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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Relations between Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees became so heated in late 2013 and early 2014 that baseball executives and team officials hired extra security for protection, going so far as to have their homes and offices swept for bugging devices and employing bodyguards to accompany them, according to sources.
“He put everyone through a lot of undue grief and unnecessary expense,” said one baseball source.
It is hard to imagine the frayed relations between A-Rod and the Yankees – ...
Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 108 comment(s)
“Any hitter that has a tendency to be long [with their swing], where their hands get away from the body, is going to have a tough time catching up to fastballs,” Seitzer said. “They will also be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and inside pitches.”
Posted: January 25, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
Bob Dutton runs down some Mariner news.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Flo from Progressive is not going to like this.
The Tribune in San Luis Obispo (Ca.) reports that Lilly was charged back in October with three felony counts of “filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection with an insurance claim, and concealing a material fact in connection with an insurance claim,” and faces five years in jail.
According to the Department of Insurance, the uninsured Lilly got an estimate for damage on his motor home, bought insurance five days ...
If this is all true, Ed Rogers (Deputy Chairman of Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays) has an enormous amount to answer for, both in the court of public opinion AND to Major League Baseball.
We’re not sure if this is the way Harvard Business School teaches Forbes 500 companies on how to make upper management changes.
Or the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the London Business School, for that matter.
Yet, here is how Rogers Communications went about the dirty business of ...
Fielder, speaking before the club’s annual pep-rally awards banquet at the Dallas Omni, said all is well heading into Year 2. The rehabilitation work has gone well, and he expects to be a full participant when spring training opens.
“I could play a pick-up game right now,” Fielder said. “I’m 100 percent. … Whatever it was before, it’s back.
“I feel healthy. That’s the difference. I’m feeling really good and ready to go.”
Round is a shape…
Long after retiring, Banks recalled the sweltering midsummer’s day in 1969 when he bubbled over in a phrase that became his trademark.
“We were in first place, and all the reporters were already in the locker room when I arrived at Wrigley for a game with the Cardinals,” Banks told The Arizona Daily Star. “I walked in and said: ‘Boy, it’s a beautiful day. Let’s play two.’ They all thought I was crazy.”...
“Ernie was the eternal optimist,” the former Cubs second baseman ...Read More...
Doug Melvin Develops Dementia;Local Fan Provides Diagnosis.
How did the Marlins go from a frequently penny-pinching club that couldn’t find the money to sign future first-ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera to a team that just paid Giancarlo Stanton $325 million before making a slew of other offseason moves intended to turn Miami into a consistent contender? After 22 tumultuous years for the franchise, why do the Marlins now believe they are financially secure enough to pay their best player a third of a billion dollars and talented enough to compete ...
Friday, January 23, 2015
I let the machine pick up, and was more than a little bemused to hear this: Rob, this is Commissioner Selig. I read your column on ESPN and wanted to talk to you about it. When you get a chance, please call me at …”
Selig clearly had a print-out of my ESPN.com column at hand, probably with the offending passages highlighted by a flunky. And he spent the next half-hour or so simply going through the passages, and telling me exactly how I’d gotten each one so horribly wrong. A few times, I ...
Looks like another old guy is moving to Florida:
Free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is close to an agreement on a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com Friday.. Although the two sides are still working through some final details before the deal becomes official, Suzuki is expected to earn a base salary of about $2 million in 2015.
The Marlins, who have one of baseball’s most talented young outfields with Giancarlo Stanton in right field, Marcell ...
For a long time Dan Duquette was a pariah in baseball. Peter Angelos took a chance and brought him back. Although I understand Angelos’ desire to either keep Duquette in Baltimore or get significant return from the Blue Jays to let him go, I can’t see how forcing Duquette to stay in Baltimore will turn out to be a good outcome.
Posted: January 23, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 15 comment(s)
The Red Sox don’t feel a *need* to overspend on an ace right now.
“Look, starting pitchers who perform at the highest level and do so consistently and are relatively young and near their prime, those guys are hard guys to get and are valuable and cost a lot, whether it’s dollars or talent,” he said.
“We’re trying to put ourselves in a position where we have that caliber of pitching and hopefully we have some of it internally and maybe some of it still has to develop. There’s no ...
Posted: January 23, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
Braves manager George Stallings, quoted in the January 23, 1915 edition of the Pittsburgh Press:
“I don’t like $2 bills, and I never laid a hand on one during the world’s series.
“Throughout the season, of course, I have to come in contact with some of these, but I would fold them over and tear the corners off just as soon as I got hold of one to kill the jinx. If any of the readers of this story come across a $2 bill with the corners trimmed off they will know that the $2 bill circulated ...
A really good look at what the Pirates are doing on defense.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Neither side is comfortable with the deal which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal? Really? David Cameron writes some enjoyable articles at times. I’m glad, though, that he’s not the GM of the Red Sox.
In talking with people in the game, neither side seems comfortable with the deal, which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal, or at least in the ballpark of being reasonable on both sides. I know I’m higher on Betts than most, and if you place a very high ...
Washington Times, January 22, 1915:
The Indianapolis Federals, world’s champions by default, probably will do their spring training at home. There is plenty of money in sight to sent them on a training trip such as a world’s championship team would be supposed to take, but the Hoosier Fed promoters think better results can be obtained in the latitude of Indianapolis in March and April.
Team owner Harry Ford Sinclair really did have plenty of money - shady oil deals can be extremely lucrative - ...Read More...
I call bullshit.
“It’s pretty easy. It’s one (reason). Winning,” he said. “This team is capable of winning, and winning a lot, when you look at the near-term and long-term. This is an organization you want to be a part of.”
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