Aug 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
If only we had more time to get a statistically significant amount of data to test if the Cubs’ new north side ballpark is truly the source of their failures! “I believe there hasn’t been a whole lot of people that have run that team that truly understand the ballpark,” Steve Stone says of the…
Aug 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
I promise you that I’m not obsessed with Gregg Doyel. I just can’t seem to let this one go. You’ll recall this morning that Doyel stuck it to the player’s union and talked about how he wanted the Mets to crush them in the course of this Francisco Rodriguez business. The union is too powerful,…
Aug 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
Watch as Tiffany gives me crap for hedging on whether Andy Pettitte can come back from his groin injury. She should be an appellate court judge.
Aug 18, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT
Some of the Bobby Thomson remembrances I’ve seen over the past 24 hours have made references to baseball’s “Golden Age.” Forbes’ Tom Van Riper ain’t havin’ it, though: Nostalgia holds that the 1950s represented baseball’s golden era. They didn’t. Thomson’s famous ninth-inning, final-game homer off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants the 1951…
Aug 18, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT
Or, as one of my co-workers put it: “The Shot Heard ‘Round the Greater Laredo Area”
Aug 18, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT
As is almost always the case following the draft and its attendant August signing deadline, the calls are going out for a hard slotting system in which draft picks are paid a set price based on where they’re taken. No haggling! Just like buying a Saturn! While there may be some merit to the idea…
Aug 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT
The Braves’ apparent move to get Derrek Lee means that, no, they have no intention of calling up first base prospect Freddie Freeman. Which is regrettable, because all he’s doing is hitting .308/.369/.510 down in AAA and, if I had to guess, would perform better than either Troy Glaus or Derrek Lee down the stretch.…
Aug 18, 2010, 9:43 AM EDT
CBS Sports.com’s Gregg Doyel has never been one for subtlety, but in his latest column — in which he rips the MLBPA for having the audacity to defend one of its members — he shows his contempt for facts, reason and perspective as well: The MLB players union has gone too far. Finally, inarguably, the…
Aug 18, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT
Jim Thome — the man Ozzie Guillen didn’t want back — hit a big time walkoff home run to beat the Sox last night. What did Ozzie do afterward?
Aug 18, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
Mike Cameron has been on the disabled list since August 2nd, and based on his comments last night, he’s not coming off for the rest of the season: “We’re in a position now where we need all of the healthy — physically and mentally — guys possible playing in the field. Me trying to play…
Aug 18, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
The Mets putting K-Rod on the disqualified list yesterday was a tough but defensible move. I think the union will fight it because, in essence, the Mets are punishing K-Rod twice for the same conduct, but it’s at least possible that it will stick. The Mets declaration that K-Rod’s contract is non-guaranteed going forward, however,…
Aug 18, 2010, 5:45 AM EDT
Five shutouts this Tuesday night, and a big walkoff blast from Jim Thome.
Aug 17, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT
I just heard that the Mets have decided that they (a) will not attempt to void Francisco Rodriguez’s deal as a result of his little fracas with his girlfriend’s father, but they will (b) attempt to avoid paying him the balance of his 2010 salary as a result of him suffering a non-baseball-related injury. The…
Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT
It’s been a pretty bad year for the Dodgers, both on the field and off. Sometimes, though, that’s just how baseball goes, ya know?
Aug 17, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT
That’s what he was telling people in the Sox’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Only two things wrong with that of course: (1) the doctors haven’t said that he could (and have previously said it’s extremely likely that he couldn’t); and (2) the Red Sox right now have a hell of a lot of work…
Aug 17, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT
Alex Rodriguez tweaked his calf muscle in last night’s game and is out of the lineup tonight. There’s a chance he could pinch hit, but for now he’s day-to-day. In his place: Ramiro Pena. Nothin’ personal against Pena, but is there a bigger falloff between the starter and his backup in all of Major League…
Aug 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT
Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors noted earlier this afternoon that the Phillies’ decision to give Greg Dobbs a two-year deal before the 2009 season “wasn’t entirely necessary.” In light of his being designated for assignment today, I think Tim is right. But Tim goes further in this post, noting all of the examples in…
Aug 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
Baseball news gets kind of slow between 2 and 4pm, so I find myself thinking about stuff like this.
Aug 17, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT
I’ve written a couple of times recently that I thought Bobby Valentine would be a good fit for the Mariners. Some people just love to dismiss my opinions, apparently because some know-nothing is saying, no, Valentine and the Mariners aren’t a fit. What? Oh, it was Bobby Valentine who said that? Ah. Well, yes, I…
Aug 17, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT
The man who hit “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” has died. Bobby Thomson was 86. No one can be fully defined by their best or worst moments on this Earth. But if you have to choose one of ‘em, being remembered for hitting the most famous home run in baseball history ain’t bad. And…
Aug 17, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT
Last week in Houston we had the guy who jumped out of the way of a foul ball, thereby letting his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend get hit. Much better news today: an Astros fan who makes one hell of a scoop of a foul ball while (a) wearing a nifty throwback jersey; and (b) not even getting…
Aug 17, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
Bonus: it’s totally casual day at HBT Daily.
Aug 17, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT
Even when you read the box scores every day you miss a lot. For example, the following — brought to you in this morning’s recaps thread by Commenter Emeritus APBA Guy — hadn’t occurred to me: This is the third straight game the Cult of Beane has nearly been no-hit. Last night it was a…
Aug 17, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT
The Diamondbacks selected pitcher Barret Loux sixth overall in this year’s draft, but backed out of signing him after a physical revealed a labrum tear and elbow issues. My thinking had been that, with no deal in place, Loux would go back to college or wherever and next year someone else would take a chance…
Aug 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT
This starts out as a thing about ballplayers but kind of turns into a bit of a social/political thing. But not a partisan one, I don’t think, so don’t be afraid.
- “They Don’t Know Henry” (167)
- Doug Glanville’s story about being racially profiled at his own home (125)
- There is still a racial divide in baseball (112)
- And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights (96)