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Wakeup Call: 20 and counting

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column covers 82 and all its terrible weight. History, indeed, is made.

Every year, they say it doesn’t matter.

Every year, it’s the only thing that matters.

This is Rob Biertempfel’s game coverage of 82, and this is my news catchup with Roberto Clemente’s family on trying to retire No. 21.

Also, this gem from Bob Cohn about the mystery of the 3,000-hit bat.

>> I asked Neal Huntington yesterday at PNC Park about the status of Jeff Karstens, who is arbitration-eligible but apparently is anything but a lock to be tendered.

Huntington’s reply: “Jeff’s a guy who gives you everything he has every time he takes the baseball. You’d love to have 1,000 with the mentality that he brings. He’s a leader. He gets the most out of his abilities. Unfortunately, at times, his body lets him down. As we do with every player, we’ve got to do a thorough analysis and explore the fit on the team going forward, explore the role and how he fits in the big picture.”

Karstens, 30, had a 4.01 ERA in 15 starts.

I’ll let the above quote stand without trying to interpret. But I’ll add that I’ll take the 20 good starts Karstens will give me over 30-32 from someone not nearly as effective. Good depth should overcome a guy missing a few starts.

I can’t fathom not tendering Karstens.

Here’s the video clip of the GM’s answer …


>> I was impressed with Bill O’Brien the day I met him in February before Super Bowl, but it’s still eye-opening what he’s done at Penn State so far.

During all the Sandusky/Paterno stuff, he just shrugged it off — rightly — by repeating that was before him and shouldn’t weigh him, his staff or his players down. Now, even after losing to Ohio and watching his kicker implode at Virginia, he’s molded this group into an aggressive, effective and improving team.

Six wins?


Look at the Big 10, and it’s not out of the question. Imagine that.

>> A reminder that the new show on TribLIVE Radio is Tuesday at 1 p.m. I’ll have much more on guests and that sort of thing in tomorrow’s Wakeup Call, including how you can participate.

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