Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Bruce Chen out of game
Kevin Kennedy on WFAN--gags before he'll mention the greatest late inning relief pitcher in baseball (as usual)
They packed the stands at Taft H.S. in The Bronx, stood on the roof of the building and lined the street, all to see the infamous left-hander. Nearly everyone came to cheer the pitcher from Monroe High. It was the PSAL version of a Giants game in San Francisco.
And while Almonte wasn't dominant, he didn't disappoint the legions who were there. He struck out seven and hit a long opposite-field homer in Monroe's 9-2 win over No. 8 Clinton in the PSAL quarterfinals.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
MARIANO RIVERA PITCHES 3 CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS INNINGS FOR THE WIN (OOPS)
Detroit Tigers received $25 million this year in revenue sharing
Monday, May 29, 2006
TIMLIN GOES ON DL---FRANCONA SEZ 'DIRECTLY RELATED TO SPRING TRAINING' (Timlin was at WBC, HAD ARM PAIN)--LASORDA, MLB---WHERE ARE YOUR ATTACKS NOW?
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Jason Bay became the first Pirates player in 50 years to homer in five consecutive games, then ran over Houston catcher Eric Munson to score the winning run on Jose Bautista's short sacrifice fly in the 18th inning as Pittsburgh beat the Astros 8-7 Saturday night.
The game was the longest in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001 and the Pirates' longest at home since a 4-3, 18-inning win over the Cubs on Aug. 6, 1989. The Astros beat Atlanta last year in an 18-inning NL playoff game, the longest postseason game in history. AP ReportTweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
18 INNINGS....17 PITCHERS...PIRATES EDGE ASTROS 8-7
|Wheeler (BS, 1)||2.0||1||1||1||1||1||1||5.06|
|Gallo (BS, 1)(L, 1-1)||1.0||3||2||2||2||0||1||5.87|
|Capps (BS, 4)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||5.01|
|Santos (W, 2-5)||1.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||5.30|
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Value of Baseball Franchises skyrockets with New Stadium Deals--Mike Berardino
"It's been quite a last few weeks for the Class of 2001. The Contraction Class, that is.
First, the former Montreal Expos, now operating as the Washington Nationals, fetched a hefty $450 million from billionaire developer Ted Lerner. That's nearly four times the $120 million former owner Jeffrey Loria received when he swapped the Expos for the Marlins in February 2002.
Friday, the Minnesota Twins held a pregame celebration at the Metrodome as Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a $522 million bill authorizing a new baseball-only outdoor stadium.
No doubt that means tightwad owner Carl Pohlad will see his investment skyrocket in a similar manner to the Nationals. New stadiums have that sort of effect on franchise value.
In the Nats' case, Forbes jumped their estimated value 42 percent to $440 million after Mayor Anthony Williams finally pushed a new stadium through all those local hurdles. If the Twins get a similar bump, look for their value to be somewhere in the $300 million range next spring.
Considering the Twins ranked 29th in this April's survey at $216 million, that's a fairly nice side benefit to the stroke of a governor's pen. The Twins' good news most likely leaves the Marlins and Devil Rays at the bottom of the Forbes list.
Suddenly, baseball's contraction combo, valued by Forbes at $235 million total four years ago, could be worth close to $750 million. Is baseball a great sport or what?
"You look at the demographics ... the Twin Cities are a great major league market," Commisioner Bud Selig told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "They're not a good one, they're a great one. And to have left there would have been a tragedy."
This, of course, is a far different tune than the one Selig was whistling 4 1/2 years ago on that November afternoon in Chicago. Back then baseball supposedly needed to whack the Expos and Twins because they were such a drag on the other 28 franchises.
Thanks to a favorable agreement with the players' union in August 2002, one which brought drastically increased revenue sharing and a luxury tax, Selig promised to table contraction until this year. There's a July 1 deadline for informing the union of contraction plans for 2007, but the whole concept seems to have gone the way of Charlie Finley's orange baseballs.
What does a new downtown stadium mean for the Twins? Well, considering it won't open until 2010, not so much in the short term.
Twins President Dave St. Peter told reporters last week the club probably won't be able to increase its payroll until 2009 at the earliest. Considering the Twins rank third in the AL Central at $64 million, that wasn't the kind of news Minnesota baseball fans necessarily wanted to hear." South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Baseball Picks Wrong Battle Again--Fantasy Leagues, NY Times
I have never understood the appeal of fantasy sports leagues, in which people draft individual players and then root for them during actual competition.
