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Friday, May 22, 2015
“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville ...
Marvin Hudson is, by most accounts, not a bad umpire. He’s been in the league since 1998, and has been largely forgettable, which is one of the qualities an umpire should strive for.
He has been these things to most every team. Most every team except, that is, for the Washington Nationals.
Hudson was born in Marietta, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This is interesting only because since 2012, when the Nats flipped the switch from perennial doormats to contenders and forged their rivalry with ...
1. Really make hitters stay in the batter’s box.
Sorry Bryce Harper. I love you forever, because you’re the best, but you were wrong Wednesday night when you argued balls and strikes, took a leisurely stroll toward your dugout, and then flipped off MLB’s new “stay in the batter’s box” rule by tapping the chalk with your toe after the home plate umpire told you to get your ass back in there.
At first I was against this particular pace of play rule change, because I thought it would be ...
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, May 22, 1915:
President Somers of the Indians on Friday announced he had discharged Joe Birmingham as manager of the team. Unsatisfactory progress of the club is blamed. No successor has been chosen.
[Portland Beavers] Manager McCreedie…stated on Friday that he could not accept the managership of the Cleveland Indians, for which he has been mentioned since Owner Somers deposed Birmingham.
Asked why, McCreedie declared: “I don’t like to say, but there are reasons. I will ...
Exactly how many of these businesses are there?
There are more than a dozen rooftop businesses along Waveland and Sheffield avenues, and the Ricketts family now owns six of those buildings after one of their entities purchased three buildings on Sheffield Avenue from Sheffield Finance, the Tribune reported
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 76 comment(s)
The teams’ man agrees with a team. STOP THE PRESSES!
If you are going to release part of the contract, release the whole contract. I believe their claim that his homers weren’t marketable isn’t accurate. Sure, they *might* not have been able to make as much money as they potentially could have if ARod hadn’t gotten caught juicing but that’s debatable. With his start, Yankees fans surely don’t have him classified as a villian.
The team has released a portion of the contract that says it’s up to the Yankees to decide whether Rodriguez’s home run ...
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
That slow curve from El Duque that A-Rod launched into orbit was magnificent. But I wish I could have seen more of the true, 15-25 foot high eephus pitches.
If you ever want to watch 45 seconds of baseball magic, I direct you to this 1981 This Week in Baseball feature on Yankees relief pitcher Dave LaRoche. In the clip, LaRoche describes an at-bat against Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas: “Bob Lemon had just become the manager,” the veteran left-hander says. “He wanted to know if I wanted ...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
“I’ll give most of the credit to Lucas Duda,” Collins said. “He is the one who has said, ‘I can hit lefties. I always have hit lefties.’ And I’m going to give Keith some credit.”
Hernandez—who hit .291 against southpaws during his career—downplayed his impact, but acknowledged Duda requested a session.
“We had one day where we worked together,” said Hernandez, a five-time All-Star as a lefty-hitting first baseman. “I just imparted to him tendencies of left-handers that ...Read More...
How about a pitcher who can swing for the fences? San Francisco Giants ace and reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner—who has two career grand slams and homered four times last season—is one such dual threat.
So is Shohei Otani. If you haven’t heard about the 20-year-old Japanese sensation, you will soon. He plays for the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball, the highest level of baseball in Japan, but he has designs on playing major league baseball. His current team could ...Read More...
Some good stuff about Dustin Pedroia in college.
“I remember him just talking about wearing pitchers out—‘Yeah, I got him.’ He never met a pitcher he didn’t think he could hit.”
The bravado was nonstop.
“No fear,” Evans said. “His sophomore year, 2003, we went into Long Beach State. Abe Alvarez, who later played for the Red Sox, pitched Friday night and ASU got beat pretty good.
“Dustin does not like losing at all. He’s leading off the Saturday game against Jered Weaver, best pitcher in the ...
How much this is impacting other pitchers on the team? Tyson Ross’ walk rate has exploded this season.
As Brandon Phillips put it, the game changes and adjustments simply have to made. The keys for fielders today are simply to be more precise with their tags, and to make sure baserunners who should be called out are, in fact, called out.
