Friday, April 29, 2005

Marlins Squeak By Phils, 6-4

Jones makes it exciting, Mota makes it back to Miami with stiff arm. (Yahoo)

"We Stink In April", Say The Phillies

"The only time the Phillies ever started a season under .500 after the first 20 games and went on to make the playoffs was in 1977. The Phils started 9-11, but went on to win the NL East before losing to the Dodgers, 3-1, in a best-of-five series for the pennant." (PhillyBurbs.Com)

MORE: Mike from A Citizen's Blog compares Fish and Phillies. (ACitizensBlog)

More Crappy Weather in Philly This Weekend

Oh boy - tripleheader on Sunday! (NWS)
UPDATE: McKeon P.O'ed over unclimatical scheduling. (PalmBeachPost)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Jayson Stark on the Puzzle That is the Phillies


Doubleheader Postponed, Too Many Penguins on Field

Aug.7, Fish at Cincinatti - Aug.8, Doubleheader at Denver - Aug. 9, Fish Home Against Arizona.(SignOnSanDiego)

Rockies Flip Coin To Decide Game 2 Starter

Either Acevedo or Kim, or some call-up, or maybe that fat guy in the bleachers. (RockyMountainNews)

Little Havana Will Need All Its Seedy Bars To Survive Marlins

Jim DeFede consults with Pepe the bartender. (MiamiHerald)

Sun-Sentinel Editorial Board Likes Stadium State Tax Break

It "is not an exorbitant request. It will not deprive Tallahassee of money for much higher priorities like education." (SunSentinel)

Marlins' Latest Reliever Now Marlins' Latest Starter

Travis Smith is pencilled in to start Game 2 of today's potential doubleheader. (MiamiHerald)
(Weather permitting, of course.) (Weather.Com)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Atlanta, Phillies Win - Nats, Mets Lose

35 degrees and rain, and a late-starting game in Denver.(Yahoo)
And then the snow, and the cancellation, and the coming doubleheader. (MiamiHerald)

Victory For The Poor Who Need Dentures, Defeat For Those With Ravaged Homes

``This is where we get the money for the eyeglasses and the dentures for the poor, all the special projects we want,'' (Rep. Juan-Carlos) Planas said. ``It's by people coming here (to Florida and its entertainment facilities) and spending their money.''...

``I can't stand here and help build stadiums when I still have 30,000 families (in my community) who can't move into their homes (after Hurricane Ivan),'' said Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola.

- (SunSentinel)

Al's Got Something to Prove Tonight

He seems to have trouble pitching in the Leiter air. (MiamiHerald)

FLASH: Most of NL East Managed by Old Farts

Willie's the baby at 50. (NewsJournal)

Oh By The Way, Fish Won Last Night, 9-3

Pierre finally homers at Coors. (Yahoo)
Gonzo homers after getting in an 0-2 count. (CBSSportsline)

Armando Benitez Injured?

MRI to be done this morning. (ESPN)
UPDATE: Yep, he's about 4 months worth of injured. (

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Marlins Stadium Subsidy Sneaked In As Amendment, Will Get Final Vote in State House

"When is this going to stop?", "This is bad tax policy, a bad idea." (HeraldTribune)
EXTRA: Senate wants name of team to stay as 'Florida' Marlins as condition of approval,Miami leaders mumble incoherently. (SunSentinel)
MORE: Republican Senator headlocks Democrat, drags him back into room. (MiamiHerald)

Tonight's Preview

Delgado looking to score his 900th run. (RockyMountainNews)

Jeffrey Loria: Maybe He's For Real

"I was in Baltimore close to five years, and I never met (Orioles owner) Peter Angelos one time," Conine said. "I was in the clubhouse 5 minutes in Florida before Jeffrey came up and said, 'Hello. Glad to have you. Have fun. Let's do good things here.'" (RockyMountainNews)

A Pitching Resurgance In MLB This Year?

Evidence points to Sandy Alderson. (MLB)

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Looks a Bit Nippy For the Colorado Series

Probably it'll feel like it, too. (WeatherUnderground)

Marlins Lose 2-1

Mohler gives up 1 earned run in 7 innings, Pierre's 2nd strikeout this year ends game. (Yahoo)

"Last Weekend, The Mets' Mike Piazza -- Standing On Second Base, Turned To Gonzalez And Said, 'You Are The Best!'"

