No matter what you want to say about him, Jim Leyland is, most definitely, an impressive manager. He's authoritative, he isn't afraid to make serious demands and tough decisions and he has tons of character. Maybe it comes with all the tobacco he consumes or the black coffee that's stained his gear, but he comes across as a man's man. Of course, by this point, he also comes across as very old, a tale which is told pretty distinctly in this photo, taken during a blowout loss. Take note: Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be nicotine fiend aging baseball managers.
Tom Glavine disclosed that he has no plans to sign with a new team this season in a conversation with Buck Lanford of FOX 5 Atlanta. Proving that even he is hip with modern technology, Glavine shot Lanford a text message that spelled out the end of his season, though not necessarily the end of his career.
The Baltimore Orioles closed out a nine-game homestand with their second straight series victory by taking two of three from the New York Mets. The Orioles now hit the road to face the Philadelphia Phillies for a three-game weekend set.
June 19, 2009; 12:01 PM ET |
Categories: Mets , Orioles , Phillies | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Talking Behind Their Back, adam jones bobblehead, aubrey huff, francisco rodriguez, matt wieters, new york mets, philadelphia phillies
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Gary Sheffield's big league career started early and ugly. The nephew of the legendary Dwight Gooden, he was only 19 years old when he broke in with the Milwaukee Brewers in September 1988 and only 23 when the Brewers, fed up with his disruptive behavior and injuries of suspect origin,...
AL-ish Quote of the Night "Every time I play here, it's a little special because I have the memories of coming here as a boy." -- Astros outfielder Hunter Pence who grew up a Rangers fan and hit a home run Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Houston Astros 5,...
Quote of the Night: "He got himself in trouble, but he pitched out of it. He threw a lot of pitches early. I didn't think he was going to make it to the fifth inning, but he settled down and got a lot of first-pitch outs." -- Braves Manager Bobby...
Instead or raising new money for new players, the Ricketts family's negotiations for the final price of the Cubs seem to have stalled, leaving the distinct possibility that the Cubs could remain in Tribune control for all of this year, a reality that could greatly decrease Chicago's chances of dealing for a key asset at the trade deadline.
Why are we showing you this relatively standard photo of Reds reliever Daniel Herrerra? Well, for one thing, he earned his first Major League victory on Tuesday night. For another, he's short ... and very short for a professional athlete (not counting jockeys, of course). Herrerra is listed at 5 foot 6, though he may be significantly shorter than that. He also claims to throw five or six different pitches effectively (depending on whom you ask), including a screwball. And yes, he's used a screwball in a game this year. Long story short, he's an incredibly fascinating character, and a pitcher that bears watching, both next time you see the Reds on TV and in the future.
AL-ish Quote of the Night "We did a little bit of everything tonight, all on the negative side." -- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire assessing his team's 8-2 loss to the Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Minnesota Twins 2 Pittsburgh rookie Andrew McCutchen hit his first career home run in the third...
Quote of the Night: "Sometimes, you can't explain how things work. I'm just going to keep working on getting better." -- Cincinnati starter Micah Owings, who won his Tuesday night start in large part due to his own three-run homer. Reds 4, Braves 3 What's more valuable to young Reds...
Evidently you really can strike a seeing-eye single, if this photo from Minnesota's win over the Pirates on Tuesday is any indication. Former MVP Justin Morneau didn't get all of the ball, but he got enough of it to keep its trajectory directly in his line of vision -- and that of photographer Carlos Gonzalez -- on this RBI base knock in the third inning.
According to a report in today's New York Times by Michael S. Schmidt -- and widely circulated elsewhere after the fact -- former Cubs and Orioles (not to mention Rangers) slugger Sammy Sosa tested positive for performance enhancing drugs during baseball's 2003 testing period. The test was well after his mano-a-mano chase of the single season home run record with Mark McGwire, but it still cements a taint on Sosa's achievement, confirming what many baseball analysts had long suspected.
The Emmanuel Burriss experiment in San Francisco is over ... for now. With the rookie second baseman -- a product of D.C.'s Wilson High -- struggling to hit with a greater average than some of the team's pitchers, San Francisco optioned Burriss back to AAA Fresno, where he's being told to work on the kind of skills he'll need to be better at as a lead off hitter, i.e.: bunting, hitting to all fields, etc.
So, I called up the Elias Sports Bureau with a question: What was the latest date in a season on which a player had more home runs than his team had wins? Strange question, I admitted, but one that had a purpose. I was thinking, of course, that Washington Nationals...
AL-ish Quote of the Night "That's not that surprising at all. There are just certain guys that you pretty much know without coming out and making an out and out accusation, but it does not surprise me, not even a little bit." -- Astros first baseman Lance Berkman on discovering...
Quote of the Night: "Baseball is about luck. You can pitch good and not get the win. You can pitch bad and not get the loss. Right now, I'm not having luck on my side." -- Atlanta starter Jair Jurrjens, whose loss dropped his overall record to 5-5. Reds 7,...
No, Adrian Beltre didn't go charging anyone with his bat, but his own disgust at a strikeout in Colorado looked eerily like a drastic bat attack by former major leaguer Jose Offerman in a Conn. minor league game, doesn't it? It all just serves as a reminder that bats really can become weapons, whether they're meant to or not.
The Orioles picked up their first series victory in nearly three weeks by taking two of three from the visiting Atlanta Braves. With the offense possibly back on track, Baltimore now plays host to a three-game set against the New York Mets.
June 16, 2009; 2:44 PM ET |
Categories: Braves , Mets , Orioles | Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, baseball, brad bergesen, jeremy guthrie, mlb, new york mets
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Quote of the Night: "Everybody feels better about themselves after a game like this. It's a special night, one of those nights you have to enjoy. They don't come around very often." -- Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun on his team's dramatic come-from-behind win in Clevceland on Monday. Brewers 14, Indians...
There's no countdown on the clock at Yankee Stadium, but this member of the U.S. Army Golden Knights ... the parachuting wing of the Army's performance squad, is headed down to the field nonetheless. No word on his landing, though given that he was jumping into Yankee Stadium, we assume he was forced to do training jumps in Scranton first.
According to the Pirates blog Rum Bunter, Sean Burnett and Jesse Chavez are upset that what they set up as a lighthearted joke -- lighting a candle with Nate McLouth's No. 13 on it at the table where the trio played cards everyday -- was interpreted by the media as a sort of depressed homage to McLouth's absence, and perhaps a dig at team management.
K. Rosenthal: Fox Sports uber-reporter gets scoop on Acta firing, which still hasn't occurred. Maybe it's just us, but we would've told the manager before leaking to the media. S. Strasburg: No developments of late with Nats' first-round pick, but agent S. Boras is paying us fifty bucks a week...
NL Quote of the Night: "He pretty much stole home the way he waited. That was the textbook definition of manufacturing a run." -- Astros slugger Lance Berkman on teammate Michael Bourn's first-inning run, which he scored on an infield ground out. Astros 8, Diamondbacks 3 Hey! There was one...
Interleauge games jumble things up a bit so here are your American League-hosted games... AL Quote of the Night "Today was a terrible day and that's about it." -- Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana after taking the worst beating of his major league career. New York Yankees 15, New York...