Archive for July 2009

What a delicious way to end the week: Roger Clemens’ former personal trainer sued him Friday over allegations of steroid use, claiming the Major League Baseball star ruined his reputation by branding him a liar . . . The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims Clemens’ statements have “humiliated McNamee, destroyed his reputation, both personally […]

It may be a bit light here this afternoon as, in about five minutes, I’ll be over at Baseball Think Factory taking part in a live chat regarding the trade deadline. Since I know jack crap about player analysis, though, I may try to insert some righteous indignation over steroids issues into every comment. At […]

It’s a major post, so I don’t want to save it for “Exile”: Why the rest of the names cannot be released. With all due respect to those people in the “release the names already” camp, anyone who is advocating for such a thing is both (a) selfish; and (b) ignorant as to what really […]

Reader Michael Martin has a newish blog, and today he has a thought-provoking piece up. Inspired by a conversation he had with an unnamed former Chicago Cub who was himself once part of a midseason trade, Michael reflects on the often overlooked impact such deals have on the psyche of the player: To the vast […]

Red Sox 8, Athletics 5: Before the game Ortiz said this: Today I was informed by a reporter that I was on the 2003 list of MLB players to test positive for performance-enhancing substances. This happened right before our game, and the news blindsided me. I said I had no comment because I wanted to […]

This week’s NL waiver wire pickups looks at position players traded to the NL, the post-purge Pittsburgh infield situation, and prospect Bud Norris.

The trade deadline edition.

Max tests the validity of an old baseball credo.

On July 31, 2004 Dave Roberts was traded to the Red Sox. Though he would play only 45 games in a Boston uniform, it is his one moment in the 2004 playoffs that is remembered, to the exclusion of the rest of his career. Richard looks at similar players.

A new baseball biography is spurring conversation, especially as it climbs the New York Times best-seller list. Bruce Markusen interviews the author.