Here’s what we know happened. In the eighth inning, with the score tied, Tony La Russa picked up the phone and asked for Marc Rzepczynski to begin warming up. But here’s where it gets tricky. That’s all bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist heard. But La Russa would say afterward that what he actually SAID was that to get Rzepczynski AND Jason Motte working… he then noticed that only Rzepczynski was warming up. He then picked up the phone and called ...
New Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that pitcher John Lackey will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2012 season.
Lackey had elbow soreness during the season, and recently saw a specialist, Dr. Lewis Yocum.
“John Lackey will go ahead and have Tommy John surgery,” Cherington said during the news conference at which he was introduced as the successor to Theo Epstein, who has left to become president of baseball operations for ...
For as long as he’s been teamed up with Joe Buck broadcasting baseball games, he’s been nothing but negative toward the St. Louis Cardinals.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a regular-season game, a postseason matchup or the World Series, McCarver does nothing but point out the faults and errors of the Cardinals and give all the praise to the opposing teams. If the Cardinals do something good or spectacular, he keeps his comments short and still allows a ...
This is an impressive piece, and that’s coming from a Yankees fan.
For the last decade, I gave everything I had to the Red Sox and received even more in return. I grew enormously as a person, had some successes, and made a lot of mistakes, too. I still love the organization, enjoy close relationships with owners John Henry and Tom Werner - as well as a complicated but ultimately productive and rewarding relationship with Larry Lucchino - and count many of my co-workers among my dearest ...
In Doy-El’s world…Black Zero Sum Game’s legacy has become even fuzzier!
The older baseball guys love Michael Young. The mainstream media, the grizzled vets, the baseball lifers. They love him. To them, he’s a great player, a clubhouse leader, a potential Hall of Famer.
The younger baseball guys don’t love Michael Young. They don’t hate him, but they don’t love him. They esteem him, nothing more or less. To them—the bloggers, the hipsters, the sabermetricians—Young is a good player, maybe ...
I believe it was medievalist turned roster survivalist, C.S. Leius, that said…“The safest road to NFL hell is the gradual one.”
Commissioner Bud Selig tells a Dallas radio station baseball plans to expand its use of replay, but he says reviewing every close call would hurt the game.
Umpire Ron Kulpa blew a call at first base during St. Louis’ 16-7 victory at Texas in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, kickstarting the replay debate once again. Baseball currently limits replay use ...
And from the comments…“Cano will hit over .299. I’ll bet my life savings on that.” Way over…like this season’s .302!
You might have seen this earlier, but Dan Szymborski posted his 2012 Yankees ZiPS Projections early Monday afternoon, the first team of the offseason. You can click the link and peruse all of the projections at your leisure, but I’m going to spend some time focusing on everyone’s favorite player, Jesus Montero. We’ll discuss the other guys at some point this offseason ...
Major League Baseball announced today that Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been selected as the winners of the 2011 Hank Aaron Award. This is the second consecutive year Bautista has won the award. Established in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and recognizes the most outstanding offensive performers in each ...
When it comes to owning bonehead fans, Philadelphia leads the world. [Chief] Bender, it so happened used his fast ball overtime during the latter part of Tuesday’s game. As a result fully a dozen balls were fouled into the grand stand, and what did those persons do who recovered them but stick them in their pockets. This forced Bender to practically pitch the entire last three innings with balls right out of the tin foil, balls with all the gloss on.
Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Monday night and take a 3-2 World Series lead.
Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth.
But I absolutely hate the movie “Moneyball” and everything it stands for. I think it is a fraud, one that people I respect bought into, for what they thought were noble reasons having to do with the little guys vs. the big bullies. I also dislike the philosophy of moneyball as it is applied to sports. My problem with the movie is a matter of truth. My problem with the philosophy is a question of art and beauty.
Roy Smalley Jr., who was signed as a free agent at 17 and went on to play for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies during baseball’s Golden Era, died Saturday. He was 85.
Smalley, father of baseball great Roy Smalley III, hit 21 homers and drove in 85 runs in 1950. But it was his marriage that year to Jolene Mauch — sister of Braves player Gene Mauch — that made headlines as they walked down the aisle when the Cubs were in town for a ...
He could have a chance to follow the Theo Epstein career path:
If the Angels are able to land Friedman, he would be offered a position as club president, with the team likely hiring one of its other finalists as GM, a hierarchy similar to the one the Chicago Cubs used to lure GM Theo Epstein from the Boston Red Sox.
