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Tough As Nails

29 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has an interesting piece on the “quick hook” philosophy both World Series teams’ managers have with their starting pitchers, and how they use their bullpen arms to prevent, rather than smother, rallies and runs.  The piece includes this unusual phrase common in baseball by Dodgers’ pitcher Alex Wood: […]

Maddonfreude Madness

19 Oct

After the Cubs eked out a victory against the LA Dodgers, Cubs manager Joe Maddon uncorked a wild statement, noting that the “Cubs have to be more offensive.” Sorry, but how could that be possible?!

Marwin the Knife

5 Oct

It is always a pleasure to listen to Bob Costas and Jim Kaat cover MLB as they are the opening game between the ‘Stros and the Red Sox.  When Astros star Marwin Gonzalez took his first turn at bat, Costas remarked that he can play–and has played–every position in his career, except pitcher and catcher. […]

More Maddonfreude

2 Oct

Joe Maddon, AKA Mr. Snarky, has reemerged after his Cubs mounted a furious drive over the last two months of the season to recapture the NL Central.  Here is his latest quip on how the Cubs may fare, as reported by ESPN.com: “Underdogs or overdogs, I don’t listen to that crap.”

Eat This

5 Sep

New York Yankees’ reliever Chad Green has been notching Ks in his last two appearances, including 7 of 8 hitters he faced against Cleveland.  Catcher Austin Romine had an unusual way of describing his fastball movement, as reported in today’s New York Daily News: “We’re all looking for an answer. His fastball just kind of […]

Feeding Frenzy

3 Sep

The Minnesota Twins, who are in the hunt for a wild card spot in the AL, pummeled the Kansas City Royals yesterday, 17-0.  It was 10-0 after the second inning.  Twins slugger Brian Dozier had a convoluted explanation for the eruption, as reported on ESPN.com: “Whether it’s everybody feeding off one another or just feeding […]

Winning with Eeeees

27 Aug

The Seattle Mariners committed five errors in one inning–including three by one player–in a sloppy finale in the Bronx against the New York Yankees.  The Pinstripes prevailed 10-1. YES announcer Michael Kay had a clever riposte for the unusual happenings, noting the game was proceeding with “eeeees,” the scorekeeping shorthand for errors.      

Long In the Tooth

19 Aug

The St. Louis Cardinals have mounted a furious challenge in the NL Central, but now have lost both starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and closer Trevor Rosenthal to elbow injuries.  The Redbirds managed to score 11 runs in yesterday’s game against Pittsburgh.  But the Bucs almost came back to win. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball beat writer […]

Eating the League’s Lunch

30 Jul

NYY General Manager Brian Cashman has a memorable quote about how this year’s squad approaches the game without using the tired grind-it-out, saying: This is a team that brings its lunch pail to the park.

Hold That Hype

23 Jul

New NYY infielder Todd Frazier needs to tone down the hype a bit after witnessing Aaron Judge (All Rise) and his monster HR that nearly cleared Safeco Field’s upper deck in Seattle.  He called the blast the “the 7th Wonder of the World.”