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Mele Kalikimaka (and a poll/contest)

Merry Christmas to all...and a present, of sorts. I like The Baseball Cube and use it a lot.  I want to support them. Bubba Crosby’s page dropped from $35 to $15 this year, so I thought I’d ...


Pick yer roster

Rosters have to be set for the Rule 5 draft by November 20.  The Reds can make changes to the roster after that, but it doesn't count for the Rule 5 draft (which is going to be on Dec. 9 - I...


Pants on the ground, pants on the ground (Reineke vs. Martis)

Syracuse, NY (Friday, June 11, 2010) - This game was originally billed as Matt Klinker vs. Craig Stammen.  I hadn't seen either of those pitchers before, and was looking forward to it.  Stammen,...


Wood chops Chiefs (Wood vs. Mandel)

Syracuse, NY (Thursday, June 10, 2010) - The Lousville Bats' Syracuse series came at a busy time of year for me, so I didn't make it to all the games like I did last year.  I did make it to a...


Swept Away (Maloney vs. Moseley)

Miss Pennsylvania throws out the first pitch. Moosic, PA (Friday, April 30, 2010) -  The fourth game of this series had the best weather.  No snow, no bone-chilling wind.  It was a very pleasant...


Schooled on Education Day (Lehr vs. McAllister)

Justin Lehr on the mound Moosic, PA (Thursday, April 29, 2010) - This was an "education day" at PNC Field, meaning the game started at 11am.  Last year, kids filled the entire upper deck, while...


Frozen Peas (Chapman vs. Nova)

Drew Sutton in right field Moosic, PA (April 28, 2010) - It was another bitterly cold night at PNC Field.  Rain was predicted, but never materialized.  Unfortunately, it felt even colder than the p...


Return of the Soulsucker (Jukich vs. Hirsh)

  Moosic, PA (April 27, 2010) - Ben Jukich, the pitcher lost via Rule 5, then returned, made his first start of the season on a bitterly cold night at PNC Field.  Scranton is sort of up in the...

Parity? Yankees, Red Sox loom large for smaller market teams


An article about payroll and parity. There's a sidebar with the top 5 and bottom 5 spenders. Amazingly, the Marlins, one of the bottom five in payroll, are #1 in profits.


MLB experts bat around some ideas on improving the game

USA Today begins a series today on how to improve baseball. It will run all week. They gathered together a panel to discuss it, including a player, a manager, a scout, an agent, an umpire, and Bob...

Louisville Slugger Museum a must-see for baseball fans


LOUISVILLE — Grabbing a bat once swung by Johnny Bench brought a rush of cherished memories for James Montgomery during a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory — where baseball memorabilia mixes with a close-up look at how the famed bats are crafted. Just touching the bat used by the Hall of Famer had Montgomery reliving excursions to the ballpark with his father decades ago to watch his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates try to outslug the Cincinnati Reds and their "Big Red Machine" lineup that included Bench.


The 2010 Rice University Alumni Game

  Every other year, former members of the Rice University baseball team return to their alma mater in Houston, Texas, to play a baseball game.  I went down to check it out. I went on a similar...

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez plays softball with big leaguers


CARACAS, Venezuela – President Hugo Chavez and several members of his Cabinet took to the field on Thursday for slow-pitch softball game with some of Venezuela's past and present major leaguers. Among the players on hand were New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and former Cincinnati Reds shortstop David Concepcion.


The Governor's not playing, why does he need a cup?

Ray Olmedo hoists the Governors' Cup trophy. I'd never been to a minor league post-season game before. I always assumed it would be hard to get tickets, or at least more crowded than a regular...


Bats at Bulls - Gamethread

The lineups: BATS Bolivar LF    Heisey CF  Francisco, J Frazier 2B    Alonso 1B  Dorn DH   Valaika SS    Ford RF   Denove C    Jukich P


High school sports in crisis

Today's USA Today has a series about how the recession is affecting school sports: At some schools, budget cuts put sports in danger Instead of gearing up to run cross country for Grove City High...

Most say steroids worse than Rose's bets, yet no Hall support


For most of 20 years, the debate surrounding Pete Rose's gambling and Baseball Hall of Fame candidacy has been static, in both senses of the word. Lots of noise, for sure, but little shift in public opinion. With baseball's steroid controversy, however, the conversation has gained a new element. While support for Rose's place in the Hall remains virtually unchanged since the day he accepted a lifetime ban 20 years ago this Sunday, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll reveals a shifting public sentiment: Three out of four respondents said they viewed the use of performance-enhancing drugs as a more serious offense than Rose's admitted betting on games of his Cincinnati Reds.


