May 27, 2010

Housekeeping

As you can see, posting has been light this week, and we will have very limited (if any) postings until after the Memorial Day holiday. Have a good weekend, we will be back to our regular schedule on Tuesday.

May 24, 2010

Classic Uniform Alert

Many fans of the great game will recall some of the hideous uniforms the White Sox used to roll out during the Bill Veeck era. The worst of all were the shorts and knee length socks. Big League Stew has unearthed some home movie footage. Read the rest here. If you want to view the carnage, enjoy.

Monday Afternoon Link Dump

Former All-Star pitcher Jose Lima has died of a heart attack at 37.

Eri Yoshida the Japanese 18 year old female knuckleballer will make her debut May 29.

The Mets took 2 of 3 games from the Yankees.

The Rangers sale to Chuck Greenberg should be complete by early July.

The Phillies are scouting Bobby Jenks and J.J. Putz.

Albert Pujols and Tony La Russa are downplaying a heated exchange from Friday.

May 21, 2010

Friday Afternoon Link Dump

Pat Burrell has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

Tom Van Riper at Forbes thinks that MLB should realign.

The Nationals have released Willy Taveras.

Will the DH come to the National League in 2012?

Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun is headed to the DL.

Jacoby Ellsbury will be back with the Red Sox on Saturday.

Nationals owner Mark Lerner took a ball of the beak during batting practice.

Friday Morning Link Dump

The Rays hammered Andy Pettite to complete a sweep of the Yankees.

Ubaldo Jimenez shut out the Astros, improving his record to 8-1 and dropping his ERA to 0.99.

The Braves scored 7 in the 9th inning to beat the Reds 10-9.

Clayton Kershaw was solid again as the Dodgers beat the Padres 4-1.

Jon Lester pitched a complete game to beat the Twins 6-2.

The Brewers beat the Pirates 4-3 to end a nine game losing streak.

Luke Hochevar pitched a complete game to beat the Indians 9-3.

May 20, 2010

Thursday Afternoon Link Dump

Jorge Posada will miss 3-4 weeks with a broken foot.

Josh Beckett hs been placed on the 15 day DL with a strained back.

Trevor Hoffman will take a few days off to straighten some things out.

Despite a 9 game losing streak, Brewers GM Doug Melvin has given Ken Macha a vote of confidence.

Former Astros 2B Craig Biggio has coached a high school team to a state title.

Apparently, David Ortiz told Hanley Ramirez to apologize to his teammates.

Rays reliever J.P. Howell has had season ending surgery on his shoulder.

Thursday Morning Link Dump

Hanley Ramirez apologized to his teammates and had 3 hits in a win over the Cardinals.

Adrian Gonzales had 6 RBI as the Padres beat the Dodgers and ended their 9 game winning streak.

Jason Heyward has a big night s the Braves beat the Reds 5-4.

The Mets had an inside the park home run and a triple play, but still lose to the Nationals 5-3.

The Rays have the best record after 40 games in MLB since 2002 as they beat the Yankees 10-6.

Justin Verlander pitches a complete game as the Tigers beat the A's 5-1.

Stephen Strasburg struck out 9 in 6 1/3 innings in what could be his last minor league start.

May 19, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon Link Dump

Big League Stew has a review of Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America's Baseball Landmarks up. Click the link to buy the book or click here to read their review.

Carlos Zambrano will rejoin the Cubs rotation.

The great David Pinto at Baseball Musings looks at when Stephen Strasburg might be called up.

Mike Lowell has asked the Red Sox to release him.

Jonthan Mayo at MLB.com projects the first 10 picks of next months draft.

Milton Bradley could return to the Mariners lineup tonight.

Tony LaRussa is confident the Cardinals offense will turn it around.

Wednesday Morning Link Dump

The Dodgers won their ninth in a row and fourteenth out of seventeen.

The Red Sox rebounded to beat the Yankees, but the Yankees have protested the game.

Kurt Suzuki has the game winning hit as the A's beat the Mariners in 10 innings.

The Pirates beat Roy Halladay and the Phillies 2-1.

The Giants beat the Padres for the first time this season.

David Price earned his 6th win as the Rays beat the Indians 6-2.

The Rangers came back to beat the Angels 8-7.

May 18, 2010

Tuesday Afternoon Link Dump

Hanley Ramirez is defending himself after getting pulled for not hustling.

Here are two dozen interntional free agents that are worth knowing.

Alex Remington at Big League Stew shows us how rare the Jason Kubel grand slam off Mariano Rivera was.

