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 . . .
Aug 4, 2010, 1:26 PM EST
Alex Rodriguez just hit a home run off Shaun Marcum in the first inning of the Blue Jays-Yankees game. Our long national, er, make that our short, strange local nightmare is over. Now Kevin Kernan is going to have to trash his “A-Rod’s failure to hit his 600th home run is prolonging the recession” column…
Aug 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EST
Paul Sullivan reports that the Cubs are putting Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation. He’ll get the start against the Giants on Monday. This makes perfect sense. If the Cubs think they can trade Zambrano — maybe a crazy thought, but one they’ve been having — the only possible hope they have to do so…
Aug 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EST
Marlins’ outfielder/3B Chris Coghlan may soon begin taking ground balls and taking batting practice, which is a sign that he will be putting off knee surgery until after the season. Assuming a medical exam he was scheduled to have last night turned up nothing crazy, Coghlan could soon be sent out for a rehab assignment…
Aug 4, 2010, 11:59 AM EST
And even if it does, the Yankees trading for Austin Kearns is no evidence of it.
Aug 4, 2010, 11:13 AM EST
Rick Dempsey believes he was stepped over. Which may have been the way Angelos wanted it, but it ain’t the way he wanted it! He’s smaht! Not like everybody says! “I’m very, very disappointed, to tell you the truth. I don’t begrudge Buck getting the opportunity. He is going to be a hell of a…
Aug 4, 2010, 9:50 AM EST
Personally, this one sounds pretty dreaded to me.
Aug 4, 2010, 9:20 AM EST
Not that he was ever unwanted.
Aug 4, 2010, 8:49 AM EST
It’s probably a good thing that no one truly fights in baseball anymore, but I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t something, I dunno, deflating about seeing everyone run out onto the field to simply . . . grumble at one-another. That’s what the Indians and Red Sox did last night. Here’s some…
Aug 4, 2010, 8:19 AM EST
Let the record reflect that Blue Jays’ starter Rickey Romero was rough stuff last night. After going a mere two and two-thirds innings while giving up eight runs when he faced the Yankees a month ago, Romero came back last night and silenced the Bombers’ bats. He struggled through the first inning but rebounded nicely…
Aug 4, 2010, 6:18 AM EST
The worst part about Jeff Francoeur hitting the game-winning homer? The Atlanta papers will now start agitating for the Braves to somehow bring him back to the Braves.
Aug 3, 2010, 5:57 PM EST
The Yankees had team pictures this afternoon but there was one notable absence: Alex Rodriguez, who just whiffed, apparently. We already knew he was history’s greatest monster, so this merely adds to his ever-growing indictment. Joe Girardi said that he’d probably be fined in the Yankees’ kangaroo court, famously presided over by Mariano Rivera. That…
Aug 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EST
They’re dropping like flies this afternoon. The Phillies have placed Ryan Howard on the DL, obviously figuring that his ankle needs more than a day or two of rest. They’ve called up John Mayberry to take his place on the roster. The entire Phillies infield has been on the DL now at some point this…
Aug 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EST
Fascinating stuff in the Smoking Gun today regarding the Yankee Clipper: Joe DiMaggio’s army records, which paint him an a pretty unflattering light: Despite a cushy job as a physical instructor in the Army’s Special Services division, DiMaggio–who saw no combat, was never shipped overseas, and spent many months stationed in Hawaii–exhibited a “defective attitude…
Aug 3, 2010, 4:57 PM EST
UPDATE: Turns out Youkilis has a torn muscle in his thumb. The team will be getting a second opinion on it (“hmmm, looks merely frayed!”), but the concern was that if he keeps playing, the muscle could detach from the bone. 4:30 P.M.: Kevin Youkilis had an MRI on his wonky thumb today. It apparently…
Aug 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EST
Waivers. They’re no big deal. But you knew that, right?
Aug 3, 2010, 3:04 PM EST
The White Sox are playing the Tigers at Comiskey Comerica this afternoon. As the bulldog goes to press, it’s 12-1 Chisox. Kind of feels like the Tigers’ season is ending as we speak, doesn’t it? Beyond that, the most interesting thing about this game is that Juan Pierre hit a solo home run in the…
Aug 3, 2010, 2:32 PM EST
On one level I’m happy that Ozzie Guillen is now backtracking from his controversial comments over the weekend, saying that his stuff about baseball treating Asian players better than Latinos was taken out of context, misinterpreted and so on. I mean, we have a pretty decent pennant race shaping up here in the AL Central,…
Aug 3, 2010, 2:03 PM EST
Many have suggested that Mark Cuban and Houston Businessman Jim Crane are not wanted by Major League Baseball (note: his name has been legally changed to “Houston Businessman Jim Crane.” I’m totally not effing with you here). But maybe in baseball as in nature, two negatives make a positive: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban could make…
Aug 3, 2010, 1:31 PM EST
Missed this in the trade deadline hangover the other day, but Rosenthal reported on Sunday that Carlos Delgado has gotten two minor league offers and that his agent, David Sloane, may field more this week. The offers were not based on in-person scouting, however: Sloane says he sent video last week of Delgado running and…
Aug 3, 2010, 1:03 PM EST
Remember those statues of Frank Howard, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson that were installed at Nationals Park last year? The ones with the multiple limbs that were described as “having the unfortunate effect of making the players seem covered in tumorous growths.” Yeah, there’s more of that sort of thing coming next season: Thomas Sayre…
Aug 3, 2010, 12:29 PM EST
Your daily video dose of Tiffany Simons and me chatting about the important issues of the day. If there are none, we discuss baseball.
Aug 3, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
Rick Ankiel says he would consider pitching again. Here are his comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I keep thinking when I can’t run any more and I still want to be in the game, maybe I’ll give [pitching] a shot. For now, I’m an outfielder and that’s how I look at it.” Stranger things have…
Aug 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EST
If you’re planning on buying the Texas Rangers, make sure your bid is in by 8PM tonight, because that’s when the bidding closes. Heck, that gives you most of the day to get your stuff together, so I don’t see why you can’t get in on it too. All you need is a little information.…
- Blue Jays sign president and CEO Paul Beeston to extension through 2015 20
- Reds sign four-year contract extension with Devin Mesoraco 11
- The Yankees are going to try to get out of paying A-Rod his contract incentives 75
- How Commissioner Rob Manfred Can Make Baseball More Appealing 60
- Blue Jays cut off talks for Orioles executive Dan Duquette 48
- Rob Manfred, new Major League Baseball commissioner, suggests ban on defensive shifts 118
- Yankees reject A-Rod’s apology attempt 48
- Joe Posnanski: Remembering ‘Mr. Cub,’ Ernie Banks 18
- Bud Selig: The Greatest Commissioner in the History of Baseball (146)
- Rob Manfred, new Major League Baseball commissioner, suggests ban on defensive shifts (118)
- Comments of the Day: some of you guys aren’t big Bud Selig fans (77)
- The 2015 Braves have “gravitas” and “veteran leadership” and will have dirty uniforms. Just kill me now. (76)
- Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s greatest players and greatest ambassadors has died at age 83 (75)