Lately, however, fantasy leagues have not been looking so hollow, since they have been leeched upon by Major League Baseball's phalanx of lawyers. This legal skirmish reminds me of how baseball came to have a steroid scandal: M.L.B. is so preoccupied with making money in the short run that it does not see the big picture. Never. These boobs had to be embarrassed by Congress — Congress! — before they became ashamed of their steroid generation.
It's bad enough that baseball is building smaller stadiums to drive up prices, that it values shrimp eaters in luxury boxes over hot dog noshers in the bleachers. Now M.L.B. wants a piece of the action from fantasy leagues.
As reported by Alan Schwarz in The New York Times on May 16, Major League Baseball Advanced Media ordered CBC Distribution and Marketing Inc. to stop supplying the players' names and statistics for commercial ventures like fantasy leagues. In turn, CBC sued baseball in United States District Court in St. Louis, claiming that public information, including baseball statistics, was protected by the First Amendment. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 5.
These fantasy leagues are an indicator of baseball's deep hold on American heartstrings. M.L.B. should be thrilled that a bunch of fans formed the Rotisserie League back in 1979, meeting in warm places for spring training to divvy up the players.
It's good to have standards. But where were baseball's standards in the past generation when wispy little guys turned up in spring training with new sets of muscles and Cro-Magnon jaws and raging cases of zits? Baseball's top executives conveniently missed that development, but sharp-eyed speculators in the fantasy leagues probably did not. ("Wow, did you see the shoulders on Slim? I'm taking him in the first round.")
Having dozed through the steroid years, letting the union fight off significant drug penalties, M.L.B. is now showing a keen interest in shaking down the fantasy empire. And empire it is. A recent estimate is that these leagues — check them out on the Internet — do a business of $1.5 billion a year.
CBC, the St. Louis-based fantasy-league supplier, carefully does not use photographs of the players or team logos. If baseball could claim ownership, however, of highly publicized numbers like Albert Pujols's home run totals, could other familiar names and products and facts be reserved strictly for commercial usage?
I could argue that fantasy-league types ought to get a life. But if they did get a life, maybe Major League Baseball would be out of business. Baseball should stop trying to gouge these ersatz leagues and instead worry about its abandonment of its traditional working-class fan base. Now that's a fantasy." by George Vecsey, New York Times, May 28, 2006Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
"There never will be a reality TV show called "Jeter on Jeter," simply because the star participant wouldn't cooperate. ..
Friday, May 26, 2006
DEREK JETER GETS 2000 th REGULAR SEASON HIT, STEALS 3rd BASE
Jeter's actually way past 2000 hits
Jason Whitlock, KC Star with Charley Steiner on XM
Not so bad, Mike & Chris, Newsday, Neil Best on their Phillies-Mets play by play
Bob Ryan, Boston Globe on Bernie Williams
- He's very often been at his best when it counts the most. Williams is the all-time postseason leader in home runs (22), runs (83), and runs batted in (80). In 11 postseasons, he has failed to hit at least one home run only in 1997 and 2005. The Yankees may have lost the 2003 World Series, but it had nothing to do with Williams, who hit .400 (10 for 25) with two homers, five RBIs, and five runs. Admit it. Bernie Williams almost takes all the fun out of hating the Yankees.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Even the Giants' local market cares 37% less than it did 2 years ago
"With Bondsmania nonexistent, it was fitting that Fox did not cut into the late portions of the New York and Chicago games with the Bonds at-bat that yielded No. 714. Fox felt it would alienate fans watching the Yankees and Mets by leaving as Billy Wagner was melting down. And the Cubs-White Sox was midway through a commercial break.
The 714th homer was shown on tape a minute later, leading Tim McCarver, calling the Yankees-Mets game with Joe Buck, to say, "I never thought any of us would ever see Babe Ruth's home run record tied as anticlimactically as it just was." Buck added, "It strikes me as just another highlight."
That ho-hum attitude may have been shared by viewers in the Giants' local market, where the game recorded a 6.0 rating — a stunning 37 percent below what the last Giants-A's game on Fox got in 2004.
