Oct 1, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT
I’m not sure if this reader is right about me being wrong, but it sounds good enough to post. Maybe some of you can parse this better than me.
Oct 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
Cliff Lee won’t be pitching on short rest this postseason. He also, if regular season form holds up, won’t be issuing many walks. From the Elias Stats bureau, via Buster Olney, is this fairly astounding factoid: Lee walked only 18 batters in 212 innings this year. That translates to a walk rate of 0.76 per…
Oct 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there. But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning: The first time LaRussa or some…
Oct 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
The Phillies have nothing to play for this weekend. Will the Braves benefit because of it?
Oct 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
Rays manager Joe Maddon said there’s a chance David Price will start Saturday against the Royals. I would presume that such a start would be more akin to a regular between-starts throwing session for Price, what with him almost certainly being the Game 1 starter in the ALDS on Wednesday. Give him, what, 45-50 pitches? …
Oct 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT
To follow up on yesterday’s video from the Tribe game, here’s video of a guy grabbing a foul ball while holding a baby at yesterday’s Snakes-Giants game. He really ought to have his child taken away from him, though. Not because of the danger posed while going after a baseball near the rail of a…
Oct 1, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT
Here’s FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, getting it absolutely right on replay: Baseball, due to its refusal to expand instant replay, is headed for more controversy this postseason. And the sport’s powers-that-be, led by commissioner Bud Selig, have no one but themselves to blame. This is the 21st century. The technology is available to correct calls, and…
Oct 1, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT
I’m normally against innovations from the land of football infecting the wonderfulness that is baseball, but this could be kind of neat.
Oct 1, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Short version: for the Padres, it will take something just short of a miracle to make the playoffs.
Oct 1, 2010, 5:38 AM EDT
The Giants clinch no worse than a tie in the NL West. The Padres? They’re on life support.
Sep 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
Ted Berg is a friend of HardballTalk. He reads it and links it from time to time over at his Mets (and other New York sports)-focused blog, Tedquarters. He is a witty chap on Twitter, and really, if you can make me laugh on Twitter a couple of times a day you’re going to be…
Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
I have the Giants-Dbacks game on and, just a minute ago, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer to extend the Giants’ lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth. A Giants victory today will force the Padres to sweep them this weekend if they want to win the west. In San Francisco. Seems like…
Sep 30, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT
Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Jim Edmonds is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to play in the playoffs. This seems like a big stretch to me. While what was thought to have been a torn Achilles tendon turned out to not be all that bad, Edmonds is clearly limited and clearly gimpy.…
Sep 30, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT
Mat Latos’ comments yesterday about how awful and unfair it was that the Giants go out and acquire players in the middle of the season didn’t go over very well around these parts. They also didn’t go over very well with his own teammates, it seems. Dan Hayes, who covers the Padres for the North…
Sep 30, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT
The MLBPA and Major League Baseball have been snipping at each other for a couple of years now over free agency. A lot of guys have signed late — some even after camp has started — and some have muttered about collusion and the like. To resolve this, the union and the league sat down…
Sep 30, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT
I love America and everything, and free speech is a fabulous concept, but the problem with it is that, because of its pesky guarantees, the police can’t come and drag people who write stuff like this into a dank cell and let them spend their final years someplace where they can’t bother anyone: In their…
Sep 30, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT
Mark Buehrle told Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune that he could retire after the 2011 season: “As I sit here now, I’d love to just go home and be with the family and kids and go from there. But when next year gets here, at this time, it could be a tough decision, knowing…
Sep 30, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT
Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rafael Soriano has hired Scott Boras as his agent. It was probably a forgone conclusion that Soriano was going to leave via free agency anyway, but this likely seals it, seeing as though guys don’t usually hire Boras to negotiate their creative, incentive-laden, keep-me-with-my-current-team deals. The…
Sep 30, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT
Tiffany and I talk about Brooks Conrad, the NL Cy Young and the AL Rookie of the Year.
Sep 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
The McCourt trial ended yesterday, with closing statements offered by the attorneys. Lots of different attorneys, according to the L.A. Times summary. Each side had, like, three people making arguments. What was this, a tag team match? I understand multiple lawyers taking stabs at different parts of closing if it’s a complicated case, but this…
Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.” Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…
Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?
Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT
I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.
Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers. He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…
Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.
- Matt Garza ejected after hitting Andrew McCutchen a second time 2
- Tigers hang on for second straight win against Royals 2
- Phil Hughes could finish the season with the best K/BB ratio in MLB history 10
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 25
- Clayton Kershaw wins his 20th game of the season 11
- Why are so many people acting like Bryce Harper is a bum? 80
- It certainly looks like Barry Bonds’ criminal conviction is going to be overturned 100
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 72
- Geddy Lee’s baseball obsession makes it really hard for me to hate Rush (118)
- Ron Washington claims he resigned because he cheated on his wife (103)
- It certainly looks like Barry Bonds’ criminal conviction is going to be overturned (100)
- And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights (83)
- Umpire ejects jackwagon fan heckling Bryce Harper in Atlanta last night (82)