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Sunday, April 03, 2016
David Laurila with a bunch of tidbits in this week’s notes column.
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some odd lists from Nick Cafardo.
Ten players who must bounce back
1. Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers — “The amazing, God-given talent is still there,” said one AL general manager. “He just has to stay healthy.”
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 32 comment(s)
Looking over his comps I agree that he’ll need to exceed expectations and add more power to stick around at first. It will be fascinating to follow his progress.
For White to have a successful career as an average-or-better everyday first baseman, it feels like he’s going to have to add some power, like Carpenter did last year. White stands at just 5-foot-11, which may not bode well for a future power spike, but at the very least, he’s cognizant of the fact that a bit more power could go a ...
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
Few managers today retain the stature and independence Scioscia has with the Angels. While far from the baseball Luddite he was cast as during last year’s power struggle with former general manager Jerry Dipoto, Scioscia is nonetheless more old school than new math.
None of that can be said of Roberts. With the Dodgers, he serves at the whim of perhaps baseball’s most empowered, and crowded, front office. Analytical input will be a part of his life every day of the season.
Gold Star - just Gold Star
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 01:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
CHATTER UP FOR 2016!
1:05 PM - Cardinals (Wainwright) at Pirates (Liriano) on ESPN
4:05 PM - Blue Jays (Stroman) at Rays (Archer) on ESPN2
8:37 PM- Mets (Harvey) at Royals (Volquez) on ESPN
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 12:07 AM | 349 comment(s)
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Friday, April 01, 2016
Taylor Teagarden, a free agent catcher who was named in the same Al-Jazeera report that connected Peyton Manning and baseball stars Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard to anti-aging clinics, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday.
MLB’s statement did not cite a failed drug test in disciplining Teagarden, 32, who appeared in just 17 major league games the past two seasons, most recently with the Chicago Cubs in 2015. Instead, it noted that Teagarden will be suspended upon his ...
I’ve never been one to accept the broad sabermetric pronouncements. In this case, I’ve always kept my eye on spring training and when I notice someone with a great stat line, I wonder, “Why?” Is there something different? Did the pitcher learn a new pitch? Has a batter made some kind of discernible adjustment? If I can find something I’ll take a flyer on the player. If I can’t, I ignore it. Not every guy I’ve picked up has panned out, but enough of them did to make the effort worthwhile.
Yet in ...
Posted: April 01, 2016 at 07:46 PM | 6 comment(s)
As you’re about to see, Angels warhorse Jered Weaver and outfielder/sun god Mike Trout leveraged the occasion of April Fool’s Day to hurtle staff ace Garrett Richards into a seeming broth of romantic tensions. The result was a palpably uncomfortable Richards and a pretend relationship shattered like commode dropped from space ...
Dale Murphy was talking with his wife Nancy about this supposed rift between generations. You probably have heard something about it. Bryce Harper wants the game to be more fun, livelier, with more feeling expressed, with bat flips and fist pumps and raw emotion. A few other younger players have said similar things either with words or, in the case of Jose Bautista, with an epic bat flip for the ages.
And in the last couple of weeks, a couple of great players from my childhood — Goose Gossage ...
The proper valuation of players is key for turns like this one.
The key to any success the Rays have had, specifically in their run of making the playoffs four times in six years, has been based on dominant pitching and dazzling defense.
But the net result of adding those bats was trading two key pitchers, high-end reliever Jake McGee and Nathan Karns from their starting depth, then this week ditching two slick fielders, catcher Rene Rivera and first baseman James Loney.
Baseball operations ...
Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
You can probably still buy low.
All of this is important because a roster that also contains slugging stars like Jones, Chris Davis and Manny Machado makes it easy for Schoop to be overlooked, but there’s an argument to be made that if healthy, he’ll be baseball’s best power-hitting second baseman in 2016. After all, his 484.5 foot homer off of Johnny Cueto on Aug. 26 was the third-longest home run measured by Statcast™ all season long, and one of the two ahead required help from Coors Field. ...Read More...
Posted: April 01, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 13 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, April 1, 1916:
President Weeghman announced on Friday that the Federal league pennant, won by his Chicago Whales, will be raised at the Cub park. Regular flag raising ceremonies, bands, parade and speechmaking will accompany the event, which will be held probably in July.
Does anyone know if this actually happened, and if so, how long it flew? A quick googling was unsuccessful.
Of course they would. I bet they would also like all the public financing information private as well.
Certainly, MLB would prefer that sensitive communications about securing a franchise remain confidential. But there’s an added layer of legitimacy to be gained through public vetting, even if the information put forward is (at least initially) short on particulars. The transparency will become more important as the probable request for public financing nears. (Of note, Quebec’s provincial ...
Looks like it will be August 20th this year.
Consider the following: baseball bats are made of wood, and being a natural material, wood has certain innate structural flaws. One of the most popular bat woods—ash—has porous holes that run along the grain (grain being those different colored lines that result from a tree’s growth rings). Lots of tiny holes creates weakness, and weakness can cause bats to break, which is why manufacturers put their logos perpendicular to the grain on ash bats.
However, Barry Bonds caused a boom in ...
Posted: April 01, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
Thursday, March 31, 2016
For the majority of Red Sox fans, Ted Williams stands alone. He is not only the greatest hitter in team history, he is arguably the greatest hitter who ever lived. It is a goal he once set for himself, one many in baseball believe he achieved. Who would quarrel with that?
Perhaps the newest generation of Sox fans, the millennials, for whom 10 years ago is considered the Pleistocene Epoch? To them, no one ever has swung the bat or ruled the Sox like David Ortiz. He is their Ted, with better ...Read More...
I’ve read about a third of the book and I’m enjoying it very much.
The latest Robothal.
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 2 comment(s)
So you’re planning a trip, a baseball trip. And you’ve got your place to stay and your tickets to the game, and not a lot of bandwidth left for the specifics of where you will eat. That’s the small stuff, not worth sweating. That’s what you say now.
Except! Good food is great. I submit it’s way, way better than bad food. Bad food is almost not worth eating. And when you’re hungry, and then you remember that you didn’t do any prep work to find that great food, that’s when you ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:10 PM | 37 comment(s)
The average MLB team used 128 different starting lineup combinations in 2015, excluding the pitcher’s spot in National League parks, according to Stats LLC. It was the highest such figure on records that date to 1974 and likely the highest ever, given the prevailing trends in the sport.
The Astros led the majors in that category, never using the same lineup more than twice. That was partly because of the promotion of rookies such as shortstop Carlos Correa, who initially batted sixth before ...
Posted: March 31, 2016 at 02:03 PM | 14 comment(s)
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