5. You got to take a pace-car ride prior to last Sunday’s race. What was that experience like for you?
Rhodes: I know [pace-car driver] Brett Bodine. I know he’s been a Cup driver and he’s been driving a long time, so I trusted him. But I’ll tell you right now: the right side of my head was stuck to the window [during the ride]. My stomach hurt. My back hurt. I tried to force myself to come back to the middle of the seat—but he was driving so fast through some of those turns, I was stuck to ...
In adding Lowe to a rotation that also includes Justin Masterson and Fausto Carmona, the Indians will feature three of this year’s top eight ground-ball-inducing starters. Throw in Ubaldo Jimenez and his above-average ground-ball rate and the Indians will field a staff unlike any other in the game. In a perennially weak division where little edges can mean a lot, the Indians may have found a new path to success, and just maybe a 2012 playoff berth.
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly targeted outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman. A baseball executive reportedly told Heyman that the All-Star free-agent could get a two-year deal.
Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco ...
Baseball is a sport in love with round numbers, and none inspire more reverence than the zeroes that follow any other integer. As for crooked numbers, nothing is as criminal as a “nine” at the end of a significant statistic.
Win 20 games, jack 30 homers, drive in 100 runs or hit .300 and you are put on a pedestal. But come only close, and no cigar.
In 2011, Albert Pujols became the latest to be slighted by the slightest of margins. The St. ...
Bout time…I’ve been sitting outside the bar just as long.
But McNamara opened up in a retrospective on the 1986 postseason that airs Wednesday night on MLB Network. He explains his rationale for removing Roger Clemens after seven innings, with Boston leading, 3-2, and for leaving a hobbling Bill Buckner on the field for the fateful 10th inning, which ended when Buckner’s error gave the New York Mets a 6-5 victory.
McNamara had used Dave Stapleton at first base at the end of every postseason ...
Which brings us to a new show, Clubhouse Confidential, set to debut tonight on MLB Network. The show will be hosted by former ESPN anchor Brian Kenny. The show bills itself as an open forum to discuss and debate the day’s news and moves using modern statistical research and value projection. While not explicitly “saber”, the show puts advanced statistics and analysis front and center.
...BK: I just approach each subject in a logical progression of thought. And there isn’t one magic number ...
1. Miguel Sano, 3B
2. Eddie Rosario, OF/2B
3. Joe Benson, OF
4. Aaron Hicks, OF
5. Oswaldo Arcia, OF
6. Levi Michael, SS
7. Alex Wimmers, RHP
8. Travis Harrison, 3B
9. Brian Dozier, SS/2B
10. Kyle Gibson, RHP
11. Max Kepler, OF
12. Hudson Boyd, RHP: This 2011 supplemental first-round pick is a big-bodied power arm who needs refinement.
13. Liam Hendriks, RHP: Many scouts feel Hendriks’ extreme command ways caught up to ...
Frank McCourt soon could ask the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to let him sell the Dodgers’ television rights along with the team, a strategy that could violate his sale agreement with Major League Baseball and revive his dormant litigation with Fox Sports.
“The Dodgers plan to file in the near future with the bankruptcy court an amended media rights procurement motion,” according to a club statement late Tuesday.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the league had agreed that McCourt could ...
And the joura is not out when it comes to Jim Rice either!
All I know is that I no longer think of 1978 when someone mentions Jim Rice. Instead I think of how his election to Cooperstown is a “mistake.” Rice should be remembered for being one of the best in baseball for a three-year period. Instead, he’ll be remembered as the player that writers who are too lazy to look at anything beyond Triple Crown numbers made a last stand for and voted into the Hall despite all evidence to the ...
1. Zack Wheeler, rhp
2. Matt Harvey, rhp
3. Brandon Nimmo, of
4. Jeurys Familia, rhp
5. Cesar Puello, of
6. Jenrry Mejia, rhp
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
8. Michael Fullmer, rhp
9. Reese Havens, 2b
10. Wilmer Flores, ss
The organization may be able to address its pitching woes from within because its top prospects are righthanders Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, the sixth (2009) and seventh (2010) overall picks in their respective drafts. Both enjoyed ...
The Marlins are so enamored with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes that they were in contact with the player at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the moment the free agent signing period could begin. A contingent of high-ranking front office executives for the Marlins were spotted at Miami International Airport on Wednesday headed for New York, where Reyes’ agent, Peter Greenberg, keeps his offices.
If the Marlins were able to sign the Mets shortstop, it would necessitate a position change for Hanley ...
The Minnesota Twins made a major change in their front office Monday: Bill Smith is out as the team’s general manager.
Smith, who took over as the Twins’ GM at the end of the 2007 season, will be replaced on an interim basis by Terry Ryan. Ryan has been in the Twins’ organization for more than 28 years, including 13 seasons as the team’s GM from 1994-2007.
Smith was a member of the Twins organization since 1986 and took over as GM in October of 2007. ...
