| Aug 31, 2013
| 3:58 PM
On the off chance Cubs fans need some good news right about now, here's a projection that might provide comfort: If President Theo Epstein succeeds in building the "player development machine'' that is his goal, and it later falls apart, he — or his...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Talking baseball while marveling at the differences a good tight end can make:
1. You don’t know what results the baseball gods will pull out of the bag when a season begins, yet 2013 remains a clunker as far as playoff races go.
Yes, there is...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Thank you, Miguel Cabrera. You too, Josh Hamilton.
From someone who is voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, it's really nice to have an easy choice when you write the first name on the ballot — or type it, actually, as the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Talking baseball while pitying the fools who passed on Peyton Manning in their fantasy leagues:
1. Dale Sveum has been whacked as the Cubs’ manager in a move that Theo Epstein had said could happen. It was messy business but Epstein and Jed...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:43 PM
How much difference does a baseball manager make anyway?
It's an age-old question, and it is impossible to accurately quantify. But with the Cubs kicking Dale Sveum to the curb and the White Sox sticking with Robin Ventura after a 99-loss disaster, it's...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:46 AM
In the short term—it’s a win/win, but Wil Myers hit 13 homers and drove in 53 runs for the Rays in his first half season in the Big Leagues. I still like the deal which brought James Shields to Kansas City, which, simply, wouldn’t have...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 7:35 PM
Yes, the NHL and NBA playoffs will keep the nation's arenas busy for another couple of months, but the conclusion of the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments is a definite signal that it's time to head to the great outdoors.
The start of the...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 9:20 AM
There are times when you can out-think yourself. There are episodes where you try to divine a situation and what you are being told begins to sound crazy and idiotic while also believable.
But enough about Tony La Russa. In this case, I mean Mike Quade...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 12:34 PM
If Theo Epstein and his former Boston front-office gang were brought in because they helped end a long World Series drought for a team in an old, revered ballpark in a big city with big pressures, then continue the process with the guy who did it in the...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 7:17 AM
This was never going to be a “Wow!’’ hire.
In fact, if the Cubs indeed sign Dale Sveum, then the hire is more “Who?’’ than “Wow!’’
The Cubs already made their “Wow!’’ hire. Theo...
| Nov 24, 2011
This started Nov. 3 at the Hartford Club. And make no mistake, it would end spectacularly. This started with an arranged meeting before a World Affairs Council event on Prospect Street. And the prospect of it ending in flames on Yawkey Way isn't really...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 7:00 PM
One of the most compelling documentaries ESPN has done in its "30 for 30" series was "Unguarded," which told the story of Chris Herren, a New England schoolboy and Boston College and Fresno State University basketball star who allowed drug and alcohol...