December 22, 2014 at 11:08 am ET
We’ve been good this year.Â Attendance numbers are high.Â Revenues are strong.Â Checks from the TV networks are still clearing and Luke Gregerson is making over $6M a year.Â Fellow fans, we helped make ALL this happen.Â We go to the games, we watch the playoffs on TV, and we buy all the over-priced Dri-Fit and NE TECH gear.Â So while Luke’s kids ride around in those mini electric Mercedes Benz G-Wagens this Christmas, I ask, as baseball fans, what do WE want from MLB this Christmas?Â Let me get us started:...Continue reading »
December 19, 2014 at 10:07 am ET
When I start gabbing with my fellow baseball fans about player signings and contracts and numbers, one of us will work in â€śof course, no one should be paid that much to play a game, BUTâ€¦â€ť
What is a man (or woman) (thatâ€™s a hint) worth? We apply monetary value to that person. â€śOh, so and so isnâ€™t worth 3 million a year,â€ť we the people not making $3 million dollars at any point say to each other. But weâ€™re talking about people who play a game. Theyâ€™re athletically superior (supposedly) and can track an object coming at them at 90 miles an hour and know how to connect with that object just ...Continue reading »
December 18, 2014 at 5:34 am ET
It’s the feelgood hit of the holiday season! In a Christmas miracle, baseball has approved Chris Davis’s use of Adderall for the 2015 O’s campaign. God bless us, everyone!
We all know it: Davis got suspended for the month of September, the postseason and opening day of next season for taking Adderall without MLB approval.
DAVIS: “So, MLB, may I please take Adderall next season?”
MLB: “Yes, Chris. You may.”
That’s it?! That’s all it took? Just asking them? Jeez. Maybe you might’ve thought of that back in August.
Buck Showalter told the MidAtlantic Sports Network the other day that, while playing golf with Davis in Texas recently, Davis told ...Continue reading »
December 16, 2014 at 6:14 am ET
On Monday afternoon, a New York judge granted a rather minor discovery motion in favor of MASN, the television network which owns the broadcast rights to Washington Nationals games and is majority controlled by the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately, the motion was granted against the wishes of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Washington Nationals. Unfortunately (again), the Baltimore Orioles are owned by perhaps one of the greatest American litigators of all-time: Peter G. AngelosÂ (a.k.a., “Vigo“).
While this was a rather minor victory for MASN, the television network has enjoyed a number of them regarding this matter, and these wins furtherÂ set the stageÂ forÂ what will likely become a major legal battle between Mr. Angelos, the Nationals, and MLB. ...Continue reading »
December 12, 2014 at 9:20 pm ET
I tried–and failed–to acquire Brandon Moss this past fantasy season. With Jose Abreu on the DL, I offered Hanley Ramirez and Cincinnati Pitcher Mike Leake in trade for Oaklandâ€™s 1B/OF. The opposing manager bent space time and rejected my offer at speeds faster than light. My thought at the time was, â€śWowâ€¦ Some fool will have to show quad aces to win Moss.â€ť
Imagine my surprise when Cleveland acquired Moss in trade from Oakland for INF prospect Joey Wendle.
Waitâ€¦ Joey who?
Once you get past the shock of swapping an All-Star for a no-name, the trade makes perfect sense. Billy Beane gets to go full Billy Beane, shedding payroll for high-upside, low-cost prospects. Cleveland gets left handed pop tailor-made ...Continue reading »
December 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm ET
Yes, the Rockies are awful. But this is the type of transcendent ballplayer you build a better team around.
No, you cannot have Corey Dickerson.
No. No, no, no and no.
For the same stinking reason. You seen this guy rake? Wait till he grows up and learns to lay off balls that bounce 10 feet in front of home plate. (In Dickerson’s defense, he clobbers his share of those.)
No, you cannot have Justin Morneau.
No. No, no, no and not even if 2014 was something of a fluke. He’s the rudder of this ship. If anyone can help turn it around …
Look, these are the ...Continue reading »
December 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm ET
Hereâ€™s a one act play you can put on for your friends!
Cast: Don Cooper, White Sox Pitching Coach
Jeff Samardzija, one-time Cub and Athletic
Setting: office in White Sox spring training facility. Desk, two chairs, DON COOPER is already sitting behind the desk.
[sound effect â€“ knocking]
COOPER: Come in.
[Samardzija enters, we will figure out from which side of the stage once we get to dress rehearsal]
SAMARDZIJA: Â Hey Coach Cooper. You, uh, ask for me?
COOPER: Jeff, Jeff Samardzija, welcome.
SAMARDZIJA: Well, Iâ€™m glad Iâ€™m solidifying a good rotation and am backed by Zack Duke and David Robertson. And with guys on this team who might achieve consistent batting ...
December 10, 2014 at 1:51 am ET
Even the trades are engineered in such a way that it’s very cold, calculated and cruel.
Don’t get me wrong; it’s great for the game that the players are getting their fair share of the Monopoly Money the game is making. There’s a shit-ton of people in the seats almost everywhere (at least tickets sold, so the season tickets weasles have earned their bonuses). The ‘small market’ teams are now competing just as well as the big boys if they are competent and smart. Which means the Twins and the Rockies need to WAKE THE HELL UP! and do something right except moaning and groaning and trying ...Continue reading »
December 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm ET
When the White Sox won the World Series in 2005 I had a flight with a layover at O’Hare, so I wore nothing but Cubs gear to remind everyone that Chicago is a Cubs town and that no one really cared that the South Siders had taken the crown.
When Jesse Crain left the Twins to sign with the enemy I actually said “You motherfucker!” out loud.
And today when I found out that Dave Robertson and Jeff Samaradzija are now White Sox, I cringed. Actually, it was more like…
Look, I can live with the growing pains required to go where the Twins are going, I really can. That does notÂ mean I wouldn’t rather chew broken glassÂ thanÂ take the White ...Continue reading »
December 7, 2014 at 10:59 pm ET
Life’s hard in Baltimore.Â We couldn’t even enjoy today’s Ravens win over the Dolphins. In the second quarter, I looked at my phone and saw that exec VP of Orioles baseball Dan Duquette was all but gone, taking flight for Toronto to replace outgoing Blue Jays president Paul Beeston.
By the end of the football game, rumors were still alive, but now thankfully included a few other candidates – namely the Twins’ Terry Ryan and the White Sox’s Ken Williams.
Because the line forms way over there, buddy, to be the president of a Canadian team that plays in the second-worst ballpark in baseball, on the worst turf in baseball and that hasn’t seen the postseason since the first year ...Continue reading »
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