There’s baseball tonight, and politics, too. Politics, like baseball, is a game of inches. A called strike, two inches within the strike zone, a fly ball that clears the left-field fence by three inches. A tag at third base misses by four inches. An inch here and two inches there, and a late-inning rally ruined.
Baseball is the all-American metaphor for politics, and Donald Trump must keep his eye on the ball if he wants to avoid the missed inches and extend his rally. This is no time for a ...
By winning another double-header from St. Louis [in New York yesterday], 1 to 0 and 6 to 2, the New York Giants won their twenty-first straight victory and created a new record for successive victories, smashing the record of the Providence Nationals who won 20 straight games in 1884.
“Certainly they were looking at a way to arbitrage the draft and international markets,” he said. “They were able to do so without being overly concerned about how they finished for a couple years. I hear of teams doing it—and the Cubs aren’t the first to try this—but for us, I’ve always said St. Louis has been a place that demands winning. [Owner Bill] DeWitt Jr. and myself, we’re not ever looking at a season where we want to take a ...
I watched the game on TV and saw Bonds and Fernandez embrace each other in the dugout and laugh. As the AP reported, Bonds shouted, “I love you.”
“That goes way back, it’s a long story,” Fernandez said with a smile about his connection with Bonds. “It’s impressive. Everybody knows who he is and what he has done in this game. When I was walking in here now he told me, ‘It was the best that I have seen you pitch. I’m impressed.’ To get that from probably one of the best hitters ...
I generally don’t get impacted by the deaths of people I don’t personally know. I could feel Jose Fernandez’s joy for life, though. People with such joy are a treasure. He’ll be missed. The world is a worse place today.
In one week, on the first Sunday of October, Scully will take a short ride along the streets of San Francisco from his hotel to AT&T Park. He will call his final game, between the team for which he rooted as a schoolboy and the team he served with unparalleled distinction.
Neither Los Angeles nor San Francisco had a team when Scully started his remarkable career, describing the feats of Jackie Robinson. When the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, so did Scully.
The balance of that mission now migrates up to Yankees ownership and the front office. They stockpiled their farm system with their trade-deadline maneuvers while promising they still would contend. They contended for a while. The revamp, however, has to pay off with multiple successful contentions in order for all of their wheeling and dealing to make sense.
But what’s distinct about the Mets is this: The Giants and Dodgers each have one great pitch-framer (Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal) and the Cubs have two (Miguel Montero and David Ross). The Mets have three.
What’s the tangible impact?
On a game-by-game basis, take Friday night’s win as an example. Rivera and d’Arnaud had a great game. They got 5.5 more strikes than would have been expected from the pitches that Phillies’ hitters took. It was their sixth-best game of the season in that ...
Of course, Ben Cherington showed patience, which got him booted.
Despite the success, Epstein admits he made mistakes near the end of his Red Sox tenure.
“I got in too much of a rush to build an uber-team and got too aggressive in free agency rather than relying on the things we did well as an organization — scouting, player development, and trying to find undervalued players.’’
For all the legitimate criticism for his strategic gaffes, one thing that cannot be denied about manager Terry Collins is that the players have continued to play hard for him and they did not give up on the season when the injuries finally appeared to be taking their toll when the club fell under .500 in late-August.
Froemming retired from field duty at the end of 2007 and will retire from his position with MLB as a special umpiring assistant at the end of this season. Just so happens he’s scheduled to be at the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco that doubles as Scully’s final series, so the umpire will have one last chance to say hello—and goodbye—to his old friend.
Asked what message he would deliver to Scully, Froemming made a perfect call.
“You were down the middle, and you were fair,” he ...
Monte Cross is responsible for a story of two base runners being put out by a batted ball. While the Athletics were playing the Browns years ago Cross was on second and Clements on third. With two out and three and two on the batter, both base runners started with the windup. The batter hit along the third base line, winging Clements, and the ball carromed off the latter’s shin and struck Cross just as he reached third, both being declared out as the result of ...
Since his promotion, after rosters had expanded in September, Puig has been a changed man. He has not been 2013 rookie Puig—not even close—but he has established himself as a possible solution for the lefty issue, and he now looks like he will be of use on a potential playoff roster when a month ago the odds of that happening seemed Powerball-sized.
“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to just return to the team,” Puig said, when asked if his goal upon his return was to make the ...
he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.
Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.