Jul 1, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT
As we mentioned on Tuesday, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback. He had his workout at USC yesterday in front of representatives from 15 teams. FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic said that at least one team is interested in him. No idea who it is. Prior apparently hit 90 miles per hour during his session,…
Jul 1, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
UPDATE: John Shea of the Chronicle says the deal is now done, so Bengie won’t have to pretend to still be a Giant today in Colorado. 3:30 P.M.: This news from Andrew Baggarly is fun: This Bengie Molina deal still not officially done. Molina probably will report to Coors Field in a couple hours as…
Jul 1, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT
I don’t think the full article is up yet (UPDATE: Yes it is. I missed it. It’s Insider only, however), but Buster Olney writes today that ESPN.com is going to run the results of a baseball general manager survey in which the GMs rate one another on things like who’s the easiest to work with,…
Jul 1, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
Phillies’ skipper Charlie Manuel argued balls and strikes with world’s worst umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday night, his hat apparently brushed Bucknor’s head and now Manuel has been suspended for one game for “aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact.” Whatever. C.B. Bucknor couldn’t call a strike on the strikingest day of his life with an electrified…
Jul 1, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT
What would happen if A-Rod said and did the things Pedroia does?
Jul 1, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Do I hear fiddy? Fiddy goin’ once! Fiddy goin’ twice! Sooooold to the man in the big hat!
Jul 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT
UPDATE: Now it’s being widely reported that Utley actually already had his surgery this morning. 12:14 P.M.: I’ve only seen this from one source so far — Peter Gammons — but if he’s right, the news is very, very bad for the Phillies: Gammons says that Chase Utley is going to require surgery on his…
Jul 1, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT
Ted Lilly must have a great cell phone plan. Unlimited minutes to call anywhere, including Greater Crazyville, where he apparently reached Carlos Zambrano: Ted Lilly became the first Cubs player to get through to Carlos Zambrano, saying the controversial pitcher wants to return to help the team in the second half of the season. “I…
Jul 1, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT
You can add the Phillies to the list of suitors interested in Dan Haren, joining the Nationals and the Cardinals. Indeed, Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Diamondbacks are scouting Phillies’ prospects to see what they might get in return. Haren doesn’t appear to be having his best year ever — he’s 7-6 with a 4.56…
Jul 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT
I never thought I’d see the day when someone out-crazied baseball’s hot stove season, but King James has done that.
Jul 1, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats, despite the fact that they’re sinking like a stone in the NL East, have inquired about the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson. A lot of time in the article is spent wondering if this means the Nats are buyers or sellers (in light of the Adam…
Jul 1, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT
This is sad: in 1999, the Kansas City Royals planted a memorial tree and laid a plaque for the late, great Dan Quisenberry who died of brain cancer the year before. Yeah, about that: The tree and plaque are now gone. This after workers began work on building ramp off Interstate 70 to improve access…
Jul 1, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT
We taped this before Matt Kemp went and pulled that 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI game out of his butt yesterday, but at least 2/3 of the video hasn’t been overtaken by events, so enjoy!
Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT
If baseball teams could date, Vlad would be that girl the Angels idiotically dumped last year.
Jul 1, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT
My first thought when I saw that the Giants were unloading Bengie Molina on the Rangers last night: Wow, if the Mets had only gone multiple years and, like, ten million bucks, he could have been theirs! My next thought: this works for everyone involved. The Giants needed to find a permanent home for Buster…
Jul 1, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT
This tweet from Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal is interesting: Breaking News: Spurned Texas Rangers bidders invited to federal mediation. Kaplan promises more details later, but my first thought is that this cuts a couple of different ways, one in which is good for team Greenberg and one that isn’t. On the one hand it…
Jul 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT
Bobby Valentine on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” yesterday, talking about the Marlins’ hiring process: “If this is a major-league process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it’s over.” The linked articles goes a bit more into the details of why he and the…
Jul 1, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
There’s a Roger Miller reference in here someplace, but I link to Asleep at the Wheel’s version, because the video quality was higher.
Jun 30, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT
Pirates’ rookie Brad Lincoln threw seven shutout innings against the Cubs today, striking out six and allowing only four hits as Pittsburgh beat Chicago 2-0. It looked like it would be a no-decision for Lincoln for a while, however, as Tom Gorzelanny and Brian Schlitter matched the zeros. But then some bad defense struck for…
Jun 30, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT
Or: Baseball really thought they were doing the Expos a favor with this place a few years ago?
Jun 30, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT
After dropping the first game of the midweek series, the Minnesota Twins reminded the Detroit Tigers why they are the team everyone picked to win the division this season, winning 5-1. Even with Joe Mauer taking the day off, the Twins brought plenty of firepower to bear, with Justin Morneau hitting a solo homer and…
Jun 30, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT
Freak show . . . relax: Right now, as I write this, Dustin Pedroia is kneeling on the grass at second base taking grounders from Tim Bogar. Seriously. And not pitty-pat grounders to your kid in the backyard. These are big league groundballs. He then flips the balls to coach Rob Leary. Yeah, six weeks.…
Jun 30, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT
What do you do when two reporters are saying conflicting things about a given player? You try to sniff the baloney, that’s what.
Jun 30, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win. To be honest, it’s amazing that…
Jun 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
In the grand scheme of things this sort of stuff doesn’t matter, but it makes me laugh all the same. Here’s FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic after talking to Padres’ manager Bud Black yesterday: Bud Black: LF Kyle Blanks reports only “minimal” improvement in elbow. Surgery hasn’t been discussed. Here’s Dan Hayes from the North County Times…
- Tony La Russa denies that Kirk Gibson’s job is safe 9
- Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list 1
- HBT Daily: They’ve dropped six straight, but the Pirates may be the Wild Card favorites 2
- The Diamondbacks plan to bring back Kirk Gibson for some reason 30
- And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights 32
- Numbers game: Tigers fall victim to baseball’s speed obsession 45
- Twins prospect Byron Buxton done for season after concussion 3
- Jayson Werth clocked at 105 m.p.h. in a 55 zone, is charged with reckless driving (88)
- Here’s today’s dose of barfy Derek Jeter sentiment (82)
- Baseball is dying, you guys (78)
- A vote for Tom Werner for commissioner is a vote to return to the dark ages (78)