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Friday, April 17, 2015
Leading off…..Roberts…..John Roberts….
For the first time in four decades, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to reconsider baseball’s notorious exemption from antitrust law. On Wednesday, the city of San Jose, California filed an appeal with the nation’s highest court, asking it to overturn professional baseball’s nearly century-old immunity from the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The appeal is the latest step in the litigation surrounding the Oakland A’s proposed move to San ...
How much is the taxpayer on the hook for in this deal?
Don’t expect the new $135 million spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to be a carbon copy of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 17, 1915:
The Brooklyn club will celebrate tomorrow its twenty-fifth birthday, as it was on April 18, 1890, that the Dodgers played their first game in the National League, losing to Boston by a score of 15 to 9. This was a bad start, but the Brooklynites copped the pennant their first year out.
The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers: April 18th’s Birthday Team.
Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.
SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
let’s just recognize the Dodgers paid $2.75 million (Webb’s salary) for the pick. You might say they were also getting Webb as a reliever and Ward as minor-league catching depth, but Webb was released by the Dodgers on Monday, even after accepting his assignment to Triple-A. It was an odd situation, as Webb was a somewhat competent reliever, but the Dodgers’ front office felt it was content with its reliever depth in the high minors.
What the Dodgers clearly valued was the draft pick. ...
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Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
Even bigger than the Addison Russell news!
The Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant to the Major Leagues for tomorrow’s game against the Padres, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (on Twitter)...
the Cubs opted to delay Bryant’s promotion by 12 days in order to extend their control over the phenom for an additional season.
I say let them climb the fences, they’re only doing jobs Americans don’t want to do.
Pros to changing the rule
It would be something that came up about .0004% of the time. We could go an entire season or two without a player even attempting it. Then, when the stars align and a ball is hit just right in the perfect spot at the appropriate ballpark: magic. Pure, unadulterated magic.
It would happen infrequently enough that baseball would essentially be adding something as rare as a perfect ...
Someone ought to move that team to San Jose!
April 17, 1979, was not exactly the night they hit rock bottom: the A’s would lose 99 more games that year on their way to a 54–108 record, to date the most losses in the franchise’s 114-year history. They would finish with the second-worst record (a game above the 109-loss Blue Jays), lowest whole-season attendance (306,763), most errors, and the lowest batting average in the AL.
But the scene that empty April night drew coverage around the ...
Because La Stella is putting them through hell-a.
Here we go.
Maybe the Addison Russell watch can start a little sooner than we think. According to Carrie Muskat, the Cubs “other” elite prospect will be playing 2B and batting 2nd for Iowa…
We could downplay this but in recent Cubs history under this front office, a change in position has often signaled that a promotion is at least under consideration in the near—not distant—future. Could that be the case with Russell as well?
Maybe. But ...
How and why they became “Astros” requires some explanation.
In a nutshell, the name change was precipitated by a licensing dispute between the ballclub and the Colt Firearms Company.
An AP story from October 21, 1964 stated that:
“It was understood that the Colt Firearms Co. has no objection to the baseball club using its name, but is objecting to the baseball club sub-licensing to manufacturers the right to use the name on novelties and souvenirs sold at baseball ...
Yankees attempting to use an Atlanta fire to their advantage… again…
The Yankees have let the Braves know they have an interest in Atlanta’s second-base prospect Jose Peraza who is currently playing at Triple-A.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation the Yankees made contact with the Braves and sent scout Dennis Twombley to Gwinnett, Ga. recently to watch Peraza, who turns 22 on April 30.
Baseball America ranked the 6-foot, 165-pound native of Venezuela as the 54th best ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 16, 1915:
“My dad, he loved Jackie Robinson,” DeShields Jr. said. “Growing up, [Robinson] was always an impactful person to me because of my mom and dad. It was something they wanted me to follow and hear about. He was the first African-American to play, he gave me the opportunity to play, the people before me and the people after me. He did a lot of remarkable things.”
Posted: April 16, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
Help recoup the cost? This is a bad deal for Providence and Rhode Island.
Skeffington said the new owners would put up the $85 million required to design and build the ballpark, but would seek state and city subsidies after it’s finished to help recoup the cost. They also want a 30-year lease on the land – at $1 a year – from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission and Brown University, with an option to buy it at fair market value at the end of the lease.
The team is asking state ...
He’ll probably get over the yips. He still won’t be a decent catcher.
“He’s playing the outfield, he’ll play a little first,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said. “I think they are waiting about a month to get him back in there. Just to kind of clear his head and let him get off to a good offensive start.”
O’Brien’s days behind the plate, though, are not necessarily over.
“He had come a long way catching-wise and gained the trust of the pitchers,” Hale said. “I really feel like at some point there ...
We’re not simply ranking what Triple-A cities stink the most. That’s lame. This is a comparative exercise: is it worse to be sent from Big League City A to Minor League City B, or Big League City C to Minor League City D? This is a multi-variable poll, in which a GREAT big league city can find itself farther down this list if it’s paired with a really good minor league city. We’re ranking big gaps in desirability between affiliates, with the bigger the falloff ranking higher on the list;
Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
How much further can Pujols climb in terms of milestones? To date, the 35-year-old slugger has 2,523 hits to go with his 522 homers, with a contract that runs through 2021, giving him nearly seven years remaining.
Posted: April 16, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 41 comment(s)
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