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A Governor on His Swing?

22 Sep

Really perplexing usage in an article in The Athletic on Carlos Correa’s struggles with the bat and his benching this weekend to help clear his mind, quoting Astros manager A.J. Hinch thusly: It’s looked like he’s had a little bit of a governor on his swing when he’s been up to bat. I haven’t seen […]

A Pitcher, Not a Prius

18 Sep

Bernie Micklasz, writing today in The Athletic, notes that the St. Louis Cardinals have zeroed in on 22-year-old Jack Flaherty as their main starter for meaningful games.  Never mind that Adam Wainwright pitched a vintage Waino game on Sunday night, or that Miles Mikolas or Daniel Poncedeleon have had outstanding seasons.  Here’s what skipper Shildt […]

They’re Kraken Up

6 Sep

Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino teamed up for a comedy of errors in the first inning of the A’s-Yankees contest in Oakland, leading to a quick 4-0 lead for the A’s.  Sanchez has as many passed balls as his counterpart in Houston, who has played 300 innings, compared to a small number for the injury-plagued […]

Deep Didi

21 Aug

That was the New York Post sports desk’s lede today when it was announced that NYY SS Didi Gregorius would go on the 10-day DL with a heel bruise.   That is some clever wordplay!

A Week of Misspeak

20 Jul

First it was the double negative in Helsinki, now it’s former NYY 1B Mark Teixiera interviewed on the Michael Kay radio show in New York who intoned that there is no doubt that Brian Cashman would leave a stone unturned to find a quality starting pitcher.    

Convicted Felon

19 Jun

New York Yankees’ backup catcher, Austin Romine, gave an interview after Monday’s game against the Nats describing how young relief pitcher Jonathan Holder was pitching with conviction navigating a difficult lineup. Asked how a young player could do that, Romine responded that Holder “was convicted.” Reminds me of the old Yankee skipper Billy Martin’s quip […]

Water Logged

10 Jun

The Subway Series is tilted in the New York Yankees’ favor as the Baby Bombers beat the Mets in Queens by a score of  4-3.  It didn’t start out well for the pinstripes’ pitcher Domingo German, who yielded three runs in the opening inning, but the visitors prevailed.  But Mets skipper Mickey Callaway thought his […]

Keep the Faith

28 Apr

Veteran infielder Neil Walker has not performed well since being signed by the Yankees late in Spring Training.  Some of that is due to his playing out of position (1B) and, as an unsigned free agent, sitting on the shelf.  Last night he hit what appeared to be a three-run HR, except that it was […]

Nut Up!

26 Apr

The Athletic writer T.J. Zuppe described how the Cleveland Indians bullpen had to scramble when reliever Andrew Miller felt his hamstring grab in Wednesday’s game versus the Cubs.  One of those relievers, Nick Goody, told his bullpen counterpart how to handle the situation: “It’s part of the game. Injuries happen. Accidents happen. You’ve just got to […]

The Known Unknowns Redux

27 Mar

The San Francisco Chronicle has a story today about Buster Posey’s first backstop gig with acquired closer Greg Holland yesterday.  Asked about how it was to catch someone he’d never caught before, Posey responded: “It’s not like I’m not somewhat familiar with him.”