Casey stays on job, plus: ATP event to Portland, Jeld-Wen Field naming rights and more
News and musing about sports on a holiday ...
• When Oregon State's baseball team opens fall training camp on Sept. 19, Pat Casey will be in charge.
'I've never said I wasn't going to coach,' says Casey, who will carry an OSU career record of 546-333-4 into his 17th season at the Beaver helm. 'We start on the 19th of September. I'm going to go to work.'
Casey - whose career mark is 717-446-5 including six seasons at George Fox - has contemplated retirement in recent years, but never more seriously than after last season. He is going to coach for at least one more year.
• Brian Parrott is in the early stages of bringing an Association of Tennis Pros tour event to Portland.
Parrott, instrumental in the Davis Cup ties that have been held in our city in 1981, '84 and 2007, has been in New York during the U.S. Open, attending USTA meetings on the trail of an ATP event that would begin in Portland in 2013.
Parrott also watched as his son, Travis, lost in the first round of men's doubles (with Bobby Reynolds) and mixed doubles (Abigail Spears) at the Open. Parrott won the U.S. Open mixed title in 2009 with Carly Gullickson.
• Naming rights at Jeld-Wen Field shouldn't be affected by impending bankruptcy proceedings with the Klamath Falls-based window and door company, according to at least one official.
'A multi-year deal is in place, and (Jeld-Wen officials) are very happy with it,' says Mike Golub, chief operating officer of the Portland Timbers, who call Jeld-Wen Field home. 'We don't expect anything to change' due to the company's financial difficulties.
• Nice to see Usain Bolt come back to win the 200 in the World Championships at Daegu, South Korea, but what a joke that he was disqualified from the 100 after one false start.
The rule has changed through the years in international competition. Until 2002, each runner was allowed one false start before a DQ. From 2003-09, the first false start was charged to the field, with the next one to jump the gun getting the heave-ho. The last two years, one false start and you're history.
The latest change was made at the behest of television due to the delays caused by multiple false starts. It's ludicrous. It's like disqualifying an NBA player after two or three personal fouls.
Fans pay money to watch the top athletes perform. In Bolt's case, he's the biggest attraction in track and field. The sport can't afford to lose the public's interest by having its feature competitors on the sidelines. The rule that held from 2003-09 - one false start from the field - should be reinstated.
• By the way, Matthew Centrowitz became the youngest American (21) ever to medal in the 1,500 at the World Championships by claiming the bronze on Saturday.
Centrowitz, the reigning NCAA and U.S. champion at 1,500, has one season of eligibility with the Ducks remaining. He could wind up challenging Joaquim Cruz - the 1984 Olympic 800 champion - as Oregon's greatest middle-distance runner ever.
• Arizona's march to the National League playoffs underscores the job done by first-year general manager Kevin Towers, the Medford native who spent 14 years at the same position in San Diego.
Last year's Diamondbacks' relief pitchers combined for a 5.74 ERA, the worst in NL history. Towers signed one-time Mariners closer J.J. Putz (36 saves, 2.55 ERA) and acquired both David Hernandez (11 saves, 2.77) and ex-Oregon State lefthander Joe Paterson, who carries a 2.53 ERA and an opponents' .216 batting average in 56 appearances as a rookie.
What an amazing turnaround for the D-Backs, who were 65-97 a year ago. Entering Sunday play, they were an NL West-leading 80-60, seven games in front of defending World Series champion San Francisco.