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Call it calendar management for Joe Girardi as Yankees' skipper is at his best when looking at the big picture
nydailynews.com Updated Oct 4, 2012
He’s not your lovable Uncle Joe. Joe Girardi will never be Joe Torre, no matter how many silly, infantilizing nicknames he employs for his players.Upvote Share Tweet
Reporter who said Cano used PEDs apologizesA reporter for a North Carolina TV station that falsely accused New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano of failing a performance-enhancing drug test has publicly apologized.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants postseason rotation unsettled after top twoSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers, Orioles on opposite emotional planesBeyond the numbers and the matchups, emotion could play a huge role in Friday's Orioles-Rangers American League Wild Card Game.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs help present grants and scholarshipsTheo Epstein, president of baseball operations, helped present grants and scholarships to a Chicago-area student and Christopher House during a ceremony at Wrigley Field this week.Upvote Share Tweet
Hoyer gets new assistant GM in RehmanThe Cubs promoted Shiraz Rehman to assistant general manager, reporting to GM Jed Hoyer, on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetWrigley Field will get some extra seats behind home plate and may be able to host football games in the future.Upvote Share TweetIchiro Suzuki is back in the postseason for the first time since the Yankees advanced to the 2001 World Series with a 12-3 Game 5 win over the Mariners, ending the outfielder's historic first season in the United States.Upvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Twins have fired three coaches and their head athletic trainer in the wake of a second straight last-place finish in the AL Central.Upvote Share Tweet
The 2012 season is the greatest seasonThe superlative makes me uncomfortable unless it can be mathematically measured. I accept the tallest, longest, fastest, heaviest, et al. Subjective assessments, though -- the greatest game, best shortstop, funniest reliever, quickest bat -- routinely b…Upvote Share TweetSan Francisco manager Bruce Bochy plans to start a pair of 16-game winners in the first two games of the National League division series. After that, he says he's not sure what he'll do.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants lost four of the seven regular-season games they played against their National League Division Series opponent, the Cincinnati Reds. But Cincinnati will face a very different San Francisco ballclub.Upvote Share TweetSome Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role…Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball offenses increased slightly this seasonOffense in the major leagues increased slightly this season after five consecutive years of drops, while strikeouts reached a record high and walks dropped to their lowest level since 1968.Upvote Share TweetDon't expect another conversation between Rangers manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton concerning his error on a dropped fly ball in Wednesday's loss to Oakland that helped the A's win the American League West title.Upvote Share Tweet
Nats' Gonzalez wins Spahn Award as best leftyWashington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has won the 2012 Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay's David Price.Upvote Share Tweet
Momentum is a myth for playoff-bound teamsThe Rangers are limping into the postseason. The A's and Tigers couldn't be much hotter. But even with baseball's new October format, Jay Jaffe says a playoff spot is like a parking spot.Upvote Share Tweet
Phils add Sandberg to staffPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ryne Sandberg is back in the big leagues.Upvote Share Tweet
Concession Speech: 2012 Milwaukee BrewersWith the regular season over, many teams are facing an offseason filled with golf rounds and hot-stove strategy. But we're not going to let them get off that easy. No sir. No way. In an attempt to bring some closure between franchise and follower, we're…Upvote Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- Over more than two decades, Sandy Alomar Jr. has been an All-Star player, coach and interim manager for the Cleveland Indians.Upvote Share Tweet
Bobby Valentine Bicycles Off Into The SunsetHere's Bobby Valentine making his great bike escape from Boston reporters today. He was nice enough to hold an impromptu press conference after reporters caught up to him. And then he pedaled on, bicycle against the traffic, borne back ceaselessly into …Upvote Share Tweet
Diamondbacks dismiss broadcasters Daron Sutton and Mark GraceIn news we could see coming for the past couple of months, the Arizona Diamondbacks officially relieved indefinitely suspended play-by-play man Daron Sutton and color analyst Mark Grace of their announcing duties on Thursday after both finished the 2012…Upvote Share Tweet
