Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT
Actually, things never end well for Manny. They just end.
Aug 30, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
Stuff you may have missed while standing on the beach, staring at the sea, staring at the sand.
Aug 30, 2010, 5:15 AM EDT
NBC Sports.com has cleared me to resume baseball blogging-related activities. They wanted me to do a rehab assignment down in the Gulf Coast League, but my agent nixed that idea. Thanks, Scott!
Aug 20, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT
As I mentioned in this morning’s recaps, I’m going to be taking a little time off. All next week to be precise. I’ll be back on Monday, August 30th. Yes, I’m going out of town, but it’s to a secret undisclosed location that may or may not look like the pic to the right. I…
Aug 20, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT
The day had not gone well for Atlanta. New first baseman Derrek Lee was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s adventures in left field had led to a couple of Cubs runs. The Braves’ bats just weren’t able to do a hell of a lot against Ryan Dempster. Facing Carlos Marmol…
Aug 20, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT
I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days! Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence monitoring…
Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT
Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible. Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again. Too much pain in his ankle, he…
Aug 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
Marlins outfielder Cody Ross was much talked about at the trade deadline but ultimately nothin’ happened. Now he’s on waivers, however, and Jayson Stark is reporting that an NL team has claimed him — Ken Rosenthal says it’s the Giants — and that the Marlins are discussing a possible trade. Of course, what put the…
Aug 20, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT
We’ve all been talking about the difficulty of the Roger Clemens-Brian McNamee he-said-he-said game, but at least one prominent member of the congressional committee that led to this mess said that the key to the referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office (which eventually led to the indictment) was Andy Pettitte’s testimony: Andy Pettitte’s sworn statement…
Aug 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
Here’s a pressing and important debate in today’s Post-Dispatch that in no way is designed to enflame the passions of Cardinals fans angry at Johnny Cueto. The headline: “LaRue’s out, Cueto’s in: Is that fair?” While the contours of the actual debate which follow are reasonable enough, the headline just slays me. The obvious implication…
Aug 20, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT
When I read the intro to this story about Torii Hunter’s return to Minnesota in today’s L.A. Times, I was prepared to scoff at yet another strange Torii Hunter statement: Target Field is “The House That Torii Built.” Ha! Put this alongside “Dominicans are imposters” and “Kirby Puckett moved off centerfield for me.” The usual…
Aug 20, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Remember back in March when I used the Red Sox scratchoff lottery game to unleash a big anti-lottery screed? At the time I said I’d provide updates as warranted. That was kind of snarky, actually, but today we have a good reason to update anyway: the Massachusetts lottery has now brought in $1 billion in…
Aug 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Giants-Cards, Reds-Dodgers and Rays-A’s. Oh, and Tiffany decides to address me by my old radio DJ name. If I had hair and hopes and stuff I’d swear it was 1990!
Aug 20, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT
Andres Blanco was nailed trying to stretch a double into a triple in yesterday’s Rangers-Orioles game (video here). Fun part about it that wasn’t evident from the video — but which is described in this Orioles Insider post — is that after the play, Blanco was jawing with Ty Wigginton over the putout. Which, as…
Aug 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
My internet friend Mike Treder pointed out something to me that escaped my notice: Sergio Mitre got the save in yesterday’s Yankees-Tigers game. Which ended 11-5. Mike’s comment: “You come into a game with your team leading 11 to 2, pitch three innings, give up six hits and three runs, and you’re given a “Save”…
Aug 20, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT
I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to parse Roger Clemens’ actions for signs of a strategy. As Joe Posnanski points out, however, this may be kind of pointless. That Roger Clemens could throw a bat directly into the path of Mike Piazza on national television, during a World…
Aug 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT
Joe Torre is going to announce his career intentions around Labor Day. My guess is that he’s going to retire. Everyone’s assumption is that Don Mattingly is the heir apparent. Bob Nightengale says think again: The assumption is that Don Mattingly is heir apparent to replace Joe Torre,but AAA manager Tim Wallach is looming as…
Aug 20, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT
Roger Clemens is ultimately responsible for his own fate. But he’s had absolutely no help from his lawyer.
Aug 20, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT
FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic reports that the Mariners “are starting to eye” Ted Simmons as a managerial candidate. Krasovic also reminds us that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and Simmons are longtime friends who worked together in the Pirates and Brewers organizations, so there’s that too. As I said when he was mentioned as a possible candidate…
Aug 20, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT
The Pirates loss to the Marlins last night was loss number 81. Which means the next loss will be loss 82, sealing their 18th straight losing season. We knew it was coming, but we know most milestones are coming and we still celebrate them anyway. As Dejan Kovacevic notes, this marks the earliest point in…
Aug 20, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT
And that’s a good thing. But the fact that the Reds have to ask for permission bugs me. I know it won’t happen, but I’d like to see a limited reinstatement of the Hit King.
Aug 20, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT
Deep Thought: if Twitter had been popular in late 2007, Clemens may have just issued a quickie denial everyone could have processed and ignored and he could have gone on with his life.
Aug 20, 2010, 5:58 AM EDT
The White Sox and Giants get up off the mat to salvage a win in their respective series. And I wrote a couple things in here that are gonna cause me to catch hell from Gleeman.
Aug 19, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT
You may remember that one of the big points of contention in Roger Clemens’ hearing before Congress was whether or not he was at a party at Jose Canseco’s house back in 1998 during which steroids were discussed. McNamee said Clemens was there. Clemens said he was not. Jose Canseco has long backed Clemens, saying…
Aug 19, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Recently there has been some noise about Jamie and Frank McCourt settling their divorce case and Frank buying Jamie out. A lot of this is likely borne of a desire to avoid a nasty trail that would likely have a lot of stuff about people sleeping with people who weren’t their spouse at the time…
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