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Friday, February 07, 2014
In an odd twist, Alex Rodriguez and his legal team have voluntarily dismissed their lawsuits against Major League Baseball and the player’s union. [...] A-Rod’s camp filed the lawsuit against MLB and MLBPA seeking an injuction that could potentially overturn his record 162-game suspension. The “witch hunt” lawsuit was filed last year and is a separate matter and would not affect the suspension.
Rodriguez can still refile his suit and continue seeking an injunction, or he could simply stop the ...
Well, number 3 is the atomic number for lithium.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN radio Friday that newly-acquired Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has potential to a No. 3 starter.
Tanaka, 25, recently signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the team, which is the fifth-largest contract ever for a major-league pitcher and the biggest for an international player. He can opt out after four years.
But Cashman downplayed Tanaka’s potential impact.
“We view him ...
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM | 16 comment(s)
We the undersigned humbly, and with all due respect, ask the MLB Network to air the June 12, 1970 game between the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates. On that day the Pirates’ pitcher Dock Phillip Ellis threw what was at the time the 3rd no-hitter in Pirates history and it was a seminal moment in baseball history. The fans would like to relive this moment and want to see it rerun on the MLB Network.
Oh, I love her soooo, my Alice D!
Only dust and
a no plaque
That reads, “Here Lies Poor Old Jack”
The history of Tiger pitching is so multifaceted that you see a different name atop almost every career leaderboard, depending on the stat. Today, though, most analysts would agree that two new metrics are by far the most meaningful for pitchers: ERA+ and WAR (Wins Above Replacement).
ERA+ adjusts for the disparities among different baseball milieus over time by calculating how a pitcher’s earned run average compares to his ...
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 43 comment(s)
Washington Herald, February 7, 1914:
Manager Joe Birmingham, Pitcher Steen, and Trainer Hitt, of the Cleveland team, [yesterday] saved the live [sic] of a woman…when her husband attempted to kill her. The three ball players board with Mrs. Leonard Keiffer near the ball park. Mrs. Keiffer is separated from her husband. The little family were at dinner. It was a merry party. Joe was telling how good the Naps were when in rushed Keiffer, a 200-pound giant, pistol in hand. Mrs. Keiffer promptly ...
4. Cleveland Indians, design your own T-shirt, Sept. 6 against the White Sox. Seventeen fireworks nights? Thirteen dollar-hot-dog nights? A Larry Doby jersey and a Jim Thome statue? All exciting, but my personal favorite item is one that hasn’t been created yet. On Sept. 6, fans will receive a T-shirt. It will contain a logo designed by a fan. As it currently stands, the entries are being culled down to finalists, which I’m going to assume will be voted on by the fans.
I love the idea of ...
Posted: February 07, 2014 at 05:16 AM | 20 comment(s)
Thursday, February 06, 2014
The Marlins….is that still a thing?
The Marlins and veteran reliever Carlos Marmol have come to terms on a contract for 2014, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. According to Heyman’s sources, the deal is a major-league contract.
Marmol, 31, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 4.41 ERA, 87 ERA+ and 1.48 K/BB ratio in 49 innings for the Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, Marmol owns a 125 ERA+ across parts of eight major-league seasons. Marmol is still capable of effectiveness ...
Rodney can’t get no respect!
The Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign free agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year, $14 million deal, Jon Heyman has confirmed. The was first reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland.
Rodney, 36, was unbelievable for the Rays in 2012 when he closed 48 games in 50 chances with a 0.60 ERA (641 OPS+!). He took a step backward last season, though, when he went 37 for 45 in save chances with a 3.38 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings. He was excellent ...
Kiner always credited Hank Greenberg, the equally renowned home run hitter who hit 58 for the Detroit Tigers in 1938, as having most influenced his career. Greenberg was acquired by the Pirates in 1947 specifically to tutor Kiner, but besides working with him on his hitting, Greenberg also cautioned Kiner about his partying ways while ingraining in him the value of hard work. In becoming the most prolific power hitter in baseball, Kiner was credited with having coined the phrase “home run ...
McCann: “a volcano in his belly” with home plate tectonics.
