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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wally, Wally, Wally. This talk won’t help you.
“There’s been a bad roadblock, and I know where it’s coming from,” Backman said in a phone interview with NorthJersey.com’s Bob Klapisch. “In the last phone call I had with Sandy he said, ‘I will do anything I can to help you.’ But he is not an honest man. People are telling me, ‘Sandy has it in for you. You’re being blackballed.’
“I’ve talked to several teams, and every one of them has said, ‘You’re overqualified.’ How can you be ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
“Is he the best option?” does not sound like an ringing endorsement.
Cleveland’s financial resources appear to be tapped out for major additions, but the team could still use help for the outfield. Maybe that will lend itself to this bold prediction: Top prospect Bradley Zimmer will make the Opening Day roster.
“There may be an opportunity for Bradley at some point,” Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, said last week. “The question is, ‘Is he the best option for us, ...
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
No dollar figures.
The 30-year-old infielder has come to terms on a deal with Oakland, pending a physical, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
“I also have expectations about myself because of the trade,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “This team gave up a lot to get me. I feel very humbled for this opportunity. I expect to be a big part of this team in the future and to help this team to win so many games and to win a World Series. That’s my goal and that’s the mindset that every one of us have to have.”
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Royals have traded two of their would-be free agents, shipping closer Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler during the Winter Meetings last month then dealing outfielder Jarrod Dyson to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Nate Karns last Friday.
Soler and Karns are not sure things, but both have a certain amount of upside.
Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 22 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 255 pounds, Aaron Judge probably has a tough time fitting into most crowds. This spring, however, the 24-year-old outfielder is hoping to do just that in what could be a crowded Yankees outfield.
This is the first in a six-part series using FanGraphs’ Steamer600 projections to look at how hopeful rookies and other prospects would fare if given full Major League seasons in 2017. Steamer600 derives the numerical portion of its name from the allotment of 600 plate ...
Posted: January 10, 2017 at 09:47 PM | 1 comment(s)
The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.
For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises ...
ZiPS didn’t have a good year. ZiPS was the least accurate of the three systems in each of the five categories, and never by a particularly small margin. You don’t want to conclude too much based on a single season of results, but ZiPS didn’t perform very well in last year’s review, either. (I should also note that this is Steamer’s second straight year of leading the pack in convincing fashion.)
Marcel does its job. Marcel wasn’t great, but it was almost always in the neighborhood ...
Posted: January 10, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 7 comment(s)
Topeka State Journal, January 10, 1917:
Joe Wood’s claim that he is a free agent, under the operation of the reserve clause in his contract, since he signed no contract last year, may furnish an interesting test of the theory advanced by the lawyers of organized ball in the famous suit before Judge Landis. The Boston club claims Wood under reserve and says he will be sent a contract, whereupon Wood, if reports are correct, will repudiate it and demand his unconditional release.
The Sox sold ...Read More...
MLB is an increasingly dominant hegemon on the American and the global baseball scene. That hegemony affects almost every pitch that is thrown in the United States, from youth baseball all the way up to the World Series. It is a product of a confluence of events largely outside the realm of baseball, including such developments as the civil rights movement and population shifts following World War II. MLB’s domination of the sport was not inevitable, but that is what has happened over the ...Read More...
Monday, January 09, 2017
No, no, no, I was waving to someone in the stands.
There was no relief for a manager in the Dominican winter baseball league who signaled for a relief pitcher when nobody was warming up.
Manager Pat Kelly, whose animated arguments with umpires have made for popular YouTube videos, was fired by Licey on Friday, a day after his gaffe in a game against big rival Aguilas.
Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
Minor League Baseball announced today that Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, one of its subsidiaries, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU).
Posted: January 09, 2017 at 09:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
Really makes you think.
Ruth began his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, where he was arguably one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. The retired, dead baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “Babe Ruth is good at pitching.” This is correct. Babe Ruth was an extraordinary pitcher. At a time when most pitchers were throwing their pitches in the wrong direction, such as over the outfield wall or directly at their own head, Babe Ruth became known for throwing his pitches in ...
Brown was the Rangers’ pitching coach for managers Pat Corrales, Don Zimmer and Darrell Johnson from 1979-82. He also coached for the White Sox (1992-95) and Rays (2002).
Ahmed found the minor leaguers he was studying were slightly less effective on the the road after traveling, and in returning home, because they were less likely to be at full recovery.
“There was a direct correlation between the higher your recovery and the faster your exit [batted ball] velocity. We found the same correlation with pitchers and fastballs,” Ahmed said. “I didn’t know for sure we were going to see such strong correlations with travel, recovery and performance. Those ...
MLB.com: How did you come across Rodriguez?
Johnson: We were going down to the Latin countries. Melvin Nieves was the hot prospect in Puerto Rico, so we were going to work him out and then to go the Virgin Islands to see Midre Cummings, who was another hot item. Our Latin scout, Luis Rosa, had 11 or 13 guys at the workout in Puerto Rico. After awhile, I’m in the dugout, talking with Nieves, and [scout] Doug Gassaway comes running in from the outfield, yelling, ‘That little guy just threw 93 ...
Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Daily Missoulian, January 9, 1917:
Harry Sinclair, Oklahoma oil magnate, who was prominent in the Federal league in its last days, is the clubless owner, and Tom Seaton, the pitcher, is his property.
When the Federal league ceased its existence Sinclair was in possession of several star players. He sold them here and he disposed of them there, and when the time came to close his books Seaton was the only man left. One of the reasons that he couldn’t sell Tom, who had been a star with the ...
Sunday, January 08, 2017
The Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus in Japan announced on Monday that the club signed former major leaguer Manny Ramirez. The SILP is independent baseball and not associated with Nippon Professional Baseball.
Ramirez, 44, hasn’t played in the majors since 2011 and hasn’t played professional baseball since 2014. In 2014, Ramirez served as a player-coach for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa. The next year, he served as a batting consultant for the major league club and Iowa.
Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez is nearing a Minor League deal with the Dodgers, sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Sunday.
The club has not confirmed the report.
Per Sanchez, Fernandez’s signing bonus is worth around $200,000.
Cyclical trends may obscure the connection at times, but you can’t permanently disentangle sport from politics:
“Sport in 2017 will continue to be a resurgent and resounding platform for athlete-led social activism,” says Dan Lebowitz, executive director of Northeastern’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. “If history repeats itself, 2017 will be this generation’s 1967, a year in which prominent athletes held a social justice summit to call out ...
Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?
“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”
Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
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