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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, June 16, 1916:
WAMBSGANSS PICKS HIMSELF FOR BENCH
Fans are wondering what will happen when Manager Fohl finally decides to put Ray Chapman back in the Indian’s [sic] lineup—a thing which won’t happen, says Fohl, as long as the tribe is hitting its present great winning clip.
But Chappie’s going to get back there sooner or later, and then the rooters are guessing whether it’ll be Ivan Howard or Bill Wambsganss who’ll go to the bench for utility infield duty.
With the 2015-16 signing period over, 10 teams are now in the penalty box for the upcoming 2016-17 signing period, which begins on July 2. The Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees all will be unable to sign any players subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000. However, they have no restrictions on signing players who are exempt from the bonus pools, such as third baseman Yulieski Gurriel, second baseman Jose Miguel ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
cuban free agents
Eno Sarris questioning conventional wisdom about the knuckleball:
But once you peal (sic) back the layers on the pitch, you start to see that each truism about the knuckler isn’t necessarily true. In fact, there are probably more ways in which the art of throwing a knuckleball is similar to the art of throwing other pitches than it is different.
(I know a Steven Wright article just got posted. I think the more general discussion of knuckleballs here deserves its own thread.)
Good news for the Angels.
Simmons, who returned early from thumb surgery, made three difficult plays in his first game back, including one eye-popping backhand play in the hole.
“He made some tough plays look easy,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.
Simmons even had two hits and he drew a walk, an all-around good return for one of the many key players the Angels have lost to injury this season.
When Simmons tore the UCL in his left thumb on May 8 and had surgery on May 10, the initial prognosis ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
Wright has been impressive. He’s the next great knuckleballer.
“I just try to go out there and do everything I can to change speeds with the knuckleball,” said Wright, who fanned four, walked one and allowed three runs on six hits. “I feel like I can pitch three different knuckleballs at three different speeds, and then I use my fastball as much as I can, within reason. That’s one pitch I don’t want to get hurt on, but I try to go out there and do everything I can to make a quality ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
Gourriel hasn’t played at a high level of competition in a while. Thinking he can step in and help the Mets this year is probably far-fetched.
“At the time that I left that was the best ballplayer in Cuba,” Cespedes said through interpreter Melissa Rodriguez. “He is a five-tool player. When I was in Cuba we were best friends.”
The Mets need to make a serious run at the free agent. With David Wright likely heading to neck surgery, the Mets desperately need to find a solution to their ...
Cobbling all these things together — plus adding in base hits collected during the postseason, which gives you Julio Franco and Derek Jeter, too — this is how the all-time “professional” leaderboard currently stands:
Pete Rose, 4,769
Ty Cobb, 4,379
Hank Aaron, 4,245
Jigger Statz, 4,093
Julio Franco, 4,074
Minnie Minoso, 4,073
Derek Jeter, 4,059
Ichiro Suzuki, 4,027
Stan Musial, 4,023
Note: This list may not be comprehensive.
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
Lynch gave him a call.
“I said, ‘This is the opportunity I was offered, what do you think?’” Lynch said. “At first he was like, ‘No way.’ He couldn’t believe it. When you think of an autograph-card collector, you don’t exactly think of the most athletic person in the world. Us collectors have that stereotype.
“Professional baseball, we probably talked about for five minutes. The next thing you know, we’re having a 45-minute conversation. ‘What is your most recent autograph?’ There was more ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Votto has had his detractors, people who don’t ascribe to sabermetrics, people who say he walks too much. Perhaps these people could knock Votto as well for the Reds not winning any championships during his career, though great players don’t always experience this. Until this season, Votto’s critics have mostly looked misguided…
Others needed their mid to late 30s to solidify their Hall of Fame cases or watch them collapse.
Take Hernandez, who looked like a Hall of Famer through his ...Read More...
Reportedly still owed over $44 million.
The Colorado Rockies announced today that shortstop Jose Reyes has been reinstated from the restricted list and subsequently designated for assignment.
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 01:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
Bismarck Daily Tribune, Jule 15, 1916:
BOYS TRY OUT AXES ON GRAND STAND
The Bismarck Baseball Club has been aroused by the industry of certain small boys in trying out their new axes on the ball park grand stand.
