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Monday, June 02, 2014
Grant DePorter, CEO of the Harry Caray’s chain, opens a drunk diary.
I should say right away that this is not a Dear Kitty, pour-out-your-heart, frank-assessment-of-my-friends kind of diary. Old Harry was not big on introspection, as he was the first to admit.
“I’m a convivial sort of guy. I like to drink and dance,” he told an interviewer once. ...
In 1972, he had just begun his tenure with the Sox. A savvy businessman, Caray cut a deal pegged to ballpark attendance, which doubled, ...
Jeter: Final Season OPS+ 86
Mantle: Final Season OPS+ 143
Watching Derek Jeter’s final season unfold brings both joy and sadness for this lifelong Yankee observer and one-time club employee. The joy is in celebrating the 20 years of memories, and the sadness is, of course, that it is coming to a close.
I am taken back to 1968, which was Mickey Mantle’s final season. There are similarities, and there are differences. The big difference was that no one knew for sure, including Mickey, that ...
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 12:59 PM | 60 comment(s)
It’s go time!
June 12th Brazil v Croatia
June 13th Mexico v Cameroon, Spain v Holland, Chile v Australia
June 14th Colombia v Greece, Ivory Coast v Japan, Uruguay v Costa Rica, England v Italy
June 15th Switzerland v Ecuador, France v Honduras, Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 16th Iran v Nigeria, Germany v Portugal, Ghana v USA
June 17th Brazil v Mexico, Belgium v Algeria, Russia v South Korea
June 18th Cameroon v Croatia, Australia v Holland, Spain v Chile
June 19th Colombia v ...Read More...
Dirk Hayhurst with a tip for college pitchers who are close to getting drafted.
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 2, 1914:
The automobile craze is blamed for the poor showing of the Cleveland Naps, the American league tail-enders, in a sport page editorial by the sporting editor of the Cleveland Press today. Speaking of Birmingham’s men he says:
“They drive to the baseball park in automobiles; drive home in them, and spend their spare time touring the city streets. When the auto fever infected the Naps, the club began to lose its effectiveness. That was last year. The craze ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released on Thursday said.
The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown ...Read More...
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Teams can trade draft picks?
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have traded relief pitcher Bryan Morris to the Miami Marlins Sunday morning.
According to the team, the Pirates sent Morris to the Marlins for the 39th overall selection (competitive balance A) in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:58 PM | 13 comment(s)
The Dalai Lama is not amused.
On Twitter, Jesse Lund puts up this amazing — absolutely amazing — screen shot from the Friday night broadcast of the Yankees and Twins. It may be the greatest thing ever produced by man, including Hamlet and The Godfather and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.
Perfection in Jeteration is when you can so perfectly present over-the-top praise for the Derek Jeter that you would use the exact same graphic or story or take as satire. This is not as easy as it ...
An elder statesman of the game, Abreu has career statistics that are unquestionably worthy of Hall of Fame consideration, even if he and Cooperstown are rarely mentioned in the same breath.
But if Abreu is not a Hall of Famer, why does he have better statistics than so many players who have been inducted?
The first thing that jumps out is the number of times he has reached base. If you include everything from hits to walks to hit-by-pitches to reaching on errors, Abreu has reached base 4,020 ...
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:31 AM | 75 comment(s)
Crying, Waiting, Hoping, Collecting.
I began carrying my Mark Fidrych card around in my wallet once I’d reached my mid-teens. It became a kind of shopworn talisman, endowed with the power to remind me, at a glance, of younger, longer summers.
As I grew older, this began to bother me a bit. After all, I wasn’t a kid anymore. Why should I be carrying a tattered baseball card around? But then, sometime in the early 1990s, I read that Bob Costas, the TV sports personality, had been carrying a ...
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 09:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
It’s only money but I still don’t see a good reason for the Sox to sign Drew. Moving Bogaerts is not a good long-term decision. The Sox, as Holt is showing, have other options at third base.
100+ inning seasons by relievers
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Where did all the 100+ inning relievers go?
At the heart of Marx’s theory is evidence that when most pitchers face hitters a third time through the batting order, their effectiveness drops significantly. Marx refers to this as the TTOP (Times Through the Order Penalty). Marx’s research also shows that when he throws fewer innings, a pitcher’s velocity tends to ramp up some. And by converting more relievers to multi-inning roles, ...
