Sep 30, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT
Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Rafael Soriano has hired Scott Boras as his agent. It was probably a forgone conclusion that Soriano was going to leave via free agency anyway, but this likely seals it, seeing as though guys don’t usually hire Boras to negotiate their creative, incentive-laden, keep-me-with-my-current-team deals. The…
Sep 30, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT
Tiffany and I talk about Brooks Conrad, the NL Cy Young and the AL Rookie of the Year.
Sep 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
The McCourt trial ended yesterday, with closing statements offered by the attorneys. Lots of different attorneys, according to the L.A. Times summary. Each side had, like, three people making arguments. What was this, a tag team match? I understand multiple lawyers taking stabs at different parts of closing if it’s a complicated case, but this…
Sep 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Reds and Dusty Baker are really close to signing a three-year extension to keep Baker on as manager. All that’s left, McCoy says, is” dotting I’s and crossing T’s.” Jeez, I know the Reds do things on a budget, but you’d think they’d at…
Sep 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT
You’d think that having the home field advantage would help you in the playoffs. It really doesn’t do all that much for you. Why?
Sep 30, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT
I and the other members of the HBT gang have offered our opinions about the AL Cy Young Award more times than we can count. Now it’s your turn.
Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT
Hiedki Matsui isn’t having a fabulous year, but it hasn’t been terrible either: .272/.361/.454 with 20 homers. He’ll likely want to play again in 2011, and I’m guessing some teams may be willing to give him a look. One team he talked about yesterday was the Athletics, who he tells Susan Slusser, might be a…
Sep 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
This is nice and all, but I know a guy who is probably caught hell from the missus when he got home.
Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
For the first time in over 20 years, a World Series game is going to start before 7pm Eastern time. It will be Game Three which, thanks to the good people at Chevrolet who kicked in some extra advertising scratch, will start at 6:57 p.m. Game Three is scheduled for October 30th, and that’s a…
Sep 30, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT
As we say goodbye to Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and maybe Tony La Russa, let us not forget that another fine manager is saying farewell himself.
Sep 30, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT
We know he’s going to be relieved of his duties, but the rumor now — attributed to “sources” by the 7 Train to Shea blog — is that Omar Minaya’s last day as a Met employee will be Monday and that he won’t be given another job in the organization. I don’t doubt the firing…
Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT
As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte — says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings. Pettitte…
Sep 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Major League Baseball, union folk and enough lawyers to fill out an intermural volleyball team will meet today to chat about the grievance Francisco Rodriguez filed after the Mets withheld salary from him and purported to make his contract non-guaranteed for next season. I wouldn’t expect anything notable to happen today, inasmuch as this is…
Sep 30, 2010, 5:54 AM EDT
Two doubleheaders? A walkoff strikeout? Despite most of the games not mattering all that much, it was a pretty damn good day/night of baseball.
Sep 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT
I wasn’t watching the Rangers-Mariners game (there was some paint drying in my basement and I really felt like keeping my eye on that for a bit), but reader Evan A. pinged me to tell me that it ended all crazy, so I went and looked it up to see what happened. The upshot: Tie…
Sep 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
Pretend you’re Daren Brown and Jack Zduriencik. OK, once you’ve stopped screaming, answer this question . . .
Sep 29, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT
Reader Joerf was at Game 7 as well: My father and I were at the game. We were sitting in a box on the first base side, the tickets were a gift from one of his clients. My dad wasn’t much of a baseball fan but I loved it. Benny Benack was playing “the Bucs…
Sep 29, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT
Mat Latos has been fantastic this year. I want to say that at the outset. If he doesn’t pitch like he’s pitched most of the season the Padres are not in this thing right now. He’s taken the ace role and, even if he may be petering out a bit under the workload as the…
Sep 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
The Reds know how to do a day-after-clinching lineup. I just thank my lucky stars that they’re not playing the Padres right now: RF Willie Bloomquist 2B Chris Valetta 1B Yadier Alonso 3B Juan Francisco CF Chris Heisey LF Laynce Nix SS Paul Janish C Corky MIller P Johnny Cueto
Sep 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT
lar at Wezen-Ball followed up on his post from this morning about Tom Boswell and the “Jose Canseco milkshake” comment from last night’s episode of “The Tenth Inning.” The upshot: Boswell had reported the “Jose Canseco milkshake” incident at the time. The implications: I don’t think any, really. At least for the purposes I went…
Sep 29, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT
My friend Judi was at the game and wrote a letter to her parents about it that night. I just got a copy of it, it’s great fun, so I’ll share.
Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…
Sep 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Tiffany and I talk about the moderately-sized Red Machine’s chances, whether the Padres have it in them to come back and who should win the AL MVP award.
Sep 29, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT
I’ll stop gettin’ angry at people who dis King Felix when people stop saying stupid things about him.
Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it. The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less…
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