Something about Bronson Arroyo's exaggerated leg kick is almost beyond comical, both because of it's height and the fact that he's kind of a funny looking guy in the first place. What's more touching is the fact that it works. Really, how can this delivery work? How? And how does he avoid injury?
What changed the thinking of Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi's thinking so drastically? Why would the team openly shop its best asset just months after pledging that he'd be a big part of its future? The answer has everything to do with money and what Halladay plans to do after the 2010 season.
In a true statistical oddity, the home plate umpire during Buehrle's perfect game yesterday, Eric Cooper, happens to be the same ump who worked Buehrle's first no-hitter, against the Rangers in 2007.
AL Quote of the Night "I bought everyone watches after the last one. That was an expensive no-hitter. This one will probably be more expensive." -- White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle who threw the majors' first perfect game in five years Chicago White Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 0 116...
NL Quote of the Night: "Just think what happens if they get going. We can really be a good team." -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on his team's prospects if Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge perform to their 2008 standards. Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 Raise your hand if you feel...
A no-hitter wasn't enough for White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. This time he threw a perfect game. Burhle retired all 27 Tampa Bay Rays batters he faced on Thursday, finishing with the first perfect game in the major leagues in five years. He struck out six, got a bunch of ground ball outs and finished with a flourish, thanks to one of the best, home-run saving grabs you'll ever see, courtesy of DeWayne Wise.
See, who decided to throw a party in the Kauffman Stadium bleachers at the exact moment that the Angels scored the game-winning run on Wednesday night? Of course people look down. And for that matter, given the recent history of the Royals, isn't there a chance this exact scene will unfold every night in front of that billboard? Is it really a good idea to have a huge billboard that says "PARTY" against the Kansas City bleachers? Maybe the fans need to be reminded ...
The Marlins have been keeping superstar prospect Cameron Maybin in AAA, despite his continued impressive results. The real question emerging is whether he's sitting there so Florida can save money, or whether he still needs to prove he belongs in the major leagues.
Toronto Blue Jays General Manager J.P. Ricciardi is hoping that a trade of ace Roy Halladay will yield a haul similar to the five-for-one deal the Orioles received from the Mariners for Erik Bedard. Halladay is certainly a better pitcher, but should a dumb deal be the baseline for negotiations?
July 23, 2009; 12:04 PM ET |
Categories: Blue Jays , Mariners , Orioles | Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Roy Halladay, Seattle Mariners, j.p. ricciardi, toronto blue jays, trade
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AL Quote of the Night "We just got murdered. It wasn't much fun. Matter of fact, it was no fun. There was not really any fun." -- Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire accessing the thrashing his team took Wednesday Oakland Athletics 16, Minnesota Twins 1 Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in...
NL Quote of the Night: "It's big. We knew this week was big coming up for us. We know we've got the Dodgers coming up. We had to take at least two of three from here. It's a plus we took all of them." -- Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco, on...
The Red Sox, in the midst of a miniature free fall that has dropped the team from its AL East perch, added depth to their corner infield situation and a solid right-handed bat, acquiring first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Pirates for two lower-tier minor league prospects.
Detroit starter Edwin Jackson has had a breakout season, but he was the one getting beaten around against the Yankees this weekend. This homer off the bat of first baseman Mark Teixeira was just one blow New York landed in a three-game sweep, though it was almost surely the one felt most harshly by Jackson himself.
The Padres do have incredibly attractive chip they could deal, despite Jake Peavy's injury: Slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The question is whether it makes sense for the team to deal him in the first place.
According to the New York Times, one of the steps toward enforcing accurate age verification among Dominican prospects is using DNA tests to authenticate identity, a practice usually more welcome at crime scenes. It's a pretty drastic step, though MLB stressed to the Times that it was only being used in extreme cases, when the league seemed to have identified an open discrepancy.
AL Quote of the Night "For whatever reason we've had bad luck when I've pitched but I feel like I've been doing the job." -- Indians pitcher Cliff Lee who threw his second straight complete game and third of the season but is just 6-9 on the year Cleveland Indians...
NL Quote of the Night: "I'm sure the guys were trying to score eight or 10. That's just the way baseball is. You've got to take the runs when you can get them and just go out there and try to put zeros on the board. The defense made some...
Rafael Furcal is about as athletic a shortstop as you'll come across, but even he couldn't pull off this tag on Houston's Michael Bourn, who escaped at second base. Now, if he was just a little bit taller ...
July 21, 2009; 4:29 PM ET |
Categories: Astros , Dodgers | Tags: Astros, Dodgers, Michael Bourn, Moment of Levity: The Big Picture, Rafael Furcal
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Batting seventh in the lineup in front of only catcher Brad Ausmus, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp somehow scored all four of his team's runs, a total which was still more than the Astros scored in response.
Last night, Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez passed Yankees legend Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list, becoming No. 15 all-time in the process. Ramirez's 537th career homer came in the bottom of the second off Reds starter Micah Owings, a detail that's strangely fitting, considering the fact that Owings hits more homers himself than any other active pitcher. It also raises an interesting debate: If you had to pick between Mantle and Ramirez, who would you take?
AL Quote of the Night "There's no sense in turning around. Game over." -- Orioles reliever Jim Johnson explaining his reaction (or lack thereof) after giving up a walk-off home run against the Yankees New York Yankees 2, Baltimore Orioles 1 Hideki Matsui hit a walk-off two-run homer to lift...
NL Quote of the Night: "It was a lot of fun. It took a while to get my release point going, but once I got in the groove a little bit, everything came together." -- Atlanta rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson, who remained unbeaten with a rout of the Giants. Mets...
This reaction tells all you need to know about the severity of the injury young Mets starter Fernando Nieve suffered during Sunday night's loss to the Braves. Unfortunately for the Mets and their fans, it also is an achingly accurate sentiment of what the team feels about reaching it's pre-season goals, and what fans feel about the team their ticket money is fielding.
On Sunday, the Twins added Mark Grudzielanek, recently of the Royals, without sacrificing anything. He hasn't played yet this year, and hasn't even suited up for nearly 12 months, for that matter. Still, Grudzielanek represents a low-cost, potential high-reward solution for Minnesota where the Twins won't have to trade away any integral parts of their far system to solve an infield problem.
The Orioles made the first of what could be multiple trades by shipping off infielder Oscar Salazar to the San Diego Padres for reliever Cla Meredith.
NL Quote of the Night: "Where do we go from here? We have to sit down and make some decisions. We talked about that today. We feel like we still can get some things done. ... We'll have to see what's available." -- Mets Manager Jerry Manuel, after his team's...
AL Quote of the Night "They should have traded him the other day, and to a National League team." -- Red Sox Manager Terry Francona joking about the trade rumors surrounding Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays 3, Boston Red Sox 1 Roy Halladay did not disappoint in...