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CSN video of interview in question.
But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!
Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically ...
If. If. If.
Remember when the conversation was about Jon Singleton? “If Jon Singleton becomes a star his deal will end up well below-market.”
A player can’t spend the cash if things don’t turn out as well as pundits think.
But if Polanco becomes a star—or even a consistently productive regular—the deal will end up being well below-market, considering that he is giving up three free-agent years.
Polanco’s new contract runs from 2017 to ‘21. The annual breakdown is not yet known, but the two ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball’s largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s Draft at $13,923,700.
Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team’s choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given ...
“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.
“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.
“It’s certainly something that we talk about every ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
I’ll add it to my reading queue.
This dedication to find every story sets the book apart from less ambitious projects, but it also sets itself apart from the competition in two other ways. One is by weaving in the stories of Hudson and Coffey. The pair are ever present throughout the book; their tales of trouble and triumph get their own chapters, but also pepper the chapters that focus on others. The other is by not just looking for stories, but also for solutions.
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.
Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.
“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1916:
The Morris [Illinois] Reds baseball nine today started suit to restrain Farmer Thomas Anderson from plowing up their outfield to plant corn. Anderson owns the ground but the club claims a two-year lease.
“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s Morris, Illinois.”
No mention of possible landing spots.
This rule is overkill and an overreaction.
Maybe, just maybe, the last of the MLB teams can play their first game of the season today. CHATTER UP!
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 12:54 AM | 191 comment(s)
Monday, April 04, 2016
Darling notes when he first made it to “The Show”, there was a jar in plain sight that contained different doses of amphetamine pills called “white crosses” and “black beauties”.
“The five-milligram amphetamines were known as white crosses—and these were passed around like candy, if that was your bag. The heavier doses were black beauties.”....
Apparently, this level of performance-enhancing (or reducing, in Darling’s eyes) has been going on for decades.
“In the era of ...
....The West Michigan Whitecaps introduced the 4,000-calorie Fifth Third Burger. The Lake County Captains responded with a three-pound fish sandwich on a loaf of bread. Then the major league teams stumbled along like a dad with a backwards hat, deciding they needed to get in on the action. The Texas Rangers came out with a two-foot hot dog slathered in death. It didn’t stop.
By the year 2016, teams were tripping over themselves trying to be more outlandishly caloric than the next team. Thirty ...
In his new book, former pitcher Ron Darling recounts how the Mets relied on a cocktail of amphetamines and beer between innings to get through a World Series-winning season….
” You’d see guys toward the end of a game, maybe getting ready for their final at bat, double-back into the locker room to chug a beer to “re-kick the bean” so they could step to the plate completely wired and focused and dialed in. They had it down to a science, with precision timing. They’d do that thing where ...
Warning: Video contains NSFW language.
Come Tuesday, fans won’t be gaining entry to Yankee Stadium’s Opening Day with print-at-home tickets.
Some fans, however, will get to see the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros from behind home plate on the dime of Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver—under one condition.
The comedian is offering a total of six Legends Suite tickets to the three Yankees home games this week for 25 cents each to people who can conjure up the most creative, original ...Read More...
I just stumbled upon this. Good stuff.
I’m guessing they are using Giles in high leverage situations.
Luke Gregerson will open the season as the Astros’ primary closer, manager A.J. Hinch announced Monday.
Arenado plays Wiffle Ball at the end of every summer for 2½ months. This major-leaguer, he’s still a kid.
For 16 years, the Rockies’ star third baseman, with his brothers and cousins and friends, wage a never-ending, always-rambunctious game of Wiffle Ball in Lake Forest, Calif. The game is always the same, now and forever. They just have to wait until after the 162-game major-league season.
“It’s what we do. We go play Wiffle Ball,” Arenado said.
He is 24 now and about to start ...
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:
“Bat’ries for today’s game!”
“Get that of’shul score card!”
“One o’ those lo-o-ong innings!”
(Deleted by censor).
These and many other cries of the great American fan and his minions are heard along the western edge of the United States today, yea, even from Salt Lake’s icy mountains to Vernon’s coral strangs, or whatever they make strands out of there.
It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were ...Read More...
They bring mattresses on road trips?
ne day in March, Jared Hughes, Pittsburgh’s 30-year-old setup man, was at his spring training locker in Bradenton, Fla., recounting his morning. He had awakened at 5:30, after nine hours of sleep; the Pirates, he said, value quality Z’s so much that a sleep consultant meets with players once a month, and the team takes players’ preferred mattresses and pillows on road trips. At the ballpark Hughes’s day began with mindfulness exercises designed by the ...
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
Here’s Fangraph’s Tampa Rays scouting reports. After reading and following Kiley McDaniel’s reporting the last couple of years, Fangraph’s stuff has been very disappointing this year, primarily because of the timetable. If you are doing scouting reports for fantasy players, you need your Top 100 lists out in early March at the latest for them to be useful. Hopefully, they will fix this issue next year as their stuff went from being one of the most useful lists to the least useful. ...Read More...
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
This week marks the start of another baseball season and, undoubtedly, the continuation of the ongoing beanball season that the Republican presidential campaign has degenerated into.
Over the years, both of these American pastimes—baseball and presidential campaigns—have been governed by quaint, but powerful “unwritten rules.” They both now find themselves under great strain. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. ...Read More...
(Second) Opening Day, where everybody starts off 0-0 and the pundits don’t matter.
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
“The ball just fell out of my glove,” Cespedes, who also struck out to end the game with the tying run at third base, said through an interpreter. “...The ball just fell. I’m human.”
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 58 comment(s)
He looked out of sync in the most of the games I watched him this spring.
In the winter, Pederson sought to shave the extraneous movement from his swing. In the spring, he huddled with new hitting coach Turner Ward to sharpen his daily routine. This coming summer will determine whether he can learn how to counter the pitchers who solved him last season.
“I made some adjustments, and I like where I’m at,” Pederson said.
A survey of rival talent evaluators who saw Pederson this spring raised ...
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
In a day of firsts, it was the New York Mets who had the dubious honor of being the first team in MLB history to relive a World Series defeat through a steady stream of big-screen highlights before the victor raised the championship banner on Opening Day—in their face.
“It was just strange, the pregame ceremony,” Yost said.
Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
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