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…
Jul 12, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT
Is it too early for some winter hot stove? Nah, never too early. Ken Rosenthal has a new column up, and it’s got all kinds of random things in it. The thing that caught my eye was his discussion of the Angels’ potential moves this summer, which might include going after a first baseman. They…
Jul 12, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT
Because they have some of the easiest second-half schedules among contenders. That according to Buster Oleny who breaks it all down in his latest column. Really the Reds and Cardinals have the easiest schedules left, but considering they’re competing with each other for the NL Central title, the cake schedule doesn’t really give either of…
Jul 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT
During his press conference this afternoon All-Star manager Joe Girardi announced that Michael Young was picked to replace the injured Adrian Beltre on the AL roster, which was fine except … well, apparently no one told Beltre. Girardi was under the impression that Beltre was unavailable after injuring his hamstring yesterday, but the Red Sox’s…
Jul 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT
I moan about the All-Star Game every year. Please tell me if I’m off base.
Jul 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT
Our own Tiffany Simons interviews Brandon Phillips. And Brandon Phillips seems excited about it.
Jul 12, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT
Charlie Manuel overlooked a 150-point difference in OPS to pick Ryan Howard over Joey Votto for the All-Star team, so even after Votto was added to the NL squad via MLB.com’s “Final Vote” contest it’s no surprise that the Phillies’ manager went with Howard at designated hitter. Or that he’s batting cleanup. Here are the…
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