On the Record

On the Record is a real compilation of direct quotes from MLB players, executives and analysts.

On the Record with Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler is a former Major League Baseball player of 13 years. Gabe joined an exclusive club, as one of the nine players who were on the field when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years in 2004. You can keep up with Gabe Kapler on Twitter by following him @gabekapler. 1. Who was the […]

On the Record: Ned Colletti on Zack Grienke

Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti watched Zack Greinke’s headfirst dive into second on a steal Sunday and said, “the more I watch Zack, the more I compare him to Greg  Maddux. I saw Maddux’s first pitch with the Cubs and his last pitch with the Dodgers, and they both will do anything to win, understand the game […]

Kenley Jansen, The Specialized Closer

If you don’t think closers are specialized, consider this: Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers has two saves in which he has recorded more than three outs. Only two closers in the major leagues have more 4+ out saves—Ernesto Frieri of the Angels(5) and Edward Mujica of the Cardinals(3). Bob Ryan is on the other line. […]

Rizzo Optimistic on Nationals

For all of the disappointment of this season for the Washington Nationals, ever-energetic GM Mike Rizzo points out “we’re still the third youngest team in baseball, we’ve got about seven big power arms on the verge of hitting the big leagues—not to mention Taylor Jordan, who gets it up to the mid-90’s and can really […]

Oakland’s Disappearing Lead

Oakland saw a six game lead on the Rangers disappear in eight days, and one of the issues has been their lapse in power. August 2013: Rangers vs. Athletics G PA AVG SLUG OBP OPS H HR SB Texas Rangers 7 278 .282 .452 .336 .788 71 10 15 Oakland Athletics 5 181 .222 .352 […]

Mattingly on Greinke’s Bat

Don Mattingly says he will have “no problem using Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter. I think it will make his non-pitching days more fun for him.” Greinke’s slash line is .405/.476/.459 with an OPS of .936 (highest amongst all MLB pitchers). The Diamondbacks used Danny Haren as a pinch-hitter in his Arizona days; in […]

Gomes: Team Player

After Jake Peavy won his Red Sox debut Saturday night, Annie Maroon of WEEI.com quoted him as saying “Jonny Gomes might be my favorite player in the big leagues in a short time. “When he showed up, me and my dad and my little boys were outside and he almost ran over us coming into […]

More thoughts on the Boston Globe Sale

There is more than irony in the fact that Fenway Park was built in 1912 by a real estate development group headed by Boston Globe owner John I. Taylor, with the help of his father Charles H. Taylor. John I went out and acquired several players, including Harry Hooper, and they won the world series […]

Separated at Birth

“One day I couldn’t stop staring at A.J. (Pollock) trying to figure out who he looked like,” says Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers. “Then it came to me—he’s Theo Epstein’s twin.” Epstein broke into professional baseball in the Padres front office and was Towers’ assistant GM when he left for Boston. Pollock is from Hebron, Ct. […]

Don Mattingly: Zack Can Hit

Dodger manager Don Mattingly says he is going to start using Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter. “Zack can hit, I mean really hit,” says Mattingly. “He’s not a guy who’s not a bad hitter for a pitcher, he’s a legitimate hitter. His at-bats are really good every fifth day, and I have no problem bringing […]