The late Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, known for his effervescent smile and being a deeply devout Christian who didn't swear, has been credited for coining the term "f-bomb," which was introduced into the Merriam-Webster dictionary this week.
What the bleep you say?
In a long-forgotten item in a Newsday story published Aug. 11, 1988, Carter was quoted as saying he had been thrown out only twice in the majors, both times by Eric Gregg. "That was when I used to use the f-bomb,'" Carter said.
The euphemism for an exceptionally naughty word didn't catch fire for years. Then came more tirades by Bob Knight, or more accurately reporters desperate to relate what Knight was uttering while simultaneously not getting themselves fired. Although Carter's name won't appear in the dictionary, editors combed through scores of databases and determined Carter's to be the earliest recorded usage of the term.
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Suspension stuns Giants GM
Giants General Manager Brian Sabean said he was shocked when he received word of All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera's suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs
"I was so taken aback it was deflating," Sabean said Thursday. "I kind of got emotional because I didn't see something like this coming. ... This was one of those things you're punched in the stomach with. But you've got no choice but to figure out how to move on."
Gregor Blanco will move into the regular role as left fielder for the Giants, who trail the first-place Dodgers by a half game in the NL West. San Francisco is also calling up outfielder Justin Christian ahead of a weekend series at San Diego.
Cabrera, batting .346, could still win the NL batting title. He has 501 plate appearances, one less than the minimum required to win a batting championship. However, baseball rules state that a non-qualifying player will have as many hitless at-bats added to his total as it takes to get him to the qualifying number. An 0-for-1 day would not affect his average at all.
■ The $800 million purchase of the Padres by a group including the family of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and golfer Phil Mickelson gained final approval from Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig announced the endorsement after the conclusion of the owners meetings in Denver. Ron Fowler, a local businessman in San Diego, will become the executive chairman.
■ Infielder Wilson Betemit was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles with a wrist injury. Betemit has torn cartilage in his right wrist, and an MRI also revealed "a significant bone bruise," Manager Buck Showalter said.
■ Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was held out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row because of tightness in his back. Molina, hitting .312 with 16 homers and 54 RBI, hopes to return to the lineup sometime this weekend.
■ The Blue Jays shipped right-handed pitcher Kevin Comer to the Astros on Thursday to complete a 10-player trade made last month.