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  1. Looking ahead to next year’s Hall of Fame ballot

    Jan 9, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    Because one can never get too much of a head start. As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas exit the ballot as Hall of Fame inductees, a new and nearly as intriguing class of first timers will arrive in 11 months: Randy Johnson: 5 Cy Youngs, 2nd all-time in strikeouts, 303 wins Pedro Martinez:…

  2. Next stop Cooperstown for Roy Halladay

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Roy Halladay‘s shoulder let him down in the end, but not until after one of the best 10-year runs in memory. From 2002-2011, Halladay went 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA and 1,699 strikeouts in 2,194 2/3 innings. He went to eight All-Star Games, won two Cy Young Awards and finished second twice more. During that…

  3. How to handle this overstuffed Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    We have a problem here, one that’s going to keep getting worse in future years. The Hall of Fame electorate is permitted to vote for only 10 players per year, but this ballot contains more than 10 Hall of Famers: Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Tom Glavine Greg Maddux Mark McGwire Mike…

  4. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 1946, 1967, 2004 and 2013: The Sox and Cards do battle again

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Slaughter Mad Dash

    While I’m sure many Red Sox fans were looking forward to a rematch of the 1916 World Series with the Brooklyn Robins (what, you don’t remember that?), the Red Sox are matched up with their historically most familiar World Series rival: the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s the fourth matchup between these storied franchises. They met in…

  6. Cardinals await conclusion of ALCS as World Series will be a rematch of 2004 or 2006

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    With a thorough 9-0 drubbing of the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, the Cardinals clinched a World Series appearance for the first time since, uh, last week. At least it feels that way, anyway. They won the World Series in 2011 against the Texas Rangers in seven games. The Cardinals are anxiously waiting…

  7. David Price bashes TBS baseball show

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    David Price was lit up for seven earned runs in seven-plus innings Saturday as the Rays allowed the Red Sox to take a 2-0 ALDS lead. Price must have tuned into the TBS postgame show after his outing because this is what he tweeted to his more than 180,000 followers late Saturday night: Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT…

  8. Jamie Moyer over-explains throwing a changeup

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Pedro Martinez has a book? So does Jamie Moyer. It’s called “Just Tell Me I Can’t,” and Moyer and it were profiled on NPR’s “Fresh Air” show yesterday. There is a transcript of some of his highlights here. And, with the caveat that I listen to NPR a lot so I’m not trying to make…

  9. Pedro Martinez is writing a book

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    If you’re enjoying Pedro Martinez on TBS’ postseason coverage there’s some more good news: He’s signed a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to write an autobiography, with an assist from Boston Herald columnist Michael Silverman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says the book will be called simply “Pedro” and will contain “lively, raw stories” about his soon-to-be…

  10. Clayton Kershaw wraps up season with 1.83 ERA

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Clayton Kershaw blanked the Rockies for six innings Friday to improve to 16-9 on the season and lower his MLB-best ERA to 1.83. Kershaw is the first to qualify for the ERA title with an ERA under 2.00 since Roger Clemens came in at 1.87 for the Astros in 2005. His mark is the lowest…

  11. Bobby Valentine’s 9/11 comments may have cost him a gig with TBS

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Yesterday TBS announced its postseason crew. Keith Olbermann will man the studio and with him will be Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci. On merit alone that’s a solid studio team, assuming of course Pedro is as candid in his studio analysis as he is in interviews and public appearances. But it may have been more than…

  12. A curious definition of “old school”

    Sep 27, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Dave O’Brien’s column about the McCann-Gomez thing is kinda hilarious. It extolls Brian McCann‘s “old school” mentality of getting up in Gomez’s face. He then added this: I heard Billy Wagner interviewed on the radio today, and he was asked about what happened. Wagner said if it had happened when he played for the Astros,…

  13. TBS hires Pedro Martinez as a playoff analyst

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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    TBS announced that Pedro Martinez will join their broadcast crew for the playoffs, with the future Hall of Famer teaming with Tom Verducci as analysts alongside studio host Keith Olbermann. As for what he’ll bring to the table, Martinez told the Associated Press: Some of us, when we go up to the booth and look…

