July 17, 2014 |
MINNEAPOLIS - When the American League's leadoff hitter came to the plate in the first inning, every National League fielder stashed his glove to take part in an extended standing ovation. Pitcher Adam Wainwright left his glove on the mound and didn't appear to be in any rush to get it, either. The applause continued for another minute. It was Derek Jeter's final All-Star Game, and, just as with Mariano Rivera last year, the game was going to celebrate the New York Yankees future Hall of Famer, who is retiring at season's end. Wainwright acknowledged later he grooved a couple of pitches for Jeter in the at-bat that followed.
July 14, 2014 |
ON AT LEAST three occasions during his briefing with the media before last night's game against the Nationals, manager Ryne Sandberg used the word "forward. " The message was clear: The Phillies might have been 10 games under .500, but they were undefeated in their previous four games, and he was not going to let the discussion drift to any of the ugliness that had occurred before their surprising sweep of the first-place Brewers. Sandberg is determined to make these next 3 months as productive as possible, and one item on his agenda is finding out whether Grady Sizemore can still fill a regular role in the majors.
July 11, 2014 |
OFFICIALLY, Jorge Posada walked twice in the 2009 World Series. But to anyone watching, the frequent strolls to the mound by the Yankees catcher to calm his pitchers, slow opposition momentum and silence a raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd were enough to move the numbers on a pedometer. In the pivotal Game 4, for example, Posada visited starting pitcher CC Sabathia eight times. In one inning. The Yankees won, 7-4, to take a three games to one series lead. Posada's liberal use - Phillies fans would argue misuse - of baseball's lax rules was so pronounced that commissioner Bud Selig pledged to form a committee to examine it and other pace-of-play matters during the offseason.
July 18, 2013
The Phillies' two All-Stars, Cliff Lee and Domonic Brown, both got into last night's game. Lee entered in the fifth inning with the National League trailing, 1-0. In one inning, he allowed a run on two hits, with no walks or strikeouts, throwing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes. Brown replaced starter Carlos Gonzalez in leftfield. He was 0-for-1, with a strikeout, in the National League's 3-0 loss to the American League.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There will be no moment more special in Tuesday's 83d All-Star Game than when the door to the American League bullpen opens and baseball's greatest closer emerges. The New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera has earned that moment. "It would probably be the most beautiful thing in the world if we could somehow get a lead on the National League and play the ninth inning with the greatest closer of all time coming out of the bullpen," AL manager Jim Leyland said. "I assure you that would happen, but we need to get that lead first.
June 11, 2013
The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age By Robert Weintraub Little, Brown. 445 pp. $27.99 Reviewed By John P. Rossi The 1946 baseball season was a remarkable one. The star players were back after World War II, 11 of the 16 major league teams set attendance records, and Jackie Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals of the International League as baseball took its first step toward ending segregation of...
May 29, 2013 |
FOR ATLANTA manager Fredi Gonzalez, there's a lot to like about filling out the lineup card in American League ballparks. Brian McCann hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Braves over the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman had three hits in the cleanup spot, rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered in the fifth spot and McCann, who started at designated hitter, went deep twice batting in the sixth spot. "That's a pretty big three right there," Gonzalez said.
May 10, 2013 |
THE CLUB, by description and definition, is a small one. In a world of bulging biceps and shrunken ballparks, the slap-hitting speedsters who populated the 1970s and '80s era of spacious, artificial-turf stadiums are nearly extinct, the few remaining required to prove their worth on almost a nightly basis, their margin of error as slim as their hips. "There sure ain't that many of us left," Juan Pierre said the other day. "Me. Ben Revere. Michael Bourn maybe, but he's got some pop . . . " So does Denard Span, the Nationals centerfielder who had 38 doubles and four home runs for the Twins last season.
April 22, 2013
By Stephen F. Ross The new film 42 celebrates the heroic story of Jackie Robinson, who integrated baseball in 1947 and, many agree, set the stage for the more complete integration of society that followed. However, the movie belies a sad contemporary reality: If Jack Roosevelt Robinson were a teenager in North Philadelphia today, it is highly unlikely he would play professional baseball. Today, baseball's color line is not formally black or white, but green with a racial tint: The opportunities to be a big-league ballplayer divide between those whose families have the money to provide their kids access to elite traveling teams, and those who don't.