Josh Hermsmeyer at Rotoblog has created a free injury database, which tracks player injuries all the way back to 2002. Obviously, the guy did a ton of work and should be commended for it, especially since he's giving it to the public for free. I'm thinking of charging my friends for access to my words on adocu, so Hermsmeyer might be a better person than me.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
Last night we tuned into one of our Monday standbys (we were Ted Mosby before there was a Ted Mosby, weak fictional alma mater notwithstanding) when who saunters in to McLaren's but Nick Swisher, taking a minor star turn. Swisher was pretty likable, we have to admit. Hopefully next year the cast gets the jealous willies when JD Drew comes in for a tipple.
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
We tweeted about it yesterday, but wanted to reiterate our sentiment that bookmarking Charlie Pierce's blog at the Boston Globe is a must. Pierce, a wonderful writer, grew up a Boston sports fan, but his range is not limited to just Boston sports; he's a bona fide sports nut. He wrote for The National way back when (some of our readers may not even know what The National was!) and he's a regular on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" (one of our faves). His credentials are pretty much unimpeachable, though if you are a Yankee fan you may have to forgive him his allegiances.
We'll add a link to the sidebar, but we recommend you do so on your own browser as well.
Monday, November 16th, 2009
The proof is in Buster Olney's recent tweet: NYY are not interested in signing Holliday. They'll talk to Boras to keep other bidders honest, but corner outfield not a priority for them.
Presumably Buster is writing this based on information he received from a source in the Yankee organization. Or he's going rogue and offering his interpretation of the Yanks' offseason plan. In other words, this claim, offered without the least bit of qualification ("I think the Yanks are not interested…." "Team officials tell me they're not interested in Holliday but are interested in using me to further their agenda…"), is dubious, or more precisely, worthless. Still, these are words strung together which actually serve a purpose for this site, and that is to move your eyes from below this post to this post. Mission accomplished Buster!
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Anybody else spooked by that center-field door opening when the Red Sox were batting in the bottom of the ninth 10 days ago? It was a moment. We’d just witnessed the apocalyptic implosion of Jonathan Papelbon and all the air was sucked out of Fenway as sad Jed Lowrie came to the plate. Suddenly, the door flew open. It was as if the Babe, or Dom DiMaggio, or any number of ghosts of Octobers past popped in for a visit. Red Sox third base coach DeMarlo Hale told Chone Figgins that the ghosts were in play. Figgins alerted the umpire and Torii Hunter went over to close the door. “I have no idea how it opened,’’ said Hunter.
Maybe Dan's sharing a wink with us, knowing that we know that he's the creator of one of the worst "curse" theories ever to gain widespread traction in the brainless sports media. But I doubt he's that self aware.
But if the Sox, God forbid, go another year or two without a World Series ring, remember this date. It's when Dan's next book was born.
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Ok, so I'm a journalist at heart, even if my paycheck no longer comes from a news organization. As such, I almost always read the bylines. But sometimes I get lazy, especially if I already know who the likely writer is for a given beat.
So I was a little surprised to see this lede in the Boston Globe's Extra Bases blog today:
Here we are at Logan Airport waiting for a flight to Orange County. Unfortunately it is via Minneapolis as that greatly increases the odds of running into a liquored-up Miguel Cabrera.
Thought that was a little strange for Amalie or Adam to write. It always pays to read the byline. Welcome to Red Sox Nation, Pete Abe. For better or worse, I suspect it will be an interesting and entertaining ride.
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Fans love to charge commentators with being biased against their team. Being far and away the most popular source of nation-wide sports coverage, commentary and analysis, ESPN probably fields more such complaints than any other outlet. But I've never heard a prominent commentator himself remark on the leanings of the self-declared "worldwide leader in sports". Until today.
Discussing the controversial fourth ball call that gave Nick Green first base and pushed the tying run across the plate in last night's Fenway thriller, Mike Greenberg said at the top of the the Mike and Mike in the Morning show today, "I have yet to meet anyone in this building who thinks that was a ball. And this building is full of Red Sox fans. Half of ESPN roots for the Red Sox."
