The Chicago Cubs have picked up the one-year, $16 million option on Aramis Ramirez’s contract, but Ramirez will turn down the option and declare for free agency, according to his agent Paul Kinzer.
“We are very sorry that this era is coming to the end for Aramis and the Cubs,” Kinzer said. “He loves Chicago and the fans. They’ve been great to him, but at this point it’s better that we check out the market and address free agency.
12. 2000: 259.8 points. 61.3 World Series points, 66 LCS points, 132.5 LDS points.
Forty times, a best-of-seven postseason series has lasted exactly five games. Of those, the 2000 Fall Classic scores as the second-best, trailing only the 1988 World Series. Each game in the 2000 World Series was decided by two runs or fewer. It even had a ninth-inning comeback leading to a walk-off win in extra innings.
The LCS were 2000’s weak points. They weren’t bad, ...
1) Jacob Turner, RHP, Grade A-: I think he could use some additional Triple-A exposure, but the Tigers may have different ideas. I don’t see him as a number one Verlander-like ace, but more like a durable workhorse number two.
2) Nick Castellanos, 3B, Grade B+: I’d like to see his strikeout rate come down, but overall he had a successful season after the rough first month. Will he develop more home run power at the expense of batting average?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30.—At a meeting of the board of directors of the Washington American League Baseball Club today Clark Griffith, manager of the Cincinnati National League team, was unanimously selected as manager of the Washington team to succeed James McAleer, now part owner of the Boston Americans.
There was a slight possibility of Griffith also becoming president of the Washington baseball organization. It is well known that he had sought to ...
The sprawling eastern Iowa cornfields made famous by the movie “Field of Dreams” are being sold to a company that will preserve the site’s baseball legacy, the owners announced Sunday.
Don and Becky Lansing said they have accepted an offer from Mike and Denise Stillman and their company, Go the Distance Baseball LLC, which will develop the site near Dyersville as a baseball and softball complex. A purchase price was not disclosed.
“We worked hard to maintain its wholesome allure, and our ...
Asked by a reporter to name the top home run hitting team of the 2010s, I offered the Padres. Granting that it was a capricious choice, it has as good a chance of being right as anybody else I can think of.
Here are the top batting averages on bunt hits for players with 10 or more successful bunt hits:
2011 Bunt Hit Leaders
Player Bunt Hit Results Batting Average
Brett Gardner, NYY 11 for 18 .611
Emilio Bonifacio, Fla 16 for 27 .593
Peter Bourjos, LAA 17 for 29 .586
Corey Patterson, Tor/StL 10 for 19 .526
Alexi Casilla, Min 10 for ...
Dreckig! That’s an awful lot of Pfeffer porcelain notgeld coins!
“I’m not sure if eight years … you’re talking about a $200-$250 million deal if the numbers are to be believed. They’re some questions in my mind if this is a 25 or 30 million dollar [player],” Schilling said after the World Series ended. “[He’s the] best offensive player in the game — not for a second do I question that. But if I’m going to pay a guy $25-$30 million, I need everything.
Lai Zhide shouldn’t have written that yin and yang book!
Better yet, we could declare a truce in the baseball orthodoxy war.
Joe Morgan and Bill James can throw out the first pitch of the 2012 season together. The A’s lineup can lead off with a speedy youngster, as it did for much of 2011, when Jemile Weeks’ presence emphasized Beane’s detachment from dogma. Pitch-count zealots simply can promise not to invoke Dusty Baker’s name for 48 hours.
Rangers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-3
Albert Pujols, in the second season of a 10-year, $365 million contract, enjoys a career year with 59 homers and 155 RBIs and carries the Cubs to their first Fall Classic appearance in 68 years. However, after three consecutive postseason disappointments, it’s Texas that rewards the loyalty of its fans with a championship. Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton power a balanced Texas offense, but ...
You’re discounting what scouts have done for 150 years. Age. ####### age slowly.
“There just aren’t great teams in baseball anymore,” the second scout said. “It all goes back to the expansion where the owners got so greedy and watered down the talent. What you have now is 50-60 ‘Four A’ players in the big leagues, many of them with starting jobs or in starting rotations. (Commissioner Bud) Selig talks about parity but what it is is inequity. I felt all year the Phillies were ...
The Red Sox Analysts: Is Dustin Pedroia … overrated? (always hated answer records)
But Pedroia’s problems are even more than fewer line drive, less extra-base hits and a few too many infield hits. He was lucky on not just infield grounders, but all grounders in 2011, posting a .319 BAbip. For some perspective, baseball had a .237 BAbip on groundballs in 2011 and Pedroia has a .276 career BAbip on groundballs. In addition, Pedroia’s contact rate went down from 91% from 2006 to 2010 to 85% ...
