Joe Girardi would prefer to carry two lefties in the bullpen. Assuming Damaso Marte doesn’t implode in the early going, who steps up as the second lefty?
Archive for February, 2010
The plan this year to have Burnett pitch to Posada. One question: Why?
Bill Chuck’s regular column of odd baseball facts, including: 6. When Hank Aaron broke the Babe’s all-time home run record, the ball landed in the left-field bullpen over the head of the Dodger left fielder, Bill Buckner (yes, that Bill Buckner).
Hank Aaron is no dummy. He’s said time and again that the MLB Home Run Record is Barry Bonds’ record. Not the games, record…Barry’s record. But if Barry were to come clean (with Hank Aaron’s blessing to do so, no less) the already strong (for some anyway) public perception that Aaron is still the real record holder becomes even stronger.
1991 was my rookie season with the Royals, I was 23 and thought I was pretty cool. We’re in the bullpen in Milwaukee and I’m warming up my teammate (and at that point, 11 year veteran) Mike Boddicker for his start. He’s throwing and I’m kind of nonchalantly flipping the ball back to him. Let’s just say not every toss back was on the money.
From time to time certain authors and journalists (yes, believe it or not, a few of the later still exist and should immediately be protected as the rarest of endangered species) get pigeon-holed into continually writing the same stripe of tome for whatever publishing house that has them under contract.
James S. Hirsch is not one of those authors.
His published works range from tales of prisoners of war to the epidemic of diabetes in the U.S., to the race riots in Tulsa in 1921 to Rubin “Hurricanne” Carter. You can now add the definitive (and officially authorized) biography of the great Willie Mays to that list.
And sure Granderson hit 30 HRs last year. Problem is, he batted a sad .249—the second year in a row his average dropped a sizeable amount. He also only slugged only .453, or about 50 points less than Matsui, or 2 points behind the light-hitting Jeter. His OPS+ was 100 even.
Spring Training camps officially open this week with teams beginning the process of getting ready for the long road which is your typical major league season. Even before the official opening, some players have been spotted around the various spring facilities they call home, some as early arrivals, others as permanent residents of the neighborhood.
I’m sure I’ll receive a ton of hate mail for saying all this. That’s alright, bring it on. I’ve yet to hear a coach give me a reason that would sway my opinion. Listen coaches, do yourself, the kids, and baseball a favor and give your catcher a chance. Here are 11 reasons why.
February 14 is the day each year we celebrate love, affection and companionship. It is probably no coincidence then that fans around the world celebrate the love they feel for baseball on Valentine’s Day with the realization that Major League pitchers and catchers are on the verge of reporting. It’s only slight exaggeration to say that the sound of a kiss can only be matched by the smack of a fastball in a catcher’s mitt. Here are nine things you should to know to celebrate baseball and Valentine’s Day:
Bill Chuck’s regular column on baseball things you need to know, including: #5. 5. From 2000-2009 there were 24 players who averaged over .300, with a minimum of 3,000 plate appearances. No surprise that Albert Pujols (.334) leads them all, but some you may not think of include Sean Casey (.300), Michael Young (.302), Jose Vidro (.303), and Moises Alou (.310).
Earlier this afternoon my good chum and general population’s favorite hair-braider Michael Walsh gave me a call and asked if I was going to write a piece on Frank Thomas’ retirement for Dugout Central. We both agreed that someone should so he rolled out of bed and started those fingers dancing on the keys. When he was done he emailed me this little number you are about to read as well as a picture of John Mellencamp circa 1984. Regardless of the play on the words, his thoughts on Big Frank might re-open a few eyes on what can only be considered an elite slugger.
Buster Olney had a blog post recently about the best 5 rotations in the league, but he left out the Mariners. How?:
There is no doubt Scott Boras feels what he is doing is in the best interest of his clients. He is not molten hot evil. He is an agent. And according to his black letter reading of “Being An Agent” he feels his be-all end-all is to get his clients as much money as possible.
And to the Selig apologists and enthusiasts out there (yes, all six of you…and you know who you are) who would say “hey, wait a minute…look how popular and profitable baseball has become over the last 18 years…the 18 years of King Bud’s reign”. To you I say this….baseball thrives monetarily and in popularity IN SPITE OF SELIG, NOT BECAUSE OF HIM. That’s how great our game is…a witless monkey has been in charge for nearly two decades and we’ve achieved unprecedented popularity as a sport.