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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Everyone is Chad Bradford Wannabe.
The true submariners — the guys who would come close to scraping their knuckles on the mound — share much in common besides the angle of their throwing arm. And while Ziegler shares those traits as well, he’s taken the craft to places it’s never been before. He’s simultaneously the archetype of a submarine pitcher and a new iteration entirely. Consider:
They were all effective: There’s obviously a selection bias going on here, because submarine ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
Are we having fun yet!?
With a new crop of uber-talented power pitchers, the cyclical nature of the game and, probably—though we couldn’t prove this and pitchers were using the juice, too—the major crack-down on performance-enhancing drugs, offense continues its decline in baseball.
Heading into Tuesday’s action, MLB hitters were posting the lowest batting average and on-base percentage since the 1972 season. That year has some historical significance, which we’ll get to in a bit.
The 4.19 ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:53 PM | 26 comment(s)
In which the valued customers learn the value of TV by listening to the radio broadcast, or at least the first 3 innings of it.
Fox Sports 570’s weeknight “cume” rating was up 19 percent last month compared to last April.
Comparing radio and TV ratings is a bit apples and oranges, but clearly, for the Dodgers, the radio and TV numbers are headed in opposite directions; An average of just 45,000 households are watching games on TV, according to Nielsen. That’s a drop of nearly 63%, ...
Herm Card is retired from two careers: He taught English in Marcellus, and he suited up for decades as an accomplished Upstate baseball umpire. Card stays busy as a poet, author and photographer, and he served for years as a volunteer educator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
At the hall, Card never relinquished a sense of wonder. Whenever he had the chance, he’d walk the galleries and study the artifacts. This week, he is away from Syracuse, helping his 98-year-old father ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
I am going to love this stuff. It will be like having your won personal scouting assistant.
Hamilton vs. Recker:
The gaudy number here is Hamilton’s top speed, 18.71 mph, and yet it does Hamilton no justice. That’s because he was running on a wet track, slowing him down quite a bit.
Still, it projects to a mile in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and 100 meters in 11.96 seconds. And that’s not Hamilton’s full sprint, given that he had only 78 feet from when he started his run (he had about a 12-foot ...
Russell’s paradox: O’s/P’s
On Tuesday night, Russell returns to PNC Park as the Orioles begin a two-game interleague series in Pittsburgh. It’s his second time back since being fired, but the first since the Pirates, indeed, turned things around, making the 2013 playoffs and breaking a 20-season losing skid.
“I can’t treat it, job-wise, any differently. I can’t go in there and sulk and mope around [and say], ‘Shoot, I wish I was still here and look what they’ve done. I wish they had done that ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
Or as Kevin Millar said last night: “I don’t know if Stephen Strasburg will ever be as good as Mike Leake.”
Does Stephen Strasburg still “want a piece” of Mike Leake? We may find out tonight.
The former Little League teammates face off as big leaguers for the first time tonight, and in 2010, Strasburg’s college catcher said Strasburg was looking forward to facing Leake for the first time.
From Dave Sheinin’s July 26, 2010, story on Strasburg in the Washington Post:
In early June, just days ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, May 20, 1914:
Hughie Jennings, leader of the Tigers, has placed a check on his own powers. Oscar Stanage has been drafted to act as a balance in the government of the Detroit team.
Jennings has placed complete control of the pitchers and catchers in the hands of the veteran receiver. No battery man will be sent into a game or taken out except by the order of Stanage.
In explaining the reason for the move Jennings said that in spite of his many years of baseball leadership he ...
Just for mendacity. Targets only the gray area.
La Russa, himself, has been critical of Sabermetrics in the past, but acknowledges their place in today’s game.
“My opinion is that it’s a valuable tool, but mostly a tool to help you identify talent and then prepare the talent,” La Russa told Burns and Gambo Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think the biggest problem I see is there are teams that have gone way overboard and they are really interfering with the way the managers and coaches ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
Cantu…lower than his helmet has ever been.
Doosan Bears’ infielder Jorge Cantu has been under fire for his racist remarks on Twitter.
The first baseman Monday re-tweeted an edited photo of several Korean high school students with the face of a male student cropped and placed on the face of every student in the picture, insinuating all Koreans look alike.
The photo was titled “Desafio,” which is Portuguese for “challenge,” and is followed by five challenges which obviously aim at making fun ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:41 AM | 24 comment(s)
Monday, May 19, 2014
No! No! No! Leave Bogaerts where he is. Let Drew sign a long-term deal with another team. Fill in at third as best they can.
The Red Sox should make their move on Stephen Drew (whatever that move might be).
It might not work out, but it will be worth a try. At this point, they need to try something.
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia’s knee injury is likely to keep him out of action until July 1 and possibly longer, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
Speaking on ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney’s podcast, Cashman said Sabathia has some breakdown of cartilage in his right knee, which caused the pain, swelling and fluid buildup that sent him to the disabled list on May 11, the day after he allowed three long home runs in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cleveland—- The A’s have enjoyed a terrific relationship with the Sacramento River Cats ever since the Triple-A club moved to California’s capital in 2000. Among other things, the River Cats have won seven Pacific Coast League titles in that span, and they led minor-league baseball in attendance for eight years.
We need to have a serious discussion about the “first pitch” of a baseball game, because it has been getting exponentially more ridiculous lately. First dinosaurs, then cats, and now robots?
Posted: May 19, 2014 at 03:20 PM | 20 comment(s)
Yes, let’s enlarge the strike zone. Who doesn’t want the R/G to drop even lower?