Question is, who told this to Barry Jackson? Mike? Alex? Both of them? Jose Reyes? (MiamiHerald)
Note: This had to have been in the bottom of the 8th in the game on Saturday the 16th, when Piazza had that ground-rule double, the only time he reached second that day. It was then because Gonzo sat out Friday's game, and Piazza the game on Sunday.

Jared Buck Joins Andy on 'Marlins Today' Blog


The PC/IP/CG Brouhaha Deepens...

Science says it's pitch counts, with a bit of innings pitched added. (CNNSI)
EXTRA : More McKeon/Wiley received wisdom (ESPN)

The Great Rich Waltz Competency Poll Continues...


Saturday, April 23, 2005

Fish Win Again 4-2

Williis goes 6 innings, striking out 7...Encarnacion drives in winning runs...Griffey whiffs twice, batting .200...Mota gets 2nd save. (Yahoo)

Padres Pine For The Days of Ismael

"Since they traded Valdez to the Florida Marlins at last year's July 31 deadline, the Padres have lost 11 consecutive games in which a No. 5 starter took the mound." (NorthCountyTimes)

Reds Haven't Been Getting Runners Home...

...and lead the majors in strikeouts. (CincinattiPost)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Marlins Beat Reds 4-2 - Fish All Alone on Top in NL East


Ryan Dempster Pitching Solidly for Cubs

...but getting little run support. (JournalRegister)

Travis Smith Called up From Albuquerque

(OurSportsCentral)...while Mark Little is having a banner year there. (Intelligencer)

Tonight's Preview

From the (SportsNetwork)

Maverick Recalls When The Reds Last Came to Town

"Brutal..." (MaverickBall)

History Doesn't Look Kindly on the Nationals' Keeping Up Their Early Pace

So look for them to win it all. (BaseballToaster)

Al Leiter Gets Ponchoed by Mets, Fish Lose 10-1

Alfonseca getting MRI on elbow. (Yahoo)

Monday, April 18, 2005

Fish Win 9-4

Nats' streak Screeches to a halt. (Yahoo)

Interesting Thomas Boswell Article

Beyond the stats showing the improvements in the performance of the Nats over the Expos, he shows how "the underlying trends in attendance that have been revealed" makes for sobering comparasions between the Nats and other MLB teams, including the Fish. (WashingtonPost)

EXTRA: Okay, I'm not sober any more, here's Tony Kornheiser.

A New 'Willis' in Toronto?

Brad Arnsberg seems to think so. (TheGlobeAndMail)

Mike Mordecai Managing Jammers


Screech Can't Fight Youppi! Love

Mike Berardino sifts through the depths of emotion. (SunSentinel)
EXTRA: The views of Youppi! (FishStripes, Part2)

Mr. Willis Goes to Washington

Also, Mound problems at RFK...No action for Alfonseca...(PalmBeachPost)
(...Except being ejected) (MiamiHerald)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Another CG For AJ

Fish win, 5-2 (ESPN)

Top 5 Reasons For Saturday's Loss

5. McKeon having Todd Jones pitch in the 8th (MaverickBall)
4. Pedro was the main catalyst (Newsday)
3. The lack of offense in the 3-4-5 positions (PalmBeachPost)
2. The blown call at the plate in the 9th (NYPost)
1. A lax criminal justice system (ESPN, link found here)

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Oh, No - The Braves Can't be Pulling Irretrievably Ahead ALREADY?!?

Can Pedro stop the bleeding? Can the Nats staunch the steamroller? (MLB)
Update: It's probably a little too early to be overreacting. (HardballTimes)

Delgado's Outstanding, Except for 'God Bless America'

Also, Jeff Conine really is a dog. (WashingtonTimes)

Deja Vu All Over Again?

Marlins win the series opener against Atlanta 9-0, then lose the next 2 games. They win the series opener against Washington 9-0, then lose the next game. Will history continue to repeat? (

Friday, April 01, 2005