Today, Deadspin leaked financial documents
detailing the finances of several MLB teams, including a few that are getting revenue sharing money. They show that several of MLB's "poorest" franchises turned a profit due to these cash infusions. [more inside]
Wade Boggs is known to like his beer
. Well, now a Tapper
where Boggs drinks beers, throws away girlie drinks, and eats burgers to sober up has been created. [more inside]
He was previously introduced to the blue a year ago
wherein he was heralded as the most incredible pitching prospect of all time. A year later, almost on cue, Stephen Strasburg makes his MLB debut tonight in Washington DC amid much fanfare
. [more inside]
20 men have thrown Perfect Games
in the history of the MLB -- 18 since the modern baseball era began 110 years ago -- yet, remarkably, this month has witnessed two: Dallas Braden's perfecto
on Mother's Day (previously
), and Roy "Doc" Halladay
, of the Philadelphia Phillies, tonight, on Memorial Day weekend (out #27
). [more inside]
Dallas Braden had a rough childhood
. A problem child in the tough neighborhood of Stockton, California, he was raised by his mother and, after she died, his grandmother, both of whom he credits for turning his life around. Today, on Mother's Day, in front of a small home crowd and his grandmother, Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history
and the second in as many years against the white-hot Tampa Bay Rays. This also happened to be 42 years and 1 day after the A's only other perfect game
, by Catfish Hunter. [more inside]
Retired MLB star Mark McGwire admits taking steroids.
In an interview with ESPN, McGwire admits he used injectable steroids*, but for injuries. He claimed he could hit home runs without them. [more inside]
was lauded for his heroics with the Mets
. After his career, Dykstra became well-known as a post-career
story. Then the truth started coming out... [more inside]
"I think clearly it's going to be Tuiasosopo today, he's swung the bat well the last few times and he's got an opportunity to play. I expect him to hit his first big league home run today."
Mariners television analyst Mike Blowers makes a goofy pregame prediction... that comes true
Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers paid tribute to beloved former voice of the team, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell
. In characteristically classy fashion reminiscent of Lou Gehrig
, Harwell used his farewell remarks (transcript)
to thank fans for their support throughout his 42 years broadcasting Tigers games, especially in light of his recent diagnosis with inoperable bile duct cancer
. [more inside]
Curt Flood's suit of Baseball.
In 1970, baseball's best center fielder, Curt Flood
filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its reserve clause.
is a site that was created to help find internet broadcasts of live baseball games. Specifically those that are available for free.
A little over two weeks into the season, Major League Baseball has already seen four near no-hitters
. Meanwhile, Mitchell High School senior Patrick Schuster has thrown four in a row
New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has an individual handshake ritual
for every player on his team.
The Ripples From Little Lake Nellie
— "Four months after Cleveland Indian pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin died in a boating accident, their families and friends are coming to grips with the grief that still washes over them" [more inside]
In 2003, Major League Baseball ran a testing survey to see if they had a steroid problem. They did
, but the names of the 104 players testing positive were kept secret. Today, one of the names was revealed: Alex Rodriguez
Sports Business Journal
has a detailed look behind the buzz over "The Emperor’s New Clothes: How ESPN’s Multi-Platform Strategy Hasn’t Improved Ratings,"
a sharply critical PowerPoint presentation making the rounds of sports league offices and advertising buyers in recent months. A good read for folks interested in the business of sports, decreasing TV ratings for many leagues, the blurriness of the ad/news line and the difficulty of measuring eyeballs across media. [via Romenesko]
Steroids, "Other Drugs," and Baseball:
a Voice of Scepticism on the Impact of Steroids
on Major League Baseball. Eric Walker suggests a "juiced" ball made much more of an effect than PEDs
licensed caskets and urns aim to make your Star Trek fantasy funeral
a reality. Ditto with Precious Moments
, the MLB
, and the Vatican. Cat Fanciers
and Kennel Clubbers
won't be disappointed either.
