Written by Daniel Paulling
Published: 02 June 2007
If you missed the hot topics from the week that was, here is your chance to get up to date. Every Saturday, I’ll rehash the major events from the previous week, and offer an opinion.
Barry Bonds connected for home run number 746, leaving him nine behind Hank Aaron’s all-time mark and 10 behind setting a new record. The San Francisco Giants left fielder has been putting on an amazing disappearing act in recent days, as him projected date of number 756 is getting further and further away.
Ryan Freel, the Cincinnati Reds’ super utilityman, was injured in a collision with right fielder Norris Hopper. Hopper and Freel were chasing a fly ball in the gap. Freel made the catch, but Hopper elbowed him in the head and he came down hard. Freel lay on the ground for 13 before he was ambulanced off the field.
Barry Bonds once again made the news on Monday, but he being a me-first guy isn’t really news. Bonds said that he’s not worried about the Hall of Fame and donating materials to the museum in Cooperstown, New York. The left fielder did not donate any material from his 714 or 715 homers or from his single-season record 73 homers. Hey Barry: right now, this is your best chance to get into the Hall, you shouldn’t pass it up.
It was announced that Roger Clemens will start Monday for the New York Yankees, rather than his projected start date of Saturday, June 2 against the Boston Red Sox. Clemens, who is being paid the prorated portion of $28 million, is scheduled to pitch against the Chicago White Sox. If the Yankees are going to spend all of this money to lure Clemens out of retirement, why not pitch him against the team they absolutely have to beat, the Red Sox? Seems strange, doesn’t it?
It’s amazing how much of a lightning rod Alex Rodriguez has become. The New York Yankees third baseman made the front (and back) page of the New York Post. He was photographed with a rather…endowed female after going clubbing. Rodriguez, who is married and has a two-year-old daughter, is getting a divorce.
It was a sad day when we found out that St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock had passed away due to a car crash. It was even worse when we found out that he had been driving drunk. And it was even worse once again when we found out that Hancock’s father, Dean, was suing pretty much everyone involved in the incident, including the towing truck company that Hancock drove into, the man whose car was being towed, and the restaurant where Hancock drank. Some good news came out on Thursday about the case: the restaurant is not responsible for Hancock’s death, which came as a result of a .157 BAC, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.
Armando Benitez has been traded to the Florida Marlins, a team for whom the relief pitcher has had great success with before. The move came only days after Benitez blew a save in spectacular fashion against the New York Mets, in which he balked in Jose Reyes to allow the game-tying run to score. Giants’ fans are very happy to see Randy Messenger, a relief pitcher, come back in return. Anybody’s better than Benitez, to them.
For the first time in his career, New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green went on the disabled list with a broken foot. The move was made retroactive to Saturday. Green is expected to begin running in about seven days. He was hitting .314 with five homers this year.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed second baseman Rickie Weeks on the disabled list with tendonitis in his right hand. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday. Weeks’ bat waggling in the box, similar to Gary Sheffield’s, puts a lot of strain on his forearms and wrist, which probably is a cause for this injury. He was hitting .243 with five homers on the season.
Player of the Week: 3B Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks – When their original third baseman, Chad Tracy, went on the disabled list, Reynolds was handed the every day job. It looks like he has a stranglehold on it, now. During the week that was, the youngster went 11 for 22 (.500 average) with three homers and eight RBIs.
Pitcher of the Week: SP Aaron Harang, Cincinnati Reds – The National League’s strikeout king from last year, Harang, finally got started on his 2007 campaign. (Sadly for fantasy owners, it’s about two months in.) He threw 17 innings in the week that was, with 12 strikeouts, a 2.12 ERA, and 0.76 WHIP.