Archive for February 2009

On Thursday evening I sat down for an audio interview with Rob Zeida of The Card Podcast. We talked about Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, obscure Atlanta Braves of the 1980s, blogging, herpes, Gaylord Perry and a lot of other fun stuff. The podcast can be found here (I’m episode 23). I’ll warn you, however: I […]

ESPN’s legal expert Lester Munson comes down on the Bonds’ appeal quite differently than I do. Regarding the prosecution’s chances on appeal: Their chances are good. Many legal experts were surprised at Illston’s rulings. The prosecutors offered clever and creative arguments for the use of their evidence. The major obstacle, of course, was personal trainer […]

No makeup date scheduled: And so the Barry Bonds saga rages on. With little end in sight. What once seemed like closure on the horizon — a perjury trial for baseball’s home run king set to begin Monday, nearly six years after the BALCO scandal first erupted — now has been put on indefinite hold. […]

We knew this would happen, but now we know what Illston is going to do about it: Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer and the government’s most coveted witness in the perjury case against baseball’s home run king, still refuses to testify under oath. As expected, Anderson, through his lawyer, today told U.S. District […]

A couple of links to outside articles and discussions I’ve recently done.

George Vecsey writes today about “the incredibly shrinking ballplayer.” There’s a lot of fun stuff in this article, but there’s a lot I’m skeptical about as well. So rather than sharpen some single point about it, I thought I’d change tack and just riff a little bit. Hey, it’s casual day: Out of the roughly […]

I’m an occasional source for Newsday writer John Jeansonne, so I take an occasional, ego-driven interest in what goes on at that paper. What goes on now? Probably the end of my reading of Newsday: Cablevision Systems Corp plans to charge online readers of its Newsday newspaper, a move that would make it one of […]

Pete has been agitating about this for a while, but now it’s official: The New York Yankees and Bank of America ended months of negotiations on a long-term, high-profile sponsorship agreement, fallout from the financial industry’s decision to accept aid from the federal government. While the sides never discussed naming rights to the team’s new […]

Manny has amazingly rejected the Dodgers’ latest offer, and now it seems that the Dodgers have had it with Boras: At 8:30 p.m. tonight, the Dodgers made the rather unusual move of issuing a statement that shows their exasperation with Manny Ramirez’s agent, Scott Boras: BORAS REJECTS DODGERS OFFER TO MANNY RAMIREZ LOS ANGELES — […]

TGIF, babies: Richard Barbieri’s this annotated week in baseball history puts Google Earth to a fantastic use. Dan Turkenkopf investigates whether pitchers can control how a ball is hit. I won’t even pretend to understand all that, but I do know that some pitchers seem to have every ball hit off of them rattle off […]

On Feb. 23, 1960, demolition began on Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Nearly 50 years later, demolition is nearly finished on Shea Stadium, the home of New York’s most recent National League franchise. Richard looks back at other past stadium sites.

Delving deeper into the effect of contact quality (or lack thereof)

Formats that reward predicting daily player performance based on opponent, park, home field advantage and more.

As of Friday, Tracy Ringolsby will drive 100 miles down from his Wyoming ranch and cover the Rockies for food.

Turns out that the autographed baseball everyone was talking about earlier this week was purchased by someone close to the Mick: On Monday, we told you the story of the Mickey Mantle baseball that was signed “F**k Yogi. Before putting it in their upcoming auction, the folks at Grey Flannel Auctions tried to sell it […]

Phillies’ owner Bill Giles: All right, Scott, how much do you need? Scott Eyre (doggedly): Two hundred and forty-two dollars! Giles (pleading): Aw, Scott, just enough to tide you over till the bank reopens. Eyre: I’ll take two hundred and forty-two dollars. Giles starts rapidly to count out the money. Eyre throws his passbook on […]

Lincecum gets a pay raise: The Giants and Tim Lincecum have reached agreement on a one-year, $650,000 contract, a source told The Chronicle. Lincecum then confirmed the figure. That constitutes a 62 percent raise over the $405,000 he earned last year. There is actually a split component to the deal. If Lincecum somehow wound up […]

Polls and baseball, together at last! Quick! Someone light the Nate Silver signal! Sixty percent of baseball fans are bothered by steroid use by players, and 44 percent say Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll . . . . […]

Buster on changes in attitudes and latitudes: Talent evaluators within the game will make judgments about fastballs, about defensive skills, about a hitter’s swing. But increasingly, it seems, makeup is regarded as a pivotal factor on whether a player is acquired or dumped — and this might be part of a broader evolution in Major […]

Yeah, I was in the show. I was in the show for 21 days once – the 21 greatest days of my life. You know, you never handle your luggage in the show? Somebody else carries your bags. It was great. You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels […]