Odds & Ends: Bettis, Royals, Astros, Pierzynski

Links for Friday, as interleague play resumes…


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  1. TexasOriole 5 years ago

    Ben:

    If not Wedge, any idea who the first managerial candidate interviewed by the O’s was?

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    Yeah, the Sox are really hindering themselves by playing with a 49 ball roster.

  3. TwinsVet 5 years ago

    I really, really, really hope the White Sox don’t fire Williams. He’s clearly a poor GM, and it would be a shame to see them actually improve if he were to leave…

    • foxtown 5 years ago

      Fail. Try again after the Twins win a World Series.

      • TwinsVet 5 years ago

        Kenny Williams acquiring players 3-4 years removed from their best seasons (Pierre, Jones, Peavy, Griffey, Thome, etc etc etc) has nothing to do with the Twins. It has everything to do with him assembling teams of guys who “used to be studs” and failing to build a quality farm system in the process.

        • foxtown 5 years ago

          Little bit sensitive, eh? You sound like those touchy Cubs fans. Oh and I apologize for not responding sooner… I was out watching the Blackhawks’ Victory Parade down the block from my office.

      • lefty58 5 years ago

        Unless you are 90+ years old, the Twins have won more World Series than the White Sox have in you lifetime.

  4. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    Readers of the Boston Globe wonder if the newspaper should just release Tony Massarotti instead of continuing with what is essentially an obnoxious retard.

    • You’d think that, being as popular/demanding as they are, the NY and Boston news writers would be, overall, good or something.

      • Yankees420 5 years ago

        Maybe there’s something in the water?

        • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

          Nah, there’s just not that much for ~10 people to write about every single day when none of them actually understand much of anything about baseball.

          So in lieu of learning, they make stuff up! In fairness, it’s probably a depressingly small fraction of the market that wants to read about baseball stuff anyway. They want drama.

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            I know, it just sucks for those of us that love baseball enough to have to read their “stories” and “rumors.”

        • Maybe New Jersey is leaching into New York’s water supply? Good old lead poisoning would explain a lot of what goes on there wouldn’t it?

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            Haha, can’t rule anything out I suppose.

          • Yankees420 5 years ago

            Haha, can’t rule anything out I suppose.

        • Maybe New Jersey is leaching into New York’s water supply? Good old lead poisoning would explain a lot of what goes on there wouldn’t it?

  5. I suppose M’s fans have more of a reason to murder Yuni now.

    • bustercherrie 5 years ago

      I have a picture of Yuni posted to my dart board for quick needed frustration relief.

      …This season, the dart board is getting quite a work out.

    • bustercherrie 5 years ago

      I have a picture of Yuni posted to my dart board for quick needed frustration relief.

      …This season, the dart board is getting quite a work out.

  6. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Can’t believe that the Mariners were that close to getting Strasburg, Felix and Strasburg for the next 5+ years would have been sick.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Also Kudos to the MLBTR staff, I’ve always wanted to be able to go back further in the posts, I guess you guys got my suggestion, thanks!!

  7. gigantes2425 5 years ago

    santana is finally going to be playing in the majors. i’ve been checking on here to see when it was going to happen so i could pick him up on my fantasy team.

  8. PRKnight 5 years ago

    Im glad Santana is getting called up cuz now when i update my roster on MLB the Show ill have most of the young studs playable, (I kno i can just create them but it just takes away from the excitement). Now i just got to wait for Chapman and Montero to be called up.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      Montero is struggling in AAA right now, I wouldn’t expect him until September at the earliest, the Yankees might even wait until next year. Also Chapman’s control issues still seem to be lingering.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      You should download the OS Full Minors rosters from Operation Sports. Perfect roster, all the players you will ever want, with well designed faces, stats, gear and stances.

      It’s perfect for franchise, RTTS and just playing some Exhibition games with all these young studs.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      You should download the OS Full Minors rosters from Operation Sports. Perfect roster, all the players you will ever want, with well designed faces, stats, gear and stances.

      It’s perfect for franchise, RTTS and just playing some Exhibition games with all these young studs.

  9. gwells 5 years ago

    as a nats fan, let me be the first to thank betancourt for his two-game hot streak. i especially appreciated it last tuesday when i sat in the stands and watched strasburg pitch.

