It’s that time of year. Sports Illustrated released its baseball preview cover yesterday. Actually, that should be covers. For the first time in the 59 years of SI baseball preview issues, the magazine has printed true regional covers, six in all, with a main image customized for four different regions of the country: Northeast, Mid-Atlanic,
The Simpsons snuck another slight baseball reference into Sunday night’s show that I just caught while watching it on DVR this afternoon. In the above image, tacked to the wall behind Comic Book Guy, is an issue of the Radioactive Man comic: Radioactive Man meets the Kansas City Royals. It’s at least the third baseball
It has been 5 1/2 years since the Royals traded Carlos Beltran to the Astros in a three-team deal also involving the Oakland A’s. Houston, of course, only had Beltran through the 2004 postseason (that amazing eight homer, 14-RBI, .400+ postseason) before he signed with the Mets. The A’s got Octavio Dotel in the deal
DETROIT TIGERS In general This is probably the most-improved team in baseball; certainly in the American League. Not only did the Tigers add an ace-quality pitcher — and a left-handed one at that (Dontrelle Willis, of course) — but they also got one of the game’s top young third basemen in the deal (Miguel Cabrera,
A common baseball party trick over the years has been to come up with “all-star” teams based on specific criteria. The favorite is to create an “all-name team,” choosing players at each position because they all have the same name or their names are related to the body, a holiday, heritage or various other themes.