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Saturday, August 09, 2014
We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.
Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A ...
I deduce that Poz started off writing about Strasburg and couldn’t find a new angle, but I dunno, you tell me.
the Washington Nationals are in first place. It is easy to miss that when you’re inside the beltway. More than that, at this moment the Nationals are in first place by 4 ½ games, which is the biggest lead in the National League. More than that, the Nationals have the best run differential in the National League… The Nationals have the best record in baseball when scoring four or more ...
Ernesto riles Pittsburgh fans…
The Pirates have designated reliever Ernesto Frieri for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter. Frieri, 29, came to Pittsburgh in a swap of struggling closers at the end of June.
While his trade counterpart, Jason Grilli, has thrived in his new environs, Frieri has continued to struggle since the swap…
Frieri is earning $3.8MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This likely means two things: First, he seems ...
“I want to send the message that I’m not sending any messages!”
In light of reports that there was a bit of a tiff between commissioner Bud Selig and his longtime compadre, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, regarding the succession committee naming a new commissioner, Selig issued the following statement Friday:
Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a ...
Who you callin’ “round”?
Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…
With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win ...
If there’s a formula for turning obvious errors into hits…Derek Jeter has discovered it.
Jeter then cut to the chase, explaining something that is lost a bit in today’s game.
“I’ve always tried to do everything on the field to help the team try to win,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In all different ways, offensively, defensively, moving runners up to score a run. That’s how you win games. You can take all these formulas and stuff and throw it out the window.’’
Jeter moved the ...
Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
Friday, August 08, 2014
Commodore Dekker joins Captain Kirk!
Chris Young has been designated for assignment by the Mets.
Matt den Dekker will be promoted.
Den Dekker will serve as the regular left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis rotating around the outfield and Eric Young Jr. facing some left-handed pitching.
It’s not just conjecture by MASN that the RSDC ignored the Bortz methodology. The Managing Director of Bortz stated in an affidavit that the RSDC “improperly ignored facts and intentionally ignored other applicable reports that applied the established methodology” - all in order to find in favor of the Nationals, which, as far as MASN/the Orioles are concerned, it had planned to do for years, going back to when MLB was selling the Nationals franchise.
One way that the RSDC juked numbers ...Read More...
One of the most telling stories was shared by George. He said when he was hitting instructor last year, there were two indoor cages, and he would be in one flipping balls and the assistant coach in the other. The young Royals hitters were lined up to hit in the cage with the assistant, and none to hit in George’s cage.
I find that hard to believe, but at the same time know why. George, one of the greatest hitters ever, was there to coach, to offer his expertise, to suggest mechanics that might ...
But Jeff Bagwell’s son won’t pass for a while…
... do you think that baseball is best served if Felix and Kershaw et al are there pitching the whole game, and if their bodies can’t handle it, then the structure of baseball should adapt to allow for it?...
... I think it would be desirable to have cleaner matchup. “Conceptual clarity” sounds like an esoteric concept, but it is fundamental to the success of any esthetic medium. You go to a movie, you want to know what the movie is about. If you ...
The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.
That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports ...
Joey B. "disrespects the A"
Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, August 8, 1914:
“Dolly” Grey [sic], a catcher, was more or less forcibly taken from his home in Hastings [Michigan] and brought to Kalamazoo to catch for the local South Michigan club yesterday. Kalamazoo was without a catcher, and Grey did not want to come. He was rushed [to Kalamazoo] by an auto and consented to catch.
Pretty sure it’s illegal to kidnap catchers, even when you really need one.
In one seventh-inning instant, the game became secondary.
The Marlins and Pirates played through a horrific episode that saw lefty reliever Dan Jennings take a Jordy Mercer liner off the left side of his head. The ball went straight up and into the glove of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
A shocked and disoriented Jennings went down and got up immediately. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia arrived and helped him down to a knee. PNC Park went silent. Jennings’ teammates gathered and Mercer in a ...
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)
Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when ...
Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.
Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. ...
Carl Crawford is just another big whiny baby.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Chrissy Teigen was worried she’d throw a first pitch worse than 50 Cent before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium, but as usual, she wound up looking pretty good.
Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 30 comment(s)
Plenty of Oestertag jazz.
Oester was more known in his playing and coaching days for things he did behind the scenes, his leadership in the clubhouse and for his ability to do things on the field to win games that didn’t relate to personal numbers.
...There was a day in the mid-1980s when outfielder and teammate Cesar Cedeon spent considerable time on the disabled list and was still on the disabled list when the Reds were playing the Houston Astros. Oster, known for playing hurt, was not in ...
Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM | 52 comment(s)
Brett Lawrie is back on the disabled list, this time with a left oblique strain that could force him to miss roughly a month of action with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lawrie’s latest injury comes at a critical time for the Jays, who are battling for a playoff spot with three of their key offensive players on the disabled list.
The club announced Thursday that Lawrie was back on the DL, just two days after returning to the lineup after missing 36 games with a broken right index finger. It was ...
Ohio state senator Eric Kearney introduced legislation Wednesday urging the Cleveland Indians to change the team’s name and mascot…
Kearney, a democrat from North Avondale, introduced the legislation while the Indians are playing a series against the Cincinnati Reds, who play near Kearney’s district.
In the resolution, Kearney urges the team to change the name and remove Chief Wahoo, the team’s mascot:
“A team named the Indians, or one that carries a mascot of a stereotypical Native ...
The upshot of the arguments, for those who do not wish to read: MASN is asking that the arbitration be set aside for conflict of interest for the most part.
Read the temporary restraining order at Craig’s link.
That alibi is Nickolay Lame!
Joe Kelly came out on the winning end of his faceoff with Shelby Miller in more ways than one.
Though neither pitcher earned a decision Wednesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the two best friends had a chance to step into the batter’s box against each other for the first time in their major league careers.
Kelly, who was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox at the trade deadline, shared earlier in the week a wager he ...
The second white flag trade Hernandez has been involved in! (Wait, what?)
The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later or cash considerations…
The Phillies signed Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5MM deal last winter, and he posted a 3.87 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in 121 innings for them, with a strong 52.0% ground ball rate. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has played parts of nine seasons, also spending time with the ...
I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.
There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...
Cleat Voyeur, if you will.
The Yankees shortstop sported a new pair of cleats during Monday’s game against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, and the shoes list nearly every incredible statistic in the career of the future Hall of Famer.
On the back, the Captain was even given another nickname — “King of NY.”
Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 83 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:
[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.
“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 ...Read More...
GIANT photos and big time home run power dominate this article.
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