“At no time can I ever say it became a sticking point for me or even a question I would raise,” Dipoto said. “I’ve worked in this business my entire adult life. This next year will be my 24th year in professional baseball. My life has been spent around baseball people. So what might look unusual or sound unusual outside the walls of baseball is very common to me.
“I love the opinion of baseball people. I love talking with strong-minded people and I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of playing ...
Dunno (holds stained wighat down), but Tufts takes a look…
By virtue of winning his third World Series title (1989 in Oakland, 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis), a career managerial record of 2728-2365 (third in victories behind John McGraw – who he would pass next season for second place – and Connie Mack) and four manager of the year selections, Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa is certain to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility.
“We all know we lost the Series yesterday. We shouldn’t have let it slip away. We came back today to try to win it, but the momentum just took them and they won it. It’s not a nice feeling.
“We had in our mind that we were going to win the World Series. We were one strike away, but it didn’t happen. It would be easier if you lose four games in a row than having the thought that you were one strike away. It’s not easy. That game [on Thursday] will be hard ...
After a light Friday workout under the supervision of manager Bruce Bochy, whose regular gig is skipper of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, the MLB team gathered at a nearby hotel to rest up for a long Saturday morning flight to Taipei, where the team will get ready for the first of five games played between Nov. 1-6 in three different cities—New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on Nov. 1, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on Nov. 3 and 4 and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake ...
And it’s falling, it’s crashing! Watch it! Watch it, folks!
Here is Wilson, after Game 7 of the World Series, in his own words:
Do you have a sense of how things will progress?
C.J.: It’s foreign to me. I don’t know how it’s going to work. I don’t know if I’m going to get a text message saying, ‘X-amount of years; are you in or out?’ I have no clue. I don’t know if someone is going to be like, ‘we’re going to get you your own blimp; no matter how bad traffic is we will ...
As Yankee fans across the land zobristle at the mere suggestion!
2011 tells a similar story. Once again, Robbie had a great season. He posted 5.6 fWAR with a .375 wOBA, 28 homers, a .533 SLG and a .349 OBP. That was an All Star caliber season, but it wasn’t one of the top seasons in all of baseball. In 2010 he came close to having one of the top seasons in baseball. He didn’t come close in 2011. His fWAR ranked 22nd in the entire game while his wOBA was 27th in all of baseball. He placed ...
David Freese’s jersey is heading to the Hall of Fame. Well, what’s left of it. After the third baseman’s epic game-winning home run in the 11th inning, Freese’s teammates were at home plate waiting for him. Freese’s fellow Cardinals were there to “shred” him in what has become a St. Louis post-season tradition. Shortly afterwards, National Baseball Hall of Fame representatives took the remains of the jersey and are bringing it to Cooperstown.
David Freese’s incredible walk off solo home run ...
No offense to the Egyptian prison scene, but it doesn’t get much crueler than this.
Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked.
He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him.
“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”
Dr. James Andrews, a widely known sports medicine orthopedist in Gulf Breeze, Fla., wanted to test his suspicion that M.R.I.’s, the scans given to almost every injured athlete or casual exerciser, might be a bit misleading. So he scanned the shoulders of 31 perfectly healthy professional baseball pitchers.
The pitchers were not injured and had no pain. But the M.R.I.’s found abnormal shoulder cartilage in 90 percent of them and abnormal rotator cuff tendons in 87 percent. “If you want an ...
Well…at least Tim McCarver will next be biitching on 158 days’ rest.
But Tim McCarver, the longtime Fox television baseball analyst, begs to differ. McCarver, who caught all 81 of those innings that Gibson pitched in World Series play for the Cardinals, laughed and said: “Here it is. I’m still disagreeing with him 50 years later.”
For the most part, McCarver thought Gibson was just as strong in a Game 7 as he had been earlier in the Series, with the exception of the Game 7 he pitched on two ...
Project Griffin: Investigating all extremist activity!
Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos calls it “doing his due diligence” and it’s the important process of exploring all available avenues for improving the baseball team that, this winter, according to one source, will include at least discussing the possibility of signing free agent designated hitter David Ortiz, after Big Papi declares his free agency with this year’s class in the second week of November.
Ricky Adams, whose Major League Baseball career featured being a member of the Angels’ 1982 Western Division championship team, died early Friday following a lengthy bout with cancer.
Adams was 52.
“The Angels organization and their alumni are deeply saddened to hear of Ricky’s passing,” said Tim Mead, Angels vice-president of communications. “There is always a special bond with any member of the Angels family.
...At the age of 23, Adams made his major-league debut with the ...