The Tigers are in first!

I actually find it rather annoying when people make tongue-in-cheek comments early in the season, which I just did. Still… it’s reasonably amazing, is it not, that at the moment I’m writing this (8:50 PM Central time) the Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball, 2-0? Yes, within a few hours somebody will win […]

Braves exercise Cox’s ‘05 option

The Braves picked up manager Bobby Cox’s 2005 contract option on Monday, all but ensuring him of 2,000 career victories. Cox has 1906 wins right now, so it’s certainly possible he could reach the mark this season. Is Cox the greatest manager of all time? At the very least, he’s got to be on the […]

The perils of DirecTV

At the office today after lunch, Mike Webber and I flipped on the TV to watch the Royals-White Sox game. By the 8th inning, KC was down 7-3, and figuring they were finished, I switched over to the Dodgers-Padres contest (San Diego led 1-0 at that point). When I flipped the channel, the bases were […]

ESPN Expert Picks has its annual baseball expert predictions up. They had 17 people pick the six division winners, two wild card winners, World Series results and six major award winners. As usual, there are some interesting results. I’m not going to tell you everything because you should go check it out yourself, but I crunched the […]

Milton Bradley is a Dodger

The offense-starved Dodgers acquired Indians headache/OF Milton Bradley today, in exchange for outfield prospect Franklin Gutierrez and a PTBNL. As a Dodger fan, I love that we’ve got Bradley in the outfield. Franklin Gutierrez is no small price to pay — he’s got a chance to be as good as Bradley in three years — […]

You mean, like, with ink and stuff?

Our very own Larry Mahnken has an article in the Providence Journal‘s 2004 season preview. Larry, naturally, discusses the Yankees and, naturally, does a damn fine job. Click here to read it (registration required). The article is available in the actual newspaper too!

Mets trade Cedeno

Incredibly, the Mets found a taker for Roger Cedeno: the St. Louis Cardinals, who traded Chris Widger and Wilson Delgado for him. The Cardinals were short on outfielders, with only Jim Edmonds, Reggie Sanders and So Taguchi on their roster, and the Cards didn’t want to be forced to move Albert Pujols back to the […]

Quick Notes

No huge news today, but a few interesting things… The Dodgers added yet another outfielder yesterday, getting Cody Ross from the Tigers for pitcher Steve Colyer and a PTBNL. Assuming the PTBNL is nothing special, I like this deal for LA. Ross is potentially a solid everyday corner outfielder, and he’s very close to being […]

It’s the First of April

Two important events in baseball were rolled out today: David Pinto’s Baseball Musings has uncovered some real dirt, and Bud Selig has started his own blog. See these today! They may not last for long.

Reitsma will get some saves

Reader Jim Gaither just sent a link to this article in Monday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From the article: Smoltz will sit down with Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Leo Mazzone this week and discuss the season. He wants to pitch on a more structured schedule, although that could mean pitching in some one-sided games […]

Day Two (Tampa Bay Still In First!)

Not a great day for Boston fans, I suppose. The Yankees destroyed Tampa Bay 12-1. Nomar is said to be out for several weeks, while Trot Nixon is already out for at least that long. Pedro is reportedly topping out at 90. It’s a good thing Red Sox fans are generally optimistic and not prone […]

Consecutive Deal Streak

The Three Amigos (Billy, Paul, and J.P. — sounds like a pop group) are on a roll. Earlier I mentioned today’s trade that sent Jayson Werth from Toronto to L.A. in exchange for Jason Frasor. What I overlooked was yesterday’s deal: Jason Grabowski from the A’s to the Dodgers for “cash considerations.” This is the […]

The Beane Triumvirate

A few weeks ago, Billy Beane and the A’s sold minor league veteran Jose Flores to Paul DePodesta and the Dodgers. The deal was of note not because of the player involved, but because of what the transaction symbolized — Billy and J.P. have a new member of their little club. The dealings between the […]

Devil Rays in First

Tampa Bay apparently didn’t get the message that the Yankees are supposed to be unbeatable this year. The Devil Rays pounded out 16 hits to rough up the Yankees, 8-3, and earn the best record in baseball for at least one day. Tino Martinez came back to haunt his old team, going 3-for-3 with his […]

Moose Still Waiting

Today’s game was Mike Mussina’s third regular-season start since picking up career win number 199, and he’ll need to wait at least one more start before he gets number 200. The Yankees gave Mussina a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but then he fell apart completely. Jose Cruz Jr. opened […]

Season Firsts

Well, the season’s less than half an hour old, and we’ve already got a few firsts of the year. The first hit of the season fittingly belongs to Hideki Matsui, a double up the right-center gap. The first strikeout victim of the year was Alex Rodriguez, on a 2-2 pitch in an at-bat where he […]

Play Ball

The 2004 season is officially underway. Victor Zambrano’s first pitch to Derek Jeter is a called strike on the outside corner. It’s 5 a.m. and I’m not even tired. There’s not much better than the first game of the season.

Premature elimination

The THT writers have been discussing award predictions for 2004 recently, and Matthew Namee noted that one of our consensus picks was at risk: “The latest word on Prior is that he could be out for a month, which would just about kill his Cy Young chances.” It’s a good thing Matthew used the qualifier […]

The Golden Age of Managing?

In its preseason preview today, the Chicago Tribune focused on managers, calling this the “Golden Age of Managing” (registration is free). I don’t mean to quibble, but this article bugs me for a couple of reasons. One, the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were truly the Golden Age of Managing. In those days, there were […]

Batista’s Pop Secret

Mike Webber pointed out this hilarious blurb from the Expos comments in the March 22 edition of The Sporting News: 3B Tony Batista hits popcorn kernels every day to help him focus at the plate. A teammate soft-tosses the kernels from the side. Batista has been doing this for more than a year. Hitting coach […]