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Thursday, August 07, 2014
I wonder if they will keep the statue of Ryan Raburn out in left-field.
There will be a statue of Indians legend Larry Doby, who was the first African-American player in the American League, and starred for the Tribe form 1947-1955, and again in 1958. I was on board with the Jim Thome statue all along, but have also said repeatedly that Doby was the other player who really deserved to be honored in this way. Of all the announcements made today, this is the one I find most exciting. His ...
Cleat Voyeur, if you will.
The Yankees shortstop sported a new pair of cleats during Monday’s game against the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, and the shoes list nearly every incredible statistic in the career of the future Hall of Famer.
On the back, the Captain was even given another nickname — “King of NY.”
Posted: August 07, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 83 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, August 7, 1914:
[Albert] Davidson, of the Baltimore Internationals, set what is probably a world’s record the other day, by passing 20 men in eight innings. A wild pitch and throw which hit Catcher McAvoy in the neck and knocked him out were other features of Davidson’s wildness. In three innings Davidson forced in four runs. Buffalo won, 7 to 4, on three hits, against thirteen for the visitors.
“Juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside.” Davidson walked 133 men and allowed 89 runs in 117 ...Read More...
GIANT photos and big time home run power dominate this article.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Over the weekend, Mets fans started a movement. That movement: to write weird Hunter Pence anti-jokes that confuse announcers on signs. It was a nice break from the usual signage, which is centered around “loving” one player or “hating” another. These seem to be somewhere in the middle.
Well, like most things, this gem started in New York and has moved west. The Giants took on the Brewers in Milwaukee last night, and Wisconsinites showed that they, too, have odd things to say about ...
Major League Baseball is king during prime time at the regional level thus far this season for regional sports networks (RSNs) winning the key prime time slot in the US markets that Nielsen Media Company tracks.
The data bolsters the position that baseball continues to be a solid programming choice for networks in the summer when the major networks are in reruns.
Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
Evidently, the timing was right for Javier Baez to get to the big leagues.
Playing his first Major League game, Baez launched the first pitch he saw from Boone Logan leading off the 12th inning into the bullpen for his first big league homer and hit to power the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Rockies.
That’s a lot of firsts, and Baez will have plenty of souvenirs to remember the game, including the home run ball, which landed in the Rockies’ bullpen.
Posted: August 06, 2014 at 12:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
The laugher ended with designated hitter Adam Dunn on the mound in the ninth inning. The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder allowed one run on two hits and a walk. He did not speak with reporters afterward.
“If (Dunn) hits someone, we can’t charge him—he’s too big,” joked Beltre, who added, “He was throwing power sinkers. Obviously, they were too nasty for J.P.” Arencibia fouled out.
In the original draft of this post, this portion talked about how it was at least plausible that being hit in the back one night and coming up with a strained oblique (which is what this really looked like) the next night could be unrelated. We could infer, but not say for sure. Pirates fans could be angry at the Diamondbacks, but no one could be certain. Now, it’s come out that McCutchen actually fractured a rib – he has *deep breath* “an avulsion fracture involving the costochondral ...
I’ve heard of the Splendid Splinter, but this is ridiculous!
The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team flooded the Internet in the past couple weeks leading up to their “TMNT Night,” which by all accounts was a rousing success. There were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed jerseys and hats, the Turtles even showed up in person, free pizza was given away, the team mascot dressed up like Splinter. Good times were had by all.
In fact, it was even a life-changing night, as two TMNT ...
A former ballplayer working in Jackson County politics?
Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.
White said he was excited about “the whole experience.”
White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.
White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the ...
Not gonna lie: I’ve seen big bulky relievers with worse-looking mechanics than Dunner here. He was a college quarterback, after all, and football-throwing skills do transfer. Maybe not 100% cleanly after 15 years and a lot of beers and T-bone steaks like Dunn has likely seen come and go, but muscle memory can be pretty useful.
The line, alas, was not so great: one inning pitched, two hits, a walk and an earned run. But (a) he was more effective than the White Sox pitchers who gave the ...
The millennia-old art of cupping traditionally involves using a flame to create a vacuum inside a glass bulb, which is then applied to the skin for as long as 15 minutes. Blood is pulled to the area, causing bruising and, ostensibly, relief of tight, sore muscles. Some believe that cupping can also help with arthritis, eczema and migraine headaches, among other ailments.
Today, teams like the Mets and others that practice cupping use a mechanical suction pump to create the vacuum. Nick ...
Will someone please explain why the umpires didn’t have the discretion to rule this play dead and permit Murphy to return to third base? After all, the ball came from the Reds bullpen, which is gated (i.e., not Wrigley)....
Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 14 comment(s)
Good hire. He’s pretty funny in those Sprint Framily commercials.
The Padres are expected to introduce Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as their GM on Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the news….
Preller was in his 10th season in the Rangers organization, where his current duties have him overseeing the team’s player-development and scouting departments, though it’s in the international market—Latin ...
Chamberlain appeared to stare down Jeter while the retiring shortstop went through his pre-at-bat routine with the game tied at 3-apiece in the bottom of the 10th inning.
