Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Stuff you may have missed while you sat by the trailer drinkin’ beer with your grandma at the state park:
- A-Rod is OK after taking a BP liner to the leg. Thankfully this gave us all a chance to slam A-Rod again. My favorite: Wallace Matthews at ESPN New York,
who described the incident — which was caused when FOX’s Joe Buck said
hello to A-Rod, who returned the greeting — thusly: “a player who once
again just can’t seem to help himself when it comes to
courting, and being courted by, the lure of cheap celebrity.” As if
Matthews wouldn’t have slammed A-Rod for being “an aloof prima donna who
has no time for the press or his fans” had he not acknowledged Buck’s
- The Rangers will try to lock up Cliff Lee this season.
I’m going to guess that the difference between their losing bid and the
Yankees winning bid will be less than the difference between What Chuck
Greenberg could have paid for the Rangers last spring but ended up
paying for them last week due to the bankruptcy gambit. I also will
guess that no one will make the connection at the time and will instead
use the occasion to write more “the Yankees are trying to buy another
- Torii Hunter got a four-game suspension
and, in a rare move, didn’t appeal it. I guess his union rep explained
that it would be hard to convince the league that it was Brandon Wood
who threw all of those balls on the field during his temper tantrum.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Erik Bedard underwent season-ending surgery
(note: his season never began). Drew’s post on it asks “what’s next?”
in the headline. The only possible answer: Bedard and Ben Sheets team up
to fight crime.
- The Pirates fired
pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho. Kerrigan isn’t
a huge surprise in that the pitching has been bad. Varsho more so
because, really, I thought the benches in Pirates’ dugout had been
performing at or above expectations.
- Chris Coghlan will undergo season-ending knee-surgery. It may seem scary, but the surgeon informed him that the procedure was as easy as pie.
- The Tigers are keeping the band together;
- The Red Sox say hello to a part of the Mets past;
- Adam LaRoche should do the Roger Clemens thing and only sign contracts for the second half of the season;
- The Dodgers DFA’d Garret Anderson. You have to think this is the end of the road, as there are only so many GMs who will give a guy a contract based on accomplishments that are 7-8 years old.
- The good news: the Rays haven’t lost one pitcher to arm trouble this year. The bad news: they’ve lost two.
- Mark Prior: Don’t call it a comeback! He won’t be back for years!
And now let us plow into the week.
- Maximum stay on Hall of Fame ballot changed from 15 to 10 years 17
- Jon Lester is willing to return to the Red Sox as a free agent even if they trade him 12
- Jose Abreu is third-fastest in MLB history to reach 30 career home runs 6
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 18
- How’d he do that? Magician Maddux fooled hitters all the way to Hall 23
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 46
- MLBPA files grievance against Astros in regard to draft pick situation 35
- The eyes have it: Thomas’ greatness built on patience 15
- Expert’s Corner: How to troll fans of all 30 teams (200)
- Verducci: baseball should think about an “illegal defense” rule to combat shifts (162)
- Yankees acquire Chase Headley from Padres (108)
- Who is the next Face of Baseball? (97)
- David Ortiz passes Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time home run list — is he a Hall of Famer? (92)