17
JUN
2015

Crime and Punishment

If you get caught stealing signs in baseball—the original baseball data theft—your baseball punishment is a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal second base when your team is up ten runs, you also get a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal another player’s roster spot by taking...
27
FEB
2015

Johan Santana, No Thanks.

What do the Blue Jays need right now? A left fielder. What did they get? A broken down, soft-tossing left hander. Go Jays! With all do respect to former two time Cy Young winner Johan Santana, he ain’t what he used to be. However, he is what the Blue Jays would like him to be....
26
FEB
2015

Saunders Injury More Costly Than You Think

I other news, Michael Saunders was in good spirits at the start of spring training. His calm, and generally quiet demeanor is a much needed balance to the lively, spark plug that is Jose Reyes, and upbeat, cheerleading styles of Russell Martin. He’s the quiet player’s role model,...
24
FEB
2015

The Zaun Factor

I like Zaun. I honestly do. That doesn’t mean I don’t know what he is, or how he is, it just means that, all things being equal, I do respect what he’s done in the game and find him personable, honest, and—despite what anyone might think considering his comments...
07
DEC
2014

Advice For Baseball Job Seekers

  A little while back an individual who was about to hatch from the business world and flutter into the real world asked me about getting a job in the baseball world. He’d sent out all his resumes, and, after months of anxious perseverating over whether his childhood dream...
02
DEC
2014

How to Wet The Bed on Brian Kenny’s Show

Brian Kenny had me as a guest on his MLB radio show today. It’s always a treat to join Brian, who is, for my money, one of the smartest men in baseball. Seriously, he’s so smart that I get a little intimidated coming on his show, so I can only imagine how Harold Reynolds felt...
08
OCT
2014

The Anybody Betters

Poor Clayton Kershaw. Seriously, I feel for the guy. I feel for all truly great players that become victims to the what have you done for me lately part of baseball. Yesterday, on short rest, Kershaw took on a team that, for the most part, has not been very compliant with his...
24
APR
2014

Pineda’s Neck

What’s wrong with the following statements about cheating? “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned to steroids to put me over the top.” “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned...
01
APR
2014

Sour Grapes

Yesterday I got called out by one of my former coworkers at Rogers for being/having  “sour grapes” because I spent most of opening day being snarky about the Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This coworker hypothesized that my “new...
17
FEB
2014

The Right To Break.

I’m going to do my best here, but, as cliche as this sounds, words really can’t express how excited I am that my new book launch is almost here, and that another part of the Bullpen Gospels’ story will soon be in the hands of readers. Nor can words properly convey how thrilled I...