Sep 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT
The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez reports that Joe Torre has “said he has decided what he’ll do next year,” and that he has told his wife and Dodgers’ GM Ned Colletti. He’s just not telling the public what it is yet. Query: did Torre have an open invitation to come back that would allow him…
Sep 17, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
Adam Jones probably had a better morning than you did.
Sep 17, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT
In this morning’s recaps I expressed surprise that the Mets four-game sweep of the Pirates was the first time they had swept a four-game series in four years. Reader The Dangerous Mabry tells me that I shouldn’t have been so shocked: The four game sweep thing only seems like a meaningful stat. The mighty New…
Sep 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
I didn’t totally nail it down because I had to do some other stuff, but my limited research indicates that this Mets recruiting video is 100% legitimate.
Sep 17, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT
Paul Konerko got beaned in the face by Carl Pavano in the first inning of last night’s Twins-White Sox game. In the second inning, Mark Buehrle plunked Michael Cuddyer in the shoulder, no doubt because of the Konerko thing. No brawls, no ugliness, end of story and life went on. But Buehrle’s quote, when asked…
Sep 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT
When even the best sportswriter in the business whiffs on the Derek Jeter story, something significant must be going on.
Sep 17, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT
We usually hear about Yom Kippur and baseball when the holiday impacts a Jewish player during the playoffs. This year Yom Kippur does not occur during the playoffs — it begins at sundown tonight and lasts until sunset tomorrow — and Ike Davis certainly does not have any playoff plans this year. But his team…
Sep 17, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT
The O’Malley family owned the Dodgers for 47 years. While there are some old coots in Brooklyn who still hate them, they’re pretty much Dodgers royalty. Since selling the team the O’Malleys haven’t been terribly outspoken about the Dodgers, serving more as sources for historians, documentary filmmakers and authors and stuff than critics of the…
Sep 17, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT
The Twins sweep the Sox. There isn’t a hotter team going.
Sep 16, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT
Speaking of the Dodgers offseason options, Andre Ethier takes issue with the talk from yesterday about how he wants to go to the Red Sox: “It’s obviously hearsay,” said Ethier. “Especially at this point, it doesn’t even make sense to comment on something like this.” I’m no lawyer, but I always heard that admissions against…
Sep 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
It just occurred to me that no one is getting Jerry Manuel, Ken Macha and all those guys parting gifts. Sad, really.
Sep 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Every time a controversial play goes down that could have been made right by instant replay, Bud Selig says they’ll study the matter, and then a few days later he says that everyone likes the status quo just fine. Not everyone. ESPN’s Jayson Stark polled 24 of the 30 major league managers and found that…
Sep 16, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT
This morning I wondered whether one of the New York columnists or talk radio guys would use the phantom hit-by-pitch thing as a pretext for changing the Derek Jeter narrative from “Captain Perfect” to “Desperate, flawed tragedy” or something like that. It took most of the day for us to get there, but ESPN New…
Sep 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT
Heyman’s latest goes over the possible replacements for Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. This line stuck out at me: People within the Mets organization see ticket sales as a key issue and some opine that Valentine could be the man to re-energize the organization in that regard. It’s fun to mock the Mets from time…
Sep 16, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT
The Marlins and Mariners are set to play an interleague series next year, and Florida is supposed to the home team. But thanks to U2’s tour — man, Bono ruins everything, at least since “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” — Pro Player Robbie Sun Life Stadipark will be occupied. Options: Play in Puerto Rico:…
Sep 16, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT
Former Giants (and Mets and Mariners and Padres and Reds and Indians and Red Sox and Athletics) outfielder Kevin Mitchell has been ordered to stand trial for assaulting a man at a golf course. The claim is that Michell repeatedly punched the guy after he “had spoken disparagingly about him earlier.” “Hey Mitchell! Your refusal…
Sep 16, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT
So much for my brilliant theory. Nyjer Morgan’s suspension has been reduced from fifteen to eight games. You’ll recall that Morgan was appealing two separate suspensions: one for throwing a ball into the Citizens Bank Park stands, for which he was docked seven games, and one for the battle royale he set off against the…
Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Tiffany and I talk about the HBP that wasn’t, Tulowitzki’s heroics and whether Roy Halladay deserves the Cy Young Award.
Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT
Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?
Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT
This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group. This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this. What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans…
Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT
Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…
Sep 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT
The answer is obvious . . . right?
Sep 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT
From today’s New York Times: Since 2000, more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment. The tally is based on a review of New…
Sep 16, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT
A couple of months ago, if you told me that Carlos Zambrano was going to retire after the 2012 season, I would have asked how he’d ever make it that long. He’s been pitching well lately, however. So well, in fact, that it’s not too hard to imagine him being a solid starter again for…
Sep 16, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April. I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression…
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