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Thursday, May 22, 2014
“... Other potential candidates include MLB execs such as COO Rob Manfred as well as Dodgers owner Stan Kasten and Phillies GM Rubén Amaro Jr….”
The New York Yankees’ hoarding of a foreign candy started in spring training. One minute there would be boxes of the colorful sweets in the Tampa clubhouse; the next, they would be gone.
Since then, the epidemic has grown. The candy is now showing up in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and on the road, most recently at Wrigley Field. The candy is called Hi-Chew. “It is kind of a mix between bubble gum and a Starburst,” said David Phelps, who might pop one or two before his start against the ...
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is “seriously considering” season-ending surgery, according to a report on Thursday from Jeff Wilson of The Star-Telegram.
Fielder would undergo the surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck. He had a nerve-root injection over the weekend to help alleviate the pain, but as Wilson points out, “the shot doesn’t remove the chunk of disc from the nerve that is pinched and is causing weakness in Fielder’s left arm.” Because of ...
The discussions had stretched for days, long enough for Mike Moustakas to make peace with his fate. On Wednesday night, shortly after the Royals completed a nine-game home stand, general manager Dayton Moore informed Moustakas he was being demoted.
Posted: May 22, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 32 comment(s)
I’ve never heard Harvey say a word against
Akron New York.
Harvey is already wearing us out. Between the middle-digit tweet, the talk of no Tommy John when they first found the torn ligament in his golden arm, posing for nude photos for ESPN and the perfunctory, courtside Barbie doll on his arm at every game, he’s making way more noise in the stands than on the diamond.
Harvey sparkles on the diamond — where he belongs — but not in the media, the front row or the operating table.
Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:48 PM | 19 comment(s)
Norman Rockwell’s “The Rookie” has sold for $20 million at auction Thursday. The 1957 painting of baseball players in a locker room was sold by Christie’s auction house — heady heights for a work that first appeared on a magazine that sold for 15 cents.
A painting I’ve always admired, a popular subject for jigsaw puzzles and the like. #8 in the painting is catcher Sammy White, not Frank Sullivan as the article suggests. The focus of the picture is Jackie Jensen looking up in quizzical ...Read More...
Carlos could use a few more 5-hour Energy drinks.
Monday appears to be decision day for Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Beltran, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow,
will reportedly take some test swings on Monday to gauge progress in his recovery.
If pain persists surgery may be required. And the 37-year-old veteran could be out
until late July.
“We’ll kind of keep our fingers cross for Monday and how that goes and go from
there,” Yankees manager Joe ...
Seattle Star, May 22, 1914:
Texas university owns a baseball player to whom a “sensational one-hand catch” is a daily occurrence. To go further still, he has never been known to use two hands in catching a fly, and he works in the outfield, too.
The reason is he is a one-handed player, and he’s the star of the club at that. His name is Dick Hooper, his home is at Conroe, Tex., and he always plays center field for his team.
Hooper, who handles himself surprisingly well in the garden, is a ...
Even the Moneyball A’s had stars in Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, and those three starting pitchers, but a decade later, Oakland has turned into an oubliette for baseball celebrity, an egalitarian utopia in which there are neither stars nor scrubs, but only 90-win seasons and division championship banners. While the Phillies, Angels, and perhaps eventually the Yankees wade through the waste and carnage of the failure of brute economic force, Oakland keeps chugging along as the kibbutz, a ...Read More...
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
For Towers, right now it’s business as usual and he’s hoping his duties and responsibilities don’t change much.
“I certainly don’t want to be a pseudo-GM,” he said. “The front office role will be new to him and I’m hoping I can help him too, like the daily calendar and what’s important in June and July. These are some of the good players in our system—no different from what Jerry Dipoto did for me in my first year here.
“I’m hoping that we help one another and as we get to talk that he’ll ...Read More...
I think Jaffe’s thesis here (Fernandez self-sabotaged and may have potentially destroyed his career) is rather overstated, but still…has pitching hurt ever worked out well for anyone except Sandy Koufax and Curt Schilling?
The loss of Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery blindsided the baseball world, robbing the game of a brilliant young star, at least temporarily. But just as the 21-year-old ace threatened to recede into the bleak landscape of this year’s wave of injuries, things have ...
Posted: May 21, 2014 at 04:04 PM | 15 comment(s)
There’s no official word yet on whether Michael will show, but there has been contact and the A’s are hopeful they can pull it off. Which would be amazing, and pretty darn cool. Michael, who is English, presumably has little background in baseball and probably hadn’t heard of Josh Reddick until recently, but the Oakland outfielder has brought Michael’s sax-heavy ballad “Careless Whisper” back into cultural relevance.
Reddick is using the song as his walkup music – a major shift ...Read More...
Posted: May 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 26 comment(s)
When this goes online I may never leave my computer.
The president paid a surprise visit Monday to Washington’s Friendship Park, where a handful of teams were warming up for the big game. Stepping onto the field in a tie but no jacket, Obama shook hands with the players and posed for photos with each team.
Shocked parents reached for their smartphones to snap a quick photo, but not all of their kids were as impressed. Some held back, unsure of who Obama was, as their parents tried to lure them back onto the infield to join the president.
WHIP deflation now?
A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan’s economy drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party seen by Reuters calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and—in a curve ball—increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12.
“Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen attachment to regional cities and help local economies thrive,” said the report, which cited the success of U.S. Major League Baseball in nearly doubling from 16 ...
