Tewksbury a head coach
Page 3 of 4 -- "I felt OK to run," Guillen told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It was an 81 m.p.h. pitch. All I said was, `Why are you doing this?' He thought I threw my helmet at him, but that's where the batboy sits, and it didn't even come close [to Scioscia].
"I went inside and said, `Why did Mike do that?' and then he started screaming and shouting at me. If he'd called me to his office and talked, we would have figured it out, but instead it was right in front of everyone. That's why you have an office. I think he wanted an apology right away, but I went home, and when I came back the next day, he wasn't talking to me and everyone was quiet. I knew something was going on."
The Angels let Guillen walk -- he's now with the Washington Nationals, his seventh team -- and signed free agent center fielder Steve Finley.
The House That George Built?
The Yankees may be no more than a few weeks away from getting official approval of their plans to build a new Yankee Stadium, according to a highly placed industry executive. The team has agreed to pay $800 million for the construction of a 50,000-seat ballpark at Macombs Dam Park, a block away from the existing stadium in the Bronx, while asking an additional $300 million from government officials for infrastructure improvements. The plan calls for the new ballpark to open in April 2009.
Last week, the Bombers paid the city of New York $3.6 million in back rent owed after a comptroller's audit showed that the club had under-reported millions of dollars in revenue to the city and overstated deductions to baseball from 1997 to 2002. Yankee Stadium's lease expires in December, with talks under way to extend it another four or five years.
Breaking up is hard to do
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen didn't mince words at a recent FanFest when asked why his club didn't retaliate after Twins outfielder Torii Hunter ran over White Sox catcher Jamie Burke in a July 26 game. "We had a guy go into second base as if his wife were turning the double play," Guillen said, an apparent reference to Carlos Lee. Guillen pointedly noted that Lee, who was traded to Milwaukee in the Scott Podsednik deal, had been "shipped out."
Wheels still spinning on Kim
The Rockies remain interested in Sox reliever Byung Hyun Kim, but only if the price comes down. The Sox are willing to eat most of Kim's $6 million contract; the Rockies are willing to pay $750,000-$1 million, but the Sox want a better prospect than the Rockies are willing to give up. The Rockies envision a bullpen role for Kim, who told the Sox he preferred to start but long since has lost his leverage. Jerry DiPoto, who did such a nice job as a professional scout for the Sox last season before being named the Rockies' director of professional scouting, has told his new employers that in a less stressful environment than Boston, there's a chance Kim will bounce back. The Mets have some interest, too, and the Sox have told teams they have an offer from another club (the Dodgers?) willing to pay $2.5 million of Kim's deal, plus give up two prospects. Continued...