Sep 13, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT
Or, if you look at it a different way, maybe you can say the Padres turned the mound into a propaganda piece and Sanchez just restored it to a clean and pure neutrality? You be the judge. Now if he can just do something about the ads behind home plate.
Sep 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT
On Friday the chatter was that Adam Dunn was as good as gone from the Nats after this season. Not so fast, says GM Mike Rizzo when asked if Adam Dunn’s potential return was “a dead issue”: “No, it’s certainly not a dead issue” he said. “We realize we need a thumping first baseman that…
Sep 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the…
Sep 13, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that he government’s seizure of the positive PED tests from the 2003 pilot testing program was illegal. This affirms previous lower court rulings and overturns the one Appeals Court ruling to the contrary. The decision — a lengthy one with lengthy dissents — can be read here.…
Sep 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
When the Rangers clinch the AL West, there will be a beer and champagne shower. That’s just how it goes. But one of the biggest reasons they’ll clinch that title is Josh Hamilton, who happens to have a serious substance abuse history: Hamilton has been trying to find a way to enjoy the party without…
Sep 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
Matt and I wonder what the Rangers sweep of the Yankees and the Braves’ one-game deficit mean, and take a gander at the wild, wild NL West.
Sep 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
Jonah Keri has a long, fascinating piece up today about the Texas Rangers and their approach to pitching and pitcher injury prevention. It’s not some analysis piece from afar: it’s based on his original reporting and research conducted over the past year, and it’s a must-read. The short version: the Rangers have largely rejected the…
Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too. Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got…
Sep 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Someone can go back and check, but I’m almost certain that this is the first time a non-AL East team has topped the Power Rankings this season.
Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Why? young players and the media, mostly: “The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the combination of distractions of players due to money and security ……
Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him. The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a…
Sep 13, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
I was watching college football on Saturday* so I missed this, but reader Jonny5 shot me a link to the Mets Today writeup of Saturday’s Mets-Phillies game in which it appeared that Mike Pelfrey basically told Jerry Manuel to eff off without really saying so. The situation: Pelfrey had just thrown seven and a third…
Sep 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Mike Scioscia must fear watching a Twins-Phillies World Series being played among the snow drifts: Mike Scioscia is a strong proponent of expanding the division series from five to seven games and of finishing the World Series in October, when there is a better chance of decent weather in the Northeast and Midwest than there…
Sep 13, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT
Maybe to some people. But it shouldn’t matter to baseball. Or the Hall of Fame. Or to us.
Sep 13, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT
The Daily Herald talks with Cubs interim manager Mike Quade. Seems he likes the stats: I’m not a sabermetrics guy. But I’m smart enough to know the numbers do matter, and I do pay a lot of attention to them . . . I think anybody who aspires to do this benefits from paying attention…
Sep 13, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT
I plum forgot to do the Weekend Wrapup this morning. And this on a Monday morning when I know you guys were watching football instead of baseball this weekend. So I guess we both screwed up. Let’s call it a wash, OK?
Sep 13, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT
Andres Torres’ appendix attack* is far more consequential for our purposes, but the Giants’ outfielder wasn’t the only baseball person to go under the knife this weekend: Umpire Angel Campos underwent an emergency appendectomy after being scratched from the Cleveland Indians game on Saturday night. Campos was replaced on the crew Sunday for the Cleveland…
Sep 13, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT
This went down in the wee wee hours of Sunday morning so a ton of people missed it, but Jeff Francoeur had a walkoff hit against Mariano Rivera. Hit-by-pitch, that is. The Rangers trailed 6-5 heading into the ninth and it was enter sandman. Rivera walked Vladimir Guerrero, who was replaced by pinch-runner Esteban German.…
Sep 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Never heard of “Los Doyers?” Then read on, mi amigo.
Sep 13, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT
It was fun while it lasted, but the 2010 season will close, once again, with no triple crown winner.
Sep 13, 2010, 5:29 AM EDT
Why is there a picture of some football player here? Because opening weekend of the NFL is a fabulous time to bash football, especially on a baseball blog.
Sep 10, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano: “That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than that. I’m telling you right now,…
Sep 10, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT
Earlier today I noted how Silicon Valley CEOs are getting on board the bring-the-A’s-to-San Jose train. I said that I thought this was a weird thing for tech company CEOs to be doing, inasmuch as it shows a boosterism — and an economic ignorance — that is usually reserved for politicians and car dealers and…
Sep 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT
So, Johan Santana is having major surgery. How major? Injury expert Will Carroll is promising a writeup over at Baseball Prospectus on Monday, but he provided a link to an explanation of the rehab program for the surgery Santana is getting. There’s a lot of jargon in there, but it’s pretty clear that the time…
Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Those of us who have even heard of Eric Show probably can only say a few things about him. He pitched for the Padres in the 80s. He gave up Pete Rose’s 4,192nd hit. He was kind of a freaky John Birch Society guy. He had serious substance abuse issues that led to his death.…
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