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Sunday, March 08, 2015
Read Kiley McDaniel’s great analysis of the Hector Olivera situation. After reading it, I wouldn’t want to be the team to take the risk unless it was for very short money.
Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.
According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.
Posted: March 08, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Much of what Matt Silverman has done since taking over as head of Rays baseball operations is similar to what Andrew Friedman did before him.
But one thing he has done differently — and interestingly — is soliciting opinions from a small group of key players before making decisions on hiring manager Kevin Cash and other moves and changes.
Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
David Lauria’s latest.
Posted: March 08, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 3 comment(s)
Saturday, March 07, 2015
A rival executive posed an interesting question Saturday morning upon hearing the news that Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish likely will require Tommy John surgery:
Has any team in recent memory crumbled as quickly — and as surprisingly — as Texas?
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 04:14 PM | 45 comment(s)
The man who brought the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII and fled to Michigan after last season amid a falling out with his bosses is in camp with the Oakland A’s today.
In a green and gold uniform. Wearing stirrups – “That’s old school,” he said. With a No. 4 jersey. And planning to coach first base for a couple of innings when the A’s host the Angels at Hohokam Stadium.
[ Astros owner Roy ]Hofheinz told reporters that if the Astrodome had turned out to look “like a tobacco-spitting venture,” it would have failed; he said that no one who saw his stadium could ever again dismiss Houston as merely “Indian Territory.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called the park “a glorious victory” for “all of Texas.”
With its Jetsons-like design, the Astrodome was a gargantuan symbol of the glittering possibilities of American technology, crowned by the biggest ...
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 10 comment(s)
Whatever? “Hey, A-Rod, would you mind retiring?”
“Whatever Joe wants me to do I’ll do,’’ Rodriguez told The Post before the game. “Whatever’s best for the team. I’m just happy to be playing baseball. I’m fortunate to be playing the game I love so much. I feel like a rookie again.’’
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
“You know, I say the things I say because I have confidence in my team,” Harper said. “I have confidence in their ability to go out there and play every single night. And some people don’t have confidence in us, so we’ve got to have all the confidence in the world. We’ve got to have that chip on our shoulder going out there, because people want to see us fail. Other teams want to see us fail. And that’s just baseball. That’s just how it is.
“And I want to go out there, I want ...
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 109 comment(s)
The Chicago Cubs will pay for services for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks after the funeral home that handled the arrangements jumped into the legal battle over the estate of the Hall of Famer with a claim for more than $35,000 it says it has not been paid.
The funeral home that handled services for Cubs Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks says they’re owed $35,000 that hasn’t been paid.
The claim by Donnellan Family Funeral Services was filed Wednesday. It comes amid a legal challenge by Banks’ widow, ...
Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
This Rule 5 guy could stick.
It’s about time to reserve a field again in Central Park but, do to some family issues I’m dealing with, I won’t be able to organize this year. Time for a fellow New Yorker to step up! Hopefully we can use this thread to discuss.
What’s up with his elbow, though?
Friday, March 06, 2015
It’s March and that can only mean one thing for baseball fans - a scouting report on the eye-popping cars that players take to spring training. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has a golden truck. Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon drives a chrome car. And Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris opts for a 1978 Volkswagon van ... that he lives in.
As they say: Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a Dennis Lamp post…or something.
Paul Erdős was one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century (famous enough to originate Erdős Numbers), along with being one of its most eccentric. He loved beautiful, simple proofs and talked about God having a book of proofs with all of the best and most direct proofs.
I left math nine years ago, so I probably wouldn’t understand any proofs in THE BOOK, but I would love to see God’s Baseball ...
Posted: March 06, 2015 at 02:15 PM | 20 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, March 6, 1915:
One of the Cub rookies spiked himself in the knee. It was not exactly his fault, however, as he slipped on the soggy field and in some manner managed to get his spikes entangled in his left knee. He will be out of the game for several days.
You’ve gotta be ridiculously flexible to spike yourself in the knee. I don’t even think I could do that in QWOP.
Elsewhere in the Pittsburgh Press 100 years ago, mentions of two strange young pitchers (Carmen Hill and Lee ...Read More...
Mechanics? What did he change?
And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.
“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. ...
Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
As he piled up hits during spring training in 2013, there was a heated debate about whether the Red Sox should put Jackie Bradley Jr. on the roster for Opening Day or wait until later in the season to delay his becoming eligible for free agency.
The assumption was that Bradley would be so good that the Red Sox should do everything possible to hold onto him.
“It’s funny how things change,” Bradley said Friday.
Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
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