“But now you have to make sure to try your best not to make any mistakes because people can reverse the call,” Phillips said. “So that is one that does cross everybody’s mind. They want to make sure that they do make things happen, that they make sure they do ...
Baseball players are paid too much! Argle-bargle!
But it’s the NBA that has the highest average per-player salary. At $4.6 million, the NBA ranks just ahead of India’s IPL cricket ($4.3 million) and MLB ($4.2 million).
The top three NBA teams are the Brooklyn Nets ($6.2 million per player), New York Knicks ($5.9 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($5.3 million). The Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.0 million) lead baseball and the Royal Challengers Bangalore ($4.5 million) head the IPL list. Wondering ...
That’s not ideal.
Crisp said before the season that he believed the neck problem might be a lifelong issue. The fact that it cropped up again just 13 games after he returned from the disabled list makes it a major concern. Crisp changed the way he hit last season to deal with the neck problem, and hit .203 the final two months while dealing with the injury.
Since coming off the DL after arthroscopic elbow surgery, Crisp is batting .044, but has played extremely well defensively, and that’s ...
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
This is new info for me.
Suspended pitcher Ervin Santana would be ineligible for the postseason should the resurgent Twins make it that far for the first time since 2010.
The Joint Drug Agreement added that provision in 2014 after Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta went from 50-game suspensions to postseason appearances the previous October.
According to Section 7-H-2 on page 41 of the 60-page document, any player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs “shall be barred from participating in the ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1915:
Buck Weaver was speaking of the one-hit game Jim Scott pitched against the Mackians Monday: “If I had known that scratch hit of Larry Lajoie’s would have been the only one of the game off Scotty I would have bungled it up so you scorers would have had to give me an error,” he announced.
I don’t buy it. Buck Weaver would never intentionally underperform.
By the way, for whatever it’s worth, Weaver was Jim Scott’s brother-in-law.
Some Pirates are putting out all they’ve got.
Some Pirates are focused on putting the team first.
Some, but not all.
And if the people running this team, notably Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington, aren’t seeing that at this point, then this whole ship is flying blind. Which is a far more frightening thought than being swept in two by the Twins or the 18-22 record that’s resulted.
Starling Marte has been the focal point, and he fully deserves it. His stroll to Mauer’s farcical ...
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
I’d say the clause in his contract which makes him a free agent in the event he’s traded hurts Guerrero’s trade value. Of course, more money has a way fixing such problems.
It’s just not the most efficient allocation of resources, which is why Friedman and his team figure to dangle at least one or two of those players—Guerrero will probably draw the most interest and Uribe is probably the most palatable to move—as part of the push to land a starting pitcher.
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 21 comment(s)
A simple case of a team valuing an employee? Perhaps. But some in the industry view the Padres’ actions as highly unusual — and perhaps a sign that the Pads want Murphy to replace manager Bud Black or, at the very least, join the team’s coaching staff.
The Padres’ 20-20 record is fueling industry-wide speculation that Black could be in trouble. Ownership expects to win after opening the season with a club-record $109 million payroll. General manager A.J. Preller is in his first full season, ...
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple. Plain and simple. I mean, I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees.
“The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. And, I mean, the way I’m hitting, I don’t want to get tossed,” Harper said. “I don’t think I really did anything bad to get tossed. But maybe he just had a bad morning. Maybe he didn’t get his coffee.” ...Read More...
Posted: May 21, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 68 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When Giants fans got crabby.
The mid-’80s were a terrible time for the San Francisco Giants. In 1984, the team lost 96 games and finished in last place — but no one on the roster had as horrible an experience as Wayne Doba. That season, the 33-year-old actor was selected to play the Giants’ first mascot. Well, not really a mascot, but an anti-mascot. The “Crazy Crab” was conceived as a satire of the mascot craze of the late ’70s that produced now-iconic characters like the Phillie ...
You are arrive at a fork in the road, take it.
If you choose to rebuild ...
You’re believing that in three years, Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto are not going to be cornerstones of a contending roster, so there’s no sense in paying them both as much as some small-market teams will pay their entire roster. You’re believing that Phillips is done for, Bruce is Ben Grieve, Cozart isn’t a building block and Hamilton is just as likely to be a role player as a star. Or, if you’re not completely ...
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