Jul 13, 2010, 10:28 AM EST
Look out, boys: Baseball Valhalla is about to get interesting.
Jul 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EST
UPDATE: The Daily News is reporting that George Steinbrenner has died. He was 80. We’ll be writing more about this shortly. In the meantime, thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family, Yankees fans and, let’s face it, baseball fans everywhere. 9:25 A.M.: WABC in New York is now reporting that Steinbrenner had a “massive heart…
Jul 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EST
Yesterday Tom Haudricourt said that, after his conversation with Scott Boras, he was never more convinced that Prince Fielder was going to leave Milwaukee via free agency. Today we have the article explaining why, and it comes down to two words: Mark Teixeira. The quotes are all Boras: “When you have a player that performs…
Jul 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
Of course they are.
Jul 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EST
If delusion is a performance enhancing drug, David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby championship is explained.
Jul 13, 2010, 5:00 AM EST
Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 13, 1969
Jul 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EST
Warning: even my Charlie Manuel-to-grifter translator was no match for this one.
Jul 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EST
When Boras starts citing “rare commodities,” hold on to your wallet.
Jul 12, 2010, 5:25 PM EST
I’ve reported a bit of bad news regarding the Rangers sale over the past year, and when I did I was always surprised to read the hostile reactions of Rangers fans on various Rangers blogs. Hostility directed at me directly, not at the news. Killing the messenger is always tiresome, you know? But at least…
Jul 12, 2010, 5:12 PM EST
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats haven’t spoken with Bryce Harper yet about a contract. Harper was drafted on June 7th. The deadline to sign him or lose him is August 15th. No one should be particularly concerned about this, however, because as everyone knows, Scott Boras is the agent, and as everyone who…
Jul 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EST
Is it too early for some winter hot stove? Nah, never too early. Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, and it’s got all kinds of random things in it. The thing that caught my eye was his discussion of the Angels’ potential moves this summer, which might include going after a first baseman. They…
Jul 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EST
Because they have some of the easiest second-half schedules among contenders. That according to Buster Oleny who breaks it all down in his latest column. Really the Reds and Cardinals have the easiest schedules left, but considering they’re competing with each other for the NL Central title, the cake schedule doesn’t really give either of…
Jul 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EST
I moan about the All-Star Game every year. Please tell me if I’m off base.
Jul 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EST
Our own Tiffany Simons interviews Brandon Phillips. And Brandon Phillips seems excited about it.
Jul 12, 2010, 2:28 PM EST
When they’re not bothering me for fashion and grooming advice, GQ writes articles about sports and culture and other things. Today they have — in annoying slideshow form, but still worth reading — a breakdown of what they feel are the five best and five worst local broadcasting teams in baseball. You be surprised that…
Jul 12, 2010, 2:12 PM EST
I have yet to see the lawsuit, but SportsBusiness Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan are suing the Texas Rangers. Yes, you read that correctly. The reason according to Kaplan: the court-appointed restructuring officer (“CRO”) — who acts on behalf of the bankrupt entity (i.e. the Rangers) — is attempting…
Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EST
Because the entertainment value just won’t cut it alone, we’re giving you a reason to watch the Home Run Derby tonight.
Jul 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EST
The Yankees display the rare “Three-Man High-Butt” in this photo. Why are they so happy?
Jul 12, 2010, 11:20 AM EST
It wasn’t a good one, but through it we get a glimpse at what really animates ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”
Jul 12, 2010, 10:29 AM EST
The news of his arrest and plea is all over the Internet. Why, then, didn’t the Mariners’ front office know about it?
Jul 12, 2010, 10:09 AM EST
Back in my day “getting serious” meant that you had made her a mix tape but you hadn’t moved past making out. I’m not sure what the kids mean by that today. And I’m not really sure what the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers means by it either, but here’s what he’s saying: Rays appear to…
Jul 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EST
Dollars to donuts that he’s killed three anger management counselors in a blind rage. Paul Sullivan: Carlos Zambrano won’t return to the Cubs in the Phillies series that begins the second half of the season Thursday. The Cubs insist they don’t know when Zambrano, who’s on the restricted list, will be back, or when he…
Jul 12, 2010, 9:10 AM EST
For years I moaned every time Jeff Francoeur’s name appeared in the Braves’ lineup (which was every single game between 2005 and 2009, really). The guy couldn’t hit. He was killing my team. I couldn’t complain too much, though, because for reasons known only to John Schuerholz, Frank Wren and God Almighty, the Braves never…
Jul 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EST
Ever notice that team owners never feel a need to give good GMs votes of confidence? The Cubs have the top payroll in the National League but headed into the last game of the first half of the season on Sunday 9 1/2 games back in the Central. Ricketts, who arrived Sunday and planned on…
Jul 12, 2010, 8:25 AM EST
I went out into the world on Saturday. I should have stayed home and watched baseball.
- MLB, NPB nearing new posting system agreement 8
- Report: Talks between the Mets and Curtis Granderson have “intensified” 31
- Yankees agree to seven-year, $153M contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury 159
- Marlins sign free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to three-year, $21 million contract 44
- Carlos Beltran likely to land with the Royals? 18
- Yankees agree to seven-year, $153M contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (159)
- When will the Yankees regret the Jacoby Ellsbury contract? (94)
- Robinson Cano met with the Mariners in Seattle (84)
- Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now (79)
- Robinson Cano says he never asked for $300 million (70)