I thought he retired long ago…
I usually like Will Leitch’s stuff. I don’t like this piece. Commissioners aren’t all-knowing, omnipotent deities.They are men managing complicated, high-profile *businesses*. In Selig’s case, despite some errors along the away, he’s done a tremendous job juggling the business and PR sides of his job. He’s been able to do so because he holds real power. To strip his replacement of such power would not be an improvement.
So maybe it’s time to think about changing the job description? Joe ...
It doesn’t often happen in baseball that you’re hired on merit alone, not because you know somebody.
That’s where Dave Wallace’s story starts.
Mike Trout is the definitive best player in baseball and has been for at least two full seasons now, probably three. There is no reasonable rebut to that.
But, for the first time since he announced himself as such, Trout enters an offseason with an obvious flaw: He can’t hit the high fastball.
Royals win, despite the burning hate of all sabermetricians.
Rany is so happy he wrote a song.
O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.
The ALDSes are settled, but the NL still remains!
Washington (Fister) at San Francisco (Bumgarner), 5 PM Eastern, Giants lead series 2-0, advance to NLCS with win
Dodgers (Ryu) at Cardinals (Lackey), 9 PM Eastern, series tied 1-1.
That’s nothing. People paid more to not see Derek Jeter play in his last series in Fenway.
The average price for Game 3 is even higher at $440, or well more than double the next-highest price tag for a team’s opening home game ($181 for the Giants).
After a 29-year drought, the Royals have won three postseason games—all in extra innings.
The average price for division series tickets across Missouri, in St. Louis, meanwhile, was roughly $90, the lowest tab among the postseason teams, according ...
A lot of good stuff in David Laurila’s latest.
Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.
Kemp makes a big impact.
This was a long game.
Orioles (Norris) at Tigers (Price), 3:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Orioles lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.
Angels (CJ Wilson) at Royals (Shields), 7:30 PM Eastern, TBS. Royals lead 2-0, advance to ALCS with win.
Giants (Hudson) at Nationals (Zimmermann), Game 2, 5:30 PM (Eastern), FS1 (Giants lead 1-0)
Cardinals (Lynn) at Dodgers (Greinke), Game 2, 9:30 PM (Eastern), MLB Network (Cardinals lead 1-0)
I wasn’t able to see Game 2 of the Royals/Angels series nor have I had a chance to see a lot of Angels games. When I have watched the Angels, I haven’t noticed this and Trout seems to rake. But that is a small sample. So, Angels watchers, is there anything to this idea?
“It seems to be a formula that works,” Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens said. “That was our approach. Not to be too big. Not to try to do too much. Just put the ball in play and see what happens.”
I guess a guy who struck out in 30% of his big-league at-bats would know.
It’s worth talking for a second about Aoki, because he so thoroughly symbolizes this team. As a young man, he was a major star in his home country of Japan, a whirlwind of a hitter a sort of a second Ichiro. At 29 he somewhat inexplicably fell off. He then found himself in Milwaukee, and this past offseason, he came to Kansas City. He was thoroughly disappointing until late September when, for no apparent reason, he briefly proved impossible to get out. He hit .458 the last two weeks of the ...
It’ll be hilarious if Yost or McClendon wins the award.
Perhaps the worst trend of modern relief pitching is the intractability of bullpen roles. Their very existence is manicured. At some point, when baseball recognized that, yeah, it probably is a good idea to exploit platoon splits, managers started slotting relievers in specific situations. Seventh inning for one guy, eighth for another, ninth and only ninth for the closer. And even if the heart of the order was up in the eighth and Scrub ...
Feels like forever since we had a Jeter thread…
There’s a “buzz” that baseball’s most famous bachelor will be off the market for good by Monday, TMZ reported. But the site acknowledged not all of its sources believed the bash — with “several high-end party vendors” at the ready — was wedding-related.
The 40-year-old Jeter, who played the final game of his Hall of Fame-worthy career on Sunday, has said he’d like to start a family in retirement.
“I look forward to doing ...
Since this blog originally posted, there have been a slew of tweets asking if I’m some kind of maniac for suggesting Mauer be set on fire. News flash: You can catch fire anywhere. Your kitchen, a forest fire, a place where they make flamethrowers.
Richard Pryor set himself on fire freebasing cocaine in his home. It. Can. Happen. Anywhere.
Pittsburgh Press, October 3, 1914:
As soon as all the glamor and stress of the world’s series is over, Bob Shawkey, Connie Mack’s esteemed slab artist with the Athletics, is going to marry H. Mason Clapp, who became known as “The Tiger Lady” four years ago when, ere a tempestuous honeymoon was scarcely over, she was arrested for shooting her husband in the neck during an argument about whether one’s bedroom windows should be kept open or closed.
Mrs. Clapp, like her husband, was well known ...
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ~ Albert Einstein
MLB is making me lose sleep.
It’s 2014. I’m thirty-seven. My wife and daughter are both asleep. I’m a thousand miles from the stadium-turned-parking-lot. On YouTube, Kenny Lofton of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians looks at the first pitch for a ball. Inside, low. I don’t remember the call. I remember all of us standing, holding our breath. Then I remember light. Thousands of lights. Waves of tiny diamonds. The whole stadium flashing and Jason, who would die five months later on the side of a south ...
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