“You have to stop shrinking the strike zone,” he said. “It has to be expanded. It’s incredible what you’re asking of pitchers nowadays. You expect them to throw the baseball into this tiny box. Do you know how much stress that puts on a pitcher’s arm? Just remembering when I pitched, the strike zone is so tiny compared to back then. It’s impossible to think that you make a pitcher hit that tiny box and ...
Posted: May 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
Hugh Fullerton in the Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1914:
Harry Lord has quit the White Sox, left the team and perhaps left baseball. Behind the act there is a story.
Did you ever know a baseball player who did not love the game? Did you ever hear of one who hated baseball as a business, yet was one of the great players?
That was Harry Lord. He played in the major league [sic] for years, hating the profession, and hating himself for remaining in it…I [asked him] casually, “Harry, why did you ...
Two days that shook the Reds world.
Everybody bemoans the loss of both Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, absolutely a crushing blow to the middle of the batting order. But Bruce was not producing when he went down and Votto was not hitting for power or driving in runs before he went down.
After losing a slew of one-run games, a league-leading 12, four of their last five losses have been by 5, 11, 5 and 9 runs.
The offense is non-existent. On Sunday, they put the first batter on base five times in ...
Posted: May 19, 2014 at 06:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
Hats off to (Frank) Lary. Someone else is killing the Yankees…
This just in: The New York Yankees wore navy blue caps with the white interlocking “NY” for all three games this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This qualifies as news now.
The traditional cap, the one worn by Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio (they were good old-time baseball players in case all you stat-vomiting twentysomethings and thirtysomethings are unaware) wasn’t good enough for the series with the Mets. And so the ...
Posted: May 19, 2014 at 05:46 AM | 13 comment(s)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The title says it all (except for Joe Savery getting optioned). The Moneyball gang is getting back together!
Or as Paul O’Neill said…“Shifts might get you outs, but they won’t save you any runs”. Or something.
My question is, does the average person care? Is the average fan still content with batting average, runs batted in, and earned run average being the Holy Trinity of baseball stats, even though the modern Smart Guys have discredited all three? Oh, and — how could I forget? — wins. Speak not to the modern baseball analysts about a pitcher’s wins, those being the most circumstantial of ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 79 comment(s)
The White Sox were the bearers of both good news and bad news Sunday. Exciting leadoff man and center fielder Adam Eaton was reinstated from the disabled list, but as a corresponding move, rookie slugging sensation Jose Abreu was placed on the DL due to an ankle injury.
Abreu has what the team has announced as posterior tibia tendonitis in his left ankle. After being relegated to designated hitter recently, he had to be replaced late in the game Saturday due to the issue and now he’ll be ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM | 12 comment(s)
The Duff-Man says, “OH YEA!”
He was some kind of special tonight,” Yost said after Duffy strung together a perfect-game bid that lasted 20 batters, long enough to remind the 24,064 in attendance of his tantalizing talent.
His chance at a franchise-first had ended the inning before. But his achievement was still worth celebrating. Duffy handed the baseball to his manager after giving up an eighth-inning single, just his second hit allowed. He slapped a hand across the chests of the five ...
More Goldschmidt! Less Steveschmidt!
Former Republican presidential candidate and current senior Senator from Arizona John McCain III spent his Saturday night watching the Arizona Diamondbacks out-slug the Dodgers in Phoenix, despite Yasiel Puig bat-flipping his way to a 16-game hitting streak.
The game was less than typical, as one fan caught two home runs while the D-backs pulled out an 18-7 victory on the back of two Paul Goldschmidt homers. Of the Paul Goldschmidt homers, the first is ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM | 10 comment(s)
Tony Cingrani, Japandroids…and another reason I’m going to miss Getting Bent.
The Japandroids are a band that almost wasn’t. Consisting of only a drummer, David Prowse, and a guitarist, Brian King, they just barely meet the requirement of being a band at all. Yet, by pounding new life out of aggressive drum lines and wild electric guitar riffs, they minted one of the best summer albums of all time (at least, according to Rolling Stone). The duo from Vancouver almost left their music in a ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 09:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
Mattnetic Resonance Imaging results are in…
Manager Matt Williams said in his postgame news conference following a 5-2 loss to the Mets Saturday that Gio Gonzalez’s shoulder issue from earlier in the season is not the reason for the Nationals left-hander’s two rough outings in a row.
But if it is not a health reason for Gonzalez’s problems on the hill, what is it?
“I can’t put a finger on that because I don’t know,” Williams said. “There’s no difference in velocity. He’s running it in there ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
Woo-eee! I haven’t seen Bill Madden this ticked off since Rita Moss left jazz singing for Actual Idealism chittering!
So what did we learn from the just-completed Subway Series, other than both the Yankees and Mets might have to seriously start considering major alterations to their respective ballparks? I think it’s safe to say Yankee Stadium, with its absurdly short right-field wall, continues to be a joke of a ballpark, but one that it is now starting to hurt the Yankees as much or more ...
Posted: May 18, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
Despite his historically poor production on both sides of the ball, by Arencibia’s estimation it was the media who ran him out of town.
“I think the media made me out to be a monster — I wasn’t. They changed a lot of things that I said or made up stories. So I thought that that was a big thing that went down. I learned how much media does control things.”
Arencibia did not specify to which reporters or media outlets he was referring. Of the allegations he said were falsely reported, ...
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Technically, it’s still the 17th as this is submitted, but OMNICHATTER transcends time.
Posted: May 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM | 45 comment(s)
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