Rookie Mistake?

1 Apr

Rookie skipper Gabe Kapler of the Phillies made a bonehead move when he called for a bullpen pitcher in a game yesterday who had not warmed up.  Kapler, a former utility and journeyman player, already raised eyebrows by using 21 different pitchers in the first three games. He is not the only rookie skipper who […]

Opening Day Jitters

30 Mar

Ballplayers, and rookie managers, all talk about the butterflies in their bellies on Opening Day, but fans have them, too! I consider Opening Day a national holiday and celebration, and the time to stop Spring Training  speculation and see what teams are really made of. However, sometimes the banal sneaks in, too. For instance, in […]

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.”

Hopefully Not Bad Grammar

22 Mar

You know the season is nigh when managers start babbling in baseball doublespeak, as Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone did in an answer to a reporter’s question at Tampa: “We have certainly some guys athletically with some speed that we’ll be able to take advantage of hopefully taking some extra bases when they’re available.”

“Look Out” Is Leaving the Broadcast Booth

15 Mar

Ken Singleton, the best of the YES broadcast voices for over two decades, will be leaving the mic after this season, much to fans’ dismay.  His famous “Look out!” call for inside pitches is legendary along with his cool, laid-back style that focuses on the action, not his ego.  Here’s what he told Newsday about […]

Longevous Lizard

12 Mar

In a story posted on the YES Yankees Web site, reporter A.J. Herrmann writes about Yankees’ hurler Luis Severino and his progression as a leader.  Unfortunately, the writer had a regression as far as spelling is concerned as he mentions Sevy taking note of veteran pitcher C.C. Sabathia: Sabathia has been one of the most […]

Strip Training

6 Mar

New York Post baseball beat writer Kevin Kiernan has a piece about how Aaron Boone is building relationships with the Baby Bombers, in this case, Aaron Judge.  In this statement, Judge sounds like they are preparing for a pole dance, instead of a season: I’m learning every day and the same thing with him coming […]

The Athletic: On the Baseball Beat

5 Mar

A number of beat writers from newspapers and magazines such as Sports Illustrated have joined a site anchored by Ken Rosenthal and Pete Gammons called The Athletic. Like the old Frank Deford effort, The National, this has team-specific stories/features without fluff from very good writers.  Worth checking out!    

Spring Is Here!

15 Feb

It’s always nice to say those words after a hiatus from baseball.  It’s fun to read the stories and see the video of pitchers and catchers in camp heralding the short time until ST games begin. There are a lot of expectations for, and questions about, the New York Yankees.  How will the giants Judge […]

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: […]