And when Jeter tipped his cap to Chamberlain — the future Hall of Famer does it to every pitcher — Chamberlain’s tongue emerged from his Grizzly Adams beard.
The at-bat ended with Chamberlain hitting Jeter with an inside fastball. It didn’t seem intentional, however, as Chamberlain appeared quite upset ...
Posted: August 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM | 21 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, August 6, 1914:
The Chippewa Indian baseball team recently lost a game to the American Giants in Chicago and blamed the music of the band for their defeat.
Which recalls the story of the protest filed by a German team in Cincinnati years ago. The Germans were playing the Popular Stars, a team that began with O’Ryan and ended with Grady—and a band was out.
The Irish team won, 12 to 4, and the Germans protested. They claimed the band played “The Wearing of the Green” every time ...
“Matt did a great job for us,” Cashman said. “There’s a reason the Nats put a claim on him; they’re in a pennant race and they know he can help them. But this is about flexibility in 2014 and 2015 for us.”
So Thornton, who had a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings and had not surrendered a home run since last June, is gone, replaced in the short term by journeyman Rich Hill.
Hill, of course, sucks. He hit the only batter he faced in his Yankees debut. Seems like a weird time to ...Read More...
The Padres have decided to hire Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to fill their GM vacancy, sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).
Preller had been one of four finalists for the vacancy, along with Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and MLB executive Kim Ng. Preller and Eppler were both rumored to be favorites for the job at different times, though the most recent reports had Eppler in the lead.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Lee, a Royals fan since the 1990s who follows the team from his home in Seoul, South Korea, was treated like royalty upon his arrival Tuesday at Kansas City International Airport.
Camera crews, fellow Royals fans and curious bystanders watched and cheered as Lee made his way through the gate, wearing his Royal blue jersey…
Kamler said he and other Royals fans have been communicating with Lee for a few years on Twitter. Kamler said Lee tweets with fans during the games despite the 14-hour ...
Or to put it another way, get ready for another month or more of wondering when all of this will play out and which of your favorite players will be Braun’d, Melky’d, or Nelson’d out of their reputation and roster spot for 50 or more games. The focus will be off the races, off the teams, and on the guessing game of who gets outed next. Gee, thanks, “Dr.” Bosch.
There she is! There she is.
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
So less than a year has passed in what’s normally a 12-18-month rehab process. Harvey had been concerned before Tuesday’s session that he wouldn’t be able to find the strike zone or that he’d forget his mechanics, which he won’t alter—but all the concern was for naught. He threw hard, like “nothing had happened.”
“I didn’t think things would feel this good and this easy, but I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Excited about moving forward. The mechanics, I feel like ...
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 09:29 PM | 17 comment(s)
Mighty Manfred the Wonder Commissioner
Bud Selig’s successor as commissioner of baseball is expected to be decided next week, sources confirmed, when MLB owners assemble in Baltimore to vote on three finalists for the job.
The three final candidates, according to one source familiar with the vote, are MLB’s chief operating officer, Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president for business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner…Manfred has long been viewed as the favorite to ...
On MiLB.com, Rookie’s likes are listed as “baseballs, baseball bats, belly rubs and treats,” but his top rival is still the vacuum cleaner. The site notes that Rookie is training to be a bat-dog like Derby, his father who retrieves bats during every home Trenton Thunder game, and grandfather Chase “That Golden Thunder,” who died last year.
“It really started with Chase, who was the most important mascot we had. We’re really happy to pay homage to our dog lineage because there’s ...Read More...
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
Though Dwight “Doc” Gooden certainly had a fascinating career on the baseball diamond, a revelation in his 1999 autobiography, “Heat,” has been urban legend ever since the book’s release. Gooden writes in the book that teammate Kevin Mitchell, in an argument with his girlfriend, ended up decapitating her cat, something Mitchell has since disputed.
The transaction is mildly surprising because of Turner’s age, 23, and his upside. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was the ninth overall pick of the Tigers in 2009. He was pushed through the Minor Leagues quickly, and he made his MLB debut at age 20 in 2011.
Wow. Do the Marlins not believe in BABIP regression? What are the trading rules for DFAs in August? Are they free to trade him to any team within the next 10 days or does he have to pass waivers first?
Joyful Calculus Instructor
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 06:07 PM | 40 comment(s)
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
TDF, situational idiot
Posted: August 05, 2014 at 05:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
Fantasy Premier League. Code for the BTF League is 585849-148849.
And the games. Rumor has it a few leagues start this month:
Aug. 5: UEFA Champs. League Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champs. League
Aug. 6: Asuncion vs San Lorenzo (Lib. Final 1st Leg), MLS All Stars vs Bayern, UEFA Champs. League Quals (inc. Celtic vs Legia)
Aug. 7: Europa League Quals., CONCACAF Champs. League
Aug. 8: Galaxy vs Earthquakes, Reims vs PSG (Ligue 1 Opens), Morelia vs Tijuana
Aug. 9: RSL vs DC United, Tottenham ...Read More...
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