Tag: Baseball

Andrew Orvedahl

Jonah Keri suffers through gym class with Andrew Orvedahl of TruTV’s Those Who Can’t, about becoming a Dodgers fan; turning his little girl into a sports fan; being homeless as a teenager; telemarketing jobs; getting into standup and his come…

Katie Nolan

Jonah Keri spends some garbage time with Fox Sports 1’s Katie Nolan about unreasonable security guards; taking risks; dying of syphilis; eviscerating critics; social media; PEDs; reconciling fandom with athletes’ wrongdoing; mixing comedy and …

The 30: Trust the Process in This Week’s MLB Power Rankings

Trust the process. It’s a phrase that’s gained lots of traction in sports over the past few years. If a team’s making smart moves, the theory goes, then over the long haul those moves should eventually lead to strong results for that team and the players it’s acquired.

The problem is, trusting the process is often easier said than done.

John Smoltz

Jonah Keri braves the elements with Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz about the best weather for pitching; being traded as a prospect; the legendary Braves starting rotation of the 1990s; fostering longevity in pitchers; keys to the Braves’ suc…

Where Have All the Pinch Hitters Gone? Pirates’ Joyce Mastering Vanishing Craft

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Matt Joyce to a minor league contract in February, they were buying a penny stock.

Once a productive regular and 2011 All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays, Joyce had nearly whiffed his way out of baseball last season, hitting a woeful .174/.272/.291. So when the Buccos took a flyer on him on the eve of spring training, they were guaranteeing nothing more than a minor league contract, with a chance to make $1 million if he made the big league roster…still a rock-bottom salary by today’s standards.

The 30: Four Teams Creating Late-Summer Drama in This Week’s Rankings

August can be a rough month to be a baseball player. Dating back to the start of spring training, you’ve been diving after liners in the gap and snapping off curveballs for six months. When a day game after a night game comes along in 97-degree weather, it’s easy to feel a little less sharp or to lose that normal jolt of energy.

Sarah Tiana

Jonah Keri talks Chop with Sarah Tiana about fantasy sports; her job shooting the t-shirt cannon at Atlanta Braves games; Sarah’s recent 2nd place finish on Roast Battle; her upcoming pilot; her friendship with John Rich; tenacity; going to ba…