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Saturday, July 23, 2005

DBacks - Acquired Worrell

Arizona Diamondbacks - Acquired P Tim Worrell from the Philadelphia Phillies for IF Matt Kata

Good change of scenery for Worrell - Phoenix is a far less stressful place to play than Philadelphia, which is pretty important for a guy who seems to have had a nervous breakdown.  It remains to be seen if Worrell will ever pitch well again, but while Kata’s a useful role player, they didn’t seem to care about his existence anyway.  Kata could replace Ramon Martinez adquately, but he’ll be a Red Baron.  I think a projection for Worrell might be worthless in what is an unusual situation.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 23, 2005 at 06:36 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. crws Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:47 PM (#1493887)
I thought Bruney would do better than he has. I assume his blow-up last night contributed to the "Backs wanting Worrell TODAY.This is a good, small-scale gamble by AZ.
   2. Bob T Posted: July 23, 2005 at 07:53 PM (#1493895)
The DBacks picked up Worrell before last night's blowup by Bruney.
   3. akrasian Posted: July 23, 2005 at 08:02 PM (#1493906)
Worrell lives in a suburb of Phoenix, so he'll get to spend much more time with his family - which should help with the stress also.
   4. Robert S. Posted: July 23, 2005 at 09:11 PM (#1493997)
Valverde is the real D-Back closer - it's up to Melvin to realize that. Bruney's got a solid track record in the minors, but has inadequate control and no consistent offspeed pitch.
   5. Larry Bowa Posted: July 24, 2005 at 01:41 AM (#1494204)
Deck chairs rejoice!
   6. Paul M Hates Krispy Kreme Posted: July 24, 2005 at 03:52 AM (#1494391)
Deck chairs rejoice!

Eh, both these ships have long sunk.
   7. AROM Posted: July 24, 2005 at 11:27 PM (#1495422)
Does this kill any chance of Takatsu going to Arizona?
   8. Robert S. Posted: July 25, 2005 at 04:40 AM (#1495924)
Never underestimate the stupidity of Garagiola Jr.
   9. thetailor Posted: July 25, 2005 at 06:02 AM (#1495994)
Brian Bruney is a hilarious guy though. I was in the picnic area at Shea last month and he kept throwing balls hit in batting practice just short of the bleachers at Shea so everyone would get excited.

After a while I got his attention and he signed a ball for me... but when I got it back, I saw that it read "Kerry Ligtenberg". How random is that? When I asked him what his name was (this whole time he's wearing his jacket, by the way) he told me he was Mike Fetters, and proceeded to do the Fetters face when I asked him to prove it.

Eventually I did get my Bruney autugraph though. Haha.
   10. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 25, 2005 at 06:06 AM (#1495996)
After a while I got his attention and he signed a ball for me... but when I got it back, I saw that it read "Kerry Ligtenberg". How random is that? When I asked him what his name was (this whole time he's wearing his jacket, by the way) he told me he was Mike Fetters, and proceeded to do the Fetters face when I asked him to prove it.

I can certainly understand a player not wanting to associate himself with the Dbacks.
   11. John M. Perkins Posted: July 25, 2005 at 08:57 PM (#1497113)
I was under the impression that Baldwin was going to start for the Rangers in Rogers suspension spot.
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: July 25, 2005 at 11:05 PM (#1497288)
643, that's the most asinine statement I've seen today.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 26, 2005 at 08:49 PM (#1499780)
Kata could replace Ramon Martinez adquately, but he'll be a Red Baron.

I don't get this comment. Is he going to shoot down British and French aircraft? Is he a pizza?
   14. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 26, 2005 at 09:23 PM (#1499898)
Obviously Mr. Vortex does not know his TripleA teams. :) Ladies and Gentlemen, leading off for your Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons, Matt Kata! Is that the Organized Baseball Name with the most non-alphabetic characters? I count 3 spaces and a hyphen.
   15. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 28, 2005 at 03:52 AM (#1504280)
It's not "Scranton-Wilkes Barre", it's "Scranton/Wilkes-Barre". Wilkes-Barre itself proudly holds the honor of being America's largest hyphenated city (I believe #2 is Winston-Salem, N.C.), and as such when combined with Scranton they have to be joined with a slash instead of the hyphen used for such other metropoles as Salem-Keyser and Fargo-Moorhead.

That is probably the only Organized Baseball Name with both a slash and a hyphen, though.

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