As Howie McCann tells it, Hal Steinbrenner was sold on acquiring his new catcher the day Gene Michael stood up at an organizational meeting in the fall and paid Brian McCann the ultimate Yankee compliment.
“Mr. Steinbrenner told me the story the day we were in New York for the press conference,” Howie McCann, Brian’s father, was saying on Wednesday. “He said everyone there agreed they needed a catcher, and then Gene Michael ...
Posted: February 06, 2014 at 01:18 PM | 94 comment(s)
The list of teams with serious designs on signing free-agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo is down to three, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. According to Nightengale, the Dodgers, Orioles and Diamondbacks are the three finalists, with Arizona being, in Nightengale’s words, the “slight favorites.”
Arroyo, age 36, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 3.79 ERA, 101 ERA+ and 3.65 K/BB ratio in 202 innings of work. For his career, Arroyo has an ERA+ of 104 across 391 games, 355 ...
Posted: February 06, 2014 at 10:29 AM | 28 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, February 6, 1914:
Cyril Slapnicka is going to show the public that it is just as easy to balance chairs, lamps, and tables with his good twirling arm as it is to strike out Minneapolis batters. Slap is going to do a vaudeville turn at a theater next week and says he is going to open the eyes of baseball fans with his versatility. Slap is successful as a pitcher, a saloonist and a vaudeville actor. One of the local fight clubs will sign him up pretty soon.
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In an alternate universe, one that is free of performance-enhancing drugs and Congressional testimony, it’s easy to imagine Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez sharing a stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., on a July day in 2015, the former welcoming the latter into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Instead we must settle for a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park.
Unlike a vast majority of the more than 500 writers who cast Hall of Fame ballots every year, the 16 voters who elect new members to the Red ...
Posted: February 06, 2014 at 05:40 AM | 42 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Get well soon.
ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he has cancer.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”
In December, ESPN announced that Schilling would be part of its “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team for the upcoming season. It also ...
My name is Globe Life Park, and you are…
The Texas Rangers have agreed to a 10-year deal with a McKinney-based insurance company to rename the team’s stadium Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers officials declined to say how much the sponsorship is worth. Joe Januszewski, a team executive who led the sponsorship search, said it’s comparable to any top tier naming rights contract in baseball.
The team expects to have all signs in the park changed in time for the Rangers’ March 31 ...
Posted: February 05, 2014 at 02:43 PM | 81 comment(s)
Jonah Keri’s “Big-ass feature on the Orioles, the Nationals, the TV deal that’s bringing the 2 teams to blows…”
In 2013, the O’s spent just a few million more on payroll than the Milwaukee Brewers, who play in the league’s smallest geographic market, and just $10 million more than the Kansas City Royals, who ranked second to last in total revenue last year. It’s no great surprise that a franchise that ranked in the middle of the pack in payroll last season and 23rd as recently as five ...
Posted: February 05, 2014 at 01:52 PM | 26 comment(s)
Gumbs up the works. Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand have a look.
Since Manny Banuelos was promoted to Triple-A ball before the 2011 season, he is 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA. His walks-per-nine innings ratio has soared and his strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio has dropped.
Plus, he is coming off Tommy John surgery and has not thrown a pitch in a professional ballgame in more than 18 months.
In spite of it all, the soon-to-be 23-year-old remains the only top prospect in the Yankees’ farm system ...
Posted: February 05, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 86 comment(s)
The William Edward White story…
Until she was contacted last month, White’s only grandchild, Lois De Angelis, said her family had been unaware of White’s role in baseball history, and of his racial background. De Angelis, who is 74 years old and lives in Grayslake, Ill., said she knew that her grandfather worked as an artist and had been published in the Saturday Evening Post or another magazine, and that he was separated from her grandmother, who worked as a secretary for Sears. Beyond ...
Posted: February 05, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 740 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, February 5, 1914:
Charley Faust is out again. The champion jinx-killer of the Giants of 1911 showed up [in New York] on Wednesday. He told Secretary Foster the Federals had been after him, but he wouldn’t take advantage of McGraw and jump. Faust has given up the idea of being a star pitcher and now says he is the greatest catcher that ever wore a mask.
