Friday, April 8, 2011
Posted: 10:21 a.m.
William Bratton, former New York and Los Angeles police commissioner, joined "The Dan Patrick Show" to talk about his role as safety consultant for Dodger Stadium. Bratton is with a security company called Kroll.
Bratton said that his company contacted the Dodgers because he knew theyd need a full review of security after a Giants fan was viciously beaten after a game at Dodger Stadium.
We will begin working there Monday, Bratton said.
Bratton said the L.A. chief of police already made it clear that theyre going to have a lot heavier police presence and theyll crack down on alcohol-related problems. Bratton said that he thinks there are a lot of things that can be fixed there. One of the many things to work on is getting more lights in the parking lot.
But Bratton wanted to make it clear that the Dodgers are not alone. What theyre talking about is not unique to Dodger Stadium, Bratton said. Its a growing phenomenon in sports.
In fact, Bratton said the U.S. is not nearly as bad as soccer fans in Europe.
Portion of text written by Andrew Perloff of "The Dan Patrick Show"."The Dan Patrick Show" airs Monday-Friday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
SportsTalk Live is on location for White Sox Authentic Fan Night. Phil Rogers (MLB Network), Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David DeJesus and Ozzie Guillen join Kap to talk about Manny Machado Mania, Anthony Rizzo’s struggles and the White Sox plans for calling up their best prospects.
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Not long after the White Sox brought Michael Saunders into the organization, another outfielder with major league experience is joining Triple-A Charlotte.
Alex Presley — a 32-year-old who played 71 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers — is the latest addition to the Knights’ outfield. He’s a guy who could potentially be used to help the White Sox outfield, which has seen two Opening Day players go on the disabled list for extended periods of time.
Avisail Garcia is in his fifth week on the DL while dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Nicky Delmonico is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a broken bone in his hand. The White Sox might feel that the collection of Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka might be enough to get them through those injuries. But the results have not been great from that group. Engel and Thompson are both hitting under .200, while Leury Garcia and Palka have on-base percentages just above .300.
Presley, like Saunders, could be an option for a midseason promotion should he hit well in the minors. He hit .314 with a .354 on-base percentage in those 71 games with the Tigers last season. This year, he was playing in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, where he hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage in 26 games.
It’s possible we won’t see either veteran outfielder on the South Side this season (though having Presley here for Elvis Night would be pretty excellent), but it gives the White Sox options should the lack of production from their current crop of outfielders and the injuries to Avisail Garcia and Delmonico keep them out longer.
It’s also quite possible that none of the names mentioned to this point will have a role to play in this team’s long-term future, not an outlandish thought considering Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe are all still developing in the minor leagues.