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  1. The Morale Killer

    Once upon a time, Tony Bernazard & Jerry Manuel played in the same infield for the Chicago White Sox. Today, Manuel manages the New York Mets, while Bernazard is one of his bosses, as an VP-Player Development. Bernazard, if you believe the New York tabloid press, had a lot to do with Willie Randolph being booted as Mets manager 13 months ago, enabling Manuel, who had some success piloting the White Sox a few years back, to move into the manager's office. While Manuel charms the press with his ...
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  2. Manny and the Enablers

    Just when you thought Major League Baseball was showing some backbone and some teeth by suspending a star athlete the caliber of Manny Ramirez for 50 games because he used performance enhancing drugs, they turn around and, because of a provision in the collective bargaining agreement with the Players' Association, send Manny off to the minors on a "rehabilitation assignment", as if he had been injured, not suspended. What a joke! And it's on us!

    No matter where Ramirez has ...
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  3. It may be time to reschedule the WBC

    The post-WBC injury bug struck again earlier this week, as two more players who took part in the March tournament went on the disabled list.

    Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is back on the DL for the 2nd time this season. As was the case in April, "Dice-K" is suffering from shoulder issues related to his MVP performance for his native Japan in the WBC. The Red Sox, however, aren't sweating his absence this time, as John Smoltz, acquired from Atlanta in the off-season, is ...
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  4. A little out of his league

    WWE's ratings are down. Nothing new there, but the decision on 6/15 to have Donald Trump return as "owner" of Monday Night Raw is a real head-scratcher.

    2 years ago, Trump was brought in for a winter feud with Vince McMahon culminating in McMahon having his head shaved at Wrestlemania 23. NBC-Universal, USA Network's corporate parent, prevailed upon both parties to work together, going so far as to have McMahon appear on "The Apprentice". The idea, clearly, was ...
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  5. A little bit of this & that

    Tommy Dreamer, the last "ECW Original" on the current WWE roster, won the ECW championship Sunday at Extreme Rules. Now, not surprisingly, there are rumors that Dreamer (real name: Tom Loughlin, not to be confused with the "Billy Jack" actor of the same name) has signed a new deal with WWE, which set the wheels in motion. I had envisioned Dreamer winning, then retiring that same night, like Trish Stratus did at Unforgiven '06. That may still happen, depending on what unfolds ...
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