Therefore, if Alex is going to stand any meaningful chance of breaking the all time home run record he will need to be extremely productive the next two or three seasons, at least as productive as he was from 2008 to 2010, and realistically more so. This will be difficult. Alex’s defenders may point out that he’s been injured his last few seasons, limiting his potential, but Aaron was injured often during the three seasons in question as well. He never played more ...
Only a fantasy article, but I wish I could be the Assistant Pig-Keeper…
The National Fantasy Baseball Championship, a contest paying a top prize of $100,000, draws an elite collection of contestants — computer geniuses, deep-pocketed stockbrokers and money managers, maybe the odd young man or woman looking to be the next Billy Beane or Theo Epstein.
But the contest over the years has produced only one two-time champion: Lindy Hinkelman, a 59-year-old pig farmer from Greencreek, Idaho.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. was a guest on Mike and Ike’s midday show on 94 WIP this afternoon to wax poetic on the 2011 season and look ahead to 2012. RAJ didn’t break any news about his plans, keeping his cards close to his chest per usual, but he didn’t hide the fact that he’s open to change. As for the 2011 World Series though? He can’t bare to watch much of it.
“I can’t watch it either. I do not watch. I watched a little bit of ...
For the first time I can recall since we began the site in 2007, NBC and Sunday Night Football looks like it will not win the night overall with adults 18-49 and instead that honor will go to Fox which had the World Series Game 4. We’ll post the adjusted fast affiliate and final ratings for the World Series Game 4 (perhaps today) and Sunday Night Football (likely tomorrow) as soon as they are available.
Game 4-15.2 million viewers
SNF-Looking like 12 or so million viewers.
“OK you think you got a pretty face
But the rest of you is out of place”
For instance, I have now heard FOX announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver repeatedly refer to the Rangers comeback in Game 2 as the inning where “Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit sacrifice fly balls.”* I know that baseball announcers have a long history of loving the RBI, praising the RBI, worshiping the RBI, I get that, but how do you make Hamilton and Young the heroes of that inning? Ian Kinsler hit that pop-up ...
Big Game! Big Spot!! Big Pile of Chicken Parmesanitary Landfill!!!
That is the mythology of Wilson’s position. The starting pitcher probably has more control over the outcome of a game than any other position in team sports. When he completes a World Series game in dominant fashion, the way Jack Morris did in 1991 or Josh Beckett did in 2003, he is given a tag that sticks: big-game pitcher.
Morris and Beckett have failed in October, too, just like everybody who has enough chances. Bob ...
“They have until Nov. 1, Theo and (new Red Sox general manager) Ben (Cherington) and all the other parties involved,” Selig said before Game 4 of the World Series, according to CSNNE.com. “Hopefully they can get things done. I always encourage clubs to try to get things done between themselves. Somehow, the commissioner has enough things of controversy (to deal with).
“They’ll either get it done or they won’t. If they don’t, then I will.”
Unlike Major League Baseball, for whom Rawlings has been the official supplier of baseballs since 1977, Japan’s top league has long used multiple manufacturers.
This season, however, for the first time in the 75-year history of Nippon Professional Baseball, every team is using the same supplier.
In any given season, as many as nine manufacturers had supplied baseballs to Japan’s 12 teams. Many clubs, in fact, contracted with multiple suppliers and freely switched the balls they used in their ...
Here are the all-time leaders in FanGraphs’ wRC+, which compares a hitter’s runs created to an average player and is park- and league-adjusted, so a batter with a 150 wRC+ created 50 percent more runs than average:
...Here is the case against each of those eight, plus Willie Mays:
Case against: The era he played in was perfect for him, a time when pitchers walked more hitters than now, amplifying Williams’ skill-set—patience the ...
Here comes the MLB backlash to admissions by Boston Red Sox players that they drank beer in the clubhouse during games.
Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job.
Currently, fewer than half of MLB’s 30 teams allow alcohol in their clubhouses, ...
Raise your fist and yell
You can’t have John Farrell!(?)!
If the Boston Red Sox are serious about making a run at John Farrell, the Blue Jays should tell them the bidding begins at a couple of buckets of KFC, a case of Rolling Rock and the latest version of Call of Duty. Then general manager Alex Anthopoulos should get all Clint Eastwood over the phone and tell the Red Sox: “You obnoxious, sun-shines-out-of-your-behinds New England clam chowders. Go stuff yourself.”
C. Victory Faust, the official New York Giant self-appointed mascot, was released Monday morning, Manager McGraw serving him with a written notice that his services had been dispensed with in view of the Athletics having won two games.
Faust, however, refuses to be released, just as when he first joined the Giants last summer, he declined to be left behind in St. Louis, beating the Giants to their own Polo grounds.