-P- David Todd is very tenacious in an interview with Frank Coonelly. I already summarized some of it here, so I won't go into much more detail, except to say that they talk a lot about national and local TV deals, and that David did a great job.
-P- I appreciate Rays owner Stuart Sternberg rejection of the phrase "all-in." Pirates fans use it all the time, and it's like nails on a chalkboard to me every time they do.
"'All-in' means there's no next year," he said. "That's 'all in.' We could go that way and run $25 million payrolls the next three years and bankrupt our farm system. That would be 'all in.'"
UPDATE: Just to be clear, it's fine with me if Clint Hurdle uses the phrase. For him, as a manager, it's about committing to try to win every game, which of course is what he should be doing. My problem is when people apply it to how the front office or the organization as a whole should behave. It's a cliche. And if you don't believe me, look at the way writers used "all-in" following the Justin Morneau trade. The Pirates traded two Quad-A players for a mediocre first baseman, and supposedly they were all-in. "All-in" comes from poker, and it means wagering all your chips on one hand. That's an extremely stupid thing for a baseball team to do, for exactly the reasons Sternberg outlines here. The Pirates haven't done it, they won't do it, and they shouldn't do it, so let's please just retire that phrase. Unless you're Clint Hurdle and you need cliches to motivate people.
-P- This is a week old now, but I don't believe I posted my interview with Chase Lambin, the oldest active minor-leaguer who hasn't yet played in the big leagues.
-P- The Pirates signed catcher Erick Fernandez, who I assume will help out in spring training and then serve as a backup at the lower levels somewhere. He's 25 and didn't play above Class A last year.