The Toronto Blue Jays Are Out Of The AL East Basement, Barely

The Blue Jays were so far south of their preseason projections that even after a 10-game winning streak they're still the most disappointing team in baseball this season. But! After a wild 11-day charge, they've gone from 12 games back in the AL East to 6.5 back. They're now above .500 for the first time since last… » 6/22/13 9:39pm 6/22/13 9:39pm

Google Translating World Baseball Classic Coverage: "The Shortstop,…

Last night, the U.S. played its first game in this year's World Baseball Classic, and we learned a number of things: 1. America's official language is English, 2. The best the U.S. can do for an ace in an international competition is a kuckle-balling 38-year old, and 3. "With people on the pads, Luis Cruz drove the… » 3/09/13 12:15pm 3/09/13 12:15pm

The Mets Are Reportedly Planning To Trade R.A. Dickey Because They're…

Another year, another superlative Met apparently departing because of ownership's cheapness. Last year it was Jose Reyes, Flushing's fan favorite, who high-tailed it to Miami after winning the National League batting title. This year, to hear ESPN (and others tell it), it's R.A. Dickey, the reigning Cy Young Award… » 12/14/12 4:45pm 12/14/12 4:45pm

What The Best Pitcher In Baseball Taught Me About Prep School,…

At my old high school, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, there is a large multi-purpose hall with high ceilings. The hall features large hanging glass panels that extend nearly from the ceiling to the floor, engraved with famous quotations and the image of the speaker. I remember two of the panels: one of… » 10/10/12 10:15am 10/10/12 10:15am

Seven Years After Getting Concussed By The First Pitch He Saw, Adam…

Adam Greenberg's career slash line is .000/1.000/.000. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg made his debut with the Chicago Cubs when he entered a game against the Marlins as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. His major league debut ended abruptly, though, when Valerio de los Santos's first pitch, a 92-mph fastball, hit… » 9/27/12 12:50pm 9/27/12 12:50pm

Here's A Sneak Peek At A New Documentary On Knuckleball Pitchers

R.A. Dickey is one of the best stories in baseball this year, partly due to his singular, newfound success and the fact that he's doing it in a way different from every single other big league pitcher. As fate would have it, documentarians Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern shadowed Dickey and Tim Wakefield's journey… » 8/22/12 11:20pm 8/22/12 11:20pm

How R.A. Dickey Fixed His Own Glitches And Found One In Baseball

Before the 2012 season started, Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey published his memoir, Wherever I Wind Up. It was the best baseball book I'd read in ages. And now that literary surprise dovetails with a baseball one: Dickey, after back-to-back one-hitters, is pitching better than anyone else in baseball. » 6/19/12 6:45pm 6/19/12 6:45pm

On Errors, Human Error, And R.A. Dickey's Maybe-Hitter [UPDATE]

Today, Friday, we find out if R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter on Wednesday. The dissonance of that statement should itself tell you what the "right" answer is. A no-hitter is about the mounting pressure of the late innings, the superstitious avoidance of a pitcher in the dugout, the social aspect of calling and texting… » 6/15/12 12:45pm 6/15/12 12:45pm

Now The Mets Are Appealing A Scoring Decision To Try And Get R.A.…

The Mets filed an appeal with MLB's scoring review committee in an attempt to change the official ruling of B.J. Upton's first-inning at-bat in last night's Mets-Rays game from a hit to an error—a change that, if approved, would make R.A. Dickey the second Met ever to throw a no-hitter. » 6/14/12 12:46pm 6/14/12 12:46pm