One of my everyday rituals is to head over to Baseball-Reference.com and check out the “birthdays” page. Today, I noticed, is Jeromy Burnitz‘s birthday (among others). That’s not so weird — everybody’s got a birthday. What shocked me is the fact that Burnitz is now 35 years old. I knew that Burnitz became a regular […]
If you signed up for the THT mailing list this week, please sign up again. The crash on Tuesday wiped out all the new members from the mailing list… Fortunately, that appears to be the worst damage the crash caused.
I’m not a “computer guy,” so I’ve only got a vague idea of what the heck happened to THT on Tuesday. Basically, there was a crash of sorts, and we were “down” from then until some time on tax day. Fortunately, we’ve recovered all the archives and stuff, and measures have been taken to prevent […]
I had one of those weird moments yesterday. See, I grew up in Wichita and always rooted for the WSU Shockers, but I went to college at KU and still live in Lawrence. This is rarely an issue for me, but last night the Jayhawks played host to the Shockers at Hoglund Ballpark. I watched […]
The Joe Mauer bandwagon has come to a screeching halt. Mauer tore the “left meniscus cartilage” in his knee while chasing a foul ball last night and will likely be out for a minimum of three weeks. This is one amazingly cruel tease for Twins fans. Mauer started his career hitting .750/.833/.750 in six plate […]
Henry Aaron’s home run and RBI records are still intact, but he’s dropped to #2 in alphabetical order. Giants rookie reliever David Aardsma didn’t just pass the Hammer by appearing in his first big-league game yesterday, he also was the winning pitcher. Of course, since Aardsma is a pitcher, Hank is still #1 alphabetically among […]
The Mets just signed Steve Trachsel to a one-year extension through 2006. As a Mets fan, I can only ask, “Why?” Steve Trachsel has put together a couple of good years for the Mets, but he was already under contract for this year, with an option for 2005. Why add another year that guarantees the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.com 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 […]
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 — […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]