The Yankees aren’t happy with Kevin Brown. The Royals aren’t happy with being Royals. Nick Swisher and Andres Galarraga, however, bring sunshine and joy to this holiday.
Whether getting mad about faked beanballs or paving the way for the best player to leave, no one on either side of Chicago is happy. Find out what they’re saying in The Week in Quotes.
Beltre for MVP? Kerry Wood burnt up? Commish-for-life? All your questions are answered in The Week in Quotes.
Reaction from yesterday’s Pirates/Rockies set-to, and two of the greatest left fielders the game has ever known talk about nearing the end, in the latest The Week in Quotes.
Greg Maddux reaches a great milestone, while everyone else is still talking about last weekend’s trade deadline. Except Bob Melvin. Find out why inside The Week in Quotes.
Everybody had something to say about the weekend’s biggest trades, from Nomar Garciaparra to Paul Lo Duca to Doug Mientkiewicz. All that, and Felipe Alou’s words of wisdom, in The Week in Quotes.
Alex Rodriguez gets a taste of the Boston/New York rivalry first hand. Sparky Lyle feels under-appreciated by Hall of Fame voters. Goose Gossage doesn’t think he’s getting any respect. Two Rangers teammates disagree on the subject of QuesTec. Lloyd McClendon doesn’t understand why Jack Wilson is so tired. And Shane Spencer talks about going on the DL for something stupid. All this and many more quips in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.
The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors’ picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.
Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP)
Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)
The Mariners say goodbye to Rich Aurilia, as the dismantling continues in Seattle. Josias Manzanillo recalls what it was like to be ‘destroyed’ by a line drive. The Red Sox deny stealing signs. Derek Jeter thinks that highlight reels have affected major-league hitters’ willingness to bunt. Drayton McLane denies that Roger Clemens will be traded, and points to ‘The Tonight Show’ as evidence. Mike Lowell thinks it’s all those rotoheads who kept Juan Pierre out of the All-Star Game. And Ken Griffey Jr.’s hurt again. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
Billy Wagner isn’t happy that 11-game winner Eric Milton was “snubbed” by Jack McKeon for the NL All-Star squad. Then again, he also doesn’t think ERA should factor into the decision-making process, so whatever. Gary Sheffield wants what may or may not be contractually his. Some current- and former-players talk about pitch counts, and there is shockingly some disagreement on the subject. Mariners president Chuck Armstrong is convinced that women and children care more about bright, shiny objects than on-field success, which is somehow supposed to justify giving Dan Wilson $3.5 million. Billy Beane is mad at Cal St. Fullerton coach George Horton. And Ozzie Guillen hates Wrigley field, and probably kicks puppies in his free time as well (Just kidding!). All this and many more quips in your Tuesday edition of The Week In Quotes.
The Carlos Beltran trade, from all sides. Art Rhodes, on keeping criticism in the clubhouse. Bill Bavasi, on taking Kenny Williams to the cleaner. The Controversial Willie Banks, pitchers old and new on going deep into the game, and Carlos Pena digging the walkoff. All this and more in this week’s edition of The Week In Quotes.
Drayton McLane’s ominous statements about the state of the Astros. Allard Baird throws in the towel. Barry Bonds, on many and varied topics. All this and more in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
Kevin Towers doesn’t believe that there are any guarantees in the draft. Dusty Baker believes that pitchers just get hurt, and there’s little you can do to prevent it. Barry Bonds doesn’t believe the game should change for just one man. Ken Griffey Jr. just wants to hit No. 500 and move on. And Terry Ryan thinks the Shannon Stewart is the missing piece of the puzzle. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
J.P. Ricciardi reminds us of his scouting background. Scott Boras thinks clubs should be required to pay high school draft picks top-dollar. Paul DePodesta isn’t surprised by Milton Bradley’s actions. Tony LaRussa isn’t a big fan of head-hunting. And Corey Patterson doesn’t want to apologize for being aggressive. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.
Bud Selig believes that baseball is in the midst of a great renaissance. Lou Piniella thinks the Devil Rays need a kick in the pants to get them going. Josh Beckett wasn’t too pleased to hear that Junior Griffey had stared him down following a home run. Kenny Williams admits that he might do something stupid to win this year. Gary Sheffield can’t explain his season-long slump. And Bob Brenly doesn’t care that his team is finally making its way home. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Tuesday edition of The Week In Quotes.
Randy Johnson describes what it’s like to be perfect. Jason Schmidt and Tom Glavine describe what it’s like to come close. Bud Selig thinks the Expos will find a new home soon. Reggie Jackson is honored by a few of his peers. And Kevin McClatchy wants to build the Pirates into a winner through a fruitful farm system. All this and many more quips from around the league in your Monday edition of The Week In Quotes.