According to reports out of Taiwan, Manny Ramirez has parted ways with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
There has been speculation that Ramirez might be preparing to join a team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. A report from Japan earlier this week indicated the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League had expressed interest in the former Red Sox star.
In 49 games (182 at-bats) in the CPBL, the 41-year-old Ramirez hit .352/.422/.555 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs.
Red Sox manager John Farrell, Notre Dame football coach (and Boston-area native) Brian Kelly, new Boston College football coach Steve Addazio and WNBA Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan joined up for the second annual Coffee with the Coaches breakfast and panel discussion Tuesday morning at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion that raised $95,000 for the Boston chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
WEEI afternoon co-hosts Michael Holley and Mike Salk moderated the discussion.
Madison Park High School football coach Roosevelt Robinson received the PCA’s Double-Goal Coach Award for striving to win while also pursuing the important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
“I was so proud to, once again, join this group of accomplished sports leaders for our second annual fundraiser,” PCA founder Jim Thompson said. “Their advice and opinions are priceless assets in the development of our young players and teams. PCA deeply values this devotion to educating and inspiring young athletes in Boston and beyond.”
The Bruins have looked quite good taking a 2-1 lead on the Blackhawks, but Shawn Thornton says the team is not getting ahead of itself. Thornton also talks about what makes Patrice Bergeron such a great player and teammate. He also squeezes in a few shots at his friend Keegan Bradley.
Keegan Bradley hopped on the set in Connecticut with D&C to talk some golf, but seeing as how he's a big Boston sports fan, the interview covered a lot of ground. You can hear Keegan talk about the Bruins' cup chances, the Doc Rivers deal that almost was, and Shawn Thornton's lacking golf game.
Legal expert Michael McCann joined D&C to take on the topic of the day: Just what exactly is happening with Aaron Hernandez? McCann addresses Hernandez's lack of cooperation in the investigation so far, and how that may play out as the case moves along.
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBC) MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Orioles at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Dodgers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) College baseball: Oregon State vs. Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
Stanley Cup finals: Blackhawks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College baseball: Oregon State vs. Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
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♦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman‘s lack of optimism a day earlier proved justified, as on Tuesday the team announced that Kevin Youkiliswill need back surgery and is expected to miss at least 10-12 weeks, and Mark Teixeira returned to the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist.
Youkilis, who visited a back specialist in California on Monday, was diagnosed with a herniated disk. He is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.
“It doesn’t look like he will be a player for us until late September,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Youkilis is hitting .219/.305/.343 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 28 games for the Yankees.
“It’s not how you draw it up, there’s no doubt about that,” Cashman said. “He looked great in the spring. We had high hopes. He obviously did so much for Boston over the years and he’s the type of player that if you could draw it up, that’s the type of player we would want: a gamer with power and plate discipline.”
Teixeira missed the season’s first 53 games with a torn sheath in his right wrist, which he injured warming up for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. He was activated on May 31 and had a strong start but slumped of late (3-for-31 in his last nine games). In 15 games, he’s hitting .151/.270/.340 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
Fischer, a former Biogenesis employee who took record that appear to verify the relationship between Biogenesis and players including Alex Rodriguez, explained that he wanted to get back at clinic owner Tony Bosch for allegedly cheating him out of what he had been promised.
Fischer said his experience with MLB investigators was not positive, as they failed to protect him or push for harsher penalties against Bosch.
“The people running Major League Baseball are the biggest scumbags on Earth as far as I’m concerned,” Fischer said. “At this point, every bad guy out there knows exactly who I am. Why shouldn’t everyone else know the story, too?”
Fischer also claimed that Rodriguez had Bosch fly out to Detroit during last year’s American League Championship Series to see if Bosch could help A-Rod break out of his slump.
♦ Former Saints safety Steve Gleason, who has been battling ALS, accepted the apologies from the three Atlanta morning radio hosts who were fired for mocking him and his disease in an ill-conceived bit Monday morning.
Gleason wrote a message on the Facebook page for Team Gleason, his nonprofit organization that helps people with ALS:
“Defend Team Gleason” now has been officially redefined. Additionally, the DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are.
I think everyone can learn from this event. Its clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why its under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets talk about this… There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS.
Gleason has lost the ability to speak, move and eat. He uses a computer that allows him to write by using his eyes.
Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino lost their jobs at 790 The Zone following the public outcry over their insensitive skit. All three apologized Monday evening on Twitter.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 19, 1970, which Red Sox pitcher had a no-hitter against the Yankees going into the ninth inning before surrendering four runs until Sparky Lyle came on in relief to finish off the 5-4 victory?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’ve got a really good team here, and the sign of a good team is guys picking each other up. [Daniel] Nava‘s at-bat and [Jonny Gomes'] swing obviously got us the win and ultimately that’s what matters. I’ve got to figure out what I’m going through, but these guys are grinding every day and we’ll get through it.” – Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, who gave up the tying run in the ninth inning Tuesday night only to see Gomes hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 victory over the Rays
STAT OF THE DAY: 30 – Points for Tim Duncan in the Spurs’ overtime loss to the Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night — although he had no points after the third quarter
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The LeBron James flopping parodies continue.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Sonny Siebert
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paula Abdul was born on this day in 1962.