Chris Carter had a short career in the major leagues. He hit below league-average in 113 at bats from 2008-2010. He played in Japan the past two years. His career wasn't that notable except for one thing: In 2010 with the Mets, Carter's at-bat music was Rick Derringer's "Real American." As in Hulk H ... More >>
"I'm surprised," a disingenuous Hal Steinbrenner told the press yesterday in Arizona, "to hear that there's anger if you see what we've done this offseason." Well, I would just call it anger, Hal. There's also a lot of frustration, derision, and lethargy out there. "We've signed three or four of th ... More >>
Yankee fans, the realistic ones anyway, must have watched last night's 6-5 loss to Detroit and understood that the team is in serious trouble. There's a whole lot of things going wrong, from injuries to Curtis Granderson's sudden inability to fathom the strike zone. But the worst, by far, is the c ... More >>
You could tell that it was a special day at Yankee Stadium when the Bleacher Creatures broke from tradition and started a chant for Andy Pettitte which got most of the 41,000-plus to chime in. I don't recall the Creatures ever chanting the starting pitcher's name when they do the first inning lineup ... More >>
How does yesterday rank with the worst days in Yankee history? Well, yesterday the Yankees learned that, realistically for all intents and purposes, their hopes for the 2012 World Series were over. They also got a pretty good idea that the rest of this decade doesn't look too good either. Mark Fe ... More >>
You got a guy who is 29 years old and making a comeback from Tommy John surgery - and, to top it off, hasn't won a game this year. He throws a perfect game and nobody - and I mean nobody, including me - wants to put a damper on it. (Did I mention that his wife is nine months pregnant?) All I want ... More >>
What a difference four miles per hour can make. Actually, three. If Michael Pineda's fastball down in Tampa was slamming into catcher Russell Martin's mitt at just 95 mph -- and I say "just" because it was known last year to hit 96 and sometimes 97 -- Pineda would not be on the verge of pushing Ma ... More >>
If I were a Yankees fan, I'd be afraid — very afraid. Of course, as I've said all season, whenever I look at the pitching staff I'm afraid. But in addition to being afraid all season, I've also been wrong all season, so maybe I'm wrong now. Maybe there's something I'm not seeing here, but the ... More >>
Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...
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No point right now in looking into the Yankees chances of getting Cliff Lee -- though offhand I'd say the odds are about the same as they were for the Knicks in landing LeBron James. There's also not much point wondering what the Yankees need to do to pull themselves together next season. The ... More >>
Robinson Cano for American League MVP? Cano's grand-slammer against the Seattle Mariners on August 22, a game in which he drove in 6 runs, awakened quite a few to the possibility. His performance last night against the Oakland A's -- three for four with three RBIs, including his 26th home run ... More >>
When Ron Darling made his first start for the New York Mets on September 6, 1983 (a well-pitched 2-0 loss to the Phillies), he became the first Yale University alum in 23 years to reach the major leagues. His 13-year tenure also included stints in Montreal and Oakland, a Gold Glove Award in 1 ... More >>
Everyone was very excited when the Mets acquired Mariners reliever J.J. Putz at the end of 2008. "If J.J. Putz is healthy," said ESPN's Keith Law, "the Mets got one of the best closers on the market." But apparently Putz wasn't so healthy; he didn't have a great 2009 ("Putz looks hurt," wrote Dave ... More >>
By now you may have heard about the huge three-team swap involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, and Seattle Mariners. All the details aren't in -- and until they are, the whole thing seems a bit mysterious. The big news is that the Phillies obtained Roy Halladay from the Blue ... More >>
What are the prerequisites for getting "he's human after all" exemptions? Because there are a lot of stars and legends out there...but only certain people get this said about them with some degree of frequency. I think everybody should only get one. Like, from birth. You don't assume anyone ... More >>
We're pleased to see that our Morning Joe favorite Willie Geist has finally been given his own TV show. Way Too Early With Willie Geist now leads off MSNBC's morning schedule, airing (if one "airs" on cable) at 5:30 a.m. (That's 2:30 a.m. Pacific time, where the show is no doubt known as Wa ... More >>
We see Newsday is thinking the same way we are, and asks an expert if the cyst on A-Rod's hip has to do with his steroid abuse back in his Mariners days. Not likely, says Gary Wadler, "an internist and member of the World Anti-Doping Agency." The cyst was discovered after Rodriguez experienced some ... More >>
At his press conference in Tampa today, Alex Rodriguez said he didn't know that the substance he took back in 2003-2005 -- which he identified as something known in "the streets of DR" as "Bole," presumably the anabolic steroid Primobolan -- was a steroid. He referred to taking the substance as "stu ... More >>
In the middle of this storm of anti-Rodriguez hype, a calm voice from sabermetrician J.C. Bradbury presents the case that the two steroids A-Rod took most likely had no impact on his performance: "It's probably best to say that there was no observed effect. It is possible that the steroids did give ... More >>
The Mets needed a good setup man to go with their closer, and seem to have found one in the amusingly named J.J. Putz, formerly of the Mariners, obtained in a complicated deal in which the Mets also got outfielder Jeremy Reed and another middle reliever, Sean Green, from the Mariners. The Mets sent ... More >>
Weekend of July 18, 2008 I can’t believe it. The Rays are back in first place!? The Sox need to do everything they can to climb up the 1.5 games they're behind, and everyone needs to start pitching in. And as I tuned in to the Sox-Angels game Saturday afternoon on the radio, somewhere in the s ... More >>
Handsome, but we prefer our Mattingly with a sexy strip of facial hair. This just landed in our inbox this morning, and we are just passing it along (without editing or comment), so don't shoot the messenger. This is something to think about. Is Joe Torre the real reason why they lost or is it th ... More >>
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