Numbers and News

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, May 14, 2005 12:35 AM | Comments: 0

That liberal rag, the New York Times actually had an interesting piece in its Sports section today.  It discussed baseball’s black market for uniform numbers.  Without question the prime example involved the Phillies: 

In 1991, Philadelphia reliever Mitch Williams got No. 28 from John Kruk for two cases of beer.

“I didn’t even think of asking for money,” Kruk said. “The only reason Mitch wanted the number is because his wife had a lot of No. 28 jewelry and he didn’t want to buy her any more jewelry.


On another note, rumors around town are of the conflicting type.  A writer from the Bucks County Courier Times reports that both Ed Wade and Charlie Manuel are on the hot seat and have less than a month to prove they should be around until the end of the season.  If this scenario were to play out, the consensus among the “all-knowing” Philadelphia media and fanbase would be to bring in the former Astros GM, Jerry Hudsinger, who has said he is ready to return to a GM position in the majors, to be the GM and promote former WhiteSox manager Gene LaMont from AAA Scranton up to Philly to be the manager. 

Now this may sound good, but the Philadelphia Daily News today reported that President Montgomery said today that there will be no changes made, the players just have to start playing up to their ability!  So which side of the story do you believe, or more appropriately, do you WANT to believe?  

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