People Watch The Red Sox, Even When They Suck, And Other Things About MLB TV RatingsAttendance is up, but local TV ratings were down six percent across Major League Baseball in 2012. Sports Business Daily has the full rundown of winners and losers. The Tigers were tops in average rating, with 9.13 percent of Detroit televisions tuned t…Upvote Share TweetThe 2012 season was obviously a disappointment in terms of the final record, but Theo Epstein said he was encouraged by how the Cubs established a better culture, as well as some of the team's additions.Upvote Share TweetGM Ben Cherington is not ready to name specific targets in his search for a new manager, but some of the candidates who will likely end up on his radar are John Farrell, Tim Bogar and longtime Boston captain Jason Varitek.Upvote Share TweetTo the surprise of pretty much no one in baseball, the Red Sox announced Thursday afternoon that embattled manager Bobby Valentine was fired after only one season at the helm.Upvote Share TweetThe Seattle Mariners will not retain hitting coach Chris Chambliss for 2013 after another season during which their offense was among the worst in baseball.Upvote Share TweetAs the regular season winds down, many teams are already facing an offseason filled with golf rounds and hot-stove strategy. But we're not going to let them get off that easy. No sir. No way. In an attempt to bring some closure between franchise and fol…Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Orioles veteran Joe Saunders will start Friday's American League wild-card game against the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter announced Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB attendance rises to highest level since 2008NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's average attendance rose 1.8 percent this year to its highest level since 2008.Upvote Share Tweet
Seasoned Verlander eager to resume playoff questJim Leyland couldn't have predicted the kind of season that would land the Tigers back in the postseason for a second consecutive year. He could predict the encore of his reigning American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.Upvote Share Tweet
Venezuelan Man Is Good At Baseball, BBC Is Shocked To ReportThe BBC headline (above) describes Miguel Cabrera's triple crown in just about the most British way possible. Despite Venezuelans playing in Major League Baseball since 1939, and Venezuela's finishing ahead of the U.S. in the last World Baseball Classic…Upvote Share TweetThe White Sox announced that first baseman Paul Konerko underwent successful surgery on Thursday morning at RUSH University Medical Center to remove a loose body from his left wrist.Upvote Share TweetPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell the famed blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.Upvote Share Tweet
A.L. Wild Card: Same Record, Vastly Different TalentThe Orioles and Rangers both finished with the same record to land in the American League wild-card game, but from entirely different directions.Upvote Share Tweet
N.L. Wild Card Preview: Braves' Streak Meets Cardinals' StubbornnessThe Braves hope Kris Medlen's winning streak lasts at least one more game: the National League wild card matchup against St. Louis.Upvote Share Tweet
Registration has begun for All-Star ticket stripsIt really is hard to believe after watching the NL go 13 consecutive summers without winning the All-Star Game, but in 2013 the senior circuit will try to make it four victories in a row.Upvote Share Tweet
Maddon, Rays look forward after falling short of goalJoe Maddon's wife, Jaye, has taken the brunt of any disappointment the Rays manager has felt since the elimination of his team early Tuesday morning.Upvote Share Tweet
How The Crazy-Ass AL Division Races Unfolded: Visualizing MomentumThe Athletics and the Yankees clinched their respective division titles on the same day, but the paths they took to get there were very different. The A's budget freight train slammed through a Rangers squad that had sat atop the AL West for over 170 co…Upvote Share TweetAsked early in 2011 to identify his most enduring memory of the previous year's Division Series triumph, Matt Cain cited Tim Lincecum's two-hit, 14-strikeout classic in Game 1. That was the Giants' first postseason victory en route to their World Series…Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Braves will start backup catcher David Ross instead of six-time All-Star Brian McCann for Friday's National League wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Upvote Share TweetThe encounters were between two professionals -- a manager and player. Yet the experiences were so personal they were characteristic of father-and-son moments.Upvote Share Tweet
Dedicated Brewers fan attends all 162 gamesRaise your steins and beer mugs, because Ben Rouse has made it. The Milwaukee Brewers fan from Madison, Wis., attended every single game played by his favorite team this season, completing his journey at Miller Park on Wednesday. We're not just talking…Upvote Share Tweet
Fallacy of 'clutch' hitting shouldn't factor into MVP raceRuns and wins count for exactly the same regardless of when they happen, so don't let "clutch" performance factor into the argument for any personal awards.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals dismiss Seitzer as hitting coachFormer Royals star Kevin Seitzer, after four years as hitting coach, was dismissed by the Kansas City club on Thursday. The rest of manager Ned Yost's coaching staff will return -- bench coach Chino Cadahia, pitching coach Dave Eiland, first-base coach …Upvote Share Tweet
Mets Wave Good-Bye, Leaving Fans to Sort It OutMets fans are left to mutter about another season that didn't really go anywhere. But there's always next year.Upvote Share Tweet
The Oakland A's Now Have Their Own Folksy Theme SongAny good championship run needs a catchy theme song. Unfortunately, it often derives from some iteration of "Don't Stop Believin'," either the original form (see: White Sox, Chicago, 2005) or some customized version, like the San Francisco Gia…Upvote Share TweetHe may have been overshadowed by another Venezuelan (Miguel Cabrera) and another retiring infielder (Chipper Jones), but Omar Vizquel deserves some attention for playing in his final game on Wednesday. The 45-year-old web gem wizard threw out the first …Upvote Share Tweet