Mike Lowell is unhappy with his playing time.

The Twins suggest their pitchers try something novel. Throw strikes.

Andre Ethier will be placed on the disabled list.

Cubs GM Jim Hendry says Lou Piniella's job is safe.

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

Hanley Ramirez was benched during the Marlins loss to the Diamondbacks for not hustling.

A-Rod and Marcus Thames both homer off Jonathan Papelbon as the Yankees beat the Red Sox.

John Ely led the Dodgers over the Astros for their eight straight win.

Ryan Howard has 6 RBI and Kyle Kendrick goes 8 innings as the Phillies throttle the Pirates.

Justin Morneau goes deep twice as the Twins beat the Jays 8-3.

The Padres beat the Giants for the seventh time in a row.

The Reds stay hot and beat the Brewers behing Johnny Cueto and Jonny Gomes

May 17, 2010

Monday Afternoon Link Dump

Jimmy Rollins should be back in the lineup tonight.

Tom Fornelli at Fanhouse looks at managers who are on the hot seat.

The Houston Astros offense is on a record setting pace. Not in a good way.

The Rangers may be looking at A.J. Pierzynski to help at Catcher.

A heart condition has sidelined Brewers pitcher Doug Davis.

Huston Street injured his groin while rehabbing his shoulder. (Insert joke here)

The Mets will not be looking to Pedro Martinez for pitching help.

Monday Morning Link Dump

Cole Hamels was brilliant as the Phillies finished their sweep of the Brewers.

Armando Galarraga was solid in his first start of the year as Detroit beat Boston.

Pat Burrell and his $9 million contract have been sent to the minors, Hank Blalock has been called up.

Jason Kubel hit a surprising grand slam off of Mariano Rivera to lead the Twins over the Yankees.

Chad Billingsley pitches 8 shutout innings as the Dodgers won their seventh in a row.

In his first appearance since 2008, Jeff Francis led the Rockies over the Nationals 2-1.

Interleague play is back this week.

May 15, 2010

Saturday Morning Link Dump

The Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 behind an Alex Rodriguez grand slam.

Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each had 5 hits, the Pirates beat the Cubs 10-6.

David Ortiz hits 2 home runs, leads the Red Sox over the Tigers 7-2.

Following Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt is also willing to waive his no-trade clause.

Several rookies are already making a big impact this season.

Tim Tebow can hit a baseball really well.

May 14, 2010

Friday Afternoon Link Dump

Adam Wainwrights' goal is to win the Cy Young, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger this year. (Why not the Heisman and an Oscar too?)

Jarrod Saltalamacchia has developed Mackey Sasser syndrome.

Should the Royals trade Zack Greinke?

More additions to the cast of Moneyball.

MLB scouts are apparently biased against flat butts.

Friday Morning Link Dump

In yesterdays link dump, we said Trey Hillman knew he was on the hot seat. He got fired last night.

John Gonzales at Philly.com says stealing signs is a baseball tradition.

Mat Latos of the Padres throws a one-hitter, as they beat the Giants 1-0.

Vladimir Guerrero has a hit in the 12th to lead the Rangers over the A's.

Bud Norris of the Astros shut down the Cardinals to complete a series sweep.

Buck Showalter looks at the early season dominance of C.J. Wilson.

Justin Verlander threw 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Tigers beat the Yankees.

May 13, 2010

Thursday Afternoon Link Dump

The only amateur softball player being paid $11 million, Eric Byrnes, hit his first home run last night.

Trey Hillman knows he is on the hot seat.

The Field of Dreams movie site is up for sale. If you've ever wanted a cornfield diamond, here's your chance.

Bernie Carbo tried to pay someone to break Keith Hernandez's arms after he testified against him in 1985.

Padres pitcher Tim Stauffer used his iPhone to diagnose his appendicitis.

Thursday Morning Link Dump

The Rays score twice on passed balls, beat the slumping Angels 4-3.

The Rockies beat the Phillies in 10 innings on Miguel Olivos' walk-off  home run.

Hideki Kuroda and Manny Ramirez lead the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks, completing a sweep.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge is going to get his elbow examined again.

Stephen Strasburg was dominant in his 2nd AAA start, pitching 6 no-hit innings.

Rangers Minor Leaguer Tanner Scheppers pitched 2 shutout innings to get his first AAA save.

The Mariners have blackballed the reporter who broke the Ken Griffey Jr. sleeping story.

May 12, 2010

Dallas Braden Does Letterman's Top Ten List

As a part of the media whirlwind since his perfect game, Dallas Braden appeared on David Letterman to do the Top 10 list last night. Enjoy.

