Michael Pineda’s pine tar-smeared neck transports us to a time when baseball cheating was simpler; a time before steroids, congressional committees and televised testimony about injecting HGH into Roger Clemens’s behind. Pineda’s beautiful incompetence reveals how much we long for the stress-free cheats of old.Follow paulmbanks
If you want to buy a batting cage, it is very important that you know what you are looking for and what you are getting. Batting cages aren’t cheap and you should invest in something that will actually last you for many years. Let’s take a look at some tips to keep in mind before you buy a batting cage.Follow paulmbanks
The Dapper Don Draper is coming to ESPN ‘s Baseball Tonight on Sunday. Well, not the actual character, but actor Jon Hamm. The baseball fan and star of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Jon Hamm will serve as guest analyst on Baseball Tonight alongside host Karl Ravech and Barry Larkin.
Of course, you asked what is Jon Hamm plugging? Why else would he do this? Well, there’s your answer. Jon Hamm is obviously most well known as the “all women want him, all men want to be him” protagonist of “Mad Men,” but he’s done some other good stuff too.Follow paulmbanks
Matt Bush a former No. 1 pick in the MLB draft is currently in prison for alcohol-related charges. He’s widely considered to be one of the biggest busts in Major League Baseball history. He was drafted by his home team San Diego Padres as a teenage phenom in Mission Bay, California. Deemed the next big thing, and given a $3 million contract, he was cited for underage drinking just two weeks after signing his deal.
The alcoholism created numerous legal problems for Matt Bush, and his play on the field suffered too. He blew through all his money, despite being given numerous chances. The Padres cut ties with Matt Bush in 2009.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago White Sox fans remember Jason Grilli? No? Well that’s understandable as he started eight games for the Sox and had a miserable 7.40 ERA on the southside in 2004. It took 13 seasons, but Grilli has found himself in the Major Leagues last season. He was the closer, 33 saves on a Pittsburgh Pirates team that went to the postseason for the first time in 20+ years. Jason Grilli even had a save in the NLDS.
Now he’s trying to save you from going without some good grilled cheese.Follow paulmbanks
You know an event isn’t a big deal until National Civil Rights Leader and former Presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson shows up. The Founder of Operation Push was on hand in the west side of Chicago as New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson had one of the biggest days in his young, extraordinary life.
Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen Curtis Granderson Stadium, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The new home to UIC Flames baseball is the largest alumni gift in UIC history; but more importantly the largest donation by any professional athlete to his alma mater (according to Sports Illustrated via the school’s Sports Information Department). That’s any school; anywhere. The new venue will host more than 38 little league organizations annually, providing for a safe and first-class experience to compete.Follow paulmbanks
New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson will return to the line-up Friday. His injury was minor; not very news worthy.
Granderson’s Thursday though, was extremely news worthy. Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen Curtis Granderson Stadium, at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The new home to UIC Flames baseball is the largest alumni gift in UIC history; but more importantly the largest donation by any professional athlete to his alma mater (according to Sports Illustrated via the school’s Sports Information Department). That’s any school; anywhere. UIC will be just one tenant of the venue; Chicago youth community baseball will make good use of the facility.Follow paulmbanks
New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark.Follow paulmbanks
With MLB and ESPN’s eight-year, multi platform rights extension taking place this season, additional baseball coverage will be brought to the World Wide Leader. This includes a wild-card playoff game and ten more regular season games.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says teams in smaller markets will get to show their product to the country, and the world, more often this season.Follow paulmbanks
Atlanta Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez made a clever remark regarding southpaw reliever Ian Thomas.
The obscure pitcher spent his first three seasons and part of a fourth after coming out of Virginia Commonwealth University as a non-drafted player in three separate non-affiliated leagues.Follow paulmbanks
Fans of baseball nationwide look forward each year to the MLB’s exodus to spring training, which marks the slow start to the much-anticipated season. While many people will find the best cable TV deals so they can watch games from the comfort of their home, there’s also a fair share of fans that will accompany their favorite teams to either the Cactus League or the Grapefruit League. It’s a decision made especially difficult because both Leagues are at either end of the geographical spectrum – one (the Cactus League) is in the West in Arizona, or the other is literally at the end of the South Eastern United States in Florida.
Bobby Jenks is best remembered as the rookie closer on the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team. Jenks has the third most saves in White Sox history, and was often clocked above 100 mph on his pitches. Bobby Jenks once registered 102 m.p.h. during a 2009 game at Safeco Field.
However, the life of Bobby Jenks off the field is an even more interesting and compelling story, as a CSN Chicago special reveals.Follow paulmbanks