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Thursday, June 06, 2013
“I think we’ve shot ourselves in the foot”...Hey, stop lifting my R. Budd Selig material!
TA: This scandal, involving Biogenesis in Miami. How damaging is this to the game overall?
BV: I think our entire posture on this situation has damaged the game. I think it’s been handled poorly from the start, whenever the start was. I don’t know when guys starting using performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, but I would think that it was about the same time that they were being used in other ...
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 12:57 PM | 7 comment(s)
The Big Train to The Karma Train…Washington has it all!
We’re barely into June and the Braves already hold an eight-game lead over the Washington Nationals, the team that had been given the most likely chance to win the National League East and the pennant. This doesn’t guarantee that the Braves are going to win the East. But it does somewhat reaffirm how dumb the Nationals were to all but drop kick a potential World Series season last year.
...The Strasburg effect? Nothing is certain, but ...
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 09:22 AM | 145 comment(s)
Nice try, El Hombre.
Henry Bouldin could not bear to watch the Angels, not after the team was swept by the lowly Houston Astros.
So, as he sat behind home plate for Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Angels fan wore a paper bag over his head.
Until the seventh inning, that is, when the Angels ordered him to take it off.
“Security just showed up out of nowhere,” Bouldin said Wednesday. “They said you can’t wear anything over your head.”
That indeed is the Angels’ policy, team ...
Ichiro Suzuki is about to join the pantheon of the baseball gods on a statistical plateau only two other players have passed: 4,000 hits.
Including his infield single in the Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, Ichiro needs only 67 to match that lofty level.
Considering his legendary durability, it will happen sometime during the months ahead, certainly before the end of the season. True, Ichiro gets there by combining the hits he accumulated playing for ...
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 07:04 AM | 105 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 6, 1913:
Pitcher Hopper, the New England right-hander, who has pitched two no-hit games and who is sought by the Cardinals…is probably the only pitcher in baseball who has the reputation of having been sold for a dog.
[Roger Bresnahan] decided that Hopper wasn’t worthy of a trial, and…[Dick Kinsella], who was then owner of the Springfield Three-I League team needed pitchers, [so] Bresnahan offered Hopper to him. They could not agree on a price until Kinsella ...
Bosch needed funds to mount a defense against MLB’s once-pending lawsuit against him, but Rodriguez turned him down.
At that point, the Daily News reports, Bosch and MLB agreed to collaborate.
“They (MLB) were afraid someone else would pay him,” a source told the Daily News. “Bosch is the only guy that can provide them with what they need.”
In exchange for his cooperation, MLB will reportedly be “dropping the lawsuit MLB filed against him earlier this year and paying his legal bills, ...
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 05:16 AM | 31 comment(s)
How is St. Louis fending off the Reds and Pirates? Grinding, says hitting coach John F. Mabry.
Mabry uses terms like “process” and “grinding” almost interchangeably. Mind-set is as important to success as technique.
Mabry knows that style carries lots of weight in a market that loves to reminisce about Whitey-ball, which was played on a rug with lots of fast guys, two elements this club no longer boasts. (Nobody in the NL has attempted fewer steals than the Cardinals’ 17.) The new ...
For the second straight night, a Mets pitcher fighting for his job made a strong case, but this time the struggling offense delivered for him.
Dillon Gee made a strong case to keep his spot in the rotation and the Mets jumped on some shaky pitching as they beat the Nationals 10-1 Wednesday night.
Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
You can find the Draft OMNICHATTER here, although I don’t think anybody would complain if you threw in any major news or selections from it- just try to keep it primarily in that thread.
Anyway, 11 games today, with the first game (Rays at Tigers) at 1:08 PM.
Posted: June 06, 2013 at 12:10 AM | 39 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Downey Clean Breeze…Sheeet.
Throw the bums out, some will scream. I am totally OK with this.
Who’s legitimate and who ain’t? That’s all we want to know anymore.
We have spent much of this century wondering which individuals in the national pastime are squeaky clean and which are as stained as a dugout floor.
...All I do know is, we’re sick of it, man.
Baseball’s zero-tolerance policy is an absolute must. Oh, the players’ union reps will surely react and be appalled and appeal. But if ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
Absent any real news this morning, I want to touch on something that has always bugged me: the notion that Giants fans have no right to boo other steroid users because they cheered Barry Bonds.
I started to hear that creep into the conversation after the fans booed Melky Cabrera last night. Tim Brown, a national baseball writer for Yahoo whom I greatly respect, gave San Francisco fans a slight jab by noting the “incongruity” of booing Melky when they cheered Bonds.
In my opinion he’s ...Read More...
The Washington Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.
The Nationals made the move Wednesday after Strasburg skipped a scheduled bullpen session. The session was supposed to determine whether he could make a start on Saturday
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If you were starting a franchise and you could pick any player in professional baseball, who would be your franchise player? That’s the question we asked 30 of our resident baseball “experts,” who participated in ESPN’s third annual Franchise Player Draft.
Known for his work ethic and dedication, the scout was not above calling upon subterfuge and legerdemain when needed.
He hiked up mountainsides and rode donkeys to check out athletes, and is said to have once dressed as a soldier to slip a prospect out of Nicaragua.
One of his more famous capers involved a beanpole boy who showed soft hands in the field and a lashing stroke at the plate. The youth was so poor he could not afford a glove, so had fashioned a cardboard milk carton around his ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 02:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
Even Seymour Siwoff laughs at Chris Kamka.
