THE NEWBERG REPORT — SEPTEMBER 29, 2006
Terrell Owens has been with four NFL teams: San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Dallas. The only big leaguer to play for San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Texas was lefthander Jim Poole, who was drafted by the Dodgers out of Georgia Tech, among whose most notable baseball alums is Mark Teixeira, who is tied with David Ortiz for the American League home run lead since the All-Star Break with 23 bombs. Teixeira (who is listed at 6’3″, 220, just like Terrell Owens) drove in five runs (on a pair of homers off Jered Weaver) on Wednesday, pushing him to second in the league (next to Frank Thomas) with 60 RBI since the Break. Teixeira leads the AL with 19 game-winning RBI.
Terrell Owens is saying he might be able to play this Sunday against Tennessee despite his broken hand, but Rick Bauer won’t play Sunday in Seattle, or tonight or tomorrow. Texas is shutting him down with shoulder tendonitis.
Even if Owens can’t go this weekend, you can bet he’ll be back the following weekend to try to stick it to his third team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Chris Young is sorta sticking it to his third team as well. It’s been 10 starts since Young has permitted more than three runs, going 5-4, 2.66 in that stretch, punching out 50 hitters in 50.2 innings and limiting the opposition to a sick .155 batting average. He’s San Diego’s hottest pitcher as the Padres head toward a likely playoff berth.
Give Terrell Owens and Hank Blalock credit: They play through pain. But Blalock’s September OPS is only 485 points higher than Owens’s is.
Terrell Owens can look to Emerson Frostad for inspiration as the third baseman-turned-catcher builds on the breakthrough season he had after his own hand injury when the Hawaii Winter Baseball League kicks its schedule off on Sunday. Frostad, John Mayberry Jr., Johnny Whittleman, and Jose Vallejo will play for the West Oahu CaneFires.
According to Terrell Owens’s calculations, Mark DeRosa needs to go 5 for 12 (or 4 for 8) this weekend to get back to .300 for the season. Gerald Laird needs to go 3 for 8, or 2 for 4.
Terrell Owens was born in Alexander City, Alabama. The only baseball player born in Alexander City, Alabama was outfielder Johnny Watwood, who played for the White Sox, Red Sox, and Phillies between 1929 and 1939. There are 17 players in major league history who have played for those three teams, including late lefthander Ken Brett, who was one of the owners of the Rangers’ Short-Season A affiliate, the Spokane Indians, which placed three players on Baseball America’s Top 20 Northwest League Prospects list, revealed on Wednesday: lefthander Kasey Kiker (number 7), first baseman-outfielder Chris Davis (number 12), and catcher Chad Tracy (number 13).
Terrell Owens went to Alexander City’s Benjamin Russell High School, where he lettered in football, track, baseball, and basketball. That school has produced three minor leaguers, including righthander Jerome Gamble, whom Boston chose with its fourth-round pick in 1998. Texas used its fourth-rounder in 1998 on Alameda (Cal.) Encinal High outfielder Antown Rollins, whose brother Jimmie is one season into a five-year, $40 million deal to play shortstop for the Phillies. You now know where the jumping point probably is with regard to talks on a long-term extension with Michael Young.
Terrell Owens is not the son of a former big league All-Star like Mayberry is, which was not a factor in Midwest League managers and scouts ranking Mayberry as the circuit’s number 15 prospect in the BA survey.
It’s unconfirmed that the new Midwest League franchise known as the Great Lakes Loons named themselves after Terrell Owens, but according to Baseball America it’s true that the Loons have chosen to affiliate with the Dodgers rather than the Rangers for at least the next two years. Texas, to date, has reupped with each of its 2006 farm clubs besides its Midwest League club in Clinton, though they could still come to an agreement. I believe the way the rules work, any clubs that haven’t signed a player development contract by tomorrow will be assigned an affiliate during the first week of October.
I doubt Terrell Owens knows Ron Mahay (even though both have acting credits), but if they ever meet, I’d want him to ask Mahay — one of three players who have been big league teammates of both Kevin Millar and Josh Rupe — whether he sees any Millar in Rupe.
No baseball player has ever had the same middle name as Terrell Eldorado Owens, but that didn’t stop Akinori Otsuka from deciding he may try acupuncture this winter to address the migraine headache problem that prevented him from finishing the season.
Terrell Owens probably knows no more than the Rangers about whether righthander Edinson Volquez will report to instructs in Surprise. Volquez is reportedly eager to return home to the Dominican Republic because of a family health issue.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which is where Terrell Owens played collegiately, discontinued its baseball program in 1989, which was the birth year of Dominican catcher Cristian Santana, who has reportedly recovered enough from shoulder surgery that he’s back on the field at instructs. Same goes for catchers Taylor Teagarden and Manuel Pina, each returning from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
Terrell Owens was born on December 7, 1973, the birthdate of only one player who would reach the major leagues, righthander Brian Schmack. Twenty-seven Decembers later, Owens made his first Pro Bowl appearance and Schmack was traded as part of a two-player package to Texas for Royce Clayton, along with fellow White Sox righty Aaron Myette, who was traded two Decembers after that as part of a two-player package, with fellow Ranger rookie Travis Hafner, to Cleveland for smoldering-haired catcher Einar Diaz and righthander Ryan Drese. And I don’t want to talk about that any more.
Three more: Vicente Padilla vs. Ryan Feierabend, Kevin Millwood vs. Felix Hernandez, and Robinson Tejeda vs. Jake Woods, after which there will be even more space in the local papers and on the local air to devote to Terrell Owens talk.
Boy. Can’t wait.