Manfred digs Shoeless Joe Jackson a deeper grave

If there is one thing that Major League Baseball has figured out, it is a respect for deference. For it is rarer than seeing a successful Chicago Cubs team, wire-to-wire. But if this summer is proving anything to be true, that even the accursed North Siders can do some work to reverse their set path, so it should not be beyond comprehension to think that perhaps the new head honcho...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

After three ridiculously good months, the Pirates need to be even better in September

On June 1st, the Pirates woke up seven games out of first place in the NL Central. The Pirates went 17-9 in June. The Cardinals went 18-8, and actually gained a game on the Pirates. The Bucs went 17-9 in July, and made up 2 1/2 games as the Cardinals went 15-12. The Pirates went 19-8 in August, but the Cardinals went 19-9, and so the Pirates only made up a half game. Since June 1st...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Shoeless Joe to Remain Banned from Baseball

It’s been more than 94 years since “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was banned for life by then-commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis following his perceived involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series. Monday, current commish Rob Manfred decided to uphold that ban. “I began my interest in Shoeless Joe in 1997 when I worked for the mayor of Greenville (South Carolina),” Arlene Marcley...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who would be the Yankees one-game wild card starter? Easy. It's whoever pitched well in his last game

Last night, Michael Kay, the YES' Wes Nesman (you don't hear many WKRP references these days, eh?) opined that - assuming the collapsing Yankees don't continue their collapse - Luis Severino or Nathan Evaldi should start the Bud Selig One Game Profit Maximization Classic, some six weeks from today. That's a fine piece of assumin', because both are coming off fine outings...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred should consider Wild Card Game tweak

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has not made many waves in his first year of replacing Bud Selig, but he should consider a significant tweak to the Wild Card system this offseason. As things currently stand, due to geographical circumstance the top three teams in the National League all reside in the same division — the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs. And the current playoff format...
Via Rumors and Rants
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dear Mr. Sabathia, If you return this year, it must be as a power lefty out of the bullpen

Dear Madam or Sir,Last night, I had this bizarre dream...It's early October, the Bud Selig Memorial One Game Maximization of Profits Wild Card... and the Yankees are playing the Angels - in California, of course. It's the bottom of the seventh. We lead by one, but the Winged Wonders have loaded the bases for Trout and Pujols. Across the Yankiverse, hope has turned to liberal dosages...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees are having an off-millennium, and - lo and behold! - the 2015 team might be the sorriest yet

Last night, John Sterling watched his home burn to the ground for the second time this year. No hitting, no hope, no nothing: It's Yogi Vu, all over again. When the smoke cleared, The Master droned, "BallgameoverClevelandwins" in a robot voice that sounded like a talking doll left for a month on an Arizona driveway. All he could say was, "Isn't it amazing? It's... amazing... amazing...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

O's won last night, leaving Yanks five up in Wild Card race

Like the sound of that? Rattle your cage a bit?Sorry to be this way, but today - Aug. 11 - if the Yankees are destined to lose the AL East, I'd just as soon have them miss the post-season entirely - rather than get in via the stupid, one-game Bud Selig Wild Card.Of course, if they make it, why kid ourselves? We'll all get suckered into it.So I post these words as a time capsule:On...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Arguments for moving the MLB trade deadline

Rob Manfred has been busy in his short tenure as Major League Baseball’s commissioner, trying to speed up the game (and the Home Run Derby) and making wild suggestions such as eliminating shifts (crazy) and starting an international draft (not so crazy). He continued that trend yesterday when he mentioned that he would be open to moving back the trade deadline. The primary motivation...
Via The Outside Corner
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings Hold Steady

Television ratings for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, like most sporting events and television shows generally, have seen a viewership decline over the last few decades. This decline is not new. After an embarrassing All-Star Game in 2002 that saw Bud Selig call the game a tie, the powers that be wanted to help […]
Via Fangraphs
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Little Roller Up Along First… Behind the Bag! It Gets Through…Hernandez?

