Jun 28, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT
Danial Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that two bidders — Dallas businessman Jeff Beck and Houston businessman Jim Crane — have been in touch with the Rangers’ creditors recently. Both Beck and Crane have a history with the Rangers sale, with Beck being the primary financing source behind agent Dennis Gilbert’s failed bid, and Crane…
Jun 28, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT
This is a bummer: because Jason Heyward has a bum thumb, he won’t be in the lineup for tonight’s Braves-Nationals game and thus we won’t get a chance to see a matchup between the year’s most-hyped rookie hitter and most-hyped rookie pitcher. Note, I said “most-hyped” rookie hitter, not the best. Because, as I noted…
Jun 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT
UPDATE: Joel Sherman contradicts the Burkhardt report, saying that the Mets will not require a negotiating window with Lee if Mejia is involved in a deal. 9:07 A.M.: I said last week that I think the Mets are the frontrunners for Cliff Lee because (a) they have a top young pitcher they are willing to…
Jun 28, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT
I don’t think it does, but who would you contract if you could? And why?
Jun 28, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
The only thing we know for sure is that Edwin Rodriguez is still the manager of the Marlins. Which, given what I said the other day about the whole Puerto Rico thing, is nice. Otherwise: pure chaos. As Drew chronicled last night in a series of updates that reflects just how wacky the situation is…
Jun 28, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Stuff you missed while frolicking in the lawn sprinkler and eating popsicles on the front porch.
Jun 28, 2010, 5:42 AM EDT
Maybe the Pirates-Athletics game isn’t worthy of the top spot in ATH on the merits, but it did give us the best pic of the day, no?
Jun 25, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT
UPDATE: According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have suspended Carlos Zambrano indefinitely for his actions during Friday’s game. “His conduct was not acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. “It has become a bit of a tired act.” According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Hendry said, “We’ll play with 24 before…
Jun 25, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT
Like my grandma used to say: you can never be too rich, you can never be too thin and you can never have too much starting pitching.
Jun 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Given how poorly the team has played, it’s been reasonable to assume that the Brewers are at least considering selling off players, possibly even Prince Fielder and Corey Hart. Not so says owner Mark Attanasio, because the fans deserve better: “The thing you have to remember is that we’ve had three million fans coming to…
Jun 25, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT
The Jays come in to Philly tonight for a three game set . . . as the home team. You’ll recall that this little switcheroo is the result of the G-20 summit taking place in Toronto. As a result, the series that was supposed to take place in the Rogers Centre is now in Philly…
Jun 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT
Sure, he gave them the hearing date they wanted, but he could make them pay dearly for it.
Jun 25, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal has a bold idea for the Dodgers. After listing all the things that ail the currently-slumping boys in blue, Robo says: General manager Ned Colletti needs to be pragmatic. He needs to be creative. He needs to trade center fielder Matt Kemp. This is dumb. But maybe not for the reasons you’re thinking.…
Jun 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT
The Smoking Gun yesterday provided more details regarding the sexual battery allegations made against Johan Santana last fall. Expanding on the TMZ stuff, TSG’s report includes Santana’s statements to law enforcement and additional docs from the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Department. The upshot: Santana says — and explains in pretty graphic detail — that the…
Jun 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Remember yesterday how I said that it probably wasn’t that big a deal that the mediation and hearing in the Rangers’ case got moved to July 16th and July 22nd, respectively? Well, apparently Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan thought it was a big deal, because they filed a motion late yesterday asking that they be…
Jun 25, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT
When Fredi Gonzalez was fired the other day Bobby Cox — Gonzalez’s former boss — was quoted waxing admiringly about Gonzalez. He said some stuff about Jeff Loria too, however. Fun stuff that I didn’t see until this morning: “I know that guy is unpredictable, but I was still . . . After everything [Gonzalez]…
Jun 25, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT
The Braves have Heyward, the Mets have Davis, the Marlins have Stanton and the Nats have that one dude. Based on this latest news, it’s not out of the question that we’ll have a five-for-five phenom summer in the NL East! Domonic Brown is headed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies’ assistant general…
Jun 25, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT
Would Vin Scully pull a Prince Edward?
Jun 25, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT
The timing of Valentine’s hiring shows that Jeff Loria’s heart is too sizes too small.
Jun 25, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
My gut tells me that the Mets are the most likely team to trade for Cliff Lee. They’re seemingly willing to part with Jenrry Mejia, who would be a good pickup for the M’s. They said yesterday that they wouldn’t demand an opportunity to negotiate with Lee on an extension before making a deal, which…
Jun 25, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT
Too bad this Sox team is all about “run prevention.” Gonna have a hell of a time scoring runs, ya know.
Jun 25, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT
The super dope homeboy from the Oak-Town to appear at a Reds game. Buy tickets now to beat the rush.
Jun 25, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Prison for 98 and a year and we’ll call it even Johnny 99?
Jun 25, 2010, 5:47 AM EDT
A laser show, a couple of first place teams get the broom and a couple of aces get beat up, but I somehow find the time to quote a cheesy 70s ballad, so everything’s OK.
Jun 24, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT
Yovani Gallardo and the Brew Crew stifle the stumbling Twins
- The World Series ratings are low. So what? 60
- John Hart to be named Braves President of Baseball Operations 3
- No, Ned Yost didn’t “out-manage” Bruce Bochy. His players played better 69
- At least Hunter Strickland entertained us last night 35
- Royals even up World Series with 7-2 Game 2 victory 38
- Craig Kimbrel wins Trevor Hoffman Award; Greg Holland gets Mariano Rivera Award 9
- World Series, Game 2: Giants vs. Royals lineups 10
- HBT Daily: Are the Royals doomed, doomed, doomed? 11
- So, if you’re not a fan of the Royals or Giants, who ya got? (129)
- Erroneous Narrative Alert: no, the Giants are not a “gritty,” anti-stats organization (122)
- Pedro Martinez has some opinions about who the new “face of baseball” is (112)
- PANTY RAID! Homeland Security agents confiscate unlicensed Kansas City Royals underwear (109)
- The Royals asked a fan in Marlins gear to change his shirt last night. He refused. (86)