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 »
December 7, 2014 at 3:14 am ET
‘Twas the night before the Winter Meetings, when all through San Diego
not a GM was stirring, especially not Jerry Dipoto.
Hotel suites were booked and stashed with candy and booze,
as front offices edit 2 a.m. wish lists – they can cross off Nelson Cruz.
The agents were nestled all snug in their beds,
while commission checks and Teslas danced in their heads.
Though Giancarlo’s agent, snugged in his wrap,
already settled in for a ten-year nap.
When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter,
the reporters ran wild to see what was the matter.
Away from the bar did Bob Nightengale dash,
he pecked at his smart phone, the Yankees are dropping ...
December 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm ET
Not surprised that the Twins would want him, because Hunter has long held the reputation of tough leadership, playing the game the right way and producing on the field. And let’s face it, even though Hunter’s power has declined and he’s no longer the Gold Glove outfielder he once was, 17 homers and 83 RBI on aged legs is still an upgrade at the plate and in the corner pastures than the Twins had a year ago.
Which is to say nothing of the effect Hunter will undoubtedly have on ...Continue reading »
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