There are three nights left in the 2007 Major League Baseball season. The National League has seven teams
within spitting distance of the four playoff spots (five of them could end up with exactly the same record
), and we could conceivably see one-game tiebreakers through next Thursday
. Those in charge of stadiums, planning TV schedules, managing local hotels, are dealing the best they can
with the unclear schedule. Considering also the myriad noteable records
set this year, it's hard not to call this the most exciting MLB season ever
Baseball fans heckle Vernon Wells, and he throws them a personally-inscribed baseball
which reads "Here’s your ball, now please tell me what gas station you work at so I can come and yell at you when you’re working. Please sit down, shut up and enjoy the game. From your favorite centre fielder, Vernon Wells." (See the followups at the bottom of that article, with pictures of the ball.) This past weekend, Ken Griffey Jr. throws his jockstrap into the stands
because a dude has been heckling him. (Everybody is laughing in both of these stories.)
When Sports Fans Go Mad.
Just in time for your NCAA Final Four weekend: a celebration of sports fans' best and worst pranks
, and hijinks
. This ain't no Brady Bunch
episode. Some require the skills of a tattoo artist
. Some are confusing
. Some are about public humiliation
. This one, however, really takes the cake
The Double Curse of '86
- Many sports fans remember the game 6 error
(youtube) of Bill Buckner
that cost the Red Sox the championship
But a supposed new discovery
seems to show that that the Sox were saddled with not one curse
- but two
. It could be real or just a new angle for the 20th anniversary
. (previously on metafilter)
"[A]n online application that allows you to view any Major League Baseball season, split by league or division (even wild card races), as an animated, date-by-date race between the various teams you choose."
There's an excellent two part
dialog between Bill Simmons
and Malcolm Gladwell
on ESPN's Page 2 this week. The two cover a wide variety of topics such as writing, how a kid with no TV from the middle of nowhere in Canada can be a sports fan, the NFL, the economics of sports, and everyone's favorite NBA GM Isiah Thomas.
Rafael Palmeiro suspended for steroid use by Major League Baseball
The first big name MLB player to be suspended for violating the leagues steriod policy testified to Congress about use of the drug in baseball after being named a user in Jose Canseco's book. "Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the committee. My name is Rafael Palmeiro and I am a professional baseball player. I'll be brief in my remarks today. Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never. The reference to me in Mr. Canseco's book is absolutely false. I am against the use of steroids. I don't think athletes should use steroids and I don't think our kids should use them. That point of view is one, unfortunately, that is not shared by our former colleague, Jose Canseco. Mr. Canseco is an unashamed advocate for increased steroid use by all athletes."
MLB's All Porn Mustache Team
Cue: Funky bassline and Wa-Wa guitar.
Is it just me or does Jeff Kent's 'stache (bottom of the page in the honorable mentions section) look like more peach fuzz than manly man style?
Who did they miss?
So, should he give back the ball or not?
Of course, I say "give back" as if the Red Sox owned it in the first place, which they didn't. So is it up to Major League Baseball?
Bonds said he unknowingly used steroids
Following up on yesterday's article on Giambi's grand jury testimony,
the SF Chronicle reports that Bonds admitted using steroids, but didn't know what they were at the time
Gary Sheffield said something very similar
in October, and was not penalized by baseball
, nor by public opinion
. Meanwhile, the Yankees are reportedly trying to void Giambi's contract
. What will the fallout be from the Bonds story?
Underdog to NY Yankees --> "Who's YOUR Daddy
cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!"
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed. They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, and they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again
. But will there still be joy in Mudville?
Tony Gwynn knows full well how costly a baseball strike could be
Baseball still has not recovered from the strike of 1994, especially in Montreal. The Expos were in the driver's seat for the National League East title when the strike hit in August of 1994. Before the 1995 season began, the Expos had traded several key players to lower expenses. Now the team is on Commissioner Bud Selig's contraction list for Major League Baseball. If the players union go out on strike this year, it could deal a fatal blow to the sport that was once was America's national pastime.
