Archive for December 15th, 2011

From the Oh No! Department:  Newly elected Tea Bagger H-Town District A Council Member Helena Brown has hired as a key aide fellow Tea Bagger and former District I candidate Leticia Ablaza.  Ablaza just ran against current CM James Rodriguez.  Tea Baggers Brown and Ablaza will office down the hall from CM Rodriguez.  Just when I thought I could cruise for the holidays, my client CM Rodriguez, had me scouring the internet yesterday trying to locate Tea Bagger repellent or a vaccine or netting or something like that – drats!  

Name the fella that followed Tony La Russa as manager of the A’s.  Hint:  He led the A’s to the playoffs three times and won two AL West Division titles.

It is my understanding that newly elected CM Andrew Burks made a pretty good hire yesterday.  Apparently it is a woman with GHP experience. 

From Tags at MLB.com:

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made his first significant player move Wednesday, acquiring switch-hitting shortstop Jed Lowrie and pitcher Kyle Weiland from the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon.

Lowrie, 27, will be the Astros’ starting shortstop next year, Luhnow said. The Astros’ No. 1 priority this winter was finding a shortstop to replace Clint Barmes, who signed with the Pirates after one year with the Astros.

"For me, it’s the classic win-win trade," Luhnow said. "Boston had the need for a bullpen arm. We’re going to suffer a loss in our bullpen by not having Melancon there for us, but what we’re able to get back is a guy who can play a premium position and who has had success with the bat and who has done a lot of good things. To add on top of that a young pitcher capable of being a starting pitcher in the big leagues, we felt this is an opportunity to take advantage of."

I hope Brandon Lyon is ready to return as our closer!

Art Howe of course followed Tony La Russa as skipper of the A’s.  Howe led the A’s from 1996-2002 and I’m sure he’s not too thrilled that “Moneyball” got a few Golden Globe nominations this morning and by the way, Howe is celebrating his 65th BD today!

Finally got some news from The Yard!



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