In his preview of the Royals at Baseball Primer, Mike Webber gives the following tip to gamblers: “One of our local broadcasters says that he has never seen a major league manager give up on a game, before it starts, like Tony Pena does.” Mike gives as an example the Royals’ July 5 game last […]
For a member of the World Champion Marlins to get a replica of the World Series trophy, he’ll have to shell out at least $27,000. That’s the going rate for a half-sized replica; a 3/4-sized one is $37K. Mark Redman says what I suspect I’d say in the same situation: “It’s a little too much. […]
I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and my dad and I had season tickets to the Wichita State Shockers baseball team for most of my childhood. The Shockers have always been a really good team, and Tyler Green was a freshman on the ’89 National Champions. He was a strikeout machine (10.21 K/9 for his […]
Earlier, I mentioned that the Padres hired Ken Caminiti as a part-time coach. Now they’ve re-signed Andy Ashby, in what looks like an attempt to re-construct the team that won the ’98 pennant. Caminiti hit 29 homers for the ’98 Padres, and Ashby won 17 games. Two other guys from that team, Sterling Hitchcock and […]
The Padres have hired Ken Caminiti as a spring training coach. Considering how recent his steroid comments and cocaine problems are, I’m a little surprised to see Caminiti back in the game so soon. Caminiti said that his recovery since the cocaine arrest (in spring 2002) has “been a good cleanup period for me.”
Coming off a disappointing 95-loss season, the Mets brought in Kaz Matsui and Mike Cameron in an attempt to shift gears. Jose Reyes is a rising star, but Mike Piazza and Tom Glavine are coming toward the end of the line. Can the Other New York Team make a run at the pennant, or is the club too hamstrung by age and injuries to contend?
Bud Selig recently told Jim Gray, “I don’t think at this point I will do anything relative to Mark McGwire’s records” unless “some day there’s a lot more relevant knowledge.” At the bottom of his column yesterday, Tom Verducci had a nice response to that statement from the Commish. Verducci concludes, “… unless Selig has […]
Besides being Bill Mueller’s birthday, March 17 is also my birthday. In honor of my having survived another 365 days (along with Mueller), here’s a list of some of the top players born on March 17 (courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, and in random order): Mueller, of course (the 2003 AL batting champ) Hank Sauer (1952 NL […]
Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Reds last year. This time around, Cincy’s hoping luck (and health) are on their side. Matthew has a look at the current edition of the Big Red Machine.
Tom Glavine’s wife says of her husband, “Mentally, he’s a Met now.” Is this a good thing? The Mets party line is that Glavine’s going to have a bounce-back season in 2004, but I don’t buy it. His strikeout rate is dangerously low (4.03 per 9 innings), and he’s 38 years old. Will he reach […]
With Jon Lieber sidelined with a groin problem, the current Yankees fifth starter is none other than Donovan Osborne. Yeah, the old Cardinals pitcher from the mid-’90s. Osborne hasn’t topped 100 innings since 1996, and he’s pitched just 16 innings (with a 6.19 ERA) this millennium. Lieber should be back early enough that Osborne won’t […]
ESPN.com reported earlier today (or yesterday, if you’re on the East Coast, or reading this on Tuesday rather than Monday) that the A’s are about to sign Eric Chavez to a six-year, $66 million extension. I think this is a nice deal for Oakland. At 26, Chavez is just entering his prime, and he’s been […]
The Pirates may not be the worst team in baseball, but they’re surely the most boring. But even the lowly Bucs have some intriguing issues to deal with. Matthew takes a look.