August 2, 2009 |
With Santana, there's a catch The Dodgers acquired infielder Casey Blake from the Cleveland Indians for minor league catcher Carlos Santana this time last year, to great dismay among fans that closely follow the Dodgers' farm system. Baseball America promptly ranked Santana as Cleveland's top prospect. The magazine last month ranked him as the seventh-best prospect in all of baseball, in a top-50 list that included no one from the Dodgers. At the time of the trade, the Dodgers explained their rationale: Santana would hit wherever he went, but they did not believe his defense would play in the majors, at least at catcher.
August 9, 2008
The Dodgers' playoff hopes this season may benefit from the acquisition of Manny Ramirez, but I wonder what damage will be incurred to the wonderful tradition that is Dodgers baseball. If you cut Tommy Lasorda, he'll bleed Dodger Blue. If you cut Manny, he'll simply use it as an excuse to not run out a ground ball. He is a hitting savant who understands little, and cares even less, about the sport he plays. So be careful what you ask for Los Angeles, the game (and your baseball heritage)
July 29, 2007 |
OFF THE WALL Looking back Because Cal Ripken Jr. will be inducted into the Hall of Fame today, it is interesting to note that on the same day 24 years ago -- July 29, 1983 -- Steve Garvey ended his National League record of 1,207 consecutive games played after dislocating his thumb in a collision at home plate with Atlanta Braves pitcher Pascual Perez. Garvey's streak is less than half of Ripken's 2,632. Garvey, a career .
August 11, 2001 |
Can sportswriters really be trusted with voting for football and baseball hall of fame candidates? Sportswriter Norman Chad doesn't think so. Writing for AOL, he pointed out recently that in 1936, for the first baseball Hall of Fame induction class, 11 of 226 voters didn't vote for Babe Ruth. Four of the 226 didn't vote for Ty Cobb. He found 20 of 302 voters in 1966 left a blank next to Ted Williams' name. And in 1979, 23 of 432 didn't vote for Willie Mays.
February 1, 2001 |
* Third baseman Kevin Howard of Miami hit a game-winning, two-run home run during the third inning of the Hurricanes' 4-2 victory Saturday over Florida Atlantic at Miami. It was his first home run of the season. Howard, from Westlake High, batted .413 with four home runs and 52 runs batted in last season and was selected Baseball America magazine's freshman of the year.
May 24, 2000 |
They will be strangers here, and are not expected to hang around long enough to get acquainted. Still, the Virginia Tech Hokies are excited about being the fourth-seeded team in an NCAA Regional at Cal State Fullerton, joining the Titans, USC and Loyola Marymount. Virginia Tech faces USC at 3 p.m. Friday. Fullerton and Loyola play at 7 p.m. The winning teams and losing teams play each other Saturday.