Aug 5, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT
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 EDT
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, 1:31 PM EDT
And it’s about as even-keeled as you would imagine. Hideki Matsui was only “vaguely aware” of what Ozzie Guillen said over the weekend, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, but after being informed of the context of his remarks, he said the following through his interpreter Roger Kahlon: “I think the circumstances…
Aug 5, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT
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, 12:35 PM EDT
Mark Reynolds, who was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball by Nationals right-hander Collin Balester on Tuesday, was incredibly back in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game. He wasn’t able make it through the whole game, however. During a pitching change in the seventh inning, teammate Stephen Drew noticed that Reynolds was…
Aug 5, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT
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 EDT
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, 11:35 AM EDT
The Mets are willing to negotiate a contract extension with Jose Reyes, a team source tells Andy Martino of the Daily News. Reyes is currently in the final year of a four-year, $23.25 million contract. The Mets hold an $11 million club option for next season, but would like to replace the option year with…
Aug 5, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT
In the form of his video blog for ESPN.com, Buster Olney tells us that Aroldis Chapman is very close to finding his way to the major leagues. Thanks to some recent mechanical tweaks, the Cuban left-hander has made some real strides in his transition to the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run…
Aug 5, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT
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, 10:18 AM EDT
When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would…
Aug 5, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
You’ll be shocked to hear that some people are treating the accomplishment with something short of reverence.
Aug 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 EDT
An intriguing court case? What is this, 1995? Where’s the white Bronco?
Aug 5, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT
Now that Alex Rodriguez has reached the 600-home run club, it’s time to look at who’s next. Jim Thome, you’re up. The Minnesota Twins slugger, who turns 40 on Aug. 27, has 13 home runs in 74 games this season and 577 over the course of his 20-year career. At his current pace, he should…
Aug 4, 2010, 11:28 PM EDT
Barry Bonds is a nice guy. Don’t believe me? Well let’s lay forth the evidence. On Tuesday, the news came out that the all-time home run king had donated $20,000 to a group of journalists. JOURNALISTS!?! That’s like Lex Luthor and the Riddler holding a bake sale in support of the Justice League. It’s just…
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