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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Careful! The Phils don’t want to see Howard’s trade value go down.
Kyle Lohse went from pitcher to hitter to NFL safety in the time it took him to run to first base.
The Milwaukee Brewers righthander had himself a night against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, picking up the win and racking up three hits in a 9-5 victory over the worst team in baseball. One of those hits did not come easy, however, as Lohse wound up running right into the backside of mammoth first baseman Ryan Howard ...
Manny Ramirez, hitting savant.
“Sometimes people just worry so much about how they feel,” he says. “You’re not going to feel good every day, so just go and compete. Just focus on what is out there. The game is still easy. Everybody throws 95, OK, but they still make the same mistakes.
“The strike zone is a little bit bigger, but the game’s the same.”
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
The best major league baseball park that was never built was given a name: Labatt Park. It had a site; in downtown Montreal, just southeast of the Bell Center, home to hockey’s Canadiens. The best major league baseball park that was never built was going to be tiny, with only 35,000 seats. It would have given fans in even the worst seats a sense they were close to the field. It would have had a grace unique to any ballpark – modern but not utilitarian. It would have been … perfect. ...
“Prospect”? I think he should be running the organization!
The Giants have agreed to sign shortstop Lucius Fox to an approximately [$6 million] bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports on Twitter. Fox, who’ll officially sign out of the Bahamas, entered the July 2 period as a consensus top-five prospect.
Jesse Sanchez reveals the current agreements.
With the international signing period officially underway, here is a look at MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects and which of them have agreed to terms with clubs so far.
Unless otherwise noted, clubs have not confirmed the deals.
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 27 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, July 2, 1915:
Persistent rumors to the effect that Connie Mack’s holdings in the Athletics were for sale and that he had named his price to a syndicate which has the approval of Ban Johnson, president of the American league, were emphatically denied by the manager of the Mackmen.
[Mack:] “My interest in the Athletics is not for sale at any price, but any time my partners are dissatisfied with the way I’m running my ball club, or the American league does not like what I’m ...
“It would be one game, to introduce it to the United States,” [Texas Secretary of State Carlos] Cascos told a crowd of hundreds gathered for a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday at the Petroleum Club.
The game would take as long as two years to plan, Cascos said, but if it does happen, it could draw more viewers than a Super Bowl traditionally does.
“It opens up a whole new market,” Cascos said during the chamber’s Leaders in Government Series. “We could have billions ...
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
Tony Massarotti is a mindless blowhard. He literally hurts my head listening to him on the radio and reading his columns. I usually just ignore him but I’ve been noticing one silly headline after another over the last few weeks. If the Red Sox let him make decisions for the team, they would be a perennial loser and wouldn’t have won one World Series over the last 15 years.
Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
D-backs manager Chip Hale said the club feels Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, may be ready now to pitch in the Majors for the first time since 2013. If they opt instead to call up a starter from the Minors or use Josh Collmenter for a spot start, then Corbin will pitch once more for a Minor League affiliate on Saturday.
“We all feel like he’s ready, but we just want to make sure over these next few days that he feels the way he should feel, and that’s the way we want to go as a ...
He was pressing in the 9th. He also reacted better than any pitcher I’ve ever seen lose a no hitter.
Major league hitters don’t swing and miss as often you may think. When they swing, they put the ball in play 41 percent of the time, hit a foul ball 37 percent of the time and swing and miss just 21.6 percent of the time, or about one of every five swings.
Which helps tells us about the type of stuff that Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco had Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. ...
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Of course, the “rumors” are writer driven.
Rumors and reports, especially out of New York, continue to swirl around Tulowitzki, who will make $20 million this season on a multiyear contract that takes him through 2020. With the Rockies floundering in last place, Tulowitzki seems the most valuable trade chip to gain rebuilding pieces for the future.
But Bridich was quick to keep the spotlight on Story and not Tulowitzki.
“This is a Story story,” Bridich said.
It’s Miguel Sano is getting called up by the Twins day!
In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday’s game, and they are expected to call up top prospect Miguel Sano, according to a source familiar with the team’s decision.
The Twins have not announced the move.
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
It’s Jose Fernandez is back day!
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.
Now he’s back, saying he’s a better person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He’ll pitch for the first time since May 9, 2014, when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
“I’ve been waiting 13 months,” said the 22-year-old Fernandez. “If I’ve learned something, it’s how to be patient at my age.” ...Read More...
