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A glossary of baseball terms

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 16, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

One of our readers, D Lynch, asked me to provide definitions to some terms I throw around on the blog from time to time. That makes good sense.

So here are a few phrases you might read from time to time:

Throw a bullpen: This is essentially a practice session for pitchers. They will literally go to the bullpen and throw 30 or so pitches. Starters throw a bullpen in between starts, usually two days before they pitch. Some guys throw their regular pen then a “light pen” the day after. This is also known as a side session.

Dry swings: Hitters come back from injuries often take a bat and swing at nothing, just to get their muscles used to the motion. You’ll often hear that somebody rehabbing an injury “took dry swings for 10 minutes.”

Long toss: This is just what it sounds like. Players will throw the baseball back and forth starting from 50 feet away and branching out to 200 feet. It’s how they build up arm strength. A pitcher coming back from injury will often “throw long toss” before he gets on the mound.

Soft toss: This is what hitters do. They will stand in the cage with a bat and swing at balls tossed in front of them by a coach. An injured hitter will “take some soft toss” before he takes full BP.

BP: That stands for batting practice. You get in the cage, a coach throws some nice down-the-middle pitches and you swing at them.

Simulated game: Just like it sounds. A pitcher will get on the mound and face two or three hitters. Each guy stands at the plate until he makes an out or gets on base. Just a way for a pitcher to get some work in.

The line for a pitcher: That’s shorthand for the box score line. Let’s say I wrote: “Joba’s line was 7 2 1 1 2 7.” That means Joba went seven innings, allowed two hits, one run, one earned run, two walks and had seven strikeouts.

Optioned: When a player on the 40-man roster is sent to the minor, he is “optioned out” or “optioned down.” Players generally have three options, although in some cases they can have four depending on time on the disabled list. One option lasts the course of the season.

Other transactions: This Wikipedia entry explains some other terms.

If I’m missing something, just ask. I’ll be happy to add to this list.

 
 

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119 Responses to “A glossary of baseball terms”

  1. MC March 16th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Pete!

  2. RalphieD (free sports betting >>>http://www.centsports.com/?opcode=317843) March 16th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    good job pete….always lookin out for the masses

  3. Tom March 16th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    No Pepper?

  4. JoeyA March 16th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    I’d like a definition for “Pavano’ed”

  5. dave March 16th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    What happens in the WBC if you run out of pitchers in extra innings? With all these rules, it’s possible. And you don’t have a traditional “long man” available.

  6. Arcobug March 16th, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    HOW BOUT DFA?

    Used in a sentence -
    “When Gardner makes the team, Melk dud will be DFA’ed.”

  7. pat March 16th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    The Lace and Stileto ads have become part of the blogs “charm” but do we really need the Imperial USA ad telling us where we can get Red Sox products?

  8. Tim March 16th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    DFA’ed means “Designated For Assignment”.
    So if a player is DFA’ed he must past through waivers (where any team can claim him) before he can go to the minors. This happens when a player is out of options.

  9. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    What? No definitions for “apologist” and “homer”? Those are the two most common terms used in describing baseball fans, but, nobody really knows what those words mean.

  10. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Obviously, the term “pitcher’s line” meant something completely different for steve Howe and Doc Gooden.

  11. you gotta have faith (bronx zoo 2009) March 16th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    lots of new pictures of the stadium.

    http://slidingintohome.blogspo.....pdate.html

  12. DT March 16th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    The Wikipedia entry doesn’t explain getting to 2nd Base –

    but I guess that’s where the Lace and Stiletto ads come in.

  13. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    They’re talking about this being a 5 minute wait between homer and the next pitch, so, obviously, they’ve never seen Manny Ramirez.

  14. Trevor March 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    That took 6 minutes to decide it was a hr? I saw it at first look that it was a hr.

  15. Stephen March 16th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Can someone look in the Yankee dictionary and look up “partial plan ticketholder with several years of seniority”?

    I don’t think the Yankees know what those are.

  16. GreenBeret7 March 16th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Trevor
    March 16th, 2009 at 10:22 pm
    That took 6 minutes to decide it was a hr? I saw it at first look that it was a hr.

    ————————————————————

    Well, you should be down there applying for a job, Eagle Eye.

