You know, I’ve found that anger is the enemy of instruction.
Wow. Five more years of labor peace ensured, zero public rancor between the owners and the players, and yet all anyone’s talking about in the TwitterBlogoSphere is how terrible the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is…
One thing that everyone seems to forget about labor negotiations (and politics, and just about everything else): they’ve got nothing to do with right and wrong. They have everything to do with interests and leverage. ...Read More...
Larry sez…“Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa recently played a little baseball on the ISS - by himself. Here’s a quick look at it (since the video is stuck on a Japanese site, unembeddable)”
Aboard the International Space Station these past six months, Japanese astronaut and baseball fan Satoshi Furukawa recently found a little time to play the game on the station. With the cramped spaces, however, it could only be a game of one. Luckily, with the microgravity found the ISS, that wasn’t as ...
Wonder if I still have that Ed Kurpiel Fan Club invitation…
1. Shelby Miller, rhp
2. Carlos Martinez, rhp
3. Oscar Taveras, of
4. Zack Cox, 3b
5. Kolten Wong, 2b
6. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp
7. Lance Lynn, rhp
8. Eduardo Sanchez, rhp
9. Matt Adams, 1b
10. Jordan Swagerty, rhp
Mozeliak encouraged his amateur scouts to seek out speed, athleticism and middle infielders in the 2011 draft. The result was Wong (first round), center fielder Charlie Tilson (second round) and outfielder C.J. ...
Scott Boras believes baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement includes “a lot of positives” and sees ways in which it will help “the integrity of the game.” But the new provisions regarding the draft, the domain in which Boras has helped drive signing bonuses and become perhaps the most prominent agent in sports, is not one of those positives.
In a phone conversation, Boras argued that the new rules governing draft spending will affect baseball to the highest reaches of the ...
More inter-league games! Expanded instant replay!! Elston Howard Batting Donuts don’t really work!!!.....MY HELL AWAITS!!!!
All baseball fans should give credit to MLB and MLBPA negotiators, who have agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement that extends labor peace for five more years. By the end of this deal, there will be 21 consecutive years without a labor stoppage in baseball. There are a number of important things agreed to by the two parties, but to me, the most important change ...
Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, whose slugging and clutch hitting helped the Brewers win the National League Central title, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Braun, who turned 28 last Thursday, was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32, submitted by two writers from each league city, to score 388 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight ...
Obviously, I’m in the minority in this year’s MVP voting. I expected to be. I’m sure many wonder why I didn’t at least have Verlander somewhere on my ballot — second, third, fourth — if not first. My answer to that is this: If Verlander was going to be on my ballot at all, he was going to be first.
But once I decided I didn’t think it was fair to compare pitchers with position players for this award, meaning I wasn’t going to give Verlander a ...
Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American League MVP Voting.
I will make this short-Verlander is a terriffic pitcher. Funny when you look at his 2011 season he started out as the same pitcher he was before. great stuff but a thrower then it kicked in and he kicked tail- However in no way-shape-form or fashion should a pitcher EVER win an MVP award. It’s really that simple. The same way no Running back should be the leading tackler on your Football team. verlander for all his achievments ...
Billy Beane should have never written this article.
“It’s now impacting our baseball planning,” Beane said, “so I feel a need to get involved with this.”
According to a major-league source, Beane accompanied owner Lew Wolff to meet with Commissioner Bud Selig in Scottsdale, Ariz., two weeks ago. Beane declined to confirm or deny his presence or that the meeting even took place…
Oakland lost money last season for the first time this century, with an expected shortfall of several million ...
1. Gerrit Cole, rhp
2. Jameson Taillon, rhp
3. Josh Bell, of
4. Starling Marte, of
5. Luis Heredia, rhp
6. Kyle McPherson, rhp
7. Tony Sanchez, c
8. Robbie Grossman, of
9. Stetson Allie, rhp
10. Jeff Locke, lhp
The Pirates have used the strategy of exceeding MLB’s bonus recommendations in the later rounds to sign pitchers away from solid college commitments. While that has stocked the lower levels of the system with live arms, none is ...
Seeing professional athletes do the work of the common person is always entertaining. There’s something people generally enjoy about watching a guy who makes millions of dollars per year try to conquer the rat race. A’s outfielder Michael Taylor has done just that. During the offseason, Taylor has been interning at KNBR radio station in California — the official station of the San Francisco Giants. He is responsible for walking around and interviewing people on ...
1) For the past 4 years, Citizens Bank Park has NOT been a hitter’s park
Over the past 4 years, the Phillies and their opponents have scored 8.79 runs per game at CBP, and 8.69 per game in the other teams’ home parks. So CBP has boosted offense by 1.2%. Here is how that 1.2% compares to the same data for the most hitter-friendly parks over those same four years:
“I think it’s great. You look at the last three or four years or maybe five and the (home-run) numbers have come down,’’ Jackson said. “There were players you never heard of hitting 50 homers. It’s nice to see them get their arms around it and try to get the game back where it should be.
