Archive for June 2005

All about the nail-biters.

Craig Biggio sets the HBP record, Kenny Rogers has a confrontation with camermen, Vladimir Guerrero reaches 1500 career H and the rest of the news around the majors.

Aaron picks his National League All-Stars.

Partisan Politics and the Supreme Court

Kerry Wood comes off the DL today, Rafael Palmeiro ties Reggie Jackson on the HR list, Craig Biggio ties the HBP record and the rest of the news around the majors.

In the first of an occasional series, Steve examines each of MLB’s expansion franchises: how did they approach the challenge of constucting a roster, and how well or poorly did they pull it off? This time we look at the true pioneers, the Los Angeles Angels and the (new) Washington Senators.

Dave returns to a subject from his last “Ten Things” column and hopefully does a better job of explaining himself this time.

Kenny Rogers breaks a bone in his hand, Kevin Millwood combines for a SHO and the rest of the news around the majors.

Aaron picks his American League All-Stars.

A look at the Smart Ball Sox of 2005 and an investigation on the reliability of the Pythagorean method in the middle of a season.

Mark Prior combines for a 1 hitter in his return from the DL, Rich Harden combines for a 1 hitter, Hidek Matsui reaches 400 consecutive games played in the US and the rest of the news around the majors.

Manny Ramirez passes Duke Snider on the HR list, Mark Prior comes off the DL today, Greg Maddux has a good game and the rest of the news around the majors.

The Red Sox take over 1st place in the AL East, Eric Gagne doesn’t need Tommy John surgery, Jim Edmonds moves up on the HR list and the rest of the news around the majors.

Nearing the halfway point of the 2005 campaign, who’s looking like they might grab pitching’s top prize?

Derrek Lee moves into the Cubs single season top 10 in RCAA, Roy Halladay passes Roger Clemens on the Blue Jay career RSAA list and the rest of the news around the majors.

Jane Spencer: I’ve heard police work is dangerous.
Frank: It is. That’s why I carry a big gun.
Jane Spencer: Aren’t you afraid it might go off accidentally?
Frank: I used to have that problem.
Jane Spencer: What did you do about it?
Frank: I just think about baseball.

– From The Naked Gun

Bruce Bochy gets a contract extension, Jarrod Washburn combines for a SHO, Adam Dunn hits 2 HR and the rest of the news around the majors.

Aaron looks at the playing careers of today’s managers.

Nationals make money and ballparks don’t help economies

The Yankees have a historical comeback, Eric Gagne will have Tommy John surgery, the Reds fire Dave Miley and the rest of the news around the majors.