December 7, 2013
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The late John Brattain put it in perspective for us.
Wait 'til next year?
Bust the Boras touch.
Colluding against Barry Bonds for fun and profit.
You shouldn’t be happy about what happened to A-Rod.
Novitzky: "Oopsy daisy!"
Sometimes it's healthy to turn your backs on certain things
Yet another Hall of Fame post mortem
Some thoughts on Jack Marshall's recent article
Rice may be a good side dish but Rock candy is a sweeter choice for Cooperstown.
Will it be Burnett upped or burn it down for the Jays in 2009?
What can a team do to defend against the Boras onslaught regarding Manny Ramirez?
Some thoughts on the upcoming hot stove league.
Bill and John discuss the Phillies 80-08 ... well, you know.
Free agency is in danger from the MLBPA
John and Bill discuss which team has the edge going into the World Series.
Baer and Stimpy discuss why "Manny being Manny" wasn't enough to overcome the flight of Stairs!
The "Baud Couple" (Baer and Brattain) discuss the upcoming NLCS and how the Dodgers' lack of left-handed starting pitching could be their downfall.
Baer and Butthead dissect "The Cholesterol Cup."
Bill Baer and I discuss the upcoming "Cholesterol Cup."
I'm gonna have my final say and that's that!
Will the Bronx Bombers be bringing in a galaxy of stars this winter? Will it have an impact down the road?
The Rays making the playoffs isn't the reason 2008 smelled fishy.
I wonder if Pedro Alvarez is having second thoughts on his choice of
With a little inadvertent live blogging tossed in.
Some non-whiny thoughts on 2008.
What makes an MVP an MVP—or the difference between a Cy Young winner and (sigh) wrong ninny?
Free Pedro Alvarez!
Time to vote for the year's biggest Pujols.
Cliff Lee is having an awesome year but he hasn't won the Cy Young yet...
Public protectors or passionate propagandists?
J.P. inspires N.U.I. in T.O. we look at his promises and say O.I.C.U.R.M.T.
Enjoying the rest of the season despite J.P. Ricciardi's efforts to make me miserable
Who sizzled, who fizzled and who made us exclaim "Oh piffle!"
Well, I'm the guy responsible for dumbing down Canada!
The game's true villains
The polls may soon close once and for all as regards this question
...it's the MLB All-Star infomercial!
Clearly the erstwhile Dread Pirate Roberts was a Blue Jays fan.
What BBRef taught me about the back-to-back World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays
A conversation with sabermetrics appreciator and author of "Crashburn Alley" and Baseball Digest Daily writer about Wednesday's article "I was born a ramblin' man."
Ignorance is bliss
Who leaped like Jordan and who ran like Vista?
...around 1 Blue Jay Way.
What a case of Bud could cost in the near future.
J.P Ricciardi would be well served not to give so much playing time to guys that reek.
Who basked in the limelight and who asked for a nightlight?
It's time for a little "tough love" for the Jays' young star
Who took the high road and who took the low road?
A review of the Peter Schilling Jr. novel
Who were shiny and who were slimy around MLB.
It's articles like this that gave birth to the blogosphere.
The Pujols Awards went on the DL this week, so to teach you a lesson about making nominations I'm subjecting you all to another rant! I have a big, opinionated mouth and I'm not afraid to use it.
Leave it to the Toronto Blue Jays to find a way to turn an asset into a liability
Oh, Manny! We have a new award.
Guess who twinkled and lit up the streets and who just tinkled and wet their sheets?
…and bang his head on the clubhouse walls
Some can enjoy sweet repose while others simply decompose
Caveat lector ... more on Barry Bonds so don't click the link unless you want to get ticked off
Name the person who queried Delilah with the following ... "Who cut?"
This isn't as random as you may think.
Oooo those new testing rules will enable the players to give samples by wringing out their shorts.
Who came out ahead and who just wet the bed
Well, it's time to tick y'all off again
Two weeks, some streak, others reek
Is baseball opting for short-term gain in exchange for long-term pain in the case of Barry Lamar Bonds?
Could the Jays have to wait until November before breaking out the golf clubs?
Buds, Cubs, Bugs, Duds and flubs
Last year they made history—will the Johan Santana trade mean they'll be history?
This Bud's for who?
Man who sits on fence gets kicked from both sides
Who sped like an F1 and who sucked like an F5
Guess what? Marlins ownership has ticked me off! (Again)
Who soared to the highest heights and who just weren't really bright.
...then be upfront about it.
Who went deep and who dug deep?
Some uncomfortable questions require answers.
Some do, others blew, find out who
Looking at major league free agency from another point of view
It's far too early to put in a guilty verdict
Who brought it and who rotted over the last week.
But I still want you off my lawn!
Who shone like stars and who sucked like black holes.
What went down and who screwed up.
Jim Rice and ... (Hey you kids! Get off my lawn!)
This week's Alberts and Luises
The Hall of Fame voting highlights that the '80s Tigers get no respect
Time to honor baseball's best and worst of 2007 and 2008
...and looking ahead to 2008!
How do we deal with those who knew, and didn't tell? And with Sammy Sosa?
One thing we learned from the Mitchell report is this: Nobody is looking out for the players.
Once again, Marlins fans are paying the price for the greed of MLB.
Did the veterans committee have too much Miller before they voted?
The Hall of Fame should let a former king of the Expos start his Raine(s)
... and he did it after the World Series ended.
And we're not talking pitchers!
Artificial talent meets artificial integrity.
What can a team do to defend against the Boras onslaught?
