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Friday, August 12, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants will put the finishing touches on honoring their San Francisco-era Hall of Fame quintet by unveiling a statue in right-hander Gaylord Perry’s honor before the Aug. 13 game against Baltimore, the organization announced Monday.
The bronze image of Perry, 77, will join the sculptures of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda that are located along AT&T Park’s perimeter. Each played virtually all or a significant amount of his career with the Giants ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Press, August 12, 1916:
When Charles E. Hughes, Republican candidate for President, visited the Athletics-Detroit game in Detroit, Cobb was introduced to the candidate. Ty then presented Mr. Hughes with a baseball which was among his most treasured possessions and which any fan would be glad to own. The horsehide bears the signature of Theodore Roosevelt, Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and Ty Cobb.
As a baseball nerd, a history nerd, and a baseball history nerd, this sounds to me ...Read More...
Yankees and notes.
While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.
“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
Hope is alive in Seattle!
“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.
“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”
Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month ...
This is an interesting read for anyone following the other articles and threads.
In addition to the dramatic rise in home runs per plate appearance, one of the hallmarks of the PED era was a jump in the average age of hitters. Instead of withering away, many older hitters remained productive into their late 30s and early 40s, in some cases putting up their best seasons toward the end of their careers. (We’re looking at you, Barry.) MLB’s average plate appearance-weighted age in 2005 was 29.3, the second-highest history behind 1945, when many young would-be players were ...
Probably all old people though.
Overall, there’s been an increase of 121,000 viewers across the board, an increase of 5% over last season. The All-Star game might have lost a couple million, but MLB stands to have an increase locally about 10 times that amount. In an era where fewer and fewer people are even watching television and ratings for the Olympics are down 25%, seeing an increase in viewers is a plus for Major League Baseball. While the shift over viewership from national games to ...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.
Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not ...
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
So what does this tell us? Does DRA confirm or negate the previous findings suggesting that groundball pitchers are more effective at run prevention? There appear to be three conclusions:
1. In modern baseball, using the most sophisticated measure of run prevention, higher groundball rates are well correlated to fewer runs allowed. It’s not an ironclad relationship—Scherzer and Verlander don’t get a lot of grounders—but inducing groundballs is a positive attribute.
2. To James’ ...
Alex Cobb took his rehab to another level in Durham’s 5-3 loss to Pawtucket. After four appearances with Charlotte, Cobb moved up a couple levels and struggled out of the gate. RBI singles from Curt Casali and Daniel Robertson spotted him a 2-0 lead, but Pawtucket evened the score in the bottom of the first. Cobb allowed solo home runs in the second and third innings and finished with four runs allowed on eight hits in three frames with four strikeouts and no walks. Nice relief work from Eddie ...
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
Blunders. That’s the headline. Let’s not forget that the Astros exceeded expectations last year. Although they have played poorly, they are still on the cusp of the playoffs. They have another crop of prospects just about ready. So, although the team isn’t quite the finished product some fans and writers may have expected this year, the team is still on the right track.
“The play on the field was not what we expected,” Luhnow said, according to MLB.com. “I don’t know if anybody could have ...
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 9 comment(s)
It was a bad loss.
The season is not over.
The sky is not falling.
It’s just one game.
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 42 comment(s)
This has to be one of the worst blisters ever.
Hill’s lingering finger blisters still are tender, so manager Dave Roberts named rookie Ross Stripling as Friday night’s starting pitcher against Pittsburgh. Hill might not join the rotation for another week or more, as he wasn’t mentioned as a candidate for any of the games vs. the Pirates.
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
The end is difficult for many players. ARod is getting released in a couple of days. He’s not getting released because of any animus. He’s getting released because the team doesn’t believe he can play any more. He’s doesn’t deserve playing time. He’s owed a bunch of money. He’ll get the money. He’ll get one last day in Yankees Stadium. Girardi doesn’t owe him any additional playing time.
On Day 2 of the newest Yankees production, “A-Rod: You Have Got to Be Sitting Me,” Joe Girardi finally ...
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
El Paso Herald, August 11, 1916:
As we get it, [Browns manager Fielder Jones’s] view of a winning policy is to tighten the defence to the point where the other fellow can’t score, except through miscarriage of plans; and then to outthink him a run or two on attack.
Taking as a basis for consideration the games from July 22 to Aug. 5, inclusive, the first facts the figures reveal are these.
That the Browns scored 69 runs on 127 hits, an average of one run for every 1.84 hits. That the ...
Pretty much a lost season for Peralta.
D-backs outfielder David Peralta will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist Thursday morning in Phoenix.
Peralta is currently on the disabled list for the third time this season and it is the second time he has been on it as a result of his wrist. Peralta initially injured the wrist the final week of the 2015 season, and at the time, it was thought that rest and rehab would be enough to avoid surgery.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Girardi thinks the key to winning is batting the sub .200 hitters over A-Rod.
The Red Sox scrapped a planned giveaway of 15,000
David Ortiz bobblehead dolls last night because the toys appeared racially insensitive, team President Sam Kennedy said.
The bobbleheads depicted Big Papi speaking at Fenway Park in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombings, when he declared Boston “our (expletive) city.”
But something went wrong in production.
“I personally felt that they were offensive given the portrayal in terms of his facial features,” Kennedy ...
So I go on Twitter and see a comment about injuries being avoidable for pinch-running pitchers. I reply with, “That’s what I was thinking when the Red Sox had Steven Wright pinch-run recently.” Then I scroll down and find out that Steven Wright actually got hurt during his pinch-running appearance.
Maybe I should stay off Twitter.
Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:25 PM | 2 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound like the Mets are looking to pick up Gomez.
With the price tag far lower than last season — Gomez is making $9 million this season, but can be signed for the league minimum if he clears waivers — would the Mets consider adding his right-handed bat to the struggling lineup?
“We always have an open mind,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told The Post.
Posted: August 10, 2016 at 06:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
During Francona’s daily pregame meeting with reporters, the manager stopped momentarily and complained of chest pain. Francona felt well enough to finish the question-and-answer session, but then retreated to the clubhouse, where he was examined by medical staff on hand at Nationals Park.
Francona, 57, remained at the ballpark after being checked out. The Indians’ media relations staff noted that the manager was feeling better by first pitch, but had experienced some dizziness and ...
Three sources close to the situation confirmed Tuesday that Fielder’s career is over after a decade in the majors due to a pair of disk herniations in his neck. An official announcement will be made Wednesday afternoon in Arlington where, presumably, Fielder, still in a neck brace from his second spinal fusion surgery in the last 27 months, will address the decision.
Fielder, 32, will be declared “medically disabled,” as doctors will not clear him to return to baseball over the perilous risk ...
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