Friday, July 22, 2011

Who's On First?

We have from time to time disagreed with Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo's tactical choices. On the other hand, we have no doubt that he and his crew of Neil Allen and Dave Myers are world class at dealing with roster turmoil. These last two weeks are by far the most turbulent in my time watching the Bulls (even Montoyo missed two games) and yet the Bulls won 7 out of 10 games. Those are spectacular results given the challenge these changes presented.

Here's a list of the transactions since the Bulls left town (not sure of a couple of the dates). Players in bold ended the two weeks wearing a Bulls uniform (so far, the day is young).

  • Pitcher Brandon Gomes to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Outfielder Desmond Jennings on disabled list
  • Outfielder Brandon Guyer to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Outfielder John Matulia from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tampa Bay Rays
  • Outfielder John Matulia to Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Andy Sonnanstine from Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pitcher Jake McGee to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Catcher Jose Lobaton to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pitcher Ryan Reid from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Outfielder John Matulia from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Alex Cobb to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst to disabled list
  • Pitcher R. J. Swindle released
  • Catcher Robinson Chirinos to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Catcher Nevin Ashley from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Alexander Torres to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pitcher Alexander Torres from Tampa Bay Rays
  • Pitcher Matt Moore from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Dane De La Rosa to Tampa Bay Rays
  • Outfielder Desmond Jennings off disabled list
  • Pitcher Jim Paduch from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Marquis Fleming from Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Joe Bateman signed and assigned to Durham Bulls
  • Pitcher Jim Paduch to Montgomery Biscuits
  • Pitcher Dane De La Rosa from Tampa Bay Rays

Pending/Lurking: Pitcher Adam Russell has been Designated for Assignment by the Rays. He could show up in Durham. Pitcher Dirk Hayhurst could come off the DL. At a guess, Pitcher Marquis Fleming likely to go back to Montgomery soon.

By the way, no first basemen involved. Dan Johnson and Leslie Anderson are still on first.


7 comments:

  1. 20 minutes til game time...I just clicked on the
    live cam from the DBAP and it looks like about
    40 fans were brave enough to go

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  2. wait a minute I checked again... a bunch of empty seats but a fair amount of hardy souls willing to brave the heat...hats off to them

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  3. Bulls Win ... tough victory, must have been hell holding onto that sweat covered ball

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  4. It was fun to watch. Shoulda been there. Crowd announced at 9K and if with missing folk, actually pretty full.

    Couple of tactical mistakes by Toledo manager helped the Bulls.

    Big question of the night: Why was Jennings pulled at the last minute?

    No answer yet.

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  5. The answer about Jennings is on Facebook: "Desmond Jennings recalled to Tampa Bay, Reid Brignac optioned to Durham. More to come..."

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  6. Yes. Not sure when he arrives, but very soon.

    Jennings to join Rays in KC and bat leadoff.

    More later, only a guess on how Montoyo will deal with so many infielders.

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