Hello, everybody, this is not Mel Allen! It’s been a busy baseball week: some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it worth recommending, liking, favoriting and retweeting.
Bill Geivett kicked off things by reassuring Rockies fans that, despite the team's recent struggles, Troy Tulowitzki will wear puple pinstripes for a long time:
Bill Geivett - just told us 'Tulo isn't going anywhere" and hopefully he'll be with us for his whole career " @MLBNetworkRadio— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) June 22, 2014
That's good news for Josh Byrnes, who can use Tulo's old packing boxes now that he's been sacked in San Diego:
The Padres have relieved Executive VP/GM Josh Byrnes of his duties. More here: http://t.co/dwSXEEQdUu— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 22, 2014
In terms of a replacement for the Padres, that could come from another NL West club:
Now that the #Padres have fired GM Josh Byrnes, they are internally discussing the possibility of bringing back #Dbacks GM Kevin Towers— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 22, 2014
Tuesday brought some good news the Rockies' way, with Rosell Herrera being named to the "World" Roster for the 2014 Futures Game. And the good news kept coming, as the Rockies beat the Cardinals on Tuesday night. If you watch this clip more than once, it makes it look like the Rockies won more than one game this week:
NCAA chief Mark Emmert testified that minor-league sports aren't successful or well supported, which prompted minor-league baseball clubs to react, both at the ballpark and in social media (with a hashtag of #ReallyMark?):
NCAA President Mark Emmert is entitled to his opinion... and we are entitled to disagree with him. #ReallyMark pic.twitter.com/0TKYKYmPvr— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) June 21, 2014
Another AWESOME night at BB&T Ballpark! 18th sell-out of the season! @TheKingMeck met the fans! #MiLB #ReallyMark pic.twitter.com/GTUAF0gooF— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) June 21, 2014
A minor league baseball team is set host an ironic ‘Mark Emmert Appreciation Night,’ and it sounds incredible: http://t.co/sdu2sjI5b2— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 23, 2014
I won't ruin the details of the Lake Country Captains' "Mark Emmert Appreciation Night," but they're hilarious.
After the brouhaha, Emmert clarified that he wasn't talking about minor-league baseball. But there was a moral to the story:
Not that Mark Emmert learns, you know, anything. But he'll learn not to mess with @MiLB promotions departments this week. God help him.— Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) June 23, 2014
Finally, as a public service announcement, be sure to clearly mark your contact information on your luggage:
Triple-A game cancelled because the airline lost the visiting team’s equipment http://t.co/0KhjkffR97— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) June 27, 2014
As Paul Lukas noted in a column several years ago, losing uniforms and equipment is uncommon, but not unprecedented. Same as it ever was.
And that’s the way it is for the Social Media Rodeo on the week of June 23. Have a good weekend, buckaroos, and let's watch the Rockies beat the Brewers!