Jun 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EST
I mean, playing the organ is already a ticket to Coolville, but Matt Kaminski takes it to a whole new level.
Jun 23, 2010, 9:46 AM EST
What is it with mediocre managers putting individual player stats above all else these days? First we had Jerry Manuel killing Jon Niese’s arm in order to try and get him a win, now we have Ken Macha saying yesterday that he may slide Trevor Hoffman back into the closer’s role. Why? “I’d certainly like…
Jun 23, 2010, 9:24 AM EST
Two weeks ago Ozzie and Kenny were at each other’s throats and everyone was trying to figure out exactly when Mark Buehrle and A.J.Pierzynski would reach 10-5 status and be able to block the fire sale trades that seemed inevitable. It’s amazing what a little winning can do to put the kibosh on all of…
Jun 23, 2010, 9:05 AM EST
Because of (a) a rain delay; and (b) the fact that the Tigers couldn’t get the Mets out last night, Jon Niese ended up going an hour and a half between his last pitch of the third inning and his first pitch in the fourth. The delay was consequential: The Tigers couldn’t touch Niese for…
Jun 23, 2010, 8:19 AM EST
I’ve had a day to reflect and — gasp! — read the judge’s decision in the Rangers bankruptcy case. It’s still not great news for the team, but it’s not as bad as it seemed at first blush yesterday.
Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EST
Any ham-and-egger can give up some long balls. You have to be a pretty good pitcher to give up 505 of ‘em, however.
Jun 22, 2010, 5:42 PM EST
When bloggers screw something up we try our best to fix it in the main article so that the best information is out there where the most people can see it. Newspapers can’t just reprint, however, so they have to do hilarious little corrections like this one: The Tracee Hamilton column in the June 19…
Jun 22, 2010, 5:25 PM EST
Odd story over at Walkoff Walk today: when Mark Teixeira was a kid he was a huge Nirvana fan. So big that, when Kurt Cobain offed himself, Teixeira took to calling himself “Kurt.” Turned in schoolwork and filled out forms with his name as “Kurt Teixeira” and everything. Rob at Walkoff Walk calls it “an…
Jun 22, 2010, 5:02 PM EST
Omar Minaya said today that Carlos Beltran will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. The location kind of stinks for him. He’s been in Port St. Lucie for months on end now. He probably wants new restaurants, ya know? Anyway, Beltran and the Mets have to be pleased that…
Jun 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EST
There’s a new sheriff in town. Sounds, though, like he doesn’t have any bullets.
Jun 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EST
Bad news for the Rangers: the creditors win a victory that could derail the sale of the team and put the kibosh on their trade deadline plans.
Jun 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
It’s OK to keep talking about her as long as we’re mocking her, right?
Jun 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EST
One thing you hear a lot from frustrated Cubs fans is that management often refuses to do the smart thing because “hey, they know Wrigley will sell out no matter what happens, man.” I’m not sure that was ever really true, but it’s certainly not true now: Does it seem like the Cubs are promoting…
Jun 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EST
Remember last week how Yorvit Torrealba was all fired up about just how badly he was hosed in getting a three-game suspension for bumping into umpire Larry Vanover? About how he said that when he got done speaking his mind about it that his suspension might be 5 days instead of just three? Yeah, that…
Jun 22, 2010, 1:29 PM EST
They’ll stay in the region, but they want to be wooed. This makes no sense.
Jun 22, 2010, 1:11 PM EST
Warning: if I catch any of you wearing any of the hats featured here I will likely assault you. And I’m guessing that once the jury sees the hats in question, I will be acquitted. Nothing personal against the good people at New Era — I love my Braves road cap and have even bought…
Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EST
When you select someone in the Rule 5 draft, you have to keep him on your active roster or else his old team gets him back. Well, there’s one exception: you can keep a Rule 5 guy if he goes on the DL. And of course, teams would never, ever, ever put an ineffective yet…
Jun 22, 2010, 11:32 AM EST
A telling story from Buster Olney regarding Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles: [A]fter the Orioles lost an early lead on Sunday in San Diego and wound up getting crushed 9-4, sources say that Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones directly lobbied for his first-inning bouncer to be changed from an error to a hit. The…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:51 AM EST
Rays’ manager Joe Maddon has played a bunch of games in NL parks lately, and he’s rather enamored of the style of play. So enamored, in fact, that he’s getting rather cavalier about losing his DH via substituting him in on defense in the middle of a game: “The thing that I’ve really played with…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:25 AM EST
A.J. Burnett didn’t have a great night last night: he gave up three first inning homers and was lit up for seven runs and nine hits without striking out a single batter in four innings. In fact, the entire month has been a waste for him, as he has lost all four of his starts…
Jun 22, 2010, 9:06 AM EST
Yesterday reader Jack Marshall said what I thought slamming ESPN’s focus on the Manny Ramirez storyline to exclusion of, you know, the baseball game being played between the Dodgers and Red Sox on Sunday night. Last night, in an interview with WEEI’s Sam Dykstra, Peter Gammons agreed. When asked whether it doesn’t make sense that…
Jun 22, 2010, 8:45 AM EST
Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it: “What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what…
Jun 22, 2010, 8:20 AM EST
This according to John Fay of the Cincy Enquirer. I understand the impulse — Oh noes! We only scored one run in three games! Halp! Get us some offense! — but Gary Matthews Jr. is no more the solution to that problem than high winds and tinder are to a brush fire. He’s not the…
Jun 22, 2010, 5:45 AM EST
Only three games? Blah. At least one of them was relatively action-packed.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EST
One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.
- Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners (260)
- Not everyone is happy about home plate collisions being taken away (133)
- Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran (125)
- Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest (113)
- Managers, GMs to meet today to discuss the abolition of home plate collisions (113)