A look at a baseball oddity, a closely contended World Series that resulted in a sweep: 1950— it just "whizzed" by
It's knee deep and it's putrid. Why is the commissioner allowing the Mitchell Investigation to intrude on the Fall Classic?
Is Scott Boras throwing the bull, running with the bull, got the bull by the horns or full of ... you know
How the Central was lost
Why the market for his services is so thin
There is an epic wrap-up in the NL this year. Who will shed tears of joy and who will shed tears of sorrow?
Actually, it's a bit of all three. Writing while dressed in sackcloth and ashes, I look at where it all went wrong for the 2007 Blue Jays.
And I thought I wrote stupid columns.
It's deja 1987 all over again
It should be "pedal to the metal" in the City of Brotherly Love
You'll never see a better example of: "How low can you go?"
Almost $36 million for a 35-plus-year-old player?
Folks love smoking Jays when Toronto comes to town
Wheeeee, that was a fun deadline
Sometimes winning World Series (plural) isn't enough.
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.—Proverbs 26:11-12
Oh, relax. Bonds' record won't end baseball as we know it.
... to help rewrite the history of MLB's "steroid era"
I'm going hysterical and heretical
Scott Boras is priming baseball and the public for A-Rod's opt-out
Some days, baseball ownership makes Mos Eisley look like the Garden of Eden.
The increased Latin presence in MLB isn't due to control, but cost control
He’s an African-American with the first name of an old Jewish prophet and a middle and last name close to that of a former Grand Imperial Wizard of the KKK. No wonder Elijah David Dukes is so messed up
Ankiel is learning how to play "Lindell-ball"
Between the last two Blue Jays columns Toronto went 5-14. Injuries were only a small part of the problem
It’s still early in the season for the Jays, but...
It's gonna take a lot more than what's being done to get performance enhancing drugs out of baseball
With the help of the masochistic Eric Chalek (he's a regular reader—what more proof is needed?) we'll take a look at four more potential Hall of Fame clunkers (plus a surprise!—No Dave I'm not quitting; nice try though).
A spate of early injuries hasn't turned the Blue Jays magic number to 911 just yet
... the baseball Hall of Fame?
It's early and I'm squirrely
Has MLB become Bizarro World?
Oh Canada! Or uh-oh Canada? THT's token Canuck looks at the Blue Jays' chances of competing with the Maple Leafs for face time in October.
A-Rod A-Met? A-Possibility!
This time: Mike Mussina vs. Kevin Brown
Readers fire back at Schilling vs. Smoltz
Two great pitchers, one tough pick
What does baseball have to do with the upcoming Grammys?
Nine average pitchers—1,910 major league wins...one Hall of Famer
Sometimes "average" is pretty darned good
Final thoughts on the 2006 Hall of Fame elections
Hey, what's one more Hall of Fame column? You've read others; now read mine dang it!
Don Fehr has served the players' financial interests well. But...
Part 3 of our 'Baby Pictures' Series
Oh no! Not another Daisuke Matsuzaka column!
Who'll be the next Hall of Fame class that will make us say "HUH?"
…than to speak and remove all doubt.
Miscellaneous ranting designed to remove any remaining doubts
In ring one: The Boston Red Sox; ring two: Daisuke Matsuzaka; ring three: Scott Boras
Sometimes the ultrasound misses things.
How were some of today's best players viewed back in the day?
I can't believe what I'm about to write ...
Verducci being Very-Douchey?
A-Rod, a-bust a-gain. Will he, should he be a-Yank come April?
No Blue Jays in the postseason again? What to do?
It's better than brussel sprouts, but it still ain't Buffalo wings and Labatts Blue
Can A-Rod catch A-Break? Not A-Chance.
The American League Cy Young looks to be wrapped up—the NL is still wide open
The Red Sox have lost 24 of their last 36...so why on earth haven't the Jays taken second place?
A final predictive look at the NL Wild Card race
...and other compelling events from someone who can't seem to stay on one topic for more than 700 words
Miss me? (Didn't think so.)
Since Bud Selig won't do the right thing and cancel the season now that the Jays are out of it....
A stream of consciousness monologue from the over-caffeinated Canadian
In the Bronx this baseball aristocrat has his head in the guillotine of public opinion.
Let's see if Nostradumbass can predict his way out of a wet paper bag ... or the National League
How are the Blue Birds doing in their quest for October?
Is Jose Canseco MLB's canary-in-a-mineshaft? Is he credible?
A Philliebusted in the city of Brotherly Love.
A drunken Paris Hilton is positively chaste compared to Detroit politicians
(... and don’t bother counting the lines.)
Once again MLB is going to be all wet
Blue Jays early season report card.
Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach
Nature abhors a vacuum and I have a void
... and let's celebrate Ruth and Aaron
Some days, I think people do things just to tick me off.
Have you ever wondered what they're really saying when they spout clichés?
The battle to destroy Tiger Stadium
Step aside Abbott and Costello, baseball has got a new comedic duo—Loria and Samson
A sobering dose of reality
Will the Jays fly high, or will clipped wings mean they'll be royally plucked?
What does Barry Bonds have to do with our legacy?
It's not the end of the world—it's far, far worse
Pre-WWII weirdness from the sport that does it best
We're dumb, it's fun! Get used to it.
A nostalgic look back at the 1994 Expos (the starters and relievers)
A nostalgic look back at the 1994 Montreal Expos (Part 1)
Will 2006 be a year of success or a 1997 repeat for everybody's favorite team? (Well, they should be!)
To get into the Hall of Fame will Mark McGwire have to buy a ticket?
Just wondering when Selig will start his 2006 "contract" with America
Confessions of Joe Carter's biggest fan
Should There Be A Weekend For Bernie?