Who let the dogs out? (Maloney vs. Martis)

  JULY 27, 2009: Syracuse, NY:  The Syracuse Chiefs were the Toronto Blue Jays' AAA affiliate for 31 years.  That ended last fall, in the latest round of minor league musical chairs.  I never heard...

Reds' Arroyo is gambling on supplements, despite risk


ST. LOUIS — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo reaches into his locker, pulls down a clear cellophane bag and slowly opens it. He shakes out the contents like a kid on Halloween night. There are different-colored pills, powders, liquids, proteins, caffeine concentrates and ginseng, products such as creatine, Triflex and xelR8 found at local vitamin stores. Most of the products have not been approved by Major League Baseball for use by players, Arroyo says. Some of the items have the potential to trigger a positive test under baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy. Arroyo takes them anyway.


Sorry about that, Chiefs (Lehr vs. Ramirez)

JULY 26, 2009: Syracuse, NY: There's a statue of a horse in front of Alliance Bank Stadium.  Looks like one of those horse sculptures they get local artists to paint, then put up around town.  This...


Wood you believe... (Wood vs. Detwiler)

JULY 25, 2009: Syracuse, NY - There was a huge crowd before this game. Well, huge for Syracuse, NY. They had a "tailgate party," with food and drink specials sold in the parking lot before the...


Serious Sam sinks Syracuse (LeCure vs. Kown)

Alliance Bank Stadium is in downtown Syracuse, and is a small, older ballpark.  It's easy to get to.  Parking is $4, which was a bit of a surprise.  Most of the minor league parks I've been to do...

Women's baseball team still pitching at 70


OSAKA, Japan - It may be late in the game, but Japan's septuagenarian Osaka Silver Sisters aren't hanging up their baseball gloves and bats any time soon. In matching red and white uniforms, 75-year-old captain Mineko "Mimi" Khosaka and her fellow teammates pitch, hit and run with vigor, belying a range of health problems that range from bad backs, wonky knees, a missing kidney and a pacemaker. ...The team consists of 11 players who were stars of Japan's professional women's baseball league about half a century ago and who decided to give the game another go four years ago despite their advancing age. Baseball is very popular in Japan and the players meet every Friday for an hour of practice followed by a game with a much younger, all-boys team -- which they often win. The women's technique is just as good as younger pros — Khosaka catches behind her back, just like Major League Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki — but head-first slides and base steals are, understandably, out of the question.


A fan's guide to baseball photography

via Red Hot Mama I'm often asked what equipment I use to photograph baseball games. It's kind of long and complicated to explain in a comment, especially repeatedly, so I thought I'd devote a...

League sponsors shrink from $45K to $3K, baseball plays on


The economic crisis is affecting kids' sports across the nation. But "Foreclosureville" keeps their Field of Dreams going by letting parents work on the grounds crew if they can't afford to pay Little League fees, and asking parents to donate used cleats and gloves. You'd think Jeff Conine could toss in a few bucks. This is the team he played on when he was a kid.


The Pride of Sandusky, Ohio (Maloney vs. Kontos)

  JUNE 1, 2009:  This was "education day" at PNC Field.  Near as I can tell, that means a lot of school kids are there on year-end field trips. The game started at 11am to accommodate the school...


I'm Loving It? (Ramirez vs. Towers)

MAY 31, 2009 (Moosic, PA) - Gotta give credit where it's due.  The player of the game was undoubtedly one Darnell McDonald. Crabman in the on-deck circle. I think tattoo on his neck says...


The Bobblehead vs. the Bullpen (LeCure vs. Sanchez, et. al.)

The Bronx Bombers have too many starting pitchers, while the Baby Bombers don't have enough. But the transactional rules of baseball don't allow them to swap. So long time ace Chien-Ming Wang...


Dave Miley finally comes out of the dugout (Lehr vs. Igawa)

I had a seat in row D for this game.  I thought it would be in the fourth row, but at PNC Field, the dugout cuts into the seats.  I was actually in the second row, right above the Bats dugout. ...


A Tour of PNC Park

The "City of Bridges," Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  PNC Park is just visible in the background at left. For some reason, the Pirates always manage to be out of town when I'm in Pittsburgh.  I...

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