Good luck to the Twins, who just acquired Carl Pavano from the Indians for a player to be named later. The American Idle, as Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse points out, is 3-4 with a 6.37 ERA since June 10. He has allowed 74 hits (12 homers) in his last 53.2 innings.
Meanwhile, Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy is off to an unplanned retirement because of the economy.
Here’s how much Hal wanted to cover baseball: When a stroke to his optic nerve left him legally blind, he kept on going to the ballpark, watched monitors to get a good view and bumped up the type size on his laptop. The Reds players, particularly Aaron Boone, wouldn’t let him quit.
Hal has covered the Reds since 1972, the longest tenure of any beat writer. Hopefully some media outlet in Ohio is smart enough to hire him for next season.