“You have to tip your cap to [commissioner] Bud [Selig]. The game wins in this situation.’’
Rube Marquard, the pitcher who brought the pennant to New York, is a holdout. He is not holding out against the New York baseball club, but he is holding out good and strong against the theater with which he signed a vaudeville contract.
He thought he was to become a real Thespian, but when he learned that he was to do his turn in a 25 cent moving picture house located in the roof garden above the theater where he thought he was to appear Marquard ...
1. Shorten the season and playoffs. Do we really need the World Series going until Halloween? OK, it was only Oct. 28, but seriously? Forget the 162-game season and go back to the 154-game slate. The final games of the 2012 MLB season are scheduled for Oct. 3. Let’s shoot for a Sept. 12 season finale and get the playoffs started by Sept. 15. This will eliminate frozen tundra games and keep baseball from losing too many viewers to football fans. The playoffs? ...
The Orioles are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Korean pitcher Chong Tae-Hyon… Chong, 33, is a submarine-style right-hander who would work out of the bullpen for the Orioles.
“He’s a clutch pitcher who was on the mound when Korea beat Cuba for the WBC championship and again when Korea won the gold medal in China,” [GM Dan] Duquette said. “He has a unique delivery that would be an interesting addition to any major league bullpen, according to Buck ...
Asked for his philosophy of discipline, Valentine said he learned from his time in Japan that players appreciate having rules that are enforced because it helps them stay in line.
“Discipline is not 30 whacks with a whip these days,” Valentine said. “But I think everyone likes discipline. I think everyone likes structure. Everyone likes to be acknowledged when they do things properly. Discipline and rules and things like that - it’s just about right and ...
Then again, since Evan Grant is reporting it, maybe not.
In a move that likely indicates Neftali Feliz is headed to the starting rotation next season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed Joe Nathan. Full details aren’t yet known, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning Newsreports that he will receive a two-year contract.
AL summary, NL summary, and the main link is to the super-complete voting results. But, to get to the nitty-grit:
AL MVP: Jose Bautista, TOR
NL MVP: Matt Kemp, LA
AL Cy: Justin Verlander, DET
NL Cy: Clayton Kershaw, LA
AL Rookie: Michael Pineda, SEA
NL Rookie: Craig “Casey” Kimbrel, ATL
AL Manager: Joe Maddon, TB
NL Manager: Kirk Gibson, AZ
Did the union go along with blood testing simply to get those kind of concessions?
That seems doubtful. I’d bet Curtis Granderson and other members of the players association board led their leaders to drop their opposition to testing, for reasons similar to the ones behind the one-day White Sox revolt in 2003.
Players want the game to be clean. They want to be respected for their skills, not dismissed with suspicions, when they succeed on the ...
MLB has labor peace. Finally, someone in the 1% catches a break!
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached a preliminary agreement on a new five-year Basic Agreement and are expected to announce it on Tuesday afternoon at 1 ET in a news conference that will air live on MLB.com and MLB Network.
The current deal, which was signed without any rancor in 2006, is set to expire on Dec. 11. The new deal will ensure at least 21 years of labor peace through the 2016 season….. ...Read More...
I do not put much stock in general character, disposition or loyalty as it’s impossible for me to get an accurate gauge of these qualities. These guys are what they are on the field, unless they’re proven cheaters.
In making my vote, I relied heavily on the statistics at Fangraphs.com, particularly WAR. I also spoke to players, managers, coaches or executives of 11 AL teams, other writers whose opinion I valued and many fans.
By the time that late 2001 rolled around, Wilpon and Doubleday were reportedly closing in on a deal for Wilpon to purchase Doubleday’s share of the team. According to sources, Wilpon had already previously scuttled a deal whereby Doubleday and Wilpon would have sold 80% of the team to Cablevision in a deal valuing the Mets at $500 million. However, Wilpon wanted to retain control of the team and talks continued.
With no resolution in sight, Doubleday chose to invoke a clause in his contract ...
Justin Verlander is the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
Verlander is first starting pitcher to win the award in 25 years.
..Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, who led the league in home runs (43), slugging (.608), on-base plus slugging (1.056) and walks (132), received five first-place votes and placed third overall in the balloting with 231 points, behind Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.321, 32 HR, 105 RBI, 119 R, 83 XBH, 39 SB), who had four first-place votes ...
Weeeee! And let’s throw even more meaningless playoff stats into a shiit-rimmed Vac-Con® debris tank!
As the number of teams in the big leagues has grown, determining how many teams should be in the playoffs, and what the playoff structure should be has been an evolving challenge. It is apparent that with thirty teams, it is no longer appropriate to simply award a World Series spot to the winner of each league as was done until 1969. It should be equally apparent that making it too easy to ...