Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don’t want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won’t be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Oakland Athletics

“My Shit Doesn’t Work in the Playoffs”

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The Enemy Within

It is, by all accounts, a marvelous time to be a Phillies, as American McCarver’s resident Philadelphia booster Mike Monteiro is fond of telling you loudly and repeatedly long after you’ve begged him to stop. The Phillies are on…

Quitting Time

When it comes time to summarize the 2011 season for the Oakland Athletics — coming soon to a toe-tag near you — I think this play, in which an infield single becomes an infield triple, encapsulates things rather succinctly. …

And Lew Wolff Knows From Awful Owners

Lew Wolff fronts the ownership group that purchased the Oakland Athletics in 2005. In the time that he’s been running the show, the team has run up a mediocre 537-542 record—a deceptive performance since it’s fluffed up by two…

Ten-Run Rule


Let’s Not Play Two

The Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels of Assorted Southern California Municipalities will meet at 1 p.m. PT this afternoon and do something that hasn’t happened in Major League Baseball in eight years — play a scheduled, not-caused-by-a-rainout, no-we-actually-agreed-to-do-this-months-ago…

The Unbearable Lightness of Oakland

It has been an encouraging thing, seeing the not always forward-thinking world of baseball involve itself, however cautiously, in the It Gets Better campaign aimed at bringing hope to LGBT teens. The San Francisco Giants were the first to…

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