It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Coverage

In addition to flattering me with some choice casting, El Lefty Malo (a/k/a Alex Lash, a mentor from way back) raised a provocative question in this post last week: is sabermetrics anti-labor? One thing about our sabremetric era that doesn’t get discussed much: it’s inherently anti-labor. “Efficiencies” is not a word workers want to hear …

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The Dumbest Article in the History of Stupid, and other A-Roid Tales

The Alex Rodriguez story took a new turn on Monday evening, as A-Rod submitted to an exclusive interview by ESPN’s Peter Gammons in which he admitted to using steroids from 2001 to 2003 while a member of the Texas Rangers. While the interview was relatively softball — the hand-picked Gammons is about as threatening as …

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The Summer of Hate Begins

It’s a dark day for baseball, the revelation that Alex Rodriguez was among the 104 players who failed a drug test in 2003. Never mind the fact that the test was supposedly anonymous and carried no punitive consequences but was being conducted as a survey to establish whether Major League Baseball should implement more stringent …

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Joba’s New Job / Scoring the Drop

I was pretty excited when over the weekend I learned that I’d have to bypass seeing one of my favorite bands, the Waco Brothers, because I held tickets to Tuesday night’s Yankees game, a matchup between the Blue Jays and Yanks that would pit Joba Chamberlain in his long-awaited first major-league start, against Toronto ace …

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Bullets for a Busy Day

Busy day: • A Prospectus Hit List to go with Wednesday’s Hit and Run piece on struggling rotations, with special focus on the current Tigers and the historically awful Rangers, with an aside about the Yankees’ failure to get innings from their starting five (5.07 per start). • a spot on the Rotowire Fantasy Sports …

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The Rocket Gets Smoked

My piece today at Baseball Prospectus covering Wednesday’s Congressional hearing will have a familiar ring to anyone who’s been following along in this space. While there’s plenty to debate about the propriety of such a dog and pony show in Congress, not to mention the credibility of the Mitchell Report and of Brian McNamee, I …

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I Forgot to Misremember to Forget About the Time You Injected My Wife

Once again, it was a very surreal scene to see baseball hauled in front of Congress for the purposes of posturing about steroids. From where I sat in the Fox News Radio Studio, where host Dave Anthony and I were joined via phone by Jim Bouton, it was a pretty bad day for Roger Clemens. …

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Mr. Clemens Goes to Washington

Those of you who drop by here for Yankees-related coverage — not that I’ve had much this winter — have probably noticed that I’ve had little to say on the Roger Clemens/Mitchell Report story in this forum. I haven’t been entirely silent on the issue, however. I was part of Fox News Radio’s in-studio anchored …

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