Archive for March 2004

According to the Associated Press, Oakland second baseman “Mark Ellis will miss six to eight weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby.” Losing an everyday player before the season starts is never particularly good news and Ellis’ defense is a big part of Oakland’s outstanding run-prevention, but he was […]

The Chicago Cubs have had in their employ an intriguing yet inconsistent young pitcher named Juan Cruz. Cruz has yet to turn his dominant stuff into any kind of sustained major-league success, and the Cubs’ brass has seemed to give up on him. Cubs fans have turned their attention from dreaming about Cruz’s future to […]

The Devil Rays gave some bad news to a group of veterans today. Four recognizable names – Mike Williams, Todd Jones, Fernando Tatis, and Deivi Cruz – were given their walking papers by the worst team in the AL East. Williams had his fill of humiliation last year, when he was named to the NL […]

It looks as if the race for the title of Worst Opening Day Starter will come down to the Reds and the Rockies. According to an AP report, the Rox are going to send Shawn Estes out to face the Diamondbacks at the BOB on April 6. Meanwhile, Reds fans will see Cory Lidle face […]

Over at, Alan Schwarz has begun a series of articles on the greatest defensive plays at each position. Today he’s looking at the corners – first and third base. It’s easy to remember great plays by outfielders, third basemen, and shortstops, but try guessing even one of the great first-sacker plays that made Schwarz’s […]

Over at All-Baseball, myself and the other guys on the site are having an interesting discussion on the ESPN cover boy, Miguel Cabrera. The kid came from the depths of the minors last year, and now he’s become a top 100 pick in fantasy drafts. Do yourself a favor and stop to read our analysis […]

Following is a link to a PDF article by MGL, in which he presents an outstanding analysis of Questec, and its impact on the strike zone. In it, MGL concludes that the presence of Questec, that robotic supervisor of umpires, does indeed shrink the strike zone. His conclusion is based on an analysis of balls […]

A little while ago, I commented here about Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame worthiness. Looking at Win Shares, Rivera doesn’t seem to make the cut. Then I got an email from a reader named Chris, who said (among other things): I think, when looking at closers as Hall Of Fame prospects, one must go beyond […]

The New York Times is reporting that Yanks closer Mariano Rivera is about to sign a two-year, $21 million contract extension with the club, with a vesting option for a third year. This could be Rivera’s last contract, which means he’ll be one of very few modern players to spend his whole career with one […]

The Vet collapsed yesterday, always a sad thing for baseball fans. Progress gives and progress takes away. I still remember visiting the new Comiskey in its first year and watching them take down the old Comiskey across the street. It was just plain eerie. Sort of how Rocky Balboa must feel, based on these pictures.

I am perhaps the least interested person in the world when it comes to the entire Pete Rose saga. For whatever reason, I’ve just never been able to get interested in any aspect of it and the neverending debates on the subject really frustrate me. That said, Will Young‘s Sports Management class at George Washington […]

In today’s LA Times, new Dodger GM Paul DePodesta says that Tommy Lasorda “is the living embodiment of what the Dodgers are all about. It would be foolish if we didn’t utilize his experience and expertise.” Lasorda will help out in various ways, particularly in the player development area. I’ve gotta say, DePo’s saying all […]

In his preview of the Royals at Baseball Primer, Mike Webber gives the following tip to gamblers: “One of our local broadcasters says that he has never seen a major league manager give up on a game, before it starts, like Tony Pena does.” Mike gives as an example the Royals’ July 5 game last […]

For a member of the World Champion Marlins to get a replica of the World Series trophy, he’ll have to shell out at least $27,000. That’s the going rate for a half-sized replica; a 3/4-sized one is $37K. Mark Redman says what I suspect I’d say in the same situation: “It’s a little too much. […]

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and my dad and I had season tickets to the Wichita State Shockers baseball team for most of my childhood. The Shockers have always been a really good team, and Tyler Green was a freshman on the ’89 National Champions. He was a strikeout machine (10.21 K/9 for his […]

Earlier, I mentioned that the Padres hired Ken Caminiti as a part-time coach. Now they’ve re-signed Andy Ashby, in what looks like an attempt to re-construct the team that won the ’98 pennant. Caminiti hit 29 homers for the ’98 Padres, and Ashby won 17 games. Two other guys from that team, Sterling Hitchcock and […]

The Padres have hired Ken Caminiti as a spring training coach. Considering how recent his steroid comments and cocaine problems are, I’m a little surprised to see Caminiti back in the game so soon. Caminiti said that his recovery since the cocaine arrest (in spring 2002) has “been a good cleanup period for me.”

Tangotiger, the analyst extraordinaire at Baseball Primer, has been coordinating an effort to gather and report fielding reports from us fans. This is a great idea which, combined with fielding metrics like Zone Rating and UZR, will tell us a lot about major league fielders. You can review the first results of his study here. […]

Bud Selig recently told Jim Gray, “I don’t think at this point I will do anything relative to Mark McGwire’s records” unless “some day there’s a lot more relevant knowledge.” At the bottom of his column yesterday, Tom Verducci had a nice response to that statement from the Commish. Verducci concludes, “… unless Selig has […]

According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, Bud Selig is considering invoking his “best interests of the game” powers to implement a sterner steroid testing policy. I think this has about as much chance of succeeding as an attempt by Selig to unilaterally impose a salary cap. Selig is, I assume, trying to leverage […]