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Monday, January 12, 2015
This is the first in a 10-part series commemorating baseball’s new commissioner with advice for his tenure.
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
As I watched the scene at Stadio Olimpico from a continent away, my thoughts wandered back to the sport I cover: Baseball should do something like this.
The idea isn’t that farfetched — at least, it shouldn’t be.
Major League Baseball could place one portable camera near the instant-replay module in every ballpark. (Outside the dugout, to guard against sign-stealing and the like.) But a player who isn’t in the game — the designated tweeter, if you will — could leave the dugout and ...
Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:
That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.
It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed ...
I heard the interview with Stern and Bowden. It’s wasn’t flattering to any of the participants.
No, my vote wasn’t an attention-getting ploy, nor a protest over the 10-man ballot. It was simply a sincere expression that a guy who finished his career with 358 saves and a World Series ring and was a lockdown closer in his prime with the Angels deserved to at least remain in the conversation.
Instead, Sirius/XM talk-show hosts Casey Stern and Jim Bowden challenged me to explain why I felt ...
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 35 comment(s)
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The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday. The Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets.
The roadblock was the Rays’ request for two top Mets prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep for Desmond, who is entering his free-agent year.
The Rays’ wish list included right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America. The ...
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 40 comment(s)
Would the Phillies really kick in that much?
So, let’s say fair market value for Howard is somewhere in the $7 million to $10 million range annually. That means the Phillies would need to kick in between $40 million and $46 million in any trade – an exorbitant sum. Still, as GM Ruben Amaro Jr. repeated Saturday, “We know that we have to subsidize this. We know the level of prospect or the level of player we get back will be limited. We haven’t been unrealistic on it. We’ve been very ...
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 37 comment(s)
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Rose knew the consequences of his gambling should he get caught. He got caught.
More than 25 years have passed since Pete Rose was banned from baseball by commissioner Bart Giamatti for betting on baseball games.
The all-time hits leader never got on the Hall of Fame ballot.
I’ve always agreed with Giamatti’s decision of the lifetime ban, and with his decision to allow Rose to apply for reinstatement at some point. After all, gambling on baseball games while you’re uniformed personnel is ...
Sorry about the lame, week-old press release, but the ever-so-slight move towards a la carte programming seems like a big deal:
Priced at $20 per month, “The Best of Live TV” core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN.
My understanding of baseball economics is that teams make large sums of money effectively by charging every ...Read More...
Like the Diamondbacks, the Padres ownership seems impatient. They want results now, but don’t have an overriding philosophy themselves. Although Preller has been very creative, he hasn’t won anything yet. So, if this plan fails to live up to expectations, don’t be shocked if Preller’s time as a GM in San Diego is short-lived.
Posted: January 11, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
Even before the addition of Craig Breslow to the roster this week on a $2-million contract, the Red Sox already appeared to have pushed past the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million. Their payroll as constituted has pushed past $193 million, which would be an all-time high for Opening Day — well beyond the $175 million with which they started the season in 2012.
(Bolstered by the signing of Carl Crawford, Boston’s payroll wound up at $189 million for luxury-tax purposes in 2011, earning ...
Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 13 comment(s)
“It would be easy for somebody in my shoes, a brand-new GM, a young GM, to want to come in and make a splash, do something sexy,” Bridich said this winter. “I fought that urge, but I’m not going to say it wasn’t there.
“We’ve been close-ish to a few things. But it hasn’t happened, hasn’t worked out. We’re not going to panic. ... We have to remember the type of talent that we have here.”
Posted: January 11, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Another slow news day and BOOM!
With the additions of Ben Zobrist, who will become Oakland’s primary second baseman, and shortstop Yunel Escobar, the A’s are likely done assembling their 2015 team – and there is little doubt they plan to contend.
Zobrist was hotly pursued by numerous teams this winter, including the Giants, but the fact that Oakland could also find a spot for Escobar probably helped the A’s complete the deal. The A’s will send catcher John Jaso to the Rays along with ...
David Schoenfield takes a look.
The Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang are moving close to a deal, sources said.
The sides have been talking about a four-year deal for the power-hitting infielder who had a monster year for the Nexen Heroes last year, hitting 40 home runs and batting .356 in 117 games. Both sides appear intent on getting a deal done.
Posted: January 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
A federal judge in Miami ordered Major League Baseball to turn over documents detailing any payments it may have made on behalf of Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch to an attorney representing Lazaro Collazo, the former University of Miami pitching coach accused of distributing testosterone and human growth hormone.
Posted: January 10, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
1B: Carlos Delgado
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Matt Williams
LF: Brian Giles
CF: Kenny Lofton
RF: Moises Alou
C: Ted Simmons
DH: Andres Galarraga
Pinch-hit specialist: Julio Franco
Opening Day starter: David Cone
Closer: Jesse Orosco
Beat writer: Jose Canseco
Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
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The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.
The video is worth watching.
Friday, January 09, 2015
The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.
From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths ...
Carlos Delgado is the best player in history to get booted off the Hall of Fame ballot after his first year.
There are some excellent contenders for that honor, too: Lou Whitaker, David Cone, Andres Galarraga, Kevin Brown, Kenny Lofton, etc. But it’s incredible to think that a guy couldn’t make it to even a second ballot after doing all this:
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