Considerable damage has already been done, which will necessitate extensive repairs before the next game.
Ice Bear will take care of it.
Is anyone playing this game?
Final thoughts: Overall, I thought the game definitely had some appeal, especially the regularly-updating player cards. I didn’t get to play for a full 162-game season, but getting a whole season’s worth of stats to look at for every MLB player would be very interesting as well. However, the combination of the cost and the fact that it just wasn’t differentiated enough from fantasy baseball is what really drove me away from recommending this product. On the ...
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
—New York Mets third baseman David Wright may opt for surgery to address the herniated disk in his neck rather than continue a conservative rehab process, general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.
“By the end of this week we’ll know something more about David’s situation,” Alderson said.
Wright has been on the disabled list since June 3.
The captain has spent the past week in Los Angeles with Dr. Robert Watkins, who previously had treated Wright for spinal stenosis in the lower ...
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 28 comment(s)
Buck gives Ubaldo the boot to the bullpen as Gallardo returns from the DL.
As Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through May and slumped to the status of, statistically, the worst starting pitcher in the majors, his job remained his because the answer to any questions about a replacement was a question of its own: “Who else?”
Manager Buck Showalter on Tuesday finally had an answer. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the disabled list Saturday and start in Jimenez’s place ...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Beginning this morning, all open seats to Friday’s Rays-San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m. game at Tropicana Field will be available for $5 with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Pulse Victims Fund (gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund), set up for the families of the victims.
Also planned for Friday:
The Nationals placed right-hander Jonathan Papelbon on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with a right intercostal strain.
Is this supposed to bring people in or keep them away? Tip: Dan is a big hugger.
In addition to 10 FanGraphs-affiliated folks, writers from ESPN, FiveThirtyEight, Sports Illustrated and Baseball Prospectus will be in attendance. Seven of these attendees—Dave Cameron, Carson Cistulli, Dan Szymborski, Ben Lindbergh, Jonah Keri, Emma Span and Meg Rowley—will participate in a sold-out “VIP Q and A pregame panel.” Tickets to the Statgeek Picnic, which will be attended by all the guests, are still ...
This doesn’t sound promising.
“I don’t know, it’s hard to say,” Holt said when asked when he might begin a rehab assignment. “I wish I could. It’s been frustrating for me. Some days I feel good. Some days I won’t feel as good.”
The Red Sox already have begun considering trade options as they prepare to look toward the latter part of the season, and left field is a position that is still without a left-handed-hitting complement to the right-handed Chris Young. Holt could negate ...
Posted: June 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
Is it really panic time? Mets fans should be happy Harper isn’t GM. Travis is scheduled to come back in less than a week.
Yes, Travis d’Arnaud is on his way back from his shoulder injury, and he could provide some of the much-needed pop for the Mets’ offense.
But it’s clear that gambling on d’Arnaud staying healthy for months at a time is a longshot at best, especially now that he has had a problem with his throwing shoulder in addition to various other injuries.
As it is, d’Arnaud ...
Milwaukee Journal, June 14, 1916:
Ed Walsh came back at Comiskey park yesterday to say farewell to the game, of which he was one of the most brilliant ornaments. The iron man of former seasons lasted less than three tinnings, and although he tried to look fate squarely in the face when he walked from the box to give way to Reb Russell, it was noticed that his strong right hand made a motion as if to brush away a tear.
It was Walsh’s final start as a White Sock. He made a relief appearance in ...Read More...
I’m referring instead to the core principle with which the Cubs have been trying to build a championship roster since team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were hired after the 2011 season, a principle that distinguishes this rebuilding project from almost every other one in baseball history: They’re building an offense from within and a pitching staff from spare parts.
This flies in the face of more than a century of conventional baseball wisdom, which states that (1) ...
Posted: June 14, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
Monday, June 13, 2016
That’s a pretty nice discount.
The Reds have reached an agreement with No. 2 overall draft pick Nick Senzel and will sign the Tennessee third baseman for a $6.2MM bonus later today, reports MLB.com’s Jim Callis (on Twitter). The second pick came with a value of $7,762,900 this season, meaning that Cincinnati will save $1,562,900 on the pick. That money can be reallocated to other picks further down the team’s draft board.
Posted: June 13, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
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