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Friday, August 07, 2015
Speier is overcomplicating this question. You keep the best and trade the rest.
“Historically, [top farm system status] has translated over time,” said Cherington. “It doesn’t always in a given year. Obviously, it hasn’t for us this year. There are teams that have had periods of success at the big league level without having a very strong farm system, or at least the perception is that they don’t have one, and then there’s plenty of examples of teams that have.
“We’d like [a ...
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
This would mean the A’s have joined the Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox, Giants, and more as teams instituting a president of baseball operations who is a former GM, one who can remain hands on with the department. The Red Sox could end up joining this mix soon, or the Blue Jays, or whoever ends up with Dave Dombrowski now that the Tigers let him go. It’ll be sad if Beane takes a step back or becomes more reclusive with the promotion, but the guy has been around and successful for so long that it’s ...
Seattle Star, August 7, 1915:
Eppa Rixey is one of THE Rixeys of Virginia, and can write F.F.V. without making Harry Lee turn over in his grave.
The decision of Eppa to take up baseball was not reached without many family councils under the Rixey roof at Culpepper, Va. One of Eppa’s uncles is Surgeon General P.M. Rixey, U.S.N., retired as rear admiral, upon whose chest Alfonso XIII hung a medal for services rendered the crew of the Santa Maria, following an explosion. Another was the late John ...
Here’s a great look at the players in danger of being shut down for innings limits.
Ah, but does one count Nola’s 116 1/3 innings during his final year at LSU toward his 2014 total? That would result in a total of 171 2/3 innings, and he’d be on pace for a 22-inning increase. Regardless, Nola was on an innings limit last season and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro previously hinted a 170-inning limit for the rookie right-hander in 2015. At an average of six innings per start, ...
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
This isn’t going to help Fister’s free agent value.
Ross has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his each of his first seven starts. On Thursday, Ross pitched six solid innings in an 8-3 victory over the D-Backs.
“He understands if he makes pitches, he has a chance to get them out,” Williams said about Ross. “We’ve seen so far that he doesn’t walk a whole lot of guys and makes you put the ball in play and that’s important. His ball has good late movement … and a good slider to go along with ...
“There’s a lot of teams that are vying for the playoffs, so I think that’ll probably mean a little bit more blocking than usual,” Hoyer said. “There’ll definitely be deals. Whether those will be big deals or not, I would probably say no, simply because I do think people are pretty active on the waiver wire and there’ll be quite a bit of blocking.”
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
Hot off the press, here is a piece of news about Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins, who has been on the DL since April 19 after getting his forearm fractured by a line drive:
“Jerry Blevins on Monday night re-fractured a left forearm bone and is done for the season. Blevins suffered the injury when he fell off a curb, according to the team. He is expected to undergo surgery in Boston next week on the distal radius bone.”
Just in case any fans forgot who they were.
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
mets being mets
The Cubs are good.
“They’re a talented club,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “They’ve got a lot of young talent, got a lot of good arms. You saw the arms they’ve got out of the ‘pen — good velocity, good stuff, good lineup. They’re not going anywhere. That’s a good club.” ...Read More...
Maddon when asked if fans should temper their expectations with the Cubs in the playoff race for the first time in years: “I’m not into temperance, I guess.”
Posted: August 07, 2015 at 07:44 AM | 43 comment(s)
Thursday, August 06, 2015
This is freaky.
Just looking at Teddy Stankiewicz and watching the right-hander pitch, you would never know he’s different than 99.9 percent of people to ever throw a baseball, but he is.
Stankiewicz was born without a right pectoral muscle.
And that brings us to the 15th. Tazawa returned for a second inning and allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter. Johnny Damon popped up a bunt and Mark Teixeira struck out, bringing A-Rod to the plate. He did not miss a 2-1 offering, launching it into the seats in left-center, and leaving Tazawa to trudge off the mound a loser in his first game.