It was Faust’s final Spring in baseball. He was institutionalized by July 1914, spent most of the next year in mental hospitals, ...Read More...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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hopefully this isn’t jumping the gun too much, but i just can’t hold the snark in any longer. behold the glory of russian (the country, not the user here with the same screenname) bathrooms:
The deal with Freeman could be for as much as $125 million, Fox Sports reported Tuesday. Financial terms were not released.
Freddie will not be a Free man for at least 8 more years.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:48 PM | 20 comment(s)
As Professor Lavoof said: “There has to be a world off the books”.
So baseball people have thought large salaries are a threat for more than 130 years. Despite this sentiment, Major League Baseball – unlike the NBA, NFL, and NHL – does not have a salary cap. Consequently, baseball – relative to these other sports – has substantially more disparity in payroll. In sum, there does appear to be a difference in baseball between the “haves” and “have-nots.”
At least, that is ...
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 9 comment(s)
First and foremost: first base. Where Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are set to battle it out. It sounds like it’ll be a good battle.
Collins says it’s “wide open” and makes it clear that there won’t be a lot of hemming and hawing. Davis is going to get 90 at bats — way more than a veteran usually has in the spring — and it seems obvious that if he doesn’t produce he’s basically done as a Met.
That’s tough on Davis and Duda I suppose, but it may be good for Mets fans.
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Posted: February 04, 2014 at 07:30 PM | 33 comment(s)
Countdown to ridiculous “Gil Hodges belongs in the Wall of Fame!” movement begins…
Charlie Manuel already owns the Philadelphia Phillies’ record for wins by a manager with 780, but since records are made to be broken, the franchise will immortalize the legendary skipper another way.
The team announced on Tuesday that Manuel will join the ranks of the great Phillies of all time in a pre-game ceremony to be held on August 9, less than one year from the day he was relieved of his duties as ...
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 04:25 PM | 12 comment(s)
The Heyward deal.
Braves buy out last two years of Heyward’s arbitration at 13 mil or so, then drop a reported 8 year/125 mil buyout extension for Freeman. This carries Heyward through 2016 and should extend Freeman well past the Turner Field era.
No word on the young starting pitchers. They will absolutely go to arb with Kimbrel.
Rickey! is not the Yellow King
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 44 comment(s)
One of those annual comparisons of stadium prices and experiences that crops up in the sleepiest season for baseball news.
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are three of the most iconic teams in baseball, but given their inflated ticket prices, it’s hard to call any of them a bargain.
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, February 4, 1914:
Leonard L. (King) Cole, who recently jumped organized baseball and signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Federal league club, has jumped back to the New York Americans. Cole signed a one year contract with the Yankees yesterday for $3,300, the figures named by Cole to President Farrell on Dec. 23, which Farrell duly accepted.
The salary is the same as that stipulated in the Chicago Federal league contract, which Cole signed in Chicago on Dec. 30. The ...
Woolner, Andrecheck, please.
Woolner’s claim to fame before joining the Indians was developing the runs-based statistic VORP (an acronym that stands for Value Over Replacement Player), which is widely recognized by the sabermetrics community as a key component in the analysis of a baseball player’s performance and market value. Woolner’s VORP is a cousin to the current en vogue sabermetric term WAR (Wins Above Replacement).
“They’ve extended VORP in some ways,” Woolner said. ...
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 07:19 AM | 6 comment(s)
Yasiel Puig could be the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter this year, manager Don Mattingly indicated this weekend.
Mattingly said by switching Puig and last year’s leadoff hitter, lefty-swinging Carl Crawford, in the order, it would provide better righty-lefty balance, with right-handed hitter Hanley Ramirez batting third and left-handed hitter Adrian Gonzalez batting fourth.
But it also would be a nod to the reality that the 23-year-old Puig is more dynamic offensively than the 32-year-old Crawford, ...
Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
Monday, February 03, 2014
Send it in, Jerome!
The contract! Before they realize its a MLB guaranteed contract!
The Astros will be the fifth team and eighth organization Williams has pitched for in what will be his 11th season as an MLB pitcher. Last season with the Angels, Williams finished 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA and a 4.60 FIP. Williams posted a 0.3 WAR and has never posted a WAR over one since his rookie season in 2003.
When investigating Williams’ track record, it’s not too surprising that general manager Jeff ...
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