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Sunday, September 04, 2016
First, Longoria, for the first time he can remember, wrote out the key statistics for each year of his career to provide a base. Then, his assignment was to jot down specific numerical goals for this season, such as how many home runs he could hit.
Falco’s theory was to give it permanence on paper as a point of reference to look at during the season and, more importantly, to get Longoria to think aggressively and aim high.
“It’s really the first time I’ve ever done it,” Longoria said. “In ...
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
Melvin “The Machine” Mercedes, playing for the Class-A Stockton Ports, appeared at all nine positions in a game Saturday against the Bakersfield Blaze.
Prior to the game, Mercedes played six different positions during the 2016 season, failing only to appear at first base, center field, and behind the dish. Mercedes finished 1-4 at the plate with a double, a walk and closed out the game pitching a scoreless inning, striking out tw
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
They will also be dealing for Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Corey Saeger, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Christian Yelich, and Jose Altuve.
What a team they will have!!
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
With the playoffs fast approaching, Clayton Kershaw (herniated disk) pitched in a baseball game for the first time since June 26 as he began a rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
Whether the ace is ready to return to the Majors has yet to be decided, though Kershaw did say he thinks he will pitch in the next four or five days as long as his back presents no problems while he cools down.
“We’re still ironing some stuff out,” Kershaw said. “At this point, it’s more of ...
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, September 03, 2016
Until July 10, the Fighters had the best of both worlds. In a season in which he set Nippon Professional Baseball speed record [163 KMH], Otani would bat as the club’s designated hitter during the week, take Fridays and Saturdays off before taking the mound — and batting — on Sunday. But that day in July the right-hander developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand and has pitched just one inning since.
...With pitchers Hirotoshi Takanashi and rookie lefty Takayuki Kato ...
Friday, September 02, 2016
“Creating policies or procedures around that small sample [of players who struggled when reaching the big leagues] can be a mistake, because it will prevent you from calling up the next guy. That’s something you have to be careful of in these situations,” said Hazen. “When you look at it at the micro level, you can pick apart any one decision, any one path, any one player, any one background, and create large-scale theories on that. We need to evaluate each one of these situations in ...
Posted: September 02, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
Some interesting breakdowns. Read the whole thing.
What’s fascinating about this is that managers are responding to the home-run spike. If you look at earlier seasons, there’s not a clear relationship between scoring and pitches per start or innings per start. And you wouldn’t expect there to be in the aggregate. The decision to pull the starter should be based on his effectiveness relative to the other pitching options, not his un-adjusted in-game performance. But that’s not how it ...
Posted: September 02, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 3 comment(s)
Piling on Phat Albert.
“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”
Posted: September 02, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 113 comment(s)
Chapman didn’t enter a game before the ninth inning or stay in any game for more than three outs. Miller, meanwhile, saw action as early as the sixth. He jogged in as often in the eighth as the ninth, and he entered in the seventh most often of all. He also turned in longer outings, throwing more innings than Chapman despite appearing in three fewer games. Chapman pitched in save situations all but three times; Miller pitched in non-save situations all but three times. He’s a closer-quality ...Read More...
6. Kerry Wood
The one-time Cubs ace is somehow still only 39. In a more just world, Wood’s 20-strikeout performance as a 20-year-old five games into his MLB career wouldn’t have signaled open season for his managers on his arm. Perhaps Wood would be closing in on 300 wins now.
7. Josh Hamilton
If there’s a Hall of Fame for overcoming cataclysmic life issues before finally achieving MLB stardom, the former No. 1 draft pick might command his own wing. As it stands, a .290 lifetime ...
Pittsburgh Press, September 2, 1916:
Tom Seaton has had his last of Pullman drawing rooms and private suites in hotels on the road. Seaton…was one of the Phillies’ pitching stars in 1913. He accepted terms for the following year, and then jumped to the Brooklyn Feds. He held up [Brooklyn’s owners] for a three-year contract at $8,000 per, with the stipulation that his employers should pay the traveling expenses of Mrs. Seaton while the team was on the road. Furthermore, he insisted on having a ...
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Baseball was a weekend respite from the oppression and depression of the waning days of a Jim Crow Deep South.
Baseball was where grown men could spend early afternoons hurling sliders to kids before late afternoon’s final sunlight gave way to darkness.
It was where mentoring black men could mold a battalion of young black boys toward adulthood, teaching respect for your teammates, for your elders, to respect women, to respect your peers and respect for the game itself.
Our strengths and ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:36 PM | 17 comment(s)
Their 80-year-old owner wants to win now.
Does this mean the Sox will remain “mired in mediocrity” (as Rick Hahn put it) as long as Reinsdorf is around?
Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.
Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?
[Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, September 1, 1916:
According to a report Johnny Evers’ layoff may be somewhat extended. He has in addition to a lame leg and a sore arm a bad case of nerves.
Obviously, this is a result of all those fudge orgies and nicotine sprees.
I find reports like this fascinating; it seems like there may have been less of a stigma about anxiety and depression among athletes 100 years ago than there is today. I know Zack Greinke and Dontrelle Willis had anxiety ...Read More...
How about a story about a team “thinking” about contacting another team about a player?
It’s not going to happen, not yet and maybe not ever. But the Dodgers expressed interest in trading for the Diamondbacks right-hander before Wednesday night’s deadline for players to become eligible for postseason rosters, according to major-league sources.
The discussions were not substantive and did not advance, sources said. The Dodgers, however, could revisit their continuing interest in Greinke this ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
Instead of an on-air partner, Scully relies on two silent men in the booth beside him: stage manager Boyd Robertson, and camera operator Rob Menschel, who also occasionally directs. Robertson and Menschel have worked with Scully on Dodger broadcasts since 1989. When the three of them are together, the booth has the feel of a family business—respect and professionalism underlined with nonverbal communication and easy humor. Facing home plate in the Dodger Stadium press box, Scully sits on the ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
With a furious late rally, the Dodgers stormed to a remarkable 10-8 Coors Field win over the Rockies on Wednesday night on Andrew Toles’ grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning of the nightcap, avoiding sweeps of the doubleheader and the three-game series.
After falling behind, 8-2, the Dodgers scored three runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth off Adam Ottavino. Toles’ slam was his third homer of the season and the win left the Dodgers with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Giants in ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
It will be interesting to see him play defense at 3B.
Boston announced on Wednesday night that Yoan Moncada, who recently shifted from second base to third base, will be promoted to the majors in time for Friday night’s game in Oakland.
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
News of Walker’s herniated disk broke earlier this morning, and while GM Sandy Alderson originally expressed some optimism, manager Terry Collins said prior to tonight’s contest that surgery was an option, though the team and Walker were waiting on a second opinion before making a final decision. That decision, now, looks to have been made, and it comes as a significant blow for a Mets team that topped the Marlins tonight and currently sits just two games back of the second Wild Card spot ...Read More...
Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 01:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
The Best Opening Weekend Ever® kicks off tonight with the now-traditional “When was it decided that every season should open with South Carolina?” game.
When you’re hitting over .300, leading the league in homers, and a lock to knock in 100 runs, you’re going to be in the heart of the MVP discussion. At 24 years old, Kris Bryant has put up these numbers going into the final month of the regular season, not only making his case for top value in 2016, but also making it known that he could be this productive for the next decade.
Yet when you try and check his defensive box, you can’t. Bryant is one of the best “super-utility” players of this ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 57 comment(s)
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