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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The best player in the world? We won’t know until he comes to MLB.
Otani’s 2016 performance produced the most climax-worthy stats page since late-career Barry Bonds. In 140 innings, he struck out 174 and allowed only four home runs, finishing with a 1.86 ERA — an improvement on his 2015 performance, when he’d been one of the top three contenders for the Sawamura Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young. While he was at it, he hit .322/.416/.588 in 382 plate appearances, launching ...
4: Indians (Kluber) at Blue Jays (Sanchez), Indians lead 3-0. TBS.
8: Cubs (Arrieta) at Dodgers (Hill), tied 1-1. FS1.
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 12:17 AM | 373 comment(s)
Monday, October 17, 2016
He gets to keep his red stapler and can listen to the radio at a reasonable volume.
Former Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has decided to remain with the franchise in an advisory role under new executive vice president and general manager Mike Hazen. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported the news Sunday as the team announced the hiring of Hazen, the former Red Sox general manager.
The decision follows the D-backs’ firing of general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale ...
Corruption or cost?
Under the terms of MLB’s initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021.
As part of baseball’s proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and ...
Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:51 PM | 26 comment(s)
An activist for indigenous cultures has asked an Ontario court to block the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and logo on uniforms in today’s playoff game in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Douglas Cardinal, a Canadian architect who designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is a member of the Blackfoot tribe. His request will be heard by the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto this afternoon.
Cardinal argues that the team name and mascot logo of Chief ...
Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 65 comment(s)
The auto magnate launches one hell of a marketing campaign; shenanigans and scandal involving the sport’s two biggest stars; the birth of the MVP award.
Posted: October 17, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 3 comment(s)
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, October 17, 1916:
Suit has been filed against the Pacific Coast Baseball League for damages amounting to $10,000, by Miss Alice Butler, who charges that sufficient protection is not afforded baseball fans in the Oakland Park and that as a result her ward, ten-year-old Beatrice Silva, was struck with a foul ball which broke her nose.
The charge is made that one of the Pacific Coast League players did “carelessly, negligently and unnecessarily strike one of the ...
The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.
Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that ...
Bauer said his relationship with the drone (which he brought with him to the press conference), is like a good marriage. “We argue all the time.” He also explained that his interest in drones grew out of his love for Star Wars, because drones reminded him of the speeder bikes used by the Empire (and then by Luke, Leia, and at least one Ewok) on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi.
That led to what will undoubtedly be the most controversial moment of the session, when Bauer revealed ...
Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.
The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.
Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s ...
The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.
Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.
“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in ...
No beer cans?
Well, one Blue Jays fan, with his Justin Bieber mask and crying LeBron James sign, is on a mission to do away with that stereotype. … “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I drove hundreds of kilometers to be here to counter the inaccurate stereotype that all Canadians are polite. Some of us are provocateurs. … I’m here to export Canadian culture at its finest—but not the stereotypical culture that is thought of, the Canadian as a bland, polite people, you know? We’re the fierce warrior.” ...
Sunday, October 16, 2016
A lot of good stuff in this one.
Last offseason Huntington lamented the starting pitching market “blew up.” The average starting pitcher signed last offseason earned $10.02 million per year, compared to $8.07 in the 2014-15 offseason — a 21.6 percent increase….
Not only are proven veteran pitchers becoming more expensive, but the market for reclamation-type pitchers also is becoming more competitive. More teams are identifying the same players as undervalued thanks to growth of front ...
Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
A big first inning propelled the Hiroshima Carp into the Japan Series on Saturday in an 8-7 win over the Yokohama BayStars in Game 4 of the Central League Climax Series Final Stage.
It will be the seventh Japan Series appearance for the Carp and their first since 1991. Hiroshima last won Nippon Professional Baseball’s championship series in 1984…
...“The batters did it today in the first inning, creating that momentum,” said Ogata, who did not have enough praise for [Kosuke] Tanaka ...
The “I overslept” LCS OMNICHATTER
8 Eastern, FS1: Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs (Hendricks). Cubs lead 1-0.
Posted: October 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM | 275 comment(s)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
As a parting shot, Law stated that “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league. Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they’re done counting their money.”
And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.
“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of ...
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
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