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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Yesterday, Roger Clemens' filed a motion asking the judge in the defamation action to reconsider his February 12th ruling which essentially gutted his case. As I sat here a few minutes ago reading about it, I realized that I couldn't recall a single instance in my nearly 11-year legal career in which a motion for reconsideration was granted. So I walked down the hall and asked a more senior colleague of mine if he's ever been party to or opposite of a successful motion for reconsideration. He too said that he couldn't remember it ever working either.
So good luck with that, Rusty.
Chip Johnson of the San Francisco Chronicle is miffed that Lew Wolff isn't even considering Oakland in the effort to get a new stadium for the A's. Fair enough, even though the economics probably aren't on his side. But then Johnson trips the light moronic:
In light of the team's stated unwillingness to even consider another proposal for an Oakland-based stadium, city officials should seek the help of congressional representatives in finding a way to persuade league offices to help find a suitable alternative.
You would think that an editor would require Johnson to at least mention Philadelphia or Kansas City before saying such a thing. Then again, given how unstable things are at the Chron these days, I suppose they're too busy updating their resumes or applying to law school or something to care.
For those who found value in yesterday's media piece, here's a much, much longer and richer take on the future of news from Steven Berlin Johnson. No, he doesn't have all of the answers either, but there are a ton of powerful ideas in there that will ultimately help those who do come up with the answers. Among them: an increased focus on the hyper-local, borne of the realization that while we may lament the loss of the city daily because there won't be a metro section anymore, that metro section never covered what we wanted to see anyway. Neighborhood reporters and bloggers -- who will ultimately fit into some form of filtering/aggregation system -- will one day make us wonder what we ever did for local news before.
The same goes for sports coverage, I would argue, as team, sport, and subject-specific blogs become increasingly refined, reliable, and findable. The big question -- and one near and dear to my heart, of course -- is how you compensate people under such a scenario, which I think is pretty essential. Maybe not immediately in that there are and always will be a ton of great amateur blogs out there and some level of amateurism actually ads some depth to the party. But ask yourself: how many good blogs have you seen close shop because the author's professional or personal life demanded it? I can think of several. Maybe that doesn't yet matter all that much, but in a brave new world in which people are truly getting their content from multiple sources, won't we want at least some level of continuity?
Anyway, just one of many things to chew on in Johnson's piece.
Lar at Wezen-Ball has a fascinating look back at what folks were saying the last time Yankee Stadium was replaced. And it seems like the second verse is the same as the first:
In less than one month now, the new Yankee Stadium will open amidst a sea of publicity and fanfare. Newspapers and television networks and blogs will wax poetic about the "dawn of a new age" and the bittersweet transition of old to new. Some will focus their attentions on the cost overruns and the city's questionable roll in the construction. Regardless, there will be plenty of discussion and press when the Yankees make their regular-season home-debut this April.
As is Lar's wont, he provides extensive quotations of and great links to contemporaneous accounts, so I highly recommend that you click through and spend some time reading the material he has assembled.
Davy Johnson said that he'd rather forfeit the WBC than play someone out of position at catcher, fearing that such a thing risks injury. Why then did he have no problem playing my team's catcher out of position in left field? Yes, I will grant that it's easier to get hurt catching than it is playing left, but radically out of position is radically out of position, no?
Atlanta has already lost Chipper Jones for some amount of time, and given his history, he'll be nagged all year with this injury. If McCann had hurt himself too, there wouldn't be much point to the Braves' season, now, would there?
The big Coca-Cola bottle in the outfield of AT&T Park in San Francisco has a slide in it, and that slide is called the Guzzler. The sign says "keep your head and arms inside the Guzzler at all times." But Chad Mello -- HE WAS A DAREDEVIL! -- just like his old man!
"My foot just twisted and got caught in one of the turns, the rest of my body just went forward; I felt a pop in my knee and I immediately knew something was wrong," Chad Mello said. Mello shattered his knee and broke his ankle as he slid down the giant Coca-Cola slide called the Guzzler. Mello took his family to the ballpark in July 2008 as a birthday gift for his son Calvin.
I really have no idea if these suits have any merit. Maybe the slides are inherently dangerous and maybe the Giants and Coke and whoever else is capable of accepting service of process didn't do everything they could do to make them safe. I just can't help but wonder, however, why adults are allowed to go down a big playground slide in the first place. And don't tell me it's a safety-of-children thing. As far as we know, kids aren't getting hurt doing this. Indeed, in my own experience, kids can do all sorts of things without getting hurt -- running, jumping, skipping, falling, fighting, stretching, eating stuff with sugar in it, waking up early -- that put us grownups down for the count.
There are big plastic animals and climby things in the middle of a mall near our house. If a kid over the age of 10 or so gets on them, security comes and shoos them away because they're too big. I can't see why the Giants don't institute the same policy with the Guzzler.
We all know that making the postseason = $$$. Maury Brown has decided to measure how much $$$.
Jason has 20 questions for author/Facebook addict Jeff Pearlman about his new book "The Rocket that Fell to Earth." Pearlman is a really direct guy, so there's a lot of good stuff in there. My favorite part:
IIATMS: Does Clemens regret:
b. His defense?
JP: Roger Clemens doesn't do regret.
It seems that people either love Pearlman's work or hate it, and my guess is that it's that kind of directness, as opposed to a more detached reporter's perspective that accounts for that. Indeed, there have been times when I've taken issue with Pearlman's stuff for exactly that reason. Still, I think we're better off having someone like Pearlman around. He's insanely prolific, picks interesting subjects and, while he may occasionally engage in some hyperbole, you always know where he's coming from.
There are few debates that aggravated me more last year than the one about Joba Chamberlain's role. Thankfully, that debate has been ended:
Some believe Chamberlain's highest value is as the eighth-inning bridge to Mariano Rivera, while others think the 23-year-old fireballer better serves the Yankees by pitching five, six or seven innings every fifth day.
Well, given that this is New York, I suppose the debate is only over until the first time he doesn't pitch a shutout over eight innings. But still.
Things to read while realizing that sometimes it's better to let the metaphors go and simply call it like you see it: