by Troy A. Sparks
It’s funny that outfielder Jim Edmonds announced his retirement over the weekend after this season.
If I was on the Brewers, I’d retire myself from all that losing, too.
No, seriously. Edmonds made a remarkable comeback from being a non-roster invitee in spring training to making the team.
All of this happened after being out of baseball last year.
The four-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner had a good career, playing in the American and National Leagues.
And now the squeaky wheel is rolling around for the last time.
Saturday, Edmonds turned back the clock against the Washington Nationals with a spectacular catch in the outfield. He also hit a home run and scored two runs.
It was nothing new for him. It happened many times in his long career.
Edmonds started almost 50 games for the Brewers so far this season.
He was bit by the injury bug a couple of times already. A left oblique strain put him on the 15-day disabled list in May. The veteran is currently playing through a nagging heel injury.
If Ken Macha needed an example of a warrior, he’d find it in Edmonds.
Edmonds will go all out in the last nine weeks of his career.
The 40-year-old is setting an example for all the young players on the club every time he steps on the field.
After the season, Edmonds will go back to California, kick back, watch the tidal waves at the beach and call it a career.
With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, will the Brewer careers of Prince Fielder and Corey Hart end?
Fielder has been linked to rumors of going to the Chicago White Sox. Several teams are after Hart.
Hart wants to stay in Milwaukee. Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras, is playing hardball, holding out on discussions with general manager Doug Melvin until after the season.
If I’m the Brewers, I’m not paying Fielder a boatload of money to stay here.
What usually happens when some players gets new multiyear deals is they slack off and stop playing like their careers depend on it.
I’m not saying that Fielder will slack off if the Brewers pay him a lot of money to stay here.
At this point of the season, even if they string together some consecutive wins, they won’t catch Cincinnati or St. Louis in the division.
Deal is Off for Superfight
As a boxing fan, I’m disappointed at the cat and mouse game that was on display recently on negotiations of the proposed superfight.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather were on track to set up a deal to fight later this year or sometime next year.
Mayweather wanted to include Olympic-style drug testing in their negotiations. The Pacquiao side didn’t cave in to Mayweather’s demands at that time.
January of 2010 was when the Mayweather camp made the offer to the Pacquiao camp, which they turned down.
Shane Mosley accepted the drug testing conditions for his fight with Mayweather because he wanted to fight him. Mosley lost to Mayweather in May.
A few weeks ago, the Pacquiao camp offered the Mayweather camp a deal. Reportedly, Mayweather refused because he’s not ready to fight right now.
Mayweather’s advisor, Leonard Ellerbee, said there was no offer on the table.
Why is Mayweather sending the message through his mouthpiece instead of telling us himself?
Mayweather couldn’t duck the questions when he appeared in Miami for a charity basketball game.
He didn’t want to hear from the media why his camp let the deadline to accept the deal pass by.
While Mayweather is chillin’, Pacquiao is preparing to fight Antonio Margarito November 13.
That will be the time for Mayweather to wake up and smell the coffee, because he could let millions of dollars slip away from his hands.
There’s no doubt that this superfight, if it ever happens, will be the most exciting and highest-grossing fight in decades.
If Mayweather waits too late to make up his mind, Pacquiao will lose interest in fighting him.
The “Pac Man” wants to fight at least one more time before attending to the needs of people he represents as a new member of the Filipino Congress.
Many people think that Mayweather is scared of losing the fight.