Another week in the books and this one has the transaction register full. Players changed teams at a dizzying rate this week, so much so that even this die-hard fan could not tell you where everyone ended up. Well, I could, but I highly doubt you really want to know. If you are a dedicated fan that wants to know all that happened at the wire, head over to everyone's good friends at MLB Trade Rumors and check it out, they do a much better job of running down all the trades than I would.
That is not why we spend our Monday mornings together anyway. You know who your team got, who they gave up, and what you really think about the deal, deep down. I am the guy you come to to tell about some of the things that happened over here while you were looking over there. Yes, indeed, that is me, keeping an eye on all things baseball so you can keep your eye on whatever you keep your eye on (but honestly, stop looking at those types of things, what would your mom think?).
Here is what happened while you were busy this week:
The Baltimore Orioles Hired A Manager
The worst team in baseball has been struggling to figure out who would be the guy placed at the head of the ship for the foreseeable future. This week, that came to an end as they signed Buck Showalter to a contract through 2013. Showalter will make his debut in orange and black on Tuesday this week as he tries to figure out how to establish some sort of structure with this young ball club. The former American League Manager Of The Year will look to turn around a team that is currently 32-73. Good luck, Buck, I have a feeling you are going to need it.
The Rockies Set A Major League Record
Yes, I am aware there is a player attempting to hit his 600th home run. Everyone is aware of that. Most media outlets won't let us forget. The Rockies entered the eighth inning of a game against the Cubs this weekend leading the game 5-2. By the time the inning came to a close, the score stood at 17-2 and the Rockies had made a few entries in some record books. They tied the club record for most hits in an inning with 13. They set a club record with twelve runs in the inning. Then, they set the major league record with 11 consecutive hits in the inning. Every run scored came after the Cubs had already recorded two outs in the inning.
Youngsters Make Debuts
Out in Chicago, the White Sox traded Daniel Hudson on Friday. The problem with that was Hudson was scheduled to pitch that night. A call to AAA affiliate Charlotte, in Louisville for a game, had Lucas Harrell on his way to the Windy City to make his major league debut. He would not disappoint, throwing six innings of four hit, one run baseball despite walking five. Down in Texas, Brett Wallace was acquired via trade just ahead of Astros first baseman Lance Berkman being sent to the Big Apple to be fitted for his pinstripes. Wallace would debut over the weekend, going 0-for-4 and reaching base on an error in his first game. He would collect his first major league hit over the weekend and will head to St. Louis to play the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2008 draft, the Cardinals. Some fans may have forgotten that the Cardinals selected him in that draft, and rightfully so, he has been traded three times before finding his way to the big leagues. He was the centerpiece of the group traded to Oakland in exchange for Matt Holliday, was sent to Toronto during the off season, and finally dealt to Houston near the deadline.
That is all for this week, ladies and gentlemen. I look forward to bringing you a few more stories next week, right here on More Hardball.
Bill Ivie is the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com and Executive Editor of their affiliate site, i70baseball.com. You can find him on BlogTalkRadio hosting the I-70 Baseball show every Monday night at 10 p.m. CST.