On this date in 1955 - In an effort to speed up the game, major league baseball announces a new rule which requires a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after taking a pitching position.
This just goes to show that there’s nothing new under the sun. They’ve been trying to speed the game up for 50 years. This is not something the hyper active, attention deficit, Nintendo generation came up with. Baseball has always been and I hope, always will be a slower game. It’s a thinking man’s game and if you try to artificially speed it up, the quality of the product on the field will suffer. I mean, would you like to see the National Anthem sung quicker, or the Pledge of Allegiance edited into a condenced version? Some things just take time to do right, and a baseball game is one of them.
How about those Colts baby!?! The SuperBowl is going to be fan freaking tastic and I can’t wait. Really it’s a win win situation for me as I’ve been a longtime Colts fan (I had to split my loyalties once the Rams came to town) and I have a ton of friends who are Bears fans. I’m off to find a Manning jersey to wear in a houseful of Bears fans.
Hey everyone, just wanted to drop in and give you a few news bites if you havent heard already. This post will be pretty short because I’m on the road but I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging.
- Trot Nixon signed with the Cleveland Indians with a one year deal.
- David Wells re-signed for one year with the San Diego Padres.
- The Phillies have signed Chase Utley to a 7 year $85 million contract extension that could look like a bargain a few years down the line.
That’s about it as far as I know. There’s been quite a bit of talk around St. Louis about the Cardinals re-signing Jeff Weaver. Weaver was on the radio saying he would rather have years and stability rather than more money. That should play into the Cardinals’ plans nicely and I’d expect a deal in the 3-4 year range for a minimal base salary with a lot of incentives worked in.
Well, that’s all for now folks. Enjoy the wonderful day of football. Go Bears and Go Colts!!
The Atlanta Braves have reportedly signed 1st baseman/utility outfielder Craig Wilson to a one year deal with $2 million. The Braves are expected to use Wilson at both first base and possibly left field. Wilson could easily find himself in a platoon situation at both positions and his performance will likely dictate the amount of playing time he gets. Despite the departure of last year’s starter Adam LaRoche, Wilson is not guaranteed a starting spot due to the quality play of Scott Thorman in Triple-A. Wilson batted .251 with 17 home runs and 49 runs driven in, last year, rebounding back to form after an injury shortened 2005 season.
According to the Post-Gazette, the Pirates included another player in the deal, possibly Salmon Torres.
The deal would vastly improve Atlanta’s bullpen, adding Gonzalez’s 24 saves and 2.17 ERA and most likely another young arm from Pittsburgh’s ‘pen.
The Pirates receive the power hitter they’ve long been covetting. LaRoche is only 27 years old and smacked 32 home runs last year and has increased his home run and RBI total every year he’s been in the league.
In actuality, this rumor is what kick-started me out of my recent slump. I simply could not pass up a chance to write about this. A New York Times article is discussing the possibility of Bonds landing in Boston. That’s right Boston. I’ll let the author, Murray Chass, explain it to you.
"Six weeks after they agreed to terms on new contracts, Barry Bonds and J. D. Drew remain unsigned. Bonds hasn’t signed with the Giants; Drew hasn’t signed with the Red Sox. That prompts a thought. If both contracts were to fall through, the Red Sox could sign Bonds to play left field and move Manny Ramirez back to his original position in right."
What? Look, I know Boston wants to win. I know that since they tasted that sweet nectar of an epic Yankee defeat as well as a World Series Championship in the same year, they haven’t been the same. I get that. But you’re suggesting that just when it appears the Giants might be doing the right thing and not putting up with Bonds’ BS that the Red Sox are going to snatch him up and inject a cancer into their clubhouse?
Don’t get me wrong, I think both signings are in danger. I think Bonds is too stubborn and detached from reality to realize that the Giants are (or at least should be) his only option. I also think that Scott Boras may have played chicken one too many times and could be taking J.D. Drew headfirst into an oncoming semi (and really it only seems appropriate). But the reason these players aren’t signed yet is quite simple. They’re damaged goods! Bonds has only played in a few dozen games in the past year and he’s old. A body can’t be put through what Bonds put his through without consequences.
Have you ever seen those old ladies that tanned and used all those treatments and surgeries to keep themselves looking young? Sure they look good for a while and then one day they wake up and their face and everything else is hanging about two inches off the ground and they look like an old baseball glove that’s been left outside for a year. The same thing is bound to happen to good ole Barry. The man’s going to end up with the knees of Jerome Bettis and the back of Quasimodo.
Anyway, the point is, these players need these teams more than the team needs them. They just haven’t seemed to figure this out yet. If Boston doesn’t end up signing Drew, it will likely be because they got fed up with dealing with the demands of Boras and a primadona player. So, despite the fact that Bonds to Boston might make a little bit of sense on a lineup card, there’s simply no way Theo Epstein decides to jump into a situation that’s just as bad, if not worse.
Alright, fine! I admit it. I’ve been slacking. I havent updated in days, and even then it’s been spotty for weeks. I’d like to blame it all on the move or being busy but that’s simply not the case. I’ve been bored. There have been signings and rumors to cover, I just didn’t "feel like it". Well all that ends today. From here on out I promise you, my readers, at LEAST one post a day. Even if it’s only a This Date In Baseball History. My goal is to get back to updating 2 or 3 times a day and being a site that delivers all the news in the game of baseball in a (hopefully) entertaining manner.
As most of you know, I am a Cardinal fan born and bread. I try to keep my bias out of my posts most of the time. However, I simply can’t hold in my joy when I found out that Busch Stadium will be the site of the 2009 All Star Game (and hopefully World Series as well).
Here’s the full story if you’d like to check it out. (Yes I realize this was announced yesterday but I’m still pumped about it!)
Oh yeah, the Yankees will be getting the 2008 Game. Big deal… lol. (Just kidding New Yorkers, just kidding).
1973 After the American League approves the new rule 8-4 and the National League vetoes the idea, all 24 owners approve the junior circuit’s three-year experiment to use a designated hitter. Although the DH was his idea, A’s owner Charley Finely votes against the concept because his brainchild of implementing a designated runner is nixed.
The American League has used a designated hitter, or DH, ever since. The use of the DH has been one of the most debated issues in baseball. Opponents argue it changes the game and inflates stats. Supporters counter that it makes the games more exciting, increases scoring, and puts a better product on the field. Players such as Edgar Martinez and David Ortiz have made careers out being a DH. Pitchers throughout the game have had their ERA’s suffer due to it’s use. This year, the Hall of Fame voters got to weigh in on the issue through the person of Herold Bains, who played over 1600 games as a designated hitter. Whether you agree with the use of a DH or not, today was certainly an important Date in Baseball History.
Sorry for the long layoff, we moved last weekend and I’m just now getting back into the swing of things. It helped that nothing much was going on in the hot stove as well. However, I’m back today and have news to report!
The St. Louis Cardinals needed pitching and apparently have decided to go with a familiar face. The defending champs re-signed left handed pitcher Mark Mulder today to a two year, $13 million deal with a team option for a 3rd year. Mulder had a horrible year last year, but the Cardinals believe he will be able to return to form following his shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum.
Mulder had been considering offers from the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers as well, but in the end opted to stay in the NL with the defending champions. His agent told reporters that the Cardinals’ treatment of Mulder during his injury, even knowing they might not re-sign the pitcher, went a long way to ingratiating the Cardinals to the pitcher.