June 22, 2009 |
Now comes the tough part Flame-throwing righthander Stephen Strasburg was a no-show on draft day last week, when he was taken first overall by the Washington Nationals, to the great dismay of the nice folks at MLB Network, who showed the first round live. Strasburg is being handled by Scott Boras who, as usual, has locked his client away for the duration of negotiations. Boras is contending that Strasburg - a junior at San Diego State - is a once-in-a-lifetime talent (a stance he also took with the Phillies when they drafted J.D. Drew)
June 19, 2010 |
Manny, we knew you too well Considering that the Los Angeles Lakers whipped the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals - this after trailing three games to two for the series and being down throughout much of Game 7 except for the final last five minutes - no one was expecting a lovefest when the Manny Show returned to Fenway Park on Friday night. But at least it got off to hopeful start. Manny Ramirez, dreadlocks and all, was in Boston for the first time since he was sent to Dodgers at the 2008 trading deadline.
August 31, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Charlie Manuel understood what "Manny being Manny" meant long before most. Manuel managed Manny Ramirez at triple A in 1993. Then, he was hitting coach and manager for the Cleveland Indians during Ramirez's six full seasons there. "The more money he got, the more he hit, the more they let him be Manny," the Phillies' manager said. On Monday, Ramirez wasn't playing against the Phillies as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Instead, he was en route to Cleveland to join the Chicago White Sox for a pennant-race boost.
February 18, 2012
Righthander Tim Wakefield retired Friday after pitching the last 17 seasons for the Red Sox. The 45-year-old knuckleballer made the announcement at JetBlue Park, Boston's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. After two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the righthander signed as a minor-league free agent in April 1995. He was 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA with the Red Sox. Only Roger Clemens and Cy Young had more wins (192) with the team. Wakefield is first in team history with 3,006 innings and 430 starts, and second in games and strikeouts.
March 15, 2012
From the miracles-do- happen department: Major League Baseball will not expand the use of its instant-replay system this season. The bosses - who had looked forward to reviewing trapped balls, fair-or-foul rulings, and fan interference - now hope to do so in 2013. This season will be the same as last season: Replay will remain an option only on disputed home run calls. According to the Associated Press, which cited sources familiar with the situation, there were at least two roadblocks to expanding replay reviews: umpires and players.
September 23, 2011 |
Wow, the Yankees' Russell Martin must really not want to run the risk of facing Tampa Bay or Los Angeles in the playoffs. If not, why would he give Boston (11-4 against New York this season) great bulletin-board fodder such as this to light a fire under the fading Red Sox, up 21/2 games on the Rays and Angels in the AL wild-card chase? "I hate the Red Sox," the all-star catcher said Thursday, contemplating the three-game series in New York this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. " (Of course, it could be reverse psychology - maybe he just wants the Red Sox to think he wants them out, because then they'll press to stay in, and he really doesn't want the Rays to win, unless it's really the Angels he wants . . . ow, head-game headache!
August 18, 2012
It's official: Pro golfer Phil Mickelson and members of the O'Malley family now own the Padres. Major League Baseball's owners Thursday approved the sale of John Moores' club to a group that includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley, sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley; Peter and Tom Seidler (Peter's nephews); Mickelson, and beer magnate Ron Fowler for about $800 million. Commissioner Bud Selig said it's going to be difficult to say farewell to Moores, whose divorce forced him to put the team on the market in 2009.
January 15, 2012 |
Speculation over the Prince Fielder sweepstakes continued Saturday, but about the only certainties at the end of the day were: The Texas Rangers remain interested in the slugger; the Chicago Cubs are not; and those two stances could change, lickety split, before a deal is done. Rangers president Nolan Ryan acknowledged Saturday that the AL champions met Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras, in a Dallas-area hotel Friday afternoon but downplayed the discussions. "It was very preliminary, and it's very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there's anything that's going to come of that or not," Ryan said.
July 10, 2013 |
The Home Run Derby rosters were (mostly) announced Monday, which means the annual all-star spectacle will be once again relevant for, oh, about a week. (Quick, name last year's winner - ha, made you look it up.) But until the first pitch of the Midsummer Classic is thrown, there will be cries of anguish, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments throughout the land over heroes overlooked and left out. Start gnashing: National League captain, David Wright of the host Mets, chose the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (who leads the senior circuit with 24 homers)
August 28, 2010 |
He's done both coasts. Time for the Second City? Manny Ramirez may be moving the grating but sometimes-entertaining "being Manny" operation to Chicago. The White Sox were awarded a waiver claim with exclusive rights to make a deal to acquire Ramirez, 38, by 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jayson Stark of ESPN reported, citing a source monitoring the waiver wire. The Associated Press later reported the same thing, also citing an unnamed source. The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Ramirez on trade waivers Wednesday.