October 25, 1986: Boston: It took 68 years for the Red Sox to end the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ and they did it in historic fashion in front of a sold-out Fenway Park. The heavily favored Mets, winners of 108 regular season games, turned to Bob Ojeda in hopes of forcing a game 7. Trailing by a run heading to the home half of the eighth, Boston tied the game at 3. The Mets seemed...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez: interim Yankee Captain

February 2004: then MLB commissioner, Bud Selig signs off on the Yankees’ “mega-merger” of acquiring the then-reigning American League MVP, Alex Rodriguez in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a young, hopeful Joaquin Arias. To Yankee fans, the messiah had finally arrived. Facing an ironclad roster consisting of A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield...
Via isportsweb.com
June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Staggering toward July, and chasing another Wild Card, the Yankees face their annual Cashman culling of the herd

It's easy to over-exaggerate the importance of a Yankee defeat, especially when your psychic existence orbits around the health of - say - Carl Pavano's buttocks. And last night's shutout was as predictable as a sugar hangover on November 1. Watching the Evils coast through the 7th and 8th innings - flailing at first pitches like they had one of A-Rod's private girlie shows to catch...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Selig Experience Message: Seeking Corporate Welfare is Heroic

The multimedia Selig Experience opened at Miller Park on Friday, the latest and most attention-demanding measure to perpetually honor the former Brewers team owner and MLB commissioner.  Putting a statue and a plaque outside the stadium were hardly enough – only a permanent shrine with state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology is a fitting tribute to Selig.  After all, without...
Via Brewers Bar
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

"Selig also became rich, stupendously rich, as commissioner. Not only did he end up selling the Brewers for more than $200 million thanks to a new stadium and revenue sharing, but he turned the commissioner’s job into a princely position. In 2001, he got

A new book on the great Bud Selig doesn't look as highly upon the great Bud Selig, as the great Bud Selig would have everyone think.Buy it here.
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers go high-tech in latest tribute to Bud Selig

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute. The team unveiled its ''Selig Experience'' attraction at Miller Park to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries at a private function on Thursday night. Hall of Famer slugger Hank Aaron was among those in attendance. The highlight...
Via AP on Fox
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

MILWAUKEE (AP) A new attraction opening this week at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers pays homage to former team owner and retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig. ''The Selig Experience'' at Miller Park is also just as much a celebration of the franchise's history and a symbol of baseball's rock-solid future in Milwaukee. Selig is now MLB commissioner emeritus after a more than...
Via AP on Fox
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Has A-Rod finally met the Babadook?

Let the record show that Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez outlasted Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Curt Schilling, Willie Mays and even Derek Jeter. He's still out there - hands down, the greatest ballplayer of his generation - bating third for all to see. And someday - maybe decades from now, after the indignation and anger has settled down - A-Rod will be defined, if not appreciated...
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Rose joining Fox brings reinstatement one step closer

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or bad he’ll end up as an on-air analyst. But Fox...
Via Awful Announcing
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig honored by US Army

NEW YORK (AP) Bud Selig is being given the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army, the third highest honor the military branch can bestow upon a private citizen. The former baseball commissioner will receive the distinction on Tuesday at Whipple Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. The Army is recognizing Selig for baseball's long tradition of support...
Via AP on Fox
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Former commissioner Selig back at ballpark for opening day

MILWAUKEE (AP) After all those years as commissioner, Bud Selig was back at the ballpark on opening day. The 80-year-old Selig threw out the ceremonial first ball Monday at Miller Park before the Milwaukee Brewers hosted the Colorado Rockies. Selig headed Major League Baseball from 1998 until his retirement in January, when Rob Manfred took over. Selig is now commissioner emeritus...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Bud Selig Could Help Pay Miller Park Stadium Tax

(Illustration: Jess Lemont (@BrewCrewJess)) A couple weeks ago my colleague Enrique Bakemeyer wrote about the seemingly never-ending conundrum of publicly financed sports facilities and more specifically, the sales tax for the five-county metro area that was initiated to finance and construct Miller Park. According to Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel, once the principal and interest...
Via Brewers Bar
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

How the 2015 Yankees win the Big MLB Butter Sculpture

I'm thinking we win the 9-inning Bud Selig Wild Card, followed by a victory binge worthy of Brian Williams-level hallucinogens. But hell, once you make the post-season, anything can happen - even Kansas City! So... the question is... how do we get to Oct. 5? Here's how.1. Pineda/Tanaka = Koufax/Drysdale. Or, at least, Whitey Ford/Ralph Terry. Hey, they're both 26, prime of life...
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

If the exhibition season ended today, we'd make the Bud Selig One-Game Wild Card

Read it and weep, Redsock Nation. You'd be done, thinking about Moncada next spring. We'd head to Oakland, with Tanaka pitching the Big Game.
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The perfect machine: Improving the pace of play in baseball. Part I

When Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred took over for the retiring Bud Selig this past off season, one aspect of the game he wanted to improve was the pace of play. In a February press conference, he stated: “The issue of attracting a younger audience and a pace of game is related… I have a passing familiarity with that generation and one thing I can say for sure...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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