Sep 2, 2010, 3:04 PM EST
Not just because he has led the Rangers to a big division lead, but because he has made it clear that he understands what wins baseball games and who, exactly, is in charge: Francoeur, a 2002 first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, hit .237 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 124 games this…
Sep 2, 2010, 2:29 PM EST
I’m far too caught up in a professional wrestling-induced Wikipedia k-hole to be watching the Yankees-A’s game right now, but apparently Nick Swisher left the game after his first at bat with a knee injury. Writers at the game have been told that it’s “stiffness” in his left knee, but that’s obviously a symptom, not…
Sep 2, 2010, 2:03 PM EST
Warning: if you don’t like 1980s professional wrestling you’re probably not going to like this post. There will be others coming along soon enough, though.
Sep 2, 2010, 1:30 PM EST
Not sure what is the most disorienting thing about this commercial: the game itself, the old A’s doubleknits or the fact that Martin actually seems sober.
Sep 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST
You can’t hire a manager based solely on P.R. But doesn’t Ryne Sandberg bring more than just P.R. to the table?
Sep 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EST
Derrick Goold interviews Mark McGwire in the Post-Dispatch today. The key points: Mark McGwire loves being a hitting coach. Mark McGwire is on a one year contract that both sides called an “experiment” when the year began. The Cardinals are currently gagging their way the hell out of playoff contention, primarily because they’re not hitting…
Sep 2, 2010, 11:59 AM EST
Carlos Delgado hasn’t played in a game down at Pawtucket since August 15th, and now it seems he won’t be playing in any more. The big man flew to Colorado yesterday to consult Dr. Marc Phillipon about discomfort in his left hip. Note: it was his right hip that had been giving him all the…
Sep 2, 2010, 11:28 AM EST
Josh Lueke was one of the players sent from Texas to Seattle in the Cliff Lee deal. You may recall that, at the time, there was some controversy about the Mariners’ due dilligence on Lueke, because it seems that he faced rape and sodomy charges in California last summer, pleaded no contest after the cops…
Sep 2, 2010, 10:17 AM EST
The most famous player in baseball has fired the most famous agent in baseball.
Sep 2, 2010, 9:50 AM EST
Frank McCourt famously leveraged the Dodgers after purchasing them. Indeed, he saddled an asset he bought for $430 million with something like $433 million in debt. We knew that. His defense has always been, however, that the Dodgers are a cash cow and that there are tons of untapped revenue sources available. And that all…
Sep 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
Rob Dibble’s firing was the subject on Mike & Mike this morning, and both Greenberg and Golic were scratching their heads at it. Greenberg’s quote evinced his confusion at the move: “you just fired Rob Dibble for being Rob Dibble.” That’s one way to think of it. Another way is to acknowledge that when you…
Sep 2, 2010, 8:15 AM EST
Nyjer Morgan has a lot to answer for. But so too do the Florida Marlins.
Sep 2, 2010, 5:49 AM EST
I for one applaud Nyjer Morgan’s heel-turn. And when he comes back from his inevitable suspension, I expect his interview with Mene Gene Okerlund to be epic.
Sep 1, 2010, 6:01 PM EST
As expected, the Braves purchased the contract of first baseman Freddie Freeman from Triple-A Gwinnett today. He’ll get the start tonight against the Mets, batting sixth, playing first base. Very few of the Braves’ midseason moves were of much consequence. Rick Ankiel and Derrek Lee have sub-.700 OPSeseses since coming over, and Kyle Farnsworthless is…
Sep 1, 2010, 5:28 PM EST
Longtime reader Evan has a pretty good point in response to the Red Sox medical staff stuff from earlier this afternoon. Basically, the knives are out for one and all as it dawns on everyone that the season is going to end on October 3rd: I think this is more a product of the team’s…
Sep 1, 2010, 4:56 PM EST
Another series against a bad team in the books, another series loss. The Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Astros today, completing the sweep for Houston. This follows the Redbirds dropping three of four to the Nats and two of three to the Pirates. If you can’t get right against those teams, you’ve got a hell…
Sep 1, 2010, 4:28 PM EST
Pirates team President Frank Coonelly sat down for his monthly web chat earlier today, and was asked by a reader how it felt to run “the losingest team in baseball.” His response: Given that we have many young readers of this chat, I will keep my answer G-rated: It stinks. It’s embarrassing, painful and incredibly…
Sep 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EST
Today ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes has a long and engaging look at the mounting criticism of the Red Sox medical staff that’s worth a read. It’s hard to really get a handle on this kind of thing. Most of us aren’t doctors and even those of you who are haven’t seen a player’s medical chart…
Sep 1, 2010, 3:02 PM EST
With the waiver trade deadline coming and going with no deal, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Ted Lilly are interested in talking about a contract extension. Makes sense for Lilly who, Rosenthal says, really wanted to be in Los Angeles a few years ago. Makes sense for the Dodgers too, who probably don’t…
Sep 1, 2010, 2:28 PM EST
Say, were you aware that Manny Ramirez was playing in a contested baseball game today?
Sep 1, 2010, 2:03 PM EST
What does Buck do when Mrs. Showalter is away?
Sep 1, 2010, 1:32 PM EST
Now that everyone seems to be declaring the competitive portion of the Red Sox season dead, look for a lot more hot stoveish speculation in the Boston media going forward. The latest: Nick Cafardo reports that the Sox have talked to Victor Martinez about a two-year contract. It would make sense for the Sox to…
Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EST
There was a story in the Star-Telegram yesterday about how Ron Washington is going to play in a Minnesota Twins old timers game this weekend. In it it’s mentioned that Eddie Guardado is going to play too. Hardly seems fair, as Gardado was pitching in spring training just this year. And he gets to face…
Sep 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EST
Thank goodness Jay Gibbons didn’t follow through with his promise to donate to the Dodgers team charity! If he did, he might be getting subpoenas right now! The attorney general’s office is investigating the compensation the Dodgers Dream Foundation made to club executive Howard Sunkin, who is an advisor / lobbyist / assistant for Frank…
Sep 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
It’s been nearly 20 hours since the last Bobby Valentine managerial rumor, so why not throw another one on the pile? ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick says that the Marlins are still considering Valentine and that he’s “on their list.” I question whether they’re on his list given how freaking mad they made him back in June,…
- Blue Jays sign Dayan Viciedo to a minor league deal 8
- Chris Sale will be sidelined for three weeks with foot fracture 11
- Aramis Ramirez says 2015 will be his last year 32
- Francisco Rodriguez re-signs with the Brewers 9
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended 299
- Pirates open to massive extension for Andrew McCutchen 18
- Report: Josh Hamilton had a relapse this offseason that “involved at least cocaine” 86
- Yankees don’t plan on having to pay A-Rod’s $30 million in home run milestone bonuses 51
- If addiction is an illness — and it is — Josh Hamilton shouldn’t be suspended (299)
- San Francisco — and all of California — will consider a smokeless tobacco ban that includes MLB parks (131)
- Report: The Yankees were “fuming” at how A-Rod handled his early arrival to spring training (114)
- Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada reportedly signs with the Red Sox for $31.5 million, plus $31.5 million in penalties (106)
- Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents (102)