May 29, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT
Apparently baseball doesn’t realize how scandalous it is to let this grizzled old man coach some hitters.
May 29, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT
The most celebrated team in Red Sox history gathered at Fenway Wednesday to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 championship team.
May 28, 2014, 8:53 PM EDT
Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez reenacted a famous blooper on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
May 26, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT
The Cubs are going into this with their eyes wide open, knowing Manny Ramirez failed two drug tests and once seemingly burned all his bridges with the Boston Red Sox.
May 25, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have signed — or, more appropriately, “hired” — veteran slugger Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach for their Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. There are no designs for him to make it to Chicago.
May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.
Apr 29, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT
Rather than accept another minor-league contract and try to pitch his way back to the majors again 37-year-old right-hander Freddy Garcia has signed with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, where he’ll be the highest-player in the history of the league.
Apr 20, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT
Watch as Angels first baseman Albert Pujols moved to within two home runs of the big 500-homer milestone on Saturday afternoon against Tigers closer Joe Nathan …
Apr 11, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT
For all of the logic people try to apply to their position on PEDs, one’s visceral response — and the color of one’s jersey — still tends to rule their views on the matter.
Mar 13, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal has an exclusive interview with Manny Ramirez. As we saw last week, Manny wants back in baseball. That may be a pipe dream, but it’s not anything new. What is new is Manny speaking openly about his two PED suspensions: He received a 50-game suspension in ’09 and was on the verge of…
Mar 7, 2014, 9:59 AM EDT
A friend of mine once said that this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic mother[expletives]. Mother[expletives] who thought their [expletive] would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t. Exhibit A, Manny Ramirez, who said this to Enrique Rojas of…
Feb 18, 2014, 9:47 AM EDT
This is absolutely adorable: Manny Ramirez will now be represented by Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management, according to a baseball source. #MLB — Zach Links (@ZachLinks) February 17, 2014 I know Ramirez gets quoted as saying he wants to play every now and again, but I figured that was just talk. Besides, if…
Feb 13, 2014, 6:57 AM EDT
Has any player since Cal Ripken or Hank Aaron or Joe DiMaggio been so respected simply for being himself?
Feb 12, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT
Not that he ever seemed particularly motivated by personal milestones, but any dream of 4,000 hits and a run at Pete Rose died for Derek Jeter when he suffered a fractured ankle in the 2012 postseason. Never healthy in 2013, he played in just 17 games due to a quad injury and continued soreness in…
Feb 9, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT
For the first time since 1997, the Rockies will have a full-time first baseman not named Todd Helton. Helton announced his retirement in September, ending a 17-year Major League career. His Hall of Fame case will be debated in earnest the closer we get to 2018. For now, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post…
Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in…
Jan 13, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT
The trouble with liars, as the old line goes, is that they don’t have the decency to lie all the time. Somewhere in his parade of nonsense, paranoia and self-aggrandizement, it seems evident that Anthony Bosch told some truths about Alex Rodriguez and performance enhancing drugs. It just doesn’t seem practical for him to have…
Jan 12, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT
Interviewed by 60 Minutes for Sunday’s show, former drug dealer Tony Bosch says he first met with Alex Rodriguez in 2010 and subsequently gave him numerous performance enhancers and supplements over the following two years, including the banned substances testosterone, hGH and insulin growth factor. Bosch said upon meeting Rodriguez the former MVP asked him…
Jan 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT
OK, so maybe the Yankees will have some A-Rod-induced headaches in 2014 after all. While Rodriguez was banned for the entirety of the 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz today, his spokesperson Ron Berkowitz told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that it is “100 percent certain” that the suspended slugger plans to participate in spring…
The PED Eight: players who continue to take hits from Hall of Fame voters whether they deserve it or not
Jan 8, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT
This is not new. Ever since Mark McGwire appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2007, a great many Hall of Fame voters have made it their mission to deny entrance to any player who was associated with performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Or, even if the player…
Nov 22, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT
Manny Ramirez still hasn’t given up on returning to the big leagues, but that’s never going to happen and in the meantime his son, Manny Ramirez Jr., is ready to start playing Division I college baseball. Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com reports that the 18-year-old Ramirez Jr., a 6-foot-4 first baseman, is headed to the University…
Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT
Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…
Nov 12, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT
And now your weird rumor of the day: Heard that former Mets first baseman Rico Brogna is close to joining Angels staff, possibly as assistant hitting coach. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 12, 2013 This is not weird simply because Brogna was a pretty bad hitter with a pretty bad approach to hitting for…
Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT
These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…
Oct 23, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT
BOSTON — There seems to be quite a bit of talk about continuity going into this year’s World Series. Well, hey, it’s the Cardinals and the Red Sox again. Fourth time. That was the matchup in ’46, with Stan Musial and Ted Williams, Enos Slaughter and Johnny Pesky, Red Schoendienst and Bobby Doerr and that…
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- And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights 32
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