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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The world should be ready, 18 years after Bud Selig put the idea forward, for baseball to have geographic realignment. Interleague play demystified the concept of every team playing against every other team, the game would benefit from adding intensity to the rivalries it has generated and, as a bonus, it would allow MLB to once and for all settle the designated hitter debate — if the majors are split into regions, there would be no more hand-wringing about ruining the sanctity of National ...
For most of last weekend’s four-game series between Toronto and New York, the different levels of the new plutocrat’s paradise in the Bronx were soaked pretty thoroughly in blue. There was singing and bell-ringing. Out on the field, there was a pretty decisive pounding handed out by the Jays and the likely end of the last pennant race in baseball.
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 21 comment(s)
They should just play for the love of the game! Love of the game can pay the rent.
As I noted at the time the Miranda case was filed last year, the plaintiffs in the suit faced at least one major impediment in their attempt to challenge the minor league pay practices under the Sherman Act: baseball’s antitrust exemption. Indeed, soon after the case was filed, MLB filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit in light of its antitrust immunity.
Given that precedent, it should come ...
I agree 100% with Dave that context matters when we are talking about the MVP. As I’ve mentioned before on this site, WAR is a great overall stat. Other than a general ranking, it’s not something that people should be using in MVP arguments. Unfortunately, it’s also not perfectly suited for a “best player” arguments as well because, although it eliminates a certain amount of context, it doesn’t eliminate enough.
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
most valuable player
Oh boy. Is the team really this hard up for cash?
The Mets ticket sales department, being no dummies, have taken the team’s abrupt relevance as an opportunity to try to entice fans into putting down deposits on season plans for next year, with guaranteed 2015 postseason tickets as the carrot. In fact, they’re still doing so, helpfully telling fans who lost out in today’s NLDS ticket lottery that they can buy their way out of failure:
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
OK, this is too long for me to read right now but a bunch of people on Twitter are saying nice things about it. A quick skim suggests they might be onto something.
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 40 comment(s)
The latest Robothal.
Meanwhile, the next decision on Cespedes—the free-agent decision—will carry the biggest stakes yet.
One rival exec said he initially believed that Cespedes would command $80 million, but now believes that the outfielder’s contract will exceed $130 million.
A long, expensive deal could prove a mistake, considering that Cespedes turns 30 on Oct. 18. Then again, there is something about him, isn’t there?
Ask the 2014 Athletics. Ask the 2015 Mets.
Posted: September 15, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 25 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, September 15, 1915:
John J. McGraw, according to a report current here today, can sign a five-year contract at $200,000, as manager of the club the Federal league proposes to install in New York next season. This sum is said to be exclusive of any stock propositions.
McGraw’s close friends are inclined to the belief, however, that the former’s two-year contract with the Giants will prove an obstacle in the path of the Feds in the event the veteran pilot agrees to talk ...
“I don’t know if I got a bad rap here or whatever, but I can promise you I was far [from] the bad guy on this team,” Papelbon said before Monday night’s game. “I was one of the few that wanted to actually win, and I was one of the few that competed and posted up every day.”
That’s pretty harsh criticism, accusing former teammates of not wanting to win and of not competing.
Papelbon would not name the teammates that he believed did not “post up” every day. When ...
Monday, September 14, 2015
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Matt Harvey is mentioned only once in the article and not in the excerpt.
It is not just a feeling. By the measures of attendance and television viewership, the Mets are surging while their crosstown rivals are sliding a bit. It is an improbable reversal of fortune, given that the Yankees have dominated the market so clearly since they won four World Series from 1996 to 2000, capped by a triumph over the Mets in the so-called Subway Series.
The Yankees’ ...
Only three weeks remain in the regular season, and the Cubs are hoping to earn home-field advantage for the Oct. 7 wild-card game.
The Cubs will face Gerrit Cole on Tuesday in Game 1 of a doubleheader, while the Pirates will face Jake Arrieta on Wednesday. Cole and Arrieta are expected to face off if the teams face each other in the wild-card game.