  10. hawkny1 5 years ago

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda….the Washington Nats (nee Expos) (nee Senators) franchise and the people of the metro area need to have a winner…and Strasburg can be the core of that winning team. Even though I wish Steven was pitching for my team, I am glad he is where he is, in DC. I only hope the Nat’s management doesn’t squander this opportunity with shortsighted planning, tightwaddedness, and or inept leadership…. Guys like Strausburg, Harper, etc.. only come along once, if that, in a lifetime. I hope they realize this and capitalize on their good fortune.

  11. DarthVader87 5 years ago

    Now I knew Darvish had a huge workload, but I didn’t know he was throwing that many pitches. Granted, he’s made it quite clear he has just about no interest in ever coming to the United States. I would still hate to see him damage his elbow and possibly never be the same again. I do enjoy watching him pitch, in fact, I actually watch more NPB now thanks to him. Anyway, to get off of my tangent and back to the initial point I was going to make. In NPB pitchers with naturally amazing talent like Daisuke and Yu. They tend to try and finesse the batters as opposed to attacking them. Even though they have the ability to go straight after hitters, they don’t. Which makes their pitch counts so high. So my question to the high pitch count and the elbow issue would be. Is he throwing mostly high stress pitches to get it that high?

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      Where do you watch the games? Online? I’ve been meaning to research if there is any way I can catch a few Darvish games.

      • DarthVader87 5 years ago

        I watch them online. But I think the method is frowned upon.

        If you’re the same EastCoastBias that is on the forums, check your PMs.

      • DarthVader87 5 years ago

        I watch them online. But I think the method is frowned upon.

        If you’re the same EastCoastBias that is on the forums, check your PMs.

    • East Coast Bias 5 years ago

      Where do you watch the games? Online? I’ve been meaning to research if there is any way I can catch a few Darvish games.

  12. DarthVader87 5 years ago

    Now I knew Darvish had a huge workload, but I didn’t know he was throwing that many pitches. Granted, he’s made it quite clear he has just about no interest in ever coming to the United States. I would still hate to see him damage his elbow and possibly never be the same again. I do enjoy watching him pitch, in fact, I actually watch more NPB now thanks to him. Anyway, to get off of my tangent and back to the initial point I was going to make. In NPB pitchers with naturally amazing talent like Daisuke and Yu. They tend to try and finesse the batters as opposed to attacking them. Even though they have the ability to go straight after hitters, they don’t. Which makes their pitch counts so high. So my question to the high pitch count and the elbow issue would be. Is he throwing mostly high stress pitches to get it that high?

  13. xSenorChucklesx 5 years ago

    Oswalt can come on down and play for the Angels.

  14. xSenorChucklesx 5 years ago

    Oswalt can come on down and play for the Angels.

  15. MackNorth 5 years ago

    As a Mariner fan, the Yuni/Strasburg article is beyond hilarious. We’re such masochists. If only Yuni takes out Ackley’s knee on one of his harrowing slides into 2nd when he eventually gets called up

  16. MackNorth 5 years ago

    As a Mariner fan, the Yuni/Strasburg article is beyond hilarious. We’re such masochists. If only Yuni takes out Ackley’s knee on one of his harrowing slides into 2nd when he eventually gets called up

  17. Dawn9476 5 years ago

    Tim Kurkjian said on ESPN last night that Bobby Valentine was interviewed on Friday for the O’s job. He also said that the O’s may wait till the end of the season to hire a new manager.

  18. Dawn9476 5 years ago

    Tim Kurkjian said on ESPN last night that Bobby Valentine was interviewed on Friday for the O’s job. He also said that the O’s may wait till the end of the season to hire a new manager.

  19. ReverendBlack 5 years ago

    LITTLE BIT SENSITIVE EH

  20. Yankees420 5 years ago

    Maybe, maybe not, it doesn’t seem to have helped them contend this year so I’d say it’s moot, Felix is locked up for 5 years and Strasburg has 6 years of control, they probably wouldn’t need Lee if they had both of these guys, just a couple MOR starters and something that actually resembles an offense.

  21. jwsox 5 years ago

    lets be honest, people like the cubs because its a fad. I know wayy too many cubs fans that simply cant name anyone on the team other than lee, theroit and fukudome, mainly because they are wearing their shirts. Its cool to be a cubs fan, most cubs fans fail to realize that certain players in their history actually played somewhere else…sosa and santo also played for the whitesox but you will never ever get a cubs fan to admit that….also the fact that a lot of cubs fans call the team the cubbies is an insult to baseball…It is a fad to be a cubs fan, people go there when they lose because they go there to get drunk off of $8 old style(worst beer ever) and they go there to be seen not to watch the game….I am a chicago fan, o cheer for both teams, yes i support the sox more but im not a jack ass fan. I was at a cubs game a few weeks ago and everyone in my section was not watching the game at all, just drinking, texting, facebooking about being at the game and hitting on everyone around me..

