Jun 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
They’ll stay in the region, but they want to be wooed. This makes no sense.
Jun 22, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
Only three games? Blah. At least one of them was relatively action-packed.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Why would the Lake Erie Crushers lower themselves to sign LeBron James?
Jun 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT
With all the Manny chatter, did ESPN even know there was a baseball game going on last night?
Jun 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Mental Floss has a great article up today going over various unique scoreboard designs from the past 100 years. At the risk of losing your respect I’m going to admit that I really like the guitar-shaped one. There. I said it.
Jun 21, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
MASN’s Ben Goessling tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals were sending starter John Lannan to Syracuse. Then he deleted the tweet and said that it could be Harrisburg. He wasn’t sure, really, but Lannan’s locker was empty, so it had to be one of those, right? (UPDATE: it’s Harrisburg). Either way, Nats fans…
Jun 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT
The pic tells you who number one is. But how about the other 29?
Jun 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT
Mariners closer David Aardsma is “already drawing a lot of interest” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. I can’t recall any reports of the Mariners actively shopping him, but given where they are in the grand scheme of things right now, they should be accepting offers for everyone not named Felix Hernandez. Aardsma’s ERA…
Jun 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT
This isn’t the most Earth-shattering news — the dude was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts, and that doesn’t fly with even a terrible team like Cleveland — but it is notable for two reasons. (1) I will no longer be able to use my old warhourse “minute and a Huff” joke in…
Jun 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT
Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Orioles had a scout at Colorado Springs yesterday watching Rockies’ prospect Esmil Rogers pitch. His take: that the Rockies could have an interest in the O’s second baseman Ty Wigginton and that O’s were thus scouting players they’d expect in return. Makes sense. Wigginton has been one of the lone…
Jun 21, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT
Jon Heyman isn’t a stats guy, but he has totally quantified “vibes”
Jun 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT
It’s often hard to tell what the question was that led to a given answer in an interview, but this story in today’s Dallas Morning News suggests that the Rangers are targeting Cliff Lee. I say “suggests” because it’s rare that any GM will say “yeah, we’re interested in such-and-such a guy,” and in fact…
Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT
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 EDT
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…
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