Like most of baseball, Blue Sox Baseball took off Super Bowl weekend. I enjoyed the game, but think that instant replay has taken a lot of the momentum out of the game. Whenever there's a big play, you have to say, "hold on, you know that one will be reviewed." I hope they don't bring replay to baseball beyond the home run calls that they instituted at the end of last season. On the plus side, it's nice to know that the call was right in a big game. Man, how many penalties were called? That had to be some kind of record.
On the baseball front, the Reds signed catcher Humberto Cota to a minor league deal. Cota has already served a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. (And yet no one will take a chance on Bonds?) He'll be 30 in a few days, and hit .319/.342/.493 in AAA last year. Not a bad line, but it was only 37 games. Minor league catcher Ryan Jorgensen retired, so the Reds must have decided they needed some organizational depth. Hey, somebody has to warm-up all those pitchers in spring training. Speaking of which, bullpen catcher is probably the worst job in baseball for a player. But I would sacrifice body parts to have it. Cota may make the team ahead of Hanigan so that Hanigan can start every day in AAA. For the big club, I don't think it matters that much if Cota or Hanigan backs-up Hernandez.
Mike Mussina, Hall of Famer
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