Good stuff from Alan Schwarz…including a Father Gabe Costa sighting!
Watching a baseball telecast may not be the best way to learn basic probability.
Let’s say Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and his .313 career batting average stride to the plate after 20 straight at-bats without a hit. Sports Announcer No. 1 will invariably discuss how Jeter is in a slump, suggesting that, because of some problem either physical or mental, his chance of getting a hit is somewhere less than his usual ...
Moyer, who turns 49 later this month, is a free agent and has thrown for scouts twice recently, including Thursday in San Diego.
So far, the left-hander is getting rave reviews.
“Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound,” one veteran scout said. “He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as a fifth starter and win 10 or 12 games. He’s throwing 81 to 83 miles an hour, but he still knows how to make you look like an idiot. He doesn’t need the ...
Milk duds, Epstein…milk those duds. Locate hard to find products!
Once the Cubs managerial candidates settle into their seat for an interview, they will be put through an unconventional interview that’s a bit more complicated than asking “What do you know about Wrigley Field wind currents in April and May?”
One part of the process is game simulations, in which the candidate is handed lineup cards, statistics, a history of the relievers’ workloads and other relevant facts. A candidate will ...
Sandberg sir. I put him hard-a-starboard and reversed the engines, but he was too close!
Another reason that Sandberg joining the Red State is something I’m rooting for is to get this Cubs fan base concerned strictly with the Cubs and their vision of moving forward. The Cardinals are the competition, of course, but you have to mow your own lawn first before worrying about your neighbor’s.
Most of all, though, I’m pushing for this out of spite, my contempt for the idiot Cubs fan. That ...
After Joe Cox of Springfield, Mo., known as the Missouri “hope,” was fouled in the second round of a scheduled ten round bout with Eddie Fields of Joplin, Mo., here Friday night, Charlie Schmidt, the American league baseball catcher for the Detroit team last season, took Cox’ place and won a six round decision over Fields.
It’s not entirely clear whether Schmidt went to the match intending to box, or whether he volunteered after Cox was injured. Regardless, ...
On July 2, Marquez ruled Phillies baserunner Chase Utley safe on a routine play at the plate. Rauch had been unhappy with what he perceived was an unfair strike zone and promptly was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Though his strike zone came into question, many commenters marveled at the sheer visual spectacle of a very angry 6’11” Rauch being restrained by three Blue Jays personnel, all the while ripping off his jersey and vehemently yelling at a calm and unflinching Marquez, who is ...
Scott continued to live in Binghamton after his career. He opened a bar, called “Mickey’s Mound,” which I remember driving by when I was a teenager, having no idea that it was Mickey SCOTT’s Mound. I wonder how the conversation would have went if I asked my folks if we could just pop into a bar to see if a former major leaguer was there. (Mickey’s Mound is now The Brass Lantern Tavern).
Scott pitched for a Yankees farm team, the Binghamton Triplets, during the ...
There is life after the Baseball-Reference.com blog…
After nearly 4 and a half years, that blog has run its course so I’m moving things over here. What can you expect? More of the same, for the most part. At least initially we will be running the same sort of content you saw on the B-R blog.
Please be advised that at 6:45pm AEDT (3:45pm AWST) on Thursday, November 3, 2011, the Australian Baseball League made the decision to officially postpone the start of the 2011-12 ABL season by postponing the game between the Perth Heat and Adelaide Bite.
The game, scheduled to commence at Barbagallo Ballpark at 7:20pm local Perth time, was forced to be postponed due to persistent rain and ongoing weather forecasts for the remainder of the evening.
As expected, the MLB All-Stars won Game 2 of the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series in Taichung Intercontinental Stadium, but it didn’t come easy. They eked out a 5-3 victory over the Chinese Taipei national team in a game that was in question for most of the contest, and also was tinged with worry and concern because of a serious injury to a Chinese Taipei player.
After taking an early 2-0 lead, MLB gave up three unanswered runs to face its first deficit of the five-game exhibition series, but tied ...
Two names at or near the top of the list, according to sources, are Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee interim manager Dale Sveum, who interviewed for the Boston Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday.
It is worth noting that these two have 12 games of major league managing experience between them. All 12 being Sveum’s.
Larry splains…“For the first 3 yrs of the Type A/Type B free agent classifications, Baseball Digest published lists of how Elias ranked each player in baseball (since a FA needs to be in the top 20% or 30% at his position, all players must be ranked). For example, RP Doug Corbett was considered the #1 player in the AL in 1982 because of how he ranked compared to other RPs. Here’s a look at some of the lists…”
For at least three years, though, the formula was not only publicly available, but ...
Jim Crane’s $680 million purchase of the Astros appears headed for approval when baseball owners meet Nov. 17 in Milwaukee, according to officials with knowledge of the process.
Officials caution the deal could still fall apart, and that there are still multiple moving parts in play. One of those moving parts is MLB and Crane continuing to negotiate a price for which the Astros would move to the American League in 2013.
In addition, some owners have expressed discomfort with parts of ...
(Minnie)The Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame is here (Minoso)!
Ten candidates, including Ron Santo, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, (Minnie Minoso) and Luis Tiant , are joined by former executives Charlie Finley and Buzzie Bavasi on this year’s Golden Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The 16-member Golden Era Committee will vote Dec. 5 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas. An individual (Minnie Minoso) receiving at least 75 % of the vote on ballots cast will earn election ...
The bottom line is that Jeff Wilpon is right. The minority owners who have invested in the Mets are none of the fans’ business. I know in today’s information age we want to know everything, but this is a non-issue and I’ll tell you why.
This has nothing to do with what happens on the field. These minority owners are being brought in to infuse more cash into the team overall and not just the roster which is our business. The renovations that are being made to Citi Field are a prime ...
Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.
Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.
Jumpin’ jodidos! They lost to the Demon Deacons also?!
The United States government has—once again—thumbed its nose at the will of the international community and the embargo remains solidly in place, making life more difficult for Cubans and serving as the excuse for everything that goes wrong in the country.
We didn’t think we would edge out the USA’s continental domination in the Pan American Games (except for the historic exception of 1991, when the event took place in Havana). ...
1B Adrian Gonzalez BOS
2B Robinson Cano NYY
SS Asdrubral Cabrera CLE
3B Adrian Beltre TEX
OF Curtis Granderson NYY
OF Jose Bautista TOR
OF Jacoby Ellsbury BOS
C Alex Avila DET
DH David Ortiz BOS
1B Prince Fielder MIL
2B Brandon Phillips CIN
SS Troy Tulowitzki COL
3B Aramis Ramirez CHC
OF Ryan Braun MIL
OF Matt Kemp LAD ...
After the Cleveland Indians declined to exercise their 2012 option on him this weekend, free agent center fielder Grady Sizemore has received interest from several teams and is willing to play anywhere, his agent Joe Urbon said.
“He’s open to anything,” said Urbon, who is part of CAA Sports. “He’s not limiting his choices at all.”
...In choosing his next team, Sizemore wants a place he can prove himself again. He would prefer center field – the Nationals’ greatest area of need ...