Unlike Major League Baseball, for whom Rawlings has been the official supplier of baseballs since 1977, Japan’s top league has long used multiple manufacturers.
This season, however, for the first time in the 75-year history of Nippon Professional Baseball, every team is using the same supplier.
In any given season, as many as nine manufacturers had supplied baseballs to Japan’s 12 teams. Many clubs, in fact, contracted with multiple suppliers and freely switched the balls they used in their ...
Here are the all-time leaders in FanGraphs’ wRC+, which compares a hitter’s runs created to an average player and is park- and league-adjusted, so a batter with a 150 wRC+ created 50 percent more runs than average:
...Here is the case against each of those eight, plus Willie Mays:
Case against: The era he played in was perfect for him, a time when pitchers walked more hitters than now, amplifying Williams’ skill-set—patience the ...
Here comes the MLB backlash to admissions by Boston Red Sox players that they drank beer in the clubhouse during games.
Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, told reporters before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series that MLB is considering banning alcohol in clubhouses and that he plans to look deeper into the Sox’s drinking on the job.
Currently, fewer than half of MLB’s 30 teams allow alcohol in their clubhouses, ...
Raise your fist and yell
You can’t have John Farrell!(?)!
If the Boston Red Sox are serious about making a run at John Farrell, the Blue Jays should tell them the bidding begins at a couple of buckets of KFC, a case of Rolling Rock and the latest version of Call of Duty. Then general manager Alex Anthopoulos should get all Clint Eastwood over the phone and tell the Red Sox: “You obnoxious, sun-shines-out-of-your-behinds New England clam chowders. Go stuff yourself.”
C. Victory Faust, the official New York Giant self-appointed mascot, was released Monday morning, Manager McGraw serving him with a written notice that his services had been dispensed with in view of the Athletics having won two games.
Faust, however, refuses to be released, just as when he first joined the Giants last summer, he declined to be left behind in St. Louis, beating the Giants to their own Polo grounds.
Co-written by Lords of the Realm author John Helyar, a long and interesting overview of the McCourt v. MLB battle and other recent MLB deals ...
The World Series will have just ended as a judicial Fall Classic may determine whether Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has complete power over the sport he has controlled for almost two decades.
In a hearing opening Oct. 31 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Gross will hear arguments about whether Los Angeles ...
Derek Holland kept Albert Pujols in the ballpark and the Texas Rangers in this World Series.
In a title matchup that’s getting more interesting with every game, Holland put the emphasis back on pitching. Given a pep talk by manager Ron Washington minutes before the game, Holland allowed two hits over 8 1-3 innings to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Sunday night and even things at 2-all.
Holland struck out seven, walked two and never was in trouble against a team that erupted for 16 runs ...
For the first time in months, it appears Crane will end up owning the Astros. Major League Baseball officials seem to be reaching a comfort level that Crane has either learned from his past mistakes or was a victim of disgruntled or rogue employees in many of the cases involving allegations of sexism, racism or war profiteering.
I asked an MLB official this week, “Are you past the character issues with Crane?”
But Torre said he was more disturbed that a pool reporter asked Kulpa after the game if being from St. Louis had influenced the call.
“That question hinted of questioning somebody’s integrity and that was so far over the line,” Torre said. “I just want to say right now, these guys were so excited about being chosen for the World Series, and it’s all about showing how good they are. To have that question be asked, I thought was over the line.
“Everyone is out there trying to do the best job ...
While it is difficult to picture Betancourt as a $6 million player, Melvin did not sound like he was ready to send him packing. The shortstop market, assuming Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are too expensive, certainly is unexciting.
“I thought Yuni Betancourt was a better player than what the critics said,” said Melvin.
Well, if you can stomach a .271 on-base percentage, 21 errors and a general lack of range in the field and a frustratingly high ...
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig announced Sunday that Griffey will be awarded the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award prior to Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas.
Griffey will become just the 12th recipient of the award, which was created in 1998 to recognize achievements and contributions of historical significance to the game.
“Gentlemen, let’s give Griffey the Commissioner’s Achievement Award!”
“Why not!” ...Read More...
“He was spectacular at nothing…” (Cool! This goes directly into my personal headstone epitaph rolodeath)
What was it like to play next to your childhood hero Mantle during your first major league season?: I got called up in 1967 after the Triple-A season. My first start was in Yankee Stadium, the old Yankee Stadium. I was playing left field and Mantle was playing center. At that point in time Mantle came over to me when we were in the outfield when the game was just starting. He yelled at me ...
