The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • My Chart of the Day over at Business Insider looks at how baseball’s steroid testing has affected power numbers. In other words, this isn’t the Year of the Pitcher part 2. It is the Year of Steroid Testing part 6. [Business Insider]
  • Might we see a shake-up in local sports radio? Steve Duemig’s contract at WDAE is up this Sunday. [Tom Jones' 2¢]
  • Casey Kotchman thanks the removal of pus, yes pus, from his tear ducts for his success so far this season. [TampaBay.com]
  • Justin Ruggiano has been named the International League’s player of the Week. Amazingly, we think that is just the third time he has won the award. Why is that amazing? Because this is the fifth year he has been in triple-A. Poor guy. [WDBB]
  • The Rays will “retire” the call signs of the three officers killed in duty in St. Pete this year. [TBO.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Indianapolis 7, DURHAM 5: Jeremy Hall allowed 2 runs in 4 innings on 4 Ks and 4 walks…Desmond Jennings did not play…LF Brandon Guyer was 1-4 with a walk…RF Chris Carter had a pair of doubles and 2 RBI…Robinson Chirinos did not play. He has only played once in last 4 games.
  • Chattanooga 6, MONTGOMERY 5: Frank de los Santos allowed 4 runs in 4.1 innings…SS Tim Beckham was 2-3 with a walk to raise his average to .298.
  • CHARLOTTE: (no game scheduled)
  • Great Lakes 2, BOWLING GREEN 1: CJ Riefenhauser struck out 7 in just 4 innings with 2 walks and 4 hits. He allowed 2 runs, 1 on a solo home run…SS Derek Dietrich was 0-4 and his average is down to .287.
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  1. Amanda says:

    Mark Packer (Billy Packer's son) left his station here in the Charlotte market after 14 years right after Christmas. (A new station popped in November, and he said he would stay in the market, so there's no mystery to where he's going after his six-month non-compete.) Like him or not, Duemig helped build 620 twice (their original station was blown up over a format change), so it would be weird to see him go. To me, it sounded like he was making overtures over the last couple of weeks, so nothing would surprise me.

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  2. Don says:

    Duemig was the ONE guy in the MArket that knew a little about baseball...plus he doesn't like maddon...but he knocked Zobrist all last year ...eating that now, 50% right.... not bad for local media... There is room in this market for a baseball man with a show at least 1/2 hours!
    WE got a 1st baseman that can hit....unbelievable

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  3. Connie says:

    is ruggiano a AAAA player or is there just not room for him on the big club?

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    • Chris D says:

      This is a good question. As a Bulls fan, the last two years Ruggiano was disappointing because his strikeout numbers were through the roof. This year that has come down and he's back to the way he was in 2008. If he sees the ball like his is now, I think he could make a MLB team, but it's hard to say if the bad Ruggiano is lurking around the corner.

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    • Alex says:

      He's a 4a player. He faces the same issue Sean Rodriguez does. They can't hit break balls or off speed pitches. And they have ZERO plate discipline.

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    • Chris D says:

      Ruggiano with his 3rd walk off win of the season for the Bulls tonight in the 11th. If you want a right hand bat to replace Dan in Tampa, he's your goto guy.

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  4. Professor Twain says:

    Two points.

    1. Surely Tampa Bay can do better than the big dog... I've been spoiled with far better local sports talk in other towns (KMOX St. Louis, Paul Finebaum in Birmingham), he has his moments but overall is third rate, boring, and unnecessarily abrasive.

    2. How did it take until now for us to learn about Kotchman's pus? Where have our sports writers and bloggers been? What other mysteries remain?

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    • Sarah says:

      I had heard the TV commentators note that he'd had some treatment to improve his vision -- they just spared us the "pus" details.

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    • Scot says:

      With regards to Kotchman, call me cautiously optimistic. There simply are not enough data points to assume Kotchman is a different player. And of course most humans want to identify a source for differences. Few realize how little randomness affects their lives.

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