  14. When it Raines, Part I

    Sep 23, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    A fantastic point here made by Tom Tango, and I have to admit that it has made me (for the nine millionth time) rethink the Baseball Hall of Fame. As you might have heard, Fangraphs asked a bunch of writers to name the three best eligible players not in the Hall of Fame. They asked the writers…

  15. Tanner Roark is 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA for the Nationals

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    As the Nationals’ cling to their playoff lives with a dramatic late-season run an unheralded 26-year-old rookie is piling up victories. Tanner Roark, a former 25th-round pick acquired from the Rangers for Cristian Guzman in mid-2010 who didn’t make his big-league debut until last month, tossed seven shutout innings against the Braves last night to…

  16. Clayton Kershaw shuts down Marlins, lowers ERA to 1.72

    Aug 22, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies

    Clayton Kershaw did what you’d expect him to do against the lowly Marlins this afternoon, tossing eight shutout innings versus a lineup featuring two guys slugging above .385. In doing so Kershaw lowered his ERA to 1.72, which would be the fourth-lowest among all pitchers with 150 or more innings since the mound was lowered…

  17. Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit’

    Aug 19, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

    Yankees' Girardi agrues with home plate umpire Brian O'Nara in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    Joe Girardi had about four hours to think about what he was going to say after getting tossed in the second inning on Sunday’s Yankees-Red Sox game. His response to Ryan Dempster seemingly intentionally throwing at and hitting Alex Rodriguez: “I wish he had to hit. That’s what I wish.” So, basically, Girardi is saying…

  18. Yu Darvish notches his fourth 14-strikeout game of the season

    Aug 1, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish was flirting with history for a little while tonight, but he ended up notching his fourth 14-strikeout game of the season in a 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks. In a thoroughly-dominating performance, Darvish gave up just five hits and no walks over seven scoreless innings for his 10th victory of the season. He…

  19. Frank Castillo’s day in the spotlight

    Jul 30, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Frank Castillo

    Frank Castillo’s big-league career was rather interesting in the abstract. On the whole, he looks like a below average starter — he finished 82-104 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 seasons — but he had his moments. In his first full season, he had a 3.46 ERA in 33 starts for the 1992 Cubs. He…

  20. John Lackey ties career high with 12 strikeouts in win

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Turning in yet another impressive performance, John Lackey matched his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching seven innings of two-run ball in the Red Sox’s 5-3 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. It was the third straight start in which Lackey has pitched seven innings and given up two runs. He’s turned in quality…

  21. The rise of the 12-strikeout game

    May 31, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    Last night, it was Dillon Gee and Doug Fister. On Wednesday, it was Eric Stults, of all people. All told, there have been 23 12-strikeout games from pitchers one-third of the way through the 2013 season. Not only is it a record pace, but it’s already more than the entire league achieved in 2005 or 2008. It…

  22. The awesomeness of Miller and Harvey

    May 11, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Last year, of course, we were lucky enough to get two of the most precocious young players in baseball history — Mike Trout put up a historic season at age 20, Bryce Harper put up a superb one at age 19. It was the greatest young duo to hit baseball since 1928 — when Jimmie…

  23. Yu Darvish is striking out a lot of hitters

    May 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Underwhelming title? Rangers starter Yu Darvish‘s strikeout rate will overwhelm you. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out 14 Red Sox over seven innings today, lowering his ERA to 2.56. The 14 K’s bring his total to 72 on the season in 45 and one-third innings, a rate of 14.3 per nine innings. On a batters-faced basis,…

  24. Lance Lynn opens 5-0 for second straight season

    May 1, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn beat the Reds on Wednesday to become the NL’s first five-game winner this year. In so doing, he started a second straight season 5-0. The 25-year-old Lynn is the fifth pitcher in 2000 to start back-to-back seasons 5-0. Pedro Martinez actually did it three straight years: Martinez: 5-0 in 2000, 6-0…

  25. Anibal Sanchez had himself a ballgame

    Apr 26, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Detroit Tigers

    With all due respect to Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann, the author of a one-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds, Anibal Sanchez was tonight’s best pitcher. The right-hander, who signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Tigers back in December, shut out the Braves with a franchise record 17 strikeouts over eight innings. The Braves…

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