Aug 5, 2010, 4:56 PM EST
UPDATE: I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ozzie Guillen isn’t pleased. Joe Cowley passes along word of what he said when someone asked him if Jenks was still his closer: “You know what? Ask Bobby what he wants to do because I don’t know.” 4:17 P.M.: Bobby Jenks has been…
Aug 5, 2010, 4:50 PM EST
The future seems brighter for the Kansas City Royals lately, but their star pitcher is having a hard time seeing the light.
Aug 5, 2010, 4:25 PM EST
Kevin Youkilis went in for a second opinion on his thumb today. The only way it could have been worse was if the doctor said “you’re ugly too.” The verdict: season ending surgery for the Red Sox’ best hitter. I’ve been declaring the Red Sox dead for a week now, but I think this is…
Aug 5, 2010, 3:37 PM EST
Matt Stroup pinch hits for Tiffany and we talk Rangers sale, Rangers’ catcher and whether the Rockies can go on a run.
Aug 5, 2010, 3:13 PM EST
Everyone is wondering if this disappointing season will be the last go-around for Omar Minaya as the Mets’ general manager. Owner Fred Wilpon says that it’s an absolute certainty: Wilpon, in East Hartford, Conn., to help announce a new partnership between SNY and UConn athletics, brushed aside reporters’ inquiries about his floundering Mets. But as…
Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EST
Someone in Kansas City understands the concept of sunk costs and the desirability of roster flexibility: Jose Guillen has been designated for assignment. Guillen had a fast start this year, and I understand why the Royals continued to play him even after he cooled down. Their thinking: someone, somewhere [cough!] Brian Sabean [cough!] might have…
Aug 5, 2010, 1:45 PM EST
USA Today’s Christine Brennan on A-Rod, in a column which argues that A-Rod’s PED use should cause Major League Baseball to dock him home runs: During those three tainted seasons in Texas, A-Rod hit more home runs than in any other three-year period of his 17-year career: 52 in 2001, 57 in 2002 and 47…
Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EST
It’s hard to take writers’ rants against drugs in baseball when teams do things like hold “Jerry Garcia Tribute Night.” That’s what the Giants are doing on Monday: The National Anthem will be sung by Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Jeff Pehrson, while the seventh inning stretch will be played by Mickey Hart and Bill…
Aug 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EST
No Rangers fan wanted to go through all of the crap they’ve gone through over the past year, but if there is one thing that could almost make this process worthwhile, it’s this: Tom Hicks will be removed completely from any ownership role within the organization. Prior, Hicks was going to be given less than…
Aug 5, 2010, 11:38 AM EST
Last week we passed along the results of an ESPN study of health code violations in our nation’s ballparks. Tropicana Field fared particularly poorly in that study. At the time I gave them the benefit of the doubt because the Marlins fared poorly too and maybe the violation tallies were more a function of tougher…
Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EST
Maybe it was the adrenalin talking, but last night Chuck Greenberg said that he was going to do his best to sign Cliff Lee this winter.
Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EST
Olney would vote for him and so would I, but a great number of BBWAA and Veterans’ Committee voters wouldn’t touch A-Rod with a ten foot pole.
Aug 5, 2010, 9:37 AM EST
Stuff you don’t think about much: ballplayers need ten years of service time in order to get a major league pension. As Susan Slusser noted yesterday, however, Ben Sheets only has nine years, service time, which could provide the incentive to undergo another arduous rehab process and pitch again. Or maybe Sheets will find a…
Aug 5, 2010, 9:12 AM EST
I made all kinds of fun of Carlos Delgado’s agent sending his video around to teams the other day, but it looks like I’m the idiot now, because Ken Rosenthal says that the White Sox are showing interest. He notes multiple other times are good fits, but it’s not clear that they’re actually interested like…
Aug 5, 2010, 8:48 AM EST
You’ll be shocked to hear that some people are treating the accomplishment with something short of reverence.
Aug 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EST
Their stubbornness cost them close to $100 million in cash, but in the end Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan landed the Texas Rangers.
Aug 5, 2010, 5:49 AM EST
It was a sloppy night in baseball, my fellow Americans. But that’s what Wednesdays in early August are all about.
Aug 5, 2010, 1:51 AM EST
An intriguing court case? What is this, 1995? Where’s the white Bronco?
Aug 4, 2010, 6:07 PM EST
For those of you so intent on defending the legacy of Hank Aaron every time a new home run milestone is reached: the man doesn’t need your defending.
Aug 4, 2010, 5:45 PM EST
This was a waiver deal, but not revocable waivers. The Braves requested outright waivers on pitcher Chris Resop on Monday, the Pirates claimed him and now he’s theirs. A good pickup, too. At least one worth the waiver price. Resop, who is 27, has had some tough luck in various cups of coffee for the…
Aug 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EST
Watch me raise a little roof in an effort to get Tiffany to get into a little flow. I was unsuccessful on multiple levels.
Aug 4, 2010, 4:55 PM EST
Multiple sources are reporting that the Mariners have traded Mike Sweeney to the Phillies for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Um, OK. Sweeney is hitting .263/.327/.475 this year. Although the present tense is a bit misleading, in that he hasn’t played since June 25th. He’s only played in 30 games total,…
Aug 4, 2010, 3:14 PM EST
A-Rod has 600 homers. Does he have 163 more left in the tank?
Aug 4, 2010, 2:50 PM EST
Our daily take on the news of the day. Today: big injuries to big first basemen and a tempest in a teapot in the Bronx. In other words: nothing new.
Aug 4, 2010, 2:20 PM EST
I really want to tap into your feeeeeelings on this one, man. Don’t hold back . . .
- Phillies GM told Ryan Howard they’d be better off “not with him but without him” 76
- Trea Turner’s agent is unhappy his client is in limbo after trade to Nationals 42
- Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team 24
- Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins 16
- The Padres have given their fans something to talk about. Which is badly needed in San Diego. 64
- Justin Upton traded to the Padres for three prospects 79
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. 144
- Jake Peavy agrees to a two-year, $24 million deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants 26
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (144)
- Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, and Astros interested in Phillies’ Cole Hamels (111)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)