1. Bud Selig Kicks Oakland A's and Tampa Bay Rays Ballpark Issue Down the Road

    Yesterday, Bud Selig acknowledged that the A’s and Rays need new ballparks. At this stage of things, this is a bit like acknowledging that humans need air to breathe or that bears are unlikely to understand particle physics...

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  2. Is Robin Ventura Failing as White Sox Manager?

    While Bobby Valentine's failings get all the attention, no one seems to be asking how Robin Ventura is doing in Chicago. Sure, great things were expected of the Red Sox this year, while the White Sox were a popular pick to do nothing in particular...

    Steven Goldman Written by Steven Goldman about over 2 years ago 1,575 reads 10 comments

  3. Bartolo Colon Eats 38 Consecutive Donuts (or Strikes, or Both)

    Last night, Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes in the fifth through eighth innings of last night’s whitewash of the Los Angeles Angels of Not Hitting. Colon is now 3-1 with a 2...

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  4. MLB Trade Scenario: Will Justin Morneau Go to the Blue Jays?

    The Blue Jays want to add an impact bat to their lineup. I know Alex Anthopolous has been lauded for many of his moves to date, but it’s still surprising to hear that the Jays care...

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  5. How Badly Will Brett Gardner's Absence Hurt the New York Yankees?

    After Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Twins , New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that Brett Gardner had been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to soreness in his right elbow (via the New York Daily News )...

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  6. Will the Texas Rangers Become the New Buffalo Bills?

    Two teams in all of baseball history have lost three World Series in a row. Both came back in the early days—the 1907-1909 Detroit Tigers and the 1911-1913 New York Giants ...

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  7. This Day in Baseball: The New York Yankees Embrace a Self-Destructive Impulse

    The 2000 New York Yankees were the last champions in Joe Torre’s run with the team despite seven more years of trying, and at 87-74 one of the weakest...

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  8. Before Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox, Managers Who Lost Their Clubhouses

    When Tuesday night's 18-3 debacle followed closely on the heels of Monday's Bard-abusing loss and Sunday's inexplicable criticism of Kevin Youkilis, it was unsurprising that Wednesday would bring calls for Bobby Valentine's head on a platter...

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  9. This Date in Baseball History: Do the Orioles Still Need Mark Reynolds?

    On April 18, 1955, the Orioles released third baseman Vern “Junior” Stephens . In earlier seasons, Stephens had finished in the top 10 in MVP voting six times...

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  10. Josh Hamilton, a Llama, and Other Early MVP Possibilities

    They don't vote on the MVP award on April 18, and for good reason. With just 11 games in the book per team, we haven't seen much more than random blips of performance; by one measure, ...

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  11. How Is It the Band Never Did a Song About Baseball? (Prayers for Levon Helm)

    It is with sadness that I note the imminent passing of The Band's great drummer/vocalist Levon Helm. According to a note on his website , "Levon is in the final stages of hit battle with cancer...

    Steven Goldman Written by Steven Goldman about over 2 years ago 571 reads 1 comments

  12. Bobby Valentine's Bad Batting Order Complicates Red Sox vs. Rangers

    Don’t let the hyperbolic headline distract you: the Red Sox just have to get through these two days before breaking through to a good part of the schedule. In the long run, things like today’s order doesn’t matter very much...

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  13. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees Rivalry Could Return to Prominence

    Back in the 1940s and 50s, the Yankees and Dodgers played each other in the World Series so often it might have gotten boring for everyone involved, perhaps including fans in New York...

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  14. Josh Willingham Hit Streak Reaches 10 Games; Why Is He with the Twins?

    Twins outfielder Josh Willingham won AL Player of the Week honors on Monday. He hit .455 with three home runs and, after Monday’s game against the Yankees , is hitting ...

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  15. 5 American Leaguers Who Need to Get Hot

    It’s still too early to point fingers at slumping players, but this quintet of under-performers provokes at least a little worry...

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  16. This Date in Baseball History: Where Have You Gone, Mike Schmidt?

    On April 17, 1976, Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt went wild. I’m not sure there’s a lot of commentary I need to offer beyond a link to this box score ...

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  17. Can Derek Jeter's Hot Start Last?

    Mike Jaggers-Radolf asks if Derek Jeter can sustain his .366/.395/.610 start: Digging just a little bit into the numbers, Derek’s hot start doesn’t look sustainable...

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  18. Seattle Mariners Arrange Surprise on-Field Reunion Between Soldier, Son

    Earlier today, I discussed baseball’s legacy of segregation . Baseball is doing a fine job of remembering that with the annual Jackie Robinson Day, even if evoking Robinson’s ...

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  19. Bobby Valentine Follies May Have a Short Run With Boston Red Sox

    Could it be that Bobby Valentine is going to manage his way out of Boston in one season or less? The answer depends on if you think Valentine is crazy or crazy like a fox...

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  20. J.P. Arencibia: Why the Toronto Blue Jays Catcher Is on the Hot Seat

    The Blue Jays enter Monday’s action with the fourth-best average of runs scored per game in the AL (5.22) despite not hitting very well overall...

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  21. Yanks Must Do More Than Wear No. 42 to Make Up Historic Anti-Integration Stance

    On Sunday night, Connor Orr of New Jersey’s Star-Ledger wrote of how important the Jackie Robinson Day celebration is to Yankees players ...

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  22. Boston Red Sox' Bobby Valentine Calls Out Kevin Youkilis, But Why Now?

    On Sunday night, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine seemed to call out his third baseman, Kevin Youkilis : I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason...

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  23. This Date in Baseball: Why We Should Honor Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

    On April 16, 1929, the Yankees became the first team to permanently put numbers on the back of their uniforms. The initial numbers were determined by the batting order; this is why Babe Ruth was No...

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  24. Derek Jeter Recovered Quickly from Jacoby Ellsbury's Injury

    Jacoby Ellsbury hit the 15-day disabled list today with a subluxation (dislocation) of his right shoulder, incurred when Reid Brignac fell on it in Friday’s game...

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  25. Tampa Bay Rays Middle Infield: Hak-Ju Lee Is Coming—Or Is He?

    Yesterday, I speculated as to if the Rays ’ weak middle infield would doom them in 2012. In response, reader Paddy Rodenbeck commented: [J]ust give it a year, Hak-Ju Lee is gonna be the long term solution at SS...

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