  22. jwsox 5 years ago

    lets be honest, people like the cubs because its a fad. I know wayy too many cubs fans that simply cant name anyone on the team other than lee, theroit and fukudome, mainly because they are wearing their shirts. Its cool to be a cubs fan, most cubs fans fail to realize that certain players in their history actually played somewhere else…sosa and santo also played for the whitesox but you will never ever get a cubs fan to admit that….also the fact that a lot of cubs fans call the team the cubbies is an insult to baseball…It is a fad to be a cubs fan, people go there when they lose because they go there to get drunk off of $8 old style(worst beer ever) and they go there to be seen not to watch the game….I am a chicago fan, o cheer for both teams, yes i support the sox more but im not a jack ass fan. I was at a cubs game a few weeks ago and everyone in my section was not watching the game at all, just drinking, texting, facebooking about being at the game and hitting on everyone around me..

  23. crunchy1 5 years ago

    I’m a fan of both teams but I prefer going to the Cubs games. I find the knowledge of the true baseball fans to be about the same, though Wrigley has many more tourists, partyers, and other people who buy a lot of tickets just to have fun. But those fans aren’t there in lieu of knowledge fans, they are there *in addition* to them, which is why the Cubs consistently outsell the White Sox. So, the way I look at it, if the Cubs are winning, it’s a great place to be, but even if they are losing at Wrigley I can still have a good time and at least get something for my money. If I’m at the Cell and the Sox are winning, it’s a lot of fun too. But if they’re losing, it’s the most miserable place on earth.

  24. billmelton 5 years ago

    “inferiority complex”? Interesting… you seem to be the one launching paragraphs here…

  25. billmelton 5 years ago

    “inferiority complex”? Interesting… you seem to be the one launching paragraphs here…

  26. ……

    Sammy Sosa played for the White Sox for two years, and was absolutely nothing to speak about in terms of his playing ability during those two years. Santo played the final year of his career as a member of the White Sox, and he sucked.

    I’m no Cubs fan, but, in their defense, use better examples when you’re making a very poor claim about the number of front-runner fans the Cubs have. Both of those players had their big-time years with the Cubs, so it’s absolutely fine if a Cubs fan waves off a Sox fan that mentions those two players played for the Sox, since, at best, their years there were insignificant.

  27. ……

    Sammy Sosa played for the White Sox for two years, and was absolutely nothing to speak about in terms of his playing ability during those two years. Santo played the final year of his career as a member of the White Sox, and he sucked.

    I’m no Cubs fan, but, in their defense, use better examples when you’re making a very poor claim about the number of front-runner fans the Cubs have. Both of those players had their big-time years with the Cubs, so it’s absolutely fine if a Cubs fan waves off a Sox fan that mentions those two players played for the Sox, since, at best, their years there were insignificant.

  28. strikethree 5 years ago

    “a few weeks ago and everyone in my section was not watching the game at all, just drinking, texting, facebooking about being at the game and hitting on everyone around me..”

    Well, they still paid for admission. Those are the only fans teams care about.

  29. strikethree 5 years ago

    “a few weeks ago and everyone in my section was not watching the game at all, just drinking, texting, facebooking about being at the game and hitting on everyone around me..”

    Well, they still paid for admission. Those are the only fans teams care about.

  30. wow, generalize much?

  31. jwsox 5 years ago

    fine derrek lee…all of the cubs fans i have ever talked to in recent years seem to not even want to admit that he won a world series with the marlins and has not helped the cubs at all since coming here….no burn but there is a better example..and i was not trying to say sosa and santo were good its just i have seen fans not even admit they have played for other teams

  32. jwsox 5 years ago

    fine derrek lee…all of the cubs fans i have ever talked to in recent years seem to not even want to admit that he won a world series with the marlins and has not helped the cubs at all since coming here….no burn but there is a better example..and i was not trying to say sosa and santo were good its just i have seen fans not even admit they have played for other teams

  33. billmelton 5 years ago

    FWIW, Sammy sought a little “help” after he signed with the Cubs, if you know what I mean….

  34. billmelton 5 years ago

    FWIW, Sammy sought a little “help” after he signed with the Cubs, if you know what I mean….

  35. As long as you are big on admitting things…would you admit the White Sox have historically been a losing organization? Before you answer remember they have won 1 championship in about 92 years.

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