Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen did his best to stop Paul Konerko trade rumors before they gained momentum. A report this week said the Angels had inquired about Konerko’s availability in a trade. The White Sox always listen to trade offers for any of their players (general manager Ken Williams says he can always be convinced to move a player) but that doesn’t mean they trade them.
So if the White Sox are willing to listen, what would they want to hear? Williams loves pitching so it’s reasonable to guess that Jered Weaver would be at the top of his wish list in a Konerko deal. Better figure that Nick Adenhart (7-3, 3.36 at Double-A Arkansas) is also desired. And Guillen is a huge fan of setup man Scot Shields. Better include him in a Konerko package. Finally, the White Sox would need a first baseman so say goodbye to Casey Kotchman. And that still might not be enough for the White Sox.
Suddenly, even a guy with consistent power numbers, like Konerko has, doesn’t seem that desirable. Hey, Guillen said the White Sox will be asking for a lot of people and the Angels will say no.
New Angels reliever Marc Gwyn had no family members to celebrate with Tuesday as his wife was stranded in Salt Lake while he was called up to the major leagues for the first time. Gwyn was told Monday night that he would be headed to Anaheim. His wife, Katherine, was scheduled to fly to Salt Lake on Tuesday so she made her trip as planned. But instead of going to Salt Lake to meet her, Gwyn ended up going directly from Sacramento, where the team played over the weekend, to Anaheim to join the Angels. They looked into plane tickets from Salt Lake to Anaheim but everything was expensive for a last-minute flight. Perhaps the couple will get to celebrate Gwyn’s promotion at some point this week. But as of now, the pitcher still doesn’t know how his wife is going to get to town.
The Angels cleared a catcher off their roster after Saturday’s game but it was not the one that was expected.
Instead of sending Jeff Mathis back to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for pitcher Joe Saunders, the Angels traded veteran Jose Molina to the New York Yankees for Double-A reliever Jeff Kennard.
The move leaves one of the best pitching staffs in baseball to be guided by a 25-year old in Mike Napoli and a 24-year old in Mathis.
The Angels are now without a Molina for the first time since Bengie Molina caught two games in the 1998 season.
Jose Molina batted .224 with the Angels this season after going 0-for-2 on Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. He lined out to third base in the fifth inning during his last at-bat as an Angel and was replaced by pinch hitter Kendry Morales in the eighth inning.
Kudos to the dude who plays the music at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Rarely does an inning go by when a Minneapolis band isn’t playing on the loudspeaker (not during play, of course). From the Replacements to Bob Mould to more obscure offerings like Tapes ‘n Tapes. But the dude gets the most credit for not only playing the Twin Cities’ own The Hold Steady, somebody got the best “bar band” on the planet to record its own version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and give it a Twins flavor.
So this got us thinking. Maybe an Orange County band might want to offer the Angels a baseball-themed tune to play to the masses that show up every night. How about a little hometown spirit? So let’s hear it. What Orange County band should the Angels call for a custom baseball-themed tune?