There is little question that Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees, is the reason the team does not employ Yoan Moncada, 19-year-old Cuban uberprospect who signed this week with the Boston Red Sox.
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and currently contributes to USA Today Sports Weekly, Sports Illustrated and Vice Sports. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. His book on the Cardinals will be published by St. Martin's Press in October 2015. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
In Seattle on Sunday night, 67,385 people saw Clint Dempsey, American soccer star, make his home debut for the Sounders in a gripping 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers, a bitter local rival. But outside that stadium, despite a national television contract that meant the game could be seen on ESPN2, fewer people saw this than should have.
Once upon a time, it would have been impossible to imagine Daisuke Matsuzaka's debut with the New York Mets as the low-key event expected Friday night at Citi Field.
Ichiro Suzuki was surprised that he received such an overwhelming response to his 4,000th professional hit on Wednesday night, but the response made perfect sense for a player who's never developed anything like an enemy within the many factions of baseball.
If the 2013 Yankees do have a miracle finish in them, it would present Major League Baseball with the unenviable task of marketing the playoffs in New York with a star player they've publicly disparaged in every way possible, and who faces a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, virtually everything that happened Tuesday moved reality in that direction.
Honestly, the Alex Rodriguez news is coming so fast now, you probably can't keep track. I'm not sure I can.
The New York Mets had the kind of weekend they've been having for a while now. They lost more than they won, but they provided tantalizing nuggets of hope, and the path the team must follow this winter to be relevant in 2014 got even clearer.
In Thursday night's game, Zack Wheeler had a problem. He was striking out too many batters.
Back in July, when I wrote a piece praising the Yankees for adding Alfonso Soriano, I also said that "whether Soriano can fix the offense by himself is another story."
About a month ago, Bill Madden of the Daily News asserted that Alex Rodriguez "will never play another game for the Yankees."