16
DEC
2013

Halladay

I remember when I first took serious notice of Roy Halladay. I’d been called up by the Padres to start a few games until Chris Young came back from the DL. Starting…heh, that’s generous. In fact, what I ended up doing was getting my ass kicked. Repeatedly. My...
05
JUN
2013

My Life Is A Lie

My entire baseball career is built on a lie. It started just after my junior year, on the day I wasn’t drafted but was told I would be. I spent 2002 playing ace to my college staff, leading the squad to a regional bid, making the all-conference all-star team for my effort. My...
01
JUN
2013

RA Dickey VS Chaos Theory

Believe me, no one is more tired of hearing RA Dickey say he’s still trying to figure out his knuckleball than me. The whole, “it’s a process”, “it’s a journey”, “the knuckleball is a capricious animal”, shtick—I’m over it. At some point this has to stop being a...
24
MAY
2013

No Time To Think Twice, Sean Nolin.

When I heard the Jays were calling up Sean Nolin yesterday, I got pretty upset. “What is it with this organization and fast tracking young, inexperienced arms?” I railed against it on Baseball Central. I railed against it on Blue Jays Central. Today, however,...
08
MAY
2013

How To Kill An All-Star

How To Kill an All-Star. Last year I said Ricky Romero should not have been in the big leagues to finish the year. He should have been sent down to recover from whatever mental issues were ailing him. The process should have started then, in 2012, when time was on his side. If...
06
MAY
2013

Dirty, Rotten, Cheaters…

If Clay Buchholz was caught applying a foreign substance to his hands tonight, he could (and should) be ejected on the spot — according to the rules of baseball under 8.02. But it’s highly unlikely he’ll be caught. “Because he’s not doing anything wrong!” screams his legion of...
20
APR
2013

JPA VS Base Clogging

Gregg Zaun and I like to argue, and that’s a good thing. It makes for bold television, better informed viewers, and, best of all, I’m always right. We were talking about JP Arenciba’s approach to the plate. Zaun was of the mind that JPA, who is presently worst among all qualified...
12
APR
2013

How Not to Break Your Collarbone

Carlos Quentin said the reason he charged Zack Greinke after getting plunked in Thursday’s Dodgers/Padres game is because the pair had history. Bad history. Quentin said it goes back to an alleged bean ball he received from Greinke in 2009, one that, apparently, left a...
03
MAR
2013
27
FEB
2013

Buehrle Teaching Romero a Cutter.

Photographic evidence that having established veterans on your team helps in unquantifiable ways.