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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Exceeding all expectations while passing all PED tests. Who’da thunk it?
Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1915:
Baseball, as the kingpin of national pastimes, is going to be crowded for honors in a very short time, if the tennis “bug” keeps working at the speed it has shown for the past couple of years.
The national tournaments in tennis are attracting lots more attention now than they formerly did. Now the business men, clerks and thousants of others who play the game are interested in watching men like Norris, McLoughlin and Bundy perform.
Baseball is doomed! Doomed! ...Read More...
The Orioles also made a deal.
The Orioles made a minor league trade today, acquiring left-hander Chris Lee from the Astros for two international bonus slots, reportedly the 46th and 76th overall.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’ve been waiting for this book. (Why did they wait so long?)
Tim Raines was such a weapon, but his skill isn’t appreciated enough.
“If they’re successful 70-something-percent, 80-something-percent,” Lopes said, “that’s a hell of a weapon to have.”
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
John Grochowski is at least trying, so I will cut him some slack.
Balls a defender doesn’t reach that an average fielder would mean extra hits charged to the pitchers. You can see that in the early numbers for Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana. All have been inconsistent, but all have FIPs — fielding independent pitching — stronger than their ERAs when you filter out defense.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
“We’re supposed to be the Fish. The Marlins. We shouldn’t be the Flounders.
“A Marlin isn’t a flounder. We’ve got to get it going.’‘
“Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”
Dock Ellis on Acid
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
As of this writing, it has been over one full day since the Marlins last fired a manager.
Anyway, full slate today, so… CHATTER UP!
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 218 comment(s)
Monday, May 18, 2015
Oh, yes, it was one big looney-tunes adventure in Atlanta. After the eighth straight loss, Bristol gulped: “I’m doing all I can. I just don’t know what else I can do.”
After the 10th straight loss, Turner was admonished by — of all people — George Steinbrenner. “Nobody forced Ted Turner to buy the Braves,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re all over legal age and of reasonable intelligence. And when we bought these teams, we knew what the rules were.”
After the 14th straight ...
First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.
The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up. ...
This morning the last-place Brewers demoted their starting second baseman since mid-2013, Scooter Gennett, to Triple-A because he hit .154 in 20 games this year after coming into the season as a career .300 hitter.
What makes the move particularly odd is that less than 12 months ago Brewers general manager Doug Melvin used Gennett’s success in the majors as an example to aggressively criticize stat-heads, angrily telling Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:
Melvin, an old school GM who ...
“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”
Posted: May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
Ed Nolan was, in sum, the ultimate phenom, the Sidd Finch of his day. No man at any level of professional baseball, before or since, has won 64 games. It was during this year that he won the name “The Only,” which was also applied to his batterymate, Silver Flint, later famous with Anson’s White Stockings. In the major leagues, Hoss Radbourn won 59 for Providence in 1884; John Clarkson and Guy Hecker also topped 50 wins. In the National Association, Al Spalding went 54-5 in 1875 and 52-16 ...
Posted: May 18, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 18, 1915:
A Detroit judge will soon be called upon to decide a difficult question. It was in the middle of a recent ball game. The score was tied. Two men were out and three on bases. Ty Cobb was up to bat.
“Kill ‘em old hoss,” yelled Joseph Stevenson of Detroit. “Knock the hide off her.”
Someone touched him on the arm. It was his wife who had appeared when least expected…Stevenson hurled some uncomplimentary remarks at the umpire, and—“str-r-r-r-ike three, yer ...
Meet the Mess!
These players were good enough to get the Angels to 70 wins in their inaugural season and 86 victories in their second. The Mets would not be so lucky. By pushing the expansion draft date forward by two months, National League owners made a repeat of the damage done by the Angels in the first expansion draft impossible. With the earlier expansion draft date, the list of players available to the Mets and fellow expansion franchise Houston Colt .45s included none of the hot young ...
The dawning of the Yoan Moncada era. At his Hall of Fame induction you will surely remember what you were doing at gametime.
Unlike Pete O’Brien, I liked what I saw of Kyle Schwarber this spring training. He won’t be Johnny Bench, but he should be able to catch well enough to fit his explosive bat into the Cubs lineup.
“You really have to find time for the defensive things, because there are not many times set aside just for that. You try to push yourself every day because you want to be boring back there. You want to have the same footwork, the same arm slot, the same exchange. In the offseason, I spent more time ...
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Ken Rosenthal with a strong opinion on the Redmond firing.
I know 400 isn’t a huge milestone any more, but it’s a number where if the player was good at other things you go “oh that guy could hit some home runs, too.”
When you look at Richards’ full repertoire, you can see that he’s actually got several pitches that rank near the top in spin:
• Four-seam fastball: 2498.88 (seventh)
• Two-seam fastball: 2468.69 (first)
• Cutter: 2390.75 (seventh)
• Slider: 2779.35 (second)
When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?
And then they ...Read More...
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