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Mark McGwire
Baseball slowly allowing PED players like McGwire & Bonds back in the game On Tuesday night when the San Diego Padres hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates an unprecedented event occurred in the third inning causing Padres’ manager Andy Green to be ejected from the game. The umpires called a balk on Padres’ right-hander Colin Rae which allowed Andrew McCutchen to walk home from third base making the score  2-0 in favor of the Pirates. The umpires reversed the call, sending McCutchen back to third and then reversed the call again allowing McCutchen to score and charging Rae with a balk. It […]

McGwire first PED-linked player to manage in the big leagues


managers
It appears that all but one vacant manager positions were filled within the last week, most within the last couple of days. The San Diego Padres fired former manager Bud Black in June and the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond in May and made the bizarre choice to put general manager Dan Jennings in his place. That did not work out as the Marlins went 71-91 (55-69 with Jennings as manager) in 2015. Now Jennings is out of a managerial job as well as his general manager job.  News of the end of Jennings’ tenure with the Marlins was reported […]

The managers and executives shuffle


Raul Ibanez, skipper, manager
 *Just a few tidbits out of my column on why any team would be lucky to have Raul Ibanez as their manager for 2016 for the full story head over to Today’s Knuckleball.   Raul Ibanez almost got the managerial job for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the start of the 2015 season. He has no managerial experience but he has a way with working with younger players, something he proved last season serving as a mentor to a young Kansas City Royals team throughout the playoffs and into the World Series ………  Just last year, he was let […]

Raul Ibanez should be a skipper somewhere



Jerry DiPoto
Jerry DiPoto, former general manager of the Los Angeles Angels and, briefly, advisor for the Red Sox, has officially been named the new GM of the Seattle Mariners.  Mariner’s president Kevin Mather was hoping to find someone with experience, but someone who also had the “new school” aptitude for statistical analysis and sabermetrics, something former Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik sorely lacked. At age 47, former-pitcher DiPoto fits the bill. DiPoto is walking into what could be called, in technical terms, “a giant mess,” with most of the Mariners payroll devoted to just four players and the team’s farm system in […]

DiPoto needs to make a splash in Seattle


great fan debate, bryce harper
Foreword: What I’ve termed the “Great Fan Debate” is going to be a series of posts on BBST that will address issues that I’ve heard argued over the 30 years I have been a fan of the game. Namely arguments about what makes a “true” or “real” fan. There are many different definitions and different points that people make to say why their a better fan than someone else or why someone isn’t a “true” fan. Through this process I’m hoping I will be able to come up with some criteria that seem agreeable and fair on how to tell […]

Part one of the Great Fan Debate: Leaving early


dombrowski
Dombrowski in as president of baseball operations, Cherington out as GM The Boston Red Sox have named former Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski their new president of baseball operations. Dombrowski was recently and very suddenly released from his contract with the Tigers. At the time,  Dombrowski expressed his desire to continue working with a Major League Club in the same capacity but I don’t think anyone thought that that time would come this quickly. Current Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was given the option to stay on as the team’s GM but declined the opportunity. He will stay […]

Dave Dombrowski named Red Sox president of baseball operations



Carlos Correa
After just 50 games in the majors, it’s hard not to talk about the impact that Carlos Correa has already made on the Houston Astros. He’s been a big influence, we all know that. As good as the Astros are, there’s a good chance they aren’t leading the Angels by two games without him. Two games is not a huge cushion, and the Astros are going to need Correa to continue performing like he has been, not that he has shown any signs of slowing down. While the Astros have played .500 ball since Correa has been in the lineup, […]

Correa uses every tool to become Astros’ biggest asset


podcast
Every so often on Saturday mornings I take some time to chat with the guys over at The 3 Point Conversion Sports Lounge and Get Witted Sports on their weekly podcast. I’m going to be doing this more often in the coming months as well as doing some You Tube videos discussing my favorite topic …. BASEBALL OF COURSE! On this episode we discuss the moves made by clubs with at the 2015 non-waiver trade deadline that concluded on Friday at 4:00 pm ET. Topics covered include the best/worst trades made, who are the winners and losers of the deadline, players […]

Podcast: 3 Point Conversion Sports Lounge Sat. 8/1/15


Brett Anderson, Hot stove 2
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before – left-handed starter Brett Anderson, now playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is …. wait for it … INJURED! “No!” you say? Oh yes, and not for the first, second, third or even fourth time in his career. Anderson left the Dodger’s game against the Atlanta Braves after two and two thirds innings with irritation in his left Achilles tendon. He allowed three runs on five hits prior to giving way to reliever Chin-hui Tsao. A rookie in 2009, with what seemed like limitless potential, Anderson pitched a full season for the Oakland […]

Brett Anderson’s injury-prone career continues with Dodgers



Home Run Derby & All-Star Game 2
I’m a little late on reporting about the All-Star game, I know. I’ve been a little busy with work at FanRag Sports and Today’s Knuckleball but here’s a synopis of the Home Run Derby & All-Star Game highlights. Hometown Home Run Derby The Annual Home Run Derby’s rules have changed over the years but they were never anything near what we saw tonight in Cincinnati. The rules were changed earlier in the season but some amendments were made just prior to tonight’s event. Originally the players were going to get five minutes on the clock to hit as many home […]

2015 Home Run Derby & All-Star Game Highlights


JasonGrilli
The Atlanta Braves got lucky when they signed veteran reliever/closer Jason Grilli. The right-hander has a career 4.07 ERA. In 2015 he is having the third best season of his career. ] His numbers have been better this season than the year he made his only All-Star appearance. The Braves took a risk on signing both him and veteran Jim Johnson and they’ve been better for it, at least when Grilli is in the conversation. That is until Saturday. Grilli had posted an ERA of 2.67 in the first half. He’s struck out 45 batters in 33.2 innings and allowed […]

Braves’ RHP Jason Grilli out for season


all-star teams
After losing out in the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game both Troy Tulowitzki and Brian Dozier have made the National League  and the American League rosters, respectively.   Of course their finding spots on the rosters come at a cost to other teams. Saturday Miami Marlins’ All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon dislocated his left thumb during the seventh inning of the Marlins’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was sliding into head first into first base, going for an infield hit. This is why you should never slide headfirst into first base, almost every time I have seen […]

Dozier, Tulo make All-Star teams after all