Jul 13, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes that today is the one-year anniversary of Jim Riggleman taking over as the Nationals’ manager. Washington is 72-92 (.440) under Riggleman, which doesn’t look very good until you compare it to their 158-252 (.386) record under the man he replaced, Manny Acta. Acta is now the manager in…
Jul 13, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT
George Steinbrenner was a titanic figure in baseball history. He was also a sonofabitch. Let’s hear about all of it.
Jul 13, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT
When the Red Sox placed Victor Martinez on the disabled list last month the expectation was that he’d be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break, but according to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe “that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.” Benjamin reports that “there continues to be no timeline for…
Jul 13, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT
Anthony Castrovince is one of MLB.com’s best. He’s a good reporter and, unlike some of the other people over there, he doesn’t give off the impression that he’s overly cozy with the team he covers, the Cleveland Indians. He’s a straight shooter, as likely to see things from the player’s perspective as he is the…
Jul 13, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT
Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox this winter in the hopes of putting together a big season and taking another crack at free agency, so not surprisingly Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Beltre and the Red Sox “haven’t had any talks” regarding an extension. Beltre is making $9 million this…
Jul 13, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT
If for some insane reason you’ve longed to hear what I sound like when discussing baseball, today is your lucky day. I appeared on Minnesota Public Radio radio this morning to discuss the Twins’ collapse heading into the All-Star break and you can listen to the segment by clicking here. If nothing else, those of…
Jul 13, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT
Well, he was interviewed, anyway. His story — which you can read here — is that he was just trying to protect his kid from the foul ball raining down from the sky. Some of you took that position when it happened. As a father I kind of doubted it — your first impulse is…
Jul 13, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT
The way I see it, you have a choice: you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to yourself tonight, or you can watch the All-Star Game and make wisecracks to a group of like-minded people. No contest, really, which is why you should show up here tonight for HardballTalk’s All-Star Game Live Chat.…
Jul 13, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT
Yesterday agent Scott Boras compared impending free agent Prince Fielder to Mark Teixeira, a fellow client and slugging first baseman who got an eight-year, $180 million contract from the Yankees as a free agent two offseasons ago. Boras did his usual hyperbolic thing, talking up Fielder as a future Hall of Famer and suggesting 20…
Jul 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
You may have hated him while he ran the Yankees, but what would you have given for your team’s owner to be as passionate and committed to winning as Steinbrenner was?
Jul 13, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT
Corey Hart fizzled in the second round of the Home Run Derby last night, but he’s still sizzling as a trade commodity. Today John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants — who we’ve known are interested for a while now — the Rays and the Padres are all interested in the…
Jul 13, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT
Troy Tulowitzki was initially given a six-week recovery timetable after an Alex Burnett fastball broke his left wrist on June 17, but the All-Star shortstop said yesterday that he’s ahead of schedule and could return as soon as two weeks from now. Tulowitzki has been throwing and fielding ground balls for two weeks already and…
Jul 13, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
The Boss had a few things to say in his life.
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.
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