Since I’m seeing this thrown around a lot, no we can’t send Andruw Jones back to AAA even though he never used up his option years. Once a player has more than three years of service time, he can refuse any assignment.
Congrats to Blake DeWitt for his first career home run. He’s actually putting up solid numbers now (.295/.382/.436), albeit with a BABIP that’s 120 points higher than expected. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
For those of you who still hate Jim Tracy, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about Nate McLouth’s breakout (he’s hitting .323/.411/.606 this year), and how Jim Tracy buried him during his tenure as the Pirates manager by benching him for Pierre-a-likes Chris Duffy and Nyjer Morgan.