Archive for September 2009

Ryan Madson has managed to transform himself from unreliable starter to one of the steadiest bullpen arms in baseball.

I’ve been swamped with work (and about 80 comments I have yet to read for that Jeter thing), so it may just be some quicker hits today. Here’s a quick one: The Indians are in the early stages of what general manager Mark Shapiro referred to as a “reloading” period, and the reload will extend […]

People here have suspected that I take a perverse, masochistic pleasure in baiting Yankee and Red Sox fanboys over at NBC. Well, you’re absolutely, 100% right about that. Someone give me a heads up when the intervention is going to be held. It’s a busy week for me.

Twins 3, Tigers 2; Tigers 6, Twins 5: Porcello and Blackburn were each tough in game one, but Verlander wasn’t matched by Duensing in Game 2, putting his team in a 5-0 hole. A seriously long day for these two teams, and despite all of the drama, now they’re back (back) where they started, here […]

With over 300 plate appearances logged on the 2009 season, there is still a great deal of debate as to what kind of player Garrett Jones is. Should we view him as the next great Quad-A reclamation, or the next Shane Spencer?

I got a threshold, here. I got a threshold for the bad karma my team can experience. Now, right now, I’m a race car, right, and the Rockies got me in the red. And I’m just sayin’, I’m just sayin’ that it’s dangerous to have a race car in the red. That’s all. I could […]

For anyone who cares, I will be watching the final episode of Season 2 of “The Wire” tonight (I just watched Frank Sobotka walk towards the Greeks waiting for him under the bridge so I’m pretty sure I know what’s going to happen there, but please, no spoilers for the finale). One question, though: How […]

Angels 11, Rangers 0: The Angels clinch the West, and in a fit of wrongheadedness so comically tragic that it strains credulity, they soak the jersey of a victim of a fatal drunk driving accident with beer and champagne in celebration (photo here). Here’s hoping that someone in Angels’ management was passing out cab vouchers […]

How a derivatives market may hold some answers to evaluating fantasy team performance.

Reviewing his stellar 2009 and looking forward to 2010.

A pair of young first baseman playing for teams that are hopelessly out of it are blowing up.

The waiting wasn’t it worth it for the Phillies

In which the author name-drops like mad

The American League is just about set for October, but there’s still a race for the NL Wildcard thanks to a dominating week from the Braves bullpen.

The USA Today has a story about just how gosh darn nice the new ballpark in Minnesota is shaping up to be. And I’m sure it will be great. But you can never tell how things are truly going to play. With that in mind, I went searching for an article — any article — […]

Time Magazine named The Huffington Post one of the best blogs of 2009 and it was recently ranked “the most powerful blog in the world.” I’m assuming it’s not for its sports coverage.

If you can get past the media/ad-speak, you’ll hear a tale of big market success making for some very happy television networks: Boasting a murderers’ row of big-market clubs–along with the Yankees and a pair of Los Angeles-area contenders, no less than six of the playoff-bound MLB franchises represent top 10 DMAs–the promise of a […]

I guess I’m not the only baseball writer who struggles to fit a day job in with the writing: Buster Olney (1:31 PM) Hey, guys — I’ve got a call I have to take, I’ll be back in five. Buster Olney (1:43 PM) Sorry, guys… I had to take that call. Back to the chat…

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know who Jack Marshall is. Lawyer, Red Sox fan, professional ethicist anti-steroid crusader and — and I mean this in the nicest way possible, Jack — outrageous pain in the neck. Pain in the neck because he routinely disturbs perfectly comfortable conventional wisdom […]

I made it all the way up to the 16th floor this morning without the elevator stopping at any lower floors. When I got to my office: champagne celebration. Hey, if baseball teams can do it for the littlest things, I can too . . . I wonder what the odds of Brian Sabean not […]