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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Harrisburg Telegraph, March 14, 1917:
GEORGE M. COHAN AFTER BALL TEAM
The Providence International League baseball club was sold this afternoon by William H. Draper, its owner, to a syndicate of local men for $18,000.
Dennis O’Brien, George M. Cohen’s [sic] attorney, was present and said that Mr. Cohen intended buying the entire holdings. It may be possible that the New York theatrical man may yet get control, taking it out of the hands of the local men who bought it just for civic pride.
Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?
Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in ...Read More...
Posted: March 14, 2017 at 10:18 AM | 53 comment(s)
The Mets could still carry Michael Conforto as their fifth outfielder, though some in the organization feel he is better-served receiving everyday at-bats at AAA Las Vegas. Another option would be an infielder capable of playing the outfield, such as Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, or Matt Reynolds.
Nimmo, 23, is ranked as the Mets’ No. 8 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
Posted: March 14, 2017 at 08:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Great ending. Too bad I missed it because I had to turn in.
Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
This is a great lesson in why rules need to have clearly defined terms. Are “defensive innings” the number of innings pitched or does any inning in which a team plays defense constitute a defensive inning. The phrase “including partial innings” does not solve the ambiguity.
TAMPA, Fla.—Ronald Acuna has steadily become a well-known figure among Braves fans since he caught the attention of Bobby Cox and some of Atlanta’s upper-level executives during the 2015 Instructional League. But the 19-year-old outfielder’s legend has truly grown since he came to this year’s Spring Training and gained the welcome surprise he would have a chance to compete in some big league exhibition games.
Though he has been used simply as an extra called over from Minor League camp, Acuna ...
Who’s ready for Madness?
New Orleans vs. Mt. St. Mary’s and NC-Central vs. UC-Davis!
Number 1 Seeds: North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova, Gonzaga
The Phillies made a minor trade with fun implications today, flipping outfield prospect Joey Curletta to the Seattle Mariners for switch pitcher Pat Venditte. Both Curletta and Venditte are off of 40-man rosters, so there will be no corresponding moves needed. Curletta was the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz deal (the other two pieces being A.J. Ellis and RHP Tommy Bergjans).
The Giants come close, but baseball really doesn’t have a team that’s analogous to the 2011 Phillies, which means we’ll focus on that scrum closer toward the top of the Y-axis. Here’s a quick thumbnail sketch of why each of those teams are so high on the window-shut-o-meter:
The Tigers are old and they have a bunch of long-term contracts on the books
The Royals have a bunch of free agents after the season, and they’ve already spent a lot more than they normally do
The Mariners are ...
Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
Manny Ramirez apparently has earned the right to live the high life in Japanese baseball. The former Boston Red Sox slugger and 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame nominee last Thursday signed a contract with the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent league. His deal includes some eye-popping details, which The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported Monday, citing Yakyudb.com, that should warm the hearts of his fans. They include:
A Mercedes car and a driver
his own ...
The Padres have agreed to sign Cuban pitching prospect Osvaldo Hernandez for $2.5 million, according to a source. The 18-year-old left-hander will join a record-breaking international class on which the Padres have spent roughly $80 million since July 2.
Hernandez, who was declared a free agent last month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Astros, Cardinals and Braves. The 6-footer has a fastball that reaches 94 mph. His secondary pitches — a curveball, slider and ...
Monday, March 13, 2017
I’ve enjoyed Eric Longenhagen’s prospect reports over at Fangraphs. Unfortunately, he’s a one-man show which means it will take him forever to get his team reports done. I was a little concerned his top 100 list would come out so late it wouldn’t be usable in fantasy drafts. Not any more. His list is up.
Tangotiger’s experience at the SABR Analytics Conference.
This is the non-technical post. Part 2 will have the new stuff I did on “What If” and Part 3 will have the new stuff on “Shifts against RHH”. Both are work-in-progresses. Which is really what Statcast is, every question answered, uncovers another two. Our LACK of knowledge will grow exponentially with more Statcast findings! More accurately, the awareness of our lack of knowledge will do so.
Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
He’d better hope he doesn’t get traded to the Yankees.
“He’s certainly got tremendous hair flip,” manager Scott Servais said. “In Seattle, I can (already) hear the crowd holding their breath until he flips it back up again.
“I’m sure (marketing vice president Kevin) Martinez has T-shirts coming. I can see the whole thing (unfolding). We’ll see.”
Posted: March 13, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
Harrisburg Telegraph, March 13, 1917:
It was learned [in Pittsburgh] yesterday that there is little likelihood of Honus Wagner ever again playing professional baseball. Wagner’s business and legal representative is authority for the statement that the famous Dutchman has about concluded arrangements to enter the oil producing business with Fred Clarke, former manager of the Pirates, regardless of what the Pittsburgh club offers him in the way of salary for the coming season.
Honus played on in ...Read More...
Sunday, March 12, 2017
I don’t like the WBC extra innings rule.
DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:
I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to ...
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blasted Major League Baseball’s security arrangements for the families of players at the World Baseball Classic in Mexico.
“MLB,,, its a shame that you are more interested in making money and not in the security of our family,” Molina said via his Instagram account. “Its a shame that the players have to be worried about the safety of our family when you were supposed to have security for them,, Horrible organization for the this event, no security for ...
Allow me a brief anecdote: one of my old teammates (we’ll call him Raul) told me that his buscone took half of his signing bonus, and overcharged him for the steroids he said were necessary. Raul always wanted to move to New York City; consider his story similar to the plot of Sugar, where a Dominican pitching prospect quits on baseball after a few disorienting years in the minors to pursue his passion for carpentry. Only difference is that Raul wanted to sell drugs, “como Biggie”. I ...
The probability third baseman Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pirates on opening day continues to plummet. On Friday, a week after receiving a suspended sentence for his third DUI in South Korea, Kang was officially placed on the major league restricted list.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly described the move as “a procedural matter.” Kang has yet to receive his visa for travel to the United States, and there is no known deadline for that decision.
“It is neither a statement of ...
Extra inning game with weird extra runners added to the bases in the 11th. It certainly finished the game in a hurry.
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 12:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
“We had a much more targeted list of players who we felt fit our needs,” explained Dipoto. “Last year, when I first got here, we didn’t want to start trading off, wholesale, players from the minor leagues who we didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to evaluate. But we knew we had needs (and) we filled those needs with one-year players, like Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, Nori Aoki, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith on a one-plus-one.
“This year, we took that next step, trying to transition our ...
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason, I guess. They don’t like me or they can’t see. I don’t know what the case is. It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to keep it under my tongue and just go about my business.”
“I’ve got to keep it under my tongue,” comes directly after “Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason.”
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thornburg said that after the December trade, he was sent a list of exercises from the training staff. The message he did not receive was that all of the exercises were to be performed daily.
“I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.”
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
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