We begin Odds & Ends this week with the new address for Golden 1 Center being announced as 500 David J. Stern Walk as a thank you to the former commissioner for helping to keep the Sacramento Kings from moving to Seattle in 2013.
“Commissioner Stern worked diligently to create a premier sports league that entertains fans and drives positive impact in communities around the globe,” said Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé. “We’re truly honored to show how much we appreciate his dedication to making the world a better place, and highlighting his impact on Sacramento.”
Stern will be in attendance at the Sep. 30 dedication as well as the first home game in October.
“I opened the first ARCO Arena and the second one, so I have a warm spot in my heart for Sacramento,” the 73-year-old Stern told The Undefeated during a phone conversation on Monday. “I think it’s a wonderful gesture, and I’m deeply touched, I’m just not sure I’ll be able to get into the same tuxedo.”
Despite me being of the opinion that Stern wasn’t doing a great job towards the end of his tenure as commissioner (especially with allowing the SuperSonics moving to Oklahoma City),I do think this is a wonderful gesture by the team to commemorate something great he helped do for a community like Sacramento. He maintained his stance that if there was a viable solution to getting a new arena for the team here,they should stay. That happened and in just a few months,a fan base’s long time wish for a new building will become a reality.
Kemp was traded to Atlanta on Saturday for third baseman Hector Olivera. Cash considerations were also sent to the Braves. That wasn’t the only Padres player who was cast away. Pitcher Andrew Cashner was sent to a different NL East team,the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for Andrew Cosart,Carter Capps and two prospects. Cashner also had to sacrifice his signature beard in accordance with the Marlins’ no facial-hair policy,which unless you’re the New York Yankees,you shouldn’t even have.
There’s no doubt about it,the Padres are in full fire sale mode. This is a team that loaded up on talent before the start of last season and it hasn’t paid off for them at all. That’s not as surprising as much as it was for me to see them send Kemp to the worst team in all of baseball. Usually teams have fire sales to send players to contenders, the Padres are just sending anyone anywhere. How about sending the Giants somebody,you jerks?
Aroldis Chapman got away and was traded to the Cubs, Andrew Miller was shipped to the Indians after they told everyone that he wasn’t available. Also, Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon is now with the Nationals. Time is running out and the deadline comes at 10am Pacific today.
Rumored to be in play are Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress of the Brewers and I have to think that it wouldn’t take that much to get either guy. I know that Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans are capable of making such a move and one move to get a quality relief arm is to me a welcome one. I hope they can somehow get one because if they don’t,they may be in trouble down the stretch.
While Burns had an outstanding 2015 with a .294 average,this season was a much different tale where he hit only .234 before being sent down to AAA Nashville. Getting someone like Eibner was a smart move.
“Billy (Burns) did some great things for us, but we like Eibner. He has some power and some speed,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “For us to make a deal like this, we have to like him a lot.”
The only reservation I have on this deal is that the A’s aren’t going to keep Eibner very long anyways. If he does pan out, he’s going to get snatched up by someone else once his value is too high for the A’s to care about anymore. That’s what I hate about this franchise is that you bring up these players and their dreams are coming true by becoming major leaguers and then as soon as they become too expensive, they get shipped out. They’re basically a major league farm team that for me is hard to respect in a franchise. If they at least kept some of their players to try and make a run at a World Series, then I would have more respect for them as a franchise. Until that happens,expect them to make moves to not try to win titles.