Today's Dish: Pierzynski Looks For Oscar, Vets Are Cool.

"...and the Academy Award for the biggest d-bag in baseball goes to..."

BLS poll: Do you approve of Pierzynski acting his way onto first? - Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
With no outs in the top of the eighth inning, Romero threw a ball in the dirt near the feet of the White Sox catcher. Replays showed the ball bouncing off the ground, but Pierzynski immediately responded by putting on an hyped-up hobbling act as if he had been hit. You can watch the play here to judge for yourself ... make sure to note that even White Sox homer Hawk Harrelson admits that the ball never hits Pierzynski.

There are two ways to look at this play, either Pierzynski is just trying to do the things he thinks will help his team win, or he's a douchebag.  My head says he's just trying to help his team, but I'm a life-long Angels fan so I think he's a d-bag.

Iraq vet John Stone heroically saves prominent Bronx rabbi's wife from choking at Yankee Stadium - NY Daily News
He's a true angel out of left field. An Army medic who served in Iraq became a hero in the stands at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday when he saved a prominent Bronx rabbi's wife choking on a piece of kosher London broil. John Stone, 38, of Montville, Conn., sprang into action when he spotted Toby Weiss gagging about 15 rows in front of him in the section behind home plate.

Great story, but I have one question...Where the hell did she get London Broil at a baseball game?  Life must be grand in those $2500 seats (except obviously when you're choking).  "Excuse me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?  I'm trying to choke down this disgusting concession fillet."

Why the American League Is Better than the National League? - FanGraphs Baseball
The are several projection systems available to determine if AL and NL teams played each other who would win by looking at each player’s projections stats. I am going to keep it a little simpler than that here. USA Today has the team payrolls for the 2010 now available. Here is the average payroll for all the American and National League teams: American League: $95.8 million, National League: $86.0 million

Fangraphs is an awesome site, but sometimes they make me scratch my head.  How does the A.L. spending more money proof they are the better league?  Maybe they just have teams who can spend whatever they want on free-agents (cough...Yankees...cough), or perhaps general managers who don't know a bad contract when they give it (insert your favorite bad contract here).

MORE LINKS AFTER THE BREAK...

A couple closers hit the disabled list...

Baltimore Orioles place closer Mike Gonzalez on DL -  FOX Sports on MSN
The Baltimore Orioles have placed struggling closer Mike Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. The move announced Wednesday is retroactive to April 10.

Angels closer Brian Fuentes on DL - FOX Sports on MSN
Los Angeles Angels closer Brian Fuentes was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained back, the latest hiccup in the team's slow start.

High school baseball game ends 45-0 -  FOX Sports on MSN
Three Lakes coach Jeff Liebscher told the Rhinelander Daily News he felt bad for Phelps after 22 runs, 23 hits, 21 walks and 11 steals in the first inning alone.

Take a another look at those first inning stats.  11 steals?  While scoring 22 runs??  How bush league is that?  I understand it's a high school baseball game, but hopefully someone took a pitch to the ribs after maybe the 5th steal...and then again after the 6th, etc.

www.ThanksMarvin.com · Thanks Marvin Miller
This web site was spawned by a few older major leaguers who understand what Marvin Miller has meant to all former and current Major League baseball players. We are not techies, so please excuse the fact that the site is a work in progress. As the director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (from 1966 to 1983), Marvin lead us from a history of no rights to parity with the owners. Most of us were very respectful of our opportunity to play a sport for a living, and certainly didn’t want to offend our employers. But Marvin pointed out how grossly unjust the situation was. With grace and dignity, he slowly but surely led us into a position of equality.

A website created by a few retired players to show their appreciation to Marvin Miller for all he's done for their bank accounts.

Some recent MLB transactions:

 

Team Player Transaction
Los Angeles Angels Scott Kazmir Removed From 15-Day DL, (Strained right hamstring)
Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Suppan Removed From 15-Day DL, (Cervical disc pain)
Minnesota Twins Ron Mahay Purchased From Minors
Washington Nationals Scott Olsen Called Up from Minors
Washington Nationals Roger Bernadina Sent to Minors
Baltimore Orioles Michael Gonzalez Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained left shoulder)
Boston Red Sox Boof Bonser Recalled From Minors, Rehab Assignment
Chicago Cubs Esmailin Caridad Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right forearm strain)
Chicago Cubs Jeff Gray Called Up from Minors
Chicago Cubs Ted Lilly Sent to Minors, For Rehabilitation
Cincinnati Reds Wladimir Balentien Outrighted to Minors
Cincinnati Reds Aaron Miles Released
Florida Marlins Emilio Bonifacio Sent to Minors
Florida Marlins Chris Leroux Called Up from Minors
Florida Marlins Jose Veras Designated for Assignment
Florida Marlins Brett Carroll Removed From 15-Day DL, (Strained left oblique)
Los Angeles Angels Bobby Cassevah Sent to Minors
Los Angeles Angels Terry Evans Outrighted to Minors
Los Angeles Angels Brian Fuentes Placed on 15-Day DL, (Mid-back strain)
Los Angeles Angels Francisco Rodriguez Purchased From Minors
Los Angeles Angels Reggie Willits Recalled From Minors, Rehab Assignment
Milwaukee Brewers Mitch Stetter Sent to Minors
Minnesota Twins Alex Burnett Sent to Minors
Philadelphia Phillies Wilson Valdez Purchased From Minors
Philadelphia Phillies Jimmy Rollins Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained right calf)
St. Louis Cardinals Bryan Anderson Called Up from Minors
St. Louis Cardinals Jason LaRue Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained right hamstring)
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