Archive for April 2009

This morning I wrote that, while the facts are the facts when it comes to the A-Rod business, and that they will ultimately bear themselves out (or not), we should be mindful of the characterizations and judgments that accompany those facts: Which in some ways illustrates my skepticism about the book. Not about the facts […]

The Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown is good people, and I’d say that even if he wasn’t championing a most worthy cause: At midnight tonight, the calendar sheds another page, and April turns to May. With that ends what has been designated as World Autism Awareness Month. But, for millions of families around the globe, […]

I missed this from the other day, but Oakland’s City Attorney John Russo has ripped A’s owner Lew Wolff a new one: Oakland A’s managing partner Lew Wolff is a talented and smart businessman. But if Wolff thinks anybody is buying his sob story about why the A’s have to leave Oakland, he’s seriously underestimating […]

Where is he now? You might be surprised to learn that he’s doing laundry and mowing lawns for a living.

Nation Dumbfounded As To Why Little-Leaguer’s Favorite Player Is Chipper Jones: The U.S. populace reacted with confusion, astonishment, and mild disgust upon discovering that 12-year-old little-leaguer Jonathan Keefer’s favorite major-league baseball player is none other than Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones . . . The nation was reportedly speechless when word spread that Keefer […]

Things I wrote this morning as I wondered whether Selena Roberts would also spin it negatively if A-Rod was a good tipper at Hooters: As previously linked, my A-Rod reaction. Here’s a bunch of other bloggers’ reactions too. The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir doesn’t believe in economics. History Lesson: Orel Hershiser’s scoreless innings streak. […]

It seems like we’ve had a number of horrible freak accidents on amateur baseball diamonds recently. The latest happened yesterday at Liberty University. I’ll again note my surprise that we haven’t seen something like this happen in Major League Baseball. Just awful. UPDATE: As noted in the comments, it’s even worse than first reported: Taylor […]

The New York Daily News has Selena Roberts’ soon-to-be released Alex Rodriguez book, and is spilling the salacious details this morning. Among them: A-Rod was using steroids in high school, possibly obtained through the owner of a dog kennel; Contrary to his public statements, he continued to use them up through and including his time […]

Yovani Gallardo 1, Pirates 0: Yeah, you get top billing when you shut the other team out for eight innings, strikeout 11 and hit a homer for the game’s only run. Marlins 4, Mets 3: Despite the fact that Johan Santana has been repeatedly boned by his bullpen over the past couple of years, he […]

A look at players who cannot blame poor BABIP luck for their early season woes and those who are performing well without it.

A look at how Twitter can give you an advantage over your fantasy baseball competitors.

Averages for each category in 12-team 5×5 leagues.

TUCK! toons here every week…

The pitchers who destroyed pennant dreams over a season, and whether or not we should blame the manager. Now in Technicolor!

Yesterday I wrote that the Cardinals should put that Mark McGwire statue they had made out with all of the other statues of Cardinal greats. A couple of hours later, the post was linked by the Birdsonthebat forum, and a discussion ensued. Granted we’re dealing with a small, self-selecting sample size here, but I have […]

Cecil Cooper may soon be on double secret probation or something: Astros manager Cecil Cooper received a call Tuesday from baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson, who will review Cooper’s conduct after he was ejected Saturday by plate umpire Mike DiMuro. According to Cooper, Watson told him DiMuro wrote in his incident report that Cooper kicked dirt […]

I got somethin’ for you! This watch I got here was first purchased by your great-granddaddy. It was bought during the First World War in a little general store in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was bought by private Doughboy Erine Coolidge the day he set sail for Paris . . . Albert Pujols could show off […]

From the New York Post: Interesting (but not exactly surprising) sight this morning at Citi Field: The Mets New York Mets have struggling left-hander Oliver Perez on the mound throwing live batting practice to several of their top hitters, including David Wright and Ryan Church Ryan Church Given that he essentially threw BP to the […]

The Nationals probably know that they’ll hear it from their fans if they fail to draft and sign Stephen Strasburg. From the sounds of it, they’ll probably hear it from their players too: The Nationals have the first pick in the June draft, so Strasburg can be theirs. All they have to do is take […]

Bad morning with several phony work emergencies, so I only got four jabs in over at NBC: Barry Bonds is done playing baseball, so just cut it out. Let’s hear it for Rule 10.17(b)! It’s probably good that the MLB Network is going to broadcast the draft in prime time, but they should probably be […]