The Hank Aaron story riveted the nation. The Bonds tale is boring us. That was the implicit message when ESPN shelved the "Bonds on Bonds" vanity series short of its planned July conclusion. The network ran one episode last night and will run a finale Monday — amid prayers at the ESPN empire that he will hit his 715th by then — but might produce specials if a story arises.
"The story just didn't happen," John Skipper, ESPN's executive vice president for content, said yesterday. A lost narrative equals lousy ratings, especially for a series for which ESPN reportedly paid $4.5 million." from the NY Times, by Richard Sandomir 5/26/06
- He adds Pedro Gomez is off the Barry Beat. There is no more Barry beat.
DL possible for Posada--MRI results, NY Times
Posada could be put on the disabled list if he does not improve over the weekend, and the Yankees plan to call up a catcher from the minor leagues today.
General Manager Brian Cashman referring to his initial discussion with the team's trainers about Posada, said: "I was expecting some bad stuff when they told me there was a knot back there and they weren't sure what it was."
Cashman added: "The M.R.I. had to show something. As it was explained to me, there are several tendons that connect to the knee. This one is an unusual injury, but on the good side, it's a tendon that you don't need to function."
Cashman said that the injury should not limit Posada's ability to play catcher once the swelling and the pain subsided.
"I can't tell you the D.L. is not going to happen," Cashman said. "But we're going to see where he is at the end of the weekend." NY Times, 5/26/06Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Looking for Melky? Look for Cano--Tyler Kepner
"They're like shadows of each other," said Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees' third baseman. "I call him 'The Shadow.' They're always together, tied at the hip."
Canó and Cabrera live in the same apartment complex in New Jersey, and when the Yankees play at home, Canó drives Cabrera to the games. On the road, they are all but inseparable.
Canó carried a bat around the Fenway Park clubhouse Wednesday afternoon. So did Cabrera. They went out to the batting cage under the center-field stands for early hitting practice, and as they walked across the field after finishing, the Boston stars Manny Ramírez and David Ortiz intercepted them for hugs and friendly banter.
Did Canó have a minute to talk about Cabrera? Not yet. "I have to go show him something on the computer," Canó said. But first, he and Cabrera sat in the dugout for a long chat with the first-base coach Tony Peña.
"When you come to the big leagues, sometimes you find yourself lost," Peña said. "But having Canó around, he's really taken care of Cabrera."
Wednesday's game was a revelation. Cabrera came in with a .306 average, and he had already been proving himself, working an 11-pitch walk to wear down the Mets' Billy Wagner in the ninth inning of a comeback victory last Saturday.But on Wednesday, after sitting out the previous game, Cabrera hit leadoff to give Johnny Damon a rest. Cabrera singled twice and drove in four runs, leading the Yankees to an 8-6 victory, their second in three games against the Red Sox. Cabrera said that an off-season of winter ball at home in the Dominican Republic helped. The presence of Canó, another Dominican just two years older than he is, is also important.
"If I have something to say to him, I'll bring over Robby and he'll explain it to him," said the infield coach Larry Bowa. "That's good for Robby, too. Even though he's still a young kid, it means he's maturing a little bit and taking on some responsibility."
Canó, the 23-year-old second baseman, has been Bowa's pupil since spring training. Canó has hit well, at .299, sometimes batting fifth in the lineup because of injuries. He made just one error through May 16, but had four in his past eight games.
"His feet are too close together, so he's not getting good jumps," Bowa said. "He's a project for the year. He shows you all that ability, but he's only got a little bit over a year in the big leagues. People forget that. He's going to be fine."
Based on the early showing of his second major league act, Cabrera may be fine, too." NYTimes, 5/26/06Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Josh Byrnes on with Dibs & Kevin
- "It's obvious the Yankees desperately need help & are out scouting other teams. Does that bother players when other teams are scouting them?"
- Josh replies he doesn't think so, saying, "We scout people too."
DIBS & KEVIN JUST SAID THEY THINK CHRIS RUSSO IS A YANKEE FAN!!! MORE PROOF THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT NEW YORK
This Day in Baseball--1922
John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer on XM
John Sickels with Jeff Erickson on XM
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Melky named Player of the Game(YES Network)....(Jeff Erickson saw Melky coming)....John Flaherty not impressed with Randy
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Mariano Rivera gets Ortiz out with 2 men on base, earns 5-out save
Dmitri Young to DL; Jack Hannahan called up
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers placed designated hitter Dmitri Young on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and recalled third baseman Jack Hannahan from Triple-A Toledo.