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
Well that sucks.
D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock left Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Reds in the eighth inning with a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch.
Hey, WAR Puig!
Here is a list of baseball players since 1901 who had inarguably better debut years in the majors than Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Here is a complete list of baseball players since 1901 who had arguably better debut years in the majors than Puig:
Frank Thomas, Fred Lynn and Johnny Mize.
It’s that short.
On Monday, Puig will complete his first full year in the major leagues, having been called up from Double-A Chattanooga on June 3, 2013.
In the last 363 ...
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
The history of Japanese baseball dates back to the mid-1800s, when an American professor introduced it. In the 150 years since, Japanese baseball and North American baseball have been able to travel down different evolutionary trees. It’s like baseball is a finch, and each country is a different island in the Galapagos. Over the last century, batters in Japan were free to develop a wholly different approach.
That’s what makes these pictures fascinating; we’re not used to the follow-throughs ...Read More...
Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
So all a catcher has to do is tell the ump what the count should be and VOILA?!
Leading off the sixth inning of the Nationals’ 9-2 win, Ramos took a ball on a 2-2 pitch. Home plate umpire Scott Barry, according to Ramos, declared the count 3-2. Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez turned and asked, “Isn’t it 2-2?”
“Yeah, Barry replied. “2-2.”
“It’s not 3-2?” Ramos asked Barry.
“No, it’s 2-2,” Barry said.
Ramos shrugged and went back to the at-bat.
Adams to DL. Taveras will start today and they say he will play a lot for the next two weeks. I haven’t been this excited about a call up since John Gall.
Pujols Shot Ya
Posted: May 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 6 comment(s)
Awareness of the Probabilities…pretty sure Bouzouki Joe Records had them on a Turkish Freakout comp.
MLB.com: When you say awareness, how much of the newer metrics do you involve Terry in? Talking to Yankees GM Brian Cashman about it this spring, he said he doesn’t think you can be a manager in the big leagues these days unless you use them to a certain degree.
Alderson: I think that’s fair. There’s so much information out there that it needs to be distilled into something that is usable. ...
Posted: May 31, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
Friday, May 30, 2014
Damon Records: My Sadness.
Johnny Damon’s career might have ended a little prematurely — and against his will — all because he didn’t take performance-enhancing drugs.
Well, at least that’s what he thinks.
The longtime major leaguer claims that he was forced out of baseball for staying away from steroids and other PEDs.
“I played it clean,” Damon said during a recent interview on 810 CBS Sports in Orlando. “That’s what everybody’s going to be looking at. I think I’m one of the only ...
Posted: May 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM | 62 comment(s)
All night games tonight, hence why this wasn’t submitted just after midnight.
Also, a reminder that it has been  days since our last MLB No-Hitter.
Posted: May 30, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 68 comment(s)
New study shows statistical evidence that anybody throwing 170 innings is important to a teams’ won-loss record. Groundbreaking discovery!
Confession: I root for Juan Lagares. There, I’ve said it, admitted it. On a regular basis, I do that which is routinely discouraged—even forbidden—in the pressbox. I do not cheer for the Mets center fielder. Can’t; long ago, Jerome Holtzman, the dean of baseball writers in Chicago, not only used “No cheering in the pressbox” as the title of his book, he also demanded it, not that writers’ objectivity had necessarily been called into question. So I don’t ever cheer—for any ...
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has performed numerous Tommy John surgeries on the elbows of baseball players. Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, has overseen the rehabilitation of many of these athletes following the procedure.
And after witnessing an increasing number of throwers seeking Tommy John surgery at progressively younger ages, Andrews and Wilk are trying to stem the tide of these devastating injuries at the youth level by teaming up to develop an ...
Toledo News-Bee, May 30, 1914:
Brick Owens, when umpiring an American association game at Minneapolis a couple of years ago, called a strike on Hobe Ferris.
“I swung only half way, I didn’t go over,” Ferris protested. “Yesterday I swung the same way and you called it a ball,” the player continued.
“Well,” drawled Owens, “that half you had yesterday and the half you had today makes a whole strike. Since it’s your third one, you’re out.”
Tough to argue with that logic. ...Read More...
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