Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EST
Mike Silva wonders if the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him. It’s an interesting thought. The Mets declined to make this kind of move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps the Mets are…
Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EST
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…
Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EST
I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something. Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…
Jun 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EST
The home run was enough as it was, but the quote is an absolute killer.
Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EST
I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…
Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EST
The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher. He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…
Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EST
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EST
CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.
Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EST
Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.” Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…
Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EST
Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury. Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though. Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…
Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EST
Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.
Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EST
The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…
Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EST
I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…
Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EST
Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…
Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EST
The Yankees agreed to terms with their first round pick and would-be-shortstop-of-the-future Cito Culver. He’ll receive a signing bonus of $940,000, which is reportedly the Bud Selig-recommended slot. Why are the Yankees suddenly paying slot? A couple of reasons. The main one is that the 17-year-old Culver wasn’t projected as a first-round pick by many…
Jun 18, 2010, 1:27 PM EST
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore.
Jun 18, 2010, 1:12 PM EST
I’m not following the World Cup closely enough to be able to say anything all that insightful. I know that England gave us that goal we got in the first game. I know we got boned this morning in the Slovenia game. I know that everyone hates the vuvuzelas too. In fact, these plastic horns…
Jun 18, 2010, 12:13 PM EST
The Dbacks-Tigers series features something that is technically meaningless yet which I find interesting all the same: Dontrelle Willis will start against the Tigers — his former team — tonight. Edwin Jackson will start against the Tigers — his former team — tomorrow. Max Scherzer will start against the Diamondbacks — his former team —…
Jun 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EST
Yesterday Buster Olney talked to some anonymous scouts who thought that Chase Utley was battling an injury of some kind. Seems they were right. Phillies’ first base coach Davey Lopes spoke with Baseball Prospectus today and reveals that Ultey is fighting through “a little bit of a knee injury.” That explains his struggles way more…
Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EST
There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report…
Jun 18, 2010, 10:53 AM EST
Interesting story over at the Wall Street Journal: it seems Stephen Strasburg’s pitches have so much movement on them that they’re frequently deking umpires into calling pitches balls that really are strikes. There are lots of neat quotes from the umps and examples of previous pitchers who had this problem such as a young Dwight…
Jun 18, 2010, 10:28 AM EST
Missed this when it came around, but Sean McAdam reported late Wednesday night that the Cubs recently approached the Red Sox to “gauge their interest” in Kosuke Fukudome. The Red Sox have some holes in the outfield and Fukudome is versatile, but they passed all the same. Which makes sense given that Fukudome is owed…
Jun 18, 2010, 10:02 AM EST
Well, whaddaya know? The Rangers have been inquiring about big name pitchers after all.
Jun 18, 2010, 9:25 AM EST
That must’ve been one magic loogie.
Jun 18, 2010, 9:06 AM EST
You’d have a mechanic look at a used car, so why wouldn’t you have your doctors look at a used player?
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