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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?
Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp ...
An interesting (and quintessential Poz) take on the Matt Harvey saga and how finicky we all are, as sports fans.
We ask pro athletes to play through extreme pain and we are not especially open to their complaints. We get angry at them when they ask for more money. We get REALLY angry at them if they unionize to get a larger sum of the pie. We feel no sympathy for them whatsoever when they get so much less than they are worth on the open market. After all, Harvey is getting paid $4 million this ...
Real baseball returns tomorrow.
Full disclaimer: I know this is stupid. Yep I know. This is just for fun. Yes I discriminated and undervalued your player intentionally because I hate your team specifically.
The Detroit Tigers announced today that they suspended outfielder Anthony Gose for three days after he failed to show up for a Toledo Mud Hens game on Sunday, a day after he had an argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon.
Gose did not play in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and then didn’t show up Sunday.
After reinstating him today, the Tigers sent Gose to Double-A Erie.
“After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our ...
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, July 14, 1916:
It looks as if one of the greatest comedians of modern baseball will return to the big time. The St. Louis Nationals are after Ping Bodie, the former White Sox outfielder, whose real name is Francisco Pizzola.
Bodie hit well while with Chicago but his base running caused the writers to poke fun at him.
The Ping Bodie Experience is fascinating to me. He was a pretty good hitter (.275/.335/.396, 109 OPS+) but from everything I’ve read he was just ...Read More...
The Twins are hopeful about their current group of prospects.
The Twins like their current stable of starting pitching prospects. Berrios had a rough baptism when called up in May but has made adjustments at Rochester and is close to a promotion.
Jay, a lefthander taken sixth overall last year; Kohl Stewart, a righthander drafted fourth overall in 2013; and lefthander Stephen Gonsalves, taken in the fourth round in 2013, all have been promoted to Class AA Chattanooga.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.
But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.
“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
Give us more defensive mapping and the run values of the difference between players!!!
Give it to us now!!!
MLB currently web streams one Statcast-infused game each week with real-time illustration of exit velocities, spin rate and all the other information.
Could some of those elements eventually be incorporated into regular broadcasts or even displayed in the ballpark?
“I can certainly see that happening,” said Mike Petriello, an analyst for MLB.com who focuses on Statcast.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
If you like your baseball stats in graph form with player caricatures, you might like this site. I like the caricatures, I’m not sure I’d want to keep going back for the graphs.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
7. Bartolo Colon—Then there’s Bartolo, who is larger than life. His home run was the most fun event of the year. Well, unless you’re James Shields.
He ranks Jon Lester #31 out of #68. He’s a great pitcher, but I’d have him a lot lower than that.
And by that spring, at 33 years old, it had sent him to a part of Phoenix called Maryvale, to a last-chance spring training with the Brewers, where his neck hurt and his shoulder ached but another group of young players was finding out what it means to be a Dontrelle friend, a Dontrelle teammate.
“Awesome,” said Will Smith, who turned 14 the summer Willis won the rookie of the year award for the Marlins and now found himself Willis’ locker mate and throwing partner. “If you had to pick one ...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, July 13, 1916:
Tris Speaker ran over into right field in the eighth inning of the second engagement with the Yanks [in New York] Tuesday, and pulled down a hard drive from Baker’s bat.
As the ball settled into the great outfielder’s hands, a man sitting in the right wing of the grandstand, jumped up and hurled a pop bottle. The missile narrowly missed Speaker’s head. It might have fractured his skull.
Two special policemen ran to the spot from which the bottle had been ...
Canadians are such trouble makers.
They are a bit high on Glasnow, especially over Reyes.
2. Tyler Glasnow (Pit, RHP) – Promoted: 7/7/2016
The size and stuff is all there for Tyler Glasnow to pitch at the top-of-the-rotation for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The problem is his control has taken a step backwards this year and he’s now walking nearly five per nine. It hasn’t mattered as nobody can hit him as he’s only given up 57 hits in 96 innings. At 6-foot-8 and a tremendous stride to the plate, it’s still going to take ...
Every generation has great players. As for his complaint about the game not being special any more…who cares? I’d much rather watch all the games I can now *every single day* than get all excited about watching one *special* meaningless exhibition game in the middle of the season.
The players are still great even if it’s about as hard as it has ever been to get a hit, so dominant has pitching become. And my generation certainly was spoiled by living during a time when many of the game’s ...
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:19 AM | 104 comment(s)
all star game
In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.
The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in ...
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
“It’s baseball; we face All-Stars all the time,” Harris said. “It’s no different. You just want to do your job, and now the game counts for so much. With home-field advantage, there’s a little bit extra on the line which makes it that much more fun.”
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
all star game
SAN DIEGO - Commissioner Rob Manfred, insisting he remains a proponent of the A’s staying in Oakland, said Major League Baseball would regret a relocation.
“I am committed to Oakland as a major-league site,” Manfred said Tuesday. “If we were to leave Oakland, I think 10 years from now we would be more likely than not looking backwards saying we made a mistake.
It seems almost inconceivable now, given the risk of injury and the overall unwillingness of most big leaguers to give up a precious day off. Back then, though, two years after a players’ strike wiped out the World Series, in-season barnstorming trips to minor league affiliates weren’t uncommon.
The Mariners, fresh off an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 1995 and contending again in ‘96, were set to play a doubleheader July 30 in Milwaukee. After wrapping up a ...
Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.
A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.
Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.
“I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.
I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Toledo News-Bee, July 12, 1916:
[Louisville] Colonels and [Minneapolis] Millers each took an end of the double bill on Tuesday. Minneapolis’ win in the second game made it four out of six on the series.
[Louisville] Manager Bill Clymer objected to Umpire Murray’s decisions behind the bat in the first game, and Murray invited him to stand behind him and watch the throws.
I’d have loved to watch an umpire invite Earl Weaver or Billy Martin to hang out behind the plate.
The Cardinals seeing Diaz as their future at shortstop is quite a reversal from 12 months ago, when it was possible his time with the team had passed. The Cardinals needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Diaz had idled at Class AA. The club designated him for assignment. Diaz had to pass through waivers, giving 29 teams a chance to claim him. (“Whoops,” said one NL executive earlier this season.) In the months that followed, Diaz went on a tear: He hit better than .300, reached base more ...
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
There is some evidence to suggest that after years of being overpowered by dominant pitchers whose fastballs routinely approach triple digits, batters have started to catch up to the heat. Hitters have a .399 slugging percentage against pitches traveling 95 mph and up this season, up from .337 in 2014.
“Guys throw so hard now, you either become accustomed to it or we have to find another line of work,” said Washington Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has already set a ...
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
From Petco Park in San Diego.. American League (Chris Sale for an inning or two) and National League (Johnny Cueto for an inning or two) face off for home field in the World Series and bragging rights and y’know what how about we just have fun? CHATTER UP!
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 272 comment(s)
Monday, July 11, 2016
The story about the story.
Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.
With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 ...
Toledo News-Bee, July 11, 1916:
CUT BALL IN HALF, IS COLUMBIA’S PLAN
Columbia University wants at least half the baseball that was used in the annual game with Penn on Franklin field this year.
For years the winning team has hung the ball in its trophy room, but this year darkness brought the contest to an end in the 15th inning with the score tied. The Penn team retained possession of the ball despite protests.
Harry Fisher, graduate manager of athletics at Columbia, has written the Penn ...
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