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Friday, August 29, 2014
The really weird play was the one where Gordon Beckham got a hit.
The Angels beat the Athletics 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday night on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick, giving the Halos a two-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. But the A’s played the game under protest thanks to a controversial obstruction call in the ninth inning… Angels shortstop Erick Aybar led off the ninth inning of a 3-3 tie with a bouncer up the first base line, then collided with A’s pitcher Dan ...
OMNICHATTER. Because September is coming and after September… COMES OCTOBER.
Yes, folks, OCTOBER IS COMING.
Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 46 comment(s)
I’m Adam. Fly me the #### out of here.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn’t particularly sociable.
The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home.
After the game, Jones said he was ...
Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 39 comment(s)
Chicago Eagle, August 29, 1914:
Captain John C. Leonard, United States navy, who was in command of the battleship Virginia when Vera Cruz was taken, declared the other day that “the great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.”
“Besides having a great influence in that direction,” said Captain Leonard, “baseball will supplant the brutal bull fighting.
“In Vera Cruz boys are now playing the game.
“The bull fighting was not relished by the Americans, and General Funston put a stop to it.”
Well, ...Read More...
According to a game offical, the cross-checker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero—who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season—approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the cross-checker.
“But now frustration and heartache is what you got…”
Ichiro Suzuki, suspected of flubbing a catch that could have saved the Yankees on Thursday, got testy with reporters who wanted to know exactly what happened on the game’s final play.
Ichiro appeared to botch an attempt to catch Mike Avila’s walk-off hit, which gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory. And when the questions persisted, an exasperated Ichiro told a reporter to watch the replay himself for an explanation, and he even slapped his ...
Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Travis d’Arnaud has willed himself into becoming a keeper. He stared down deep struggle this year, and emerged as the talent he was supposed to be. For passing the emotional test that separates prospects from duds, he deserves nothing but credit.
But there remains one serious concern, though it is no fault of his: D’Arnaud is just 25 years old, and has suffered four known concussions. This is an issue that he takes seriously, and that has led some on the staff to wonder if a shift to left ...
Apparently “Survivor” is still a thing. But given how close to the bottom of the barrel they’ve gotten to find “celebrity” contestants, I can’t imagine it’ll be a thing for long.
NEW YORK—After spending the past few months battling the frustration that came courtesy of his attempt to return from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Jonny Venters received some jarring news on Thursday, when Dr. James Andrews informed him that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for a third time.
If Venters decides he wants to attempt to pitch again, he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a third time.
171 innings over his first two years ...Read More...
We were selling jeans here!
when [current Astros GM] Jeff Luhnow showed up for his first day of work as the St. Louis Cardinals’ vice president for baseball development, he already had two strikes against him: He was a former management consultant at McKinsey, brought in to shake up the organization. And the sum total of his baseball experience was the McKinsey fantasy league and a business school paper he’d written on how the Chicago Cubs could win the World Series…
Luhnow’s appreciation ...
We do need a modern Foster Brooks.
Every time Alex Gordon steps to the plate at Kauffman Stadium these days, fans chant, “M-V-P, M-V-P”... At the moment, Alex Gordon is hitting .281 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs. Nothing at all about that looks MVPish… [but] Look around baseball these days… There’s a chance this will be the first full season in baseball history without either a 40-home run hitter or a 20-game winner… There are players – [Jose] Abreu, [Mike] Trout, [Giancarlo] Stanton and ...
You haven’t lived…until you live through a Sonny Ruberto Era.
Price then became philosophic about the way the game is being played these days—much less offense, fewer home runs, fewer runs scored.
“It’s interesting in that the game seems to be trending back towards what we saw in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. We no longer have these grandiose offensive numbers. When I was in Seattle for my second year (as pitching coach) we were second in the league in earned run average with a 4.50. What is ...
Posted: August 28, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 8 comment(s)
Hopefully Laredo has some sidearmers. (And hopefully the Lemurs have guys named Joey.)
Twenty-eight years ago, Pete Incaviglia went straight from the campus of Oklahoma State University into the cleanup spot in the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup. He never spent a day in instructional league. Incaviglia never rode the buses. He never caught the 5:30 a.m. connecting flights to get from one Minor League city to another.
Now look at him. Incaviglia knows all about bus rides, and meal money that can ...
Bruce, Bill James made me love Phelps also, but c’mon, they already had Don Mattingly and Jack Clark, it was never gonna work.
this year marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of Seinfeld, arguably the most successful sitcom in the history of American television. This month (August) also marks the 60th birthday of Ken Phelps, one of the poster children for Bill James’ Sabermetric movement of the 1980s…
Phelps had had drawn the Yankees’ interest since 1985, when Billy Martin had instructed ...
Maybe he has a literal fetish for new architecture? Anyone ever think of that?
By the time Padres president and CEO Mike Dee caught wind of Bud Selig’s farewell tour of Major League ballparks, the wheels were already turning as to how the team was going to pay tribute to the outgoing Commissioner… the Padres honored Selig with a dedication ceremony of the Selig Hall of Fame Plaza at Petco Park, which sits behind the Western Metal Supply Building, next to 13 palm trees, waving gently in the ...
