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Saturday, May 07, 2016
Looking at PitchF/X data from Brooks Baseball, Farrell was both right and wrong. The 3-1 pitch was a strike. The 3-2 pitch, after which Ortiz had to be restrained from going after Kulpa, was low. It was not so low as to match Farrell’s assertion that Ortiz “needed a hockey stick” to reach it, but it should have been Ball 4.
It’s important to remember, though, that the 3-2 pitch came after the 3-1 pitch and a reaction by Ortiz that was so animated, Farrell needed to come out and get ...
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton once again stands alone when it comes to pure home run distance. The three-time All-Star connected on a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning on Friday that lifted Miami to a 6-4 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.
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Friday, May 06, 2016
We’re still talking about this retirement thing?
Maybe there will be some stretch this season when David Ortiz plunges into a prolonged slump, giving some indication of why the designated hitter felt it necessary to retire following the 2016 campaign.
But right now, Ortiz’s offseason announcement seems more like a premature caprice than an unavoidable choice.
Team owner John Henry ought to have an intimate discussion with his most important player about deferring his decision at ...
MLB has plenty of #### to get together before it starts thinking about expansion, and commissioner Rob Manfred acknowledges that. The collective bargaining agreement expires this winter, so that’s foremost. The stadium situations in Oakland and St. Pete are dire. But once all that’s out of the way, it’s time for more baseball teams!
“Baseball’s a growth business and growth businesses tend to expand,” Manfred said yesterday on the Red Sox-White Sox broadcast. (Fun fact! Yesterday ...
In fact, the number of left-handed starting pitchers has been declining since 2012, when lefties started 32.0 percent of all big leagues, a number that’s down to 25.5 percent this year. What used to happen every third game is now happening every fourth, a projected difference of 315 starts over the course of a full major league season.
“There is a shortage of left-handers,” Gonzalez said.
And no one’s quite sure why.
“I’ve spent most of my professional life trying to find more ...
Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jones checked all the requisite boxes. But nothing could prepare them for the reception in previously hostile environs.
“When I walked onto Citi Field for the last time, there were still boos,” Jones said. “There were people who didn’t want to stand up and acknowledge it was my last time. That’s why they’re called fanatics. They’re fanatical for their team, and anything else just won’t do. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
“You’ve been trying ...
With his single and two-run home run Tuesday, he’s at 1,551 hits. He has 199 stolen bases, 964 runs scored and 189 home runs.
According to Baseball Reference.com, he would become the 40th player in Major League history to hit those levels in all of those statistical categories – joining a big batch of current or soon-to-be Hall-of-Famers: Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, Craig Biggio, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and George Brett to name only a few.
His career WAR (wins above replacement) of 48.2 ...
Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
hall of fame
Chicago Eagle, May 6, 1916:
“Slim Sallee was working against the Giants at the Polo grounds,” said [an unnamed baseball player], “and in the seventh inning the Giants filled the bases and needed only one run to tie. A ball was hit to Sallee, but instead of throwing the ball to the plate and forcing a man, he hurled it to first. When he got back to the bench the rest of the players began to ‘ride’ him and accuse the pitcher of having been rattled by the shouts of the crowd.
“‘Oh, let me alone,’ ...
When do they name an Uber after him?
“Like San Francisco cable cars, the legend of Willie Mays is iconic,” said Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “While it may not move as fast as Mr. Mays, cable car 24 will forever pay tribute to the Say Hey Kid as it climbs San Francisco’s majestic hills.”
Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
Is he still the King or has he abdicated his throne?
We have a Felix who isn’t throwing as hard, and we have a Felix who isn’t throwing consistent strikes. Still, we have a Felix who’s remained moderately effective, so it’s not all bad news. He remains a difficult pitcher to square up, but with a reduced margin of error, it seems Felix might be trying to be more careful. That’s the somewhat positive spin. The more negative spin would be that better contact is coming, and maybe Felix is ...
Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
Don’t worry. Tony thinks it’s all good.
Ignoring the problem — for fear of disrupting his mechanics — shouldn’t be an option, according to former Mets pitcher Bob Ojeda.
