1. Devin Mesoraco, c
2. Billy Hamilton, ss
3. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of
4. Yasmani Grandal, c
5. Zack Cozart, ss
6. Daniel Corcino, rhp
7. Robert Stephenson, rhp
8. DiDi Gregorius, ss
9. Todd Frazier, 3b/1b/of
10. Brad Boxberger, rhp
By contrast, Cincinnati has more big league-ready position prospects than it has open spots in the lineup. Devin Mesoraco is ready to take over as the team’s primary catcher with Ramon Hernandez departing via ...
Mic check ~ MIC CHECK!...Angry loser ~ ANGRY LOSER..Living in own feces and urine ~ LIVING IN OWN FECES AND URINE!
A cold wind blew through the alley outside the Covenant House Crisis Shelter on 41st St. Thursday night as Brian Cashman stood near his gray sleeping bag, pulling on a pair of black gloves. Cashman was preparing for a night on the street, unthinkable for a man who runs one of the most famous franchises in sports.
But Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business ...
If I had a vote, Reynolds would be my No. 1 selection. He should have been in the Hall of Fame a long time ago.
Reynolds was dominant in a relatively short career from 1942-54. He helped the Yankees win six World Series in his nine seasons with them. Reynolds had a 182-107 career record and sacrificed a chance for more wins by willing to be used as a reliever to help the Yankees win world titles.
Plaschke…as useful as Jonah Hill during that Bob Costas Beane/Pitt/Lewis interview.
The same can be said for White’s staff, which has been portrayed in recent years as one of the villains of a Dodgers system that seemingly contributed little to the major league effort, either in call-ups or trades for veterans. Yet the ugly truth was that owner Frank McCourt’s money troubles handcuffed its development efforts in every distant diamond.
“We’ve been through a lot,” said White. “We’ve had to ...
Two semi-unrelated items from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, November 18, 1911:
Betting on baseball games was scored as one of its greatest detriments before the national association of professional baseball leagues today…The attorney general of the United States, as well of the authorities of the states, would be petitioned to exercise their power to stop pool selling and other gambling devices affecting baseball.
That negotiations are under way looking to the replacing of Hal Chase as manager ...
Speakeasy of Everything…an excerpt from Mark Ribowsky’s new book on Howard Cosell.
During the 1984 American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, Cosell and play-by-play man Al Michaels took to sniping at each other, though what viewers didn’t know was that Cosell had been drinking during the game. After Michaels disagreed with a point he made, believing Cosell’s explanation of a baseball strategy “made no sense,” Cosell waited until after the game ...
Epstein was doing a remote guest appearance on ESPN’s “PTI” when he was asked if he would try to contact Steve Bartman to mend fences between the team and the fan whose pursuit of a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS is the stuff of Cubs infamy.
“I haven’t talked to anyone here at the Cubs about that, but from afar, it seems like it would be an important step, maybe a cathartic moment that would allow people to move forward together,” Epstein said.
But for current GM Alex Anthopoulos and Rogers ownership the bar has been raised. The rebuilding is over. The new target is high 80s in wins in order to compete.
...But what this has done is amp up the adrenaline level in all middle of the pack major-league cities and their fan bases. It has raised the bar for all GMs, so that if you finished around .500 and have some young prospects coming up that could just as easily develop at the major-league level as you tell your fans ...
From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the Rockies have signed the 26-year-old infielder to a minor league contract… Wood batted just .216/.270/.340 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 272 plate appearances this year between the Angels and Pirates. He’s never posted an OPS above .610 in a major league season.
The Rockies’ front office is likely viewing the former top prospect as organizational depth at third base.
According to multiple reports, former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is now in the running for the open Red Sox job.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the news with Jon Paul Morosi, indicated that Valentine has already met with one member of the Red Sox ownership group, and he’s expected to meet with the others at some point.
The news seemed to come out of nowhere, especially given its proximity to the news that Sveum was headed to Chicago. However, the Boston Herald’s Michael ...
Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has accepted an offer to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple league sources, with only some final details needing to be worked out before the deal is finalized.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were seen walking into Sveum’s hotel on Thursday afternoon. They emerged an hour later, walking with Sveum out of the hotel and into a ...
Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw, a Triple Crown of pitching winner with league-best totals of victories (21), earned-run average (2.28) and strikeouts (248), won the National League Cy Young Award in balloting by the BBWAA.
Kershaw, at 23 the youngest Cy Young Award winner since 20-year-old Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets in 1985, was named first on 27 of the 32 ballots, cast by two writers in each NL city.
The American League West has claimed the Houston Astros off waivers….
Two wild card teams will be added to Major League Baseball’s playoffs no later than 2013, the same year the Houston Astros will begin play in the American League.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball’s owners unanimously approved Jim Crane as the Houston Astros’ owner. As part of his agreement to buy the club, Crane will shift the Astros to the AL after 2012, creating two 15-team leagues.
