It should come as no surprise that the ESPN The Magazine article about Ian Kinsler referred to earlier this week on my other blog, has generated some buzz. In the grand scale of things, it won’t matter, but for now, with a routinely dull spring training under way, with A-Rod out of the picture, the […]
This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]
One of my favorite features in the old Street & Smith annuals was the list of statistical targets (The Sporting News now has that burden/honor). The contemporary players were listed along with the all-timers for major categories such as home runs, RBI, wins, strikeouts, etc. But many of those milestones don’t seem like that much […]
Hey, don’t blame me. I probably would have forgotten about these if it wasn’t a segment on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Two excellent pieces on Alex Rodriguez in The New York Times over the past few days. One was this from William C. Rhoden, who asks the question, “When will baseball, which only belatedly […]
Saw this on Marty Appel‘s Facebook page: Ok, so I thought of this last night. It’s September 29, 2014. Yankees and Red Sox have tied for first in AL East and need to have a one-game playoff to see who wins the division. But wait, it is game #163…..A-Rod has served his 162 game suspension, […]
Sorry, couldn’t think of a pithy headline, I’m that blasé. Say what you want about the guy — his arrogance, his ego, his need for attention, etc. — I think he nevertheless should be accorded the same due process as anyone else. Except DP doesn’t seem to apply to athletes. A lot of chatter on […]
Or maybe not, when it comes to a purported new book by Alex Rodriguez. Rob Neyer might read it, but it sounds like it would take more than $1 to make it worth his while.
From Business-Standard.com: Alex Rodriguez is set to seal a multimillion-dollar deal for a tell-all book about his legal battle with Major League Baseball (MLB). The 38-year-old baseball player claimed that he would reveal full dirt of MLB’s tactics that were used against him, the New York Daily News reported. According to a source, HarperCollins and […]
From ESPN.com: Reginald St. Fleur, 20, a tanning salon employee, was charged Wednesday by Boca Raton police with armed burglary. The charge stems from the March 24 break-in of a car rented by Porter Fischer, a former Biogenesis client and investor. Documents that Fischer had previously taken from the clinic were stolen and would later […]
According to a story about the ongoing battle between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball appearing on ESPN.com, this was part of the official response from MLB to a statement made by Rodriguez’s lead attorney about how his client was being maligned: “Mr. Tacopina’s latest rant is so delusional it doesn’t warrant a response,” [my […]
I’m not a big Ales Rodriguez fan, but I do think MLB is trying to pull a fast one with its 211-game suspension, more than double any of the others handed down this season. Due process and all, yo. So the following is brought to you as a public service announcement. (Personally, I don’t think […]
In a scene from the film version of Eight Men Out, Albert Austrian, the crackerjack attorney hired by Chicago White/Black Sox owner Charles Comiskey to defend his wayward players, is introducing his law partners to the defendants: Austrian: Their names may not sound familiar, but I’d say that these men are the Ty Cobb, the […]
I want one of these. On the other hand, not too sure about these. And speaking of the players suspended for the Biogenisis mess, I’m just curious, since I do not indulge: how does this affect “owners” who drafted these guys for their fantasy teams?
Maybe they should have used this on the “Not my job” segment, since Alex Rodriguez might be out of one soon. From last week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s “who’s Carl this time?” This was the last of the three quotes. CARL KASELL: I want to be a role model. PETER SAGAL: That was New […]
I imagine the overall (at least the “loudest”) consensus is that Alex Rodriguez and the “Twelve Men Out” are a disgrace to the game, to America, and to all that is sacred or holy. Monday’s Baseball Tonight podcast featured a conversation between host Buster Olney and The New York Times‘ Tyler Kepner that took a […]
Unless one is supposed to be a superhero and the other a supervillain. “Following the release of the film, 42, baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s story comes to life once more, this time in comic book form.” The same publisher is also releasing a comic book about Alex Rodriguez.
Or “Methinks he doth protest too much.” I feel sorry for a lot of today’s celebrities, especially athletes. After years of (self?) denial, Lance Armstrong admitted he used performance enhancing drugs. Ballplayer after ballplayer swears on a stack of bibles that he’s clean, only to have the evidence turn out to prove him “misstating.” The […]
The author of one of the most controversial baseball biographies died yesterday at the age of 62. Cramer published Joe DiMaggio : The Hero’s Life in 2000. Many fans of the Yankee Clipper were outraged as the author painted the legend in an unusually unflattering light. DiMaggio was cheap, ungracious, a womanizer (sometimes bordering on […]