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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
For home run rate (HR/PA) to stabilize, you need 170 plate appearances. Through six games, Story has only 28. Plainly, Story’s 25 percent rate of home runs per plate appearance is not “stable.” If it were, we’d expect him to hit 150-plus home runs this year. Were Story to have 43 HR 170 plate appearances into the year, we’d have to take the possibility seriously. So Story’s seven-homer week is mostly luck and not remotely indicative he’s the greatest player of all time by a wide ...
Next man up!
Baez hit in the middle of Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Monday night, with Cubs manager Joe Maddon saying the organization would like to see him get around 20 or 25 at-bats before joining the big-league club.
That could happen as soon as this week’s opening homestand at Wrigley Field — or once Baez gets his timing down after a left thumb injury prevented him from making the Opening Day roster.
The Cubs plan to move Baez around the infield and the outfield with Iowa, grooming ...
Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
“Every day is a lesson for me. I’m still learning. But I’m not going to sleep on this and stress about it. I’m going to take a good day off (Tuesday), and when I show up here on Wednesday, it’s a new day, a new game. I’m going to focus on my game.”
Posted: April 12, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 13 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 12, 1916:
Early this afternoon the eye of Mr. Average Citizen will take on a restless look. He will fidget and squirm. Then with the best excuse available he will grab his hat and overcoat, drop into the next office to pick up Miss Average Citizen and start for the ball lot.
Somewhere between 150,000 and 175,000 average citizens are expected to click through the turnstiles, paying about $100,000 for the privilege of being in on the big opening of the baseball season. ...
Perceived Velocity is a great addition for our understanding of the game.
That Syndergaard appears is hardly a shock—after all, he lit up radar guns in his first start this year and his 97.4 mph average fastball led starting pitchers in 2015. Of course, he’s also listed as 6-foot-6, and his extension of just under 7 feet was third among starters, behind only Michael Wacha and John Lamb. That helped his perceived velocity look like 98.4 mph, because a hard pitch thrown from closer to the plate ...
Monday, April 11, 2016
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Robinson, sure enough, was present at the 1960 Democratic Convention as well as 1964 Republican Convention, and what he saw left him distraught. Jackie was a lifelong Republican because the Democratic Party’s Dixiecrat wing ran his family out of Georgia. In 1960, angered that Richard Nixon ignored his requests to help a jailed Martin Luther King, he considered endorsing John Kennedy and attended the Democratic National Convention. He also had friends telling him that ...
These are just a few of the more serious injuries, those that have been reported in the press. There are plenty more. According to a Bloomberg News report, 1,750 fans are injured in game-related incidents every year. That’s more than the number of batters hit by pitches (about 1,500, according to the Elias Sports Bureau). But almost 74 million fans attended MLB games in 2015, so the chances of being struck by a piece of bat or a foul line drive are pretty slim. Right up there with getting ...
House has a few more tricks up his sleeve. A big one involves the pitcher’s stride as he delivers the ball. The average stride-length for a pitcher is 77 to 87 percent of his height. He calculates that for every extra foot he can squeeze out of a pitcher’s stride, the hitter sees a virtual three-mile-per-hour gain in fastball speed. Put it this way, a 95-mile-per-hour fastball from 50 feet looks faster than from 53 feet. Same velocity on the radar gun, but because a hitter has less time to ...
Posted: April 11, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 11, 1916:
Howard Shanks blames his failure to hit as well during the summer as he does in the spring to the fact that he is playing a sunfield most of the time, and that it affects his eyes to such an extent that he cannot hit up to his true standard. This argument Shanks made to Griffith, who, recognizing its logic, has decided to allow Shanks to continue in left field as long as he is hitting, and then shift him to a field where there is no sun to bother him.
Uh, sure, ...Read More...
It appears David Ortiz has handpicked his successor. The Red Sox designated hitter is in his final Major League Baseball season, and there’s no doubt he’s going to leave a hole in Boston’s lineup come 2017. But Ortiz apparently has been scouting Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Edwin Encarnacion as his replacement. “Hell, yeah. He’s a perfect replacement,” Ortiz told WEEI’s Rob Bradford on Friday. “Because of everything, but mostly because he can hit.”
