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Thursday, November 20, 2014
It makes good business sense for teams to engage with fans where the fans can be found, physically and virtually. But while food, drink, and shopping posts on Pinterest will bring women to a game or a team store, they won’t bring women into the sports discussion.
And in the long run, that’s not good for women sports fans, women sports reporters, or for sports and our broader, more informed conversations about them.
The article is an interesting read but…does it really matter? I come from ...Read More...
Posted: November 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 169 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, November 20, 1914:
President Weeghman of the Chifeds on Thursday advanced $15 to a National league manager “on account.”
On Thursday Weeghman received a telephone call from Terre Haute, Ind.
“This is Miller Huggins, manager of the Cardinals,” said the voice at the other end. “I had quite an experience last night while on the train. I was touched for everything I had while asleep and need some money to get out of town.”
Weeghman…wired “Miller Huggins” $15, identification ...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: November 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
The Phillies need to be looking for fair value, not an overwhelming win. Of course, determining fair value can be difficult. Ultimately it depends on the quality of a team’s talent evaluation skills, the player development people, and luck. If your scouts and metrics evaluate prospects well and your coaches help the players play to their potentials, a team can make fair deals. If the players don’t end up getting hurt once they get on your team (the luck part), everybody will talk about what a ...Read More...
Posted: November 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM | 15 comment(s)
It’s dangerous using run-based park factors in projecting a batter’s performance in a new park. Some hitters are particularly suited for specific parks. From what I’ve seen I’d expect him to get a pretty nice boast coming to Fenway.
(Sandoval should expect a boost in his numbers if he moves from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Fenway Park — but not as much as you might think. Sandoval’s adjusted OPS+ last season was 111, the same as that of Brett Gardner, who posted a .749 OPS in ...
A bunch of Marlins tidbits.
All Marlins talk in the wake of today’s press conference for Giancarlo Stanton’s historic 13-year, $325 million deal:
### By accepting below-market salaries of $6.5 million and $9 million over the next two seasons, Stanton has given the Marlins flexibility to augment. And the Marlins are acting quickly.
According to a source, the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for ...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
If he makes it to the majors, computer game designers will have to make some coding changes.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 06:16 PM | 28 comment(s)
“We don’t need a DH because we have Dioner Navarro,” said no Juan ever.
The Red Sox have claimed Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays, Boston announced today…
Francisco is projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to take home a $2.2MM payday through arbitration… Last year, Francisco posted a fairly typical .220/.291/.456 slash over 320 plate appearances for the Jays, swatting 16 home runs in the process.
Bill Bavasi, then the Mariners’ general manager, responded, “My mother always taught me that if the only thing you have to say is, ‘——Dave Samson,’ then don’t say anything at all. So, I’m not going to say anything at all. Is my mother the greatest or what?”
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 7 comment(s)
Fun for 2015!
Roger Clemens could be held in contempt of court and face sanctions for disobeying an order to turn over correspondence involving the disgraced baseball pitcher’s agents and public relations guru to lawyers representing Clemens’ former trainer, a Brooklyn judge said in court papers Tuesday.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
“To walk into my boss’s office, how do I set it up? Do I give them a warning? Do I spring it on them? I’m still not even totally comfortable with saying the words, ‘I’m gay.’”
Through the Royals’ magical October run, that discomfort was replaced more and more by confidence. Like so many fans in places like Kansas City, Cleveland and Buffalo desperately hungry for a championship, Schulte’s whole demeanor — even his self-worth — has been affected by decades of sports ...
PITCHf/x and The Contract.
Not a vote of confidence for Mike Zunino.
According to a source, the Mariners, surprisingly, were among the finalists who pushed hard for Russell Martin, who eventually agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday.
Still, the Mets believe the added benefit of a more homer-friendly environment is worthwhile, especially because their young arms have healthy strikeout and ground-ball rates that should keep them from being burned by the changes. The Mets calculated they would have hit 17 more homers last season with the new dimensions compared to 10 more for opposing hitters. Lefties would have been the biggest beneficiaries.
Some additional graphics: Granderson graphic on his 9 lost Citi Field HRs,Read More...
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
We know that over the course of a season, plate discipline erodes as hitters presumably get more tired. It’s hard to get enough sleep out on the road and after a while even a fun job becomes just another job. Well, if players lose plate discipline, they are probably bleeding away strikes, and that can have a significant effect on a team’s chances. Maybe there are some managers who are just better at handling the grind, and in minimizing the penalty to be paid for fatigue and boredom at the end ...
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s sad that stuff like this goes on.
In addition to his struggles on the field, Howard was engaged in a nasty legal fight with his family over control of his finances, a fight that included his twin brother and lifetime confidant suing him for more than $2.7 million - and Howard countersuing with allegations of fraud and mismanagement of the fortune that he had amassed.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:43 AM | 58 comment(s)
A few interesting tidbits.
(Does anyone know why JABO doesn’t note the publication date of articles?)
Despite recent buzz that the Bombers are considering a run at Max Scherzer, sources said the Yankees have not abandoned their plan to stay away from the top batch of free agents, looking instead at mid-level starting pitchers to bolster their rotation while continuing their search for a shortstop and third baseman.
The Daily News reported earlier this month that the Yankees did not plan to be players for the top free agents, and three weeks into the process, not much has changed.
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
I don’t believe the trade is crazy. It is extremely risky, especially for a franchise that has cried poor for years.
According to Lee Sinins’ Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, Stanton is the fifth player in history to hit 100 more home runs than the average player in his league before his age-25 season. The other four—Eddie Mathews, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott—all went on to join the 500-Homer Club and end up in the Hall of Fame.
So tell me again then, please, why this contract is ...
Posted: November 19, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
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