Long Larry McLean, in all probability, has caught his last game for the Reds. President Herrmann, backed up by the board of directors of the club, has decided to sell his release or to trade him if a profitable deal can be arranged…
This action on the part of the officials of the Cincinnati club is taken not because Larry is not a first class catcher…but on account of his cheerful and congenial habits, which are believed to unfit him for work on a ball club ...
Ruben, Ruben: He hasn’t hit in years…but every Met fan he meets falls in love with him!
I’m concerned about his isolated slugging (slugging average minus batting average). I understand he’s been playing as a 20 and 21 year old.
...So this gives us a career projection for Tejada in isolated slugging on the high side of 0.92 and on the low side of about 0.70. It seems to me that in the post-expansion era, anything below .100 in ISO regardless of position is pretty terrible. The problem is ...
The Pirates and free agent left-hander Erik Bedard agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday, according to an industry source.
The Pirates will have to remove two players from the 40-man roster to make room for Bedard and Nate McLouth, who a source confirmed agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Flanked by his grandson, Cardinals great and baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial displayed a rather simple-albeit direct-wish list for the holiday season: “All I want for Christmas is for Pujols to be a Cardinal.”
Brian Musial Schwarze shared the picture, taken Wednesday morning at Stan Musial Inc. in West County, with members of the St. Louis media.
I hate when I confuse Wally Sandberg with Ryne Backman.
Wally Backman trusts his former manager Davey Johnson when he told him he felt “strongly that I’m going to manage (the Mets) someday.” Add to that advice Backman’s loyalty to the Wilpon’s for giving him an opportunity when no other team would and Backman was sold on staying with the Mets organization, hoping these personal qualities will one day pay dividends.
From the outside, Backman’s decision to trust Johnson and remain ...
Good grief. Can bloggers still show up in their pajamas?
The media should dress “in an appropriate and professional manner” with clothing proper for a “business casual work environment” when in locker rooms, dugouts, press boxes and on the field, the new MLB rules say.
Banned are sheer and see-through clothing, tank tops, one-shouldered or strapless shirts or clothing exposing bare midriffs. Also listed in the guidelines are skirts, dresses or shorts cut more than 3-4 inches above the knee.
Welcome back, Big Papi! Will next year be his “too late” year?
Designated hitter David Ortiz plans to accept the offer of salary arbitration that the Red Sox extended to him, meaning that he will return to Boston for the 2012 season, a source told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com on Tuesday.
The Dodgers mess continues, at least for a little while longer.
Frank McCourt must divest himself of the Dodgers and their stadium by April 30 but has sole authority to decide whether he keeps or sells the parking lots surrounding the stadium, according to the terms of his sale agreement with Major League Baseball.
This would never happen if baseball had a salaried Capps.
The Twins are finalizing a deal to re-sign closer Matt Capps, who struggled last year when handed the closer’s role during the season. Two sources with knowledge of negotiations confirmed the deal.
Capps was 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 15 saves for the Twins last season. He replaced Nathan as closer in April but lost the job later in the season. It was discovered later on that Capps was pitching with a sore forearm that affected his slider ...
Tim McCarver, who has served as a national analyst on networks for three decades and simultaneously shined as part of broadcast teams with four big league clubs, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
McCarver becomes the second primary television analyst to win the Frick Award, joining Tony Kubek, who received the honor in 2009. McCarver will be honored as ...
In the high-priced world of major league baseball, no one can say with a straight face that Pujols was ever paid anything near his true value. And this is what frustrates me so much about how pro sports works. Everyone moans when a player doesn’t live up to his big contract. But where are those whining voices of public dissent when a player exceeds his contract and seeks to balance things out at the negotiating table?
As the lone comment sez…“Baseball Wives isn’t embarrassing enough?
Major League Baseball announced today that the MLB Fan Cave in 2012 will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one winner is crowned before the end of the World Series. Multiple contestants will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave and watch every single MLB game each day while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. ...
CHICAGO, Ill., Dec. 7—“It is impossible just now to say what effect the war will have on baseball,” said William E. Benswanger, president of the Pirates. “I do not know any more about it than the other fellow, but one thing is very certain at this time: We must keep our heads cool and keep our feet on the ground.”
The Pittsburgh executive had a radio installed in his suite…it was his intention to hear a concert on the air this afternoon, but shortly ...
Hell, if they give up Jesus Monetro and not Jesus Montero…it’s a great deal!
But would Cashman do it?
He has insisted he won’t deal Montero unless it’s for someone like Cliff Lee, and Gonzalez isn’t quite on that level. However, he is one of the best lefthanders in the American League, a strikeout pitcher who won 31 games over the last two seasons for a team that doesn’t score runs.
...“Put him on a team like the Yankees that scores runs and the walks would come down because he ...
The Giants and Mets have agreed on a deal that will send Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez to New York and Angel Pagan to San Francisco, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal is pending physicals, Sherman reports (via Twitter).
The Mets have signed relief pitcher Jon Rauch, pending a physical. Jim Duquette’s reporting that the deal is for $3.5 million, including performance bonuses, presumably for one year.
Rauch has bounced around quite a bit over the past few years, but he spent the 2011 season with the Toronto Blue Jays, earning $3.5 million in the process. Toronto held a club option for the 2012 season at $3.75 million but chose to decline it, paying Rauch a $250,000 buyout instead.
DALLAS—Marquee free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, fueling the most lucrative bidding war in baseball history, obtained three 10-year contract proposals Tuesday that would pay him in excess of $200 million, an official close to the negotiations told USA TODAY.
The official could not comment on the negotiations because they are ongoing.
Pujols, who could announce his decision as early as Wednesday, has offers from the St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins and a third team that has publicly ...
Well…it’s about freakin’ time Seymour Siwoff watched Douglas Engelbart’s debut of the computer mouse video!
Some knew—many didn’t—but last year I applied for inclusion into the BBWAA. I spent a great deal of time combing through the Baseball Writers’ bylaws and constitution, and worked diligently to meet the criteria. Fulltime, paid write?,Check. Accredited with league? Check. Went to a good number of games? Check? LLC?… World Series?…. Winter Meetings and other jewel events?…. ...
The organization’s finances are a mess, meaning that the only question now is whether Alderson can somehow build a decent club by making cheap additions to the unintimidating roster he currently has to work with.
After all, Alderson, the former general manager of the Oakland A’s, has a proven track record of accomplishing a lot with meager resources (though it bears noting that he did his winning in Oakland when he spent money on stars like Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco).
Team owners across the major leagues were galvanized Monday by news that the Hilton Anatole hotel, which will host professional baseball’s official 2011 winter meetings, may feature an indoor pool. “Aw, man, I’m totally gonna bring my trunks,” said Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, adding that he hopes the pool is “one of those ones where half is indoors and the other half is outdoors.” “I’m definitely spending all my time in there. And I’m gonna splash [Boston Red Sox ...