Oct 8, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT
I find it funny that almost no one on the planet is buying in to that New York Times article about Lincecum’s performance being “more impressive” than Halladay’s, yet multiple people are nonetheless deciding that the “smart guys” (read: stat geeks in their mom’s basements) got this one all wrong. No, actually, just one did,…
Oct 8, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT
Don’t blow it again, Pirates: say no to Van Slyke! Hire Barry Bonds for the manager job! Andy Van Slyke, in town with fellow alumnus Dave Parker for a season-ticket holder event, took the opportunity to inform president Frank Coonelly about his interest in the club’s managerial opening. Van Slyke acknowledges that he may not…
Oct 8, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT
Deep thought: are there any “True Royals?” How about “True White Sox.” What are the rules here?
Oct 8, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT
No-hitter or not, a writer for the New York Times says it was Lincecum. Could he be right?
Oct 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Tiffany and I thought about tackling the blown call in the Braves-Giants game, but I ran out of Prozac.
Oct 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Peace in our time?
Oct 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place. I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs…
Oct 8, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT
You guys are familiar with my Charlie Manuel-as-throwback fixation. I truly believe that he was sent here from, say, the late 40s, by some benevolent scientists in order to save us from ourselves. Sort of a reverse “Quantum Leap.” I’m certain he has vast stashes of fresh beer made by breweries that haven’t existed in…
Oct 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
Let us chronicle the recent history of the position of President of the Los Angeles Dodgers: First Jamie McCourt was the President. She occupied herself, apparently, with questionable charitable endeavors, spending money on stuff that is plain loopy and hatching even loopier schemes to elevate herself to the office of President of the United States.…
Oct 8, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT
Jeff Moorad was really polite about it, but don’t these comments about the Padres passing on Pat Burrell hang Padres’ GM Jed Hoyer out to dry? “In retrospect, I wish I’d done more than relay Pat Burrell’s interest in coming here.” Moorad said Thursday afternoon. “I’m not going to tell Jed what to do and…
Oct 8, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT
Coming soon to Minute Maid Park: kiss cams in even larger, higher-definition! The new primary video board will be located in right field and will measure 54 feet high and 124 feet wide, making it the second-largest board of its kind in the Major Leagues. The Astros current video board is 26 feet high and…
Oct 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT
Pretty darn bad! Jeff Passan — citing Brooks Baseball’s chart of last night’s game — notes that Wendelstedt missed 31 ball-strike calls on Thursday. In the two other games, the umps missed 21 calls combined. Passan nails it: This is not normal. It is not close. In the Atlanta-San Francisco game Thursday, Dana DeMuth missed…
Oct 8, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT
Lance Berkman went 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a playoff game last night. Quick: can someone get Jeff “some players aren’t meant for New York and Lance Berkman is one of them” Perleman or Joel “going from the Astros to the Yankees is like going from the Ivy…
Oct 8, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
The players, the league and the umps having some sort of sit-down is a great idea! So I fully expect it to go nowhere.
Oct 8, 2010, 6:07 AM EDT
A picture is worth 1000 words. So, between that pic to the left and my rantings in this post, you’ve got 1,599 words to get through.
Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT
There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them: White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball…
Oct 7, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT
Is it too late to take the Rays out of the playoff and put the Red Sox in? Because they’re really depressing to watch at the moment. Anyway, let’s talk about the Sox some more. Here was Terry Francona today, when asked about roster decisions in general and Jason Varitek, specifically: “I think there has…
Oct 7, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT
We heard yesterday that the Mariners would be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka if he were on the market. They can forget it though, because Theo Epstein is pleased with him: “To look where we were with him in March, and where we are now, I think we feel a lot better about it now. Along…
Oct 7, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT
The New Yorker — a fine damn magazine even if I ended up reading more cartoons (“it’s a Ziggy!”) than articles when I had a subscription a few years back — makes a minor error in a story about the Red Sox buying Liverpool FC: Major League Baseball is a collusive oligopoly in which the…
Oct 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT
Usually, when a venerable member of our nation’s sporting media says something in public about steroids, the message is pretty clear: steroids are awful, only evil cheaters use them and unless we test people to within a hair’s breadth of their life, they will be a scourge upon the land. Or words to that effect.…
Oct 7, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
The Braves announced their NLDS roster a few minutes ago. You can see it here. There aren’t many surprises. Takashi Saito is off because his shoulder is still wonky. His replacement — Craig Kimbrel — has been pretty fantastic anyway. Jair Jurrjens is off due to his knee. There are still expectations that he would…
Oct 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT
Funny part: we made Tiffany be the one to say “OctLoweber,” thereby insulating me from the inherent lameness. Which I myself created. Oh, man. I gave it away.
Oct 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT
Not long after last night’s game a picture of the moment that Carlos Ruiz embraced Roy Halladay in celebration started making the rounds. It’s so hard in our digital age to appreciate when a photograph really captures the moment — there are so many pics these days, and of course, we have video — rendering…
Oct 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
I’m guessing that this will not be one of the five plays I watch in Heaven.
Oct 7, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT
In February 2009, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend, who accused him of (a) being HIV positive; and (b) infecting her having sex with her without telling her of his status. The most notable thing about it at the time, I think, was the girlfriend’s salacious narrative in the complaint itself, in which she…
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