Young has an irritation of a strain in his right quadriceps. He is batting .169 in 59 at-bats with four RBIs.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he had "no idea" when Young might begin working to rehabilitate the injury.
Hannahan was hitting .282 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 38 games at Toledo. Leyland said he would use him as the designated hitter Wednesday against Kansas City.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
The kids in Bristol might be shocked--value of Bonds ball officially devalued
- “Collectors haven’t written (Bonds) off, but he’s not on the same level as Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth has already gone down in the history books as this lovable character. The perception of Barry Bonds is much different. The public views him as a bad guy who’s not nice to his fans.”" This report is from Deadspin today.
Daily onslaught--lie about the Yankees while richer owners do nothing
BP's Joe Sheehan on with Jeff Erickson
Gammons defends A-Flop--as only a Red Sox fan could do
More examples of Fox murdering what could've been baseball
More proof of media manipulation via Edes' clubhouse report
Monday, May 22, 2006
Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon on with Dibs & Kevin
Gary Matthews Jr. on with Dibs & Kevin
Sunday, May 21, 2006
"This Rivera guy, we don't want to face him anymore...
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Turning point of the game, Mets-Yanks (refraining from any comment about refrains)
- Andy Phillips' single in the 11th
- Damon's hustle to beat out a dp in the 9th
- Cairo's walk & 2 steals in the 11th
- Melky's 11 pitch at bat working a walk to load the bases in the 9th
- Struck out David Wright swinging
- Struck out Cliff Floyd swinging
- Struck out Xavier Nady swinging
McCARVER: "I wouldn't mention Randy Johnson & Mariano Rivera in the same breath."
Action plan to take back baseball--for the 1 or 2 of you who care
- Stop buying tickets to MLB games.
- Buy as little as possible from MLB.com.
- Don't buy extra MLB packages on cable tv.
- Listen to games on radio or watch on basic cable.
- Ask your newspaper to stop carrying Scripps Howard and/or Tracy Ringolsby's column.
- If it has not already done so, ask your newspaper to stop allowing its baseball writers to vote on baseball awards.
- Should the WBC take place again, do not but a ticket.
- Ask your area team to look into raising the pitchers' mound or to contract baseball by at least 2 teams. The 300 plus pitchers per year needed for 30 teams are simply not available &/or cannot remain injury-free in the current system.
Birth of a Dynasty by Joel Sherman
Friday, May 19, 2006
I'm not the only one who sees Ringolsby for what he is
Coco Crisp to shoot ad next week for Kellogg's cereal
SHEFFIELD AT LEAST 2 -3 WEEKS AWAY FROM RETURNING--CAN'T EVEN HOLD A BAT
Joe Torre on with Mike & Chris re Pavano to have surgery
News accounts strangely different
Bubba Crosby goes on 15 day dl; Mitch Jones called up
The New York Yankees put Bubba Crosby on the 15-day disabled list Friday, the third outfielder they've sidelined in the last two weeks.
Sluggers Gary Sheffield (left wrist and hand) and Hideki Matsui (broken left wrist) were already out going into this weekend's Subway Series against the Mets.
The Yankees purchased the contract of outfielder Mitch Jones from Triple-A Columbus. A four-time All-Star in the minors, the 28-year-old Jones has never played in the majors. (AP report).Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Dibs serves softball to Bob DuPuy
- Will revenue sharing be required to do what you said it would do & be put into payroll? (Forget the jive about how it's being put into the minors--you can say anything you want; if it's true, show the numbers).
- Bring up hate & envy--he says, "I know George Steinbrenner is upset about revenue sharing."
JOHNNY DAMON ON WITH MIKE & THE MAD DOG
- The Red Sox had decided they didn't want him. He knew he wasn't going back to them.
- He didn't know for sure he'd end up with the Yankees, but knew he wouldn't be going back to Boston.
- He felt they wanted Coco Crisp more than they wanted him.
- He went back to the Red Sox several times, saying he needed a final offer from them, & they held off doing that.
- He felt a similar situation occurred between the Red Sox & Pedro.
- He's very happy about his experience there & respects the team & organization, but says they just do things a little differently.
- Regarding Nomar Garciaparra, he loves him & says he was in no way a problem in the clubhouse, contrary to other reports.
- Regarding Schilling, likes him very much, says he's a great guy, hopes he does very well, but not too well.
