Minor league baseball players don’t make much money. Since 1976, MLB salaries have risen 2,500 percent while minor league salaries have only gone up 70 percent. Players in low-A ball start at $1,100 a month, while AAA players earn $2,150 per month. Monthly wages slowly increase the longer a player sticks around, but…
Not to put too fine a point on it, but: blunt force impact to the dick and balls hurts.
A new Sports Illustrated update on post-retirement Ken Griffey Jr. has a few fun stories from the Hall of Famer’s life, but the best one involves the time Griffey convinced an 18-year-old Alex Rodriguez that he could get lots of money if he jizzed in a cup.
Weather, as weather is wont to do, fucked shit up earlier tonight at the Colorado Rockies’ park before the team’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The field looked completely unusable, until the grounds crew worked their magic.
“Giancarlo Stanton, what did that baseball do to you?” muses the Marlins’ color commentator. And, well, given the way the baseball was treated—namely, donged so hard you don’t have time to even think Hey wait I thought he was struggling this year? before it gets out of the park—here are some possibilities:
Last night against the Nationals, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard made his first start since being removed from a game with elbow discomfort. Syndergaard was not sharp, lasting just three innings and surrendering five runs, and right after the game Mets beat writers started reporting that Syndergaard has bone spurs in…
There was a very weird baseball game in New York last night. The Yankees led the Rangers 6-5 heading into the ninth inning of a game that had been waterlogged by rainstorms since the fifth. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman entered the storm to try and close things out, but walked the first batter he faced. That’s when…
The Kansas City Royals scored four runs in the second inning Monday and never looked back as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2.
Randy Johnson’s bird murder pitch remains maybe my favorite single pitch of all time. Baseball is a sport of massive data sets and averages, which makes strange wrinkles in the fabric of the game, like all 15 home teams winning, easier to appreciate. Johnson’s bird explosion job is the most videogenic example of this.
Back, and to the left. Ouch!
Tigers hurler Justin Verlander added another achievement to his list of career accolades today as he allowed four Cleveland home runs in the same inning. We congratulate him on this stunning accomplishment.
Mike Leake surrendered five runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work as the Mariners hammered the St. Louis starter early for a lead they never surrendered en route to a 5-4 win in Seattle last night.
Idiots On The Field usually conduct their shenanigans during breaks in the action, but this hooligan in Seattle rushed out between two Mariners outfielders attempting to haul in a fly ball in the fifth inning against the Cardinals. Reader Ethan sent some video of the Idiot getting sacked:
Mets outfielder Alejandro de Aza did nearly everything wrong tonight in the tenth inning of New York’s scoreless tie against the Braves: he botched the bunt, didn’t run it out, and then slid into first base—headfirst, even. Good job, good effort!
Adam Lind smacked a three-run walkoff homer Friday as the Seattle Mariners beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3.
Yankees flamethrower Aroldis Chapman averaged 101.9 mph on his eleven pitches last night against the Twins—and that’s only because one of them was a changeup. How fast is 101.9 mph? Faster than cops clocked the following athletes when they were busted for speeding:
The Washington Post has a long, revealing feature about the childhood of Donald Trump, an extremely rude ham hock. We’re most interested in the section that deals with Trump’s childhood love of baseball, and the description of what kind of player he was.
Jefry Marte lost the handle on his bat late in tonight’s loss to the A’s, and it delivered an enormous gash to umpire Paul Emmel’s head. Emmel left the game, leaving a shorthanded crew to call the final out.
The Seattle Mariners lost their sixth straight game this afternoon to move below .500 and cap off a long slide in which they’ve gone 8-19 and have been swept three times. Today’s loss was the dumbest. Starter Adrian Sampson injured his elbow warming up for the game but the Mariners managed to dinger their way back…