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Monday, October 12, 2015
It’s evident Harold has never seen Greg K man the hot corner in Central Park.
I’m not sure what happened in Harold Reynolds’ mind when he went from “Laser beam foul ball into the stands” to “Canadians can’t catch baseballs because it’s cold, or something.”
I guess he’s not a team player.
Outfielder Leonys Martin has weakened his always shaky status with the club by failing to report to the Arizona Instructional League as planned.
The Rangers included Martin in a group of players sent to Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday to continue workouts during the post-season and be ready if needed. Team can change rosters at all times during the post-season.
General manager Jon Daniels said Martin apparently was upset at being left off the roster for the ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
If only ONE player gets hurt, the rules need to be changed!
What matters is that players get hurt, and while you can’t make rules to eliminate all injuries, you can certainly work to eliminate injuries caused by other players when they deliberately behave in certain ways. It doesn’t really make sense that baseball, as a sport, would leave the door open to vicious takeout slides at second base. It doesn’t go with everything else, especially now that we’ve mostly gotten rid ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
Lee Smith (no, the other one) weighs in:
Middle infielders learn this principle in youth baseball, long before they get to the professional ranks. If you turn your back on the incoming runner, you’re putting yourself at risk. This is one reason why it’s harder, and more dangerous, for the second baseman to turn the double play than it is for the shortstop. At second, you have to square yourself to receive the relay from short or third so you’re always giving some of your back to the ...
“It’s easy to talk about momentum, but it’s harder to maintain it,” Hershiser said. “Every day you put in the work to look to lengthen the run. Does it get easier? I’m not sure it does. It’s a mental challenge to keep it going as much as a physical challenge, knowing that the baseball probabilities will get you. So you just keep your focus knowing that you can make one more sinker low and away and one more breaking ball in the dirt.”
Arrieta keeps defying the probabilities. And it’s no ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
Another big game today. Playoff baseball is the best.
But Fielder already knows how a team’s fans can sour on a slugger during or after a really poor post-season. It happened in Detroit two years ago.
There’s still time for Choo and Fielder to write positive post-season chapters to their 2015 tales. It could happen as early as Monday afternoon against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. In fact, changing the story in the next few hours sure beats trying to do it two days from now in an ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
Congressman Lou Barletta, who once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, was at the game with his grandson. He told the team about his own baseball background as they ate pizza slices on the dais in a House hearing room, and offered a few words of encouragement regarding their future plans.
“If you don’t make it as a professional ball player, you can always fall back on being a congressman,” Barletta quipped.
Dickey can go a long way in making the deal with the Mets seem better.
“Look,” said Dickey, “you had to win three games anyway, right? The order in which you’ve won those games is insignificant to winning them. So if you won the first one, lost the next two and won the next two, it doesn’t matter, if you won three in a row, it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to win three. Here we are having to win three. We’ve had an 11-game win streak this year. Nobody in (the clubhouse) is thinking ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 42 comment(s)
Associated Press via Clarksburg [WV] Daily Telegram, October 12, 1915:
The world’s championship is almost within the firm grasp of the Boston Americans. The red hosed champions of the American League trimmed the Philadelphia club by a score of two to one today. Ernest Shore’s fine pitching held the Phillies to one run, while opportune batting sent enough runs over the plate for Boston to win. The Red Sox have now won three games; the Phillies one contest.
The Sox will attempt to close out the ...Read More...
If Utley plays and gets a game-winning hit, there will be mass hysteria in New York.
Mattingly said he had been considering starting Utley, who is 6-for-18 (.333) with one home run against Harvey, while Howie Kendrick is only 1-for-6. Lefties hit 15 home runs and had a .676 OPS in 377 plate appearances this season against Harvey, who limited righthanders to three home runs and a .544 OPS in 378 plate appearances.
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
The magic appears to be gone.
At the very crack of George Springer’s bat, Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain zoomed toward the left-center gap in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series against Houston on Sunday at Minute Maid Field.
The simmering sixth-inning drive was sinking fast, and Cain would have to backhand a challenging catch that would have been about Exhibit 38 in the case for Cain as the best man at his job in the game today.
Had this been during the ...
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
Success is a lot more sweet whenever you kind of go through hardships, like we did the first couple years that I was up here, and Castro,” Keuchel said. “A lot of (the noise Sunday) hinges on just the 10-year absence from the playoffs. You never want to lose in any season. Guys hate losing.”
