Michael Pineda Was Cheating And No One Cares

"It's just dirt, nothing to see here" was Michael Pineda's general reaction to being accused of glopping up the heel of his hand with some unknown substance in a strong pitching performance against Boston last night. It clearly wasn't dirt. But was it cheating? That depends on whether you listen to baseball's rulebook or … » 4/11/14 10:04am 4/11/14 10:04am

Aroldis Chapman "Doing Better" After Taking 110 MPH Liner To Face

Salvador Perez was crying as he left the field, hugged by Eric Hosmer. It was a line drive off the bat of the 23-year-old Royals catcher that struck Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman flush, basically breaking his face. » 3/20/14 9:47am 3/20/14 9:47am

Brad Penny's Comeback Went About As Poorly As Possible

Let's raise a glass to Brad Penny, and, hell, all the Brad Pennys of the baseball world, those thoroughly passable starters who find the right mix of good teams, tepid consistency (or rather, consistent tepidity), and just enough semi-standout seasons to garner tens of millions of dollars over a lengthy and forgettable … » 3/07/14 3:43pm 3/07/14 3:43pm

Jered Weaver Broke His Elbow In A Really Crappy Way

On Sunday, Angels pitcher Jered Weaver hit the deck to avoid a liner up the middle. He immediate came up holding his left, non-throwing arm, and left the game. Today comes word that he fractured his elbow, and will miss 4-6 weeks. » 4/09/13 3:30pm 4/09/13 3:30pm

The Cubs' New Japanese Pitcher Accidentally Told The Press He Wouldn't…

Today the Cubs officially introduced new signing Kyuji Fujikawa, because any time you can lock up a 32-year-old middle reliever who's never pitched in the MLB for two years and $9.5 million, you have to pull the trigger. Fujikawa met with the media at Wrigley Field, and though he speaks a decent amount of English, he… » 12/07/12 6:00pm 12/07/12 6:00pm

Ivan Nova Threw A Pitch Right Through His Catcher's Glove

Ivan Nova's season has been a colossal disappointment. Last year he was a breakout star, 16-4 and the Yankees' No. 2 starter, and things were only looking up. Now he's 12-8 with an ERA over 5.00, won't even be in New York's playoff rotation, and looking like yet another of the Yankees' vaunted crop of young arms that… » 9/28/12 10:15am 9/28/12 10:15am

The Existential Farce Of A Royals Pitching Change

I believe there is a hell, and it's always early September there. Your team is long out of playoff contention, forever playing out the string, yet the season never ends. Just meaningless game after meaningless game, and football is supposed to start soon, but it never comes. The game goes to extra innings every time,… » 9/07/12 11:25am 9/07/12 11:25am

MLB Speeds Up Games By Sending Strongly Worded Letters To Slow Pitchers

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Adam Sobsey got hold of a letter from MLB disciplinarian Joe Garagiola Jr. to Colorado Rockies pitcher Mike Ekstrom. (Click to enlarge.) In two consecutive appearances against the Phillies, Ekstrom took more than his allotted 2:25 to warm up—going over by nearly a full minute each time.… » 8/09/12 11:20am 8/09/12 11:20am

The Rockies Go To A Four-Man Rotation

Coors Field is being Coors Field again, with balls flying and batters partying like it's 1999. Despite the best efforts of the magic humidor, numbers are cartoonish and the only proffered explanation is that it's been extra dry in Denver this spring. Whatever the cause, the Rockies can't pitch. They've tried 10… » 6/20/12 10:25am 6/20/12 10:25am