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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
I guess his agent isn’t big on honesty.
“It was confusing, and it was tough at times,’’ Bautista says, “but you can’t take it personally. You can’t feel like it’s necessarily a direct vendetta against you or a group. I know markets have their ups and downs, but I can’t explain what happened to me.
“I’m not complaining about the deal I got. Could it have been better a couple of years ago? I guess. You can expect things, and think about what happened in the past, but at the ...
Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
The start of “T-Shirt Wars”. See it on the History Channel in March 2018!
“I think we have T-shirts somewhere that say something about winning at home,” Matheny said in his office after the win.
That’s a great line. Deserved. Well-timed.
That couldn’t be ...
Posted: March 08, 2017 at 07:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
Harrisburg Telegraph, March 8, 1917:
Japanese baseballs or baseballs made in any other country no longer will be able to masquerade in America as American productions.
The Secretary of the Treasury, who has ample power in the matter, has issued an order requiring that hereafter all imported baseballs be indelibly stamped with the name of the country of their origin, such identification marks when placed on cartons being considered insufficient.
This was all part of the Pink Hawley-Homer Smoot ...Read More...
“It’s basically an All-Star team. It really is. You’ve got to be on top of your game. You’ve got to be able to throw strikes, and against a lineup like that, you can’t throw too many strikes. If you just live in the zone against those guys, they’re the best in the world and the best from the Dominican Republic. They’re very good.”
Gausman was, too. And he had to be.
The top of the visiting team’s lineup read like a who’s who of the game’s brightest stars. Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, Gausman’s ...
A record 31 big league pitchers touched 100 mph on the radar gun last season, according to PITCHf/x data, and two pitchers — Aroldis Chapman and Mauricio Cabrera — averaged at least 100 mph for the season.
There is more heat in the forecast. Baseball America documented another 71 prospects clocked at 100 mph in the minor leagues last year.
The fastball fixation is nothing new. You can fairly trace pitching history through baseball’s rapidly spinning seams, from Walter Johnson to Bob ...
Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
“I was working on a new pitch, a split-finger fastball,” Madson revealed after his Cactus League debut Tuesday. “Either I overdid it, threw too many, or it’s just a nasty pitch on my elbow.”
Madson, 36, is a key part of the A’s bullpen plans. He saved a team-high 30 games last season — albeit with seven blown saves — and is in the late-game mix this season, though manager Bob Melvin hasn’t announced a closer.
Why try to add a split-finger fastball?
“I’m always trying to ...
Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
In a roster bind for much of this winter, the Cardinals removed Harris from the 40-man roster and every other team in baseball had a crack at him. The Cardinals lost players Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tim Cooney and Dean Kiekhefer this past offseason through waivers, but Harris passed through without being claimed. Like the free agent Maness, Harris is listed as having elbow surgery, and for most that’s Tommy John and a 12-month absence. Having cleared waivers, Harris remained with the Cardinals, the ...
Syndergaard admitted that Mr. Met burned him recently on Valentine’s Day, when the mascot tweeted that Syndergaard’s date for the night was his mother.
“Other than that one, they’re pretty weak on his part,” Syndergaard says.
The starter says he realized only toward the end of last year that fans had picked up on this feud with Mr. Met, but believes they’re on his side and have joined the “I hate Mr. Met parade.”
Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties—Outkick has heard from a variety of different sources that ESPN is cutting up to $100 million in on-air salaries.
Yep, on air. This means you’re going to know ...
Through the magic of spring training games on MLB.TV I fell in love with this guy last year.
10. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Dodgers (No. 12)
Though Los Angeles has Adrian Gonzalez at first base and a surplus in the outfield, Bellinger is too talented to keep down on the farm for much longer. The game’s best power prospect is a polished hitter who could force his way into the lineup by midseason. If he had a big league job waiting for him on Opening Day, he’d rank No. 2 on this list.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 03:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
Bring it on!