  17. espresso March 16th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    GB, don’t you ever change. :)

  18. Ed - 2009 season can't start soon enough March 16th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    again with the Joba to the pen debate on MLB tv? ugh….

  19. m March 16th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    How about “true Yankee”? :P

  20. BBB March 16th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    well, “the Joba to the pen debate” could be the definition of stupidity as it relates to baseball. Homerism, why even define it when you can just post a pic of Peter Gammons, lol.

    as an aside, I’m really bummed Puerto Rico is losing…

  21. m March 16th, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    espresso! Don’t ask such a personal question!

    Yeah! We get to face Puerto Rico again…

  22. BBB March 16th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    True Yankee = ringz

    How about Kool Aid drinker? Or Negative Nancy?

    Or, Hustle’n'Grit? Easiest to just post a pic of Gardner…

  23. RSM March 16th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    The Joba to the pen debate is out of control. Just about every media outlet is reporting that the Yankees are still considering it, yet I have seen absolutely nothing come from anyone actually involved with the Yankees to suggest they are. People just can’t seem to let it go.

  24. darkmoonfire March 16th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Kei Igawa is a Japanese baseball term that roughly translates as “albatross that wears mirrored sunglasses”

  25. dave March 16th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    You have K-Rod in the bullpen… use him for 6 outs!!

  26. BBB March 16th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    There is only one somewhat immediate baseball related thing I want in this world besides the Yankees winning the World Series (and all other related successes). I want K-Rod to blow the save and lose this game. Badly. Fervently. There are no words. Make it happen baseball gods!!!

  27. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    MLB network is now getting severely on my nerves. I got a headache just listening to that crap……and Victor Rojas was the worst (do we overrate 5th starters? )… Struggling to control 4 pitches, Pleasac? Look, everyone forgets that Joba is……….23 years old. These idiots see this guy dominate in the pen and think that he can’t do better as a starter. First of all, any guy with really great stuff like Joba will very likely dominate in the pen. Second of all, the fact that they continue to IGNORE his stretch of starts last year when he had a 2.76 ERA boggles the mind. May I remind them again that he is 23 years old? Expecting this kid to throw 6-7 innings consistently is asinine.

    Another thing that pissed me off – they showed Joba’s stats this spring……like WTH cares? Have they shown the ERA of any other starter? No, they have not, but oohhh Joba has an ERA over 10 – he stinks,

    The saying ” a wise man speaks when he has something to say, a fool speaks when he has to say something” was never more true than with the Joba/pen blather

  28. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Back to Abreu, while I liked him a lot and will root for him to have a good year this year, I think it was time for him to go. He’s a very good hitter, but I would rather have Nady/Swisher at this point than Bobby – they are younger and more athletic and fit this team very well. When Alex comes back and starts to click, and with Tex, etc..in our lineup – no, I think the team will be fine without him.

  29. PJH March 16th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    K-Rod with another potential 4 out save. Would not be thrilled if Mariano was used for 4 out saves in meaningless baseball.

  30. A-List March 16th, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Joba is a Yankee. He became an overnight celebrity and the most-famous young player in baseball.

    He is held to a different standard because of the uniform he wears. Just like A-Rod.

  31. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Jen, from the previous thread – glad you found it. What’d you think?

  32. dann March 16th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Until Joba goes out there and proves it this year, the questions will remain. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. No point in getting upset over it. Hopefully it will drive him to prove the doubters wrong.

  33. Soul March 16th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    It’s going to be a thrill watching the K-Rod show in Queens this year…. not.

  34. raymagnetic March 16th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Isn’t it ironic that some people think it’s asinine to get upset over someone’s opinion :???:

  35. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Dann, the reasons for Joba to the pen are pretty silly, but even sillier is the continuing “debate”. The Yankees have made their decision – is it necessary to revive the dead horse after it’s been talked to death?

    Gee Ray – yet another nasty comment referring to me. I guess I’m getting used to it – whatever.

  36. m March 16th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I’m gagging as I watch the legend of K-rod grow. I wish our pitchers could have that 2-1 pitch to Cora called a strike all the time.

    Bobby Abreu? Good times, definitely, but it was time.

