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 […]

Timo for Ginter

The Mets and White Sox traded a couple of players yesterday. Timo Perez, who no longer fit on the Mets’ roster was dealt for Matt Ginter, who’s been on and off the ChiSox’s roster over the past few years. Perez was always an enigma to Mets’ fans. He certainly looked like a ballplayer, and he […]

Dreifort a starter for his health?

As I’ve mentioned here before, I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and have always been a die-hard Wichita State Shockers fan. My all-time favorite sports team, though, is the Dodgers. So you can imagine my excitement when my beloved Dodgers picked WSU superstar Darren Dreifort #2 overall in the 1993 draft. Of course, since then […]

The King Kong of jetlag

The Yankees and Devil Rays will open the season in Japan in a few days, but that’s not all… Jason Stark explains: Both played games Thursday in Florida. They don’t play again until Sunday, when both play exhibition games in Japan. Then they play exhibitions Sunday and Monday against Japanese teams, play games that count […]

Become a Blue Jays Expert In Three Easy Steps

If you’ve ever wanted to become an instant expert on the Toronto Blue Jays, now’s your chance. Kent Williams has just completed a massive three-part magnum opus on the 2004 Jays on Batter’s Box. Check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. There are entire $30 baseball books out there with less content (and […]

A Pitching Graph for the Ages

This is really exciting to me. Andy Clark has developed a graph, based on some original work by Colby Cash, that displays the basic pitching prowess of all qualified major league pitchers (strikeout, walk and home run rates). You can look up all qualified pitchers in the history of a franchise, or all qualified pitchers […]

DL Time

According to the Associated Press, Oakland second baseman “Mark Ellis will miss six to eight weeks after dislocating his right shoulder in a collision with shortstop Bobby Crosby.” Losing an everyday player before the season starts is never particularly good news and Ellis’ defense is a big part of Oakland’s outstanding run-prevention, but he was […]

A Project for Leo

The Chicago Cubs have had in their employ an intriguing yet inconsistent young pitcher named Juan Cruz. Cruz has yet to turn his dominant stuff into any kind of sustained major-league success, and the Cubs’ brass has seemed to give up on him. Cubs fans have turned their attention from dreaming about Cruz’s future to […]

Taking a bite out of the Crime Dog

The Devil Rays gave some bad news to a group of veterans today. Four recognizable names – Mike Williams, Todd Jones, Fernando Tatis, and Deivi Cruz – were given their walking papers by the worst team in the AL East. Williams had his fill of humiliation last year, when he was named to the NL […]

Lambs To The Slaughter?

It looks as if the race for the title of Worst Opening Day Starter will come down to the Reds and the Rockies. According to an AP report, the Rox are going to send Shawn Estes out to face the Diamondbacks at the BOB on April 6. Meanwhile, Reds fans will see Cory Lidle face […]

Hot Corners

Over at ESPN.com, Alan Schwarz has begun a series of articles on the greatest defensive plays at each position. Today he’s looking at the corners – first and third base. It’s easy to remember great plays by outfielders, third basemen, and shortstops, but try guessing even one of the great first-sacker plays that made Schwarz’s […]

Stardom Before Smirnoff?

Over at All-Baseball, myself and the other guys on the site are having an interesting discussion on the ESPN cover boy, Miguel Cabrera. The kid came from the depths of the minors last year, and now he’s become a top 100 pick in fantasy drafts. Do yourself a favor and stop to read our analysis […]