Wednesday Afternoon Link Dump

PBS will air a follow-up to Ken Burns great documentary "Baseball" called "The 10th Inning" this fall. (You can purchase the original series here)

MLB and the creditors of Tom Hicks are having a showdown over the debts Hicks owes.

The son of longtime Mets' closer John Franco, J.J. Franco is developing into a top prospect.

The Tampa Sports Authority is contemplating a new baseball stadium.

The Twins have moved J.J. Hardy to the DL and have called up Matt Tolbert.

Wednesday Morning Link Dump

Johnny Cueto one-hits the Pirates, Cincy rolls 9-0.

Barry Zito takes his first loss of the year as the Giants lose to San Diego 3-2.

MLB has warned the Phillies to stop stealing signs.

Mark DeRosa still has numbness in his fingers, calls his surgery "a total failure".

At Baseball Prospectus Tim Kester talks about playing winter ball in Latin America.

Daric Barton drives in the winning run in the 13th inning as Oakland beats Texas 7-6.

Padres pitcher Kevin Correia was put on the bereavement list following the death of his brother.

May 11, 2010

Tuesday Afternoon Link Dump

Michael Bourn has been suspended for 2 games by MLB for bumping an umpire.

The Braves will retire Tom Glavine's old number 47.

The AL West has been a little crazy so far this season.

The upcoming G-20 summit in Toronto will move the Blue Jays-Phillies series to Philadelphia.

The first month of Nielsen ratings are out for the MLB Network and they're not good.

Big League Stew has video of Jason Heyward's swing as a 15, 16 and 17 year old at a national prospect showcase.

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

Ken Griffey Jr. was not available to pinch hit in a game last week because he fell asleep. (Maybe he can get a broadcasting gig with Keith Hernandez)

The Angels beat the Rays in 11 innings, after Brian Fuentes blew a save, allowing 3 runs in the 9th.

Andre Ethier raised his batting average to an MLB leading .393 as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks.

After Starlin Castros' fantastic major league debut, his Wrigley debut didn't go so well, as he had 3 errors.

Joe Regan at Bleacher Report looks at the best double-play combos in MLB.

If Elena Kagan is seated on the Supreme Court it could have an effect on baseball.

May 10, 2010

Keith Hernandez Falls Asleep During Mets Broadcast

Keith Hernandez and his moustache pass out during commercial break.

Headline of the Day

Hooker Tosses 5 No-Hit Innings (From MILB.com)

Monday Afternoon Link Dump

Current Major League players tell you the ways they break in their gloves.

Teams with a winning percentage currently over .600 have one thing in common - great pitching.

White Sox prospect Brandon Short extended his minor league hitting streak to 26 games.

Major League Baseball will start drug testing free agent prospects from the Dominican Republic.

Carlos Zambrano will continue to work from the bullpen.

Monday Morning Link Dump

USA Today has a behind the scenes look at Dallas Braden's perfect game.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 586th home run tying Frank Robinson for 7th on the all-time list.

The slumping Mariners fired hitting coach Alan Cockrell.

Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 shutout innings of 2 hit ball, beats Ubaldo Jimenez and the Rockies.

The Red Sox beat the Yankees 9-3 to avoid a sweep.

It seems inevitable now that MLB will seize the Rangers.

Detroit will hold a ceremony honoring the late Ernie Harwell tonight.

May 9, 2010

Dallas Braden Is Perfect

A-Rod nemesis Dallas Braden of the A's pitched a perfect game against the Rays today. It was the 19th perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

Sunday Morning Link Dump

Mark Teixeira became the first Yankee since Lou Gehrig to hit 3 homers in one game against the Red Sox.

Jody Gerut hit for the cycle and had 4 RBI to lead the Brewers over the Diamondbacks.

Renyel Pinto hit Adam Dunn with the bases loaded to give the Nationals a 5-4 win over the Marlins.

The Dodgers have activated Manny Ramirez from the 15-day DL.

The Mariners have now lost eight in a row.

Royals 3B prospect Mike Moustakas has moved to the top of Baseball Americas' Prospect Hot Sheet.

The pink bats etc. will be back today as MLB tries to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

Happy Mother's Day!

May 8, 2010

Saturday Afternoon Link Dump

C.J. Wilson was dominant again last night and has exceeded expectations since his move from the bullpen.

47 year old Jamie Moyer became the oldest player in MLB history to pitch a shutout.