    The other day he had a paunch and today I see junk in the trunk. Is Bobby letting himself go?

  37. DJ 2 March 16th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    “Isn’t it ironic that some people think it’s asinine to get upset over someone’s opinion :???:

    Yeah, it’s pretty funny. Some of the most respected minds in the baseball fraternity think he should go to the pen and they are showered with insults.

    I want Joba in the rotation, but can see why someone would think otherwise.

  38. R-Tek March 16th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I hate K-Rod but would LOVE him on my team. The showboating adds to his aura and mystique.

  39. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 16th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    K-Rod should do something special the first time he closes a game for the Mets at CitiField. Maybe a cartwheel?

  40. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Um, the reasons these so-called respected minds gave for Joba going to the pen are ridiculous, but hey – if you watched MLB network tonight and came away impressed with that segment, then more power to you.

    M, I wouldn’t worry about K-Rod. He is a very good closer, but he’ll have his bad moments this year………and he’s still the 2nd best closer in the city.

  41. Betsy March 16th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    The showboating adds to his aura and mystique? IMO, the showboating makes him look like a clown……

  42. Billy March 16th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Xavier Nady is down to .265/.346/.469 in 55 games for the Yankees. He’s at .209/.250/.349 this month.

    what do you mean by that?

  43. R-Tek March 16th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    “K-Rod should do something special the first time he closes a game for the Mets at CitiField. Maybe a cartwheel?”

    lol, not a bad suggestion.

  44. sweet lou March 16th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    K-Rod has won a ring and is one of the best closers in baseball (and of all time)

    He can do whatever he wants. I didn’t mind Joba doing it and I don’t mind K-Rod. Emotion is good.

  45. BBB March 16th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    “til Joba goes out there and proves it this year, the questions will remain.”

    That’s what everyone said last year when the Yankees first moved him to the rotation, and he posted a 2.76 ERA and held opponents to a .641 OPS until he got hurt. Now if people want to say he wont be able to stay healthy in the rotation….well thats just ridiculous in and of itself to make such a proclimation at this point, but nowhere near the immense idiocy of spewing swill like he cant control his pitches and he has a 10 ERA in ST.

    LOL. Nothing like MLB Network worrying about Joba’s ST ERA w/r/t his role as a starter, but not even deigning to verbally acknowledge his 2.76 ERA in ACTUAL MEANINGFUL BASEBALL GAMES last year. (During their 30 in 30 show on the Yankees, it flashed across the bottom of the screen while they were making ther ludicrous Joba to pen argument.

    I know its silly to get upset over the media’s frequently idiotic baseball opinions, but it would be really nice to be able to read or listen to some natl Yankees coverage w/o hearing this garbage. Anyone saying Joba to the pen should be sent to a deserted island where they have to listen to Fine Young Cannibals and Hootie and the Blowfish 24/7. For crying out loud, it’s like saying Dwyane Wade should be the Miami Heat’s backup shooting guard so he can come off the bench for the 4th quarter! It’s like saying Jimi Hendrix should be a rythym guitaRist…

  46. m March 16th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Meh,

    Nothing less than a back flip will impress me.

    He’ll eat up the NL.

  47. BBB March 16th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    KRod doesn’t have any aura or mystique as far as I’m concerned. He is declining and I bet he would not be able to pitch today in a championship run like he did in 2002. He’s one of the most overrated players in baseball.

  48. Matt M. March 16th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Oh please, the guy just sent his country to the next round in the tournament. Let him showboat

  49. Z (sign Manny) March 16th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    If you’ve watched CC in his career, you know he is emotional on the mound as well after he comes out of a game.

    Remember that game against us in April last year where he danced off the mound after striking out Jeter?

    Get off your high horses. The game has changed.

  50. m March 16th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I don’t care if K-rod showboats (althought the personal moment with Jesus on the mound is a bit much). Half the time I think he’s just so excited that he got out of a mess he made.

    But I can’t stand people (read: analysts & radio hosts) calling Joba out for it.

  51. m March 16th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Remember that game against us in April last year where he danced off the mound after striking out Jeter?
    ——————————————

    Don’t remember that, but I’m sure Jeter hasn’t forgotten about it.