The First Season Of Marlins Park Was A Tremendous FailureThe Miami Marlins opened their new ballpark in April to much pomp and fanfare and cringe-inducing spectacle, and there were great hopes that the empty orange seats that had come to represent the very idea of baseball in South Florida would fast become b…Upvote Share Tweet
Leading Off: A Final Day to RememberThe Yankees, the A's and baseball's first triple crown since 1967 gave sportswriters a lot to write about on the season's final day.Upvote Share TweetOn Monday, the Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot, and just a few hours later pitcher Pat Neshek's wife went into labor. Neshek flew to Florida and was with his wife when she gave birth to a baby boy. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Boston couple plays 'Bucks on the Pond' on dateWhen a Boston couple went to a recent Red Sox home game on a ballpark date, and at first they weren't sure what to think when the "Bucks on the Pond" crew approached them during the third inning. New episodes of the hit MLB.com game show are b…Upvote Share Tweet
Kick save! Canadian Scott Diamond flashes goalie skills against Jays (Video)There's no question this play doesn't happen if Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond isn't Canadian and wasn't making his first career start in his home country against the Toronto Blue Jays. Diamond, like any person born in the Great White North, …Upvote Share Tweet
Texas benefits from Nathan's return to formTwo years after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Joe Nathan converted 37 of 40 save opportunities this season, his first with the Rangers. He had a career-high 31 consecutive saves from April 15-Sept. 12 and made his fifth All-Star team.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers witness Miggy's greatness firsthandFirst baseman Prince Fielder and the rest of the Tigers appreciate having witnessed Miguel Cabrera's historic run to the first Triple Crown in 45 years on Wednesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
No cause for disappointment in BaltimoreOn Wednesday night the Orioles' slim chance of winning the American League East went up in flames. But shed no tears for this giddy band of overachievers. Applaud their Herculean achievement. They need not pop corks to celebrate this remarkable season.Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Girardi & Yankees have consistent Derek Jeter to thank for AL East crownnydailynews.com Updated Oct 4, 2012You walked into a locker room swathed in clear plastic, and the first thing you saw was one future Hall of Famer, Ichiro Suzuki, pouring a bottle of Mumm Napa Brut Champagne over the AL playoffs cap of another future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter.Upvote Share TweetSan Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (batting average) and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (ERA) are among the NL award winners with the regular season now complete.Upvote Share Tweet
Berkman receives ovation from Cardinals faithfulUnless he makes an unexpected appearance on a postseason roster, Lance Berkman's career in St. Louis is likely over. He received a standing ovation Wednesday in the seventh inning for his pinch-hit appearance.Upvote Share Tweet
New postseason format spices up racesMajor League Baseball added a second Wild Card to both the American and National Leagues this season. The result was a bounty of drama over the past few weeks as the playoff schedule came together.Upvote Share Tweet
Carlos CorporÃ¡n’s face-plant slide signals end of worst Astros season ever (Video)Kids today don't understand, but the Houston Astros used to be a sound franchise. They used to have great players. They used to win games. They even went to the World Series once. Any more, the Astros are bottom-dwellers, hopefully heading toward an upt…Upvote Share TweetEvan Longoria's three-homer performance in this year's season finale may not have meant as much from a team perspective, as the Rays had been eliminated from playoff contention on Monday, but it might have been equally impressive on a personal level.Upvote Share Tweet
Waiting for the Dodgers' Eventual Doomgrantland.com Updated Oct 4, 2012On Monday in Los Angeles, the sun was just starting to set after a 92-degree day, but the Short Stop bar was already glowing like a jack-o'-lantern. W...Upvote Share Tweet
Mint Condition: Schilling's Bloody Sock For Sale?Oct 4SCP Auctions President David Kohler breaks down the potential selling price of Curt Schilling's bloody sock from 2004 World Series.
Francona Reacts To Valentine FiringOct 4Terry Francona gives his thoughts on what went wrong with Bobby Valentine in Boston and who should be considered for the next Red Sox manager.
Bobby Valentine FiredOct 4Buster Olney reacts to the Red Sox firing of Bobby Valentine after one season as Red Sox manager.
Baseball Tonight MinuteOct 4Key ingredients to make it from the start of the playoffs to World Series Champions.
Biggest NFL games of Week 5 -- John Clayton's First & 10Oct 4The NFC is the superior conference by far in 2012. That actually keeps more AFC teams in the playoff race, writes John Clayton.
Ten things to watch in Western Conference for 2012-13Oct 4Check out some of the big storylines in the Western Conference this season.
NBA -- Ten things to watch in Western Conference for 2012-13Oct 4Check out some of the big storylines in the Western Conference this season.
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickOct 4A reader named Mike in St. Louis sent me the following e-mail this week: "Simmons, football fans in St. Louis have suffered enough, compiling the wor...