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Thursday, May 12, 2016
This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.
So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box ...
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
This isn’t good.
Instead, there is some level of concern about Steven Matz, who will miss his next scheduled start because of elbow discomfort, according to manager Terry Collins.
The rookie had a “flare up” following his Monday start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two earned runs over six innings.
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.
There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.
“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
17 minutes covering how Vin Scully got his start calling a football game from the roof of Fenway and riding the bus with the players in Spring Training and calling Hank Aaron’s home run #715.
I had trouble playing the interview in Firefox while it played fine in Chrome.
Better than the original…
New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first career home run is a thing of majesty and beauty all on its own. Between the dugout reaction, the fan reaction, the announcers’ reaction, and Bartolo’s magnificent home run trot, you might think it can’t get any better.
But it can.
A Mets fan and video editor named Mark Evans created a mash-up of Bartolo’s home run and the famous home run scene from The Natural, and it feels so right you might wonder “Is this how it ...
The Braves traded starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for 6-foot-8 left-hander Adam McCreery, a low-level relief prospect who’s 23 and hasn’t pitched above the rookie-league level.
“The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency,” Arrieta said of Boras. “I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I’d stay here. That’s just one side of the story. We’ll see.”
When asked whether he’d give a hometown discount to the Cubs, Arrieta flatly said “no” while shaking his head.
Arrieta said “aces get 7 years”—just as Strasburg got—so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.
Boras is 63 and ...Read More...
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
Seattle Star, May 12, 1916:
Tigers Who Commit Mental Miscues Face Electric Chair—in Clubhouse
Electric chairs, peculiar to our foremost prisons may be used in the future to inject “pep” in brain-weary athletes who commit boners on the ball field. One has been installed in the clubhouse of the Detroit Tigers, but to date Hughey Jennings has refrained from applying heroic treatment to members of his flock who have been guilty of mental faux pases.
One shock has a tendency to nerve the wildest of ...
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Please make it go away. That’s unless fans love seeing a big play then having to watch everybody stand around wondering if the play will be challenged and then having to wait until the replay ump decides to overturn the play or not.
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 82 comment(s)
Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
Follow the money.
During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.
In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) ...
Harrisburg Telegraph, May 11, 1916:
The latest evidence of the growing parallel of baseball ad trapshooting is found of the co-operation between the baseball and gun clubs at Buhl, Idaho.
Realizing the fact that the followers and devotees of the two sports are the same people, the officials of the gun club have made an arrangement with the baseball club for the holding of the shooting events on the same field that the ball club occupies.
When the ball club is not playing, the grounds will be ...
Bannister has a track record of finding areas that need to be tweaked with pitchers. He helped Rich Hill re-establish his major-league career with the Red Sox at the end of last season. Hill dominated down the stretch and ended up signing a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland, less than six months removed from pitching in independent league baseball.
This year, he worked with Sean O’Sullivan, suggesting the righthander add a cutter to his repertoire which led to fewer walks ...
The Pirates are always looking to improve.
Let’s run through a few possible explanations for why the Pirates may have mandated this shift. The first explanation is the easiest, and it might be all we really need: maybe the Pirates just thought McCutchen and the rest of the outfield was playing way too deep, regardless of particular circumstance. McCutchen was one of the most extremely positioned outfielders in the league, and any time a player is doing something that could be perceived as an ...
Here are the seven teams who kept a five-man starting rotation together for at least three seasons. Six of them had at least one Hall of Famer in their rotation, the other was a quintet that Billy Martin overused to the point of ruining their careers.
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 05:54 AM | 7 comment(s)
Yesterday’s big news was that the Nationals agreed to a long-term extension with Stephen Strasburg. So that’s exciting for him, and for them, but you always have to think about the side-effects of these things. Several people pointed out that, without Strasburg, the upcoming pitching market sucks. And several people also pointed out that, with Strasburg locked up, this puts Billy Beane in a better position with regard to Sonny Gray. There’s just the one problem right now: Sonny Gray ...Read More...
Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced Tuesday. The suspension is effective immediately.
Mondesi, 20, is on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, though he is currently in Double-A. His suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 games because he showed Clenbuterol can be found in cold medicine.
“I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat ...
2. Bring The Majors To The Minors
During the final few games of spring training every year, some teams leave their team’s spring training site and play a few games somewhere else before heading out for their first regular season game. The Mets this year played the Cubs for two games in Las Vegas‚ which worked because it’s the home of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate and is the hometown of (among others) Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant. The Phillies, too, got in on the fun. Their ...
Maybe John Sterling should try this…
Contact lenses and LASIK are but the first steps of eyesight improvement. Hitters trying to track the spin, speed, and course of a pitch are increasingly resorting to new methods of keeping pace: 3-D training programs, liquid-crystal strobe glasses, beaded Brock strings, patterned pendulums, vision-enhancing vitamins, and even virtual and augmented reality headsets.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Overall bunting is down throughout baseball from once every 109 plate appearances in 2004 to once every 179 this year. But that’s not the half of it. If you ignore pitchers altogether and look only at position players, batters are bunting once every 337 plate appearances this year versus once every 162.5 in 2004. That means that non-pitchers are bunting an average of about once every nine games, according to Stats, LLC.
It took baseball’s collective minds a long time to realize that men ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 10, 1916:
Thirty bases on balls were given in the game in which Detroit defeated Philadelphia [yesterday], 16 to 2. Eighteen of those passes were handed out by the [Athletics] twirlers, Ray leading with 12, while Cunningham and Boland of Detroit each gave six.
To this day, that’s the record for most walks by both teams in one game. Here’s the box score. Note the time of game: 2:30.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will require surgery for what the team described Monday as a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb.
The Angels said they would have an update on Simmons following the surgery. He will be placed on the disabled list.
Monday, May 09, 2016
Strasburg will receive a rolling opt-out clause after the third or fourth year of the contract and could receive $7 million in performance bonuses, sources said. He also will receive an additional $1 million bonus each season he reaches 180 innings pitched, according to sources. [...] The new deal’s total dollars match the 2013-19 contract of the Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez for the sixth-highest among big league pitchers.
David Price’s deal with the Boston Red Sox that started this ...
Posted: May 09, 2016 at 10:47 PM | 51 comment(s)
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Baseball is magical. Also, “Realmuto is real gone” deserves to get Realmuto called out regardless of whether he passed the runner on the basepaths.
There was also no question that, even in a stacked field of free agents—it included his former A’s teammates Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, Joe Rudi, Gene Tenace, and Bert Campaneris—Jackson was clearly the most appetizing entrée on the re-entry draft buffet. Jackson, who had cracked to reporters in 1975 that, “If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me,” was now not joking around at all. He was openly angling to play for the Yankees, even dropping some less-than-subtle on-air ...Read More...
Posted: May 09, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
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