  52. vtred March 16th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    That was a GREAT game

    Looking forward to PR-USA tomorrow.

  53. patrick max March 16th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Between CC, AJ, and Joba… we’re going to have a lot of emotion on the mound in the BX

    I can see AJ really getting into it after striking out a guy to end the inning with 55K fans clapping and cheering with 2 strikes.

  54. vtred March 17th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    BTW – Santana is starting a minor league game for the Mets tomorrow while the rest of the team visits the Braves.

    So it’s pretty common to hold out starters against division rivals. Don’t know why people thought it was a Girardi-special.

  55. Pel (Derek Jeter: World Renowned GIDP Virtuoso) March 17th, 2009 at 12:01 am

    >K-Rod has won a ring and is one of the best closers in baseball (and of all time)

    Crack is wack, Lou. Put the pipe down.

  56. LLIME March 17th, 2009 at 12:06 am

    One of these days… K-Rod is going to save a game and while he is pointing to the sky and screaming… an alien is going to fly out of his stomach.

  57. Betsy March 17th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I have no problem with players showing emotion – I’m all for it. I just think K-rod’s gyrations on the mound are a bit much ………that said, I don’t lose sleep over it.

    Patrick Max, I hope that’s a scene we see a lot of – it sure is going to be different pitching in the Bronx than it was in Florida and Toronto

  58. dann March 17th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    So who replaces Lindstrom on the WBC roster?

    Bruney?

  59. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 17th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    K-Rod should do the Single Ladies dance after he saves a game.
    C’mon now-I think we all would get a good giggle from that. :D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  60. Matt M March 17th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    “I can see AJ really getting into it after striking out a guy to end the inning with 55K fans clapping and cheering with 2 strikes.”

    ::drool::: That’s going to be awesome. Going to be so different for the new guys, coming to a team with passionate fans. They will love it.

    AJ obviously rotted away in baseball purgatory
    CC was in in Cleveland/Milwaukee

    Swisher was in the depressing Oakland atmosphere and the ‘second team’ of Chicago

    Teixeria played in Texas and Atlanta with no atmosphere and Southern Cal where they don’t care about baseball (and So Cal’s 2nd team)

  61. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Fox should put this on the air so Buck doesn’t have to sound like hes broadcasting to 12 yr olds.

  62. R+ March 17th, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Al,

    You want Cutler?

  63. Kevin March 17th, 2009 at 12:31 am

    “How about “true Yankee”?”

    FJM’s glossary has the best definition I’ve ever seen for it:
    “True Yankee
    A leader. A guy who’s full of intangible qualities that help him triumph – with class. Derek Jeter. A guy who has a certain look in his eye, like he knows what it means to don the pinstripes with some motherfletching pride. Bernie. Mantle. Joe D. Jeter. A guy who you want in the trenches with you. Mattingly. Joe Girardi. Derek. Jim Leyritz. Posada. Derek Jeter. A guy who stares adversity in the face and says, “I play for the Yankees, and that means something, and I am going to hit a HR off BK Kim in this World Series Game because I am a New York Yankee.” Scott Brosius. Tino. Dave Justice. Derek Jeter. A winner. Derek Jeter.

    Here are some people who are not True Yankees: Alex Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, Alfonso Soriano, Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright, and every other New York Yankee who has never been on a Yankees’ World Series winning team.

    If you ever – ever – hear someone use the phrase “True Yankee,” for any reason, I want you to find the nearest exit, form an orderly line, and leave the premises quickly and calmly. Seek shelter. Cover head. Report the incident to your nearest FJM representative immediately. You are in great danger, because the person you are talking to is an idiot.”

  64. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 am

    “Al,

    You want Cutler?”

    Yes but for the right price I’d give 1 and 2 this year but not two 1st rounders. Also the Pats are gonna get Peppers for a cupcake deal I bet Pete is ecstatic me not so much.

  65. jason March 17th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    brett ratliff can be like jay cutler.. both have cannon arms

    ratliff is probably also less of a cry baby than cutler is

  66. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    “brett ratliff can be like jay cutler.. both have cannon arms

    ratliff is probably also less of a cry baby than cutler is”

    I agree its just the fact that I want a franchise QB in a Jets uniform so bad that Cutler is mighty tempting. I suppose it would be wiser to allow Ratliff to step up and draft Maclin in the 1st rd.

