Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT
If ESPN can turn LeBron James’ free agency choice into an hour-long TV show, I can turn Johnny Damon’s Hall of Fame case into a quickie Internet poll.
Jul 7, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
It hasn’t been a tragedy or anything, but one of the more, well, troubling things these past couple of years has been seeing Johan Santana transform from “otherworldly” to merely good. It’s premature to say he won’t win another Cy Young at some point or something, but he simply hasn’t been the same pitcher he…
Jul 7, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. After the game he talked a lot about it. The takeaway: There’s no “i” in “team,” but there is in “Johnny Damon:” Prior to the game, Damon was asked what that hit would mean to him. “It is another stepping stone to getting to the ultimate place,”…
Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 AM EDT
“Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”
Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT
Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants…
Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
The names of some of the participants in this year’s Home Run Derby — the ones who have confirmed already — were just announced. According to Tyler Kepner: David Ortiz, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera will all be doing the back back back back back thing for the amusement of…
Jul 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT
The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.
Jul 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
I’m a couple of days late on this one, but it’s never too late to honor America with a patriotic serenade from a flaky, supplement-crazed mid-rotation starter.
Jul 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT
Bud Selig is “comfortable” with the way things are. Sorry, that’s not good enough for me.
Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT
Former Dbacks’ skipper A.J. Hinch was on KTAR radio in Phoenix yesterday talking about getting axed. He’s mostly diplomatic, talking about how wins and losses are all that matter, but there are times when it seems pretty clear that he resents the fact that his team basically mutinied on him right after he got the…
Jul 6, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
As we have reported ad nausuem, the new Arizona immigration law has created a ruckus in baseball circles. Most of that ruckus has surrounded the 2011 All-Star Game, scheduled for Chase Field. Multiple players have gone on record against the law with some — including the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez — saying that they’d boycott the…
Jul 6, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT
Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com tweets that talks between the Mets and Mariners regarding Cliff Lee “haven’t progressed very far.” And this is totally understandable if last night’s report that had the Twins offering the Mariners Aaron Hicks and Wilson Ramoshas has any truth to it. The Mets don’t have a package to match that…
Jul 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal has set the Phillies’ little corner of the Twitterverse a-tweeting by suggesting — based on word from “major league sources” — that the Phillies could shop Jayson Werth mid-season. This is one of those things, though, in which the caveat basically swallows up the rumor. The caveat: “if the Phillies somehow fall out…
Jul 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.
Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT
Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.
Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT
Because teams in tight pennant races trade their starting shortstops so often. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in the form of a FrankenTweet: Heard today that the Braves are getting calls from some teams looking to “bottom feed” on underachieving SS Yunel Escobar . . . Braves are hesitant to move Escobar because he’s only 27, is…
Jul 6, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
Andrew Baggarly of the Merc reports that Giants GM Brian Sabean met up with the team in Milwaukee yesterday. One of two possibilities: (a) he’s there to scout and discuss a deal with the Brewers; or (b) he brought along the proton packs in order to bust the ghosts over at the Pfister. Assuming for…
Jul 6, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT
Either Jerry Manuel is helplessly out of the loop, or else the Mets are profoundly schizophrenic about when Carlos Beltran is going to be activated. First, Manuel said he could be back for the Marlins in Puerto Rico. That obviously didn’t happen. Then it was suggested that the Reds series this week. Then the team…
Jul 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
Brian Cashman says it’s OK to overpay
Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there. It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…
Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.
Jul 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
We passed along word last week that the A’s were selling “Get off my mound” t-shirts in honor of the Yankees’ return to Oakland. Sounded like a great idea to me in a fun, self-effacing kind of way. But apparently they don’t do self-deprecation in the 209, because Dallas Braden hates the shirts: “They’re trying…
Jul 6, 2010, 5:53 AM EDT
My favorite team got mowed down by Roy Halladay but the evening worked out OK anyway.
Jul 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT
The last prognosis we heard regarding Chase Utley was that it would be eight weeks before he could make it back to the Phillies’ lineup. Todd Zolecki is tweeting, however, that Utley is planning on coming back sooner than that, saying that it will take five weeks to heal, one week to get his mobility…
Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT
Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…
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