American League (Baseball)

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    February 22, 2010

    Khalil Greene is a No-Show in Texas; Still Suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder

    ​Last season the St. Louis Cardinals' Khalil Greene was put on the disabled list twice, missing 46 games, because of his recurring social anxiety disorder. In 77 games, he hit just .200 -- and made $6.5 million. The 30-year-old Greene, a one-time offensive spark plug for the San Diego ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Can the Negro Leagues Museum Survive the Recession?

    Wikimedia CommonsBuck O'Neil, Kansas City Monarchs manager, first black coach in Major League Baseball and founder of the Negro Leagues Museum.​The count is rising against the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.Strike one: The recession, which is hurting museums all over the country, but ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Yankees 1, Phillies 1, Derek Braunecker Millions

    ​As the World Series heads back to Philadelphia tied at one game apiece, both the Yankees and the Phillies have reason to be optimistic. The Phillies have to feel great about where they stand, as they succeeded in wresting home field advantage away from the Yankees and now have three games in thei ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    What if Mad Men Took Place in Boston and Starred Joey McIntyre?

    Saw this linked on a random blog, and nearly keeled over from laughing. Here's the show Mad Men, if it took place in Boston and starred New Kids on the Block's Joey McIntyre. The characters spend the entire time drinking Budweiser and swearing -- so this is very NSFW, if your office frowns on such t ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    The Year of the Collapsing Closer

    ​When people look back at the Yankees' 2009 World Series Championship (it's going to happen, sadly; get used to the idea), there will be talk of Alex Rodriguez finally breaking through and becoming the clutch genius we all knew he had locked away inside him, or Derek Jeter leading the Yanks to the ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Getting Behind the Angels

    ​With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, I've had to decide what team I'm going to root for the rest of the playoffs. Sure, I could just watch the games impartially and enjoy the sport itself, but where's the fun in that? No, I'm one of those people who are always going to set up a team to root fo ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Post-Season Throwdown: What They're Saying in New York, Denver, Minneapolis

    ​Coming off the three-hour, 54-minute letdown last night in Los Angeles, there's nothing we want more than to look ahead to this afternoon's Game 2 start time of 5:07 p.m. and put Matt Holliday's plate failures and Chris Carpenter's perplexing inability to find the outside of the plate behind us.T ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Why No-Trade Clauses are a Bad Idea: Billy Wagner

    fortsanders.netBad Idea. ​I know I've mentioned before - numerous times, most likely - how much I hate no-trade clauses in baseball contracts. In particular, the no-trade clause in Kyle Lohse's contract has proven to be a source of major irritation to me, not because I don't think Lohse is a usefu ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Chris Duncan Still Being Conspired Against

    Sadly, it looks as if Boston - or, more accurately, Pawtucket - just wasn't far enough for Chris Duncan to escape the shadowy conspiracy against him. Keep on humping, Chris, and keep reaching for that rainbow. ​Duncan has been released by the Boston Red Sox, less than a month after he was acq ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    Game Notes: Cardinals 3, Trolley Dodgers 2 17/08/09 - The Best Day Ever

    A couple of years ago, back when Charlie Haeger was floating around between Triple A and the majors with the White Sox, I was really hoping the Cardinals might check into acquiring him. At the time, it didn't look as if Chicago had a whole lot of use for him, and I thought he would make a great pick ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Thus Concludes The Coolest July St. Louis Has Ever Known

    uploaded by Uncle Pilot to the RFT Flickr Pool​Technically as of last night, we're about to wrap up just the sixth coolest July on record. That doesn't mean it wasn't the coolest, though. The lowest average temperature in July came in 1961 and 1891, when it was typically a balmy 74.9 degrees. Here ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Manny Ramirez: Not Only a Cheater, But a Liar As Well

    I try not to get too very sanctimonious over much of anything in life. I don't consider myself a moral relativist, by any means, but I just don't believe things are very often defined sharply in black and white. We all do what we have to to get by in life, and all too often, that means compromising ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Mark Buehrle Tosses a Perfect Game

    Just a few minutes ago, Mark Buehrle, the lefty from the Chicago White Sox who just also happens to be a St. Louis native, completed the eighteenth perfect game in baseball history. Congratulations to Mark, who actually attended college three minutes from my childhood home. Of course, my congra ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Photos: Official Playboy All-Star Bash at Lure Nightclub

    Press cameras officially were not allowed into Lure Nightclub last night, because of presence of the dozens of pro athletes, musicians and actors promised to be in attendance. For those willing to pay $175 to get in the door (but hey, there was an open bar!), there were indeed a few athletes with wh ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009
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    July 2, 2009

    Chicago Tribune Acknowledges Existence of St. Louis Louis thinks about Chicago a lot. It's bigger. It thinks it's better. Its National League team is our baseball team's most deadly rival.But to Chicagoans, the National League team's most deadly rival is the American League team across town. When Chicago bothers to consid ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    The Draft Thread

    Well, here we go, everybody. The Draft is finally here, and now we wait for the Nationals to tell us what we already know. Aaaaand there we are. Strasburg is the pick at #1. In other news, the sun came up in the East this morning, and likely will again tomorrow. 

