WEEKEND UPDATE

As Bill Simmons zeroes in on the launch of his new website, The Ringer, his former employer, ESPN, is drawing a new line in the sand.

On his podcast last week, Simmons told his co-host Joe House, “ESPN won’t let anyone from ESPN come on my podcast.” ESPN has not publicly commented on Simmons’ allegations, but in fairness, ESPN has a long-standing policy of not letting ESPN personalities appear on competing radio, TV or podcasts.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?

When the Baltimore Orioles visit Safeco Park in Seattle next July you have to wonder if Buck Showalter might go sifting through the press room to find Asuka Iinuma Brown and shake her hand. The reporter from Jiji Press, a Japanese wire news service based in Seattle, Washington, is the only voting baseball writer in America that thought Showalter deserved serious consideration for American League Manager of the Year.

UNSATISFACTORY RESULTS CALL FOR UNCONVENTIONAL ACTION

What year is it, anyway? As my friend and colleague Bruce Markusen pointed out last year when rumors surfaced that Ozzie Guillen might be traded to the Miami Marlins, the last time a baseball manager was traded to another team was a decade ago when the Seattle Mariners dealt Lou Piniella to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Randy Winn. On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox revived the old art form, trading infielder Mike Aviles to the Toronto Blue Jays for manager John Farrell.