Cubs SS Starlin Castro hit a 3 run homer in his first at bat and had 6 RBI in his Major League debut.

C.C. Sabathia looks to avenge his opening day loss to the Red Sox.

Stephen Strasburg was dominant in his first AAA start.

The Mets won their 8th straight home game beating the Giants 6-4.

The Chico Outlaws of the independent Golden Baseball League have signed 18 year old Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida.

May 7, 2010

Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson

Will Ferrell pitched for the AA Round Rock Express last night as Billy Ray "Rojo" Johnson. (Hat Tip to Big League Stew. Original link and more video here)


Friday Afternoon Link Dump

Josh Leventhal of Baseball America profiles the Astros radio announcers.

The Orioles and Twins have been canceled tonight, will play a double-header tomorrow.

Matt Smith of BaseballGB talks about watching his Cubs in England.

Cubs SS prospect Starlin Castro has been called up and will start tonight against the Reds.

Bob Uecker has been released from the hospital following heart surgery.

Shameless Plug

  Our new site - Comedy Link Dump.com - is up and running. If you like the funny, check it out.

Great Rant

Cleveland broadcaster Bruce Drennan is fed up with the Indians and goes on a 5 minute rant to prove it. Funny stuff. (Hat Tip to Deadspin)


Friday Morning Link Dump

Andre Ethier hit a walk-off grand slam as the Dodgers beat the Brewers.

Scott Olsen of the Nationals takes a no-hitter into the 8th inning to beat the Braves.

Joe Mauer's injured heel is feeling better, but he's still not ready to play.

Brian Cashman wants Andy Pettite to skip his next start, says he won't go to the DL.

Jason Turbow, author of "The Baseball Codes" writes about 10 unwritten baseball rules you may not know about. You can buy the book here.

Wiffleball '79

Filmakers Perry Jenkins and Travis Kurtz bring you their new short film Wiffleball '79. Gotta love the outfits and the Oscar Gamble 'fro.

May 6, 2010

Thursday Morning Link Dump

Eric Byrnes has found a new team where he should be able to actually be productive.

The daily Milton Bradley drama continues with him asking the team for help with "emotional stress".

Barry Zito (5-0 1.49) continues his red-hot start as the Giants beat the Marlins 3-2.

Matt Garza becomes the AL's first 5 game winner, beats Cliff Lee and the Mariners 8-3.

Eric Seidman of Baseball Prospectus talks about catching with Catchers.

Hall-of -Famer Robin Roberts has passed away at 83.

Bobby Cox had an unfortunate misspelling on the cake he was honored with in Washington.

May 5, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon Link Dump

Jim Palmer, Bert Blyleven and Goose Gossage discuss enforcing baseballs "unwritten rules".

Is a revamped swing the reason that Grady Sizemore is struggling?

Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today looks at top prospects who are already contributing this season.

Kevin Paul at Bleacher Report analyzes the top 10 backups in MLB.

23 year old Wayne McGilberry won $1 million playing MLB 2K10.

Wednesday Morning Link Dump

Legendary Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell has passed away at 92.

New Hall-of-Famer Andre Dawson made his first visit to Cooperstown.

Braves manager Bobby Cox was honored in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Milton Bradley returned to the Mariners lineup, struck out twice, was benched and is not happy.

The Yankees and Mariners will have a few games televised in 3D.

The great John Sickels at Minor League Ball has posted his first mock draft.

Twins All-Star Joe Mauer got some good news on his heel injury.

May 4, 2010

Tuesday Afternoon Link Dump

The disparity in offensive production between AL and NL lineups is growing.

Rob Neyer at ESPN tells us what he thinks is wrong with baseball.

Adrian Gonzalez has some opinions on the Arizona immigration law.

The Nationals have promoted Stephen Strasburg to AAA, he should be called up soon.

David Brown at Big League Stew looks at the foolishness of judging pitchers by their win-loss record.

Is improved team chemistry behind the Nationals surprising start?

Bob Sturm breaks down the Rangers pitching staff after the first month of the season.

Tuesday Morning Link Dump

Manny Ramirez will start minor league rehab soon, Vicente Padilla will be out at least a month.

Tulsa and Winston-Salem have revitalized their downtown areas with new stadiums.

Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out 13 and becomes MLB's first 6 game winner.

Gordon Edes at ESPNBoston.com looks at the struggling Red Sox.

Toronto's Brett Cecil was almost perfect against Cleveland last night.

A Philly fan got tasered after he ran on to the field Monday night.

Chris Epting at Beliefnet takes a look at 10 Inspiring baseball landmarks.