The Mets Could Have Been Named The Avengers, Bees, Or Burros

Maybe everybody but me already knew this, but Avengers was once considered for the name of the team that became the Mets. This was back in 1961, two years before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby released the first comic book featuring The Avengers. It doesn’t seem like a great name for a baseball team to me—what are they… » 5/05/15 8:36pm Yesterday 8:36pm

The Boy Who Was "Too Good" To Play Youth Baseball Never Got To Grow Up

When Mark Gambardella learned last week that Jericho Scott, one of his PONY league baseball players, had died—that the 16-year-old had been shot two doors down from his family’s home—the coach wept. Then he headed to the Dom Aitro Field in New Haven, Conn. It was Sunday morning, and one of Gambardella’s younger teams… » 5/01/15 3:05pm Friday 3:05pm

Reminder: Mike Trout Is Still Out Here Doing Dope Baseball Things

Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that Mike Trout, who has been doing amazing shit on the field for the last four seasons, is still just 23 years old and hasn’t actually been around that long. It’s one of those things that sometimes happens with guys who are so good so early in their career: every great play is… » 5/01/15 12:13pm Friday 12:13pm

Rookie Pitcher Gives Up Homer While Mom Gives Interview In The Stands

Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen made his major-league debut yesterday, which means the broadcast included an obligatory in-game interview in the stands with Lorenzen’s mom. The interview was carrying on as these things normally do, until Adam Lind crushed a Lorenzen fastball over the center-field fence. » 4/30/15 11:57am 4/30/15 11:57am

The Best Thing About the Desert Is That It's Clueless

I know a place in the Mojave Desert where there are rocks in the shape of Billy Martin. I visit the rocks every year to commemorate the return of spring. It makes perfect sense to me that the rocks are in the desert and not a mountain range or forest because the gone-but-not-forgotten Yankee manager was a kind of… » 4/28/15 3:07pm 4/28/15 3:07pm

Sociopathic Angels Blogger Posts Now-Deleted Rant About Josh Hamilton…

There are a lot of really bad blog posts on the internet. Most days, it’s a good idea for everyone to just ignore the bad blog posts, because at root they are all just derivatives of the same style of incurious, inflammatory writing. But sometimes there is a blog so bad that it cannot be ignored, like the one that was… » 4/28/15 10:48am 4/28/15 10:48am

Baltimore Orioles Exec Offers Eloquent Defense Of Freddie Gray Protests

Over the weekend, Baltimore citizens gathered to protest the death of Freddie Gray, who was arrested by Baltimore police weeks ago and mysteriously died of a broken neck while in custody. On Sunday, the peaceful protest turned and chaotic, and there were instances of vandalism in the area surrounding Camden Yards, … » 4/27/15 1:35pm 4/27/15 1:35pm

Report: Orioles Considered Forfeiting To Avoid Playing On Toronto's Turf

The Blue Jays’ new artificial turf is spongy and slow as hell, and nobody disputes the fact that it has affected gameplay early in the season. A lot of visiting teams are going to be unhappy about playing on a surface that makes the ball do unfamiliar things, and according to the Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo Encina, the… » 4/24/15 4:33pm 4/24/15 4:33pm

Yordano Ventura Is Baseball's Surliest Little Shit

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has made four starts this season, and he has yet to leave one under his own volition. His first two starts have been cut short by cramping muscles, and the last two have been derailed by ejections. If there’s one thing that’s so far defined Ventura’s 2015 campaign, it’s his… » 4/24/15 2:41pm 4/24/15 2:41pm

Last Night's White Sox-Royals Brawl Was A Photographer's Delight

If we’re being honest, the true heroes of last night’s awesome White Sox vs. Royals brawl weren’t the players on the field. Yordano Ventura’s quick-pitching and foul mouth may have started the whole thing, and Jeff Samardzija may have done more than his part to turn it into a riot, but their work was easily trumped by… » 4/24/15 11:40am 4/24/15 11:40am

Is "Mr. Baseball" America's Greatest Baseball Writer?

I have no idea what to say about Mr. Baseball’s Twitter feed; it’s perfect and you should read it. (Mr. Baseball, who may be America’s greatest baseball writer, is one of the few people to have mastered Twitter as a medium for literary expression.) It’s really better experienced than described, but to pique your… » 4/23/15 1:50pm 4/23/15 1:50pm