BASEBALL ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT.
1 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Astros lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Royals (Ventura) at Astros (McCullers), FS1
4 PM: ALDS Game 4 (Rangers lead 2-1, advance to ALCS with win), Blue Jays (Dickey) at Rangers (Holland), FS1
6 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Cardinals (Wacha) at Cubs (Arrieta), TBS
8:30 PM: NLDS Game 3 (tied 1-1), Dodgers (Anderson) at Mets (Harvey), TBS
Time Unknown: Appeals hearing, Chase Utley and MLBPA vs. Major League Baseball
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 1129 comment(s)
Sunday, October 11, 2015
On Saturday, Maddon remarked how even though “it’s a structured strike zone, (but) it’s always interpreted differently by whomever is behind the plate.” What limits the umpires, Matheny has said several times, is the use of technology such as FoxTrax for broadcasts and the similar grid tech that Major League Baseball uses to grade umpires. The benefit, Matheny said, is “more accountability and should be more consistency.” The drawback is the diminishing importance of a catcher who ...
Posted: October 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
With the trend over the last several seasons showing a rise in strikeouts, drops in batting average, OBP, and runs scored, along with a sustained focus on power it is likely seasons of 40 or more home runs with less than 100 RBI may become more common. In fact, Pujols was the only one of the five sluggers to complete the odd feat who was not a regular strikeout victim. What’s more, none of the five 40 or more home run/sub-100 RBI seasons produced in 2015 were abbreviated by injury or had any ...Read More...
ALDS Game 3 (Tied 1-1): Kansas City (Volquez) at Houston (Keuchel). 4 PM. MLB Network.
ALDS Game 3 (Texas leads 2-0, advances to ALCS with win): Toronto (Estrada) at Texas (Perez)
Posted: October 11, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 207 comment(s)
The slide was late. The slide was high. The slide was questionably legal and arguably dirty.
Even if you were watching it through blue-colored glasses, you had to admit that the slide was recklessly dangerous, so much that it broke another man’s leg.
Mike Nolan died on Thursday three weeks after he was shot outside of a Yonkers, N.Y. Burger Kings on September 18. Nolan and friends were standing around outside when their group was shot at from a car moving along Central Avenue. He was 23 years old.
Police believe the attack was related to a drag race. Nobody has been arrested yet.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
With four divisional playoff games on view yesterday between twelve-thirty in the afternoon and one this morning, a surviving witness of forty-one innings and three hundred and four at-bats (three hundred and twenty-nine batters, counting walks and sacrifices; or one thousand two hundred and fifty-four pitches) can offer only blurry, overlapping notes as summary…..best game of the day, a corker, with deGrom and the celebrated Dodger lefty and double Cy Young holder Clayton Kershaw striking out ...
The skirmishes during the season don’t really bother me. It’s a long season and sometimes emotions get heated. During the playoffs, though, they are just stupid. There is too much riding on each game for players to act like this.
Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson offered little insight on the heated exchange he had with Texas Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the 13th inning after Donaldson’s bid for a second home run in Game 2 Friday afternoon sailed foul.
Benches cleared briefly ...
You don’t trade this kid.
Blake Swihart: If the Red Sox believe Christian Vazquez will be healthy and ready to go for Opening Day, trading Swihart becomes an option. A young, talented, and cost-controlled catcher could be part of a package that brings back a top-tier starter.
But dealing Swihart would be difficult because of his vast potential. They’d have to be awfully sure.
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 15 comment(s)
That’s a nice chunk of change.
The 2015-16 free agent season’s qualifying offer value has been set at $15.8MM, according to a tweet from Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal. That represents an increase, of course, but the rise isn’t nearly as great as it has been in the past.
The QO system used a $13.3MM number in its first year, which increased to $14.1MM and then to $15.3MM last fall. The qualifying offer value is determined by averaging the 125 contracts leaguewide that have the ...
Is there a more tiresome broadcasting team than Costas and Kaat? They are just awful. Among the many stupid things they talked about yesterday was the umpire’s strike zone. The umpire was all over the place. Repeatedly, though, they would complain about a pitch being called wrong even when the pitch tracking clearly showed the call was right. Now they don’t have to love all the new stats or technology but not understanding pitch tracking just makes them look completely out of touch with today’s ...Read More...
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