Oct 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT
True Story: in the 1970s, the Elias Bureau kept track of who led each league in sideburns.
Oct 4, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
And thank you, Associated Press, for protecting our virgin ears.
Oct 4, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT
The Giants win the West, the Braves take the wild card and the Padres go home. As do 21 other teams on what was the final day of the 2010 regular season.
Oct 1, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT
Just spoke with one of my operatives in Braves nation, who has a report on those flyover cameras FOX will be using for the playoffs. And which — I did not realize — are being tested this weekend for the Braves-Phillies series. The verdict: no worries about the cameras or the wires interfering with game…
Oct 1, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
Rosenthal reports that Jerry Dipoto will remain with the Diamondbacks as the head of scouting and player development. This is an about-face from a week ago when, after Dipoto was bypassed for the Snakes’ GM job in favor of Kevin Towers, it was assumed he’d leave the organization. Hard to say what kind of shot…
Oct 1, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT
We’ve heard this for the past couple of days, but now it’s confirmed: Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ lineup for tonight’s game. The somewhat surprising caveat: he’s not DHing. He’s playing center field. Given that his biggest issue these past few weeks has been stiffness when he tries to throw, this should probably…
Oct 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT
There’s a story in today’s Delco Times about Mike Sweeney. About how great a guy he is. About how he adds so much to the Phillies’ team chemistry and has made the clubhouse a happier, friendlier place to be. Because of him, they’re “the feel-good Phillies.” No mention whatsoever, though, of the fact that back…
Oct 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
Shane Victorino is not with the Phillies today. Adrian Beltre is not with the Red Sox today. Why? Victorino’s wife had a baby last night and Beltre’s wife just went into labor this afternoon. This almost certainly ends Beltre’s season. Victorino will obviously join the Phillies before the playoffs start. On behalf of the entire…
Oct 1, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT
So I guess Jon Heyman was just jumping the gun this morning: Andy Martino of the Daily News says that “multiple sources say Manuel and Minaya have been told nothing about their status,” and he insists that they will not be fired until at least Sunday. Why anyone is trying to scoop anyone else on…
Oct 1, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
I’m guessing that love letters from a college-age George Steinbrenner would be just a notch below Vogon poetry on the hideousness scale, but I’d kinda like to see them anyway. And lucky for us, they’re being auctioned! Mary Jane Schriner met the future Yankees owner when she was 16 years old and he was entering…
Oct 1, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT
A friend of mine emailed me a few minutes ago and asked — all of my previous objections to PED accusations of Jose Bautista notwithstanding — whether the fact that the Blue Jays had hit so many home runs this year still didn’t raise any suspicions in my mind. Specifically, he noted — correctly —…
Oct 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT
Troy Tulowitzki isn’t one for (a) modern hairstyles; or (b) cliches about how the team tied its hardest but just fell short. He’s quite out front, in fact, in saying that he’s not happy with some of his teammates: “There are definitely some guys in this room that are at points in their career where…
Oct 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Adam Wainwright was on ESPN Radio in St. Louis yesterday, and he went off on Jack Clark for saying that the Cardinals were quitters: Those were stupid comments. Hopefully he knows that anyways. You got a guy who likes to hear himself talk, that’s all it is. You notice in every big situation, whether it’s…
Oct 1, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT
Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.” I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he…
Oct 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Tiffany and I talk about just how badly the Padres are screwed right now.
Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT
I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.
Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…
Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there. But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…
Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?
Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday. Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …
Oct 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT
To follow up on yesterday’s video from the Tribe game, here’s video of a guy grabbing a foul ball while holding a baby at yesterday’s Snakes-Giants game. He really ought to have his child taken away from him, though. Not because of the danger posed while going after a baseball near the rail of a…
Oct 1, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT
Here’s FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, getting it absolutely right on replay: Baseball, due to its refusal to expand instant replay, is headed for more controversy this postseason. And the sport’s powers-that-be, led by commissioner Bud Selig, have no one but themselves to blame. This is the 21st century. The technology is available to correct calls, and…
Oct 1, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT
I’m normally against innovations from the land of football infecting the wonderfulness that is baseball, but this could be kind of neat.
Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.
Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT
The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.
- Manny Machado calls $519K salary for 2014 “disappointing” 0
- Kris Medlen leaves game with right forearm strain 18
- Cardinals sign Cuban middle infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract 60
- Cardinals and Matt Carpenter agree to a six-year, $52 million extension 12
- Jet Blue Park is absolutely incredible 59