Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday Notes

-- John Perrotto tweets that "Assistant GM Peter Woodfork leaves the Diamondbacks; Excellent chance he fills same job with the Pirates."

Woodfork, 34, had been the director of baseball operations/assistant director of player development for the Red Sox from 2003-05, when he joined Arizona. Before that, he worked in the Labor Relations department for Major League Baseball.

Frank Coonelly served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Labor in the Office of the Commissioner, so he and Woodfork should be familiar with one another.

Woodfork had long-term ties to former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes, and new D'Backs GM Kevin Towers probably wants to hire his own man, according to a tweet by Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.

The Pirates don't have an Assistant GM position per se, but they do have five special assistant to the GM positions and a bevy of director/assistant director slots.

-- Ricky Ankiel hit an eleventh inning bomb into McCovey Cove to even the Giant-Brave series at one game apiece with a 5-4 win. Alex Gonzalez hit a game-tying, two-run double in the eighth against SF closer Brian Wilson, who led the majors with 48 saves this season.

The Giants gave up a four run lead in the defeat.

-- The Reds also squandered a four run lead to hand a gift-wrapped 7-4 win to the Phils and fall behind 2-0 in the NLDS. Philly scored twice in the fifth on back-to-back errors by Scot Rolen and Brandon Phillips.

In the seventh, a questionable attempt at a force play by Rolen was followed by Jay Bruce losing a soft fly in lights, allowing a sure out to roll to the wall; with a shot at the play at the plate, Phillips dropped the relay throw. It turned into a three run frame.

Cincy had been the best fielding team in the NL this year, but committed a pair of two-boot innings. The Phils had two errors themselves; it wasn't a very pretty game. Only five of the eleven runs that plated were earned.

One thing we learned tonight is that a four run lead doesn't mean what it used to this playoff season.

-- Baseball management, players and umpires will have a summit on the state of umpiring on December 3rd, just before the start of the winter meetings. The meeting was called at the request of the players' association, which has been logging an increased number of complaints from players this season about umpires and their on-field conduct.

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