I’m a dyed-in-the-wool baseball guy. I went to my first major league game in 1949 at Griffith Stadium to watch the Washington Senators play, and still upon occasion nostalgically don my No. 3 Mickey Vernon itchy, all-wool replica jersey. In 1954 I attended the glorious welcoming parade for the former St. Louis Browns, turned Baltimore Orioles—and subsequently listened to every inning of the ...
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In a professional sport like baseball, where player talent and organizational characteristics are very comparable among the many teams, innovation can make the deciding difference. Tony LaRussa’s management of his bullpen, Charlie Phillips’ starting rotation decisions for Philadelphia, and Ray Washington’s lineup shifts for the Rangers demonstrate how agility can control the outcome.
Fox’s World Series coverage will include black-and-white on-air shots, looking sort of like X-rays, that are meant track heat.
Huh? The Fox Hot Spot, to be formally announced Wednesday, uses technology that’s been seen on TV cricket overseas. The idea is for heat-seeking sensors to pinpoint heat made by a ball making contact — with, say, bats, facemasks, player’s bodies — and mark the spot for viewers by making it glow.
Lester admitted Monday that he and other pitchers had an “occasional beer” in the clubhouse during days they were not scheduled to pitch, but on Tuesday WHDH-TV in Boston cited Red Sox employees as saying that Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey drank beer in the dugout during games.
The sources said that the trio would leave the dugout around the sixth inning, walk back to the clubhouse and fill cups with Bud Light. They would then return to the dugout and watch the game while drinking ...
The Angels have received permission from the Arizona Diamondbacks to interview Jerry Dipoto for their general manager’s job opening, a major league source confirmed. Dipoto, who spent parts of eight seasons as a reliever in the big leagues, is Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development.
Said one National League scout: “Tejada is ready to play every day. Save the money and go get some pitching. You’re not winning anything in 2012 anyway. Find out if the kid can do it. He really has improved with the bat and gotten physically stronger. He’s going to need a backup, though, in case he gets hurt or needs a day off.”
...Meanwhile, Reyes won the NL batting crown this past season and, when his gimpy hamstrings allow, will put up gaudy steal numbers Tejada will never ...
The Nepal Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA) today expelled Vice-president Achut Khanal from his post.
Khanal was found to have used the letter of the National Sports Council (NSC) with forged signature of NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama to apply for the South Korean visas to attend the November 4 congress of Baseball Federation of Asia in Seoul. Furthermore, Khanal had applied for the visa of President Asit SJB Rana and himself under the capacity of General Secretary.
While Mark DeRosa has 74 career errors…Joe DeRosa looks for some in Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding.
A ballplayer could react to a terrible slump in a number of ways. But all of them should be vastly different to a person reacting to the loss of a supernatural gift. A slump usually begins with the wrong mix of flawed mechanics and dumb luck and spirals into Adam Dunn-level tragedy when the player gets trapped inside his own head. Henry’s situation is closer to Prometheus and his gift of ...
WASHINGTON—Four U.S. senators and health officials from the cities hosting the World Series are urging the baseball players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera.
The senators, including No. 2 Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, and health officials from St. Louis and Arlington, Texas, made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begins in St. Louis Wednesday night.
t’s been a seemingly endless saga for the A’s, but they may finally be closing in on actually buying land for a new stadium in San Jose.
San Jose city officials are meeting today in a closed session to discuss selling a few plots by the Diridon station to A’s co-owner Lew Wolff. City mayor Chuck Reed estimated that the cost would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $24 million but, like everything else on the market these days, the final price could actually be a ...
BBTF is now a worthy topic for pop culture quizbowl. The entire tournament is here.
18. Answer the following related to various running jokes at the Baseball ThinkFactory website, for 10 points each:
 One recurring poster uses this name of the protagonist from Ring Lardner’s You Know Me Al. The poster imitates this character’s semi-literate style to comment on the baseball issues of the day.
 A hilarious running joke involved the phrase, “Sure, I’d listen if [blank] called,” ...
“It’ll get done between now and Oct. 31st, I’m sure,” Cashman said. “I can’t promise, but I think that’s what everybody expects. I know it’s something that everybody has to follow. But that’s not a pressing circumstance, as far as something I’m worried about right now.”
Cashman said that he is also keeping an eye on the Angels’ unsettled GM situation, with lieutenants Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer both having been granted permission to interview for the vacancy.