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Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 32 comment(s)
Who doesn’t love rats in the work place?
Still, some of the old standbys will be missed. Hammel joked he would miss the rats, the ones former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen often referred to when describing Wrigley as a “dump.” Hammel confirmed Guillen’s stories are not the stuff of urban legend.
“The rats were mostly in the storage areas back behind where the lockers are,” he said. “But one thing I won’t miss, if and when we’re celebrating, is I won’t have a puddle of booze puddled up in ...
Baseball or parents?
“I say to parents: This is not good,” Dr. Mamizuka told me that day. “Bad training. Bad pitching. Bad coaching.”
Posted: April 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 25 comment(s)
Reliever Darren O’Day, the Orioles’ union representative, said players have been briefed on the laws during spring training. He believes it’s “reasonable” to reduce the visibility of the tobacco use so as to not influence children, but said the ban is “a bit of a government overreach.”
“There’s a triple-bacon cheeseburger,” O’Day said. “Do you really need that? No, you don’t, but the government’s not going to outlaw it.
“I get it,” O’Day said. “We get it. But as I said before, there’s some ...
Posted: April 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 102 comment(s)
In the seventh episode of the Culture Caucus podcast, we look at baseball in the year 2016, how it remains central to the American experience, how presidents will throw out first pitches until the end of time, and how the game has changed along with the country itself over the decades. We also discuss how baseball’s current cultural conflict—older, white, often-Southern players grousing about the new generation of young, brash, often Latino stars—bears more than a passing resemblance to the ...Read More...
WILL THE TWINS AND/OR BRAVES WIN TODAY?
WILL THE ORIOLES LOSE TODAY?
Well, I don’t know, but we can CHATTER UP!
Posted: April 11, 2016 at 12:37 AM | 163 comment(s)
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Since Collins couldn’t provide an answer, the Journal contacted the person who could: Katy Feeney, the MLB senior vice president who oversees the entire scheduling process. She constantly fields phone calls from angry teams complaining about their schedules, and nobody ever seems happy with their 162-game slate.
“People tend to look at their team’s schedule and don’t realize it’s a 30-team schedule, not a one-team schedule,” Feeney said in a telephone interview this week. “Everything you do ...
The Mazara Era has begun.
The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.
Choo is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a strained right calf muscle, while Chirinos is expected to be out 10-12 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Chirinos was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Mazara, a left-handed hitter, is coming up to be the everyday right fielder while ...
Is the dramatic comeback dead?
Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is. His reasoning: Teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings.
A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but ...
While the April weather has resulted in plenty of postponed and delayed games in the Majors, it has absolutely decimated the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs schedule. A day before the Minor League season started this week, their four-game home tilt against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs was postponed because of the state of their field.
Rather than fall so far behind the rest of the league, the teams relocated to Coca Cola Park in Allentown, Pa, home to the IronPigs, where the Chiefs would still play as ...
Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
“If everything goes extremely well it’s going to be at least three months before A.J. is going to be released to start baseball activities,” Sheridan said. “It could be the entire season, but I’m very hopeful and look forward to the day that we see A.J. run out of the dugout and take his position and have a good playoffs this year.”
Posted: April 10, 2016 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Phillies Phorget Inphield Phly Rule
Too bad Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t coaching phirst base for the Phillies.
The Phillies had Hernandez on first and Freddy Galvis on second with one out when Odubel Herrera hit a popup in the infield, just to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Mets third baseman David Wright moved underneath the ball, but the wind blew it behind him.
No matter, the infield fly rule had been called.
But Hernandez ran to second the moment the ball hit the ground. Wright threw to ...
Posted: April 09, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
Friday night, another game ended on the new and controversial take-out slide rule at second base. This time Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus was called out for an improper slide, resulting an in an automatic double play, which ended the game.
As stated in the article, the rule was collectively bargained - MLBPA not only agreed to the rule, but was part of the drafting process. Further (again, as explained in the article) Rasmus met only 1 of the 4 conditions for a legal slide - he started before ...Read More...
TDF, situational idiot
Posted: April 09, 2016 at 01:33 PM | 45 comment(s)
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