Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 21

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 21

A very good, heartfelt column from ESPNs John Buccigross about the lockout, and the damage done.

A European round-up of sports where Alex Semin admits that hes currently not in very good shape. Shocker.

Jason Spezza ponders leaving his Swiss team as NHL lockout negotiations rage on between the two sides.

A Vanderbilt professor tells the Tennessean that a labor deal is likely forthcoming to end the NHL lockout.
 
A good piece by the Pittsburgh Tribune Rob Rossi, who estimates that roughly 2 million is lost with each home game thats cancelled.
 
Justin Bourne asks a relevant question: Whats the point of player involvement in labor negotiations. Although I would argue that its the best way to keep players fully informed on negotiations.

Heres a letter that the NHLPA sent to Parliament earlier this week to keep them abreast of current lockout negotiations. Even though the NHLPA is in the right in his situation, this is the kind of stuff thats going to make people mad.
 
While the NHL is currently out to lunch, the CWHLs Boston Blades continue to quietly go about their business in Boston.

For something completely different: Lenny Kravitz talks about his love for football. Ill buy that for a dollar.

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 12-6 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.   And they got no argument from Sean McAdam. "I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . " In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made. “The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell. But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer. "What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up." So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable. "[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot."     STARTS: 6
INNINGS: 29 1/3
ERA: 8.59
WHIP: 1.74
OPP. AVERAGE: .315
HOME RUNS ALLOWED: 9