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Friday, June 24, 2016
Bismarck Daily Tribune, June 24, 1916:
Several years ago while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, [Fred] Anderson was studying dentistry on the side. Finally he decided to give up baseball and follow his other profession. He bought out the practice of an old tooth carpenter down in Georgia and hit 1.000 in the prosperity league.
Finally his health broke under the strain. A physician advised him to take a long rest and be outdoors as much as possible. The Federals, just starting up, offered an ...
He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.
Not a good second start for the Freak.
Keith Law was much higher on him than everybody else. They are both looking good right now.
2. Kevin Newman, ss, Pirates
Team: Double-A Altoona (Eastern). Age: 22.
BB/SO: 1.13. BB: 8.6%. SO: 7.6%. ISO: .121.
The former Arizona shortstop and 19th overall selection in 2015, Newman only recently advanced to Double-A from high Class A Bradenton. Regardless, his hitting approach is professional grade, and he has a long track record for hitting for average and for showing balanced strikeout and ...
Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
Can they really get much for him with his injury history?
Which raises the question: How far would the Orioles go to upgrade? Would they trade right-hander Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2011 and who is finally healthy and contributing as a reliever after missing most of the previous three seasons with injuries?
Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
‘Commish’ Hummel looks back on the 1980s STL-NYM rivalry, points and laughs at young Chris Dial’s tears of rage and anguish. Worthy topics!
Cobb County’s plan for handling traffic generated by the Atlanta Braves next year is to get fans off I-285 and onto surface streets in adjacent communities.
The mayor and city council of Sandy Springs learned of this for the first time on Tuesday. They are not pleased. ...
The news account quotes a “visibly angry” Mayor Rusty Paul as calling the Cobb plan “our nightmare.” The mayor also said he had made calls to ranking Cobb officials to discuss traffic planning, but had never heard ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 04:25 PM | 58 comment(s)
I’ve watched Espinosa a number of times over the years. He’s a useful player. I watched Trea Turner up close last night at Pawtucket. After the Super Two cutoff, the Nationals will be putting an inferior shortstop on the field if they stick with Espinosa.
Danny Espinosa is not a star, and maybe Trea Turner will turn into one. But for 2016, the Nationals have correctly identified that Espinosa as their starting shortstop may very well be their best option, and not just their best option until the ...
OK, I haven’t paid for anything yet but I have gone through the process and created an image file using a screen capture. If you ever wanted a Topps baseball card. Here’s your chance.
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 02:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
When $500 million isn’t enough.
City of Arlington officials have touted a “50-50” private-public partnership to build a proposed $1 billion retractable roof stadium for the Texas Rangers.
A WFAA-TV investigation, however, has found taxpayers may instead pick up to 80 percent of the tab, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars more than initially promised by city leaders.
Last month, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a “Master Agreement” to ask voters to extend ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
Sorry about the World Series. Tough luck about the team. Anyway, just $37.99.
Yup, that’s a bad day.
The Rangers’ depth in starting pitching will be put to the test after the loss of two front-line pitchers on Wednesday.
Right-hander Colby Lewis, a lead figure on the club, will not throw for four weeks because of a strained lat muscle in the right shoulder and probably will land on the 60-day disabled list. Left-hander Derek Holland went on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation.
With right-hander Yu Darvish already on the disabled list, the Rangers ...
I used to keep score about 50% of the time. With my smartphone and MLB At Bat, the effort just isn’t needed.
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 33 comment(s)
“I feel good, everything is fine,” Velasquez said in the Double-A Reading’s clubhouse on Wednesday night. “Talking to the guys behind home plate with the radar gun, everything seems like it’s back to normal. I kind of took a peek at their speedometer and it was 97. That kind of shows I’m back to normal.”
Velasquez hopes to rejoin the Phillies rotation in five days, when the team takes their current nine-game road trip to Arizona.
But the Phils could opt for a more cautious route ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, June 23, 1916:
[Ban Johnson] is of the opinion that managers are carrying things so far in their constant shifting of pitchers they are not only injuring their pitchers, but are reducing the interest felt by the steady patrons in the players, and consequently in the game itself.
President Johnson declared: “They are making a joke out of the pitchers by taking them out of the game if a couple of hits are made in succession, or by removing a pitcher who is going along finely to ...
My manic depressive Red Sox fan friends are in a panic. Deep breaths, deeeeeeeeep breaths, people.
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
“It’s been that way for a couple weeks,” Gray said. “It’s just now getting to a serious point.”
Already down an ace after Tyler Chatwood wrenched his back pitching in Miami during the weekend, the Rockies return home Thursday with even more concern for a suddenly hobbled pitching staff. Combined with lefty Chris Rusin, who’s on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the Rockies could be without their three best ERAs just when the schedule gets tricky.
“His arm felt ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Arbitrary cutoffs. They may as well do a bloodletting every 20 innings.
Fulmer entered Wednesday’s game averaging just under six innings a start in his first 11 big league outings. If he kept up that pace and made every turn through the rotation, he’d be on pace for just over 170 innings. He pitched 124 2/3 innings last season in the Minors.
“No one really knows what the ideal amount is,” Ausmus said. “People like to say 25 or 30 percent more than the following year, in terms of innings, but ...
Posted: June 23, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Outfielder Andrew Lambo, who was on the Oakland Athletics’ Opening Day roster and played in one game after being claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, is recovering after undergoing surgery last week for testicular cancer.
Lambo, 27, was experiencing discomfort while playing for Triple-A Nashville, was diagnosed and had the procedure at the Vanderbilt University Urology Clinic, the team said Tuesday.
Lambo, who has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, tweeted ...
The reporting of their death looks premature.
“If you had told me we’d be .500 on this date, I would have said we should be better,” Hinch said. “I want to keep it in proper perspective.”
The Astros are 36-36, which won’t blow you away when you consider they were a consensus pick to win the American League West.
And then the wheels came off. Tuesday night was the first time they’d been .500 since they were 1-1 on April 6. They were 7-17 in April and 17-28 on May 22. At times, it looked like ...
Posted: June 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
It doesn’t sound like he’s ready to me.
Would it send the right message to promote a guy within a two-week window that he was benched at Triple-A for disciplinary reasons? Probably not. Williams, who turns 23 in September, has failed to run out fly balls and helped start a beanball war within the last two weeks. General manager Matt Klentak was asked about Williams’ behavior four days ago.
“Nick is 22-years-old in Triple-A,” Klentak said. “He and J.P. (Crawford) both are among the ...
Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
Owners pay more money for high-revenue clubs. High-revenue clubs also generate more money for low-revenue clubs in national broadcast packages. They also send money via luxury taxes and penalties for exceeding the international bonus pool. How much more help do they need to give low-revenue teams?
Low-revenue clubs, in particular, continue to express frustration that high-revenue clubs use their financial might to exploit the international market, as well as the major-league talent pool. The ...
Posted: June 22, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
The Wilpons are interested!
The business was never viable, running operating losses of more than $3 million for four straight years. “To be sure,” Harmon wrote to Narayan in a May 2014 email, “our revenue sucks. Our balance sheet is a disaster.” Ticket Reserve would have been sunk if not for the fact that Narayan stole money from Oswalt, Peavy, and Sanchez and redirected it to TTR without their consent or knowledge. This was how Narayan “raised” 90 percent of of TTR’s investment capital. For ...
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