March 12, 2013 |
Mike Trout got a $20,000 pay raise from the Angels, and I know I'm supposed to feel something. If someone could explain to me what a pay raise is, it might help. I really don't understand why anyone cares what Trout makes unless they have a daughter who might marry him. You start comparing what people get paid, and it never goes well. I'd like to see the president stand up to Jim Mora , and tell me I don't deserve to be paid more than he does. Dennis Rodman can do his job, as we learned recently, and he was paid nothing.
February 18, 2013 |
They're not old enough to shave, not old enough to drive a car, and certainly not old enough to see an R-rated movie without an accompanying adult. But watch how this year's freshman baseball players take on any and all challenges starting this weekend. Already, one member of the class of 2016, shortstop Chase Strumpf from San Juan Capistrano JSerra, has committed to UCLA — before taking his first swing in high school. The player who could be hitting home runs immediately is outfielder Blake Rutherford of West Hills Chaminade.
December 17, 2012 |
— The files are crammed into boxes, stacks upon stacks of boxes, shoved to the side of the room. This is prime real estate, a rectangular conference room on the 25th floor of a Manhattan office building. No one uses the room these days. This is the retirement office of Donald Fehr. Fehr led the baseball players' union for 26 years and three work stoppages. He retired in 2009, and the union provided him with a room to write his memoirs, keep his files, conduct his business, or just come in and say hello every now and then.
December 13, 2012 |
It was a familiar tune, one played on an instrument Joe Blanton knows well: the second fiddle. Blanton, who signed a two-year, $15-million deal with the Angels last week, had an earned-run average of 4.59 or above in six of seven years and gave up 27 homers or more in three of four years. But his biggest crime in the eyes of Angels fans is not that he, in his own words, "catches too much of the barrel" of bats. It's that he is not Zack Greinke. Greinke, a right-hander who pitched well for the Angels in September, signed a six-year, $147-million deal with the Dodgers and was introduced at a glitzy Los Angeles news conference Tuesday.
November 27, 2012 |
He didn't look like much of a revolutionary. He looked like an economist, which he was, only with some serious attitude. Kind of bookish, but with an unnerving gleam in his eye. The last guy you ever wanted to get into a fight with was Marvin Miller. He was a bulldog, feisty and intractable and fearless. He was 5 feet 8 and 150 pounds. He had silver hair, a thin mustache and looked like somebody who went through three packs a day. And just might have been the most influential man in sports history.
October 19, 2012 |
I need to get a message to the Dodgers and Angels, and I need to do it quick. A baseball player suddenly became available this week who is just their type. He has star power. He plays a cornerstone infield position. He is insanely overpaid. He has won more World Series rings than Adrian Gonzalez. He has more home runs than Albert Pujols. Only a handful of teams can afford him, but our locals have fistfuls of money. Only a few teams could endure his distractions, but Hollywood sells tickets to distractions.