I lied, THIS is my last post. Rob Neyer suckers you with that polite Midwestern charm of his, but he’s capable of firing missles when he feels the need: One of baseball’s dirty little secrets is that umpiring is not that hard. Oh, it would be exceptionally difficult for you or me or your mailman. […]
There’s a fun, albeit somewhat uncomfortable conversation going on among some political blogs I read, and it’s about how much blogging is too much. It started with this: I’m privileged to have a job that I really enjoy. But at the same time, I would prefer to write somewhat less—this pace is stressful and doesn’t […]
Courtesy of Buster, two of the more unlikely guys in the game are about to break camp with their big clubs. First in Milwaukee: After toiling 11 years in the minors before finally getting his chance to pitch in the big leagues, Mark DiFelice isn’t about to start taking things for granted. “I’ll believe I’ve […]
Via Jason, news that nobility, appropriately enough, is joining the Royals rotation: It doesn’t matter, it seems, that veteran right-hander Sidney Ponson gave up seven runs in five innings Tuesday in a 7-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. The Royals seem ready, regardless, to anoint him as the fourth member of their rotation — albeit […]
The Tigers have handed the fifth starter’s job to Rick Porcello: The Tigers told rookie right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on Wednesday that he has earned a spot in the starting rotation. The news follows an impressive outing Tuesday by Porcello, 20, who allowed two hits over five innings in a 7-2 loss to Washington. By […]
I like the way Aubrey Huff thinks: Huff did very little over the winter to get ready for the 2009 season, but that wasn’t necessarily because he was tending to [his newborn] Jayce. Actually, Huff was following an offseason regimen he stumbled upon a year ago after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. “Last […]
. . . hello Zone Evaluation: Major League Baseball had been using QuesTec since 2001 to try to standardize the functional size of the strike zone, which often varies from umpire to umpire, despite the rulebook definition. But QuesTec cameras were installed in only about a third of major league stadiums, raising the suspicion among […]
Ron Rollins — writer of the most excellent Baseball Over Here — has found a whale of a pitching line from the Italian leagues. Even better: a Melvin Mora sighting! UPDATE: OK, that may not be Melvin Mora. At least unless he has rented a decommissioned Concorde jet and is moonlighting. My guess: Marco Mora. […]
Just when you think things couldn’t get worse for Jose Canseco, they do: The Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced today that the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles has officially rendered a judgment in favor of the Golden Baseball League and the Long Beach Armada in their lawsuit […]
The promise of the new stadium craze — at least from the fan’s perspective — was that it meant the end of seats behind I-beams and other viewing obstructions. In New York, well, not so much.
The Phillies are said to be interested in Gary Sheffield and/or Andruw Jones. Signing either of those guys would likely require the release of postseason hero Matt Stairs. Which is something you only do if the player coming in actually has a good shot at bringing something more to the table. Signing Sheffield (bad shoulder, […]
You know it’s getting down to the wire when the THT editors are racing to jam in as many team previews as we have today. Mmmmm . . . regular seasonlicious . . . Lisa Gray has five questions for the Houston Astros. Question number six: What’s the over/under on the number of days until […]
RJ reflects on a great 2008 and what’s to come for the Rays in 2009.
Those poor Orioles. They didn’t know what the Curse of Jeffrey Maier was going to bring them. But lo! Hope arrives on the horizon.
If everything goes right, they could surprise
The latest advice on what to do with a fantasy baseball roster.