Larry Stone’s Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Things aren’t going well for the San Diego Padres, who earn a “thumbs down” this week
Ben Zobrist, Rays: He still flies under the radar, but Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano are the only major leaguers with a higher WAR (Wins Above Replacement) than Zobrist since the start of 2009.
San Diego Padres: The reeling Padres reached the All-Star break having lost 18 of 22, a slide capped by being a no-hit victim of Tim Lincecum.
Ex-Mariner of the Week
Jeremy Bonderman: Cut by the Mariners, Bonderman signed a Class AAA contract with the Tigers, for whom he won 67 games from 2003-10. Bonderman has joined the Toledo Mud Hens.
“The two words fans don’t like are ‘rebuilding’ and ‘patience.’ ” — Doug Melvin, GM of struggling Milwaukee, on the difficulty of executing a youth movement.