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White Sox 2, Rays 1: Chris Sale: 15Ks and three hits in seven and a third. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer. Red Sox 7, Tigers 4: Jim Leyland said that we saw what we saw and should write what we saw, so let’s do that: The Red Sox’ second inning rally never should have happened […]

And thus endeth the current iteration of ShysterBall. Starting Monday it will be all CTB, all the time. It’ll be everything ShysterBall is and more. I’m hoping you all join me. But this is not goodbye old friends, it is merely farewell, for I will be back on the esteemed pages of THT come April […]

I actually came in to work today because I figured my last day should be a Friday. I’m like the only attorney in the whole office. Even better? They entrusted me with the coffee club money to pay the guy from the catering company who comes by on Fridays. What’s stopping me from running off […]

The past couple of Thanksgivings I did a post in which I ran down the teams, one by one, and noted what they had to be thankful for. I don’t have that kind of snark in me this year. Probably because I’m so damn preoccupied with those things I am thankful for. This time last […]

Remember the Geoff Baker Rigidity Awards? If not, they were a short series of posts I wrote last spring in the wake of the Jerod Morris/Raul Ibanez steroid dustup. You know, the one in which a blogger said that it was possible, based on a statistical pattern, that Raul used PEDs and then every mainstream […]

As I’m winding up work this morning, a law student who has worked in my office as a clerk since the beginning of summer left me a mix CD entitled “Music that Craig Likes?” She and I have been friendly enough, but we’ve never talked about music or pop culture or anything like that. Certainly […]

I pulled double duty over at the Blue Network today. Let’s get to it: The Angels could be the Tigers’ Huckleberry. The Tigers are allegedly shopping Miguel Cabrera. Unless they think he’s gonna crawl into the bottom of a bottle and never come out again, they probably shouldn’t. Pujols is a lock for the MVP. […]

Pop quiz, hot shot: There’s a catcher who wins the Gold Glove, the batting title and leads the league in on base and slugging percentage. What do you call him? MVP. That is, unless you’re the (presumably) Detroit-area voter who put Miguel Cabrera in front of Mauer in first place, costing him the unanimous MVP. […]

Had my last Monday morning staff meeting this morning. Next Monday: it’s me, my cat, my Ipod, my pajamas, a pot of coffee and a big bowl of Count Chocula. Until then: Omar Vizquel is Snake Eyes to Ozzie Guillen’s Storm Shadow. Comment of the day comes from Len over at NBC: “Hey, Frenchie might […]

This has nothing to do with baseball at all, but this story sent to me by MooseinOhio is so cool that I gotta post it somewhere.* After the Celtics won the 1986 championship, [Bill] Walton sat alone in Bird’s kitchen drinking Wild Turkey until after the sun came up. I told Bird I didn’t believe […]

So I get to take the kids for their H1N1 vaccinations today. That should be a barrel of laughs. On the bright side, they’re spending the night at my folks’ house, so I’ll only have to hear their complaining about it until I drop them off around dinner time. After that, Mrs. Shyster and I […]

There is some brewing discontent over the NL Cy Young vote, as two members of the webby portion of the BBWAA — our friends Keith Law and Will Carroll — did not include Chris Carpenter on their three-man Cy Young ballots. Keith voted Javier Vazquez second (Lincecum first and Wainwright third) and Will voted Wainwright […]

I don’t have a link yet, but people are talking about it already. He’s a fine choice. Great year. I probably undervalued the fact that he had more innings than Carpenter, so no arguments here. Given that he has a court date on a controlled substance thing coming up soon, be prepared for the most […]

I know it’s basically just been a string of MMIE’s lately, and for that I apologize. Wrapping up one’s legal career and preparing to jump right into a new one really has a way of taking up the afternoon. Still, six new posts a day ain’t exactly chopped liver as far as baseball bloggers go. […]

In the wake of my many threats to grow the greatest Grizzly Adams beard the world has ever seen once I start blogging full time next month, my wife emails me this post written by famed blogger Heather Armstrong and says “you married the wrong woman!” Which, while I see her point, is totally not […]

It’s too much to ask every writer to be as thorough as Christina Kahrl is in explaining her Rookie of the Year vote, but how nice would it be if every voter actually explained the thought process behind their awards choices?

Not a big surprise. Two writers voted King Felix first. One voted for Verlander. First place votes for Sabathia would have bothered me. Overall nothing to complain about here. He’s getting married on Saturday too, so all in all it’s a pretty good week for Zack.

Slow day, so I scan the news. Great (Captain Robert Falcon) Scott! Or was it Shackleton? AL Cy Young today. Greinke should get it, but the writers once gave the damn thing to Jack McDowell for cryin’ out loud, so who knows? For relaxing times, make it Takahashi time. Cancel the candlelight vigil: the ballplayers […]

New house, new duds: Plans for the new uniforms and logos unveiled today include: Primary Home Uniform – The “Twins” script has been slightly altered and updated for 2010 and beyond. Secondary Throwback Uniform – Twins players will wear a circa 1961 throwback uniform on Opening Day as well as every home Saturday during the […]

Over at NBC I figured that Beckham and Happ would win it. I even forgot to mention Andrew Bailey in my first pass at it and had to go back and update. Shows you what my figuring is worth: A’s right-hander Andrew Bailey’s rise from Minor League obscurity to Major League limelight turned historic Monday […]