Rule 5 Draft

Tuesday (Nov. 20) is the last day for teams to file their reserve lists for the major league club and all minor league levels. In other words, it is the last day to add Rule 5 draft-eligible players to the 40-man roster to protect them from being poached away by other clubs on the Dec. […]

The 50/20 club

It’s not as catchy as the 40/40 club that he’s already a member of, but Alex Rodriguez has a chance to join some equally exclusive company again this season. With 43 homers and 18 stolen bases, ARod’s a decent bet to join the 50 homer, 20 stolen base club this season. Only three players are […]

Suspending a Starting Pitcher

Roger Clemens’ five-game suspension for intentionally beaning Alexis Rios begs the question – should MLB re-evaluate starting pitcher suspensions? Although the Yankees didn’t choose to do this, a five-game suspension could simply become an extra of rest for a starting pitcher. It’s hardly the same penalty as, say, a three-game suspension to a team’s elite […]

Jason Botts gets his chance

Today the Rangers called up Triple-A masher Jason Botts and promptly inserted him into the lineup at DH, batting fourth. The Rangers had hoped to move Sammy Sosa before the deadline and did not want to call up Botts until they could give him everyday at-bats. Even though Sosa remains on the roster, it appears […]

Jason Botts – The next Jack Cust?

The search is over. In the quest to find the next journeyman minor leaguer most deserving of a big-league opportunity, Oklahoma DH/LF Jason Botts stands above the rest. The Rangers farmhand, who turns 27 next week, leads all of Triple A with a .439 OBP and is second with 51 extra-base hits despite a slow […]

Ichiro’s Inside-the-Park Homer

The Giants’ brass in attendance had to be watching Ichiro’s inside-the-park home run in today’s All-Star game with more than casual amusement. If Ichiro was in a Giants uniform in ’08, he could use that right-center gap to run all over the place. If a Barry Bonds “Splash Hit” into McCovey Cove is no longer […]