Beckham wrong choice; 2010 Reds may look like 2009 Bats

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Tim Beckham; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

We have plenty of hot stove news for your Tuesday morning. I’ll be back later with a breakdown of the WKU early recruiting class. I will hopefully crank out another post today, but I will be traveling so it might be this evening.


  • Jim Callis of Baseball America writes while the Rays won’t admit it publicly they know they should have drafted Giants top prospect Buster Posey over 2009 Hot Rod Tim Beckham with the first pick in 2008.
  • Former Lexington Legends manager Tim Bogar will serve as the Red Sox’s third base coach in 2010 after being passed over for the Astros’ managerial job this offseason.
  • Carrie Muskat of writes Louisville-native Dan Uggla is probable too expensive for the Cubs, and she answers a question in her mailbag about UK alum Chris Rusin.
  • Joe Frisaro of reports the Marlins are almost 100 percent certain they will keep infielder Jorge Cantu. That likely further ensures arbitration-eligble Uggla is on his way out of cost-cutting Florida.
  • Ken Rosenthal and John Paul Morosi of report the Reds have to decide if they are willing to let 2009 Louisville Bats Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey man the outfield in 2010 before they offer a contract to slugger Jonny Gomes.

Wednesday Afternoon Links: Draft report cards abound

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Chris Rusin; Photo by UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Switched up the format today. Links are coming this afternoon. Check out these stories to get you through the last day without baseball before the World Series.

  • Baseball America lists WKU alum Chad Cregar as having the best power in the Marlins’ 2009 draft, and UK alum Chris Wade as being the best defender. (Subscription required)
  • BA lists UK alum Chris Rusin as one candidate to make it to the majors first from the Cubs’ draft class. (subscription required)
  • Here’s the Astros’ Draft Report Card too for good measure. Some of these players will end up in Lexington in 2010. (subscription required)
  • Louisville Bats Examiner Jason Stella looks at Chris Heisey’s AFL performance.
  • Bats’ closer Logan Ondrusek picked up the win for Peoria in the AFL with a scoreless inning. Scott Watson allowed one run in one inning, and former Legend Daniel Meszaros pitched a scoreless inning. Chris Heisey was 1-4 with a run scored.
  • The Astros passed on former Legends’ manager Tim Bogar in hiring Brad Mills for their managerial job.

Tuesday Links: Blanton helps Phillies go up 3-1

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Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

An amazing night of playoff baseball with walk-off wins in both games. Kentucky was represented in the NLCS, check out that story and one about a Kentucky native losing a lot of money.

  • UK alum Joe Blanton allowed four runs in six innings in the Phillies’ comeback victory over the Dodgers. Blanton didn’t get the win, but he kept his team in the game long enough to gain a 3-1 lead in the series.
  • Sam Donnellon of The Philadelphia Daily News says the rest of the Phillies could learn a lesson from Blanton’s selflessness.
  • Former Legends’ manager Tim Bogar completed his interview for the Houston Astros’ manager position.
  • reports that Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds missed super two arbitration status by three days of service time. Those three days mean the difference between a $425,000 2010 salary and a roughly $5 million salary.
  • Louisville Bats manager Rick Sweet speaks to John Fay of Baseball America about Reds’ prospects. (subscription required)
  • UK Baseball has a news release about alum Joe Blanton’s start for the Phillies.
  • No Bluegrass ties, but the Angeles scored a walk-off win against the Yankees in the 11th to bring the series to 2-1, Yankees.

Former Legends manager up for Astros job

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Legends LogoThe Houston Astros have announced the ten managerial candidates that will receive an interview in their search to replace former manager Cecil Cooper, and 2005 Lexington Legends manager Tim Bogar is one of the candidates. Bogar managed the Legends to an 82-57 record before being named South Atlantic League manager of the year. Bogar, currently the first base coach for the Red Sox, will interview on Monday. He told “First of all, I’m really honored they would consider me for the position and give me the opportunity, that’s the foremost thing. I spent four years as a player and two years in the Minor League system, and I’ve always been very fond of Houston and the way the organization is run, and Drayton and how he does things. Getting the opportunity to come in and talk to them about running the team is quite an honor.”

Former MLB managers Ned Yost, Bob Melvin, Manny Acta and Phil Garner will also receive interviews. (Read more)