His pride wounded but undaunted still, DiNardo was whiffing more than a
batter an inning in the AFL, posting a 3.20 ERA for Peoria, and trying
to make a case to be invited to spring training for a bullpen spot in
2007. However, the solid lefty (190 pounds) was claimed off waivers by
that Computerbrain Billy Beane on Feburary 14th, 2007. It was a dark
day in Red Sox Nation history.
2004 - In a bar in Washington DC, I sat among friends drinking pitchers
of beer and watched the Red Sox open the bullpen to reveal a new face.
A young guy who actually ran
from the bullpen instead of doing that awkward trot/run/walk (or that
slow Jabba-like slither that Wells did). And upon seeing this fresh
face, a friend of mine became convinced upon hearing the name Lenny, that this kid was going to save the Red Sox...[more]
We at the LD Blog are certainly disappointed to lose Lenny to the West Coast. I've pulled some of the reaction from around the web below. For all you Oakland fans logging in (thanks for the link, random commenter at Athletics Nation -- though, to be fair, my favorite A's blog name has to be the Athletic Supporters over at MVN with Evan)
One of the
friendliest and most cerebral players ever to wear a Boston uniform,
DiNardo has a passion for rock music and developed deep friendships
with many musicians he met in Boston, including members of the
Gentlemen, Buffalo Tom, the Dropkick Murphys, Juliana Hatfield, Kay
Hanley and Evan Dando. He has been a fixture at Hot Stove Cool Music
fundraiser concerts, playing guitar in Peter Gammons’ all-star band.
He’ll find a kindred spirit in Oakland GM Billy Beane, who shares a
love of indie, obscure, punk and cutting-edge music.
Count me unhappy with the move. Nick DeBarr, our Rule 5 Draft pick this
year, will definitely not make the team. In my opinion, DiNardo is
better than Javier Lopez, and we also just signed J.C. Romero and have
one of my favorites, Craig Breslow, on the roster. I was a fan of
DiNardo, as he was a good guy and I thought could eventually have a
nice run of being a solid middle reliever. He still has a great chance
at having that run, but he’ll have to do it donning green and gold now.
"From Dallas, Texas,
the flash -- apparently official. The Lenny DiNardo blog died at 1 p.m. Central
Standard Time -- a half hour ago."
P.S. If you're looking for a really funny sports blog, check Chris from Westboro's Your Fantasy Team Sucks. If you're looking for entertaining, insightful political, social, and rock commentary, check out Graham from Brookline's The Massachusetts Liberal.
Lenny showed up at the Hot Stove/Cool Music benefit recently and jammed with Theo and Gammons. That's definitely a good sign. In terms of his chances of jumping back into the organization with all the pitching changes this year, I have no clue. Our pitching is chock-full-of-warm-bodies, so who knows -- especially as Hideki Okajima is an experienced lefty and will definitely make the team, if for no other reason than to be the Nelson to Dice-K's Pedro.
For now, here are Lenny's winter league final numbers: 1-0, 2.07, 16K, 5BB in 13 innings pitched.
Lenny DiNardo has been one the hottest relievers in the Arizona Fall
League over the past three weeks. After being roughed up in his first
two outings, the 27-year-old left-hander has been nearly unhittable for
the Peoria Javelinas.
The former third-round pick collected his
first victory on Monday. He worked two innings of hitless relief in the
Javelinas' 12-3 victory over Scottsdale. He fanned three and walked
The 6-foot-4 lefty fanned two in a perfect inning on Thursday,
extending his scoreless innings streak to six. The Miami native has not
allowed a run since he was roughed up against the Saguaros on Oct. 13.
He is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in seven games.
DiNardo was selected to the inaugural Rising Stars Showcase game on Oct. 27, but did not make an appearance.
Yeah, sorry for the long break...I'm now a citizen of the State of New York, the City of Gotham. I'm subscribed to a Lenny DiNardo news update and decided that now is as good a time as any to start the LD blog up again. You see, Lenny is back on the mound. Now, he's not pitching THAT great, but, hey, it's the Arizona Fall League, and his team has a cool name. What I don't understand is how the great city of Peoria (which I thought was in Illinois--but is actually in Arizona) has TWO baseball teams, when my hometown of WORCESTER only gets one (go tornadoes!).
Dinardo's team for the Fall League is called the Peoria Javelinas. What exactly is a javelina? I would have guessed a female track and field star...but, of course, I would have been wrong. A javelina is a wild hog. How awesome is that? Check out this video on javelina hunting from over on YouTube (warning: the indigo-girl like music leads into a direct bow and arrow strike of a javelina):
ANYWAY: Lenny's now a javelina, and if he keeps pitching like this, he might end up like the boar in the video there. Here's the latest from RedSox.com:
LHP Lenny DiNardo -- DiNardo has not recorded a decision in two
relief outings for the Javelinas. The 27-year-old left-hander has
allowed five runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He
has a 7.36 ERA over his first two games.
Get it going, DiNardo. If you think of it, email me for my address and send me one of them Javelinas hats. Cool stuff.
Yeah...I've been a bad blogger. Sorry to my readers (which have dwindled to the random idle yahoo searcher who was looking for images of "Mr. Roto" for some reason). I was in 'Nam, Cambodia, and Thailand....having nothing to do with wars or coups. But I'm back now and I'll probably do a full DiNardo Analysis at some point in the future. In the meantime, I wanted to let you all (that guy searching for Mr. Roto) know that I've decided to start posting on the main Gnopple site. Check it out...there will be Sox related stuff there.
It doesn’t look like Lenny DiNardo will be able
to help the Red Sox anytime soon. The left-hander, who hasn’t pitched
since May 21 due to a strained neck, struggled in his first rehab game
at Pawtucket tonight and removed himself from the game without retiring
DiNardo allowed the first three Charlotte batters to
reach base via a walk and two singles before surrendering a grand slam
to Casey Rogowski. He then threw a ball to the next batter before
leaving due to continued discomfort. DiNardo is scheduled to be
examined by Red Sox doctors tomorrow.