Yesterday was the day for arbitration-eligible players to file. The two sides will exchange figures on Tuesday.
There were 111 players who filed including Brian Bruney, Melky Cabrera and Xavier Nady. There were 110 filers last season and only eight ended up in hearings.
It’s easy to see how Nady and the Yankees could have something to talk about. Maybe even Bruney. But what could the possible holdup be with Melky? He should be happy to get a free appetizer at the new Hard Rock Cafe after how he played last season.
Policeman of the year Brian McNamee is reportedly in Washington today to testify before the grand jury trying to figure out whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress.
Boy, this is quite a puzzler. Golly, I wonder if he did? Roger wasn’t quite Frank Pentangeli when he was sworn in, but he came close.
So what are they going to do, throw him in the clink? Of course not. But it’s good that government prosecutors are spending time and money on such important matters like whether retired ballplayers took steroids. It’s not like banks swindled unknowing people into taking mortgages they could never afford and helped send the country into economic chaos.
Clemens has done a pretty complete job of ruining his life. The government doesn’t need to help.
Not sure how much blogging I’ll get to today as I have a bunch of things to do. I leave for Tampa on Feb. 9 and won’t be back in New York until April 1. So all the things that need doing (taxes, getting the car inspected, dentist, etc.) need doing in the next few weeks.
I also want to spend time researching some stories that will run during spring training. But I’ll check back if something comes up.
Tyler Kepner of the Times paid tribute to Todd Drew on his blog yesterday.
So did Curt Schilling. Good job by both of those guys.