Jul 21, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT
For a guy who is supposedly Joe Torre’s heir apparent, Don Mattingly hasn’t exactly distinguished himself the couple of times he’s had the chance to manage. You’ll recall that the Dodgers batted out of order the last time Mattingly was in charge. He blundered again last night. Both Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer…
Jul 21, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT
Great news from Milwaukee: Bob Uecker is going to be back in the booth for this Friday’s Brewers-Nationals game. You’ll recall that Uecker underwent heart surgery back in April. He was supposed to miss 12 weeks, so he’s right on schedule and — quite apparently — is recovering nicely. Uecker is one of the best…
Jul 21, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT
Year of the pitcher my butt. Runs came by the bushel last night.
Jul 20, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
I fully acknowledge that the Rays’ stadium situation is terrible, but I don’t get this at all. Last month, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said that St. Petersburg is “not viable” as a home for the Rays, that he wanted to be in Tampa and, at the very least, wanted the entire region to woo his…
Jul 20, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Angels are focusing on Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo as the trade deadline approaches. Callaspo is an OK player and a fine citizen and all of that, but he’s certainly not the kind of bat the Angels need if they’re going to gain any ground on…
Jul 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
That’s the world from Ken Rosenthal, who says that the Astros’ efforts to make a deal for Roy Oswalt are being thwarted by: Money. We knew this, of course. Oswalt is owed about $6 million more this season and $16 million in 2011; Oswalt: Rosenthal suggests that Oswalt is getting cute with his no-trade clause,…
Jul 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT
Yesterday we thought Phil Cuzzi was going to be called on the carpet. Today we learn that he’s getting a pat on the head and sent back to work. What a disgrace.
Jul 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT
Dan Uggla has been a popular source of trade rumors lately, with writers alternatively saying that he’s going to get traded or not. He’s the subject of rumors every summer it seems. Screw that, says MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. The Feesh are thinking about extending him: While teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to…
Jul 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
The Cubs’ press release in which Sweet Lou calls it a career has him announcing his decision to retire now because “it gives Jim Hendry ample time to find the next manager and he doesn’t need to do so in secrecy.” I take that as a license to speculate: Ryne Sandberg: That’s the name you’re…
Jul 20, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
Would you trust the man behind BALCO to give you your vitamins every day?
Jul 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
Yesterday I mused that I’ve heard less chatter about Jake Westbrook than most other available starting pitchers. Seems there’s a good reason why. Take it away Ken Rosenthal: Westbrook will receive a $2 million bonus if traded, and his salary would increase by a pro-rated portion of $1 million, according to a copy of his…
Jul 20, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT
Last week Jon Heyman reported that people with the Cubs anticipated that Lou Piniella was going to retire at the end of the season. Today Bill Madden reports it as not suspicion, but fact, and given that Madden and Piniella are said to be quite close, it presumably came straight from Piniella’s mouth (UPDATE: The…
Jul 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Because one video a week of a pasty, lisping bald guy is not enough, we’re now going to give you five. You’re welcome.
Jul 20, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT
Congratulations to Joe Tetreault, winner of HBT’s Home Run Derby contest. The prize: a guest post on anything he wanted. And boy did he use up all the latitude we gave him on this one.
Jul 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
I’m probably going to be a bit drowsy tomorrow, because there’s a great pitching matchup tonight in Los Angeles: Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw. When you’re a junkie like me you just can’t miss that kind of thing. Lots of interesting stuff swirling around this one. The last start from each of these aces for…
Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT
Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game. Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at…
Jul 20, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
There are many, many reasons to discount reports that the Yankees are interested in investing in the English Premier League. The man pictured to the left is the biggest among them.
Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT
Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over. Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’…
Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT
That according to SportsBusiness Daily, which surveyed oodles of sports business professionals. The list ended up breaking down thusly: 1. Derek Jeter2. Albert Pujols3. Joe Mauer4. Stephen Strasburg5. Ryan Howard6. Evan Longoria7. Tim Lincecum8. David Wright9. Alex Rodriguez10. Dustin Pedroia/Torii Hunter I’ll accept that list at face value, but I can’t help but think that…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT
Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona. Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
The Tigers are suffering through a nightmare losing streak right now, and it just got worse: Brandon Inge broke a bone in his left hand after getting smacked with a Scott Feldman pitch last night and the third baseman is going to miss 4-6 weeks. In a season when the Tigers are suffering from multiple…
Jul 20, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT
Dead arm? Fuzzy head? Injury? No matter the case, the Mets need Mike Pelfrey to figure it out — fast.
Jul 20, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Joe Cowley of the Sun Times reports that the Chicago White Sox have “spent the last few days trying desperately to pry Adam Dunn from the grasps of the Washington Nationals.” Cowley’s source says Kenny Williams has offered “anyone and anything he has in the minor leagues in a package,” but that Nat’s GM Mike…
Jul 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
McCarver calls Saturday’s comments “inappropriate” but then says something arguably creepier.
Jul 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT
Lots of soggy, steamy rain-delayed games. Lots of pitchers getting beat up. Methinks the dog days are upon us.
- Angels announce ALDS rotation: Jered Weaver in Game 1, Matt Shoemaker for Game 2 1
- Wild Card Game: Giants vs. Pirates lineups 3
- The beauty of belief 33
- MLB to test new pace-of-play rules in the Arizona Fall League — including a pitch clock 40
- Playoff Reset: The National League Wild Card Game 15
- Video: Salvador Perez walks off Royals in Wild Card Game 3
- Small ball prevails … in a 9-8 game 25
- Royals complete thrilling comeback to defeat A’s in the American League Wild Card Game 74
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- Barry Bonds discovered to be “glassing” — it’s just as bad as you think (90)
- Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium could be cancelled because of rain (85)
- And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights (85)
- Previewing the 2014 Playoffs (80)