In case you missed it...
Obviously the talk of the baseball world is the Philadelphia Phillies who won their second straight NL pennant by throttling the Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-4, in Game 5 of the NLCS. Dave Sheinin waded through the champagne and Ryan Howard's promised bedlam to crank out the game story last night and covered the surprising effectiveness of the Phillies' bullpen.
However, two other news items that had nothing to do with league championship series raised my eyebrows last night.
Let's start with news that at least pertains to the playoffs. Yesterday, Fox announced that it will be bringing combustible Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen into its studio to be an analyst during the World Series. While Guillen has led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, he is best known for his many humorous but profanity-laced tirades.
Considering that Fox is the same network that featured guest playoff analyst Eric Byrnes refer to Scott Spiezio's facial hair as "The Tickler" and featured a confusing and possibly racist comment between two in-game broadcasters, Ozzie should make for interesting television.
In what amounts to jaw-dropping news, former head of the MLBPA, Donald Fehr was given an $11 million severance for stepping down since taking the reigns 26 years ago.
Re-read that. $11 million dollar severance.
According to the story by ESPN's Amy K. Nelson, the players decided upon the sum after comparing what had been Fehr's annual salary for some years ($1 million) and comparing it to the reported salary of Commissioner Bud Selig ($18 million annually). Given the eye-popping disparity (and totals) as well as the prosperity enjoyed by the players during Fehr's tenure, most players were fine with the severance package.
For the record, if my bosses are reading this, I would gladly accept an $11 million buyout.
October 22, 2009; 10:25 AM ET
Categories: Dodgers , Phillies , Playoffs , White Sox | Tags: MLBPA, Ozzie Guillen, bud selig, chicago white sox, donald fehr, los angeles dodgers, philadelphia phillies, playoffs
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