Jul 6, 2010, 9:10 AM EST
There was some farkakte story back in May about how the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee was haunted and that because of it visiting baseball players don’t like to stay there. It was on a local news station and it came during May sweeps, so take it with the same grain of salt you take those…
Jul 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EST
And now, the continuing stoooory of a sale, that’s gone to the dogs.
Jul 6, 2010, 8:20 AM EST
We passed along word last week that the A’s were selling “Get off my mound” t-shirts in honor of the Yankees’ return to Oakland. Sounded like a great idea to me in a fun, self-effacing kind of way. But apparently they don’t do self-deprecation in the 209, because Dallas Braden hates the shirts: “They’re trying…
Jul 6, 2010, 5:53 AM EST
My favorite team got mowed down by Roy Halladay but the evening worked out OK anyway.
Jul 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EST
The last prognosis we heard regarding Chase Utley was that it would be eight weeks before he could make it back to the Phillies’ lineup. Todd Zolecki is tweeting, however, that Utley is planning on coming back sooner than that, saying that it will take five weeks to heal, one week to get his mobility…
Jul 5, 2010, 6:14 PM EST
Jayson Stark tweets that both of the All-Star managers were told by Major League Baseball that they needed to pick a “multi-position” player in order to take advantage of the new rule allowing managers to return one player to the game after he comes out. It was for that reason, Stark says, Charlie Manuel chose…
Jul 5, 2010, 5:16 PM EST
It’s approximately 165 degrees here in the Midwest today, so heading out to see a day game was already an iffy proposition for Tigers fans. Those who used their day off work to do so were greeted with one of the uglier games of the past couple of weeks, as the Tigers and Orioles decided…
Jul 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EST
It’s entirely possible that someone else thought of pitting four giant plush mascots against one another in between-inning footraces before the Brewers did it with their sausage guys, but Milwaukee has always done it the best. And, inevitably, it has led to copycats. Giant president heads race in Washington. Hot dogs race in Cleveland. Tools…
Jul 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EST
It’s being reported that Geoff Jenkins will announce his retirement this Friday. Jenkins will sign a one day contract in Milwaukee so he can retire as a Brewer. And thank God for that. Because it would be a travesty if history remembered Geoff Jenkins in the uniform of the, um . . . he played…
Jul 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
We hear about Adam LaRoche, Kelly Johnson and Dan Haren being shopped by Arizona, but another valuable player on the sinking Diamondbacks ship is Stephen Drew. And now Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are interested in him. Drew, who is currently hitting .268/.336/.409, is under team control through 2012. The bat isn’t overwhelming this…
Jul 5, 2010, 2:13 PM EST
No surprises at number one, but number two is new. And anyone who can guess who number 18 is without looking wins a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Oh, crap, I gave it away, didn’t I?
Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EST
The New York Post says so, but they may be overselling it.
Jul 5, 2010, 12:14 PM EST
Buster Olney says that Buck Showalter is the “heavy, heavy” favorite to be the Orioles’ next manager and handicapped the race thusly: “Showalter 1:2, Eric Wedge 6:1, Rick Dempsey 50:1, others 100:1.” For his part, Heyman thinks Wedge is the favorite, though wouldn’t be surprised if Showalter got the gig. Olney used to cover the…
Jul 5, 2010, 11:10 AM EST
When a guy says “and you can quote me on that” there’s about a 99% chance that he’s quote-of-the-day material.
Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EST
Peter Gammons tweets that the Cubs are beginning to face reality (i.e. they’re going nowhere) and, as a result are thinking about trading Ted Lilly. They’d only think of it as loaning him to someone, however, as Gammons says Chicago would then try to sign him again once he hits the market after the season.…
Jul 5, 2010, 10:10 AM EST
It’s not easy being a Phillies fan at the moment. The team keeps losing, half the infield is injured and your manager is doing crazy stuff like naming Omar Infante and Ryan Howard to the All-Star team instead of Joey Votto. Chaos, basically. Then you have to wake up on a fine Monday morning and…
Jul 5, 2010, 9:48 AM EST
Kyle Drabek — son of Doug and trade-fodder for Roy Halladay — threw a no-hitter for the Jays’ AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats yesterday. Drabek walked two and struck out three. Overall Drabek is 8-8 with a 3.20 ERA in the minors since being acquired by Toronto back in December. Having watched his father pitch…
Jul 5, 2010, 9:19 AM EST
One of the biggest reasons I took this job is because I hate having to, you know, get dressed in order to go to work. I mean, it was just a matter of time before what happened to the Astros’ Geoff Blum over the weekend happened to me: Blum felt a “pop” in his elbow…
Jul 5, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
As the trading season gets increasingly nutsy, we’ve seen an explosion of “Team X had a scout at Player Y’s last game!” chatter. Here’s a fine example of such a thing from Jon Paul Morosi yesterday: The Yankees, Dodgers and Cardinals were among the clubs with a scout in attendance at Cliff Lee’s start in…
Jul 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EST
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary to miss baseball news because you’re celebrating, you have HBT Weekend Wrapup to get you back up to speed.
Jul 5, 2010, 5:34 AM EST
I celebrated the 4th the way the Founding Fathers intended: inside an air-conditioned house while watching an essentially British game on my Japanese TV while drinking foreign beer.
Jul 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EST
Athletics’ Assassin (not sure I like that, but bear with me, I’m trying new things) Susan Slusser reports that Dallas Braden is likely to be scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled start against the Indians. In his place will be Clay Mortenson, who will be called up from Sacramento. Slusser says the A’s may wait to announce…
Jul 2, 2010, 5:45 PM EST
Jon Heyman talks to a GM who remains nameless who says that before it’s all said and done some 12-15 teams will show at least some amount of interest in Cliff Lee. Among the usual suspects — Mets, Rangers, Twins — Heyman says that the Rays and the Phillies are showing interest too. I guess…
Jul 2, 2010, 5:20 PM EST
FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi just tweeted that the Braves — who could really use an outfielder or two — aren’t currently bidding on either of the ones Kansas City is shopping in Jose Guillen and David DeJesus. As a Braves fan I give this bit of information a 50% approval rating.
Jul 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EST
A rather depressing day in the Bronx, at least for those who root for the Yankees. It’s not yet over as I type this, but a nicely wasted effort on the parts of the Yankees is close to completion. The wasted part: A.J. Burnett actually pitched well for the first time in a long time.…
- Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million 20
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade 75
- Sergio Romo re-signs with the Giants for $15 million 13
- So, apparently we’re sweating the Matt Kemp physical now 45
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba 141
- Marlins complete Michael Morse deal: two years, $16 million 18
- Padres, Rays, Mariners discussing trade involving Wil Myers 36
- It is perfectly clear that A-Rod is the Yankees’ DH. At best. So there will be no drama, right? 37
- Baseball’s highest-ranking Hispanic woman employee sues for discrimination (163)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (143)
- Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, and Astros interested in Phillies’ Cole Hamels (110)
- Done Deal: Yoenis Cespedes and two players traded to Detroit for Rick Porcello and a minor leaguer (105)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)