No Hits Don’t Count

18 Mar

Masahiro Tanaka combined with two other NYY hurlers to pitch a no-hitter against Detroit, an unusual feat in Spring Training.  New York Times sportswriter David Waldstein had a clever way to capture the significance–or lack thereof–of the event: A no-hitter in spring training is like a broken pitch tracker: It doesn’t count.

And This Bird Can Sing

16 Mar

Headline of the day award goes to New York Yankees’ blog Pinstripe Alley for this regarding Greg Bird’s hot spring and another dinger: Greg Bird Singing in the Dead of Night

Reset in the Bronx

5 Mar

This may become the New York Yankees positioning statement this season as Mike Lupica reports in today’s New York Daily News: “This is a time for us of exciting uncertainty,” general manager Brian Cashman is saying Friday morning. Watch the new New York Yankees.  You never know what will happen.  Only on YES.

Same Old, Some New

1 Mar

ESPN online writer Mark Saxon has a succinct take on what baseball observers notice every spring training: Hang around baseball long enough, and it begins to feel as if the same things keep happening to different people.

Armpit Names

26 Feb

On today’s YES broadcast of the New York Yankees versus the Blue Jays, Michael Kay described Blue Jays’ catcher Saltalamacchia’s name as an “armpit name,” because it extends from left underarm to right underarm.

It Might As Well Be Spring Training

12 Feb

As pitchers and catchers begin reporting to the Cactus and Grapefruit League Spring Training sites, my reading turns to baseball. Just starting a biography of Bill Veeck, a baseball maverick and master of marketing the game to fans. Among his innovations: planting the ivy wall at Wrigley Field, putting names on uniforms, and desegregating the American […]

Astronomical Error

6 Dec

My baseball buddy Richard told me about how ‘Stros manager A.J. Hinch meant to laud the acquisition of Carlos Beltran, but managed to mangle the syntax. In an interview, Hinch said that Beltran “really understands the nuisances of the game.”  

That Empty Feeling

2 Nov

Although a Game 7 is certainly an apt conclusion to this tightly-fought World Series, you can’t blame Cleveland Plain Dealer baseball beat writer Zach Meisel for starting his story this way today: Less than an hour after the final pitch, all that remained in the Indians’ clubhouse was a table full of signed memorabilia and […]

Bad Vibes

21 Oct

Cubs hurler John Lackey is known for his pouts, outbursts and displays of dismay when his teammates falter behind him.  He is hard to watch, and, probably hard to play with. But his manager, Joe Maddon, does his best New Age psychobabble analysis of a difficult player, as reported in the Chicago Sun-Times: “It’s John. […]

Isn’t It Rich?

19 Oct

Journeyman pitcher Rich Hill, whose career has taken him to and through the Chicago Cubs, stymied his former mates with a mix of looping curveballs and mixed arm angles as the Dodgers took the lead in the NLCS, 2-1.  Mark Whicker, a sportswriter for the Orange County Register, summed it up thusly: Rich Hill has been transported […]