Chipper Jones is slowly coming to terms with the fact that 2010 will mark Bobby Cox's last season as Braves manager.
"As a person, he's been like my favorite granddad," Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "As a player, Bobby's been the guy that's given me the opportunity to make a name for myself in the big leagues. He's given me the best opportunity to be successful in the big leagues. He sat down and treated me like a man when I went through some personal issues that I've had. That will never be forgotten by me. And his record on the field speaks for itself. He's going to the Hall of Fame for what he's done on the field.
"It's going to be weird, him not [managing], because he's the only manager I've had in the big leagues," Jones said. "If indeed I do decide to play next year , it'll be culture shock with someone else sitting there in that office."
Ohlendorf completes governmental internship: Ross Ohlendorf's 10-week internship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., was a rewarding experience.
"I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, both about the government and agriculture, and met a lot of great people," Ohlendorf, a Princeton grad, told MLB.com. "I also enjoyed doing research on animal traceability and feel I was able to add substantive work to some of the discussions about the future of the program. Even though I had a great time, the internship also reminded me how good I have it playing baseball for a living."
Byrd glad to be reunited with Jaramillo: Marlon Byrd will reunite with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo now that both are with the Cubs.
"He made a lot of adjustments," Jaramillo told the Chicago Tribune. "Every year, he got better. I'm real excited about him coming over there. He brings a lot of energy and leadership. He wants to win. Those are things that are going to help me out. I talked to him the other day, and I told him we've got our work cut out for us."
Baby baseball glove rank high on Miner's gift list: Two Christmas gifts stand out in Zach Miner's memory, one from his childhood and one as an adult.
"I got my first real nice baseball glove when I was probably 8 or 9 years old, and I thought that was the best. It was a Rawlings Gold Glove, and I loved it," Miner told MLB.com. "As an adult, it was probably last year. My wife had a huge box that she had put balloons in and taped a stork on the inside to tell me that she was pregnant with our second child. When I opened the box, the balloons came out and I saw the stork. It was pretty awesome."
Anderson finds new home with Royals: Outfielder Brian Anderson is glad for a chance to prove himself with Kansas City.
"I just want an opportunity. That would be cool," Anderson told MLB.com. "But I dug my own hole. I don't blame anybody. I'll be happy and appreciative of any opportunity. Some free agents are in more demand than others, but basically we are jobless, and I'm not going to burn bridges. I want to play, and it's not like I'm going to say no if you don't give me exactly what I want."
DeRosa signs two-year deal with Giants: Mark DeRosa could play third base or left field for the Giants, but mostly he just wants to play.
"I really don't care where I am on the field as long as I'm in the lineup," DeRosa told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Rodney moves from Tigers to Angels: Fernando Rodney, who bounced back from injury troubles in both 2007 and 2008 to pitch 75 2/3 innings last year with the Tigers, has reached a two-year agreement with the Angels to become a primary setup man for closer Brian Fuentes.
"We're confident that, as far as his past injuries related to his elbow, that he showed all year last year that he was durable," general manager Tony Reagins told the Los Angeles Times. "His velocity was above average, consistent -- no effects of prior arm troubles."
Griffey Jr. honored at Seahawks game: Ken Griffey Jr. rose the 12th Man Flag before the Titans-Seahawks football game on Sunday in Seattle. Griffey took time out to answer a few Mariners-related questions.
"We're going in the right direction," Griffey told the Seattle Times about the additions of Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins to the Mariners this offseason. "A couple more wins, and [we're in] the postseason. I don't have anything planned until early November."
"It doesn't matter if you're a DH -- you still got to go out there and do a job," Griffey said of the Hall of Fame chances for former teammate Edgar Martinez. "And he did it at the highest level for 10-15 years."
Encarnacion avoids surgery after fireworks incident: Edwin Encarnacion suffered first- and second-degree burns to his face after being hit by fireworks during a new year's celebration in the Dominican Republic, MLB.com reported. The Toronto third baseman went to a local clinic for treatment and then was flown to Miami, where he saw a face specialist. He was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.
"Thank God all is well with my face. I have no fractures or serious damage and will not need any surgery," Encarnacion said. "The doctors say I'll have to go a week without sun, but I can train without problems in two weeks."
Encarnacion said a firecracker that was supposed to go up instead went sideways and struck him in the face.
Johnson to Arizona: Kelly Johnson feels wanted by the Diamondbacks.
"They made it known to me that they had tried to acquire me a few different times, and they've always liked me," Johnson told MLB.com. "It's just a place I've always liked. As far as the city goes, it's one of the top for me. Just with the team, we've got guys all over the field that are young, athletic, tons of talent. It's one of the places that you come in, and you did not want to face the guys that were on the mound."
Johnson played in 106 games for Atlanta last season, hitting .224 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs.
Lewis back on radar after stint in Japan: Seeking to add starting pitching depth, the Texas Rangers are showing an interest in Colby Lewis, who has pitched in Japan for the past two years.
"We've developed our Pacific Rim operation the last few years, and our guys have built a solid foundation both with relationships and from a scouting perspective," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com. "I expect we'll be selectively involved with the right players coming over. We're aware of Colby's situation and obviously know him from when he was in the organization."
Lewis, who was originally selected in the 38th round by Texas in 1999 Draft, was 11-9 with a 2.96 ERA for Hiroshima in 2009 after going 15-8 with a 2.68 ERA with 183 strikeouts in 178 innings the year before.
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