Why I can’t stand Tony La Russa

Buried in this story about Khalil Greene going back on the DL is this nugget: The Cardinals purchased the contract of 24-year-old righty Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Memphis. That move restores pitching staff to 13 after one day with a dozen following the acquisition of Mark DeRosa from the Indians. “Restores.” And one whole day […]

Faster than the speed of Wikipedia

It’s being reported that the Nats and Pirates are about to consummate a Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade. Reader MooseInOhio emails to tell me that someone in Nyjer Morgan nation has already updated his Wikipedia page to reflect that the deal is done: Nyjer Jamid Morgan (born July 2, 1980, in San Francisco, California) […]

Deep Thoughts

The other gig gives me access to the AP and Getty photo wire, each of which contains thousands upon thousands of pictures. And I can pick anything I want. Without realizing it, however, I posted pictures of two mulleted pitchers today, and made specific mention of Tommy Hanson’s mullet yesterday (I had a pic of […]

Great Moments in Selection Bias

Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers opined — ridiculously, I noted — that the Cubs should waive Carlos Zambrano. Tribune readers agree: Your team wants Carlos Zambrano? Go ahead, take him. That’s what I proposed after Zambrano turned in another knuckleheaded performance on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. I suggested Cubs GM Jim Hendry put […]

My Morning in Exile

In terms of posts it was a slow morning, but the morning itself was anything but slow. In the wake of that alleged list of the 2003 steroid test positives, I put on my reporter hat and actually called sources and cross checked and wrote stuff down and everything. That’s hard work! Someone please remind […]

Great Moments in Bloggy Ethics

So, Marchman posts a link to a guy who claims to have a list of the 2003 drug test failures. Then Jay wonders whether Marchman posting the link is a hypocritical move based on stuff Marchman has said in the past about trafficking in this kind of stuff. I scanned through the list quickly, and […]

And That Happened

White Sox 6, Indians 3: Nice Indians’ debut for Chris Perez: He hit the first two batters he faced, walked the bases loaded and then gave up a fielder’s choice, an RBI double, a wild pitch and run-scoring single. One of the guys he hit — Alexei Ramirez — took it in the head and […]

THT Awards

Cliff Lee’s weird season keeps rolling while some Single-A guys you’ve never heard of had the wildest day you’ll ever hear about.

Even more self-promotion

Here I am talking Phillies-Braves (mostly Braves) over at Crashburn Alley. This is by far my most humiliating day as a blogger. I posted very few things, and what I did post consisted of two interviews of me and a post about my mail. If I had a publicist I’d give him a raise right […]

Programming Note

Sorry for the slow afternoon, but the day job is kicking my butt today. As such, I may not have anything new this afternoon. In the meantime, know that this morning’s Bucky Dent mystery has been solved. The cards, it seems, were sent by Josh Wilker’s publisher. Wilker, as you all know, is the proprietor […]

More Self Promotion

I was interviewed by Russ Smith over at Splice Today, and the results are up here. Among the covered topics: the future of the Orioles, the future of the Braves, the future of PED scandals, Eric Wedge’s lack of a future, and whether, if forced to choose, I’d rather watch a national FOX broadcast or […]

My Morning in Exile

Bucky Dent is nice, but I was really hoping for a Joe Shlabotnik . .. Contrary to popular belief, Matt Wieters is not omnipotent. Indeed, he’s not even monopotent these days. Milton Bradley may cause a lot of problems, but trying to draw walks doesn’t seem like it should be listed as one of them. […]


I got a letter in the mail on Saturday addressed to “Craig Calcaterra, Shysterball.” Inside was a mint condition 1978 Topps Bucky Dent card. No return address. No note, no nothing else accompanying it. New York City postmark. Typewritten address label. Hurm. I haven’t died in the last 48 hours, so I’m ruling out anthrax […]