TRACER ALERT! (I looked for a spell but started to get weirdass Necco candy button dots in my eyes from all the zeros)
One bat, however, that Bench believes will be silenced in this series is Albert Pujols’. Not because he expects Pujols to falter, but because he doesn’t expect to see Pujols get a pitch to hit. As a catcher who’s called a few “four-finger salutes” in his day, Bench was adamant about how to approach Pujols.
“You never pitch right at him,” he said. “I don’t ...
3 Godfathers ~ Futterman, Barbarisi and Costa, on the run discover a dying game.
During the first two games of the World Series, the Journal’s baseball staff reached out to players, managers, broadcasters, executives and a pair of economists to ask them what sorts of reforms they’d suggest.
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas contributed three ideas. Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent had a strong recommendation, as did incoming Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. New York Mets starting ...
Tough gig, Boswell…trying to sell burial insurance home runs.
Yet though his performance was statistically unique, it also came with a pure bizarre Rangers Ballpark touch: all of his homers and RBI came after the Cards already lead 8-6 and, technically, constituted insurance runs.
Of course, nowhere on earth are insurance runs more valuable.
...In the Ballpark, hope never dies. No matter how far ahead, or behind you are, no lead — and no record — is safe.
Another Peter missing? As if Peter Bishop’s floating face of disturbo shapeshiftyness wasn’t enough!
In the nearly six years leading up to a civic celebration for Brooks Robinson, namely the unveiling of the statue of No. 5 that took place Saturday, Oct. 22, Orioles owner Peter Angelos has had many a chance to do the right thing. His last real chance was at the actual ceremony – and all he had to do was simply show up. What could the owner of the Orioles have been so busy with on the day ...
Uhh…because it was a great way for Bob Lemon to showcase that intriguing ventiduct cylinder stove-shaped ass of his?
At baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, I was told that the best person to ask about the managers-in-uniform tradition was a fellow named Paul Lukas, who runs a website dedicated to the aesthetics of sports, and who writes about the subject for ESPN.com.
“I don’t want to say that it’s just one of those things,” Lukas told me. “But it’s just one of those things. ...
Meh. Tack-on homers don’t thrill me (ducks Reggie barbarrage)
Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game, tying records with five hits and six RBIs that led the Cardinals to a 16-7 rout of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night that gave St. Louis a 2-1 Series lead.
In Game 4 on Sunday night, Derek Holland pitches for the Rangers and Edwin Jackson starts for the Cardinals. Thirty-six of 54 teams that won Game 3 to take a ...
The ’73 Reds lie in contrast with the 2001 Seattle Mariners, whose 116 wins tied for the most ever in a season. The Mariners lost to the Yankees in the ALCS that year, assuring them of a high spot on the list of top non-champions. But they still didn’t impress quite as much as the Reds did. The unbalanced American League produced four teams (29 percent of the league) with 96 or more losses that year (there was only one such NL team in 1973), giving the ...
Since 1986, the DH World Series rule has been tied to home park. When the game is in an American League park, they use the DH. When it is in a National League park, pitchers hit for themselves.
Brilliant Tweeter CashMoneyMark asked an interesting question: From what we can see in the limited number of games which league has had the advantage?... There is no definitive answer to this, I think, because of the small sample size mentioned above. But it seems to me—and this is surprising to me—that ...
Add Omar Minaya’s name to the growing list of candidates who will interview for the Angels’ vacant general manager post.
Minaya, the former GM of the Montreal Expos, held the same post with the New York Mets from 2005 to 2010. The Dominican-born Minaya was baseball’s first Latino general manager, and Angels owner Arte Moreno was baseball’s first Latino owner.
An Angels spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the team’s interest in Minaya.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle has been elected vice president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, putting her in line to become the first woman to head the organization in its century-plus history.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times was elected president at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting on Saturday, succeeding Ken Davidoff of Newsday, and Slusser was voted vice president. The vice president traditionally serves one year before becoming ...
ESPN’s Jim Bowden knows the expectations are sky high and warns that Epstein and Co. face significant challenges that may take some time to overcome. Here are Bowden’s main points:
-Advertising inventory is maxed out - The Cubs don’t have the luxury of reaping in revenue by plastering ads all over their ballpark the way most other teams do. Many parts of Wrigley Field have been designated as historical landmarks which prevents them from ...