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. […]
They’ve just been going about it the wrong way. Here’s a seven-step blueprint for the ’08 offseason and beyond.
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 […]
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 […]
This is gonna take a while. A franchise that’s destined to break the record for consecutive losing seasons can’t be turned around in just a few measly paragraphs.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Paul DePodesta isn’t really out of work; he’s an assistant in the Padres’ front office. Nevertheless, a look the results of his short tenure at the helm of the Dodgers shows why he’s currently the most attractive future GM candidate in baseball.
In the follow up to last week’s column, Jacob searches for players toiling in the minors and on major league benches who fit the profile of Jack Cust. Are there other neglected players who could mimic Cust’s impact if they too were given a chance at the big-league level?
Jack Cust is a nice story. But what if he’s more than that? What if Cust represents what happens when an organization (or a few of them) gives up on a player before he reaches his prime physically, puts it all together, and actually gets another chance—this time with the skills and experience to succeed?