People who love sports are dime-a-dozen. Face it, in that way, Kamka and I aren’t unique. But what makes him original is the ability to not just love sports, but have the capacity and the patience to dive deep and find narratives in numbers. Finding out the ERA of all position players who have pitched since the 1980s, after all, isn’t the kind of stat the average fan can reel off.
“It’s an ability, but I’ll tell you it’s a real lot of ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 01:40 PM | 4 comment(s)
At a noon news conference today, Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman said police, U.S. postal inspectors and the West Shore Enforcement Bureau searched the home that [Chris] Perez and his wife are renting on Parklane Drive after a package was delivered there on Tuesday.
He said they found what he called “a controlled substance” — which is what police often call drugs. Stillman said he would not speculate on what was confiscated.
Hey Tribe fans, don’t forget to call 216-420-HITS to buy ...Read More...
Eugene Freedman has the answer…
Just cause doesn’t mean just ‘cause. You’re probably thinking about your non-unionized workplace. Your employer can discipline or fire you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. In a workplace represented by a union, like Major League Baseball’s, it doesn’t work that way.
...But, beyond that, there’s something that MLB has to go up against in this case: its own testing regime. MLB has called its testing the best in sports or at least ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 10:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
After a messy public breakup with his last employer resulted in a $50 million lawsuit, Keith Olbermann will return to television in October as a studio host for Turner’s coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason.
The deal will have Olbermann leading TBS’ Atlanta-based studio show with Dennis Eckersley and possibly a second analyst. TBS this season has both Wild Card Playoff games, 18 of the 20 League Division Series games and exclusive rights to the National League Championship ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 10:18 AM | 34 comment(s)
Good, out with the
righty lefty…and in with the lefty righty David Cone!
Could Al Leiter be a potential name on the long list of possible replacements for the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg? The ex-pitcher said he’d be interested.
Leiter was listed by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Katz as an “outside the box wildcard” earlier this week. When the former hurler was asked by ESPNNewYork’s Andrew Marchand yesterday about it, he responded, “Who wouldn’t be interested if the governor of your state for ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 09:28 AM | 26 comment(s)
New York Tribune, June 5, 1913:
Montreal, June 4.—Physicians feared to-day that Miles Main, the Buffalo pitcher hurt by being hit on the head by a batted ball in yesterday’s game with the Montreal club, will be temporarily blind and probably permanently deaf.
An X-ray examination of Main’s skull made at the Western Hospital showed that both ihs ear drums were seriously injured, while the optic nerve also was affected. At the best he will be out of the game for weeks.
I can’t find any evidence ...Read More...
Braun Series ____
The media had gathered in the wake of an “Outside the Lines” report that indicated Braun, injured Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and nearly 20 other players could be suspended as a result of Major League Baseball’s ongoing investigation into Anthony Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic in Miami, which is believed to have provided performance-enhancing drugs for major-league players.
There were plenty of questions, but Braun did not want to entertain them.
“I’ve already ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 06:07 AM | 42 comment(s)
“In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.”
J.P.: In the lord’s year of 1998, you surrendered Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run, to break Roger Maris’ record. You’ve since stated that you knew he was using; that it was beyond obvious. So I’d like to ask you this: A. Did that make giving up the homer worse—knowing the man was cheating? And can you, having played nearly two decades in the Majors, understand why ...
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 05:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
Viva Puig! (Even ringtones are available.)
If Matt Kemp came on as the Bison, what is Puig? Beast of the Cuban Wild? If I’m Hushpuppy, this is what he looks like to me.
I don’t think I’m alone. Puig’s exploits brought youthful thrills from Vin Scully, who shouted “Que viva Cuba, viva Puig!” as each moment topped the last.
“If you joined us late,” said Scully, “I’m sorry.” And that was before Puig’s second homer, an opposite-field laser over the right-field wall. ...Read More...
The OMNICHATTER is not on the Biogenesis list, although it has tested positive for unusually high levels of awesome in the past.
Anyway, 15 games, with the first at 12:10 PM in Atlanta.
Posted: June 05, 2013 at 12:18 AM | 278 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
A University of Maryland Medical Center official says the condition of a man injured in a fight and fall at an Orioles game has worsened.
This’ll go over as well as a Frey Family wedding.
Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, “Outside the Lines” has learned. If the suspensions are upheld, the performance-enhancing drug scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
Tony Bosch, founder of the now-shuttered Biogenesis of ...
Posted: June 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM | 216 comment(s)
Time will tell whetherBryce Harper is Roy Hobbs or Bump Bailey, but the Washington Nationals have a chance to shape his legacy more toward “the greatest there ever was” status and less toward running through a wall and killing himself.
Ranking them, No. 21-36. (I guess the rest will come in a future article). Nine of these are gone, including the entire bottom seven.
How do you follow up the comedic blockbuster “Parental Guidance”?
This weekend I was at Pixar for the MONSTERS UNIVERSITY junket, and had a good sit down with Billy Crystal about his work as Mike Wazowski and his film directing. When I asked him if he wanted to tell another baseball story if he directed again, Crystal replied,
“We’re developing one now of a book that I found in the mid 50’s… it was written in the mid 50s that is a really wonderful unusual baseball novel that ...
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