April 22, 2015 at 2:41 am ET
Q: Did he do it on purpose?
A: Probably not.
Q: Does that matter?
A: Definitely not.
I’ll stop interviewing myself now. Until this month, the rookie in question, Jason Garcia, has spent his whole career pitching to players on teams with names like the Muckdogs and the Crawdads. “Baltimore at Toronto” is a little different than “Greenville at Hickory.” But because he’s a Rule V kid, he’s got to stay with the big-league club all year, whether he’s worthy of it or not. His role, such as it is, involves chomping down the wasted innings ...Continue reading »
April 21, 2015 at 6:53 am ET
One of life’s rarest pleasures is the baseball managerial clubhouse meltdown captured on tape and shared with the world. We’ve heard Earl Weaver, we’ve heard Tom Lasorda and we’ve heard the greatest foulmouthed tirade of them all, Lee Elia.
In his legendary 1983 rant, Elia rails against the Wrigley fans who booed the home team in a loss that dropped the Cubs to 5 and 14.
Reds manager Bryan Price blew his stack at the Cincinnati beat writers Monday before his team’s 6-1 win in Milwaukee. For six profane minutes, Price complained about reporters who’ve done their jobs well. Among Price’s gripes was that a big-leaguer learned of his demotion through a tweet from a media member. The manager ...Continue reading »
April 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm ET
10-2, bitches. Apparently the rumors of the Tigers demise have been greatly exaggerated. All offseason, pundits and fans alike pointed to an aging core, many of whom are in the midst of large, long-term contracts, and a questionable pitching staff to predict that 2015 would be the beginning of the end.
What many of those people failed to consider is that Dave Dombrowski consistently manages to re-invent this team and keep it on top, which is something Tyler Kepner pointed out in an article in yesterday’s Times. Even more inspiring than the opening record and Kepner’s analysis, is that 7 of the team’s top-10 position players (with the exception of Cespedes, Avila, and Rajai) are under contract for ...Continue reading »
April 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm ET
Everybody knew even before the season started that the Colorado Rockies would have the best defense in the majors. OK, maybe just the six of us who follow them, but whatever. (Plenty of room on the bandwagon, folks.)
And yeah, if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were healthy, theyâd once again mash. FYIâthe six of us also knew that Nolan Arenado (inset) would become a household name this year. And, after watching 42-year-old flamethrower LaTroy Hawkins wear down last year, that weâd need a new closer. (Adam O!) What we didnât know was that some of the young starting pitching (Jordan Lyles, Tyler Matzek, Eddie Butler) would start rounding into something serviceable. So this is why they let Jhoulys Chacin ...Continue reading »
April 13, 2015 at 6:34 am ET
A little ways back, we took a look at the National League and its assorted goodness. Then, for about two weeks, my real job got in the way. Today, we finally take on the AL as well as ourÂ predictions for 2015 underneath. Moving left to right, with a “*” for our Wild Card teams… here we go:
The demarcation between the “good” and the “bad” in the East is pretty damn clear. The top three teams have the talent to make a run at the pennantÂ while the bottom two squads may set franchise records for offensive futility.Â The margin of error between the Jays, Orioles, and Red Sox is razor thin: a two to three game swingÂ could mean ...Continue reading »
April 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm ET
Great is an understatement. It was (insert word greater than great here…) for me.
I hate to put you on the spot but it would really enhance my experience to know that you enjoyed it too.
You don’t know it because you didn’t see it, but I did a fist pump! I fist-pumped like a Guido.
It’s been so long that I was worried it may never happen again.
I mean, I was emotionally prepared to never experience this type of pleasure again.
I had written it off as a physical problem. Age takes it’s toll on a guy, you know?
I wasn’t sure if I’d ever experience the pleasure of a Joey Votto...Continue reading »
April 9, 2015 at 6:06 am ET
Only took like seven and a half years since He set the all-time home run record and then was blackballed out of the sport He had saved.
MLB.com is exploiting the image of theÂ Greatest Player On Planet Earth as part of an internet vote, where fans are encouraged to pick four out of eight candidates, or supply their own write-in vote, and promises the player “receiving the most votes will be honored at the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.”
There are also eight choices for every ...Continue reading »
April 8, 2015 at 10:09 am ET
Maybe itâs just the road uniforms, but the Colorado Rockies have shown up for the 2015 season lean and mean. Forget the record-tying doubles (12 in two games to start the season). Thatâs nice, especially as theyâve translated to two wins âŠ on the road. The Rockies are toned, tanned and raking.
Looks like theyâve been skipping the snacks, except for that one chip on their shoulders.
“What sticks out to me when I hear [about tying the doubles record set by the 1912 New York Giants] is that I’m really happy that it’s on the road,â Troy Tulowitzki told reporters. âThe first thing we would hear if we are at home was about how âit’s a hitters’ ballpark, and ...Continue reading »
April 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm ET
Iâm heartbroken, disgusted, and mad as the proverbial old, wet hen (though, come to think of it, Iâve never seen an old, wet hen do anything but peck the ground). Nonetheless, Iâm angry, frustrated, and â Iâll go ahead and say it — done with the Braves.
Perhaps the Braves management doesnât realize that Craig Kimbrel was one of the few good things left for the fans of this misguided, screwed-up organization. If they cared about our opinions, they wouldnât have traded him Sunday after spending the winter assuring us they wouldnât. The move replaced the excitement of Opening Day with something akin to mourning.
For me, this is the last straw. Itâs taken a long time ...Continue reading »
April 7, 2015 at 11:48 am ET
Wow, that was a memorable Opening Day, huh? I know I wonât forget it for several more hours, right up until about game time tonight. All sorts of stuff happened. From the first pitch until the last, quite a few occurrences took place.
And those occurrences were revealing indeed. Itâs still early, but we can track some developing trends in MLB.
For instance, I think the Yankees are in trouble. If ace Masahiro Tanaka doesnât turn his season around, it doesnât bode well for the Bronx Bombers. And itâs nice that A-Rod has been getting on base, but whereâs the power? If heâs not going deep (zero homers so far), what good is he?
And the ...Continue reading »
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