Archive for August 2009

So sayeth Jon Heyman. He’ll probably do well there, though pitching ain’t exactly the Giants’ biggest concern.

Always good to see merit being rewarded: The Royals have reached a tentative agreement with general manager Dayton Moore on a four-year contract extension that runs through 2014. The new deal could be announced as soon as tonight. The move confirms owner David Glass’ belief that Moore has the organization pointed in the right direction […]

I hit up the Miguel Tejada pitch-tipping thing at NBC over the weekend, but I didn’t think too deeply about it. I stand by my initial thoughts on the matter though, which were (a) I don’t know if he was doing it or not and I’m not sure anything in the article proved that he […]

Via Pinto, The Detroit Tigers Weblog declares D-Train over: The rocky Tigers career of Dontrelle Willis has been well documented. And the story just keeps getting sadder as Willis walked 8 hitters in his rehab start for Toledo. There is this rush in sports conversation today to be the first to declare someone “done” and […]

We enter September with the divisional races almost completely sewn up but the Wild Card still up in the air.

lar knows what I likes: In fact, since 1908, when Eddie Cicotte made it to the major leagues for good, there has been at least one pitcher carrying the knuckleball banner in the big leagues every year – and that’s even ignoring the pitchers who only lasted 3 or 4 years in the majors. The […]

Jason has way more interesting vacations than I do. Hell, even when I go to San Diego like he did, I just end up hanging out at the In-N-Out Burger where my brother works until his shift is up and then we go drink beers by the beach until the sun comes up. Wait, come […]

A look at how sometimes we place too little emphasis on current year statistics.

A look at eight more players on keeper bubbles

Book review: Durocher tells it as he thought it was

Giants 9, Rockies 5: What a difference a week makes. Heck, not even a week. Six days after the Rockies beat the Giants on a grand slam, the Giants do it to the Rockies, courtesy of Edgar Renteria. Given the Dodgers’ relatively uninteresting play lately, I think I’m going to squint my eyes until the […]

The relocation of Raul Ibanez to Philadelphia seemed to launch him into a completely new level of play while Andre Ethier also took off in Los Angeles this year.

Why? Hell, I dunno. Cardinals 3, Nationals 2: Pujols gets a walkoff homer, but the bigger story is that John Smoltz was strong again, giving up one run and striking out six over six innings. Yes, it was again against a weak team, but unlike San Diego, Washington can actually hit and are sixth in […]

I was gonna complain about work again and apologize for the lack of posts yesterday, but I’d much rather highlight the fact that ShysterBall commenter extraordinaire Sara K just found out that she’s going to be on Jeopardy! sometime soon. That’s worthy of huzzahs, kudos, and wishes from all of us that the categories for […]

White Sox 9, Red Sox 5: Who needs Billy Wagner when you have Nick Green? The shortstop pitches two shutout innings. That’s a huge increase in the number of innings he’s thrown over last year, but don’t worry: Since he’s over 25, the Verducci Effect probably doesn’t come into play. Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Vicente […]

Paul Singman covers some potential September callups who might be interesting in his recent 2-part series. We suggest reading those, and won’t re-do his work here other than expounding a bit more on Brandon Morrow.

A new source of steals and Brad Lidge’s potential replacement top the list of this week’s potential NL pickups.

Three years ago, trying to identify the next generation of outstanding ballplayers, Sports Illustrated tabbed “8 Who Will Be Great.” It’s time to check back on the eight and see how they’re doing.

Would you step in against a 95 mph fastball without wearing a hard hat? Bruce Markusen looks back at three men who made just that choice in this week’s Confidential.