Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT
The most famous player in baseball has fired the most famous agent in baseball.
Sep 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT
Frank McCourt famously leveraged the Dodgers after purchasing them. Indeed, he saddled an asset he bought for $430 million with something like $433 million in debt. We knew that. His defense has always been, however, that the Dodgers are a cash cow and that there are tons of untapped revenue sources available. And that all…
Sep 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
Rob Dibble’s firing was the subject on Mike & Mike this morning, and both Greenberg and Golic were scratching their heads at it. Greenberg’s quote evinced his confusion at the move: “you just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble.” That’s one way to think of it. Another way is to acknowledge that when you…
Sep 2, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT
Nyjer Morgan has a lot to answer for. But so too do the Florida Marlins.
Sep 2, 2010, 5:49 AM EDT
I for one applaud Nyjer Morgan’s heel-turn. And when he comes back from his inevitable suspension, I expect his interview with Mene Gene Okerlund to be epic.
Sep 1, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT
As expected, the Braves purchased the contract of first baseman Freddie Freeman from Triple-A Gwinnett today. He’ll get the start tonight against the Mets, batting sixth, playing first base. Very few of the Braves’ midseason moves were of much consequence. Rick Ankiel and Derrek Lee have sub-.700 OPSeseses since coming over, and Kyle Farnsworthless is…
Sep 1, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT
Longtime reader Evan has a pretty good point in response to the Red Sox medical staff stuff from earlier this afternoon. Basically, the knives are out for one and all as it dawns on everyone that the season is going to end on October 3rd: I think this is more a product of the team’s…
Sep 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT
Another series against a bad team in the books, another series loss. The Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Astros today, completing the sweep for Houston. This follows the Redbirds dropping three of four to the Nats and two of three to the Pirates. If you can’t get right against those teams, you’ve got a hell…
Sep 1, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT
Pirates team President Frank Coonelly sat down for his monthly web chat earlier today, and was asked by a reader how it felt to run “the losingest team in baseball.” His response: Given that we have many young readers of this chat, I will keep my answer G-rated: It stinks. It’s embarrassing, painful and incredibly…
Sep 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
Today ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes has a long and engaging look at the mounting criticism of the Red Sox medical staff that’s worth a read. It’s hard to really get a handle on this kind of thing. Most of us aren’t doctors and even those of you who are haven’t seen a player’s medical chart…
Sep 1, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT
With the waiver trade deadline coming and going with no deal, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Ted Lilly are interested in talking about a contract extension. Makes sense for Lilly who, Rosenthal says, really wanted to be in Los Angeles a few years ago. Makes sense for the Dodgers too, who probably don’t…
Sep 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT
Say, were you aware that Manny Ramirez was playing in a contested baseball game today?
Sep 1, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
What does Buck do when Mrs. Showalter is away?
Sep 1, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT
Now that everyone seems to be declaring the competitive portion of the Red Sox season dead, look for a lot more hot stoveish speculation in the Boston media going forward. The latest: Nick Cafardo reports that the Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two-year contract. It would make sense for the Sox to…
Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend. In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too. Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…
Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT
Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…
Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.” I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…
Sep 1, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT
Jon Bois is one of the funniest mofos on the planet, and if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like The Dugout well, you and I just can’t be friends. Today he has a piece about the top 10 all-time triple crown villains (i.e. those interlopers who have taken a batting, home run or…
Sep 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT
Jeff Francoeur thinks he played well in the first half. The press thinks his clubhouse presence was valuable. And people say I get nuts when talking about Jeff Francoeur.
Sep 1, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT
A feel-good story in Detroit, as the Tigers called up catcher Max St. Pierre, who has (a) spent fourteen frickin’ seasons in the minor leagues without once sniffing the show before now; and (b) totally stole the name I use when I’m trying to meet women when I’m on out of town business trips. St.…
Sep 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
Someday the sporting press isn’t going to have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore. But don’t worry: they’re grooming Matt Kemp for the role.
Sep 1, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT
Lost in all the Manny hubub is the fact that Kenny Williams’ pickup from the last trading deadline — Edwin Jackson — has done really damn well for the Sox since coming over from Arizona. Last night Jackson was solid, striking out 11 dudes and almost going the distance against the Tribe (he ran out…
Sep 1, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
Adrian Beltre shakes his head and says “this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.”
Sep 1, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT
On the same day Ryne Sandberg officially interviewed for the Cubs managerial job, word leaked out that the team may have someone else in mind: Don’t be surprised if former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez winds up a leading candidate to replace Lou Piniella within the next few weeks. Sources say that Gonzalez is at…
Sep 1, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT
The Daily News is trying to make a big deal out of Roger Clemens playing golf. On the golf course is exactly where he should be.
- 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
- Gary Nolan one of many careers saved by Dr. Frank Jobe 17
- 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)
- Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?” (61)
- Reporter calls Ian Kinsler as self-absorbed as A-Rod (60)