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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus likened it to a slump.
“I think he had an off year; I don’t want to say he took a step back,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, it was a lack of concentration at times. I think a couple of balls hit his glove and bounced out. I’m not worried about him. I think he takes pride in his defense and he will return to form.
“Even good hitters have off years. Why couldn’t a good defender have an off year?”
Now remember, Martinez was a finalist for the ...
Richard Justice is a people person.
7. Mike Scioscia, Angels manager.
He’s a teach. In the end, it’s that simple. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, he opened Spring Training with a simple fine system. Players would get small fines for not taking an extra base and for not throwing to the right bag. In this way, he was letting the Angels know what he expected of them. That’s part of his brilliance. He begins Spring Training mornings with a team meeting that could pass for a stand-up ...
Posted: February 18, 2017 at 07:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, February 17, 2017
The yips are the worst boogeyman in sports, and although it’s not clear that Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart is dealing with that particular beast, but this sure doesn’t look good:....
Masslive reports that this is not a one-time incident, and that Swihart has been struggling with his throws back to the mound throughout the early days of spring training. Despite this, Swihart told Masslive that he is not worried about it:
“I feel fine. I’m not worried. You guys shouldn’t be worried ...
And he was all like, “brah, its totes time to call it quits.”
Then, in my first at bat, I get to the plate toting one of my fresh new sticks, and … first pitch, bro … I go deep. Like, deeeeep. A no-doubter. And the catcher — who still doesn’t know who I am — says, “Wow, man … that’s a really nice swing.”
I’m like, “Thanks, dude. I’ve been working on it.”
And I just laughed all the way back to the dugout.
It was the best.
And the reason I say that anybody who’s ...
In this case, I hope the best decision the Pirates made this off-season was the trade they didn’t make. There are not enough heart emoji’s in the world to adequately express my affection for this player.
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 01:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Daily Missoulian, February 17, 1917:
[D.F.] McGowan is a member of the legal staff of District No. 1 of the United States Forest Service. He has devised a new method of determining the “standing of the clubs” and will presently submit it to the consideration of the baseball magnates.
[An excerpt from the McGowan Plan:] The playing season is to be divided into periods corresponding to calendar months. During each of these periods the relative standing of the clubs is to be computed as at ...
The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.
“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not ...
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
The next really big thing.
In trade talks over the winter, Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, said Rosario’s name did not even come up much because rival teams had figured it out for themselves: Rosario was too good to be made part of any deal.
“He can be an outstanding player,” Alderson said in December.
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
“I don’t know if the word’s ‘hated,’” Maddon said Thursday at the Sloan Park complex. But making a sense of swagger or arrogance part of this team’s identity? That’s Cub.
“It’s all about that,” Maddon said. “Just go back in history. I’ve often talked about the Dodgers when I came up in the minor leagues (with the Angels). Their uniforms were whiter than everybody else’s. They thought they were better than everybody else. And then they went out and they won all the ...
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
“We have data on how effective the batters handle that low strike and that is something that has driven our thinking,” Manfred said. “I think it’s also important to remember the evolution on the strike zone. The strike zone was down to the hollow of the knee because we weren’t getting low strikes called. My good friend Mr. [Sandy] Alderson [then executive vice president of operations for MLB] came along and he improved dramatically the management of the umpires in two ways. We had a lot of ...
Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
rules of the game
Thursday, February 16, 2017
But there are two things to consider about the realities of Tommy John surgery.
One is that just about every terrific pitcher of the last decade did not go through Tommy John surgery. It’s striking: There are very, very few exceptions. The past 10 Cy Young Awards winners are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. Not one of them had Tommy John surgery. Then you throw ...
Dewees credits this climb, at least in part, to his work with the software, which he refers to as “neuro”. It was created by NeuroScouting, LLC, which was cofounded by Brian Miller and Wesley Clapp and is based in Cambridge, Mass. “NeuroScouting was started in 2007 with a mission focused on translating the latest brain research into real-world applications,” Miller and Clapp said.
To players like Dewees, it is a seemingly simple program that helps with pitch recognition and reflexes. ...
Greg Maddux disguised himself as a bearded, scraggly TV sound man for a Red Bull commercial and zipped a few pitches by the unsuspecting National League MVP while hurling some zingers at him, too.
“This sound guy has got a good curveball. What is this?” Bryant said after taking one of Maddux’s pitches. “He’s pretty good.”...
Maddux came on the mound when the practice pitcher suddenly got a call to “run study hall” on campus. “I seriously doubted you,” Bryant said. “I need to get one over the ...
El Paso Herald, February 16, 1917:
BALL PLAYERS TO BE SOLDIERS
American Leaguers Will Be Given Instruction in Handling a Gun This Spring
American league baseball parks during the playing season are to be turned into military training camps and the players are to devote one hour a day to instruction. The league has adopted a resolution which provides that the players shall shoulder rifles as well as baseball bats.
They’re looking at you, Dave Davenport.
I am not a gambler usually but looking over all the over/unders, I’m tempted to put some of my cash down on the Diamondbacks at 78.5 wins. The D’Backs had a lot go wrong last year. With the change of emphasis on catcher pitch framing, the improved health of Pollock, and the talent I see on their pitching staff, I expect to see much better numbers on the defensive side of things.
Posted: February 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
betting on baseball
“Paige was the best pitcher I ever saw,” Feller said.
“He’s a better pitcher’n I ever hope to be,” Dean said.
“Of course the stories about Satchel are legendary, and some of them are even true,” said Buck O’Neil, who teamed with Paige on the Kansas City Monarchs and was a lifelong friend. “For Satchel, making believers out of doubters was sweeter than winning any ballgame. It was as sweet as life itself.”
#6: Brewers Bet on KBO Translation
Acquire: Eric Thames
Cost: 3 years, $15 million
Thames is a fascinating test case in many ways. A busted prospect who went to Korea and became a superstar, his return to MLB can either be seen as confidence in his improvements — he got a three-year contract! — or skepticism about how well he’ll perform — he only got $5 million per year, which is now bench-player money — depending on which part of his contract you focus. In the end, though, I think ...
Posted: February 16, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
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