The meeting went a little like this.
You know, there has been a lot of crazy talk lately. That’s just crazy!
Bill Bavasi, then the Mariners’ general manager, responded, “My mother always taught me that if the only thing you have to say is, ‘——Dave Samson,’ then don’t say anything at all. So, I’m not going to say anything at all. Is my mother the greatest or what?”
Fun for 2015!
Roger Clemens could be held in contempt of court and face sanctions for disobeying an order to turn over correspondence involving the disgraced baseball pitcher’s agents and public relations guru to lawyers representing Clemens’ former trainer, a Brooklyn judge said in court papers Tuesday.
“To walk into my boss’s office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I’m still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, ‘I’m gay.’”
Through the Royals’ magical October run, that discomfort was replaced more and more by confidence. Like so many fans in places like Kansas City, Cleveland and Buffalo desperately hungry for a championship, Schulte’s whole demeanor — even his self-worth — has been affected by decades of sports ...
Jim Duquette gets out the crystal ball. So far he’s 0-1.
Is it lunch time yet?
PITCHf/x and The Contract.
Gammons on the big contract.
As soon as the Kindle version is released, I am buying my copy. You should too.
Not a vote of confidence for Mike Zunino.
According to a source, the Mariners, surprisingly, were among the finalists who pushed hard for Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday.
Still, the Mets believe the added benefit of a more homer-friendly environment is worthwhile, especially because their young arms have healthy strikeout and ground-ball rates that should keep them from being burned by the changes. The Mets calculated they would have hit 17 more homers last season with the new dimensions compared to 10 more for opposing hitters. Lefties would have been the biggest beneficiaries.
Aaron Gleeman talks Twins.
Jon Heyman on the Royals off-season plans.
We know that over the course of a season, plate discipline erodes as hitters presumably get more tired. It’s hard to get enough sleep out on the road and after a while even a fun job becomes just another job. Well, if players lose plate discipline, they are probably bleeding away strikes, and that can have a significant effect on a team’s chances. Maybe there are some managers who are just better at handling the grind, and in minimizing the penalty to be paid for fatigue and boredom at the end ...
It’s sad that stuff like this goes on.
In addition to his struggles on the field, Howard was engaged in a nasty legal fight with his family over control of his finances, a fight that included his twin brother and lifetime confidant suing him for more than $2.7 million - and Howard countersuing with allegations of fraud and mismanagement of the fortune that he had amassed.
Who is playing shortstop for the A’s next season?
A few interesting tidbits.
(Does anyone know why JABO doesn’t note the publication date of articles?)
Despite recent buzz that the Bombers are considering a run at Max Scherzer, sources said the Yankees have not abandoned their plan to stay away from the top batch of free agents, looking instead at mid-level starting pitchers to bolster their rotation while continuing their search for a shortstop and third baseman.
The Daily News reported earlier this month that the Yankees did not plan to be players for the top free agents, and three weeks into the process, not much has changed.
I don’t believe the trade is crazy. It is extremely risky, especially for a franchise that has cried poor for years.
According to Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Stanton is the fifth player in history to hit 100 more home runs than the average player in his league before his age-25 season. The other four—Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott—all went on to join the 500-Homer Club and end up in the Hall of Fame.
So tell me again then, please, why this contract is ...
The checkbook is open!
Pittsburgh Press, November 19, 1914:
William Neill, scout of the Phillies…is confident that the Phillies have landed in Dave Bancroft a man who should will the hole at shortstop.
“Bancroft looked mighty good to me,” said Scout Neill. “I watched him play in a dozen games. He has a wonderful pair of hands and is as quick as a flash…You can never tell what a young fellow will do when he comes up to the majors, but Bancroft certainly has the ear-marks of a man who will develop fast.”
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He might be best remembered for being the wrong side of a one-sided deal, but he also won 20 games for a world champion and helped the Mets to a pennant in 1973.
Will fans end up celebrating, or Grieve-ing?
Fifth Third Bank, which lent rooftop owners Thomas Gramatis, Max Waisvisz, Daniel Finkel and various holding companies about $18.6 million between 2006 and 2012, says the owners haven’t kept up with mortgage payments and owe in excess of $36 million in principal, interests and other fees, according to the court document.
We thank Dingbat_Charlie for his generous support.
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