World Series Champs Suffer Mid-Season Contraction?
According to Bud Selig, one MLB team might not be able to make payroll next Monday, and another is experiencing cash-flow problems so severe it may not be able to finish the season. The Houston Chronicle
reported that Selig might have arranged to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks
and Tampa Bay Devil Rays alive financially this past winter. But now Selig says, "Major league baseball's credit lines are at the maximum," and "If a club can't make it, I have to let 'em go." Is it a coincidence that neither of these teams is the Minnesota Twins or Montreal Expos
? Does anybody care?
urges you to stay away from the ballpark on 7/11. I sympathize somewhat, but don't you think this will have little effect? And are they ripping a page out of the Charleston Riverdogs book
Expos declare independence from MLB.
"The grim, bleached-blonde visage of Richie Sexson will serve as a warning to all opponents who attempt to subvert the revolution or phone the bullpen," said Expos second baseman/People’s Minister of Security Jose Vidro.
Few humor sites on the web are truly funny, but The Spitter has a high batting average.
and this man
will be working together next year. Think this man
is feeling better about his decision to quit?
Obviously Bud Selig is lying to Congress.
There's no way anyone believes that MLB lost $232 million last year despite attendance being up and quality being high. But the question is, what is the punishment for a man like Selig blatantly perjuring himself to our representatives? Can he go to jail?
Baseball Owners Vote to Cut Two Teams
Has the popularity of baseball peaked or will MLB just move these two to better markets?
Right now, on MLB.com,
you can watch Barry Bonds hit his 70th homerun of the season, Rickey Henderson tying Ty Cobb's career run record, Sammy Sosa hitting his 61st homerun of the season, Ichiro breaking Wade Bogg's record for singles in a season, and Tim Raines bat with his son Tim Raines Jr. on second. It's a good day to be a baseball fan.
Major League Baseball returned to the field last night and tonight
with the American flag on the back of team uniforms, below the neck and on the batting helmets. But MLB players come from nations all over the world. Is there a problem with these players being required to wear an American flag when they would not be permitted to wear their own?
Baseball player Curt Schilling's letter to America.
I think this is a great way to say we're shocked, we're grieving, and we're going back to work with the victims and their families in mind. Play ball!
No $250 million dollar crybabies here.
The Little League World Series has been much more engaging than the pro game to me - mostly because the kids are there to play baseball
as opposed to the ego and salaries that permeate MLB. (the broadcast, on the other hand, is the usual commercial b.s. with things like the "Bubblicious Lineup")
the cubs have actually started off pretty good this year, over .500 since, ohh I can't remember when. I'm kinda excited, but still don't like Baylor too much.
Anyway, is anyone else upset at how MLB has redone all the team's sites so that they can be the same? Sure the design is not horrible, but that's not the point, is everything on the net doomed for the cookie-cutter formula?
Bird 'explodes' after flying in path of fastball
FOOOMF! Don't miss the video (avi looks best) which is pretty amazing. Poor wittle birdie.
Farewell to another free lunch...
Streamed baseball radio is an interesting microcosm of the web's development. It started with a few forward-looking local stations taking the initiative and unilaterally offering a live stream; then it went under the auspices of Broadcast.com; now RealNetworks and MLB Inc. have tied up the subscription deal. A touchstone for other online content?
Ted no longer 'owns' Braves
Hey all of you who hate the Atlanta Braves: Here's at least one positive result of the AOL/Time Warner Merger.
Reuters 09/22 6:34PM
-- NBC, which in August bid for the exclusive right to host a presidential debate, said on Friday it would broadcast a baseball game instead of the first showdown between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush. "We have a contract with major-league baseball. You don't seriously think we have any interest in democracy, do you?,'' said NBC
spokeswoman Barbara Levin. "If we were offerred more than the value of the baseball contract, we would be televising it.''
Living the American Dream!
Texas utility man Scott Sheldon becomes only the third player in major league history to play all nine positions in one game.