| Oct 19, 2012
| 9:30 PM
ST. LOUIS — Talking playoff baseball while wondering if Roger Goodell will be the biggest casualty of the Saints' bounty program:
1. Who is the best catcher in baseball? Probably one of the two guys who have been slugging it out in the National...
| Feb 12, 2012
| 3:47 PM
No. 6 Tigers: 25th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Diamondbacks.
This not just in: Justin Verlander is a stud.
He makes an in-his-prime Richard Gere look like Don Knotts. If he was a guitarist, Eric Clapton would never go on stage...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 9:19 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-seven seasons after their first game together, Jim Leyland was in the dugout, Gene Lamont the third base coach's box.
Like spouses who gravitate to the far side of the house.
But the two baseball men had cause to talk...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 9:12 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — With a strong breeze blowing through the pine trees and palmetto bushes, the Tampa Bay Rays walked out of their clubhouse and down a stone path, headed toward back diamonds for practice. They walked alone or in groups of...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 7:55 PM
After the Tigers pounded the Red Sox 10-0 last weekend, Prince Fielder warned reporters there would be some tough days ahead.
"We're not going to go 162-0, I don't think,'' he said.
Nor even 161-1, as it turns out.
The Tigers, who added Fielder to...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 1:36 PM
You almost never can boil a baseball season down to one game, let alone one pitch. But when I break down what happened to the White Sox down the stretch in 2012, when a potentially great season for rookie manager Robin Ventura turned into a learning...
| Feb 11, 2013
The luxuries the Philadelphia Phillies have been afforded during their most recent spring trainings are no more.
With their aging roster, with the injuries that afflicted three of their star players a season ago and with all the question marks in the...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 8:18 PM
Opening day for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs is on April 4, precisely 10 weeks or 70 days from Thursday night, and assistant GM Howard Scharf happily pointed out: "We've already had our first sellout of 2013."
That's right, a sellout crowd of 1,100 at the...
| May 12, 2013
| 8:44 AM
Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, is a game of strategy. The glory is, that with 162 games, managers and coaches get the chance to tinker with things much more than football, ice hockey and basketball coaches.
The downside to that is it means...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 5:28 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Charlie Manuel doesn't want Carlos Ruiz to feel like he has to be the savior when he comes back.
To that, I say, "Good luck, Chooch."
With the way the Phillies played in their first 23 games, how can the Phillies catcher, who...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 4:30 PM
At the Phillies Winter Banquet in Reading yesterday after GM Ruben Amaro Jr.had addressed the breaking news about the acquisition of free agent outfielder Delmon Young, he touched upon several other pressing issues. 1. He likes the bullpen. "If Mike......