Throw It Like a Ballplayer

providing baseball commentary and ponderings since April 2010

Jeter, Konerko, D. Lee, Favre, and Luongo

Posted by dannmckeegan on November 23, 2010

The White Sox have decided to offer salary arbitration to 1B Paul Konerko (Type A) and RHP J.J. Putz (Type B).  However, C A.J. Pierzynski has not been offered salary arbitration. Pierzynski is too expensive an option and, as a Type A free agent, might well be forced to accept the Sox’s offer. With veteran options such as Bengie Molina now on the market, similarly unfettered, likely to cost less for similar or lesser salaries, the Sox are ready to move forward without a limp-armed left-handed hitting version of Jason Kendall.

The big news of the day is the Yankees’ decision not to offer salary arbitration to SS Derek Jeter. Long the face of the franchise, Jeter joins a big list of arbitration-eligibles on the Yankees to be set loose. In fact, only RHP Javier Vazquez will be offered arbitration (he’s already agreed to refuse it). Jeter joins Rivera, Posada, Pettitte, and Wood. Jeter wants more than 3 years and is not enthused about a 20% cut in pay from $18 million to $15 million. The Yankees are realists, though. They won’t give that kind of  time and money to a player at a key position with declining skills. Fun times.

Atlanta will be turning over the reigns of first base to rookie Freddie Freeman in 2011. As such, former Cub 1B Derrek Lee will not be receiving an arbitration offer from the Braves.

Brett Favre’s downfall, Brad Childress’ firing, and Roberto Luongo’s epic fail against the Hawks will complement the Hot Stove and plenty of other NFL talk to round out this week’s episode of…




coming atcha NOW – at 8pm CST on Slam Internet Radio!


Posted in Analysis | Leave a Comment »

90 Minutes to Showtime!

Posted by dannmckeegan on November 9, 2010

Just a quick reminder…

The Dann & Twan Show

streams live on

Slam Internet Radio

every Tuesday night from 8-10 pm

The show will be webcasting from PC Here at 4055 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago’s 6 Corner’s neighborhood, Dann & Twan talk sports ranging from MLB to the NFL, NHL, NBA, and even the worlds of college sports and sports entertainment. Tune in to check us out tonight at!

Posted in Analysis | Leave a Comment »

He’s not my type, anyway

Posted by dannmckeegan on November 9, 2010

The Elias Sports Bureau has released their newest fall rom-com, the 2010 MLB player rankings. A surprising knee-slapper, this year’s dramatic flourishes are supported but not overshadowed by some dark humor. But that’s not to say that some true knee-slappers aren’t right there for an attentive audience. What’s your type, MLB front offices? This plot follows a rag-tag group of statisticians and programmers who share a love of baseball and cruel jokes. Providing Old Man Selig with a numerical rank for all of the free agents out there, “Bud” Selig uses his power and influence to rank the top scorers as Type A or Type B. They are free for the signing…but with a catch. [More after the jump] Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Analysis | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Damn, I was off the mark

Posted by dannmckeegan on October 28, 2010

I want the Giants to win the World Series. A likable staff. Mike Fontenot. The Kung Fu Panda. Juan Uribe. The Freak. Bah Gawd it’s Cain. A 21-year-old lefty who shares a name with a character in the original Bad News Bears and a closer who bears a slight resemblance to CM Punk. Not to mention Posey, Ross, and my 2002 fantasy baseball studs, Aubrey Huff and Guillermo Mota (well, Mota did help pull my WHIP down a little…)

Anyhow, at the same time, I believed the Rangers to be the slightly better team, or at least the team better able to win this series. And after two games, I’m surprised at how poorly the Rangers have played and been outmanaged. It starts with Ron Washington’s bullpen usage, really. In game one, why waste 2 innings of one of your best arms (Ogando) in the blowout? And, even assuming Ogando was unavailable tonight, why wasn’t Neftali Feliz used in the highest leverage situation possible? Bases loaded, Holland wetting a dorm’s worth of twin beds, and it’s progressively worse pitchers we see until we hear Buck and Tim mention that Tommy Hunter, the projected Game 4 starter, was on his way out to warm up. Seriously? It was the 8th, and there would be no 9th unless they tied the game in the top of the 9th. So why should the best pitcher Texas has to offer stay seated? It makes no sense. Preserving a 3-0 deficit, say, is far more important than keeping a seat occupied down by a touchdown and a safety.

Looks like I might be wrong, but I’ll happily take a National League champion. The question is, who do the Giants use at DH? Burrell, who’s struggling and also tends to perform better when playing the field? Sandoval, allowing Bochy to keep Uribe’s arm at third base and Fontenot on the bench as a U? Rowand, or is his potential defensive reputation too valuable if Torres pulls something? Interesting things to look at.

Posted in Analysis | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Radio Show Debuts Tonight!

Posted by dannmckeegan on October 26, 2010

Tonight (Tuesday 10/26) on Slam Internet Radio (, from 8-10pm Central Time, The Dann and Twan Show will be debuting. We’ll be covering all areas of sports on local and national levels, providing a distinctly Chicago voice. Plenty has been going on recently, and even more is upcoming. Tonight, in addition to getting some kinks worked out in the premier, we hope to cover:

  • The World Series: So you’re sick of the East Coast dominance, America? Prove it and WATCH!
  • NFL injury problems: Will Brett Favre be texting candid photos of his broken ankle to unsuspecting staffers?
  • Who contacted Brock Lesnar immediately after he dropped the UFC Heavyweight Title to Cain Velasquez?
  • The NBA regular season starts tonight: wake us up in April when they start to play hard.
  • And so long, oracle octopus! The octopus that correctly predicted the most recent World Cup has passed away.
  • And much, much more…or less, in a quick two hours.

Check out The Dann and Twan Show, streaming live tonight from 8pm until 10pm Central, on Slam Internet Radio!

And a special shout-out goes out to J.T. and Nick of The Pup List, airing Wednesday nights from 10pm to 1am Central on Slam Internet Radio. They welcomed me in last week as a guest host as they did their NBA preview and an initial look at the NFL’s new reiteration of its policy on collisions, concussions, and penalties. Thanks, guys!

Check us out tonight and, if you like what you hear, check out some of Slam’s other shows. They’re getting real close on a totally revamped website, so while that’s coming along, make sure to add the station as a friend over on Facebook at

Posted in Analysis | Leave a Comment »

The Cases for Adrian and Adam

Posted by dannmckeegan on October 8, 2010

Both Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego and soon-to-be free agent Adam Dunn have reportedly expressed interest in playing for the Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez, as first basemen by trade, expressed this sentiment to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmeyer last week as the Cubs were in the midst of hurting the Padres’ playoff chances. Carlos Zambrano claims, according to Bleed Cubbie Blue, that Dunn told him way back when the “first baseman”/slugger first was traded to the desert from the banks of the mighty Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Analysis | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »