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Monday, March 30, 2015
OK, it sounds like the Rockies’ baseball operation department isn’t as dysfunctional as it may have been. Just getting along better won’t necessarily improve the performance on the field, though. It may but it may not.
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
Nathaniel Grow makes some great points about the growing gap between baseball’s revenues and the players’ share of those revenues. Do you know what be a great thing for the MLBPA to work toward in the next CBA? A guaranteed portion of the revenue for minor leaguers. I won’t hold my breath.
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
I’m about 1/3 done with my copy (which I paid for). The book is a great piece of research and very entertaining as well. In short, the book is great.
GMs have always been a special interest for me and I read every GM biography I find. I now have few new ones on my list because of the thoroughness of the book’s research. If you are a visitor to the site and are interested in the topic, do yourself a favor and get this book. I cannot recommend it enough.
In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball ...
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
stuff worth buying
The Mets like Montero better. Unless someone steps up and gives them something for him, though, the Mets are starting Gee and putting Montero in the pen. When is the MLBPA filing a grievance?
Micah Johnson “appears to be the guy” at second base for the White Sox to start the 2015 season, per comments made by Robin Ventura on Sunday. But the White Sox manager added that nothing is set in stone with five Cactus League games remaining.
According to the report, the Red Sox picks up catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash. They plan on using him as a backup for Ryan Hanigan.
The Red Sox will end up without their expected starting catcher, as Christian Vazquez is set to receive a second opinion from elbow expert Dr. James Andrews. While that won’t happen until Wednesday, the Red Sox aren’t taking any chances, and have added another catcher to the organization just in case. Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old backstop in the ...
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 9 comment(s)
Zach McAllister and T.J. House earned the final two jobs in the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation.
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
Arizona Republican, March 30, 1915:
We shall know for certain sure [sic] tonight whether or not there will be a league ball team in Phoenix.
[Herb Hester] needs about $4000 in cash to start the season, and he asks for it out of the individual pockets of the people who go to ball games. Instead of stock, he will issue a flock of rattling good baseball at one simoleon per ticket.
It seems weird that Phoenix wouldn’t have had a baseball team in 1915, but its population in the 1910 census was ...Read More...
Still, Lopez hasn’t yet shown the pure power stuff the Diamondbacks saw before they signed him. On the day they gave the Cuban right-hander an $8.27 million deal — and had to pay another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their bonus pool — Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart compared Lopez’s upside to that of a No. 1 overall pick. Stewart said Lopez had a mid-90s fastball that approached triple digits.
This spring, Lopez has mostly sat in the low-90s. In his start on Tuesday, he ...Read More...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
“That must be what it feels like to be a puppy at a pet shop,” Ichiro explained in his unique style. “Amongst all the cute little puppies jumping and tumbling for prospective owners, there’s one who’s a little older, a little more mature, who keeps getting passed over for the more adorable ones. When someone finally comes along and points a finger at him, an undying loyalty is born.”
Steve Parris, Je t'aime
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 12 comment(s)
Is it ableist to keep the good players and unload a few Ugglas?
[Dan] Uggla’s disastrous 2014 with the Braves (and briefly the Giants) left him in this position, forced to accept a minor-league contract with the Nationals and nothing more than an opportunity to compete for a spot on the big-league roster.
Thing is, Uggla’s performance this spring suggests he is worthy of making a big-league club. An 0-for-3 showing Saturday in Port St. Lucie dropped his batting average from .303 to .278, ...
We talkin’ bout practice????
The schedule isn’t going to shrink back to the 25-game range of the mid-80s because all the municipalities that agreed to build the mega two-team complexes now in vogue demand 30 spring dates out of their stadiums to pay the bills.
Fine. Make the front end of spring training all about top prospects. Reverse the reporting dates now in existence. Have a manageable number of minor leaguers - lord knows they could all use the instruction from and interaction with ...
Then there was Bobby Bragan, who would confess that he was willing to give up his career to make this stand. In later years, he explained: He saw blacks as inferior to whites. He did not know how to tell his family and friends that he was playing baseball with a black person. He did not see this as hateful or even objectionable; it was simply his view of the world. Bragan asked to be traded.
The Dodgers didn’t need him. He was a backup catcher who was only good for a few dozen at-bats. He ...
With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick.
Joel Sherman compares the Mets and Yankees.
Supremacy in New York could come down to who gets the best results in a few areas in which the teams have similarities such as:
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.
Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.
“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you ...
Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.
Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team’s medical staff on Saturday afternoon that “he’s feeling something that isn’t right.” ...Read More...
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
Jon Heyman doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the 2015 Rays fortunes.
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
I haven’t seen any of his starts. How bad has he looked?
A reporter asked the veteran lefty how much stock anyone should put in the results we’ve seen so far.
“I don’t give a [expletive] what stock they put in it,” Sabathia said, as the Yankees were losing a 10-2 game to the Orioles at Steinbrenner Field. “It is what it is. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t ...
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 57 comment(s)
Interesting speculation on the Ortiz piece from Calcaterra.
So let’s go back to David Ortiz. He claims he’s been tested 80 times in the decade or so there has been drug testing. That’s an awful lot of testing, especially when you consider that the blood testing just started last year. And that, until last year, the number of in-season random tests was less than half of what it is now. Given that a player not “in the program” gets, at most, four tests a year and more likely 2-3 (less ...
rufus was here
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 18 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound too promising.
“When you find out what the deal is, all you can do is feel for the kid,” said Hanigan. “He was pumped up, excited, ready to go. It’s just a tough thing, but he’ll be back.”
All the Red Sox have said for sure is that they found “something” in the MRI conducted on Vazquez.
If that something includes ligament damage, Vazquez would face the possibility of Tommy John surgery, a fate that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters faced last year. ...Read More...
Saturday, March 28, 2015
It’s time for everyone involved in the current Kris Bryant saga to shut up. For the good of the kid and — more vitally — the good of the game.
Everyone has had their say now, even the new commissioner. Everyone has staked their position. This should be the feel-good story of the spring. Instead, the rarest commodity in the sport — a young position player with the talent and charisma to attract fans — has been soiled.
It would be worthwhile if this were a debate in which the outcome ...
As you may have noticed, there are a few Kris Bryant discussions on the site. One area of some contention is how the CBA actually works. I’ve seen one poster unequivocally state that keeping Bryant down won’t give the Cubs another year of Bryant’s play, even going so far as to say “I am so ####### tired of reading this. It is not about what years the Cubs have Bryant it is about how much they pay him in those years.” Debating such topics without factual information only makes the discussions ...Read More...
Posted: March 28, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 110 comment(s)
With a heavy heart we regret to inform you of the untimely death of longtime Primate Joel Schuster, known on the site as either Jack Vincennes or Bunny Vincennes. Although I didn’t interact directly with Joel often over the years, he will be missed by all as he was always a force to be reckoned with,whether in a contentious Cubs thread or is a heated Lounge thread. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends, especially to his many,many friends on the site.
In lieu of flowers, the Dane ...Read More...
Posted: March 28, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 81 comment(s)
The Houston Astros understand that sweet and salty, like Biggio and Bagwell, are one of the best combinations of all time. That’s why they’ve decided to take crazy to a new level with the Chicken & Waffle Cone. Your eyes do not deceive you. That’s chicken in a waffle cone, served with mashed potatoes and a honey mustard sauce.
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