“[The dialogue change has happened] in some sense a little more quickly than I would have thought. Two years in baseball time is very little,” said Mike Petriello, an analyst for MLB.com who is in many ways the site’s voice of Statcast. “Exit velocity took off very quickly. It’s very easy to understand. It’s ubiquitous. You see it in a lot of in-stadium scoreboards now. You see guys talking about it constantly now. Kris Bryant talks about exit velocity and launch angle. ...
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 03:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
Bargains? Mookie Betts is a bargain. Kris Bryant is a bargain. Noah Syndergaard is a bargain. Scherzer and Lester aren’t bargains.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 02:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
Investigators estimated that $170,000 in jewelry and “other items” were taken from Puig’s residence, though that figure could grow, according to Preciado.
The break-in was the latest in a string of thefts from celebrity homes across the city. Last month, burglars ripped a safe containing $2 million in jewelry from the Brentwood home of singer Alanis Morissette, police said.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 01:56 PM | 40 comment(s)
Reggie Jackson hovered above them, eyes squinting in scrutiny, until one name in particular caught his eye. “Berman?” he asked, perusing the blue list. “Who put down for these?” Per Rangers policy, players were allowed four seats from the blue list and only two from the white, so first baseman Mike Epstein had used his family passes for friends of his father—the delightfully named Sherman Berman and family—to ensure that they sat together. This was not unusual practice.
“I ...Read More...
Washington Times, March 7, 1917:
The death knell has been sounded for “mashed potatoes” in the camp of the Griffmen.
In its stead has come old kid “Ham And.”
For five years the Griffmen training at Charlottesville were filled with mashed potatoes, morning, noon and night. They lived with King “Mashed Potatoes” day in and day dut [sic]. They went to bed with him. They dreamed of him, knowing that they would meet him in the morning.
But now has come old “Ham And.”
This means something. This is ...Read More...
What do people think about the WBC? Although I enjoy watching players from foreign leagues, scheduling the play at this time of year just seems off. I’d rather see a shortened tournament which takes place in lieu of the All Star Game during an extended midseason break than the current format.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
Blake Treinen’s gaze falls when someone asks the question, and because he is a candidate to close for the Washington Nationals this year, people are asking, over and over. When they ask, his normally cheerful voice sinks into a defiant murmur, because he has heard people wonder if he is too kind to close before.
“I don’t really care what people say about that,” Treinen said, eyes downward when asked one day recently — a turn to stern that pretty much qualifies as an expletive-riddled ...
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Unlike some of his teammates, though, Matz had a relatively routine procedure, which is why there was more focus on holding runners on.
In the National League, only Chicago’s Jon Lester allowed more runners to steal (28) than Matz (20).
Matz is now trying out a method he picked up from former Met lefty Scott Rice, keeping his leg hanging before he delivers to the plate.
The move is designed to give Matz more time to determine whether the runner is going to steal.
“It could be huge for ...
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
The Tigers, Avila acknowledged without mentioning names, could say goodbye to some well-known people with high-dollar contracts: Anibal Sanchez ($21.8 million owed on his long deal), Mike Pelfrey ($8 million), and Mark Lowe ($5.5 million). None of the three has pitched well enough to survive – yet.
“We’ll take our 12 best pitchers,” Avila said, insisting performance, as opposed to contract politics, will decide who travels to Chicago.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, March 06, 2017
“We’ve got something special planned for Leonys’ birthday,” Servais said with a mischievous smile in his morning media meeting. “You guys will see it.”
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
This is new.
Asked specifically if Dahl would be healthy enough to see game action during spring training, Black answered: “Yeah, I do. I can’t put a date on it, but I do anticipate him hopefully getting in a game here.”
According to the Princeton University Athletic Medicine website, “A rib stress injury can be described as a rib stress ‘reaction’ or can lead to a rib stress ‘fracture’ if not managed or treated correctly from the start of symptoms.”
According to the website, ...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
Teahen has been posting Instagram videos showing his training regimen. His rigorous program seems to include:
• Drinking wine to better understand the culture (“Little known fact,” he says, “Italy produces wine”).
• Overcoming blisters he got while taking batting practice at Scottsdale’s CrackerJax Family Fun Park batting cages.
• Running little left-turning circles in the snow (“Turning left is the key to scoring runs”).
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