Found July 31, 2012 on
Time to address Skins banning 106.7 The Fan from RGIII presser. [DS]
We all knew Steinz would cover the presser fiasco, and here it is. [Bog]
Fred Davis talks about his ‘hilarious’ days in court. [Bog]
National press stops into Ashburn and tells everyone how hot it was. [SI]
One more report from Ashburn, with pictures. [Homer McFanboy]
The O’s and Joe Blanton appear to be close, but not done deal yet. [BS]
Birdland beats the Yanks and Mark Teixeiria hurts his wrist. [ESPNNY]
Nats at No. 4 on new MLB rankings thanks to ‘unimpeachable’ pitching. [G]
We can all agree how great it is that the Phillies kinda suck, right? [WT]
Facing mountain of injuries, Nats interested in another backstop. [CSNW]
Say what you will about Ted Leonsis, but he responds to the fans. [BF]
Alex Semin is gone. How should we remember him? [CSN Washington]
New laws in DC for drunk driving. Don’t do it. [Century Council]
One of the best lifestyle sites for the DMV is hiring. [BYT]
BEST OF MAXIM
CBS Sports' Danny Knobler is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles are interested in the Phillies' Joe Blanton:
After a good first month, Orioles starters are back near the bottom, with a combined 4.70 ERA that ranks 25th in baseball. Even with the slumping rotation, the Orioles have managed to stay in second place in the American League East. While they're far behind...
Before this season, there had been 25 seasons with a qualified starting pitcher who has had a strikeout-to-walk ratio greater than 6.00, and every single one of them has had an ERA- of 86 or better. To the likely surprise of many, Joe Blanton currently leads the NL with a 6.39 K/BB, and since Colby Lewis is out for the season and no other qualified starter has a mark better than...
On the eve of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Baltimore Orioles remained in talks for pitching help, according to multiple media reports. On the field, the Orioles kept themselves neck-and-neck in the playoff hunt with a 5-4, series-opening win against the New York Yankees. Staying in the race means the Orioles figure to be active at the trade deadline. To remain competitive...
According to reports, the Baltimore Orioles and Phillies have been at a stalemate all night regarding Joe Blanton and it seems to be over Blanton's salary.
With the Phillies set to deal the 31-year-old righty starter, the Phillies want to shed the remaining $3MM they owe out of the $8.5MM Blanton's set to make this season.
The Orioles don't like that.
Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies is a solid option after the number ones. How does that match-up with the Brew Crew? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...
The Philadelphia Phillies have made it known that pitcher Joe Blanton is available, and the Baltimore Orioles are debating whether they should try to obtain him through a trade, MLB.com reported Monday. "He's there if they want him," a source told MLB.com. The Orioles have been scouting Blanton, 31, who is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his past three starts and is 8...
Late last night, news of a potential trade between the Phillies and Giants for right fielder Hunter Pence popped up. That trade is still up in the air, but the Phillies fire sale may be ramped up to a new level today, with starting pitchers Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee apparently in play.
Blanton's main suitor is apparently the Baltimore Orioles, with the Cardinals and Blue...
The Baltimore Orioles decided the current roster is OK and the future of the organization is even more promising. That's the message the front office sent Tuesday when it opted not to make a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline. The club was said to be seeking a starting pitcher, third baseman and relief pitcher. Reports both Monday and Tuesday indicated the Orioles...
Orioles’ management blew it.
For the first time in 15 years Baltimore is heading into August as a legitimate playoff contender. As today’s trade deadline approached it was looking like those chances would be bolstered with Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton.
But, as has become the norm for the Orioles, no deal could be brokered. The already fading playoff aspirations...
Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants? Joe Blanton to the Baltimore Orioles? Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers? Are these Phillies and more on the move? Discuss....
The trade deadline has come and gone, with the Orioles (probably correctly) deciding to stand pat. Some thoughts on the non-trades and other things:
Taking Joe Blanton's contract off Philadelphia's hands would have been fine. Having the Phillies pick up most of it and throwing a mediocre prospect their way wouldn't have been the worst either. That they reportedly requested...
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded CF Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal would net the Phillies reliever Josh Limdblom (2-2) with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games for the Dodgers this year and former 1st round pick (2008) Ethan Martin, also a right handed reliever.
This is the first move of an expected sell off by the 5 time defending NL East Champion Phillies. Phillies’...
Could Joe go south on I-95? (AP)
-The latest on Cliff Lee comes from Buster Olney of ESPN.com, who says Lee is available and the Rangers are pretty much the only team that makes any sense. I’ve seen conflicting reports about Lee going anywhere, but Joel Sherman from the New York Daily News agrees that Lee to the Rangers is a possbility.
I still think it’s a long shot that Lee...
There's a lot of talk about what the Phillies need to get as they sell off pieces over the next 39 hours. Indeed, they look like major sellers after this weekend's dud in Atlanta. National and local media types are listing Shane Victorino, Juan Pierre, Joe Blanton, Ty Wigginton, and Hunter Pence as possibilities. I list my trade deadline hopes here. One thing I keep hearing...
Here's a running list of trade rumors around the Major Leagues:
– The Baltimore Orioles are trying to acquire right handed pitcher Joe Blanton from the Philadelphia Phillies, but according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, “the amount of money the Orioles would have to pick up could be a sticking point in reaching an agreement.”
– Reports indicate that outfielder...