Here’s to the Cubs pulling off a 2003 again and sweeping the Pirates.
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 39 comment(s)
Really interesting stuff. Of course, if all the true strikes were called correctly, all hitters might go all Joey Votto.
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
For example, arguably the best bit of the entire film comes when Billy Beane, after Ferrell’s stint at shortstop with the Athletics, tells Ferrell he’s been traded. Ferrell, of course, doesn’t take the news well, and intercut with his reaction to Beane in the Athletics dugout is a (presumably facetious) long monologue by Ferrell about how Billy Beane is a blood-sucking liar who loves his numbers so much that he doesn’t care about heart or guts at all and doesn’t realize that players ...
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, September 14, 1915:
Manager Walter McCredie of the Portland Coast league team went to Seattle to look over some of the Northwestern league prospects. He sat talking with Owner Dugdale of Seattle, and complimented him on some of the players on Dug’s team, bemoaning his own lack of talent meanwhile.
“How do you get ‘em, Dug?” asked McCredie.
“Well,” answered Dugdale, “I’m lucky, I guess. Some of the best ones just come to me begging for jobs.”
“Who’s the pitcher?” asked ...
Sure, every player is different. At this point to describe Mark Appel as anything but disappointing is disingenuous.
“You hope each year in a player’s career, they progress and you can certainly say he did that,” agent Scott Boras said of Appel. “He moved to a new level and performed well and I think he feels very confident about coming to camp (in 2016) and competing.”
“Look, every player’s different. He’s a big guy. And … new to pro baseball. But getting control of those ...
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 18 comment(s)
Working for Samson and Loria is a situation covered with warts.
Recently, I was speaking to a well-regarded executive who one day would like to be a general manager about the possibility that the Marlins job might open.
Essentially the discussion boiled down to this: There are just 30 of these jobs, yet would you abstain from, say, even being considered to run the Marlins’ baseball operations — due to the firing, tempestuous, meddling, low-payroll nature of owner Jeffrey Loria and team ...
Great timing for Cespedes.
Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the ...
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 66 comment(s)
Sunday, September 13, 2015
But my, how she loved her son.
“Every day, I miss her,” Mike said. “It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and call, hear her voice.
“I always let her know that anytime I did anything good, it was for her. Even if I didn’t do anything good, she was always proud of me. She’d let me know that I was still in the big leagues, to keep having fun going out there. That’s what was awesome about mom. She was always proud of me, no matter what happened.”
Last October, when Connie could not ...
How about if he just wears a garlic neckless to ward off evil?
The motivation for using Harvey more frequently but for shorter durations is to keep him sharp for the postseason while keeping his innings count in check. Harvey currently sits at 171 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Agent Scott Boras has suggested that exceeding 180 innings might imperil Harvey’s health.
Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.
The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.
He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS. ...Read More...
The 29-year-old, right-handed hitting Park hit a career-best 52 home runs last season.
“(Park) has much more power than I have,” Kang said through his interpreter.
How much power?
Without an interpreter Kang, whose English is improving, exclaimed: “Big power.”
Kang said he is “close” with Park. With the Pirates’ first-base situation muddled going into next season, will Kang lobby for a Park-Pirates pact if he is posted?
Kang did not answer. He smiled and shrugged, turning his ...
A lot of good tidbits in this one.
Gibbons acknowledged that winning enhances chemistry. He then proceeded to explain what enhances winning.
“Good players help you win games,” said Gibbons. “That’s the bottom line. You can have a lot of great character guys out there, but if they aren’t as talented, you’re not going to win. There’s no substitute for talent.”
Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
This isn’t good news for the Jays.
Tulowitzki was sent for an MRI late Saturday afternoon that revealed the fracture in his scapula. He also was diagnosed with upper back muscle bruises and the Blue Jays will monitor his status over the next week before a timeline for his return can be established.
The injury is a potentially devastating blow to a Blue Jays lineup that has been borderline unstoppable since the end of July. Toronto entered play in Game 2 Saturday night having won 31 of 40 games, ...
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