Sep 21, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
You would think that after ten seasons of people constantly writing some variation of the “David Eckstein may be small, but he’s a scrappy winner!” story, eventually newspapers would stop running it. You would think that, but you would be wrong. From the L.A. Times: If David Eckstein is right, if players like him are…
Sep 21, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
In which I finally give (non-snarky) props to Cole Hamels for pitching well last night. And yes, I taped this before you guys started yelling at me about it.
Sep 21, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT
I found it odd that righty Grant Balfour was brought in to face lefty Curtis Granderson last night — Granderson homered — but I didn’t think much about it. I’m just realizing now that it was a screwup by the Rays: Joe Maddon had apparently wanted lefty Randy Choate, but a miscommunication with the bullpen…
Sep 21, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT
How many skipper openings will their be this year? Five? Ten? I’ll go with eight.
Sep 21, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Hey look: the Braves actually hit something last night!
Sep 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT
Remember that big stink in early 2009 in which the Nats gave a big signing bonus to a guy who was found out to be four years older than they thought he was? And that he was, you know, a totally different person than they thought he was. Boy, was that embarrassing! But it gets…
Sep 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
And by “questions swirl” I mean “lots of people are wanting to make an accusation about the Rockies messing with the humidor, but don’t have enough evidence to do so, so they phrase their accusations in the form of questions so as to make it seem like they’re not accusing anyone of anything”: The humidor…
Sep 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT
And even worse than that for the A’s closer, he’s off to Alabama: Bailey, the A’s two-time All-Star closer, has been shut down for several days with elbow soreness and will see Dr. James Andrews in Alabama this week. Bailey believes the issue is the same one he had in the spring: tennis elbow. The…
Sep 21, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT
Gavin Floyd pitched really well until his last couple of starts, with those missteps being the result of some shoulder tightness. Now that the Sox are all but officially eliminated his season is over. Well, there’s a slight chance that he could pitch again. Ozzie Guillen says that he can go on Sunday if he’s…
Sep 21, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT
I gave the Yankees-Rays game short shrift in the recaps this morning because (a) I was preoccupied with the Steinbrenner monument; and (b) it wasn’t exactly a drama-filled game. But one guy definitely deserves more props, and that’s Curtis Granderson. He hit two homers, walked twice, drove in five and stole a base. Granderson has…
Sep 21, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT
And he’s right. After all, the Hall of Fame ain’t just for people we like.
Sep 21, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT
The Phillies extend their lead to four behind another great start from Cole Hamels. But really Phils fans: there are limits to how much you can taunt after beating Brandon Beachy.
Sep 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT
I’ve gotten a ton of digs in at Frank McCourt recently — and they’re legitimate digs, I think. But while I think that McCourt mismanaged the purchase of the Dodgers and has taken a approach to his asset that is not conducive to building a strong baseball team, at least there’s a sense of competence…
Sep 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Reader Gobias Industries is not impressed with Scott Boras’ claim about how special Jayson Werth is: It’s amazing (albeit a bit mathematically impossible) how many once-in-a-generation talents Boras has represented this generation. I take a bit of an objection here. Boras is way too sharp to call all of his big free agents “once-in-a-generation” players.…
Sep 20, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT
This is not exactly the most pressing question in the baseball blabosphere these days. While we obsess about La Russa and Torre and Mattingly and Ryne Sandberg, while we wonder who the next Mets’ boss will be (“I’m standing right here!” Jerry Manuel says, “I haven’t been fired yet!”) and while Bobby Valentine is shuttled…
Sep 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT
In 2010 the Astros AAA club was located in Round Rock and the Rangers club was located in Oklahoma City. Last week the Rangers announced they’re taking over Round Rock and, a few minutes ago, the Astros announced they’re getting Oklahoma City. They’ve basically traded. I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, but Round Rock is…
Sep 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal spoke with Scott Boras about his newest client, Jayson Werth. Say, Scott, how are going to position your free agent to-be? “He can play center field . . . He has the closing speed to play center . . . It makes your team so different. Normally you get that production out of…
Sep 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT
This would seem to be a bad thing for the Braves. If so, why are Philly fans the ones worrying?
Sep 20, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT
That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from Joe Sherman’s latest, in which he cast about big league front offices to get (anonymous) comment on the Mets’ COO. The pithy summary: Wilpon is a “short-tempered, tone deaf credit seeker,” he’s an “accountability deflector,” a “micro-manager” and a “second-guesser.” Oh, and he’s a bull-headed idiot…
Sep 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT
Jamie McCourt’s driver hit a pedestrian before the trial even got going today, so there’s that. He’s supposedly OK and didn’t need medical treatment. Jamie will probably give him a house or a job with the Dodgers or something to sign a lawsuit waiver. In the trial itself, this morning, Jamie McCourt took the stand…
Sep 20, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
A big week for the East. Thank God we’ve got that bias working for us already!
Sep 20, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT
For the second straight week, a new team tops the charts.
Sep 20, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT
The Yankees are going to dedicate George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park tonight. They would have had the ceremony sooner after Steinbrenner’s death, but there was a delay due to the original plaque-maker being killed for including the line “. . . presided over the Yankees’ longest period between postseason appearances in franchise history: 1982-1994.”…
Sep 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
Jon Heyman has a lot of managerial speculation in his latest column. One of the fun ones: while it’s highly unlikely Joe Girardi won’t be back in New York, if he does bolt, “Bobby Valentine likely would be one candidate to replace him in the Bronx.” I just love this because it proves that we…
Sep 20, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT
Felix Hernandez would have three starts left if he stays on regular rest. Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald reports, however, that he may start only two more games because the team is concerned about his workload. Hernandez’s workload, that is. Not Arnold’s. I’m sure he’ll be able to report for the rest of the…
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