Jed Hoyer’s predecessor, Kevin Towers, was known as “The Sludge Merchant” for his ability (born out of necessity) to pick up discarded scraps and turn them into functioning parts. Claiming Scott Linebrink off waivers and flipping him for Joe Thatcher after five great seasons, stealing Heath Bell from the Mets, signing Brian Sikorski from Japan [...]
There is a basilica in Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose bells ring every hour on the hour. The basilica is named after Giovanni Francesco di Bernadone, better known as St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order and patron saint of animals. He died in 1226 while singing Psalm 141, which includes the memorable [...]
My favorite color is red… no, blue. Next?
Stephen Strasburg is no longer part of my beat, but I covered him a bit when he was at SDSU. In case you missed it, the right-hander made his big-league debut on Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh. His Nationals beat the Pirates, 5-2. Strasburg’s final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 [...]