The Phillies were thrilled to get Anthony Hewitt with their first pick in the draft, but there were indications they were targeting Arizona State first baseman/outfielder Ike Davis with that pick. The Phils could still see a lot of Davis over the years. He was selected 18th overall by the Mets, six picks in front of Hewitt.
The Phillies were thrilled to get
with their first pick in the draft, but there were indications they were targeting Arizona State first baseman/outfielder
with that pick. The Phils could still see a lot of Davis over the years. He was selected 18th overall by the Mets, six picks in front of Hewitt.
The Red Sox had a tremendous draft in 2005. They took
(all big leaguers with huge upside) with their first three picks, and their next two, infielder
, are top prospects. In that same draft, the Red Sox also took third baseman
and first baseman
. The Sox failed to sign all three but certainly wish they had. All three went in the first round Thursday, Alvarez second overall to the Pirates, Castro 10th to the Astros and Dykstra (no relation to
) 23d to the Padres. Alvarez, Castro and Dykstra are examples of players who could have been had at lower prices as high schoolers whose price went way up three years later. ... Lenny's kid,
, went 54th overall, to the Brewers. He's a shortstop but probably will move to center field. ... Florida's
became only the seventh player to reach at least 350 homers and 575 doubles in his career last weekend. The others:
Cal Ripken Jr
. ... The Rockies rode a magical wave, winning 21 of 22 games to make the World Series last year. Since the start of the series, when they were swept by Boston, until the start of play Friday, they were 22-42. Ouch. ... The Celtics beat the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, but that wasn't the only big sports news in Boston. The Red Sox' brawl-marred win, which completed a sweep of Tampa Bay, was a big deal, too. The Red Sox entered Friday with a 24-5 record at home. Atlanta entered Friday's game against the Phillies (in Atlanta) with a home record of 25-8. The Braves are 7-21 on the road. . . . The end of an era could be dawning in Atlanta as
heads to the operating table for shoulder surgery Tuesday. Smoltz, 41, isn't sure whether he will try to come back next season. If this is it for Smoltz, his next stop is Cooperstown. He is the only pitcher in history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz holds the record for most playoff wins (15) and strikeouts (194). In 40 playoff games, 27 of them starts, Smoltz was 15-4 with a 2.65 ERA. Remarkably, two of his four losses came by scores of 1-0. He pitched 71/3 shutout innings in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, famously won by
, who delivered a 10-inning shutout for Minnesota. In Game 6 of the 1996 World Series, Smoltz pitched eight innings and allowed just an unearned run in a 1-0 loss to the Yankees'