Items from the Duffel Bag….
— Anyone notice the number of pitchers the Red Sox farm teams have used so far this season? At Double-A Portland Sea Dogs – 29 pitchers, including some rehab stints by Sox pitchers but also some guys named Matty Ott and Nate Striz…At Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox – 31 pitchers, including guys like Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon who the Sox are taking a flyer on.
— Young amateur golfer Sam Grindle from Deer Isle-Stonington fired a 1-under par 68 in the last day of the GBO tournament. Only 11 pros shot a better score Saturday. Grindle’s 139 total (71-68) placed in a tie for 35th place and top amateur honors. Not bad for a guy just a month or so out of high school…the only amateur to win the GBO? Mark Plummer in 1979.
— I think of all those young pro golfers just trying to make enough money to keep playing and maybe someday make it big on the PGA Tour…then I think of lefty high school pitcher Trey Ball, the No. 1 pick of the Red Sox in June and the $2.75-million-dollar signing bonus he got.
— One more golf note, just-turned-pro Ryan Gay from Pittston picked up his first few bucks as a pro – 13th place at the GBO is worth $700.
— According to capgeek.com the Boston Bruins are $1,101,310 over the NHL salary cap (only Philly is more over the cap). The New York Islanders have the most cap space — $15,653,024 (and not likely to spend more). Good luck Garth Snow and Jack Capuano…
— The Tampa Bay Rays can’t keep up this pace…can they?
— Just a wild thought – would you unload the farm system in a blockbuster trade with the Phils that would bring Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Michael Young to Fenway? Think about a top starter, a closer and a rental third baseman for a half dozen top prospects…
— The MPA so-called “hands off” period begins next Monday. Families rejoice!
— We are less than two weeks away from the first New England Patriots preseason game and I am still trying to get past all that has happened in this tumultuous off-season…how about you?
— Remember this name – Jonathan Schoop. Another Curacao kid who played at Mansfield Stadium in the SLWS in 2008 (Jurikson Profar was his teammate). At 21-years-old, Schoop is the youngest player on the Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk team. He started the year in rookie ball and now is a middle infielder in Triple A… trade bait perhaps for the O’s.
— Think about Schoop, Profar, Xander Bogaerts (Sox) and Freddy Galvis (probably the next Phils second baseman-SLWS Venezuela 2006) when the international event rolls into town in August.
— When the Portland Sea Dogs and Harrisburg Senators played at the Futures at Fenway game Saturday, Bangor native Jon Kotredes got a chance to be in a big league dugout. Kotredes is the team trainer for Harrisburg. He helps with Bangor hockey during his winter off-season, too.
— By the way, Katahdin HS and UMaine grad Darren London is team trainer for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple-A club. London was named the 2012 International League Trainer of the Year.
— As July turns to August Sportsradio 92.9 The Ticket will bring you live coverage of the state American Legion baseball tournament.