Just as Cliff Lee was being proven mortal – and that low-scoring San Francisco offense was putting up 11 runs to win Game 1 of the World Series – baseball was going about its business off the field, too.
Back in New York, where Sandy Alderson is about to be announced as the new general manager for the Mets, the tabloid Post said not one but two former Seattle Mariners managers were contenders for the managerial job there. Bob Melvin and Don Wakamatsu are thought to be on Alderson’s list and New York newspapers are never wrong.
Everett’s Kirby Arnold is in Arizona digging up stories, and he delivers one on minor-league infielder Matt Lawson – part of Seattle’s mid-season trade with Texas – that’s a beauty. A native of Missouri, Lawson’s first professional goal was to make it to Class AA and face the St. Louis minor-league Springfield Cardinals. It took him four years to reach AA, but last July he wound up in Springfield, Mo. for his first series against the team he’d dreamed of facing.
What happened? Before he took the field – with more than 30 members of his family and friends in the stands – he was traded to the Mariners. Funny story, and Lawson makes it touching, too.
Commissioner Bud Selig, who gave us the wild card race and expanded baseball’s post-season to eight teams each October, is pondering more playoff expansion. By 2012, he’d like to add two more wild card teams to the mix. When he adds, say, 15 more spots the Mariners will become instant contenders.
You may remember a few days ago we linked to a list of Business Insider’s worst free agent signings of last winter, where Chone Figgins was No. 2. Well, here’s the flip-side, their list of top signings from 2010 and Mariners fans will recognize the No. 1 free agent – Boston’s Adrian Beltre.