Aug 10, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT
The Pirates traded minor league catcher Luke Carlin to the Indians today for a player to be named later. That this is as minor a trade as can possibly be is illustrated by the fact that the most significant part of it — Carlin, the guy who was actually named — has really only had…
Aug 10, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT
I don’t know what it is about pitchers always wanting to hit and position players always wanting to pitch, but Adam LaRoche is the latest example: “The only thing I can promise you is, if a position player gets to pitch, it will be me,” he said. “We’ll have a fight on the mound if…
Aug 10, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT
Ever read those stories about how some insanely rich guy made a business deal to make him even more insanely rich? That’s how pitchers must feel when they hear how Roy Halladay picked up a new trick or two in the offseason: In spring training, Halladay worked hard at developing his changeup, a pitch that…
Aug 10, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT
UPDATE: Booooo! They’re only wearing the caps in batting practice. As a followup to this morning’s Nats/Expos post, it appears as though Washington is doing more than merely honoring Andre Dawson tonight. They’re actually wearing Expos uniforms. Or least caps, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. My daughter (to the right) approves. And if they do…
Aug 10, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT
Today we learn a little bit about math and biology.
Aug 10, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT
This post will be important to the six Ohio readers out there who choose their politicians based on their baseball opinions.
Aug 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
And you thought Kyle Farnsworth’s performance was the worst thing on display during last night’s Braves-Astros game.
Aug 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT
Padres’ owner Jeff Moorad sat for an interview recently and reflected a bit on the team’s unexpected success: “I think there’s a misconception about payroll,” said Moorad, who made his name as a sports agent inking record deals from Orange County. “The media and some fans would have you believe if you spend more money…
Aug 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
Tiffany Simons and I talk Cards-Reds, Strasburg and the fate of Don Wakamatsu
Aug 10, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT
Alex Rodriguez was on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay yesterday, talking about his 600th home run. The bulk of the interview was about how he’s in a better mental space than he was a couple of years ago, the pressure and the career home run mark. But I found this answer — about what people…
Aug 10, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT
First Brandon Phillips couldn’t back up the smack he spewed at the Cardinals, and now the Giants are unhappy with Jonathan Sanchez for his prediction that San Francisco would sweep San Diego next weekend: Manager Bruce Bochy said some Giants were giving Sanchez a “hard time” about his statement, and not in a good way.…
Aug 10, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT
I’m no artist, but if I may suggest a pose the sculptor may wish to consider . . .
Aug 10, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT
Never fear! Ken Caminiti, Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Rafael Palmeiro are here! Well, they were!
Aug 10, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT
When your ace is on the hill and the team you’re chasing in the standings is coming up to bat in the first inning, you had best be ready to go. It’s a lesson Cardinals’ shortstop Brendan Ryan won’t soon forget: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter confronted shortstop Brendan Ryan in the dugout on Monday for…
Aug 10, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT
Personally, I like that the Nationals are honoring Andre Dawson tonight. The Expos are the Nats’ direct ancestor, and there’s no one else left around to honor the old warriors of Montreal. But not everyone feels this way. Nats’ fan/blogger Chris Needham thinks that, with all due respect to the Expos’ legacy, the Nats need…
Aug 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT
Better late than never, no? And the reason for the poster is simply because I’m tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.
Aug 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT
If the Cubs have any hope of unloading Carlos Zambrano on anyone, they’re going to have to showcase him as a starter. That showcasing began last night. It wasn’t pretty, but it could have been way uglier. Zambrano gave up only two runs over five innings, but that was deceiving: only 49 of his 96…
Aug 10, 2010, 6:03 AM EDT
The Cardinals let the Reds know that they still have a ways to go before they can claim the NL Central.
Aug 9, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT
Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez does not lack confidence.
Aug 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT
Tiffany Simons and I discuss the pressing matters of the day. And Derek Jeter.
Aug 9, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT
UPDATE: I guess the “statement” only lasted so long. Bottom of the eighth and Mark Teixeira just deposited a Daniel Bard fastball to the upper deck in right field. You may now exhale, Mr. Papelbon. 4:54: P.M.: Daniel Bard just came into the Yankees-Red Sox game in the bottom of the seventh with the Sox…
Aug 9, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT
James Falzon was sitting along the third base line at a Mets-Braves game in 2007 when Luis Castillo’s bat shattered, sending the barrel flying towards his face and resulting in some pretty massive injuries. Falzon is now suing the Mets, Castillo, former Met Ramon Castro — who owned the bat — Major League Baseball and…
Aug 9, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT
Don Wakamatsu is taking the fall for the performance of the 2010 Mariners, but their fate is not all — or even mostly — his fault.
Aug 9, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT
ESPN 710 in Seattle is reporting that the Mariners have fired manager Don Wakamatsu. Additional sources are reporting that bench coach Ty van Burkleo and pitching coach Rick Adair have been let go as well. Jon Paul Morosi just reported that AAA manager Daren Brown has been promoted and will be the Mariners interim manager.…
Aug 9, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT
Edmonds trade aside, it’s a pretty slow day in baseball land, so I offer up a link to Joe Posnanski’s post in which he tries to figure out who the worst position player in baseball is this year. He goes over a long list of candidates, discussing their lack of merits, but he settles on…
- Kris Medlen leaves game with right forearm strain 16
- Cardinals sign Cuban middle infielder Aledmys Diaz to a four-year major league contract 60
- Cardinals and Matt Carpenter agree to a six-year, $52 million extension 11
- Jet Blue Park is absolutely incredible 59
- Gary Nolan one of many careers saved by Dr. Frank Jobe 17
- Ian Kinsler hopes Rangers go 0-162, calls GM a “sleazeball” (132)
- Albert Pujols was insulted when someone asked him if he can put up Mike Trout numbers (103)
- The politics of “The Cardinal Way” (67)
- Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?” (61)
- Reporter calls Ian Kinsler as self-absorbed as A-Rod (60)