Spahn flew under the radar

Updated: November 28, 2003, 9:44 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • On Wednesday, a number of writers made note of the fact that Warren Spahn was not nearly as famous as he should have been, given what he accomplished in his career. One of the main reasons for this is the topic of Tracy Ringolsby's column in today's Rocky Mountain News. Apart from all his other attributes, Spahn was a decidedly modest man who was never much for serving as his own PR flak.

  • Yes, the Padres got Ramon Hernandez from the A's and anytime you can land a catcher who posts one of three or four best seasons in a league it's a good thing. However, they also got outfielder Terrence Long in exchange for Mark Kotsay. What to do with him is the topic of Bill Center's piece in today's San Diego Union. Signing Long to a -- for lack of a better term -- long-term deal is probably Oakland general manager Billy Beane's biggest gaffe and burying that mistake was the main reason he was willing to part with Hernandez. That's Kevin Towers' problem now and he might address it by making Long a back number. Center suggests that Mike Cameron or Kenny Lofton might be objects of Towers' desire.

  • So what are the have-not teams doing with the money they get from revenue sharing? Are they plowing it back into payroll or using it get deluxe commodes for the executive washrooms? Eric Fisher of the Washington Times says the money is not going where the union expected. Is going to lead to more turmoil in baseball?

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