Sep 8, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT
My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that…
Sep 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
In which I set aside my extreme Braves-panic and tip my hat to Charlie Manuel, who has done a hell of a job this year.
Sep 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
I’ve been on the “public financing for ballparks = bad” train for years, but apparently it’s just now dawning on actual public officials that giving billionaires free offices in which to operate their insanely-profitable businesses is a bad idea. Today’s story on it in the New York Times details how a bunch of places —…
Sep 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT
All of the triple crown talk has been about Joey Votto and Albert Pujols — indeed, until just the other day they were the only two dudes in that triple crown tracker on the ESPN.com baseball front — but Carlos Gonzalez’s claim seems stronger than that of either of those guys at the moment. Gonzalez…
Sep 8, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT
Last week we learned that the Red Sox have offered Victor Martinez a two-year deal. Yesterday Martinez told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that two years isn’t going to get the job done: “They’re trying to do one thing, and we’ll see what happens. I don’t really have to do it. They came with something, and that…
Sep 8, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT
Sensitivity towards those with potentially fatal diseases ain’t big in the 209.
Sep 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT
Lots of people hit the showers early. Well, maybe not the fan who was ejected. My guess is he doesn’t shower until he wakes up with his hangover around lunchtime today.
Sep 8, 2010, 5:56 AM EDT
The Phillies take over first place in the NL East. Trevor Hoffman notches save number 600 and Carlos Gonzalez starts getting the “M.V.P!” chants.
Sep 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is out of the lineup tonight due to pain in his right hand. This is bad because he took a ball off his right hand during last Monday’s game against the Indians. X-rays were negative, but he’s obviously got something wrong. The Sox have been on a tear lately,…
Sep 7, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT
When the Phillies lineup was posted for tonight’s game, Jayson Werth was on the bench and Dominic Brown was getting the start in right. This made sense inasmuch as Werth has struggled mightily against Marlins starter Chris Volstad. But a few short minutes ago Brown was scratched and Werth was re-inserted. Have to figure something…
Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT
Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through…
Sep 7, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT
You may recall that last winter the Mets got a lot of grief for trading Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr. The conventional wisdom at the time was “no matter how much salary the Angels are eating on Matthews, why on Earth would New York give up a serviceable arm like Stokes?“ Yeah, well, whoever…
Sep 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
FanHouse’s Ed Price says that Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall likes interim manager Kirk Gibson and is a big fan of former Padres GM Kevin Towers for the Arizona Diamondbacks job. How does that work, exactly? Isn’t it normally the case that new GMs like to bring in their own guy to manage a team? We’ve…
Sep 7, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
I mean reasons that are different than the ones that make you want to look at accident scenes and the “Faces of Death” movies. James Kannengeiser lists them over at Amazing Avenue today. My favorite: the spoiler potential, as the Mets have six games left with the Phillies and three with the Braves. I’m genuinely…
Sep 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT
I figured that the day would bottom out with Jay Payton transaction news and improve from there, but I guess I was wrong: Kris Benson sighting! He was sighted (figuratively) putting all his stuff in a bag and going back home to be with Anna and do whatever it is they do all winter. Put…
Sep 7, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT
Hell, they’ve already got Melvin Mora on the team, so why not call up Jay Payton? For Payton, 37, who has spent parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues, this season has been about making peace with himself and the game after injuries forced him to miss the 2009 season. “It’s a good feeling,…
Sep 7, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
This morning’s thing about the Portland Beavers inspired a few of you wonder who will become the Padres’ AAA team next year. It inspired a few others to muse in general about the great musical chairs game that is the affiliation business. As if on cue, lar at Wezen-Ball created this fun graphic showing AAA…
Sep 7, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT
FanHouse’s Ed Price has a profile of Cito Gaston today that’s interesting in and of itself, but he ends the piece with a fun little musing about an unlikely but delicious series of managerial moves this winter: Joe Torre leaves the Dodgers as they look for ways to cut costs; Dusty Baker, dissatisfied with the…
Sep 7, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT
Apparently the down economy and crappy 2010 Cubs team is really taking a bite out of the business of those who operate the rooftop venues outside of Wrigley Field. Many of the businesses are hurting — corporate bookings are way down — and some of the properties have fallen into foreclosure. The last time I…
Sep 7, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are prepared to pick up David Ortiz’s $12 million 2011 extension. That according to “a major league source well acquainted with the Sox’s thinking.” In other news, we probably need to have a summit meeting about the best way to label anonymous sources in this…
Sep 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT
The Beavers haven’t always played baseball in Portland. Minor league baseball took a few years off in the 70s. The team that came back in 1978 later moved to Salt Lake City, occasioning another break in AAA ball before the latest incarnation showed up. But those few bumps aside, there has been a Pacific Coast…
Sep 7, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT
The Tigers and Braves got a lot of good press when they called up, respectively, Max St. Pierre and J.C. Boscan last week after each of them had spent 14 years in the minors. Well, the Dodgers did them one better yesterday, calling up fifteen year minor league veteran John Lindsey. Lindsey may be a…
Sep 7, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT
And not only do they win a game: they debunk a conspiracy theory!
Sep 7, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT
And a few introductory words about why I’m a little worried about some of you.
Sep 7, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT
Though hands of steel and heart of stone, our Labor Day has come and gone. But at least there was a boatload of baseball to get us though it.
- Ian Kinsler hopes Rangers go 0-162, calls GM a “sleazeball” (132)
- Albert Pujols was insulted when someone asked him if he can put up Mike Trout numbers (103)
- The politics of “The Cardinal Way” (67)
- Robinson Cano wants the Mariners to bring in Kendrys Morales and Ervin Santana (64)
- Reporter calls Ian Kinsler as self-absorbed as A-Rod (60)