Thank you Mr. Greenberg, for confirming what we Yankee fans suspected all along.
Monday, September 7th, 2009
The Daily News pens this depressing headline:
For some reason I am reminded of another story of wasted opportunity or pined for alternative realities. My friend told me of the sad and strange life of the dog his family owned when he was a child. For her entire life, the dog was unusually sickly. She would cough and sneeze and walk around lethargically, sleeping most of her hours away. The vets could not figure out what the problem was. It is important to note that during this time, my friend's family also owned a cat who was quite the opposite in disposition. He jumped around, scratching up sofa pillows, having an altogether good time of it. Then later in both animals' lives, the cat passed away. Suddenly, the dog was lively. She ran and jumped at things for the first time ever. She showed excitement when family members would return home, a new development in everyone's lives. In short, she was alive for the first time in her life. It didn't take long for my friend's family and a wily vet to figure out what had been the problem all those years. The dog had been allergic to cats. Unfortunately, her "new" life lasted only two months and then she died of an old dog's disease.
And so, many better announcers live and now we have this headline. To think of what could have been!
Saturday, August 8th, 2009
Bruce Allen at Boston Sports Media Watch informs us that the Boston Globe and Boston.com are expected to move toward a subscription fee for their online services.
This obviously will have an effect on the blogosphere, especially Sox-related blogs, and especially this blog, which derives much of its material from the Globe and its New York counterpart, the Times. If the Globe is considering this, and News Corp. is considering it, and the Associated Press is tightening controls of its content, it's only a matter of time before the Times does, as well, its own failed foray into limited for-pay online content notwithstanding.
My interaction with newspapers has always been two-fold. I am a reader, and I (until recently) was a journalist. So I absorb the content while analyzing the form. My commentary here has reflected those two divergent yet complementary perspectives.
On this subject, I find myself torn further.
As a reader, the idea of paying for online content is not palatable. With a baby, another on the way and one income, we've dropped our newspapr subscription and subsist on free online news content. I could never afford the three newspapers I read daily. Adding even a nominal subscription for online news isn't in the budget and won't be any time soon. I am a lifelong reader of the Boston Globe, and I will deeply miss reading it nearly every day.
As a reporter, charging readers for content simply makes sense. No industry would survive if it offered something at even a reasonable price at a reasonable location, yet offered the exact same product — somtimes an even better product — for free inside its consumers' own homes. There is a complex web of reasons why newspapers have fallen apart the way hey have, but it certainly hasn't helped that they for too long have essentially pushed their readers to a medium where revenue streams are virtually nonexistent.
It's not an easy time for newspapers, and the effects of the industry's struggles have become increasingly apparent in the past two years, as cable news and partisan screaming have filled the void. Will charging for online content rescue the industry? I don't know, and probably not on its own, but it's long past time to find out if it can help.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Red Sox should have signed Mark Teixeira because it would only have cost them a
couple of million dollars a year extra, especially in light of the fact that they
haven’t dealt with Jason Bay’s free agency yet even though he’s not a free
agent and they might not re-sign him (but they might, also). Also, JD Drew is dead while Johnny Damon is
not, even though I am going to list statistics that show Drew is better, but
all that matters is that Damon is a free agent after this year and Drew is not.
I think that makes sense, but I am not
sure. Oh, Coco Crisp is in Kansas City, too. Forgot to mention him. Theo
really missed the boat on that guy, right?! I need to list a bunch of guys the Sox obtained thinking they’d be better
than they were – let’s see. Lugo. Wily Mo. Matt Young. Lugo. Jack Clark. Lugo. Nick Esask- no, wait, he had
vertigo, he didn’t actually suck. Still, vertigo? Seriously? I mean, that’s weak. I am a “torn ACL” career-ending injury kind of
guy, not a “I can’t go up in that Ferris Wheel” kind of career-ending injury
guy. But back to Teixeira. This column is about
Teixeira and how he would have helped the Sox, especially because Ortiz is
struggling. Lars Anderson Lars Anderson
Lars Anderson I read SoSH Minor League forums. Oh, wait, you know what? I
forgot, Ortiz wouldn’t have been replaced by Teixeira, Lowell would have, my
bad, but I have to admit Lowell is really doing well. Also,the Sox do have a lot of good prospects,
and they spend money, and that’s great and all but really it’s a lot less
relevant because they have guys on their roster who are dead. Like JD Drew. I wonder if they will find him in the Atlantic Ocean with those other
Brazilian and French people. (Just
kidding, it’s a metaphor, JD Drew isn’t dead!