  67. jeloij March 17th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    bout an hour late, but did anybody hear during the pr/venezuela game the commentator refer to krod as a member of the angels? before he started warming up the commentator said something like ‘krod was already brought into a game in the 8th inning once so far in this wbc, thats not what the angels want to see from their closer’
    absolutely ludicrous, idk who was commentating, but espn should really get guys who at least know mlb to do these games, let alone all the foreign players.

  68. Brandon, 'Watching Jorge Vasquez in the WBC & Wade go MVP in the NBA' March 17th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    ‘brett ratliff can be like jay cutler.. both have cannon arms

    ratliff is probably also less of a cry baby than cutler is’

    LOL excuse me and I’m a Giants fan, listen if you get Cutler your going to the SuperBowl. Ratliff is nowhere near that impact.

  69. BX 44 March 17th, 2009 at 12:50 am

    C’mon Gonzalez, Harriston. Cantu, Mexican Pujols… lets get some offense going against El Duque JR.

  70. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 12:55 am

    “LOL excuse me and I’m a Giants fan, listen if you get Cutler your going to the SuperBowl. Ratliff is nowhere near that impact.”

    Thats what I’m thinking Brandon. With our improved D we have a shot with a legit QB behind center.

  71. Brandon, 'Watching Jorge Vasquez in the WBC & Wade go MVP in the NBA' March 17th, 2009 at 12:56 am

    El Duque Jr. is hurt.

  72. AJ YANKS March 17th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    If I’m the Jets.. I’ll give up 2 #1s for Cutler

    Franchise QBs are the rarest thing to find in the league. If you get one, you can contend every year for 10 years. Getting a guy like Cutler with that arm, there isin’t a player you can draft that will have an impact like him.

    Cutler threw for over 4,000 yards with 26 TDs as a 3rd yr starter. He had no running game and no defense either. Heck, he threw for 360 yards at Giants Stadium this yr.

    If the Jets get him, on top of their defense, they are going to be scary for many many years. What won’t you have? A great QB, great defense, great RB, great O-Line. And I’m not even a Jets fan.

    Yeah, the guy can be a whiner but he has produced on the field.

  73. Taz ZD March 17th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Cuba is like the Anaheim Angels… the players come and go, but the system stays in place. They may not have flashy players or stars, but they have a solid foundation that is developed so the team always finds its way to the playoffs

    Same thing with Cuba. Not a single MLB player, yet Cuba is a hot bed for baseball and can compete with anyone because of their rich pedigree. Tho alot of these guys are good players that just decided not to come to MLB or are too young. Still, Cuba is just a great competitor.

  74. ZMan March 17th, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Why are people wearing winter jackets in the crowd in San Diego?

  75. Al from BK March 17th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    AJ YANKS- I agree man. I want it to go down but I think the coaches and FO think Ratliff can turn into a decent QB.

  76. bartap March 17th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Forgive me for asking if it’s already been covered, but does anyone know where I could see the MLB network’s Yankees edition of 30 clubs in 30 days?

  77. Nick in SF March 17th, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Don Rickles is on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. :)

    It’s like I’m looking into a mirror! Except he doesn’t have the devil horns.

  78. SportsGeek March 17th, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Thank you Pete for the definitions. Definitely cleared up some things for me.

  79. jennifer March 17th, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Is something wrong with the blog no entries since 3 am?

    Back to the stupid Joba to the pen debate. I wish he was never brought up and put in the pen. If that never happened NO ONE would be saying boo about Joba to the pen. These yahoo’s on tv seem to forget he was always a starter.

  80. Toxic March 17th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    “Long toss” and “soft toss” certainly mean different things over here.

    “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw

  81. trisha - As long as you're in pinstripes, Kei, I've got your back. March 17th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The devil had other work to do? Who knows.

    jen, as someone pointed out last night, you can really make a case for wanting Joba in either place. Each side thinks their case is better than the other side’s. The debate probably will never go away – unfortunately.

  82. Victor the Predictor March 17th, 2009 at 8:57 am

    K-Rod is a good candidate to flame out from overuse. See Billy Wagner for reference.

