| Sep 21, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Director Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” is the perfect sports movie for these cash-strapped times of efficiency maximization. It's also the best sports movie in a long time, period, as well as honestly inspirational — even though...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 4:23 PM
No. 2 Yankees: 29th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Angels.
Can we have a mulligan?
That's what Hal Steinbrenner or Randy Levine, the Yankees' president, is believed to have asked either Commissioner Bud Selig or Rob Manfred, Major...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 9:47 AM
I read where Alfonso Soriano said Chicago fans are the worst when it comes to booing slumping players. He would know. He has stunk for long periods. He has heard it from Cubs fans for playing left field like it’s Whack-A-Mole. Come to think of it,...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 3:55 PM
Ah, the Home Run Derby. It’s hard for me to think of many American traditions that top watching baseball’s best sluggers (cameos made by Vernon Wells in 2010 and Brandon Inge the year before) while listening to Chris Berman shriek NFL...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
“Moneyball” is the triumphant true story of how a professional baseball team made it back into the playoffs. The year after making them the last time. And didn’t win the World Series. In terms of distance traveled...
| Sep 26, 2011
Beane changed game
How could it not be? Michael Lewis' book was a best-seller and has been condensed into a movie starring Brad Pitt. The movie's producers and director had no choice but to take some dramatic license to make...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 6:34 PM
Zach Phillips keeps a few lucky quarters in his pocket. Pedro Strop wears Ninja Turtle boxers. And Jason Hammel — well, it got so extreme that he had to swear off the whole superstition thing. It was, he says, a distraction.
"Yeah, I've actually...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Will we ever see the Giants coming?
The team Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy put together since saying goodbye to Barry Bonds is the only National League team to win the World Series twice within three seasons since the Big Red Machine, yet the Giants...
| Sep 22, 2011
One of the biggest misconceptions about the book “Moneyball,” the Michael Lewis bestseller about the low-budget Oakland A’s’ pathway to baseball success, is that it was about the triumph of statistical analysis. Now that the book...
| Dec 10, 2011
If Brewer Ryan Braun's positive test for performance enhancing drugs is upheld, that won't mean his MVP will suddenly be handed down to the Dodgers' Matt Kemp....
| Feb 15, 2009
A package of human growth hormone was delivered to Larry Bigbie's home in Northwest Indiana at Christmastime 2005. Within 10 minutes, federal investigators were at the former Orioles outfielder's door.
Bigbie knew he was busted.
He said he had no choice...