Tuesday tidbits

  • Ohio Sen. George Voinovich announced his retirement yesterday, bringing the number of incumbent Republican senators who aren’t seeking reelection to four. Ohio Republicans seem to be quickly coalescing behind former congressman and Bush Cabinet official Rob Portman, and while Portman would certainly be a formidable candidate for Ohio Republicans, he’s got baggage as the former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, and Portman’s tenure in the Bush administration will certainly be used against him in 2010.
  • While it’s not hit the news yet, look for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley to become the fifth Republican incumbent senator to announce he’s not seeking reelection in 2010, making it all the more likely that Democrats will have another good cycle in the 2010 elections.
  • Outfielder Gabe Kapler is officially a former Brewer, having signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. I’m sorry to see Kapler go, because he was a class act who proved he still had a lot left in his tank. I wish him well in Tampa.
  • Thankfully, the Brew Crew signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration, so Hardy will be staying put in Milwaukee for at least one more season. Hopefully the team can sign Hardy to a contract extension beyond the 2009 season, because he’s been as solid as anyone in the Brewers’ infield for the past few seasons.

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