  83. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 9:02 am

    “K-Rod has won a ring and is one of the best closers in baseball (and of all time)”

    Haha that is so dumb. K-rod wasn’t even one of the top 4 closers in the AL last year. He is really really overrated.

  84. J March 17th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Headlines in the Post
    I’M SUCH A PRETTY BOY!
    A-ROD MADLY IN LOVE WITH HIS MIRROR
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/03.....159958.htm

    He needs a new publicist.

  85. Doreen March 17th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    J -

    Sure wish I hadn’t clicked that link. Disturbing in so many ways!

  86. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    One of our readers, D Lynch, asked me to provide definitions to some terms I throw around on the blog from time to time.

    Sounds like the normal Yankee fan – knows nothing about baseball, talks in rhetoric, has no idea what any advanced statistics are, and pretty much loves “The Yankees, baby!” because of the free NY hat he got when he opened his checking account.
    Next up: Purchase fake Jeter Jersey and starting converstations with guys at work about how Nick Swisher is primed for a good year because hes a good clubhouse guy, or how AJ Burnett finally has all the health issues behind him.

  87. jennifer March 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Oh boy Alex. Come on. That looks so so …..

  88. jennifer March 17th, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Shanahan

    And you’re here because????

  89. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    because I like reading Pete’s stuff, Jennifer. Is there an issue with that? Or is there some kind of problem with pointing out the blatantly obvious? Or, should I just keep my opinions to myself when it’s not what the masses like to hear? Should I be the fanboy as well?

  90. William Buckner March 17th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Arod makes it tough for a fan to like him. His play is so far above most others, but his public personality is not good.

  91. jennifer March 17th, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Shanahan

    No you made the comment “sounds like a normal Yankee fan”. How do you know how old the reader is who asked the question, or if they are American and used to baseball terms. Why critize? It is a stupid blanket statement you made.

  92. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:42 am

    A-Rod makes it tough on himself with this crap. He’s the most talented player on the planet, even without the juice, and he keep doing magazine shoots where he’s kissing himself. How do they talk him into this crap? A normal Johnny Nobody wouldn’t do a photo shoot like this, much less a the guy that the world considers vain and shallow to begin with and is always in the spotlight.

  93. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    What is wrong with a fan asking questions? He is trying to expand his baseball knowledge. If you have a problem with that then go away, we don’t want you here.

  94. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:43 am

    You’re correct, Jennifer: I retract the statement.

  95. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    meow, Patrick. I retracted the statement. It was unfair to the person, and I didn’t take into account that he may be a seven year old.

  96. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 9:46 am

    and I didn’t realize that you were speaking for the whole internet, Patrick. What a responsibility that must be – what with all the gathering of opinions and submitting a reply for everyone.

  97. Doreen March 17th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Shanahan -

    Not everyone knows everything intuitively. And shouldn’t you be glad that there are fans who want to take their appreciation of baseball and the Yankees to the next level, instead of criticizing them for wanting to learn more or understand the terminology?

    Plus, one does not have to have any knowledge at all of so-called “advanced stats” in order to be a fan of baseball. I got along very nicely, thank you, with the basics (hrs, rbi, ba, era, so, bb) for a long time. And unless I asked the question, I would still be scratching my head saying “what the heck is OBP?”

    The real ignorance is in not asking the questions.

  98. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Shanahan, you are obviously a moron with nothing of substance to add to the blog. Lurk more or go troll somewhere else

  99. Doreen March 17th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Shanahan -

    I didn’t intend to “pile on.” The other comments weren’t here when I started typing. Sorry. :)

  100. JohnC March 17th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Happy ST.Patrick’s Day all!

    There was green alligators and long-necked geese
    Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
    Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born
    The loveliest of all was the unicorn

  101. Betsy March 17th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I didn’t click on the link because I don’t care…All I care about is Alex getting better and back into the lineup as soon as possible. I do find it odd that people complain about all-Alex all the time and then they take the time to read that garbage.

