| Jan 20, 2012
En route to 91 losses last season and a radical regime change, the Cubs were outscored by 102 runs. As it happens, half of those can be put down to talent and half of them to playing the game well.
Bill James tracks manufactured runs, both created and...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 10:18 AM
DALLAS – Two deals have been announced today – both involving pitchers. And at least one of those pitchers had interested the Orioles.
The Colorado Rockies acquired Minnesota Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey for a player to be named later –...
| Dec 6, 2011
| 7:09 PM
The last time the Orioles employed a legitimate big leaguer from the Baltimore area, his name was Cal Ripken Jr. — and he retired in 2001.
If new executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette gets his way, that local pipeline will...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 1:10 PM
After agreeing on a one-year deal to return to the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Reed Johnson spent an hour on the phone with new manager Dale Sveum.
"We strayed off and started talking about baseball situations," Johnson said. "The little things you need...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 12:16 PM
There are so many White Sox players to rip thse days --- jeez, all year --- after they dumped three of four to a Twins team that is worse than the Sox, which followed dumping two of three against a Royals team that is worse than everybody in the...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 7:48 AM
The tarp went on the Wrigley Field infield before the Cubs and Astros had a chance to take batting practice Friday morning.
When the game does start, Cubs manager Mike Quade willl go with what has become his "everyday" lineup against right-handers with...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 7:02 AM
I believe Carlos Zambrano.
When he told Comcast SportsNet that only about three teammates contacted him after he was placed on the We’re Sick Of You List, I believe him.
Everything else is a crock.
No, wait, I believe Zambrano when he says he...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 6:29 AM
Cubs fans claimed they would be patient and understanding with the idea of sitting through a rebuilding program.
Not that fans had any experience at it. The Cubs always acted like the Yankees with a learner’s permit. The Cubs were always about...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Brad Lidge did not expect to find himself on the mound for many ninth innings this season, certainly not on Opening Day at Wrigley Field. He signed with the Washington Nationals in late January with the understanding, despite his 223 career saves, that he...
| Apr 8, 2012
| 7:52 PM
On Sunday afternoon, the Washington Nationals copied the formula that gave them two victories to start this season — except for the important part. Their offense stalled. Their pitching, in this case seven stellar innings from Jordan Zimmermann,...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Victor Martinez DH’d for the Tigers in 112 games last season.
Now he’s out for the year with a knee injury.
Tell me Theo Epstein was phoning Detroit about Alfonso Soriano.
Sounds like a pipe dream. Sounds like I’m wake ‘n bakin&...