Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-2-26

2/26/2007
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Happy birthday to Monte Irvin whose 88th birthday was yesterday

Monday, February 26, 2007

Top of the 1st
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY…
I have to be honest, until Danny DeVito wins an Oscar for his starring role in “Billy-Ball – The Movie” I’m probably not going to lose sleep staying up to watch the entire, dreadful presentation. For those of you who chose to read rather than listen to James Taylor whine out another Randy Newman “classic,” here’s what you missed –

The Best Supporting Actress award went to Jennifer Hudson, clearly the rookie of the year.

The Best Supporting Actor award went to grizzled veteran Alan Arkin. Arkin’s next role may be as the lead in “The Senator – The Curt Shilling Story.” Jackie Earl Haley, didn’t win but picked up Comeback Star of the Year. Haley went from child star in “The Bad News Bears” to child molester in “Little Children” with a career hiatus in between.

Dame Helen Mirren was the Best Actress winner for her starring role in “The Queen.” She truly will be challenged in her next role as she stars as the late Mets manager Gil Hodges in the film, “The Queens.”

Speaking of royalty, congrats to Forest Whitaker, the Best Actor winner for his role in “The Last King of Scotland.” Whitaker will jet straight from Hollywood to Florida to prepare for his starring role in “Big Papi.”

The dancing-penguin musical “Happy Feet” won the Oscar for feature-length animation. Somewhere Ron Cey must be thrilled.

I’m happy that Martin Scorsese finally won after having gone 0-8 in prior Academy Award events. I’m not certain, but I think Marty was wearing the late Harry Carey’s glasses. Scorsese is next considering doing a bio-pic about Tommy Lasorda entitled “The Bloviator.”

The Best Picture deservedly went to “The Departed. ” I was considered that the homage to sports-talk radio, “Babel” might sneak in, but even voters felt the pain of the bloated 140 minute movie that went on and on and on and….

So there you have it; a recap in less time then it took Ellen DeGeneres to get over Anne Heche.

I hope we can all celebrate tomorrow after the Veterans Committee puts Ron Santo, Jim Kaat, Gil Hodges, Minnie Minoso, and Luis Tiant in the Hall of Fame.

Top of the 2nd
PERSPECTIVE
Which pitcher started his career with a combined 9-21 record in his first two seasons?

Okay, he was 33-41 after four seasons, any guesses?

This would be Tommy Glavine who has a 290-191 record and we are all looking forward to his 300th win this season.

Top of the 3rd
FROM THE RULEBOOK
Occasionally Billy-Ball will bring a rule that might be of interest to you:

4.19 PROTESTING GAMES. Each league shall adopt rules governing procedure for protesting a game, when a manager claims that an umpire’s decision is in violation of these rules. No protest shall ever be permitted on judgment decisions by the umpire. In all protested games, the decision of the League President shall be final. Even if it is held that the protested decision violated the rules, no replay of the game will be ordered unless in the opinion of the League President the violation adversely affected the protesting team’s chances of winning the game. Whenever a manager protests a game because of alleged misapplication of the rules the protest will not be recognized unless the umpires are notified at the time the play under protest occurs and before the next pitch is made or a runner is retired. A protest arising on a game ending play may be filed until 12 noon the following day with the League Office.

Top of the 4th
DOING THE MATH
Chad Cordero beat the Nationals in arbitration this off-season + the Red Sox need a closer = A trade of Cordero to Boston?

Billy-Ball says probably not unless the Sox are willing to give up pitchers Craig Hansen, Bryce Cox, and Clay Bucholtz or the equivalent.

Top of the 5th
SPEED TO BURN
Dodgers’ manager Grady Little will have Rafael Furcal leading off and Juan Pierre hitting second. That will allow Pierre more opportunities to bunt, with the idea his speed allows him to turn sacrifice bunt attempts into base hits.

Top of the 6th
HUNTING FOR A RING
After the Twins exercised his $12 million option, Torii Hunter, expects to be a free agent after this season. “I’m here for one more year, so I’m trying to enjoy it and win a World Series,”

Top of the 7th
MATZOH-BALL
The teams in the Israel Baseball league are the Bet Shemesh Blue Sox (managed by Ron Blomberg), the Modi’in Miracle, the Tel Aviv Lightning, the Ra’anana Express, the Netanya Tigers and the Petach Tikva Pioneers.

Oy, are we going to have some fun with this.

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
The Pirates have endured 14 consecutive losing seasons, two shy of the major league record set by the Philadelphia Phillies from 1933 to 1948.

Top of the 9th
BASEBALL CALENDAR
Tuesday: Hall of Fame Veterans Committee voting announced.
March 2-11: Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 14: Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 28: Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay full 2007 salary.
April 1: Opening day, New York Mets at St. Louis. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.
May 21: Hall of Fame game, Baltimore vs. Toronto, Cooperstown, N.Y.
June 7-9: Amateur draft.
July 10: All-Star game, San Francisco.
July 29: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Sept. 1: Active rosters expand to 40 players.

Bottom of the 9th
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