I've been writing for a newspaper in Baltimore for a little over a month. Recently, I got to interview Ken Singleton about the decline in African-American participation in baseball. The first part of our Q&A is online and can be read here if you're interested.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wow. $292 million. That's the new bar set by Miguel Cabrera. In fairness, the guy almost won the triple crown . . . in consecutive years. He did win it in 2012, and now he has triple crown money. Crowns, you see, cost money. Lots of it. As in crown jewel money. You can't put a price on that. Except $292 million.
With their inexplicably lavish spending, the Tigers have now shown just how much restraint the Yankees showed this offseason. Not only did they refuse to go beyond seven years for Robbie Cano, their seven year offer to the already injured Jacoby Ellsbury seems like a sound investment in light of what the Tigers just did.
Thank you, Detroit. Thank you for showing the rest of us how the one percent truly live.
Bet you weren't expecting to ever read that said about Detroit.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Yankees starting rotation is now set, with Michael Pineda sliding into the five spot. This means that teams will have to face two very tall pitchers in a row if Pineda starts the first or second game of a series (assuming three games). This is a competitive advantage. In other sports anyways, less so in baseball. But still, we've got some tall pitchers. Nova's pretty tall too. It may not necessarily pay dividends, but if MLB decides to make the one-game sudden death playoff round a three-on-three half court basketball game, we'll be in good shape.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sorry folks, I recently started writing for a newspaper in Maryland and I haven't had much time to update this blog, my once favored but now seriously neglected child. It's not that I stopped caring, it's just that I stopped paying for its food, clothing, and shelter. There's a difference.
But as the regular season is almost upon us, it is time to show up unannounced and expect to spend time with all of you again. To that end: I actually think we may have a pitching staff.
Hughes is gone, so that tremendously improves us over last year. Pineda looks like he'll pan out, as does Tanaka. CC may have figured out how to pitch with a high 80s fastball, and Kuroda is Kuroda. If he doesn't have to carry the pitching staff by himself for the first half of this year, he may even be fresh down the stretch.
While the offense has a lot of age related concerns, I think we have enough to put together a compelling season. Especially if the pitching shows up, which they should since they get paid to be here.
If the pitching doesn't pan out however, and the veterans don't hit, the Knicks just hired Phil Jackson and the Nets are playoff bound. Go Knicks and/or Nets!