The District Attorney
Posted: August 28, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
Numbers are the easy part, so let’s start with some numbers. David Price got thrashed by the Yankees, ending with twice as many hits allowed as outs recorded. He was charged with eight runs, all of them scoring in the top of the third, which Price began, but which Price was removed from without getting an out. That third inning saw Price allow nine consecutive hits, the first time that’s happened to a pitcher since 1989. The all-time record for consecutive hits in an inning by a team is 11, ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1914:
If the Venice Tigers bring home the bacon next season the Maier ball park will be exempt from taxation, is the conclusion of the board of equalization, which was reached today when Eddie Maier, owner of the park, appeared before the board and requested the exemption. On the other hand, the board said that if the Tigers failed to come home with the pennant next year, the tax would be raised, instead of suspended.
Ouch. Anyway, Venice/Vernon didn’t win the PCL ...Read More...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: August 28, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 18 comment(s)
It’s Texas. Even the "baseball writer" is the Cowboys beat guy.
Earlier in the month, [Yu] Darvish’s right elbow hurt. An MRI showed inflammation, which was about the best-case scenario. The Rangers should celebrate the fact that one of baseball’s five best pitchers isn’t so myopic to think he alone can solve the woes of an injury-destroyed team that owns the game’s worst record at 52-80. Pride has killed too many arms to count.
And yet it’s still one of the prevailing currencies in ...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Man, the Diamondbacks would trade him for talking all this crap.
You’re trying to create the illusion of a white baseball. The faster it spins, the whiter it’s going to look. Most hitters assume that if it’s white, it’s a fastball. Therefore they’re going to swing at the very top of where that ball is going to go – in their mind, where they think the ball is going to go. A perfect curveball is going to have exactly the opposite spin of a fastball, but if it comes out white the hitter ...
Ugh, I’d rather reminisce about “underrated OBP guy” than “nearly killed someone”, but, here we are.
You may remember when former major league infielder Jose Offerman attacked two players with a bat while he was a member of the independent Long Island Ducks back in 2007. One of the victims was catcher Johnathan Nathans of the Bridgeport Bluefish, who was hit on the side of his head by Offerman. Nathans sued and the result is in today:
The jury in the two-week-long bat-attack trial of Jose ...
September roster expansion is weird, if you think about it.
recently, of course, the Angels lost Garrett Richards for the year. Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez experienced a setback in his injury rehab, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to return in the regular season…
This year, replacement-level starting pitchers have averaged an ERA close to 5, and an FIP close to 5. Meanwhile, replacement-level relief pitchers have averaged an ERA a little under 4, and an FIP a little under 4. This ...
“the day we proclaim the King of the Universe”... wait, that’s what I thought Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium was.
This year, Derek Jeter dons his stripes at Yankee Stadium for the final time on one of the holier days of the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah. It also gives me a chance to pose a question to all of the media members. The tables have turned, punks. For those of you who are also members of the tribe, will you be covering this game?...
Granted, I’m not Sandy Koufax. I’m not ...
Met mojo… Yankee mojo… we know how this turns out, right?
The Yankees have agreed to terms with outfielder Chris Young on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter)...
after signing a one-year, $7.25MM contract… The former Diamondback batted just .205/.283/.346 in 287 plate appearances with the Mets before being designated for assignment and ultimately released earlier this month…
With Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury locked into left and center field, ...
I have a sudden urge to play The Jam’s “Thick As Thieves”.
Not since Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez were lighting up pitchers in the 1990s has Seattle seen this much star power at its ballpark. Three generations of rock royalty, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon attended today’s Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field.
White just finished up a two-night residency at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. During night two, he dedicated his performance of “Steady As She ...
Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 200 comment(s)
All they really need is a time machine.
Then John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune followed up with his:
The July 18 deadline to sign draft picks has come and gone, with Aiken rejecting the Astros’ last-minute offer. But the team could still sign the No. 1 overall draft pick under a clause at Major League Baseball’s discretion.
The other 29 major league clubs have signed off on that clause, industry sources said. The Aikens, however, would insist on a sign-and-trade deal before ...
Wait til next year. Forever.
And here’s where Cubs fans should find optimism; by BaseRuns expected record, the Cubs have played like a .500 team this year. Their expected record is actually better than that of the first-place Kansas City Royals, in fact, and is not far off from what the teams contending for the NL wild cards are putting up….
This isn’t a great team, of course, but the only reason the Cubs are in the mix for a top pick again next summer is because they’re 28th in both ...
All he needs is two Petit fours!
[Yusmeiro] Petit has appeared in 33 games for the Giants in 2014, which is one more major league game than he’d seen in the past five seasons combined.
Petit was once a top-100 prospect, and he has been around for so long that he was part of the 2005 trade that sent Carlos Delgado from the Marlins to the Mets, but he’s also been DFA’d at least twice, including by the Giants last year, and lost on waivers from Arizona to Seattle another time. For a three ...
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