Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
One of the Yankees’ big free agents seems like he’ll be easy to retain.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Why would the Lake Erie Crushers lower themselves to sign LeBron James?
Jun 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT
With all the Manny chatter, did ESPN even know there was a baseball game going on last night?
Jun 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Mental Floss has a great article up today going over various unique scoreboard designs from the past 100 years. At the risk of losing your respect I’m going to admit that I really like the guitar-shaped one. There. I said it.
Jun 21, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
MASN’s Ben Goessling tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals were sending starter John Lannan to Syracuse. Then he deleted the tweet and said that it could be Harrisburg. He wasn’t sure, really, but Lannan’s locker was empty, so it had to be one of those, right? (UPDATE: it’s Harrisburg). Either way, Nats fans…
Jun 21, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT
The pic tells you who number one is. But how about the other 29?
Jun 21, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT
Mariners closer David Aardsma is “already drawing a lot of interest” says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. I can’t recall any reports of the Mariners actively shopping him, but given where they are in the grand scheme of things right now, they should be accepting offers for everyone not named Felix Hernandez. Aardsma’s ERA…
Jun 21, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT
This isn’t the most Earth-shattering news — the dude was 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts, and that doesn’t fly with even a terrible team like Cleveland — but it is notable for two reasons. (1) I will no longer be able to use my old warhourse “minute and a Huff” joke in…
Jun 21, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT
Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Orioles had a scout at Colorado Springs yesterday watching Rockies’ prospect Esmil Rogers pitch. His take: that the Rockies could have an interest in the O’s second baseman Ty Wigginton and that O’s were thus scouting players they’d expect in return. Makes sense. Wigginton has been one of the lone…
Jun 21, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT
Jon Heyman isn’t a stats guy, but he has totally quantified “vibes”
Jun 21, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT
It’s often hard to tell what the question was that led to a given answer in an interview, but this story in today’s Dallas Morning News suggests that the Rangers are targeting Cliff Lee. I say “suggests” because it’s rare that any GM will say “yeah, we’re interested in such-and-such a guy,” and in fact…
Jun 21, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT
Mike Silva wonders if the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him. It’s an interesting thought. The Mets declined to make this kind of move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps the Mets are…
Jun 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that both Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are “day-to-day” for this week. Which is a problem because New York plays in NL parks over the next two series, so Girardi can’t DH either of them. The only obvious problem with this Yankees team entering the season was age and…
Jun 21, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT
I watched Mark Whiten hit four homers against the Reds in 1993 and thought it was really something. Yesterday Whiten played in the Hall of Fame Classic and hit two out, winning the game’s MVP honors. He also won the pre-game home run derby. It’s a different game now that active major leaguers don’t play…
Jun 21, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT
The home run was enough as it was, but the quote is an absolute killer.
Jun 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT
I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often: Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero was hit on the side of the head with Adres Blanco’s backswing during yesterday’s Astros-Rangers game. The video is here. You can hear the bat smack Quintero’s helmet. One of those hockey-style helmets, by the way, which you have to figure was the best…
Jun 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT
The Mets, whose recent winning ways have apparently stimulated some brain cells in management, have finally done what they should have done weeks ago and have sent Jenrry Mejia down to the minors to stretch out and get converted back into a starting pitcher. He’ll ply his trade in Double-A Binghamton. I’ve beat this drum…
Jun 21, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Those who missed what happened over the weekend, however, have a second chance to catch up.
Jun 21, 2010, 5:36 AM EDT
CC Sabathia fattens up his stats against the Metropolitans. And if you think that’s a cheap joke, wait until you see what I say about the Giants.
Jun 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
Earlier today I slammed Field of Dreams as a “New Age mess.” Reader DG1965 — who is either an Astromech Droid or a 45 year-old person with the initials “DG” — took issue with that characterization: Your take down of Field of Dreams is ridiculous. Or else you were the only male in the theater…
Jun 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT
Yesterday we had scouts and execs saying that Chase Utley is injured, and earlier today one of his own coaches said he had a knee injury. Chase Utley isn’t having any of that, though. Utley just told Todd Zolecki “In my opinion there’s no injury whatsoever.” So I guess that means that either Utley isn’t…
Jun 18, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT
Some folks would have you believe that the Braves are winning because they get their pants dirty. Please ignore this.
Jun 18, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT
The Red Sox designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment. Shocker, there. Bonser has spent most of the season on the DL, and the two occasions he has pitched he has been shelled, allowing four runs in two innings. Bonser was a failed starter who had some promise when he was moved to the pen in…
Jun 18, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT
I noticed this kicking around the Twitterverse last night and this morning, but the meme developed fully this afternoon: Oh noes! The Yankees don’t play well against good teams! That’s the refrain from the New York Times today, which notes: The Yankees’ struggles against better teams have received little attention, and it is no wonder…
Jun 18, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT
Baseball movies are difficult beasts because baseball, by its very nature, doesn’t lend itself well to the Hollywood forumla. Rarely is there “one big game” and no amount of training montages can really convincingly turn someone into a champ. The drama of the game is just a bit too nuanced for the rah-rah, ya know?…
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