Time has past for quoting The Boss---NY Post
- And now it's time for the media, if they can possibly overcome their addiction to George Steinbrenner, to cut it out."
T-long to possible minor league deal--NY Post
Kansas City Star--no contact about Reggie
Sea-Tac News Tribune--Bavasi says ESPN report inaccurate about Ibanez
Only stat Yanks are #1 is OBP--forget the rest
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Tyler Walker---looking like Devil Rays closer
Ticket sales thru May 15, 2006 vs. same per. 2005---top %'s
Remember Me? I'm Danny Almonte the Little League pitching phenom
Some Dish if you're into it--Oakland A's & Yankees experience life without curfews
"Chastity was only too happy to serve Oakland A's outfielder Nick Swisher and pitcher Joe Blanton cocktails after they wandered into her web at Plumm, the chic new Meatpacking District venue, our spywitness reports.
Stiff drinks? No problem! Shots? You bet! The two players aren't the first out-of-town athletes to be lured by the delicious temptations of New York City's nightlife. Blanton, who wasn't pitching the next day, picked up the $1,000 tab for two bottles of Level One Vodka.
But in four at-bats at Yankee Stadium the next day, Swisher only got one hit.
Unfortunately, Chastity wasn't working at 40/40 the next night, where owner Jay-Z and galpal Beyonce partied with Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon and outfielder Bubba Crosby to celebrate the birthday of Damon's wife, Michelle. Cristal and apple martinis were served, with some members of the group staying till 4 a.m. Next day, Crosby got his first strikeout all week, going 1 for 3, and Damon and Jeter both went 1 for 4 in Sunday's stinker, when the Bombers lost to the A's 5 to 1.
Major League Baseball teams do not have curfews for players the nights before games. No spokesmen for the Yankees or the A's returned our calls for comment."
From the NY Daily News, Rush & Malloy May 17, 2006.
Major League Baseball teams do not have curfews for players the nights before games.
No spokesmen for the Yankees or the A's returned our calls for comment."
From the NY Daily News, Rush & Malloy May 17, 2006.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Pavano,
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Chien-Ming Wang is still the man
- 8 IP
- 81 P
- 30 BF
- 17 GO
- 3 double plays
- 1 HR (This was in exchange for his 3 SO's)
- 6 hits
- 2 ER
Kameron Loe has a pet boa constrictor named Angel
Dibs, the luxury tax works, not to mention revenue sharing
BERNIE WILLIAMS TIES BABE RUTH RECORD FOR DOUBLES
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Dibs---you won. Why are you still complaining?
- Obviously, the Yankees won't contend this year. Attendance will be down. There will be less revenue. Players are injured, families are hurt. All this has Dibs very happy. Why is he still complaining?
BASEBALL IS A GAME OF NUMBERS, BUT WHOSE NUMBERS ARE THEY? NY TIMES, MAY 16, 2006---Alan Schwarz
"This relationship between players and numbers, so often romanticized, is now being stripped to its skeleton in a lawsuit with considerably wider ramifications. While the dispute focuses on fantasy baseball — in which millions of fans compete against one another by assembling rosters of real-life major leaguers with the best statistics — a real legal question has arisen: Who owns that connection of name and number when it is used for such a commercial purpose?"
- According to this article, MLB is only being paid $6 million a year for certain fantasy stats. The rest of the fantasy field is bringing in over $1 billion. Enter Sandman? No.
- ENTER MLB ADVANCED MEDIA. Why in hell can't they leave ONE THING ALONE IN THIS WORLD. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
- THEY WANT EVEN MORE OF MY MONEY & YOURS, AND THEY WANT TO STRICTLY LIMIT INFORMATION. INFORMATION IS WHAT THEY WANT IT TO BE.
- Beaten down already, tired, confused, the average person will become a slave to this totalitarian way of life.
"Dozens of small, unlicensed fantasy-league operators, as well as their customers, are watching the case intently because a Major League Baseball Advanced Media victory could put those operations out of business, said Jeff Thomas, president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
Mr. Telscher said: "It's not hard to figure out what's going on here. This is moving toward a monopolistic market where M.L.B. controls everything that happens, when it was these smaller companies that built the fantasy industry into what it is today. This is not good for consumers. The reason that beer costs $10 at the ballpark is because there's no competition, and that's what M.L.B. is doing here."
