5. Yankees. Well, it's a feel-good story for Yankee haters, anyway. They cut their highest ticket prices ($2,625) in half but fans are still expecting (but not getting) a top-notch team, even at the discounted $1,250 price.
10. Tigers. In perhaps the city and state hardest hit by economic woes, there was a fear that the Tigers would get off to another rough start; instead they have played to their talent level. They look like a threat again in the AL Central.
12. Brew Crew. It's nice to see baseball alive and well in Milwaukee. After a rough start, this looks to be their first stretch of three straight winning seasons since 1978-80. Their young nucleus of
I like the non-conventional choice of front-office standout
Diamondbacks people felt their team looked flat and that they should be hitting better; they also wondered why prospects
The move is the first big one in the regime of new team chairman
The Diamondbacks are better than this, and they see an opening with the Manny Fiasco in Los Angeles, so they wanted to take advantage of the opportunity.
• One more positive. At least MLB treats stars like average players. So at least those folks can be trusted. MLB easily could have looked the other way but instead dug into Ramirez's records to find the truth.
• One good thing for Ramirez is that by not challenging the penalty he'll be back for the pennant drive (and the salary drive). He has lost $7 million-plus already, and presumably he'll be somewhat tainted as a free agent. But there's always someone desperate for a big-time hitter.
• The natives are getting restless in New York, but the Yankees have two things going for them: 1) they get
• A-Rod's last words to me (said on his press conference day), "Are you the only [writer] who still likes me?''
• Meanwhile, fans are laying off the Mets as their play has improved and they beat the nemesis Phillies two straight days. Santana still isn't getting much support but a rainout at least has him facing non-aces now (little good it did him against the Phillies' No. 5 man,
• It was a bad day for all the writers from the Japanese papers (the shimbuns) who came to tail Mets reliever
• What the heck's going on with
• More likely to be traded would be Indians ace
• Dolphin Stadium gets its fifth name since 1987 when it is renamed Landshark Stadium, which I'm told is a beer. Hopefully, this name won't last long, either.
• Condolences to the family of