Good morning from the GM Meetings here at the quite lovely Waldorf Astoria in Orlando.
The economy must be getting better. These meetings were held at the O’Hare Airport Hilton last year.
Not much news to report just yet. Bob Watson, MLB’s Vice President of Rules and On-Field Operations, has retired. Watson is the guy who decided all the suspensions that the players appealed and later had reduced. He also pestered mangers about things like what kind of sweatshirts they wore in the dugout.
It was a dirty job but somebody had to do it.
Watson, of course, was in The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in 1977 along with Joe Ferguson, Enos Cabell, Ken Forsch, Bill Virdon, Roger Metzger, J.R. Richard and Cesar Cedeno.
During a rain delay in Washington once, I asked him about that and he said he still received royalty checks once a month for a few bucks.
In other news, Adrian Gonzalez talked about the surgery he had on his right (non-throwing) shoulder, telling reporters in San Diego that he does not expect to be cleared to play until March 20. That could delay any possible trade.
UPDATE, 12:49 p.m.: Painfully little to report. The GMs just broke from their meeting and are having lunch. We’re going to be meeting with Theo Epstein later this afternoon.