How Yu Darvish escaped the fate of Gene Bearden and learned to love the rematch.
Through his first eight starts of the season, Yu Darvish had a 2.60 ERA and had struck out 10 batters per nine innings. That was the kind of production the Rangers had paid his posting fee for, but it came with a considerable caveat: through his first eight starts of the season, Darvish had yet to face a team for the second time.
Spring training has become far more professional and predictable since its earliest days.
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As another exhibition season approaches, revisit some of spring training's wilder times in the following piece, which originally ran as a "You Could Look it Up" column on March 6, 2004.
Casey Stengel discussion at the wonderful Museum of the City of New York.
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Perhaps you have not devoted much thought to the Museum of the City of New York except to think, "What the heck are they doing with all those prepositions in there?" I have an answer for you: this Thursday evening at 6:30 PM, they are talking baseball with an evening devoted to the Hall of Fame manager of the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets (not to mention the Toledo Mudhens, Oakland Oaks, and a few other teams) in which yours truly will be making remarks and taking questions along with a panel of experts. Herewith I reproduce the info. Tickets can be reserved at the Museum 'o the City site. Hope to see you there:
The two former Yankees' managers had more in common than you would think.
It was more than a baseball season that passed into yesterday last weekend, a lot more, as Joe Torre’s managerial career came to an apparent end.
He finished it in Dodger blue, but when they put the plaque up in Cooperstown he’ll be wearing pinstripes and the familiar interlocked NY on his cap. One can only hope that Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson, himself a former Yankees public relations director, can find a way to position Torre next to Casey Stengel.
BP correspondent Steven Goldman sees the Twins messing with top young players Johan Santana and Bobby Kielty and reflects back on Casey Stengel's handling and mishandling of young players.
One of the simultaneously pleasurable and vexing aspects of the Twins renaissance of 2001-2003 has been the team's successful reliance on homegrown players. While the Twins have succeeded in launching better than a dozen major league careers over the last few seasons, they have nonetheless made only a half-hearted commitment to several of their most promising prospects. Manager Ron Gardenhire and his predecessor Tom Kelly have indulged in an off-again-on-again, possibly self-defeating pattern of usage with several youngsters, potentially retarding the growth of some while keeping inferior players in the lineup.
Restrained by the owner's parsimony from buying their offensive technology off the shelf, the Twins have been forced to entrust their fortunes to what they can draft and grow in the minors, a luxury that many of the more munificent clubs deny themselves. Fortunately for the Twins, the farm has been fed and run with such competency that in the last few years they've seen a surfeit of quality prospects, more than the Devil Rays have seen in their entire existence, more than the Tigers have seen in a couple of decades.
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