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is not making a copyright claim to the statistics themselves; a 1997 decision in the United States Court of Appeals involving the National Basketball Association ruled sports statistics to be public-domain facts that do not belong to the leagues.
Rather, the central issue concerns celebrities' ability to control use of their names in commercial ventures, and how this "right of publicity," which has developed under state common law and statute over the last half-century, may commingle with Constitutional press protections under the First Amendment.
The term "right of publicity" was coined in 1953 when, in a case involving baseball, a court ruled that Topps Chewing Gum company could not print trading cards that featured baseball players' names and likenesses without their permission.
In 1970, in a case starkly similar to the CBC case, a Minnesota state court found that two baseball board games, each of which used only names and statistics, misappropriated the players' marketable identities and was subject to license.
But other subsequent cases have favored First Amendment concerns over the celebrities' right of publicity. Several courts have maintained that the dissemination of information, even for profit or for entertainment, cannot be curtailed by any state's right-of-publicity laws. In its court filings, CBC argued that it relied on baseball players' names and statistics "as their lifeblood in much the same way that the sports sections of newspapers do."
Major League Baseball Advanced Media, however, says that selling a service that helps customers pick and trade players crosses the line between reporting on games and running a nonjournalistic, commercial enterprise.
"What constitutes a commercial use — beyond advertising — becomes quite broad and hard to define," said Diane Zimmerman, the Samuel Tilden Professor of Law at New York University.
Several other experts added that courts were still reconciling the right of publicity with the First Amendment's press and free-speech guarantees, leaving the outcome of the CBC case significant beyond baseball stadiums.
"If anything, this case is even more impactful if the court rules for the players, because it will speak to any time you use a name in a commercial venture," said Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at U.C.L.A. "What if you use a historical figure's name in a historical novel? Or other games, like Trivial Pursuit? How about 'Jeopardy!'? Would they be liable as well? That seems to be the logical consequence of this. How do you identify what is news, and other times when there's communication of factual information?"
One interesting wrinkle is that Major League Baseball appeared to take the argument's other side in 1996. When several major leaguers from the 1940's and 50's sued Major League Baseball over use of their names and statistics in materials like promotional videos and game programs, baseball argued that such use was protected by the First Amendment.
While deciding in baseball's favor, a California Court of Appeal said that freedom of the press allowed for "mere recitations of the players' accomplishments," and that the public was "entitled to be informed and entertained about our history." The court agreed with Major League Baseball's argument that players' appearing in such materials did not imply a commercial product endorsement, and therefore did not violate their collective right of publicity.
Fame, Mr. Smolla said, "belongs in part to the people who earn it and the public that gives it." This September, the court will decide the part in which baseball statistics belong.""
- This is between you, the player, his agent, & his team. MLB should have nothing to do with it. Where is a player with the nerve to take this on?
- THEY'RE ALL AFRAID OF ALLAN "BUD" SELIG. NO ONE WILL SAY A WORD.
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Monday, May 15, 2006
Jim Price gave Stick Michael the name Stick
Tim Marchman---a baseball writer who sees & speaks the truth
- Get all the Yankee fan's money, & pointedly ignore how it's spent, even if illegally.
- If the Yankees win, get more of their money; if they lose get more of their money.
- Pointedly keep many useful idiots in the media churning hatred & bias toward everything about the Yankees, thereby keeping the focus off owners who're doing a bad job.
- By keeping this silly army marching time for Selig, give those that can't get the money the 2nd best satisfaction: to keep Mariano Rivera from getting the recognition he deserves.
The nation (or most of it) may have been rooting for a Cubs-Red Sox World Series, but, as the Series opened, baseball commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig was the happiest man in America. He couldn't have chosen a better match than that between the Florida Marlins and the New York Yankees. No matter which team won, he and his vision of the game would prosper. A victory by the not-rich Marlins would prove that last year's collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) between owners and players was a great success; a victory by the rich Yankees would prove it wasn't quite enough of one. Either way, he'd get to argue that the CBA should be extended when it expires in 2006. How can opposite outcomes both serve Selig's interests? If you aren't sure, you haven't been paying attention to the game outside the lines.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Tristan Cockcroft of ESPN.com on with Jeff Erickson
"They want to make you tired and quit the game. I admit it; I'm tired now. I'm tired of waiting."
