SBD/February 11, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes

Galarraga, Joyce co-author book
slated to be released in May
YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk reported D'Backs P Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce, who foiled Galarraga's perfect game last season by missing a call at first base, have co-authored "Nobody's Perfect," a book scheduled for a May release. While Galarraga and Joyce "won't be making millions in royalties off this book, the duo shouldn't be put in a position where Joyce's strong principles are given even the slightest chance to be questioned." MLB "already takes scheduling pains to make sure that umpire Jim Wolf doesn't work the same games as his brother," Brewers P Randy Wolf, "so it's not like they can't do the same thing here." An MLB spokesperson said that the league is "looking into the arrangement between Joyce and Galarraga" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/10).

LPGA CHALLENGES: In New Mexico, Mary Armstrong writes the LPGA has "some challenges that the PGA doesn't have." The "problem of marketing foreign players" is "foremost on most people's minds." Other sports "have to deal with a wide ranging international field," and the LPGA "could take some pointers from the WTA." LPGA member Hee Young Park, a South Korea native, "appears confident, fun and outgoing" in a golf lesson video posted online, "even though the lesson is totally in Korean." Armstrong: "And yet, I didn't recognize her name. The LPGA just isn't doing enough to publicize the personalities on tour" (Las Cruces SUN-NEWS, 2/11).

ANY COURT WILL DO: In N.Y., Frank Isola reports Lakers G Kobe Bryant "may be willing to return to his Italian roots if he doesn't agree with the terms" of a new NBA CBA. A Lakers player said that Bryant "recently threatened, 'I'll play in Europe' when they were discussing the potential of an NBA lockout this summer and the ramifications of a new CBA" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/11).
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