The symbol of American baseball dominance, 11 years in the waiting, March edition, was a 5-foot-8 half-African American, half-Puerto Rican kid from Long Island who, in declaring for Team USA three months ago, managed to innocently piss off both places. Puerto Rico wanted Marcus Stroman for its own pitching
Maybe you hadn’t given a lot of thought to Pat Neshek, the journeyman reliever whose appearances here have been weighty, if quite brief, and whose right-handed delivery is a hiccup-y sidearm ballet. The U.S. will play for the World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night against the firebrands
Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands, 4-3, in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium. LOS ANGELES — There is a remarkable spirit in the Puerto Rico national baseball team, the one that played Monday into the World Baseball Classic final. Thought inferior to neighboring teams not long ago in the Dominican Republic
Adam Jones took Manny Machado’s home run away with a leaping catch in the seventh inning. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Adam Jones arrived at the blue outfield wall Saturday night with his eyes up, his chin up, at something close to full speed, chasing a ball that didn’t seem would ever come down.
SAN DIEGO — They’re hoping, trying really, to drag something like perfection, or near enough to perfection, from themselves. Just their usual games, is all. Except it’s somewhere in the middle of March. Their hearts race, the ballparks get loud, the fastballs come, and suddenly the baseball feels important
Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer rallied the United States past Venezuela. SAN DIEGO — The tendency, I guess, is to search for the greater meaning of the World Baseball Classic, pushing the game beyond borders drawn and undrawn. Lacking that, to uncover the nuance created by something so unusual as, say,
Puerto Rico beat the Dominicans, 3-1. It outpitched the Dominicans, hit just enough, made every play, then danced to the tambourines and horns and songs that arose from beyond the first-base dugout.
Bronson Arroyo pitched the first two innings of a baseball game here Sunday. The sub-85 fastballs, the daring curveballs, the floppy blond hair, the gangly gait, the guard-gate left leg, the whole thing.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – It’s happening again here. This time they might be better served to meet it with a side-eyed stare. This time, they might come armed with context, with more than a little weariness, a little wariness, as the welts of prior promises have hardly healed.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the beginning, when he’d set his mind on leaving home and crossing the ocean to try this, Jae-gyun Hwang believed he would have to be stronger. He believed he would have to prepare himself for a game that revered power, both in its pitchers and hitters.
For all of his recent foot and heel injuries, Albert Pujols still knows how to take advantage of his opportunities on the basepaths.
Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster might have the worst job in sports. There is pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies, which qualifies as all of those, with the additional benefit of lending compassion, patience, parenting skills, stress management, life perspective, the virtues of a wind-blown,
He has his own foundation, Archway, that aims to help children, to lead them beyond their own circumstances. They are the ones that inspire the Tampa Bay pitcher.
For Anibal Sanchez, far left, the national anthem now carries a new meaning. It’s easy anymore to take sides, to rage against the other side, whatever the side, and so to forget that in a small room in South Florida there could be a man such as Anibal Sanchez from somewhere else, in this case Venezuela
You know, it’s possible Tony Clark is right about whatever it is everybody is mad about. It’s possible the boys on Park Avenue are running downhill a little too fast to keep their legs under them, and all Clark is trying to do is catch them before they fall, for everybody’s sake.
Alex Rodriguez says he’s had two teams inquire about his services, but he’s not interested. TAMPA, Fla. — When standing on a baseball field as something other than a player for the first time, there is the matter of what to do with one’s hands. Arms crossed says, “I’m thinking over here.
The Mets hope David Wright will be in the starting lineup on opening day. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Terry Collins stood Sunday morning with his arms crossed watching David Wright. Wright was fielding grounders shot from a fungo bat.
A 24-year-old catcher here sailed a few throws this week that were intended for the pitcher but were not close, and one of those errant throws was recorded and delivered to the masses, and by Saturday morning poor Blake Swihart was being shadowed by camera crews and others curious if The Thing had also
FORT MYERS, Fla. — On a distant field here where the older guys hit, an otherwise quiet campus on Friday morning brought the gift of a couple speakers and from them the luxury of music. Keeps the energy up, you know, when you’ve got a little something to bounce to. Life does require some rhythm, a subtle
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Surely some of this would not have happened had Pablo Sandoval given the appearance he gave the tiniest crap about his job. Like one of those bunny pellets’ worth. One of those hamster ones you can barely see. Seriously, pick a small pet and its midden.
Shawn Kelley is in the running for the open closer gig in Washington. Don’t get wrapped up in, ‘Well this is working today or that’s working or I saw this guy do this.’ Remember who you are as a pitcher and do what you do best.
Maybe Jose Fernandez was partial to most days. Long as the sun came up and there were good folks around to share them with, but on the day the bullpens lit up with let-‘em-out-a-little fastballs and the back fields turned Marlins neon?