Coffee and Clippings: MLB to Implement Replay System

John Harper (@NYDNHarper) of NY Daily News covers MLB’s decision to implement a replay system… Finally, baseball is taking a necessary and overdue step by implementing a replay system that should eliminate missed calls by umpires that are as embarrassing to the sport as they can be crucial toward determining wins and losses. So it’s […]

Coffee and Clippings: A-Rod Planning Lawsuit against MLB

Bill Madden from NY Daily News discusses Alex Rodriguez’s plans to sue Major League Baseball… The report that Alex Rodriguez and his handlers are now planning a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball, claiming he is being persecuted by commissioner Bud Selig and his drug-enforcement authorities, was greeted with both skepticism and bemusement Wednesday by […]

Dodgers, History; History, Dodgers

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. It’s getting real now. After last night’s Mets-aided 4-2 win, the Dodgers are 38-8 since June 21 and 39-11 in their last 50 games — the first two of which were losses. With a win tonight they would become […]

Rivera’s Singular Pitch

Neil Weinberg is the Founder of New English D ( and a writer for Beyond The Box Score ( You can follow Neil on twitter (@NeilWeinberg44). With the Yankees playoff odds dwindling, it seems likely that Mariano Rivera is down to his final dozen or so appearances in the major leagues. He’s been touring around […]

Coffee and Clippings

Here is a quick look at Peter Gammons’ stories for the day… Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) of the Washington Post takes a close look at Manny Machado’s first full season in the Majors. “When the Orioles promoted Machado straight from Class AA Bowie, they did so hoping he would fortify their defense at third base while allowing […]

A-Rod: Beyond the PEDs

One American League scout says, “scrape away all that’s swirling around Alex Rodriguez, and the question remains after all the time off and two hip operations, what he has left and how long he can stay in the lineup. He tries, he tries hard, but physically he’s not the same player.” Beginning in 2007, not […]

PEDs: The Never Ending Saga

Alex Rodriguez is not going to his room quietly. There is no failed drug test, as was the case with Ryan Braun, and while there may be enough evidence to suggest a waiver deal for Edward Snowden, the fact is that the Players Association and Rodriguez’s lawyers are going after the boundaries of Bud Selig’s […]

Modern Day Rodriguez

A look at the performance of Alex Rodriguez since 2008. Modern Day A-Rod  Year G PA AVG SLUG OBP OPS HR H 2B WHAV K% BB% 2008 138 594 .302 .573 .392 .965 35 154 33 .374 19.7% 10.9% 2009 124 535 .286 .532 .402 .933 30 127 17 .356 18.1% 15.0% 2010 137 595 […]