After two rounds of tepid wagers with his counterparts in opposing cities — beer, a Rotary fellowship —Slay has upped the ante in a big way as the Cardinals prepare to take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
After all, the Lone Star State is not the type of place that revels in small stakes.
For his friendly bet with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, Slay has placed the following on the table:
Gooey butter cake from Park ...
Were the inmates running the asylum, as some have suggested?
“That’s not the case at all,” Lester said. “This was not a frat party. This was not mayhem with guys going every which way, not answering to anybody. That was not the case at all.
“When all is said and done, none of this was Tito’s fault, or Theo (Epstein)‘s fault, or the fault of Larry Lucchino or John Henry or Tom Werner. It was not the trainer, Mike Reinold, or (assistant trainers) Greg Barajas or Masai (Takahashi) or (strength ...
Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Adam Jones?
Playing in Camden Yards in any position in the outfield decreases your defensive metrics. This means that as useful as UZR might be, it appears to do a poor job characterizing what normal means for Camden Yards.
Just as Captain of the Stone Men shows Dag Wentim-like qualities!
In many ways, Young is the Jeter of Texas. So many similarities when it comes to demeanor and, as Young has said, the approach to the game they share. Play to win. Do what is asked. Don’t make excuses.
However, because we are provincial, because we live and work in the New York market, and focus so hard on “our” players, we probably never thought of Michael Young as a player who should be mentioned in the same sentence ...
Schrader: Obsession (plunks needle down on some swirling Bernie Herrmann).
Assembling more than 4,000 autographed baseballs, it turns out, may not have been as tough a task for Dennis Schrader as proving the collection was a world record.
The Guinness Book of World Records originally rejected Schrader’s claim because the signatures on all 4,020 balls couldn’t be authenticated. About a year ago, he started up his campaign again in earnest. He made copies of authenticity documents for the balls ...
And let’s not forget Bruce Berenyi was Ned Garver’s nephew either!
They won 108 games, a total surpassed only by the 1975 Cincinnati Big Red Machine in the previous 77 years of baseball history. Where are the documentaries? Where are the specials? The Yankees have anniversaries about every eight months — where are the Mets’ fans when it comes to honoring their greatest team?
The 1986 New York Mets had more players than any other team who, at their peaks, were headed for the Hall of Fame and ...
A wave of enthusiasm such as probably never before was witnessed here rolled over Philadelphia this afternoon when word of the Athletics’ second victory over the New York Giants was flashed to this city.
When two more runs were scored in the eleventh and when finally victory was announced their enthusiasm grew into a frenzy. Staid business and professional men joined their office boys and ragged urchins in a snake dance around city hall similar to that ...
Wonder if Mut & Merloni could get Martha Raye to call in…
“I was more concerned that this was something that was happening around guys just because. They were going up and having a beer in the clubhouse,” Schilling said. “I think for some of these guys that’s exactly what it was. But I would bet you that when it had to do with Jon Lester, the beer he was having was after he was out of a game. And given how they pitched in September, there might have been more than one beer.”
I do not play fantasy baseball, never have. Sometimes I think it is a menace to the game, breaking down civic and regional loyalties to real teams and replacing that with a loyalty to a private team that exists nowhere except on your computer. Such fans have seemed to me straight out of the dice-baseball heaven-hell of Robert Coover’s Universal Baseball Association, J. Henry Waugh, Proprietor.
But other times I reflect on the millions of fans ...
More than a tired Cooper to drive on…a tired Cooper to depend on?
Guillen said Monday that he was thrilled with the hiring of former teammate Robin Ventura as the Sox’ new manager and was happy that chairman Jerry Reinsdorf found the right guy, but what Cooper said was inexcusable in his eyes.
Higher road be damned.
“Cooper needs to look in the mirror,’’ Guillen told the Sun-Times. “He didn’t backstab me. I know who he is. He backstabbed his fellow coaches, the guys he worked ...
The dislike between the Cardinals and Brewers was evident throughout the season and it carried into the NLCS. One of the off-field issues between the teams involved the location of the family section seats in St. Louis. The Brewers were unhappy that the tickets for family members were spread throughout Busch Stadium. Nyjer Morgan reportedly felt it was a “bush league” move by the Cardinals. One person who agreed was Zack Greinke’s wife, who was ...