  102. Shanahan March 17th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Wow – you call names too? Sweet, man. I retracted the statement, Patrick. You’re the one that piled on, and unless you have the inate ability to crawl through my monitor, and force me to go elsewhere, I believe I’m able to sit here and type whatever I want, which in case you missed it, included an apology for blanketing anyone into a regurgitated belief about most Yankee fans. But, it is hilarious to me when someone insinuates that I “lack substance” while including the words “moron” and “lurk” in their rebuttal, while ignoring all the most basic elementary grammar skills in the process.
    No problem, Doreen.

  103. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here March 17th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I think I’m now just numb to all things Alex-nothing phases me anymore.

  104. hokiehill March 17th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    good post Pete, especially the Wiki link. All of that has always been a little confusing to me but the link helped clarify…I have never been this excited about the upcoming baseball season and it’s probably because a friend directed me to this site towards the end of last season. Living in Richmond, VA I dont get the coverage most of the guys up north get to see and the baseball package hasn’t found its way into my budget so this site helps a lot. Thanks Pete!

  105. Patrick March 17th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    You are criticizing MY grammar? You misspelled innate, overused commas, have run-on sentences and used redundant adjectives. If you are going to insult me, you have to do a better job than that.

    You obviously came here to provoke a reaction, so good job I guess. I’m done responding to your nonsense.

  106. hokiehill March 17th, 2009 at 10:22 am

    you guys should exchange email addresses and quit wasting space here. or you could just drop it!

  107. Yanksgal07 March 17th, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day one and all ..I’ll be hearing the bagpipes for six hours or so …ready to shoot myself after two ..since I work on 5th Avenue. I’m Irish descent and proud of it but this parade is one LONG day not to mention the mass of people especially when I’m trying to get home …lol.

    I see the post has an Alex article …so what else is new. It sure didn’t last too long being Alex non-baseball related free.

    I’m exciting about seeing CC AND Mo tonight…Go USA too !!

    Go Yankees 2009 !!!

  108. Yanksgal07 March 17th, 2009 at 10:25 am

    oops ..that should read I’m excited*

  109. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I’m sure arod called the post and asked them to put this in today’s paper…LOL He does not get a break. Can we just let the man rehab, for christmas sakes.

  110. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    March 17th, 2009 at 9:59 am
    I didn’t click on the link because I don’t care…All I care about is Alex getting better and back into the lineup as soon as possible. I do find it odd that people complain about all-Alex all the time and then they take the time to read that garbage.

    Besty: I couldn’t agree with you more. I only care about what he does on the field. How he conducts himself as a father, friend, son and brother is the last thing I care about.

  111. Hola March 17th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Look…I’m the biggest A-Rod apologist around, and even I think those pictures are ridiculous.

    Which means they’re the best thing ever.

    Anyway, I’m happy they were taken and published in Details of all places…because (1) his arms are insane and (2) the reactions so far I’ve seen so far from a lot of guys has been pretty priceless.

  112. hokiehill March 17th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    WBC question…anyone have some insite as to who would get called up to play LF for team USA if we can advance to the next round?

  113. Benny Blanco March 17th, 2009 at 10:48 am

    And when will people leave joba alone about his velocity? He doesnt have to throw 98 everytime in order to get hitters out. The most important thing is that he can get to 98 when he needs to. These are the same people who will complain when he is out on the dl because they wanted him to light up the RG (radar gun).

  114. Yanksgal07 March 17th, 2009 at 10:49 am

    It’s the Post/Enquirer…more gossip columnists than real sports journalists.

    The only “hits” I care about is those that he gets on the field not what song he listens to.

    I just wish Alex went to the school of Derek Jeter when it came to dealing with the media …talk but give them nothing. Actually with Alex he’s better off not talking ..anything he says will get twisted because he’s Alex. He will always be in a lose/lose situation with much of it his own doing…unfortunately.

    Go Yankees 2009!!!

  115. KO March 17th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    D LYNCH R U KIDDING ME GET A CLUE

  116. Rickie Overby February 1st, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Go Saints! Become a fan of facebook page here: Colts Will Lose Super Bowl 2010!

  117. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Donna Mills and Alex ( Rush ), and Keith ( Stones ), and Karen Valentine, rules, don’t worry!

  118. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Overbay was a good hitter, but, he’s done for.

  119. jmills February 2nd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    KD, I like David Lynch as well given Naomi Watts!


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