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
Wright was in uniform with the team early last month for three games in San Diego, at which time he told reporters he unequivocally expected to return this season. Wright has been visiting with Watkins every Monday, at which time the doctor and patient review a checklist and a workout is prescribed for the upcoming week.
Wright said he was told early on that surgery wouldn’t be an option — unless he was careless in his rehab and the condition worsened.
“From the moment I was diagnosed ...
Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 17 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Now, McCain is pretty famous, and not just in the Washington sense. He was, after all, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. That generally puts your face and biography in front of a lot of the nation.
But apparently 2008 was a really long time ago, or perhaps parts of that bio didn’t quite stick. Like, you know, the fact his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and he was taken prisoner. Or the fact that he was captured with fractures in both ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
In 1998, around 20 Venezuelans were playing in the MLB. In 2014, they numbered almost 100.
In those 16 years, Santana and Félix Hernández won three Cy Young Awards between them; Cabrera won the Triple Crown and was twice named MVP; Ordóñez, Altuve, Cabrera and Carlos González won six batting titles; García, Santana, Hernández and Aníbal Sánchez had the lowest ERA during seven different seasons; and Francisco Rodríguez smashed Bobby Thigpen’s saves record.
Ordóñez, Altuve, Valbuena ...
Royals fans couldn’t get Omar Infante into this game.
The PCL All-Star Starters include two players from Oklahoma City, Reno and Tacoma, with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and second baseman Darnell Sweeney, Reno outfielder Peter O’Brien and former Storm Chasers third baseman Jamie Romak for the Aces, and first baseman Jesus Montero and shortstop Ketel Marte for the Rainiers. Fresno outfielder L.J. Hoes, Albuquerque outfielder Matt McBride and El Paso designated hitter Cody Decker round out ...
Those early 90s Yanks were something else.
Poor Jim Leyritz was in left field. Leyritz is not, was not, and never would be, a leftfielder. Injuries and general incompetence had forced the Yankees to experiment, and they were in the Diet Coke and Mentos phase of the experiment. It was Leyritz’s fourth game in the outfield in the majors, and he had just 55 chances in the outfield in the minors. He was a 26-year-old rookie with the kind of athleticism you would expect from someone who wasn’t ...
Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, so infuriated with his manager, Mike Scioscia, has packed up his bags and may never come back.
Dipoto, whose relationship with Scioscia has been rocky for years, reached a boiling point Monday that had him clearing out his office and telling employees that he was resigning, a high-ranking Angels front-office member told USA TODAY Sports.
The Angels have not confirmed Dipoto’s resignation, which was initially reported by ESPN.com, and Dipoto ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 0 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: America.
Moreno has really boxed himself in on this one. He may as well name Scioscia the GM because it’s pretty clear Dipoto’s replacement has no real power.
The tension between the GM and manager dissipated when the Angels won 98 games last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. But as I wrote Monday, meetings on Friday and Sunday—the first between Dipoto, Scioscia and his coaches; the second also involving the players—sparked fresh discord.
Dipoto, unhappy that the coaches were ...
So right now –– just to take one example –– Salvador Perez has 11,666,785 votes for catcher. What does that mean? It’s like light years or grains of sand on the beach, just number numbers.
But having fans vote is the way leagues like to run All-Star balloting nowadays, instead of being old-fashioned and letting the choices be made by people who actually know something, people we dare call experts.
You see, when fans vote, it’s interactive. It’s an interactive world now. Baseball’s ...
Rany takes a break from blogging.
And then in 2013 I got the call that, in retrospect, I had spent the previous two decades working to get. The Chicago Cubs contacted me and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for an analytics position in their front office.
Let me rephrase that: The Chicago Cubs wanted me to work for them.
Let me reframe that one more time: The Chicago Cubs, run by Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, who had already won two world championships and ended an 86-year ...
An interview with Alex Patton and Peter Kreutzer, two pioneering Roto experts.
To follow up on that, you used to play in the pre-Internet age, when people read newspapers and networked with friends in other cities for relevant fantasy information? Do you still enjoy the game with all of the information just there for anyone to get in a matter of minutes?
Alex: I miss the networking. But I still read newspapers! Better enjoy that while I can, I guess.
Peter: Information increase is inevitable, ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
“In the midst of that one inning that Eduardo had the other day, it was me and Wade [Miley] sitting down in the batting cage watching TV and balls are getting hit hard. I think the one that set us off was the Chris Davis slider. It was a good slider away and he stayed on it and went the other way. You have to expect 96 or 97 and you’re staying back on a slider on a full count, left on left? It didn’t register. So we went in there and looked at it and found something that was not really ...
Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
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