Jul 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT
Adam Dunn was really enthused about signing a contract extension with the Nats earlier this year, but that enthusiasm has waned, Buster Olney reports, as the Nats have been less eager and trade speculation has risen. On that count, Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has said that it would take “an extraordinary deal” to trade Dunn.…
Jul 13, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT
Cliff Lee has been traded four times, including three moves in the past 12 months, so with free agency around the corner he naturally wants to negotiate a no-trade clause into his next contract. I’m going to do everything I can to have that in there. I want to have some control of my life.…
Jul 13, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT
Look out, boys: Baseball Valhalla is about to get interesting.
Jul 13, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT
UPDATE: The Daily News is reporting that George Steinbrenner has died. He was 80. We’ll be writing more about this shortly. In the meantime, thoughts and prayers to the Steinbrenner family, Yankees fans and, let’s face it, baseball fans everywhere. 9:25 A.M.: WABC in New York is now reporting that Steinbrenner had a “massive heart…
Jul 13, 2010, 9:16 AM EDT
Yesterday Tom Haudricourt said that, after his conversation with Scott Boras, he was never more convinced that Prince Fielder was going to leave Milwaukee via free agency. Today we have the article explaining why, and it comes down to two words: Mark Teixeira. The quotes are all Boras: “When you have a player that performs…
Jul 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT
Of course they are.
Jul 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT
If delusion is a performance enhancing drug, David Ortiz’s Home Run Derby championship is explained.
Jul 13, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT
Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 13, 1969
Jul 13, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. — With four no-hitters, including two perfect games (and that’s not even counting Armando Galarraga’s perfecto robbery), this has definitely been the year of the pitcher. Not only have we seen dominant performances on the mound, we’ve witnessed an incredible rise of talented young arms. These guys can not only bring the heat,…
Jul 12, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT
It took a while, but David Ortiz is your Home Run Derby winner.
Jul 12, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT
The 2010 Home Run Derby is complete. And our contest has a winner.
Jul 12, 2010, 10:37 PM EDT
Albert Pujols drew a huge crowd during media interviews on Monday. Ichiro Suzuki, followed by a host of Japanese reporters, had an even larger following. But both of them paled in comparison to Will Ferrell, the actor/comedian who showed up at the Home Run Derby. Ferrell drew quite a following, a group including All-Star officials,…
Jul 12, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT
“That’s going to take a couple hours off my night.”- Detroit Tigers All-Star Justin Verlander, discussing how an increased role in the All-Star game will impact his social life. Verlander was joking, obviously, when asked to compare his first All-Star appearance in 2007, when he hardly expected to get into the game, versus his current…
Jul 12, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Arthur Rhodes has made the All-Star team for the first time at age 40. The veteran left-hander has been a starter and closer, but has spent most of his career as a middle/late reliever, making his accomplishment as unusual as it is impressive. In 19 seasons in the big leagues, Rhodes is…
Jul 12, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT
I grew up listening to Operation Ivy. No, I’m not going to bore you with my one-time affinity for late 80′s ska-core, but there’s a line from “Knowledge” that always rings true in my head, especially as it relates to my experience as a baseball fan: “All I know is that I don’t know nothing.”…
Jul 12, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT
Warning: even my Charlie Manuel-to-grifter translator was no match for this one.
Jul 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT
When Boras starts citing “rare commodities,” hold on to your wallet.
Jul 12, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT
I’ve reported a bit of bad news regarding the Rangers sale over the past year, and when I did I was always surprised to read the hostile reactions of Rangers fans on various Rangers blogs. Hostility directed at me directly, not at the news. Killing the messenger is always tiresome, you know? But at least…
Jul 12, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT
MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nats haven’t spoken with Bryce Harper yet about a contract. Harper was drafted on June 7th. The deadline to sign him or lose him is August 15th. No one should be particularly concerned about this, however, because as everyone knows, Scott Boras is the agent, and as everyone who…
Jul 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT
After numerous setbacks and false starts recovering from his abdominal injury and subsequent back problems Brian Roberts finally began a rehab assignment today in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, going 3-for-3 while leading off and playing second base. Roberts said last week that he’s targeting an August 1 return, but president of baseball operations Andy…
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