First and foremost, to Ned Colletti and his crew, who have done an incredible job in bolstering the big league club. By my count, they’ve acquired George Sherrill, Vicente Padilla, Ronnie Belliard, Jon Garland, Jim Thome, and cash considerations in exchange for Josh Bell, Steven Johnson, Luis Garcia, Justin Fuller, and two players to be named. Of course, those minor leaguers could all turn out to be the next Jeff Bagwell, but that’s a pretty impressive haul in my biased opinion. Last night as he got interviewed on the postgame shows on radio and TV, Ned gave tons of credit to all the people who work with him, Kim Ng, Ellen Harrigan, our advance scouts, his special assistants and everyone else who played a key role in last night’s trades. It’s amazing what a team effort it takes to pull this stuff off. Even clubhouse attendant Alex Torres got pressed into duty to get Joe Torre on the phone with Ned during the game.
Also congrats go out to Orlando Hudson, who is our nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a player so dedicated to community service in all of my time in baseball and we’ve had some impressive ones. But this guy has dedicated himself in an incredible way and he deserves your support. You can vote for him here starting tomorrow and I hope you’ll all do so as many times as allowed.
You can also read the latest from Steve Lyons at Psychollingy and believe it or not, he’s worried about our offense. In all fairness, he wrote this before we got Thome last night but he makes some good points.
Lineup to follow in a bit.
UPDATE – LINEUP