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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash off South Beach last month, according to a toxicology report released Saturday.
While his two companions had alcohol in their systems, neither was legally drunk, the reports show. However, one of them, Eduardo Rivero, also had cocaine in his blood, the reports show.
Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of .08. Other fluids in his body ...Read More...
Does this make him a traitor to his people?
So all of a sudden, the Indians are in perfect position to do to the Cubs what they’ve been doing throughout this entire month of October, first to Red Sox Nation, then to an actual nation (i.e., Canada). Yes, they’re poised once again to break millions of hearts.
Cubs fans expecting only joy in their first World Series since 1945 were rudely awakened by Game 3’s sobering 1-0 loss to the Tribe. Scott Olson/Getty Images
“I love it,” said Indians ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
Days after San Jose band Smashmouth used its Twitter account to defend 49ers general manager Trent Baalke from criticism, the band was back at it again Friday — and this time, the target of the band’s ire, the Oakland A’s, fired back.
Before it was over, A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle had jumped in to try to keep the peace, but the “All Star” performers and the 1989 World Series champions were too busy taking their swings to back down.
The tweet tiff began with a fairly innocent ...
“I think people lose sight of the fact that you’ve got to win four,” offered Francona. “You’re not trying to prolong the series. So, you try to take stock of where you are. I try not to fall in, ever, to relenting to, ‘Well, we’re losing, so let’s move everybody up.”
Here was Joe Maddon’s take on Tomlin, including his hitters’ inability to attack him optimally:
“His MO is to start early with the breaking ball strike and then not to throw a breaking ball strike ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s difficult when a king has to abdicate his
Hernandez was throwing the bulk of his pitches low and away, off the plate in hopes of hitters chasing and avoiding solid contact. When he was able to command his pitches to the corners of the plate, that approach was effective. But the mechanical issues and meandering command from start to start wouldn’t allow him to maintain that success. Hitters recognized it.
“He pigeon-holed himself to one spot of the strike zone much more ...
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 21 comment(s)
It’s the same, only different.
“The last time was first time on short rest, so I didn’t know what to expect about how I was going to feel,” said Kluber. “Now that I do know I felt fine, it’s just a matter of using those three days to recover.”
Kluber is 3-1 with a 0.74 in the postseason. He struck out 29 and allowed two runs in 24 1/3 innings. In Game 1 of the World Series, he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Cubs.
“It’s basically doing the same stuff in one less ...
Coco Crisp plays the hero.
“It obviously feels good,” said Crisp, who hit an AL-high .392 (31-for-79) with runners in scoring position during the regular season. “No matter if you get the big hit or lay the bunt down, you want to do something that can possibly help the team. Fortunately enough for me today, it was a hit.”
Posted: October 29, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 28 comment(s)
Friday, October 28, 2016
Three times a week, Roberto Perez retreats to a back room at Progressive Field, eases himself off his feet and gets needles jabbed into his face. Sometimes, they are juiced with an electrical pulse to stimulate his facial muscles, too. Usually it’s eight or so – one in the Pupil Bone Hole, another in the Welcome Fragrance, and can’t forget about the Earth Granary. Perez is here at the World Series because of these acupuncture points. Without them, he may not be playing baseball period. ...
Fairmont West Virginian, October 28, 2016:
The winter of 1916 may see the end of the spitball!
Rumors in baseball circles indicate magnates of the major leagues will place a ban on the moistened delivery similar to that which put the emery ball out of business two years ago and resulted in the retirement from big league circles of two great pitchers, Russell Ford and Cy Falkenberg.
Barring the spitball from baseball probably would effect [sic] few pitchers. The number of men using this ball ...
This doesn’t seem like the best idea.
19 long years.
Thanks to some good fortune and the fact that my employer, FOX, has held Major League Baseball rights for most of my adult life, I have broadcast 19 World Series. I have never seen the kind of fervor for a team and a venue like I have for the Cubs and Wrigley in 2016. It’s national front-page news, and it should be. For many of us, it is the sports story of a lifetime.
It was just a “misunderstanding.”
Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.
“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. ...
Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
For the first time since WWII, World Series baseball will be played in Wrigley Field.
Indians (Tomlin) at Cubs (Hendricks). Game 3. Series tied 1-1. 8. FOX.
Posted: October 28, 2016 at 12:06 AM | 625 comment(s)
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.
“Just too much risk associated with playing the field at this ...
Posted: October 27, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
Altuve may himself be on his way to Cooperstown, as through his age 26 season, he has 1,046 hits, a career line of .311/.354/.437 and 199 stolen bases. The only second basemen with more hits at such a young age were Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Bobby Doerr and Mazeroski. This award is not about Altuve’s career path, though. It’s about this season, and this season, he was spectacular.
Voting by MLB players
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros-84
2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red ...Read More...
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 27, 1916:
After almost a year of baseball peace, war again threatens. So far it is confined to personal differences between President Tener, of the National League, and President Johnson, of the American League, but unless the grievances of these two are adjusted, it is a forgone conclusion that the major leagues will be drawn into a fight.
The tl;dr version (as far as I can tell) is that John McGraw implied his team had thrown the final game of the ...Read More...
Why the Cubs—and why Belize? Like a lot of stories from this part of the world, it began with pirates. In this case, however, the outlaws were local TV impresarios, not swashbuckling Johnny Depp look-alikes. In the early ‘80s, there were no television stations in Belize, the only country in Central America whose official language is English. (Anyone with a set would use it to watch VHS tapes.) In 1981, however, Belize City business couple Arthur and Marie Hoare began transmitting the famous ...
Posted: October 27, 2016 at 11:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
There are a lot of thoughts on how to bring more black children into baseball, like community programs that try to provide opportunities to inner-city minority children. But there is still a core group of people who talk a lot about baseball as if it’s sacred because of the vague American ideals it represents. We know they exist in baseball’s mainstream because they come out of the woodwork every time baseball doesn’t look the way they think it should. But as sportswriter Will Leitch told ...
Posted: October 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM | 70 comment(s)
I saw this a few times and scratched my head. When you have two guys of their caliber you warm them up once before you bring them into the game. It helps maximize their effectiveness and innings.
“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.
“I think all managers, Joe, Tito [Terry ...
Posted: October 27, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
“Hey, man, I’m living the dream,” Schwarber said. “We’re playing in the World Series. What else can you ask for? I’m just going to keep riding the wave ‘til it ends.”
Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
Miami-Dade County authorities say the strong odor of alcohol was found on Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men in a boat when they died in a crash last month, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.
The warrant, released by the Miami-Dade state attorney, alleges investigators found evidence that the boat’s driver was speeding and driving with “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.” It does not identify who was ...
Manfred hinted to Golic that he has plans to speak with team ownership about the use of the logo during the offseason:
Well, I understand that particular logo is offensive to some people, and I understand why. On the other side of the coin, you have a lot of fans that have history and are invested in the symbols of the Indians. I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. [Larry] Dolan and I have agreed we’ll have a conversation about what should happen with ...
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