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…
Aug 9, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire: Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already total $120 million. The nine who make…
Aug 9, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT
The Brewers have traded Jim Edmonds to the Reds for outfielder Chris Dickerson. This from the Reds Twitter feed of all places. Wow. Edmonds is hitting .286/.350./493 this year and will help a Reds outfield that has been uneven. He’s also making only $850K this year, around a third of which would still be owed. …
Aug 9, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT
The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin — who has been doing a whale of a job covering the McCourt divorce, by the way — reports today that the McCourts would like to settle if at all possible. While on one level that’s a no-brainer — no one wants to go through an ugly trial — it…
Aug 9, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT
Due to a mis-measurement of the unobtanium extract I use in the intricate, scientific formulation of my weekly Power Rankings, they will unfortunately be delayed until tomorrow, when they will go by their alias “Your Tuesday Afternoon Power Rankings.” In the meantime, we can use this thread to take bets on which team I will…
Aug 9, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT
When Lance Berkman was traded to the Yankees there were some who thought that the country boy from that little Texas town (note: Houston is the 4th largest city in America) would have a hard time adjusting. On the diamond that certainly has been the case in his first few games: he was two for…
Aug 9, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
From leadoff last night to last for today’s tilt against the Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury will bat ninth reports Gordon Edes. Ellsbury is 0 for 16 since coming off the DL. I’m sure there’s some considerable rust there and, in the grand scheme of things, 16 at bats isn’t a lot. But given the hype and…
Aug 9, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT
After complaining about the specific strike zone CC Sabathia was given on Saturday, David Ortiz offered his opinion about the strike zone in general this year: “Swinging at all kinds of [stuff]. That’s what you’ve got to do. Swing, swing, swing, swing and good luck. Of course, you have to, man. It’s killing the game.…
Aug 9, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT
Torii Hunter on moving to right field to make way for Peter Bourjos: “Kirby did the same thing for me, he moved to right field to make room for me in center field,” Hunter said. “[Bourjos] is a great kid. He’s 23 years old, he can run, so let him run. With that kind of…
Aug 9, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT
Memo to Pirates’ announcers Steve Blass and Greg Brown: Even if you haven’t been there before, fellas, at least act like you’ve been there.
Aug 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT
I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring: “I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t. The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the…
Aug 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT
The Dodgers designating Garret Anderson for assignment opened up a roster spot, and the man who took it was one Jay Gibbons. Interesting story there. Gibbons, you’ll recall, was a Mitchell Report All-Star, having been tied up with those “rejuvenation clinics” that supplied players with HGH. He was released by the Orioles the following spring…
Aug 9, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT
If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead. Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he…
Aug 9, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
The Pirates’ coaching shakeup was not a matter of poor performance. It was a matter of loyalty.
Aug 9, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
I know your game: you surf baseball blogs at work and tune out on the weekend because you have a life to lead. Hell, I invented that game. Which is why I also invented Weekend Wrapup.
Aug 9, 2010, 5:39 AM EDT
Brandon Morrow smokes the Rays, and pennant races tighten. In more important news, I bought some baseball shirts and I’d like to tell you about them.
Aug 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
Peter Gammons says there is in his latest column: As dark as it seems, all three once-great baseball towns have hope. “The Royals and Pirates have done what small-market teams should do with their revenue-sharing money,” says one big-market general manager. “The last couple of years they’ve gone over slot on Draft choices, they’ve spent…
Aug 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT
FanHouse’s Tom Krasovic — who’s in pretty entertaining form today — spoke with Red Sox owner John Henry via email today about the state of the Sox. The verdict: Not too good: “At this point we’ll need another miracle. This team, healthy, is capable . . . However, the injuries we have had have been…
Aug 6, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT
We heard that they’d be discussing it after the deadline. It’s now after the deadline. They’re now discussing it, with Baker telling MLB.com that he’s “been approached in the last couple days,” and that “there are some things starting.” As was the case with Ron Washington, it’s all about winning. If the Reds weren’t in…
- The schedule: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it 59
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 52
- Eduardo Rodriguez dazzles in major league debut 21
- Masahiro Tanaka expected to rejoin Yankees next week 4
- Alex Rodriguez is the all-time AL RBI champion. Sorta. 76
- And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights 86
- Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: Matt Adams out 3-4 months, possibly the year, with torn quad 62
- Bryce Harper leads in the first round of National League All-Star voting 29