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Thursday, March 31, 2016
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Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
So you’re planning a trip, a baseball trip. And you’ve got your place to stay and your tickets to the game, and not a lot of bandwidth left for the specifics of where you will eat. That’s the small stuff, not worth sweating. That’s what you say now.
Except! Good food is great. I submit it’s way, way better than bad food. Bad food is almost not worth eating. And when you’re hungry, and then you remember that you didn’t do any prep work to find that great food, that’s when you ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:10 PM | 37 comment(s)
The average MLB team used 128 different starting lineup combinations in 2015, excluding the pitcher’s spot in National League parks, according to Stats LLC. It was the highest such figure on records that date to 1974 and likely the highest ever, given the prevailing trends in the sport.
The Astros led the majors in that category, never using the same lineup more than twice. That was partly because of the promotion of rookies such as shortstop Carlos Correa, who initially batted sixth before ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
Miller plans to do more than survive. The southpaw’s intentions are to pitch through the injury, using some padding in his glove to protect the injured area.
“It’s my right hand; I don’t really need it,” said Miller, who will see a hand specialist sometime in the next few days. “I don’t see any reason I cant work around it unless for some reason the doctor tells me I have to protect it for some reason that we don’t foresee. I plan to be able to manipulate my glove around it and ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
One morning, Commissioner Manfred wakes up and decides that everyone has to go home.
He makes a few calls. He assembles a phalanx of lawyers. He deposes the owners who oppose his idea, and he tinkles on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the end, he wins. His idea rearranges every roster in baseball.
This is his idea: Every player in baseball has to return to their first team. David Ortiz has to go back to the Mariners, who signed him in 1992. He’ll be joined by Alex Rodriguez. They’ll ...
Atlanta Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk has announced several organizational changes, as the team prepares to close out Turner Field in 2016 and move into SunTrust Park in 2017. Team president John Schuerholz has been named Vice Chairman, while Executive Vice President Mike Plant has been named President, Development and Executive Vice President Derek Schiller has been named as President, Business. The new titles are effective immediately.
President of Baseball Operations John Hart will ...
Pablo can either whine about it or work though it. We’ll see how he responds.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Travis Shaw will be the Opening Day starting third baseman and that defense was the deciding factor.
Pablo Sandoval will begin the year on the bench as a backup despite being in the second year of a five-year, $95-million contract.
Sandoval has made four errors in 26 total chances during spring training. Shaw has gone errorless in 49 total chances. Sandoval told reporters he wasn’t surprised:
Pittsburgh Press, March 31, 1916:
Strawberry shortcake was blamed by Manager Tinker of the Cubs for the many defeats handed to the team, according to statements he made [at New Orleans] today. Tinker says the chef at the training camp told that Cubs were eating double orders of the pastry. “Next year it will be tabooed,” said Tinker.
Yeah, well, it figures that Johnny Evers’s mortal enemy would be opposed to the ingestion of junk food.
100 years ago today in saddled burro news, Pat’s Corral in ...Read More...
This was not a good day for the Yankees.
After the game, in which relievers Andrew Miller and Bryan Mitchell were injured, Girardi was waiting on test results and still not sure what his pen looked like.
Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical. ~ Yogi Berra
Wood now recognizes that anxiety, more than any physical limitations, prevented him from Major League success.
“On opening day, 2010, when I started at third base for the Angels, something just came over my body,” he remembered. “I was light-headed. I felt like I was going to fall over — no control of my body parts. Looking back, it’s because I wasn’t breathing. I’d go probably 90 seconds without taking a ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
Garrett Richards might be ready to break out even bigger.
