Coffee and Clippings: The subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big

Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) of the Kansas City Star discusses the subtle changes that helped the small-money Royals spend big… Their internal projections are that the club will lose money in 2016 without a postseason appearance, will make a profit with another deep playoff run, or will break even with something in between. But the story […]

Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod unplugged

Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) of the New York Post covers Alex Rodriguez as he opens up about the the Yankees’ moves, off season workouts, and closing in on retirement… In 2016, Alex Rodriguez is determined to build off the new beginning he embarked upon last season. “My plan this year is to continue to build on […]

Coffee and Clippings: MLB settlement a big win for out-of-town fans

Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) of the Boston Globe discusses a recent legal suit settlement which brings good news for MLB fans outside of their team’s market… MLB settled a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in which lawyers representing a group of fans argued that antitrust laws had been violated by the collusion of some television networks to enact and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense

Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) of the Boston Herald asks three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense… The Red Sox, too, have been scoring at a rapid pace since the millennium began, averaging 5.13 runs per game (regular season and postseason combined), second only to the New York Yankees’ average of 5.14. In the Sox’ World […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mets Search for a Diamond on the Cricket Pitch

Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) of the Wall Street Journal spotlights professional cricket player Kieran Powell as he attempts to make the switch to baseball… Kieran Powell, a 25-year-old outfielder from the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis, has received worldwide recognition for his ability to react to a ball traveling at 90 mph and hit […]

Coffee and Clippings: An insider’s view of the rise of Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza

Alex Speier (@alexspeier) of the Boston Globe gives an insider’s look into the coming up of Jeff Bagwell and recent Hall of Fame elected Mike Piazza… Of course, in the case of both Piazza and Bagwell, their early careers often are cited as circumstantial evidence of a possible PED taint over their careers. Piazza went […]

Coffee and Clippings: Celtics hold talks about playing game at Fenway Park

Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) of the Boston Globe reports on the recent talks regarding the Celtics bringing a basketball game to Fenway Park… Friday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he’d heard the idea floated that the Celtics might someday take one of their games outdoors, too. While that possibility remains a long way from materializing, it might […]

Coffee and Clippings: Frank Malzone, slugging Red Sox third baseman; at 85

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe on the life and career of Red Sox legend Frank Malzone… Frank Malzone grew up in the Bronx and attended high school a short distance from Yankee Stadium. He planned to become an electrician before a Red Sox scout spotted him in 1947 and offered the princely sum […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mike Mussina one of the casualties of a broken HOF voting process

Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) of ESPN on Mike Mussina and a broken Hall of Fame Voting process… Mike Mussina retired after the 2008 season nearly at the top of his game. Despite a 20-win season, his first in the majors, a more-than-respectable 3.37 ERA, his seventh Gold Glove and a sixth-place finish in the American League […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak says Cards no longer looking for ‘dynamic signing’

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spotlights Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak as he claims they are no longer looking for a star free agent… Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, two days removed from Jason Heyward’s decision to sign with the rival Chicago Cubs, said Sunday that his front office does not intend to speed […]