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    May 29, 2009

    Adrian Beltre to the Cardinals? A Fantastic Move!

    sbnation.comIn his "Five Minutes" column today, the local daily's Bernie Miklasz offers up a few ideas on how the Cardinals could improve at the hot corner. The big man does a pretty stellar of job analyzing the stats behind a few trade prospects, including calling out the Coors-inflated numbers of ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    The Same Old Izzy That We Used to Know

    One of my favorite pastimes is to go over to Fangraphs and look at the win probability charts for baseball games after they end. It's especially fun to look at games in which really wacky things have happened, as the peaks and valleys are often marvels to behold. Never before, though, have I ever s ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Zack Greinke

    I don't know if anyone's noticed, but something pretty extraordinary is happening on the other side of the state. Zack Greinke, the Royals' young phenom right-hander, may have become the best pitcher in baseball while no one was looking. So far this year, Greinke's record stands at 6-1, with an ... More >>

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    May 4, 2009

    "La Russa Becomes The First Manager to Think for the Cycle"

    blogs.seattleweekly.comThat's the line one of the best baseball writers on the planet, the Seattle Times' Larry Stone, uses to talk up the intelligence of the animal rights activist formerly known as Cards manager Tony La Russa in his always-hilarious "Power Rankings" column.Stone happens to think p ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Baseball Card of the Week: Loudmouth Jonathan Papelbon

    Amazingly, just this past week, a story actually came along that got everyone to stop talking about Alex Rodriguez, even if only for a moment or two. The source of such distraction was the Boston Red Sox. More specifically, it was the closer for the Boston nine, Mr. Jonathan Papelbon, giving hi ... More >>

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    July 21, 2008
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    January 9, 2008

    Book 'Em

    Unreal relishes being among the nation's most literate and and gets close with the NuttyBuddy.

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    November 28, 2007

    Hopelessly Devoted

    "I loved Ned Garver. He was [the Browns'] best pitcher in the '50s. He won 20 games in 1951, but the team lost 100."

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    October 8, 2007
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    October 8, 2007
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    July 25, 2007

    Hits Galore

    Baseball blogs make a successful pitch for legitimacy.

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    July 5, 2006
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    April 19, 2006


    The spendingest opening day in the big leagues this year!

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    December 14, 2005
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    August 3, 2005

    Good Advices

    We have an intervention for An Angle, talk baseball and Moz with Joe Pernice, and learn some rock rules by which to live

  • Film

    April 6, 2005

    For Love of the Game

    The Farrelly brothers swing straight and hit the sweet spot

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    February 23, 2005

    Willie McGee Denies Ever Using Steroids

    Unreal visits a holistic beauty shop, discovers the synergy between consulting groups and Playboy Playmates and checks out a local blogger's anti-Valentine's Day party. Plus: Was it really just the Milky Ways, Willie?

  • Music

    November 10, 2004

    SoundBlaster Masters

    The Nintendo Fusion Tour brings a pixilated party to the Pageant

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    March 31, 2004

    Tony La Russa's Manhattan Project

    A top-secret squad of "Shadow Cardinals" improves with age at a remote training center in Kansas

  • Calendar

    November 5, 2003

    Red Sox Fans, Take Heart

    Andrea Marcovicci sings from hers

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    October 29, 2003


    Hoop dreams die hard for coach John Campbell and his Sanford-Brown Indians

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    August 27, 2003

    Kurt, I Am Your Father

    Rams vs. Chiefs for control of the Empire

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    June 18, 2003

    Reefer Badness

    There's a lot of misinformation out there: Here's more

  • Culture

    June 4, 2003

    Let's Play Two

    The Black Rep and Stages provide a Yankee doubleheader

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    May 8, 2002

    Illinois Bluff

    Why the Cardinals aren't moving across the river

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    February 7, 2001

    The Midas Touch

    Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. has a knack for making money without risking his own. Meet the guy who wants you to cough up $250 million for a new stadium.

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    June 28, 2000

    Getting What You Don't Pay For

    Success ruins some of baseball owners' most tearful tales

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    May 5, 1999

    Foul Ball

    Whitey Herzog takes a vicious swing at money-driven modern baseball, where only the wealthy win -- and the fans always lose

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