Ken Davidoff's baseball insider
Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
The Mets saw Jose Reyes for the first time since Reyes joined the Marlins. The unbalanced schedule makes it particularly interesting when a player changes teams within his division, and I wonder if Reyes' frequent visits to Citi Field in a Marlins uniform will ever feel normal for Mets fans.
Johnny Damon came to Fenway Park for nine games a year with the Yankees from 2006 through 2009, right...Read more »
Upon returning home from my first visit to spring training, I always enjoy checking in with some mental snapshots, mindful that what I took away could prove to be hugely significant or, far more likely, wholly irrelevant. Here is last year's entry. I forgot that I had Johnny Damon on the record acknowledging how important reaching 3,000 career hits was.
Some spring trainings, I'll spend almost...Read more »
We put out our annual Walk-Year All-Star team yesterday on Newsday's website. Last year's such squad looked like this:
C: Ramon Hernandez
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Kelly Johnson
SS: Jose Reyes
3B: Jose Bautista
LF: Josh Willingham
CF: Carlos Beltran
RF: David DeJesus.
DH: David Ortiz.
RHP: Edwin Jackson
LHP: C.J. Wilson
Closer:...Read more »
Two thoughts this morning:
1. The A's signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36-million contract, and when the news broke, I flashed back to comments that Scott Boras made about a year ago, to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, concerning the Oakland franchise:
“When teams recruit against the Oakland A’s, they say, ‘Why do you want to play in an empty park?’ It’s not about...Read more »
Hope that everyone had a good week and good holiday. First, let's catch up. Then we'll discuss what's on tap for this week.
Four big transactions:
1. The Rangers won the rights to Yu Darvish. It's a mild surprise, only because Texas worked so hard in recent weeks to lower expectations on this front not only in the media, but in the baseball world, as well. Just mild, however, because...Read more »
"That's what you're in for, so I've got to say to those of you that have bad hearts, watch yourself."
"Barring weather delays that extend this World Series until next week, this'll wrap up our first year of the Friday Five."
One of these statements was spoken by Ron Washington after Game 2. The other was written by me after Game 2. The first person to match the statement...Read more »
Still here in St. Louis, and yeah, they absolutely could have played Game 6 last night. The rain never advanced past, let's say, a biting drizzle.
But Major League Baseball called an early postponement, and I wrote that it was the right call.
People will forget shortly that baseball prolonged its season by a day with a questionable read on the weather. But people will never forget,...Read more »