Washington Times, May 21, 1914:
The Browns have a mascot de luxe, Herman George Nelson. German George wears the highest collar of any bat guardian in the game. In fact, the claim is made that Herman George, seventeen, is the only stick superintendent in the pastime who sports an immaculate choker on and off the field. As [Branch] Rickey’s club is a model outfit, so is Herman George a model wood warden. He is adverse to splitting a bottle of soda with the ribald fan as he is opposed to splitting ...
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It used to be a dog eat dog world.
Albuquerque second baseman Alex Guerrero needed surgery on his left ear after getting attacked by teammate Miguel Olivo during a dugout fight at Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, and both Salt Lake police and the Dodgers are investigating.
Morosi said police have “gathered evidence about the incident and collected witness statements, according to Boras. Guerrero’s recovery timetable is uncertain, Boras said. It’s not clear yet how many stitches the surgery ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:28 PM | 29 comment(s)
Well that free-agent strategy could’ve gone better. Scott Boras completely and utterly blew it for his client (obviously Drew would never have signed this deal if any serious multi-year deals had lurking out there). I’m not entirely sure what the Red Sox are doing here, either…but at least they don’t have to give up a draft pick.
[T]hus ends an odyssey that started with Drew rejecting Boston’s qualifying offer of $14.1 million last November, only to return on a one-year deal that ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:01 PM | 76 comment(s)
boston red sox
Everyone is Chad Bradford Wannabe.
The true submariners — the guys who would come close to scraping their knuckles on the mound — share much in common besides the angle of their throwing arm. And while Ziegler shares those traits as well, he’s taken the craft to places it’s never been before. He’s simultaneously the archetype of a submarine pitcher and a new iteration entirely. Consider:
They were all effective: There’s obviously a selection bias going on here, because submarine ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 04:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
Are we having fun yet!?
With a new crop of uber-talented power pitchers, the cyclical nature of the game and, probably—though we couldn’t prove this and pitchers were using the juice, too—the major crack-down on performance-enhancing drugs, offense continues its decline in baseball.
Heading into Tuesday’s action, MLB hitters were posting the lowest batting average and on-base percentage since the 1972 season. That year has some historical significance, which we’ll get to in a bit.
The 4.19 ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:53 PM | 26 comment(s)
In which the valued customers learn the value of TV by listening to the radio broadcast, or at least the first 3 innings of it.
Fox Sports 570’s weeknight “cume” rating was up 19 percent last month compared to last April.
Comparing radio and TV ratings is a bit apples and oranges, but clearly, for the Dodgers, the radio and TV numbers are headed in opposite directions; An average of just 45,000 households are watching games on TV, according to Nielsen. That’s a drop of nearly 63%, ...
Herm Card is retired from two careers: He taught English in Marcellus, and he suited up for decades as an accomplished Upstate baseball umpire. Card stays busy as a poet, author and photographer, and he served for years as a volunteer educator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
At the hall, Card never relinquished a sense of wonder. Whenever he had the chance, he’d walk the galleries and study the artifacts. This week, he is away from Syracuse, helping his 98-year-old father ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM | 28 comment(s)
I am going to love this stuff. It will be like having your won personal scouting assistant.
Hamilton vs. Recker:
The gaudy number here is Hamilton’s top speed, 18.71 mph, and yet it does Hamilton no justice. That’s because he was running on a wet track, slowing him down quite a bit.
Still, it projects to a mile in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and 100 meters in 11.96 seconds. And that’s not Hamilton’s full sprint, given that he had only 78 feet from when he started his run (he had about a 12-foot ...
Russell’s paradox: O’s/P’s
On Tuesday night, Russell returns to PNC Park as the Orioles begin a two-game interleague series in Pittsburgh. It’s his second time back since being fired, but the first since the Pirates, indeed, turned things around, making the 2013 playoffs and breaking a 20-season losing skid.
“I can’t treat it, job-wise, any differently. I can’t go in there and sulk and mope around [and say], ‘Shoot, I wish I was still here and look what they’ve done. I wish they had done that ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
Or as Kevin Millar said last night: “I don’t know if Stephen Strasburg will ever be as good as Mike Leake.”
Does Stephen Strasburg still “want a piece” of Mike Leake? We may find out tonight.
The former Little League teammates face off as big leaguers for the first time tonight, and in 2010, Strasburg’s college catcher said Strasburg was looking forward to facing Leake for the first time.
From Dave Sheinin’s July 26, 2010, story on Strasburg in the Washington Post:
In early June, just days ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, May 20, 1914:
Hughie Jennings, leader of the Tigers, has placed a check on his own powers. Oscar Stanage has been drafted to act as a balance in the government of the Detroit team.
Jennings has placed complete control of the pitchers and catchers in the hands of the veteran receiver. No battery man will be sent into a game or taken out except by the order of Stanage.
In explaining the reason for the move Jennings said that in spite of his many years of baseball leadership he ...
Just for mendacity. Targets only the gray area.
La Russa, himself, has been critical of Sabermetrics in the past, but acknowledges their place in today’s game.
“My opinion is that it’s a valuable tool, but mostly a tool to help you identify talent and then prepare the talent,” La Russa told Burns and Gambo Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think the biggest problem I see is there are teams that have gone way overboard and they are really interfering with the way the managers and coaches ...
Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:04 AM | 28 comment(s)
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