The Death of John C. Odom

Remember John C. Odom, the minor leaguer who was traded for ten bats last year? It was all worth a chuckle at the time, but there’s nothing funny about it anymore: Bat Man” or “Bat Guy” or “Bat Boy” — that’s what they called him. Ask the most hard-core baseball fan about John C. Odom […]

Strawberry on Steroids

Darryl Strawberry on steroids: “Hell yeah I would have used them,” Strawberry said. “Are you kidding me? I mean, c’mon. Some things are part of what athletes go through and they happen …We’re competitive creatures, and we have tremendous drive, a high tolerance, all these things. I’m not saying that it was the right thing […]

The NIMBYs

Scott Herhold of the Merc lives near one of the possible landing pads for the A’s in San Jose, and while he’s a fan of the prospect, his neighbors aren’t: You see, I live in the Hanchett Park neighborhood of San Jose, about a mile as a City Hall falcon flies, from the potential site […]

Pedro’s Value

Pedro wants a bit more than the going rate for his services: Pedro Martinez wants to pitch in the majors this season, but the three-time Cy Young winner prefers retiring to his fishing boat if the alternative is accepting a Tom Glavine-like contract. Glavine, Martinez’s former teammate with the Mets, signed with the Braves for […]

Ducksnorts

Each year, Geoff Young blows his whole winter (and then some) putting together the single most comprehensive single-team book you’re ever going to find. It’s called Ducksnorts, and it has everything you ever wanted to know about the San Diego Padres. It’s so detailed that I’m putting even odds on Geoff being called as a […]

The jet stream ain’t what it used to be

Apparently Rangers’ hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: “You know all this [bleep] that’s going on around the world, weather-wise, well, we’re seeing it in Arlington. The jet stream at The Ballpark ain’t what it used to be. That’s changing. I think it’ll help our arms. It’s […]

Sigi Schmid Appeal

Like white people all over this country, I really love the idea of soccer. So do folks in Seattle: The Seattle Sounders FC may be the upstarts on the local sports scene, but the new pro soccer team appears to be having little trouble attracting sponsors and ticket buyers . . . The Sounders have […]

Bonds appeals dates set

The prosecutions’ appeal in the Barry Bonds case is on the accelerated calendar: The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a filing today it’s expediting the government’s appeal of the ruling. The judge barred positive drug tests and other evidence unless they are supported by testimony from Greg Anderson, Bonds’s former trainer, […]

Little Pieces

Remember back in January when I told you about the tell-all memoir by former Angels farm hand Matt McCarthy? Yeah, it seems like there may be less there than meets the eye: Matt McCarthy, a graduate of Yale and of Harvard Medical School now working as an intern in the residency program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital […]

Today at THT

Things to read while taking full advantage of the extra three days the Civil Rules give you for responding to a brief that was served by regular mail: Victor Wang ranks the farm systems. Victor’s approach is different than many you’ll see in that he weighs multiple prospect lists first, and works from there. I’m […]