AL Exec: I think that if thereís going to be progress made on that, itís going to take a considered, planned effort, really. We really do try, but as I said earlier, that takes time, and it makes it more likely that youíll make a bad hire, because you wonít necessarily have someone vouching for someone.In the first of a two-part interview, Baseball Prospectus talks to two front-office executives about what their jobs are like and, most revealingly, how hiring decisions are made.
So who's got Mo's back?: I'm not sure the Blazers do, after only levying a 2-game suspension on Darius Miles for verbally assaulting class-act Maurice Cheeks during a film session. Coach Cheeks says he's willing to forgive, but in the end, it may be Mo who's taking the fall.
American League Pioneer and Tribe Great Larry Doby passed away Wednesday,: and though he was the first to break the color barrier in the AL, a seven-time All Star, and leader of the Indians during their glory days, he never received anywhere near the adulation of his peers, black or otherwise.