When Heroes Can’t Play

28 May

Chad Jennings, who covers the Boston Red Sox for The Athletic, attended a difficult press conference Monday at which Dustin Pedroia acknowledged that he is no longer sure he’ll return to play. Jennings’s thoughtful piece includes this well-crafted phrase: He said he’s not day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. He might feel fine at lunch and broken by dinner.

Embalm and a Strike

15 May

James Wagner, a sportswriter for The New York Times, has a fun piece today about the unusual accommodations some AAA Yankees find. One involves some handsome apartments–above a funeral home in Moosic, PA. “I’ve seen people getting wheeled in and out a few times, which was a little — different,” said Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green, who lived in […]

Relishing Reading Glanville

10 May

In today’s The Athletic, Doug Glanville has a superb profile of Jimmy Rollins, who recently was honored in retirement from the Philadelphia Phillies. In the piece, Glanville spools one of his elegant phrases that are memorable and meaningful. We know we are an injury or a birthday away from decline or erasure.

Urshela-hahahahaha

8 May

Last year, Miguel Andujar stole the 3B job from Brandon Drury, who was on the IL with dizziness. This year, when Andujar went on the IL for a partially torn labrum, Gio Urshela stepped in to play 3rd–with tremendous success in the field and at the plate. Here’s how Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone described Urshela’s […]

Glass Happ Full

5 May

J.A. Happ is a straight up guy who gives no excuse answers to media questions. Thus, it was no surprise that in his postgame presser Saturday Happ simply acknowledged that his style of pitching leaves him no easy outs up and down lineups like the Twins, in which anyone–and everyone–can be a bopper. It is […]

Deadpan Humor Part II

2 May

I recently wrote about the dry wit of Cards’ skipper Mike Shildt. In today’s installment, he responds to The Athletic‘s Bernie Miklasz about whether the team has too many OFs. As Shildt said recently, with a smile: “I don’t see this as a concern having so many talented players who can help us win games. My […]

Umpires Have No Clothes

2 May

Does it seem to you as though there are more expressions of displeasure on play calling this season than in past years? Both managers and players are demonstratively dismissive of some of the umps’ rulings (and I don’t mean just C.B. Bucknor’s consistently lousy calls) and are giving voice to them. I’d expect more ejections […]

It Is High, It Is Far, It Is Gone

1 May

The Athleticlooks back at April and has the following stats, singles and triples down, same with stolen bases (with the exception of the KC Royals who are on pace to steal over 220 bases this season) and, to no one’s surprise, homers are up. And way up even compared to the PED era. At the moment, […]

Judge Left His Heart in SF

28 Apr

Ailing NYY outfielder Aaron Judge missed a rare opportunity to play against a team he rooted for as a youngster growing up in Linden, CA, some 100 miles from the Giants’ park. Lindsey Adler of The Athletic has a fine feature today about how he spent the time instead. Imagine​ a cool​ Friday​ night​ at​ San […]

Gardy When It Counts

27 Apr

Brett Gardner, one of the NYY old timers along with CC Sabathia, is known for his ability to see a number of pitches per plate appearance–about 4.3–which is among the highest in baseball. Here’s how he described it in an interview with Lindsay Adler of The Athletic. “As a hitter, when I feel I can get […]