“What I remember about that moment is that I lost the game,” Tazawa said. “Everyone else had done their job and I hadn’t and I felt bad about ...
Don’t get me wrong…..StatCast is a great thing, and we are only scratching the surface of what it can eventually become. The sample generated for this article yielded some benchmarks which will serve as the foundation for some analysis you will see here in the coming weeks. Still, when one is faced with a data set, one must put it into some sort of context, while acknowledging its limitations.
In many of my previous articles here, I have warned readers to never take pure average velocity ...
Posted: August 06, 2015 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
Gordon Wittenmeyer is not a doctor, but he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.
It’s called attention deficit disorder, or ADD.
“I know what it is,” Starlin Castro said.
That doesn’t mean the Cubs’ shortstop wants to know anything more than that about the subject.
Throughout Castro’s career, mental lapses, moments of lost focus and inexplicable errors on routine plays have raised speculation among fans, scouts and even some in his organization – including the clubhouse — ...
Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 6, 1915:
The reopening of a raid by the Federals on clubs in organized baseball gives room for wonder if there will be any more cases like that of Armando Marsans, the Cuban outfielder, who jumped from the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Federals last season.
Marsans has not played a lick of baseball since last June, when he made the leap. He was enjoined from playing with St. Louis and his case was continued in court. But Marsans’ salary goes on just the same. ...
Jerry Seinfeld: “A Cespedes for the rest of us.”
After a pair of wins against the Marlins, the Mets now lead the Nationals by one game in the NL East.
The good news is that the Mets will get a bunch more games against lesser teams like the Marlins, as no club in baseball owns a weaker schedule the rest of the way.6
In addition to keeping pace with a talented Washington team that figures to get better as it gets healthier, New York will face an internal challenge as the season wears ...
Posted: August 06, 2015 at 12:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The fact that he traded for Tulowitzki and Price and Donaldson should no more be points in his favour right now than the Miami and Dickey deals should have in off-season prior to 2013. The fact that few other G.M.’s have pulled off deals with such panache maybe speaks to special skills that Anthopoulos possesses, but maybe speaks to the fact that other G.M.’s better see the risks inherent in such deals. Or, perhaps, that they don’t need to operate the way that Anthopoulos does.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 26 comment(s)
“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”
Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few ...
I haven’t watched him pitch. How is Bassitt getting out lefties?
On the other hand, Nathaniel Stoltz was touting Bassitt as a sleeper prospect at FanGraphs toward the end of 2013. Stoltz noted Bassitt’s deception and velocity as strengths. Deception and velocity seem like good things for a pitcher to possess. Movement? Yup. He had that, too.
So far, so good. What about potential trouble spots? Here’s Stoltz again:
Sinker-slider pitchers tend to struggle with opposite-handed batters, ...
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
Syndergaard has looked great and may give the Mets back-to-back Rookies of the Year.
Eury Perez looks like he’ll fit right in with the participants at this weekend’s softball game.
He thought he had it. He knew he had it. Except he didn’t have it.
Tacoma Times, August 5, 1915:
One thing needed to put new interest in baseball is a new discovery, something like the spitball which gave fans new heroes to worshipp [sic] and something new to talk about.
The one hurler with something new, a fooler that may get into the same class with the spitball and put a new “kick” on the game, is Gene Dale of the Cincinnati Reds. He broke in this season with a slow curve, the likes of which had never been seen on a big league diamond.
Dale’s curve ...
No one who saw Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last year is surprised at what’s he has become. Maybe the bigger surprise is how his teammates have come along with him. The Cubs won their sixth straight game, 5-0, over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as Arrieta was magnificent on the mound again.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
Under the terms of the pact, MLBAM will pay the NHL about $100 million per year for the rights to distribute the league’s out-of-market telecasts, including the NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Center Ice subscriptions services, in the U.S. and certain international markets. The NHL will receive an equity stake in MLBAM of between 7% and 10%.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
Why does Collins want Wright batting second?
“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
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