikeout rate was just 5.85 per nine at Triple A in ’07.

    that’s alot of prospects w/ some upside for one SP

  18. Varitek got a FREE PASS December 15th, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Tek should have been left on the list, where he belongs

  19. Andy Hawkins December 15th, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Did someone just suggest that Dana Eveland was similar to Ian Kennedy? Yikes.

  20. Frosty December 15th, 2007 at 12:19 am

    Johnny Damon was on that list.

    Naturally, he’s mad.

  21. Lamar December 15th, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Keep Phil Hughes!!!!

  22. BWH December 15th, 2007 at 3:56 am

    You do realize, Peter, that the list is STILL on your blog, right? It is in the comment sections on one of your posts a few days ago.

  23. Jim Clark December 15th, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Maybe these bozos at NBC get job offers from Sports Illustrated, like Selena Roberts did with her lies about the Duke lacrosse case.

  24. Joe from Long Island December 15th, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Didn’t Arthur Miller portray this scenario in his telling of the Salem witchcraft trials, “The Crucible”?

    McCarthyism, anyone?

  25. MarkK December 15th, 2007 at 10:29 am

    If Santana truly wants to pitch in Pinstripes, h3 ought to walk up to Pohlad and Smith and tell them that NY is the only team with which he’ll sign. A CHOICE: do it now and take what they offer OR wait until after the season and get a stinkin’ draft pick. Either way, Santana and his agent get their money.

    Of course, I’m dreaming.

  26. Ken Clay stole my identification and credit cards December 15th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Pettitte should retire in shame. If not the Yankees should release him now and all other major league teams should release active players who are named on the list.

    If Bud Selig can’t police the game then the owners should do it for him. Any active player on the list should be treated like the Black Sox who similarly shamed the game.

    I would make exceptions for players who admit their mistake and step forward and take responsibility. They could be suspended for one year. Every other juicer should be suspended for life.

    Bonds & Clemens should be treated like Joe Jackson. They are worse than Jackson, actually. Shoeless Joe was a naive rube. These guys are conniving manipulators who see themselves as bigger than the great game of baseball.

    Shame on Clemens, Bonds, Pettitte for dragging the game of baseball into the gutter.

  27. Kevin December 15th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    “So who do Rich Garces and the others see to get their reputations back?”

    McDonalds. Several times a day for the next year.

  28. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Wasn’t Krazy Kyle on the fake list? He’ll take care of bidness, lol – Paul Wilson’s bloodied face will look like a vacation when he finds out who was responsible for this one! Haha.

    Anyway in other news, I agree that Beane got the upper hand on the Haren trade. I had to LOL @ MLB Trade Rumors claiming otherwise. They said he didn’t get any sure-thing prospects, but how much of a sure thing prospect was Haren when they got him for Mulder? I’m sure at least one of the guys Oakland got is a future All-Star. Beane always wins and I don’t expect him to start getting outsmarted by some n00b now.

    Lastly, Ken Clay stole my ID – you want Pettitte to be disgraced and vilified based on an accusation that wouldn’t even stand up in a court of law? Why???

  29. Jay December 15th, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Rich Garces has a reputation for something other than being a lard-ass?

  30. Jay, December 15th, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    Rich Garces was a very solid, dependable reliever for Boston for many years. Look up his stats. And quit being such a pathetic wise-cracking ass monkey.

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