Archive for December 2008

Ever work in retail? I worked at the office supply counter at the Ohio State Bookstore for a couple of years when I was in college. The worst thing ever was when it was five minutes from closing, you were all set to bust out of there and go throw back beers at Larry’s (RIP), […]

Ever want to know what it’s like to be a scout? Here’s one guy’s experience. My guess is that it’s a fake article. Why? Not a single mention of cigars, cheap whiskey or pork pie hats. Based on all of the baseball movies I’ve seen, scouts always have that stuff.

You may still think that Selig and Fehr are liars, but Congress doesn’t: The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Tuesday that it was satisfied with the explanations provided by Commissioner Bud Selig and Donald Fehr, the executive director of the players union, about the accuracy of their testimony and that of other […]

It’s four in the morning, the end of December. I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better. New Albany is cold, but I like where I’m living. There’s music on Market Street all through the evening. OK, I’m sorry for that Leonard. Last week professional ethicist Jack Marshall wrote a piece in which […]

How many points is a home run worth?

The latest in the business of baseball.

Some thoughts on Jack Marshall’s recent article

Happy New Year everyone!

In this corner, you have a Jayson Stark report in which an anonymous source claims that the Dodgers have called Adam Dunn’s agent either because they’ve moved on from all of the Manny drama, or because they want to pressure Ramirez. In this corner, you have a Bill Shaikin report in which Adam Dunn — […]

If, at around 9:30 this morning, you did a Google News search for “baseball,” these two articles would have showed up right at the top: 1. “Yankees’ spending could hurt baseball“; and 2. “The Marlins, not the Yankees, are Killing Baseball.” Hurm. The first article is an editorial from a somewhat venerable newspaper of record […]

This makes no sense, but a deal obviously didn’t happen, so it probably doesn’t matter anyway. And the more I think about it, the more I believe that it’s a leak, the sole purpose of which is to make those Red Sox fans who care about such things think that their team is actually doing […]

Things to think about as you stand upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below: Evan Brunell checks out the paucity of transactions last week. For cryin’ out loud, why can’t they put Christmas in June so there’s at least some baseball going on? Over at Fantasy […]

Putting his contract aside, let’s see what we can expect from the Mariners third basemen.

Lost in Transactions rounds up the meager moves over holiday week.

A Red Sox fan urges folks to hold their fire when going after the Yankees’ offseason largess: As a Bosox fan, the most important thing each summer aside from Boston winning is New York tanking, and it’s my hope that despite the influx of new talent, the aging Jeter, Posada, Damon and Rivera (the best […]

The Yankees aren’t the only team in the AL East making high-profile deals: Mark Hendrickson just signed with Baltimore. Hendrickson is like 6’9″, and it doesn’t get any higher profile than that this side of Chris Young.

Some stuff to think about while coming to grips with the fact that Killer Kowalski died this year and no one bothered to tell you: A couple of weeks ago, Dave Studeman looked at whether September games were more important than games in April and found out that they kinda sorta maybe were. Today he […]

The New York Times takes a look at the way those of us whose cable company isn’t carrying the MLB Network will be watching its content next season.

Taking a look at the young Texas slugger.