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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Jered Weaver’s fastball averaged 86.8 mph last season, when he went 18-9 with a 3.28 earned-run average, but even by his standards, his velocity is down this spring. The right-hander ranged from 82-84 mph and hit 85 mph twice in a three-inning, two-run, five-hit effort. “How many velocity questions are we going to have?” Weaver said in response to his first velocity question of the spring. “I don’t pay attention to velocity. It’s more about getting location down and being able to get on pitches ...
Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 30 comment(s)
Facing Hiroshima ace Kenta Maeda today, 19-year-old Nippon-Ham Fighters righthander Shohei Otani held the Carp to one run over five innings, striking out 10 with no walks while hitting 99 mph. Otani’s fastball was overpowering, sitting at 94-98 mph and hitting the upper end of that range consistently. His lone run allowed came on a hanging slider to Brad Eldred, who crushed Otani’s mistake for a home run.
Otani, who’s 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, overmatched hitters with his fastball, though ...
Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans Wednesday to build an 1,800-seat stadium at the Walter Fuller baseball complex in western part of the city.
But he said he didn’t know how much it would cost to build or when construction would start.
“We don’t have an idea yet. We are working on finalizing those numbers,” Kriseman said.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
1. Boston Red Sox
The challenge for the Red Sox now is to find the best way to turn some of their position-player surplus into pitching. They bet heavily on Sandoval, Ramirez and Moncada in a way other teams wouldn’t dream of because of the uncertainty involved.—Buster Olney
The Red Sox still lack a true top-of-rotation starter; having one would make them the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series once again. So far they’ve been reluctant to ...
@BauerOutage Honest question, man. Do you ever feel like you’re overthinking on the mound?
@Brill_Grates I know that question shouldn’t make me mad but it kinda does. That term “over thinking” is so annoying
I don’t see an article on this yet, so here’s just the raw feed. Trevor Bauer would prefer you not to try to guess what’s going on his head as he pitches.
Posted: March 11, 2015 at 01:42 PM | 11 comment(s)
Some interesting stuff from David Schoenfield.
I’m not sold on Syndergaard, especially this year. After watching him get visibly flustered the other day, it might be a good idea for him to deal with the tough pitching environment of Las Vegas a little longer. On the other hand I’ve been impressed with Carlos Rodon. I look forward to watching him pitch a little more this spring.
Saving the best for last, the 22-year-old Syndergaard was ranked right around the tenth-best prospect in baseball by BA (11), MLB.com (10) and BP (9) coming into this ...
Some good stuff from Ben Lindbergh. This is just one tidbit. Read the whole thing.
The AL is a prognosticator’s nightmare. As Phil Birnbaum and Neil Paine have noted, there’s an absolute limit to the accuracy of baseball projections. Even if we were omniscient when it came to team talent levels, we wouldn’t be able to predict luck. And luck has large effects: As Birnbaum wrote, “On average, nine teams per season will be lucky by six wins or more.” So what do we do with a division like ...
Posted: March 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
Other than 3B, there are no exciting prospects in this article to get excited about for the start of this season.
Posted: March 11, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
They may as well give the guy a little time. As the writer notes, it’s not like the D’Backs have much of a chance of making the playoffs anyway. From what I’ve seen and read so far, Tomas has not been pretty.
It was never likely that Tomas was going to stick at third, and while it’s far, far too premature to call it done, little we’ve seen so far indicates that the initial scouting reports were wrong. If he ends up in the outfield, what the Diamondbacks might have is a powerful righty hitter ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 11, 1915:
Beals Becker, who is a member of the squad of sluggers of the Phillies, has a glove which looks as if it were the second cousin to an aligator [sic] hide. This glove resembles one of the relics from Noah’s Ark, if there are such in existence. The glove is discolored and it has a weakened appearance, as though it had laid out on the grass many nights.
In the middle of the glove there is a good sized hole cut, for Becker, like many other players, believes it ...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A particularly arousing bit of Cub prospect porn.
From Bob Nightengale’s Twitter:
Comedian and actor Will Farrell plans to play all nine positions in Cactus League games Thursday, shuttled by helicopter to different parks.
Hopefully we’ll get Pitch FX data on him on the mound.
If the entire world revolved around Josh Hamilton I would agree. All of us, including addicts, have responsibility for our actions. Although I hope Josh Hamiltion gets control over his addiction and MLB and the public are supportive of his efforts, it’s just not true that the issue is just about Josh Hamilton.
The Josh Hamilton case should be about his addiction and only his addiction. It’s what anybody fighting substance abuse deserves: The ability to remain sober with as few distractions as ...
Posted: March 10, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 35 comment(s)
Hector Olivera changes agents.
Of course, the point of this series is that every team is interesting for at least a few reasons, interesting enough to watch at least occasionally. And among the non-great teams, I’m not sure the Mets take a back seat to many. I mean, just look!
1. Hey! Matt Harvey’s back!
Matt Harvey was one of the two or three most effective pitchers in those two seasons. Obviously, we can’t expect exactly the same in his first season after Tommy John surgery. But that only makes him even more ...
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Posted: March 10, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
Dr. Glenn Fleisig has made a career out of examining arm injuries and looking for ways to curb them. The research director at the American Sports Medicine Institute and adviser to Little League, USA Baseball, and Major League Baseball has studied everything from pitch counts to injury rates from youth to pro levels. He and Stan Conte of the Los Angeles Dodgers conducted the study that found how many major and minor leaguers have undergone the procedure. So, after his presentation at the recent ...
Being the general manager of a baseball team is an extraordinarily difficult job. A GM must have a near-preternatural understanding of baseball, the patience to deal with the Bond-villain egos of owners, and the administrative capacity to manage a diverse and often combative set of employees. A GM must earn the trust of his (or, someday — we hope — soon, her) coaches, staff, and players in order to get them to operate like a unit, while maintaining the emotional distance to view them as ...Read More...
A Reds minor-league prospect was arrested early Saturday morning in Glendale, Ariz., after he was accused of knocking his girlfriend unconscious with a giant rock, azcentral.com reported.
Tanner Rahier, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to injure, according to police reports. He was later released.
Rahier told investigators he did not know the woman and didn’t throw rocks at her. However, police say he got into an argument with a bartender ...
This a an Odd Couple pairing that I’d actually watch.
The international stage is set for Tuesday’s opening of the historic two-game series where newly established “Team Europe” will make its world premiere against the top-ranked Japanese National Team at the iconic Tokyo Dome on 10-11 March.
There will be a live broadcast of the two-game series (Game times: 18:00 Japanese Standard Time). The games will be televised free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). In Europe, Eurosport 2 will broadcast the games live ...Read More...
Tigers infielder George Moriarty quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, March 10, 1915:
The funniest thing I ever saw on a ball field wasn’t a darned bit funny to me when it happened and it was at least two years before I could see how funny it was.
It happened in our world’s series with the Chicago Cubs—the first one.
[Tigers pitcher Wild Bill Donovan] caught a curve and drive the ball hard on the line to right field. He had the happiest brand of his smile all over his face when he hit that ...
Monday, March 09, 2015
Washington is the favorite for the pennant? Nat so fast.
Washington center fielder Denard Span had surgery Monday to repair a right core muscle injury and will miss the Nationals’ opener next month.
Manager Matt Williams said the projected time for Span’s return is uncertain and added “you’re looking at four-to-six weeks before he can start doing baseball activity again.”
Span had surgery to repair a sports hernia injury in December and reported discomfort at the start of spring training, ...
MLB.com is releasing their team top 30’s. I just wish the release dates were more exact.
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