Burrell was elected into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2008 and was followed two seasons later by Aubrey Huff(notes) and Jason Michaels(notes). Huff later credited Pat with helping him overcome his shyness by saying “I broke out of my shell at the University of Miami when I got around guys like Burrell.”
How did Burrell help? Well, here’s one story Huff has told:
“After two weeks at Miami, I wanted to go home [...] So my mom flies out, trying to convince me to stay. I was living ...
Similar to the franchise’s traditional cityscape emblem, the [Mets’] new logo sports a gold 50th anniversary banner superimposed over the New York City skyline and will be featured on the left sleeve of jerseys and hats.
Gone for the 2012 season are the black-and-blue Mets caps, as players will wear the traditional orange-and-blue hats with their pinstriped home uniforms, gray road jerseys and two alternate unis—black and solid white. The 2012 uniforms will reflect the look from the Mets’ ...
According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora, Clemens left the team without providing any reason. This led his team to file paperwork which bans him from playing for any other winter league team, be it in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Here’s team owner Daniel Aquino, translated by our friend Mr. Collias:
“The paperwork will explain that he didn’t give reasons for abandoning the team. With this document we’re ...
One of Major League Baseball’s biggest stars David “Big Papi” Ortiz is now “POWERED by FUSE.”
This agreement with Ortiz follows the recent announcements of partnerships with Tiger Woods, Arian Foster and a host of other athletes, and augments FUSE Science’s overall strategy of signing the most notable players from around the world of sports to spotlight FUSE’s innovative technology and products.
“I am excited to be part of the FUSE Science family which is ...
Remember those rumblings about the Orioles doing something more concrete at Camden Yards to honor their six Hall of Famers? Turns out those plans are finally out in the open - and the finished products will be in bronze.
A club source has confirmed the Orioles will erect bronze statues of their players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. - Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray and Cal ...
When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about Joe Rudi.
There are three great truths about Derek Jeter that we know that tell us his skills are changing as he declines. First, he is hitting for less power. This much is obvious as he’s only had one year of more than 12 HR’s in the last five after averaging nearly 19 per season from 1998 to 2005. Second, he’s hitting more and more balls on the ground as he ages. Now, Jeter has always been a big ground ball guy—his career GB rate is ...
Well, we know where he learned obp from…ops, I’m not quite sure.
With the Red Sox considering changes in baseball operations, including in international scouting, is it possible Omar Minaya could be added to the staff? According to a source, the Sox may be interested in Minaya for a position in the organization.
...Minaya was appointed GM of the Mets on Sept. 30, 2004, a position he held until the end of the 2010 season, when he was let go with two years remaining on his contract. He was not ...
Or as we used to mockingly sing when his horrific Challenge the Yankees card would pop up…“This Landis YOUR Landis”.
Your (White Sox) teammates volunteered you to be the player rep one year and you asked on their behalf for $50 in appearance fees. Weren’t you traded pretty soon after?
Landis: Ha ha, you bugger. How did you hear about that? No, I wasn’t traded. What he’s talking about is our player rep got traded somewhere — I think it was Detroit — so they made me (player rep) and I ...
Today could very easily have been the 100th anniversary of the biggest one-for-one trade in baseball history.
Toledo News-Bee, November 17, 1911:
An effort was made in Chicago Thursday by Manager Callahan of the White Sox to secure Tris Speaker from the Boston Americans. Jimmy McAleer was willing, but wanted Ed Walsh. This quickly stopped the deal.
The Palehose should have pulled the trigger. Career (BB-Ref) WAR after 1911: Speaker 113.8, Walsh 11.9. In terms of Win Shares after the trade, ...
With Murphy scheduled to be on the Hall of Fame ballot just two more times, Braves president John Schuerholz has intensified the efforts to campaign for one of his organization’s most beloved figures. Schuerholz has sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters and other members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking them to take a closer look at Murphy’s credentials.
Dear Hall of Fame Voter:
As you prepare to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s ...
Q: Despite the Astros’ final regular-season results in 2011, what are you most proud of as the team’s general manager?
A: I like the way, despite the fact we played so poorly from a win/loss standpoint, that our guys gave a really solid effort each day. I think that’s a tribute not only to the players, but also to Millsie [manager Brad Mills] and the staff. I am proud of the way the young guys, when given opportunities, have stepped up and responded. It ...
“But he’s prepared for everything. He has the feel for the game, and he also takes all the sabermetrics and all that stuff and combines it into what he wants to have available.”
“You wouldn’t think it of ‘Gibby,’ but that’s part of his repertoire of a manager,” Williams said. “He has an idea of what he wants to do and has an idea of what the other club is going to do, and he reacts accordingly. I think it worked very well.”