Jason from IIATMS just told me that he heard on XM radio that John Smoltz is en route to Atlanta today “for personal reasons.” One wonders if we’re going to have a retirement announcement or something like that shortly. Insta-take on zero information: if he retires rather than allows the Sox to DFA him, he […]
It’s sometimes helpful to remember, as we apply our very adult judgments and our very adult values to the game of baseball, that it’s essentially being played by people who are about as mature as my four year-old son: Mike Sweeney screamed from the Seattle Mariners training room Thursday, issuing what amounted to an all-points-bulletin. […]
You kinda saw this one coming. I can only assume that Giambi still wants to play somewhere. If not, don’t you think that the A’s and him would have tried to work out some sort of retirement announcement? I dunno. Maybe contract stuff complicated it. As it is, I think there’s zero chance that he […]
How do you lose something this big? Twice?
Picking up Carl Pavano is defensible, but this was not: To make room for Pavano, knuckleballing reliever R.A. Dickey was optioned to Triple-A. This is a dark, dark day.
A couple of people pinged me about that “I don’t believe in God” comment in the previous post. Look, I’m not going to go into all of my reasons in this space because it’s simply not appropriate, but let me say this much: no all-loving, all-powerful being creates a world in which John Hughes drops […]
I’m pretty sure I spent an hour arguing with this guy in a forum last month. (thanks to Mark Armour for the heads up)
This will be fun to watch: News Corp is set to start charging online customers for news content across all its websites. The media giant is looking for additional revenue streams after announcing big losses. The company lost $3.4bn (£2bn) in the year to the end of June, which chief executive Rupert Murdoch said had […]
Yankees 13, Red Sox 6: Lord, deliver us from Red Sox-Yankees baseball, because this game was positively interminable. And while we’re petitioning the Lord here, let us ask Him to prevail upon one John Smoltz (3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 ER) to hang up his spikes, because this is just way too painful for a […]
A look at a few more NL pitching arrivals, along with some good MIFs and OF pickups.
Nine potential pick-ups.
Inspired by the five cycles in the books this season, a look at each team’s last brush with this rare hitting gem.
The Padres’ Bud Black gets a contract extension.
Anniversaries and exhibits have Bruce Markusen thinking about one of his favorite baseball cards in this week’s Cooperstown Confidential.