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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The Padres have a new intern.
For many players, leaving the game begs the huge question of what to do next, but for former big league reliever Takashi Saito, that period was remarkably brief.
A month after throwing his last pitch for his hometown Rakuten Eagles, the former National League all-star announced he would be joining the San Diego Padres as a front office intern, a job that took him to Nashville, Tennessee, this month for the baseball winter meetings.
At the time of the announcement, ...
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Washington has found its utility middle infielder, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract late Tuesday night with Stephen Drew. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, who adds that Drew can earn another $1.25 million in performance-based incentives as part of the one-year deal.
Drew has batted just .185/.257/.347 in 728 plate appearances over the last two seasons, but he did manage to slug 17 home runs in 131 games (115 starts) with the Yankees in 2015.
[bq]The object of considerable attention among the authors of this site, it’s probably not inaccurate to suggest that infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts is riddled with virtue. Or perhaps, afflicted by virtue. In either case, what he’s done is to parlay wide-ranging competence into a star-level profile. He’s projected to produce nearly a 20-20 season while also recording a strikeout rate of about 12%. He certainly doesn’t possess the skill set typical of a right fielder, but he’s ...Read More...
I thought the Nationals already had a stadium?
All this has to make any American baseball fan think: What if our national pastime finally got a national venue?
What if a stadium was constructed somewhere in the United States to serve as the official center of baseball in America? How would it work? Where would it be built? Would it make the game even more popular than it already is? Would it create even more indelible history and hallowed ground in a game that’s been built on time-honored ...
Minor League pay is not just an ownership problem. It’s also a player problem. The players should be pushing to increase the owners to increase the Minor League players’ share of MLB revenue. Doubling or tripling their pay would be a small piece of the overall pie.
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 45 comment(s)
It just so happens I enjoy watching a single team!
Specifically, in a recent court-filing in the Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball lawsuit – in which the plaintiffs are challenging various MLB broadcasting practices under federal antitrust law – MLB’s lawyers have indicated that changes are in store for MLB.TV in the coming year. As the league’s attorneys explain on Page 9 of the document available here:
“beginning next season MLB will make single-team, out-of-market ...
I prefer Seager as well.
“Seager is more prepared to impact the Major Leagues in the next calendar year, but Buxton will be the more impactful player in the years that follow,” a second executive said.
It’s true that Buxton’s performance hasn’t quite measured up to his potential as of yet, with injuries playing a large part in hampering his development. Seager, on the other hand, has been durable and has flat-out performed, particularly in a 2015 season that saw him not only make it to the big ...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
I watched a few of the games which Jessica Mendoza broadcasted. I get that it’s great to have a woman in the booth. I don’t particularly get why it’s great to have Jessica Mendoza in the booth. Although stealing time away from John Kruk, Dan Shulman, and Curt Schilling improves the broadcast, I don’t remember her saying anything particularly insightful. I’d much rather have ESPN get rid of all three of them, cut the broadcast team down to two people and make sure those two people understand ...Read More...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
women in baseball
New York Evening World, December 29, 1915:
The genial ex-President [William Howard Taft]...went on record as very much against the use of slang on the diamond. He says that all slang expressions should be suppressed.
Mr. Taft said he had attended the baseball game between Yale and Harvard last commencement, during which the slangy phrases used by the players to embarrass each other were anything but edifying.
“To hear the undergraduates on exhibition before 10,000 people calling out to ...
They didn’t give up much. They can try and sign Chapman. If they can’t they will get a compensation pick. A nice deal for the Yankees.
Oh, the Yankees hated losing right-hander Rookie Davis, whom some scouts view as a potential a No. 3 starter. Former first-round pick Eric Jagielo, though, had no chance of passing first-base prospect Greg Bird, particularly when he has struggled to stay healthy. The other two players whom the Yankees sent to the Reds—second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander ...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
Monday, December 28, 2015
In addition to Bonds, Clemens, Piazza and Bagwell, I voted for Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling. I did not vote for Mark McGwire, a confirmed user, and Sammy Sosa, an alleged one. But every year I reconsider. This is McGwire’s 10th and final chance on the ballot. Maybe I will vote for Sosa in the future, maybe not.
Posted: December 28, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 73 comment(s)
hall of fame
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 28, 1915:
This is how Bennie Kauff, the young Ty Cobb of the Federal League, regards his ability as a ball player and his prospects in organized baseball:
“I’ll show those birds something when I get itno the league. If Larry Doyle and those fellows can bat around .330 I’m good for .375…When I play on the Polo Grounds that right field will be a cinch. I’ll knock them in right handed.
“Those National league catchers stop me! Say, if I don’t steal forty bases next ...
These kids, Kevin Pillar and Kyle Schwarber, I would instead put in the Union Army. Granted, Schwarber’s look suggests “Union soldier” less than “often drunk frat boy.” However, his round, well-fed face fits the better-supplied Northern ranks, and that tuft carries a hint of Pennsylvania Dutch farmer with it. JDavis1He needs to be careful, though. Grow it out too low, and he’ll end up resembling Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Luckily the Yankees have some big contracts coming off the books.
By the way, that restricted budget almost certainly will leave the Yankees with the majors’ second-largest payroll. That is their strange place — being called cheap while having a huge payroll and trying to win and rebuild at the same time.
Posted: December 28, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Stan Kasten is a very smart guy.
Some people seem stumped as to why a team with your revenue wouldn’t guarantee a sixth year for a pitcher that good. Can you explain?
Kasten: We evaluate stuff very carefully, from performance to contracts to physical conditions to the arc of performance over various ages. We value productivity levels in free-agent contracts. All things factored in, we could not get to a point we felt hamstrung down the road. Having said that, we went beyond what we felt was ...
Posted: December 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
RIP. Thank heavens he’ll be remembered for the home run in the Championship Series and not the one he hit in the World Series.
Henderson spent 14 seasons split between five organizations (Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants). He slugged 197 home runs in 1,538 career regular-season games and earned an All-Star selection with the A’s in 1991.
The man known as “Hendu” will be remembered as much for his infectious personality as his ...
Posted: December 27, 2015 at 01:18 PM | 48 comment(s)
Noah is happy to have Big Sexy back.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
A 16 year-old with these comparisons? O.K., you have my attention.
One veteran American League international scout called him young and raw, but a rare talent with signs of Willie Mays and Bo Jackson, due to his combination of speed and power.
Maybe the guy likes Cincy and doesn’t want to move his family.
TO TURN DOWN TWO trades is a selfish move. The team doesn’t want him. Yes, he is within his contractural rights. But does he want to win? He could have played next year in Washington for the same salary he will make from the Reds in 2016 and have a chance to win.
Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
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