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Friday, April 12, 2013
“Lately, it just sort of seems to be a thing that—come the sixth inning—somebody wants to do the wave, regardless of the situation in the game,” Lattuca says.
The “Kill The Wave” effort is really about respecting other fans at the ballpark, he says.
NEHRU: Not just another Sabermetric acronym.
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Posted: April 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM | 67 comment(s)
Don’t Grieve! Anything you lose comes round in another form!
Well, during the bottom of the fifth inning of the Rangers’ game at Seattle on Thursday night, Rangers television play-by-play announcer Steve Busby went to Fox Sports Southwest’s Dana Larson for an update on the Oakland-Angels game in Anaheim.
Larson reported that the A’s were leading the Angels, currently in last place in the American League West, 3-1.
Larson threw it back upstairs to Busby and Rangers’ color analyst Tom ...
Posted: April 12, 2013 at 06:56 AM | 67 comment(s)
Washington Times, April 12, 1913:
Good-by, Rube! Manager Joe Cantillon, of Minneapolis, announces that he probably will send Rube Waddell to one of the smaller minor leagues, his usefulness in class AA being ended.
Rube ended up in Fargo, of all places, going 3-9 in 15 games for the Graingrowers. Waddell died of tuberculosis in the Spring of 1914.
Word to Carlos Quentin: Assuming you aren’t suspended, the pitch headed towards you in next week’s series with the Dodgers is probably going to be intentional.
Major League Baseball has taken an unprecedented step in the Biogenesis of America investigation, paying a former employee of the South Florida anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs for documents on athletes named in the case, the New York Times reported Thursday night.
The move, according to the newspaper, came after at least one player linked to the clinic bought documents from a former employee there in order to destroy them. The Times, citing two unidentified people ...
Hello friends, discuss today’s games here. It’s a good slate, with Baltimore returning to the Bronx for the first time since the ALDS, Atlanta facing Washington for early NL East supremacy, Oakland facing Detroit, and Clayton Kershaw taking the mound against Arizona.
Posted: April 12, 2013 at 12:16 AM | 447 comment(s)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
RIP, Grady Hatton…or as we used to call him The Creeper.
Grady Hatton Jr., a Beaumont-native, major league baseball player and manager of the Houston Astros, died Thursday morning from causes relating to cancer, his daughter-in-law said.
Hatton was born in Beaumont and played in the majors from 1946-60 after attending the University of Texas-Austin. He made his major league debut on April 16, 1946 as a 23-year-old second baseman with the Cincinnati Reds. In 1952, he was named a National ...
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
ToBP: What Is Bad Hip?...“Selig knows more about bad hips than he does about being hip.”
This is MLB’s “autopsy report” because the sport is on life support in black communities. We aren’t mad at Selig, though. Whether it’s just for the publicity or genuine concern, he’s making an effort and he needs the help. Selig knows more about bad hips than he does about being hip.
Baseball’s problem is that they rested on their laurels and refer to themselves as an American pastime, instead of ...
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM | 36 comment(s)
Mariano Rivera is…impossible to dislike.
CLEVELAND—It is two hours before the scheduled start of Wednesday night’s Yankees-Indians game, and baseball’s all-time saves leader is deep inside the bowels of Progressive Field, holding a marching band’s bass drum.
Mariano Rivera wants to know how the drum’s owner, John Adams, hits it when he’s really mad.
“When the Indians are supposed to score, and they don’t score, how do you hit it?” Rivera asks. [...]
When Rivera decided to retire, he ...
The ability to pay to get out of some sort of drudgery of everyday life or, alternatively, to get a taste of the good life. Front-of-the-line-passes. Elite status everything. It’s, in most respects, a logical extension of a capitalist system — if people want something, someone will provide it at some cost — but it also comes at another cost, and that of a shared civic experience.
THIS. Nice post by Craig.
Cubs president Theo Epstein is expected to address the media sometime this afternoon about the situation Wednesday night involving Cubs prospect Jorge Soler at Class A Daytona. We’ll pick things up here from our blog of this morning and add some reaction, which we’ll flesh out more in depth for the paper tomorrow and online later today. The Cubs and Giants are working out on the outfield grass as a cold rain continues to fall at Wrigley Field before the scheduled 1:20 p.m. game.
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 01:45 PM | 41 comment(s)
SAN JOSE—Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has brushed back San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s formal request last week for a personal meeting to resolve issues holding up the Oakland A’s desired move to his city.
And Selig in his April 4 response added that Reed’s reference in an April 2 letter to “additional litigation” over the proposed A’s move “is neither productive nor consistent with process that the Athletics have initiated under our rules.”
Selig wrote that the ...
That’s the bold claim advanced last week by Michael Brendan Dougherty, who just took a step away from political writing to found a baseball newsletter (news-email?) called “The Slurve” [http://www.theslurve.com/], and who gives a great interview about the decision here. His case that baseball is peaking acknowledges the sport’s various difficulties (the Hall of Fame’s steroid problems, the pace of games, the Florida Marlins), but then follows with this:
But overall the sport has ...
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
More daring than the Ruy Lopez or the Caro-Kann Defense!
The Baltimore manager has his first baseman, Chris Davis, playing a few steps off the bag when holding runners. Not just the slow-of-foot — all runners, all the time. The situation doesn’t matter. According to Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne, the practice began in spring training and has been in place for every game since the start of the season. [...]