Friday, May 12, 2006
STATS GUYS HATE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS---Congratulations to Chien-Ming Wang
- 0 strike-outs
- 8 Double plays
- 20 Ground-outs
- 3 hits
- 85 pitches
- 2 BB
- 25 BF
- 0 runs
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Rob Dibble lets another whopper fly---I quit
GIANTS NOT SELLING OUT AT&T PARK IN SPITE OF BONDS
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Umpires are obviously unsupervised--Mike & the Mad Dog
LaRussa sees WBC to blame for loss of Ricardo Rincon
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
What they're saying about Contreras' injury
The great David Pinto on XM on Deck
Preston Mattingly, son of Don Mattingly, to play for UT Volunteers in 2007
Contreras timeline: NY Times, Dec. 2002, Losing Contreras
Contreras timeline: NY Times, April 2003, Contreras to AAA
Contreras timeline: NY Times, May 2003, Contreras stiffness in shoulder
Contreras timeline: NY Times, June 2003, Contreras to 15 day DL
Contreras timeline: NYTimes, March 2004, "Contreras scratched, tight lower back"
Making statements about pitchers, for example Jose Contreras
Monday, May 08, 2006
Shouse, who led the Texas bullpen in holds last year and was one of the league's most effective situational left-handers in 2004, was designated for assignment on Monday. The team has 10 days to trade Shouse or outright him to the Minor Leagues if he clears waivers, an assignment he could refuse at risk of forfeiting his $725,000 salary.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Reality check for Steve Lenox & other announcers
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Michael Young says: "MO's THE GREATEST CLOSER EVER, BY FAR"
- "Mo's the best closer ever, by far," the Rangers' Michael Young said.
- "No current Rangers player has ever had an extra-base hit off Rivera, and that stands despite the three hits he allowed Friday."
Giambi's waiting game pays off---Tyler Kepner
Bill Madden---some new names for Nats personnel
Microphones on Bases getting to Mets players & umpires
Big investment in young Canadian player pays off for Pirates
- Before the 2000 season, the NCAA modified bat specifications to make them perform more like wooden bats. Though baseball purists would rather see wooden bats in college baseball, the bat modifications worked immediately.
- “Before they modified the bats, pitching had really become secondary to hitting,” Garrido said. “Now offenses are much easier to play against for pitchers and defenses. More teams are playing small ball. It can still be dangerous to throw inside against metal bats but the modified bats have gone a long way toward leveling the playing field.”
- Lance Berkman crushed 41 homers in 63 games that year for the Rice Owls. That would be equivalent to 105 homers in a major league season.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners prospect Jeff Clement, the third overall pick in the 2005 June draft, has had surgeries to his left knee and left elbow, the team announced on Saturday.
Clement, 22, a catcher who has been at Double-A San Antonio this season, is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks. He had a torn meniscus in his left knee repaired and also had a bone chip removed from his left elbow.Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
- This should be interesting, as I haven't heard Mitchell has subpoena power.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Right now, Dibs & Kevin are feeling very sick
- MARIANO RIVERA HAS PITCHED IN HIGH PRESSURE AMERICAN LEAGUE LATE INNING SITUATIONS FOR 11 CONSECUTIVE POST SEASONS,
- AT LEAST TWICE GOING 3+ CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS INNINGS; HE HAS ALSO
- PITCHED IN 10 CONSECUTIVE REGULAR SEASON AMERICAN LEAGUE
- LATE INNING PRESSURE SITUATIONS, WITH THIS YEAR, 2006, BEING HIS 11TH REGULAR SEASON.
- AFTER HIS REGULAR SEASON IS FINISHED, HE IS EXPECTED TO APPEAR IN HIS 12TH CONSECUTIVE POST SEASON THIS YEAR.
FLORIDA CITIES 'CAN VOTE' TO AID TEAMS 'LIKE THE MARLINS...'
- The bill also includes language that would allow a county or city to vote to use its local half-cent sales tax to help a Major League Baseball team, such as the Florida Marlins, build a stadium.
- But, they didn't forget baseball in Florida completely. They're worried about spring training camps moving to Arizona, & are coming up with cash to help teams improve SPRING TRAINING FACILITES.
ESPN asks MICHAEL SAVAGE to comment on baseball player with steroid troubles
- This is a surprise, as many thought the Red Sox wanted their own station. Apparently it all fell apart yesterday.