Jul 7, 2010, 1:11 PM EST
I don’t set out to hate everyone. Sometimes it just happens that way.
Jul 7, 2010, 12:31 PM EST
Including a very honest usher who, I’m just sayin’, could make himself a few extra bucks if get got wise.
Jul 7, 2010, 12:10 PM EST
And I do hope the guy who mentioned “the Barry Bonds treatment” was referring to intentional walks.
Jul 7, 2010, 11:28 AM EST
One of the reasons I tend not to get too caught up in the All-Star Snub Wars is that just about every snubbed player eventually gets in the game anyway, what with the pitchers who throw on Sunday, the guys who get injured and the guys who pretend that they’re injured who really just want…
Jul 7, 2010, 11:10 AM EST
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Phillies’ top scout and Busch Light man Charley Kerfeld watched Ben Sheets pitch in Oakland on Monday night. Sailsbury says that the Phillies “appear to have some interest” in Sheets. The Athletics got Sheets just to flip him anyway, so they’d obviously consider dealing him. Whether the Phillies want…
Jul 7, 2010, 10:30 AM EST
Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have been calling all over the place for pitching, contacting the Mariners, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians and D’Backs. One wonders what kind of pitching they’re really looking for given multiple reports that they’re not able to take on any salary at all, what with them being a…
Jul 7, 2010, 10:07 AM EST
Many people thought it problematic when it was revealed several months ago that Tom Hicks was both (a) selling the Rangers; and (b) part of the ownership buying the Rangers. Different capacities, sure, in that Tom Hicks the individual was buying from an entity — Hicks Sports Group — that Hicks just so happened to…
Jul 7, 2010, 9:25 AM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
“Baseball’s crazy, even stupid sometimes . . .”
Jul 6, 2010, 6:15 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
The Yankees are totally messin’ with the Twins and Mets.
Jul 6, 2010, 4:30 PM EST
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 EST
Bud Selig is “comfortable” with the way things are. Sorry, that’s not good enough for me.
Jul 6, 2010, 3:27 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here.
Jul 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EST
Thanks God for LeBron-mania! Otherwise baseball would seem positively unhinged right now.
Jul 6, 2010, 11:15 AM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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…
- Report: Red Sox make $95 million offer to Pablo Sandoval 72
- White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal 34
- Report: Red Sox offer Jon Lester six years, $110-120 million 72
- Report: “There is a 90 percent chance that Pablo Sandoval will sign with the Red Sox” 130
- A’s sign Billy Butler to three-year, $30 million contract 84
- Cardinals reportedly joining pursuit of Jon Lester 65
- Giancarlo Stanton’s contract is backloaded. REALLY backloaded. 148
- Braves and Cardinals swap Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller in blockbuster deal 157
- Braves and Cardinals swap Jason Heyward and Shelby Miller in blockbuster deal (157)
- Giancarlo Stanton’s contract is backloaded. REALLY backloaded. (148)
- Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year, $82 million deal (135)
- Report: “There is a 90 percent chance that Pablo Sandoval will sign with the Red Sox” (130)
- Sexual assualt charges reinstated against Tigers pitcher Evan Reed (128)