In the wake of the Phillies’ acquisition of Jim Thome, a few people are raising concerns. Keith Law thinks it’s a long shot that Thome will be able to stay healthy if he’s asked to play first base. Jim Bowden points to Thome’s disappointing 17-game stint with the Dodgers as evidence that he might not […]

This is a simple post. Rather straight forward. The news tonight is that one 600-home-run-hitting designated hitter has accepted a waiver trade to the city where he got his start. This is a team that, due to the mediocrity of the division, is still in contention even though they’re hovering under .500. The slugger, it […]

At the beginning of this season, we asked if putting Joe Torre and Ned Colletti together in the same organization was going to mutually exacerbate both of their well-known predilictions for big-name “experienced veterans.” Clearly, the answer is a resounding “YES.” Dangling well-known veteran players in front of Colletti and Torre must be like dangling […]

In this week’s Metro column, I boldly made the following claim: [Manny] Ramirez is arguably the best active player to have never received an MVP award. He’s certainly the best active player to be so consistently snubbed; of similar players, he has the fewest top-five finishes without ever finishing in the top two. But of […]

Some men are forced to end their seasons with ACL tears. Others may throw out their arms. But Mark Buehrle? He has to kill a bear. Literally. Buehrle volunteered to skip his final start of the season, so that a younger pitcher could start in his place. “I got my 200 innings, finally got that […]

Watch as some doctor discusses the virtues of the female anatomy on Oprah…and White Sox DH Jim Thome somehow gets put on the spot. [youtube tUfpLdoKKf0] [Via]

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