Baltimore Orioles: Suddenly, Yankees first base coach Lee Mazzilli is in the manager picture. Mazzilli was never mentioned before yesterday as a possible replacement for the fired Mike Hargrove as the Orioles interviewed Eddie Murray, Sam Perlozzo, Rich Dauer and Rick Dempsey for the opening. Maz does have minor league managing experience in the Yankee chain. Joe Christensen of the Baltimore Sun also reports that Oakland bench coach Terry Francona may be in line for an interview and that beleaguered Red Sox manager Grady Little is a long-shot as well.
Boston Red Sox: Regarding Little, the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman writes today that he is as good as gone. An unnamed source with the club said he would be "real surprised" if the club picked up his option for 2004.
Chicago White Sox: Across the Yankee diamond from Lee Mazzilli is another managerial candidate, Willie Randolph. This year he is rumored to be up for the vacant White Sox job, but he tells Chris de Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times that he hasn't heard word one from the Sox.
Chicago Cubs: Greg Couch takes the Cubs to task over their policy regarding unused postseason ticket money. Read of his outrage in today's Chicago Sun-Times ...Commissioner Bud Selig is the corner of the poor unfortunate Steve Bartman. He told Dan Patrick of ESPN Radio: ''His statement that he released really touched me. With all due respect, Steve Bartman did not lose the game for the Chicago Cubs."
Los Angeles Dodgers: Baseball's Chief Operating Officer, Bob DuPuy, is fully behind the ownership bid of Boston developer Frank McCourt, reports the Los Angeles Times. Amid doubts that McCourt has the financial wherewithal to handle a big-market purchase like the Dodgers, DuPuy said he has confidence in his ability to pull it off. "We've been told ...that he'd be able to finance the purchase on his own if need be."
San Francisco Giants: Are the Giaints really crying poor mouth? With their gorgeous stadium filled with rabid fans every day of the year, it would not seem like the team would need to cut costs, yet they have announced that some $10 million needs to be slashed from payroll. Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News suggests that this is the last thing they need to do right now; that their needs on the field require more money, not less.