Maybe Duquette wasn’t the best general manager in the game or even in Red Sox history. But he wasn’t the worst, either, and his subsequent absence from the game had far more to do with the fact that he can be an introvert more than it did with professional ineptitude.
Shame on us. Shame on all of baseball. We put more stock in the wrapping paper than what was in the box. If Duquette had a personable assistant GM like say, JP Ricciardi, many of his ...
Since the Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957, the Yankees have had the second most honorees, behind only the St. Louis Cardinals, who enjoy a comfortable lead over the field with an impressive 83 trophies. At the other end of the spectrum is the Milwaukee Brewers, which makes the team’s traditional ball-in-glove logo somewhat ironic. Since joining the majors as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the Brewers have had only nine Gold Glove winners, all coming while the franchise was in the American ...
LA RUSSA UNABLE TO FIND PRESS BOX BATHROOM, MR. PRESIDENT.
The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series.
“It’s unacceptable for this type of thing to be out there,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. “It was a private moment for the team, not meant for anyone else’s ears. We’re looking into it, probably won’t have additional comments until we’ve finished that process.”
A tax here, a tax there, and soon you’re talking real moneyball.
Stories that marry together my careers — accountant and baseball analyst — are always intriguing. But I’ve noticed errors in these analyses. Primarily, the new-wave tax articles were ignoring the fact that [Cliff] Lee gets taxed in every city and in every state in which he plays.
This concept is nicknamed “the jock tax,” where states and cities tax non-resident athletes who earn income in their territories. This tax ...
[Yoenis Cespedes] a tremendous talent—arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation. He’s a legitimate centerfielder with plus power and speed and is in his prime. Much like Aroldis Chapman was the best pitcher from the island, Cespedes is the best position player, and Mercedes will be expecting (and likely getting) a Chapman-like deal in the neighborhood of $30 million.
The Cardinals want to more closely integrate their next manager into a top-down organizational chain of command and philosophy. Since being named general manager in October 2007, Mozeliak has tried to create a more linear chain of command that brings the major-league clubhouse in line with the front office and player development.
as well as this:
Matheny’s comments seem to jibe with the characterization of what the Cardinals are looking for in ...
Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who defected mid-summer and expects soon to be cleared for free agency, is being billed by his agents as the hitting version of Aroldis Chapman and is seeking a contract similar to the $30 million the left-handed pitcher received in 2010, according to two sources familiar with the asking price.
The New York Yankees are particularly hot for the right-handed Cespedes, according to one source who attended an open workout Friday in the Dominican Republic, ...
“With the collectors market burgeoning, the Hall of Fame was already finding it more difficult to get people to donate items of historic significance. The scandal increased those difficulties sevenfold. The officials at the Hall of Fame were desperate to put the whole thing behind them; the Commissioner, after the public revelations promised a vigorous in-house investigation.”
James reported that in February, 1983, Hall officials “were able ...
I am undecided about whether the increased taxes make up for the small lease payment. However, before the Sox took over the street on game days, it’s not like the city was getting a lot of revenue from the area.
Over the last nine years, the Boston Red Sox have increased their revenue by an estimated $45 million through the use of two streets that city officials handed over for a relative pittance: an average of $186,000 a year in lease fees.
5. Oakland’s bullpen: more rise of the modern than the actual modern
If there’s one tendency La Russa is noted for, it’s his willingness to change pitchers in mid-inning. On the one hand, it’s silly to associate that with him, because literally every manager does it nowadays. On the other hand, it was La Russa’s tenure in Oakland most closely that is associated with the hyper-specialization of the bullpen.
There’s something to it, but too much can be made of it. ...
“I got a phone call asking me if I wanted to come to Baltimore (to film),” said Hunter, who was acquired with infielder Chris Davis by the Orioles in the July 30 trade that sent reliever Koji Uehara to the Texas Rangers. “I didn’t really know a whole lot about the show or anything, so I did it pretty much on a whim. But it turned out to be a whole lot more than I expected.”
As a longtime fan of “Seinfeld,” Hunter was intrigued by the ...
Same garbage as usual, I’d assume. I’m Facebook friends with Weberman, so I’ll ask him.
In digging through the Fangraphs 2011 MLB pitching leader boards for another piece, one name kept popping up at or near the bottom of the page over and over again. That’s right, one Allan James Burnett. Brian Cashman can talk all he wants about the problem of having to replace his innings, but the fact of the matter is just about every other pitcher in the game who pitched a similar amount of frames did ...
For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they’ll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place “Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium.”
...KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:
NEW YORK, Nov. 6—Supreme Court Justice Blackmar today refused to grant a certificare of incorporation to a new Brooklyn baseball and sporting club because it had chosen the name “Reno.”
“The word Reno in the public mind,” said the justice in disapproving the club’s application, “is associated with divorce easily granted for causes not recognized as sufficient in this state, and with prize fights.”