He’s alive! Lugo? Not so sure, he
might really be dead!). Now, let’s get
back to Jason Bay, who might or might not be a free agent. Since we don’t know what’s going to happen in
November, I’ll just assume he will be a free agent, it makes things easier to
imagine. I also need to mention Hanley Ramirez and how
the Sox traded him, in the context of the Teixeira non-deal. Why? It has to do with those two million
dollars and prospects like Hanley, who are great players the Sox squandered for
noth– wait, they won a World Series with Beckett? When?
Ortiz is stuck on the Sox, Teixeira is on the Yankees, and Jason Bay is going
to be a free agent at the end of the year. Unless he isn’t.
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
When I picked up the paper this morning and opened up the Times' SportsTuesday section, I was struck by a story on the attention paid to the homers flying out at YS2.5. It wasn't because of the content, which, typical of Tyler Kepner, is very good, but rather because in the first seven paragraphs Kepner cites as the main sources of his story two very different but significant baseball websites, Greg Rybarczyk's hittracker Steve Lombardi's waswatching. As the Times threatens to shutter the Globe, and as old media wonders how the hell to make money in the new media world, this story shows that blogs are doing yeoman's work and providing key analysis and news outside the bounds of typical news gathering methods. Though we who traffic these sites know this and therefore this assertion may sound uncontroversial, to see two such websites cited on the front page of the Times sports section as his sources by the Yankees' beat writer is a verification and validation of the strengths and speed of the minds (kudos to Greg and Steve) working solely within our own chosen medium.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
We have all read recently about the threat of possible closure faced by the Boston Globe. A number of Boston-based bloggers who care about the continued existence of the Globe have banded together in conducting a blog rally. We are simultaneously posting this paragraph to solicit your ideas of steps the Globe could take to improve its financial picture.
We view the Globe as an important community resource, and we think that lots of people in the region agree and might have creative ideas that might help in this situation. So, here’s your chance. Please don’t write with nasty comments and sarcasm: Use this forum for thoughtful and interesting steps you would recommend to the management that would improve readership, enhance the Globe’s community presence, and make money. Who knows, someone here might come up with an idea that will work, or at least help. Thank you.
It's more than a bit naive to believe comments on blog posts will contain the answer that can single-handedly save New England's largest newspaper (and by extension the entire industry, for the Globe's problems are in some way the problems of all newspapers).
The fact is this, and it's a hard truth: When a company is threatening to shutter a newspaper, the decision to close it has already been made. No amount of drastic action was able to save the Rocky Mountain News or Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and I strongly doubt anything will pursuade the Sulzbergers to continue to bleed millions for the Globe.
Likewise, any decisions that could affect the newspaper will likely be incremental stopgaps that do not address the real problems. Because the problems are caused by decisions that have already been made — stupid, short-sighted decisions to acquire newspaper companies or build glamorous new buildings, acquiring millions in debt, and stupid, greedy decisions to take private companies public, exposing the newspapers to the whims of investors and the demands of stock-holders.
It's maddening. This was avoidable. Not the recession and the painful cuts that would have been necessary to get through it, but the death spiral caused by the blind slashing of newsrooms while pouring millions into marketing and sales. It's too late now. For the Globe, certainly, and likely for the Philadelphia newspapers, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Detroit newspapers, and at least one of the New York newspapers (if not both the Times and the Daily News), and the Chicago Sun-Times (if not both Chicago papers) and even the great grandfather of them all, the Hartford Courant, the oldest continually published newspaper in America.
I'm tired of mourning the losses of newspapers as I would the losses of old friends. Yet I can do nothing else. And whether others realize it yet or not, in the end we all will mourn what transpired here, at the end of the 21st century's first decade.