Who is wrong in the unnecessary feud between the Red Sox and Orioles over Manny Machados slide into Dustin Pedroia? Put it this way -- the principals are least at fault. I know many are disgusted with baseballs unwritten rules, the antiquated system of retaliatory justice that ensues when one player injures another, even inadvertently. Most reasonable people would agree that pitchers throwing at hitters is stupid and dangerous, but a significant portion of players still believe that they should police themselves. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Fine. If youre going to apply the unwritten rules, then at least execute them properly. If a Sox pitcher had hit Machado in a meaty part of his body on Saturday
DENVER — A few hours before Monday’s game, under cloudy Colorado skies, Ian Desmond took ground balls deep behind first base and tossed them to his manager, Bud Black, who was covering the bag. In an alternate universe, created when a few things went differently, Black might have managed Desmond in Washington. As it turned out, he ran into him here, at Coors Field, where both wore black and purple and began anew. Other than the attire, Desmond looks the same, with the exception of a big scar on his left hand from surgery this spring. Desmond broke the hand in spring training and has not played since, but is taking steps toward a return this week — fittingly, perhaps, when the Nationals are in
Thad Levine's first road trip as general manager of the Minnesota Twins is an emotional experience. With the Twins in Texas for a three-game series, Levine is back where he spent the previous 11 seasons as an assistant general manager and helped put together two World Series teams. Levine became Minnesota's general manager after last season, following his time with the Rangers working with general manager Jon Daniels.