Archive for July, 2010

The All-Time New York Mets Team – By Season

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by JohnBowen

New York’s other team. They’ll have a tough time making the playoffs this year but at least they won’t lose 120 games!
Starting Lineup
Catcher: Mike Piazza, 2000
The game’s greatest offensive catcher, Mike Piazza was the driving force between back-to-back NLCS appearances after a decade of missing playoffs. The New York catcher hit .324 with a [...]

Friday, July 30th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
Houston Astros pitcher James Rodney Richard, a man who previously had four straight 18 win campaigns, as well as two straight 300+ strikeout seasons, had a stroke during a workout at the Astrodome. Doctors would eventually remove a blood clot from behind his right collarbone.
Before the stroke, Richard had [...]

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

It was my first exposure to the greatness of an American master of letters and the first time I realized that great writing, like great baseball, is all in the way the game is played.

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is For Your Need to Know:
On this day 21 years ago Expo catcher Nelson Santovenia throws out Cardinal left fielder Vince Coleman trying to swipe second base ending Coleman’s consecutive stolen base streak at 50 bases. Yes, I said 50. A record that still stands today, and probably will continue to stand for a [...]

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

‘Minor inflammation” was the culprit. This led to a slightly sore shoulder which kept ALL GALAXY Phenom Stephen Strasburg from warming up properly last night (or at the very least it kept him from warming up comfortably). In turn, the Nationals brass pulled him from his scheduled start to be as cautious as possible.
Now clearly, [...]

DBacks Take a Dump with Haren Trade

Monday, July 26th, 2010 by Chuck

There are times when teams make trades for the benefit of each team needs an infielder, another needs a lefty pitcher.
There are times when teams make trades for the benefit of each other, with one team benefitting today, and the other two, three years down the road.
Maybe Team A has a guy in his [...]

The Future of a Prince

Monday, July 26th, 2010 by JohnBowen

Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder has come up again and again in trade discussions. How much longer will #28 wear Brewer blue?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 by JohnBowen

John Bowen honors his father’s homeland with a look at the best seasons in Kansas City Royals history.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Now if the A’s ask for the world—say Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos, then forget it. But Sheets, while pitching better isn’t Roy Oswalt, Joakim Soria or Cliff Lee and the A’s know it. What he is is a relatively low-price, low-risk trade target.

Monday, July 19th, 2010 by JohnBowen

John Bowen examines the best seasons at each position for the Philadelphia Phillies. Find out if Pedro Feliz makes the cut at third!

The Yankee Pen Situation

Monday, July 19th, 2010 by PaulCatalano

Still, the real pickle is Chamberlain. The once-heir-apparent to Mariano Rivera now can’t seem to head out to the mound with a black cloud of potential disaster over his head.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 by ThomasWayne

This is breaking as I am writing this.
George Steinbrenner, the BOSS, King George, has died at the age of 80, reportedly from a massive heart attack in a Tampa, FL hospital this morning.
For all the good and all the bad he was known for, Steinbrenner loved winning and loved the game. God bless him for [...]

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 by KerryWhisnant

Right before the season started, Dugout Central readers and staff were challenged to predict the number of wins for each of the thirty MLB teams. We take a look at the current standings at the All-Star break and see which teams have been the biggest surprises.

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 by Chuck

Bob Sheppard, the legendary Public Address announcer for the Yankees for over fifty years, died early Sunday morning at the age of 99.
Sheppard held the post at Yankee Stadium for over fifty years, making his debut during the same game Mickey Mantle made his in 1951, and retired following the 2008 season.
Sheppard also was the [...]

Why the Yankees Should Tell Upcoming Free Agent Cliff Lee “Fuhgeddaboutit”

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 by Chuck

Rumors are starting already the Yankees signing soon to be free agent Cliff Lee to a lucrative, long-term contract is nothing more than a formality. 
But do they really NEED him?
Not really. 
Cliff Lee’s a good pitcher, no question. His acquisition last July by Philadelphia from Cleveland helped solidify a shaky starting staff and helped lead Philly [...]