“That would be a blockhead approach — not a good approach,” Ojeda told The Post in a phone interview. “Believe me, there are guys who have that mentality. I hope he doesn’t, because every base hit, every walk cannot be a double. You’re not going to win.
“You are going to throw some great games and you are going to lose 3-2, 2-1, 4-3. He will be ...
Posted: May 06, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
Thursday, May 05, 2016
In the end, as we know, Kuhn’s misperception of his own role and the owners’ general misreading of the players’ solidarity contributed to Miller winning, in his words, the “complete and unconditional surrender” of the owners. The owners provoked the strike by implementing a system of direct compensation, and ended up negotiating a system in which teams could lose a player without signing a free agent. (This system was abolished in 1985). It was a give-back by the players, but one that ...
Within walking distance of the Sleep Inn and Suites in Hagerstown, Md., is a Waffle House, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, Burger King, McDonald’s and a 7-Eleven tucked behind a gas station. This is where the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws stay three times a season, when they pile into a bus for a South Atlantic League road trip.
Shane Watson, a former first-round pick back at Lakewood after shoulder surgery, prefers the Cracker Barrel. A few weeks ago, when Lakewood visited Hagerstown, Watson planned ...
Bernard Malamud’s first novel, “The Natural,” upon which the movie was based, was published in 1952 and with no lack of publicity (it was reviewed twice in The New York Times). But it doesn’t seem that many of that era’s sportswriters were inspired to compare their subjects to Malamud’s Roy Hobbs, even with both Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, 1950s versions of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, just then bursting upon the scene.
Then again, Malamud’s Hobbs, however talented, was hardly ...
Bill Speas, quoted in the [Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, May 5, 1916:
“It happened in 1906 in the Pennsylvania and Ohio league…Our opponents had us beaten, about 40 to 0 when one of them hit a ball and slammed it down the right field foul line. The umpire threw in another ball, and he knocked it foul again. Then he hit one at me in left, and after breaking my neck to keep it from rolling into the next state, I got it and threw it into the plate, only it hit the grandstand instead. ...
Kevin Maitan did not just suddenly appear on the radar for international scouts. He’s been on it for three years—and he only turned 16 in February.
So it’s really no surprise that the superlatives fly in when Maitan’s name is mentioned in international scouting circles. Scouts and front-office executives describe him as athletic, big, strong and talented. They compare him to a young Miguel Cabrera and Chipper Jones, and other established Major League stars.
The switch-hitting teenage ...
Cafardo confirms reports that Sandoval’s contract was not insured, but provides some interesting details on the practice of insuring contracts around MLB and how the Red Sox have dealt with medical red flags in the past.
At this point, observers might think the opposite is true—teams have to go through the Cubs—as the numbers point to a run-scoring and run-prevention pace that is unprecedented in the history of the game. The Cubs have scored 93 more runs than their opponents through the first 26 games. It is the greatest differential through 26 games since 1905 and puts them on pace to shatter the all-time record of plus-411 set by the 1939 New York Yankees. Of course, they’ll slow down, won’t they? If ...
Posted: May 05, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 45 comment(s)
Dollars to donuts Pablo will have a lot of dollars and eat a lot of donuts over the next year.
“I’m not going to give specific weights, but he has already dropped weight during the season once he’s been under our care on a daily basis,” Dombrowski said Tuesday, via WEEI.com. “I think he’s committed to doing that, and we’re committed to doing that. We’ll have a very thorough program to address a lot of different issues between now and the next spring training.”
Posted: May 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
Scott Boras agrees with Terry Collins: Matt Harvey’s early-season struggles could have something to do with his 2015 workload.
The Dark Knight’s agent also shares the Mets manager’s public optimism that Harvey will right himself.
“When you have a genius, you don’t take him out of fifth grade and graduate him from high school,” Boras said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “You may graduate him to the seventh grade. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need ...
Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
Will he end up back in San Francisco?
“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”
Paul Hagen talks with Butch Hobson.
Big league coaches make far more than Atlantic League managers. If he had gotten another chance to manage in the Majors, the payoff could have been huge. He’s also 63 days short of having 10 years of big league service, which would allow him to max out on his pension plan.
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