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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Alvarez is the only Pirates regular who has produced negative Wins Above Replacement (-0.4) — in part because of his defensive struggles. Pirates first basemen have combined for -1.4 WAR, ranking 29th in the majors. ...Read More...
On Friday, a routine groundball went under Alvarez’s glove for his 15th error of the season, the most by a first baseman since Prince Fielder committed 15 in 2011. By any measure, traditional or advanced, Alvarez ranks as the worst defensive first baseman in baseball this season.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Despite that ambivalence and the lineup studies, the industry as a whole has embraced the eighth-place pitcher to an unprecedented degree this season. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only 861 games since 1914 have featured a starting pitcher in the second-to-last lineup spot. Almost 20 percent of those games have come in 2015. [...]
This season, though, there have been 162 games in which the pitcher batted eighth,1 putting us on pace to shatter the 2008 record of 222. Even more ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
Jon Heyman’s latest notes column.
While one AL executive suggested a week ago that the Phillies haven’t yet “bent” on their Hamels demands since Andy MacPhail joined their front office to lead them, two other executives, using similar terminology, now say the Phillies have seemed somewhat more “reasonable” in their recent trade talks, and sources suggest there’s word of some potential progress with at least the Dodgers and Rangers. Phillies scouts have been dispatched to check out multiple ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
Although it’s not much of a move, I can see how Longoria stands a little taller in the clip. I don’t see the change in hip movement. Does anyone else see it?
“In 2013, his front hip would get well out in front of his body,” Parker said. “This position primes the big muscles in his hips and legs to whip the top half of his body to the ball. In 2015, that angle isn’t as aggressive, so he hasn’t tapped into the same muscles to help power his swing.”
Parker also notes that Longoria ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, July 17, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, July 17, 1915:
The Red Sox have the distinction of being the only big league team in the world that carries a movie man as a member of their regular party. His name is George Murray, and he took movie pictures of the double-headers between Red Sox and Indians at Somers park.
He is doing it for President Joseph J. Lannin of the Boston club, who plans this winter to put on moving picture talks in Boston and the territory for miles around, showing games played by the Red Sox in ...
I wonder if a trade would light a fire under Puig?
While there is increased skepticism within the organization as to whether Puig’s production will ever match his talent, Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter remains optimistic.
“I wouldn’t give up on him now,” said Walter, the team’s controlling owner.
Walter said his backing of Puig is based not on the player’s marketability, but on how he thinks Puig will develop as a player.
“I think he’s just going to be a great player,” Walter said.
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
It’s a long season.
“There are a lot of professional people in here who have been through a lot, who know what it takes, and who know not to get too low or to press and be upset if we’re behind,” Iannetta said.
“I think we believed and knew the whole time that we were a good team. Guys are starting to play more like themselves, and as a result, we’ve scored a lot of runs lately. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
When the two researchers hopped on a conference call with Bradley’s coaches in early November to discuss their findings, they finally got a sense of the scope of the concept they were developing, and what it could mean for baseball. The coaches immediately requested the results of one player who seemed to struggle at the plate, despite obvious athleticism and a picturesque swing. Muraskin patiently explained the metrics he had recorded, seven data points in all, categorized by names like ...
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
“They’re way better,” Smoltz said of the Mets in comparison to his Braves rotation, which featured five elite pitchers all under the age of 30, including Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. “They’ve got more talent than we could ever have.”
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
Will Montero get his job back?
Catcher Kyle Schwarber will be called up to the Cubs on Friday, while Miguel Montero may be out an extended amount of time with a thumb injury.
Montero, who jammed his left thumb in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox, is to see a hand specialist on Friday. He is expected to miss more than 15 days, so the Cubs decided to go with three catchers—Schwarber, Taylor Teagarden and David Ross, who was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled ...
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pull up a chair and grab some Bushmills.
But he also wasn’t very good at what he did, even with a lack of talent. His in-game decision making lacked creativity. He often appeared unprepared, and multiple players openly bristled at his authority, both veterans and younger players. One of Sandberg’s closest friends, his bench coach Larry Bowa, said as much in an interview with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.
Several pitchers — Hamels, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and David Buchanan — openly ...
Nice to know the Cubs’ FO isn’t blind.
You gotta have Hearts. All you really need is Hearts.
Tom Gage is a Detroit baseball writer who will be celebrated this month into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2015 Spink Award winner, the highest honor in the field. ...Gage is due to give a speech this month during the lavish induction weekend in Cooperstown, New York.
Trouble is? He’s unemployed.
Gage: We used to fly with the team, and now for the most part, you never fly with them, you’re never on the bus with them, and ...
Who is the Mariners’ minor league hitting instructor?
Just two levels shy of the Major Leagues, D.J. Peterson made some tweaks to his swing this offseason to try take those final steps. After a disappointing first half, he was left trying to clean up his own mess.
“I think maybe in the offseason, I was trying to do a little too much,” he said. “I tweaked something and built a bad habit and took a long time to get out of it.”
Peterson has attempted to bust out of the slump in the video ...
“Velocity is a big part of this game,” said Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado shortstop. “Hopefully, it doesn’t go any higher.”
Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
1. Corey Seager
2. J.P. Crawford
3. Lucas Giolito
4. Julio Urias
5. Joey Gallo
6. Nomar Mazara
7. Tyler Glasnow
8. Rafael Devers
9. Brendan Rogers
10. Kyle Schwarber
Posted: July 16, 2015 at 11:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
Nice interview with John Hart.
Q: So it’s not as if you expected a better record.
A: I’ve never made any false promises that we were built to win this year. We felt we had an energy and a good makeup. But you don’t trade your closer opening day, trade for draft picks, trade middle-of-the-order bats and expect to win. I won’t lie to fans.
Bad news on Freddy Freeman.
Q: Freeman was supposed to be back a while ago. What happened?
A: It’s more serious than we expected. I’m hoping ...
Posted: July 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, July 16, 1915:
George Perring of the Kansas City Feds has a bat that he cherishes almost above all other earthly possessions…Perring’s father, George Perring, Sr., was a ball player of note in his day and when the old Ohio State penitentiary was dismantled some 30 years ago he procured a stout hickory joint from the prison scaffold on which many an Ohio criminal had gone to his doom.
The elder Perring had the piece turned to suit his desires and used the bat for 20 years. The ...
Big midseason series.
The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.
They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.
Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
The slot system definitely removes a lot of leverage for most top picks.
The Diamondbacks have the second-biggest bonus pool, at $12,816,100, to spend on their top-10 picks. The first overall selection has a pool value of $8,616,900. Arizona has agreed to at-slot deals with each of their other top-10 draft picks, except for ninth-rounder Pierce Romero, who received just shy of $130,000 over slot.
That means the Diamondbacks should have plenty of cash to sign Swanson. That may not matter, as the ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rany Jazayerli eviscerates A.J. Preller.
It’s as if Preller were unaware of the first rule of Rounders: “If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” Preller was the sucker. Preller was the guy obsessed with acquiring big names — Upton was the no. 1 pick in the 2005 draft! Kemp finished second in the MVP vote in 2011! Myers was AL Rookie of the Year in 2013! — while his competitors were working the angles. Middlebrooks was a power guy ...
Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
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