Thursday, April 19, 2018

Watch Chase Utley slide through a river of media shit and came out clean on the other side

The two-game suspension will be overturned and the court of public opinion will help Chase Utley's image heal a lot faster than the leg of Ruben Tejada. Why? Because the slide was clean. By Kyle Magin Baseball is a dirty game played by dirty men contesting vast fortunes in literal dirt. The sooner you accept that as a premise for anything...

Salvador Perez is sentenced to a (short) life of catching

Watching Salvador Perez break is a lot more fun than knowing he will break. Written by Kyle Magin Salvador Perez, the lovable, goofy 6’5” Kansas City Royals backstop is 25 and already well on his way to his baseball dotage. The amiable Venezuelan takes foul balls, the ends of bats and wild pitches off his face, chest, arms, hands and fingers...

Bettors be advised to take the Dodgers at 3-1 to win the World Series

It’s as close to a sure thing as anything this side of the Russians interfering. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are no secrets left in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. They are, to paraphrase the late Dennis Green, who we think they are. In their case, they are destined for greatness. At 63-29 approaching the trade deadline, the boys in blue are...

The Yelp reviews for the Dodgers’ All You Can Eat Pavilion are the best ever

Yes, this not only exists in 2016, but fans actually find flaws with it. By Andrew J. Pridgen Baseball lives and dies with its promos. From the legendary (Disco Demolition Night, 10 Cent Beer Night) to the pandering (SF Social Media Night) to the sublime (Twins Fur Bomber Hat Day for those of you pining for the Grumpy Old Men/Newhart...

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

California Baseball Weekly: Snowmaker

Every week during the 2018 baseball season, we’ll check in on California’s five MLB teams. Find out who’s winning, who’s losing, and which stadium has the cheapest ticket. The sport’s best pitcher and best hitter call the state home (that might be the same dude), so let’s put it down for Californ-I-A. Best record this week: Los Angeles Angels, 6-0 Worst record...

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America falls in lockstep with 2016, sends Commissioner of the Steroid Era to the Hall of Fame

Bud Selig, the hand-wringing commissioner of the strike- and steroid era, will be enshrined. We say he's already got vampire status, so no need for further immortality. By Andrew J. Pridgen A Bud-Selig-getting-sent-to-the-Hall-of-Fame rant on this site is almost too predictable; it’s so horrible and forced and easy to call it feels like that part in The Empire Strikes Back...

The definitive case to shut the f*ck up about the universal DH

What is that Mark Twain said again about lies, damned lies and…. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are three words in the English language that make me react physically: Bennies (short for benefits or Eggs Benedict) Margs (short for margaritas) DH (short for designated hitter) Here is the worst sentence of all time: We were talking about the bennies at his new job over bennies...

An Unequal Exchange

Latin America gets a lot less than it gives from baseball. Written By Kyle Magin Latin America supplies baseball with some of its best players and most passionate fans. In return, it gets jack shit. Events over the course of this offseason are illustrative: Vlad Guerrero got his Hall of Fame call from a lackey translator. Baseball is played in...

California Baseball Weekly: The Dodgers are the Only Winning West Coast Team

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 jersey hangers who play for the Padres. Best Record...