After striking out the side in last night’s 6-4 win against the Dodgers, Reds closer Francisco Cordero moved into the top twenty all-time saves leaderboard. This prompted Dusty Baker to make a little tribute to Cordero:

“Dusty Baker sat at his desk after the game, scribbling Doug Jones’ name on the lineup card he removed from the dugout wall and signing it for closer Francisco Cordero–along with a couple of copies of the batting order slips that go to the umpires.”

Which at first I thought was a little odd, celebrating being twentieth in something, but then I realized how rare that achievement is. Sure, Cordero may never be a Hall of Famer or discussed as a world class reliever, but he’s been healthy and effective enough to rack up 303 saves which is something worth celebrating. 

And that’s without even discussing the man that he passed, Doug Jones. Or as he should be called, the most intimidating sumbitch who couldn’t hit 90 mph with his fastball.

Francisco, I hope you raised a celebratory glass to the man who came before you, Mr. Douglas Reid Jones, a man who could both grow a mustache and hold a flaming fastball. 

(Image via SB Nation)

Reds getting "closer" to signing Cordero

It appears that the Reds are currently the leader for the services of free agent closer Francisco Cordero, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

Fay wrote that Cordero’s agent has been pleased with the dialogue between the Reds and himself, and that its simply a matter of “working out a deal”. 

Its become common knowledge that two other teams are in the running for Cordero, and that they (obviously) want him as a closer. 

If the Reds fail to sign Cordero they could look to fill the role from within. Recently acquired LHP Sean Marshall has been mentioned as a possible candidate, as well as LHP fireballer Aroldis Chapman. LHP Bill Bray and RHP Logan Ondrusek might also fit the bill.

Cordero went 5-3 last year for the Reds, posting a 2.45 earned run average and recording 37 saves.

“It’s when fans hold onto the blown save, or maybe it was three blown saves. Maybe they were all in a row. It’s when they hold onto the bases-loaded walk. It’s when they hold onto the 0-for-20 streak. The throw that went over the infielder’s head to score the winning run. They boo, they jeer, and they manage from the safety of their blogs, their podcasts, and their bleacher seats.”

I wrote a new post about haters for Sportsnet. (Photo: Toronto Star, May 9, 2012)
Un accidente deja al menos nueve muertos y 5 heridos en Azua

Un accidente deja al menos nueve muertos y 5 heridos en Azua

AZUA, República Dominicana.- Al menos nueve personas murieron y otras cinco  resultaron heridas en un choque entre un minibús del transporte público y una patana en la comunidad Tábara Abajo, de aquí.

Entre las víctimas figuran  Wanda González Vólquez, de 39 años; Pascual Cuevas, de 50; Francisco Cordero, de 40; Wanda González, de 39; Francisco Batista, de 53; María Luisa Santana; Domingo…

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Are the Astros the new Robin Hood of baseball? A massive 10-player trade with the Blue Jays is a small heist, but a heist nonetheless.

I don’t think I’ve ever written anything resembling criticism for Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous. In fact, my space has been clear in praising him as one of the more forward thinking executives in the game. 

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The Astros have made a 10-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays this evening, General Manager Jeff Luhnow has announced.

Houston will ultimately receive seven players from Toronto in the deal, including two Major League players, RHP Francisco Cordero and OF Ben Francisco, four minor league players, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins and C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later. Two of the players the Astros received are former first-round draft picks. In exchange for the seven players, the Astros have sent RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to the Blue Jays.

33. Francisco Cordero

The man nicknamed “Coco” is third on the Rangers’ all time saves list.  He also holds the Rangers’ record for saves in a season with 49 in 2004, which happens to be the twelfth best single-season save performance in the majors since that statistic was kept.  2004 was so good, Coco was named an All Star and the Rangers’ Pitcher of the Year.  Of course he didn’t face a ton of competition in the latter category as none of the regular starters for the Rangers that year could scratch out an ERA under 4.0.  Still, the offense was good enough to keep the Rangers in plenty of games, and Coco would serve up a nice warm mug of fastballs and sliders to close them out.