Something else Showalter said — and what he wouldn’t say — is where the ...
In other news, I am monitoring Kate Upton. Up in a tree. With binoculars.
When the Marlins traded Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson to Toronto last November, Mets officials began asking one another questions that remain in their minds today: Can we get Giancarlo Stanton? Would we trade Zack Wheeler to do it?
According to three team sources, the Mets then spent time at the winter meetings debating whether to make Wheeler available in a variety of trades, including for Arizona’s Justin Upton and ...
The party line is defensive coverage in the three-four hole, but it probably isn’t that simple. Knowing Buck Showalter, some gamesmanship is at play as well.
The Baltimore manager has his first baseman, Chris Davis, playing a few steps off the bag when holding runners. Not just the slow-of-foot — all runners, all the time. The situation doesn’t matter. According to Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne, the practice began in spring training and has been in place for every game since the start ...
Maury adds…“As poet laureate Steve Perry said, “The party is over. I have gone away.”
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone likes to have their predictions come true. That’s certainly the case here. While each year writers look to predict the final outcome of MLB’s regular season, I’ve tried to look at attendance trends to see what may occur during the season.
The Red Sox were one of those cases. After missing the playoffs in the last day of the 2011 season, the whole “chicken and ...
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:10 AM | 36 comment(s)
Part of the reason for Oakland’s intentional surplus was to try to approximate the production of its deeper-pocketed competitors, on a payroll of about $60 million, by the establishment of platoons. “We said, OK, if we can put together a 25-man roster of depth, maybe you build a platoon in two or three spots that ultimately gives you the production of a $12- to $15 million player,” explains assistant general manager David Forst. Bob Melvin, the A’s manager, intended to orchestrate at least four ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 11, 1913:
An unusual play occurred in the sixth inning [of yesterday’s Red Sox-Athletics game]. Lapp was on third and Coombs was on second when Murphy hit to Wagner, the latter throwing to the plate to catch Lapp. But Lapp scampered back to third, which he found occupied by Coombs, with Murphy on second. Cady tagged Lapp at third, but as he was entitled to the base, he was safe; Coombs returned to second and Murphy moved back toward first. Hall threw wild…in an ...
Sheeet, so easy…even Brett Wallace almost hit one to the warning track.
There are two numbers that are probably a bit higher than we would have expected, though, and they’re definitely related.
The league average ERA is 4.13 despite the increase in strikeouts for one simple reason; Major League teams have hit a lot of home runs in the first week of the season. Given the time of year we’re talking about, it’s almost an extraordinary amount of home runs.
...It’s too early to call this ...
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 05:53 AM | 33 comment(s)
A tradition unlike any other (even though it only really started this year)- the Omnichatter.
Anyway, 8 games today, primarily in the AL. Enjoy.
Posted: April 11, 2013 at 12:22 AM | 170 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Not even from a 100 years ago…
A goat’s head was delivered to Wrigley Field this afternoon, addressed to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, and police are investigating the dropoff of the “intimidating package,” officials said.
A package with a goat’s head was dropped off at Wrigley, 1060 W. Addison St., addressed to Ricketts, Cubs team spokesman Julian Green said.
The package was dropped off at Gate K at the field, Green said. The delivery was reported to police, he said.
Police were called to ...
Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:12 PM | 39 comment(s)
This week [Robinson] received the honor of throwing out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game. No problem, right? He’s a quarterback. There job is to throw passes. Piece of cake, right? Right? RIGHT?!
Baseball IS harder than football!
The Rangers announced Wednesday that CEO Nolan Ryan will remain with the club, ending a six-week drama in which he considered leaving because he was uncertain of his role going forward after the promotion of Jon Daniels to general manager/president of baseball operations.
“After productive discussions the last several weeks with Ray Davis and Bob Simpson about the structure of our organization, together we are moving forward. In my role as CEO, I am focused on working closely with ownership ...
Posted: April 10, 2013 at 07:39 PM | 36 comment(s)
There was a very real fear that one or both of the teams could relocate. The report cited the “progressive” city of Atlanta, that built a multi-purpose stadium and then attracted a baseball and football team. These new stadia were all the rage with the Astrodome leading the way. Kansas City and Jackson County wanted to stake their ground. This is what they proposed:
Kansas City was thinking big. Also included in the plans were secondary proposals for a smaller arena for hockey, ...
Ike Davis, future hitting coach.
“I feel great, I’m seeing it great and I swung at one bad pitch [Monday] and that was basically it,” Davis said. “I’m fouling back a lot of pitches I should hit. Once I actually start hitting those pitches instead of fouling them back, that’s when I start to get hot.”
Posted: April 10, 2013 at 09:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
“You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”
“You know, this game has so many ups and downs, the only way to survive is to be humble,” he said. “You take the good with the bad, and the big thing I’ve learned over the years is to just enjoy it; enjoy the game, enjoy what it brings you. Because when it’s said and done, you’re going to have a lot of great memories.”
Posted: April 10, 2013 at 08:50 AM | 38 comment(s)
This is not good news.
An MRI taken of Cardinals closer Jason Motte’s right elbow on Tuesday revealed a low-grade tear of the ligament, which, if it doesn’t show improvement over the next three weeks, will require season-ending Tommy John surgery.
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