Richards listened to Street and then worked the recommended changeup into a bullpen. That led to using it in games, first against minor leaguers. He used it heavily in an intrasquad game, and while I don’t know how often he used the pitch Tuesday, it’s certainly been getting plenty of work. That 92 above might be an outlier — the linked article says the changeup tends to hang around 88-90. As you might’ve been able to predict, an ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
We can’t credit last year’s increase in offense to a reversal in strike-zone size: The zone actually grew again in 2015, albeit very slightly. Similarly, strikeout and walk rates barely budged. But home runs rebounded by enough to produce most of the extra scoring. The graph below shows monthly home-run rates as a percentage of contact (HR/Contact), where “contact” is defined as at-bats minus strikeouts. Once again, playoff rates aren’t pictured, but in 72 games last postseason, ...Read More...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The Yankees have been blessed with good health for most of the spring, but those fortunes may have taken a turn on Wednesday afternoon when lefty reliever Andrew Miller was hit on the right wrist by a line drive. Miller immediately walked off the field after being struck with the seventh-inning drive off the bat of pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo in the Yankees’ 2-0 Grapefruit League victory over the Braves.
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
“I’d love to sit here and tell you we have one model and acquire players to fit the model, but we don’t,” Huntington said during the offseason. “Jonathan might be of a different style than pitchers we acquired in the past. … But if you only stick to (one model) especially at the major league level, especially given how the market has evolved, you are really going to limit your options.”
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 06:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer was relegated to the bullpen toward the end of last year, and that’s where he’ll be beginning the 2016 season as well.
The Indians announced on Wednesday that they will be moving Bauer, an assumed starting pitcher this spring, to the bullpen and slotting Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin into the No. 4 and No. 5 spots in the starting rotation, respectively, to start the season.
The moves effectively finalize the Opening Day 25-man roster. Bauer will be the eighth ...
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 13 comment(s)
Loney said he was told that he will either be released or traded. He plans to leave Port Charlotte today to await his fate upon mutual decision with the team.
“It had to be somebody (to go), right?’’ Loney said. “It is what it is.’‘
If released, the Rays will be responsible for his $8-million salary.
“There’s not a trade right now,’’ Loney said.
Loney lost his job as the Rays acquired Logan Morrison, Steve Pearce and Corey Dickerson during the off-season, With Dickerson as the primary DH, ...
On his first day in office, in January 2015, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his interest in “inject[ing] additional offense into the game.” Over the previous several seasons, scoring in baseball had dropped to levels not seen since the mid-1970s, as an expanded strike zone, an increase in average pitch velocity, the rise of defensive shifts, and detailed data on batter tendencies had combined to keep runs scarce. Manfred mentioned banning the shift as a possible ...
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 04:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
The Miguel Gonzalez era with the Orioles is over. According to The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo Encina, the O’s have given Gonzalez his unconditional release. Next, Gonzalez will be placed on waivers, and if he goes unclaimed for 48 hours, he will become a free agent.
It’s a move that’s surprising in the sense that the O’s under Buck Showalter have tended to stick with their guys, and Gonzalez was definitely one of their guys. It’s less surprising in that Gonzalez had a bad year last year, posting ...
“The ability for guys to come up together is always a great thing,” said Red Sox assistant farm director Brian Abraham. “You see that now with our major league team: Blake Swihart, Mookie Betts, Christian Vasquez, Travis Shaw. Those guys all played together throughout the minor leagues. The camaraderie and team work they are able to establish at the big league level, that’s been going on since they were drafted, since they signed. That’s really important, it’s great when you’re ...
Abreu shared his allegiance while talking about his disdain for designated-hitter duty. When kiddingly asked if wants to be traded to the National League, which doesn’t the DH, he said through translator Billy Russo, “No, not even a joke. I want to spend my whole career with the White Sox organization because they were the ones who gave me the opportunity to play here. And they have done a lot for me. I love to be here.’’
The Sox were aggressive in their pursuit of Abreu three ...
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 63 comment(s)
Not even when Jeff Locke passed a group of reporters as he walked off the field at Pirate City Tuesday did it occur to him why they might want to talk to him. Only after he threw another inning in the batting cage did he hear the news.
Asked when and how he heard he had earned a spot in the starting rotation, Locke said, “You just told me.”
Posted: March 30, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
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