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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Votto responds to Latos’ comments.
“The thing that upsets me the most is the people that are talking about leadership and talking about our clubhouse are not in our clubhouse,” Votto said. “They’re not consistently here to make any sort of comment on the clubhouse. These are guys that very rarely show their face in the clubhouse, are never on the bus, not in the hotel, certainly not on the field, and these guys are constantly commenting on the importance of leadership with no sort of experience ...
Posted: February 25, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
“I have a pretty good relationship with [A’s GM] Billy Beane,” Anthopoulos said. “We’ve done a bunch of small deals. The one thing about Billy, he’s always open-minded and you can never offend him; you can ask about anybody at any time to make a deal.
“[Donaldson] is somebody we asked about right at the end of the season. We were adamantly told, ‘He’s not going to be moved.’ Then we asked about him a little later. [Beane] was still adamant that [Donaldson] was not going to be moved. Then I ...
Posted: February 25, 2015 at 05:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Not Carlos Correa, South Korea.
Putting a blanket statement on the level of talent in the KBO is an unwinnable situation. Both Nitkowski and Sadowski said that while there are guys there who could not crack a Double-A roster in the U.S., there are players, such as Ryu, who clearly have the talent to be difference makers in the majors.
“I don’t know that there’s a Triple-A team that could roll in and necessarily beat the Doosan Bears,” Nitkowski said. “Even to say that it’s ...
Chewing tobacco is plentiful all over the league, with many players carrying a canister in their back pocket or dipping into a bag in the dugout. Having to stop that for California games? That would take some getting used to. Here’s the explanation of the bill, via Reuters:
The bill targets baseball’s ubiquitous habit less than a year after retired San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn died of cancer of the salivary glands, believed related to chewing tobacco or “dipping” it by lodging it ...
Major League Baseball began briefing its 30 teams this week on its new pace-of-game rules, and clubs are learning that the ramifications will have an impact in a variety of areas, including midinning pitching changes and new ways for managers to signal for replay reviews.
The timers in ballparks that are used to count down between-inning commercial breaks will also be used during pitching changes in the same way.
When players violate one of the new rules ... they are subject to fines up to ...
But Brian Sabean, talking to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, says it’s a factor:
In one of Sabean’s more interesting comments, he offered a bit more insight into why he does not pursue more of the high-ticket free agents.
“To entice a free agent to come to San Francisco, we’re almost in an overpay situation, so why get involved in all those battles where you’re not going to be able to go up the totem pole money-wise?” Sabean said.
When asked to ...
Still, through his Minor League career that stretched across six seasons and four Major League Baseball franchises, Burch kept to that mantra: No one asked, no need to tell. During a game for the BaySox in 2008, a rare opportunity presented itself. Sitting in the bullpen, one of his teammates, a pitcher from Latin America, asked him if he had a girlfriend with whom to spend their upcoming break. The door opened and Burch strode right through it.
“I’m not interested in girls. I’m gay. And I ...
At this point, A-Rod has apologized. At this point, no matter whether the apologies are heart-felt or not, I see no point in him continuing to talk about his past.
The Yankees, who had expected him to show up on Wednesday, had no issues with A-Rod arriving on Monday, but team officials were fuming that he hadn’t alerted them to his plans.
“He’s learned nothing,” said one baseball executive. “He’s the same old guy. He just did what he wanted to do.”
The Yankees front-office is not ...Read More...
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 34 comment(s)
Eight-man bullpens make very little sense. That only leaves twelve players on offense. (Yes, I have great math skills.) With one backup catcher, a team is left with one backup infielder and one outfielder. With thinking like this, no wonder offense is down.
That extra arm at the start of the season could help starters from getting their pitch count up too high early and work toward keeping them fresh all season. In order for that plan to manifest, either Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez would ...
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
Harper spent a lot of his offseason working out after the Nationals were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he isn’t reporting to spring training “as big as a house,” as he vowed to do after the 2013 season. Harper, who was listed at 225 pounds last season, says he arrives in Viera with about 7 percent body fat and as light as he’s been since he weighed 205 pounds in college.
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
Something needs to be done to fix this issue.
This new task will give Bryant something else to work on at Triple-A to start the season. He most likely will spend at least 21 days in Iowa to confirm another year of service-time control for the Cubs. This is done by most all clubs with young stars who have agents looking forward to six-year free agent status.
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 49 comment(s)
It seems like they intend to give him a chance to make the big-league roster.
“We believe we’ve brought in a player who’s going to be an everyday player,” manager Clint Hurdle said Monday. “When that happens, we don’t know. We want to prepare him for a starting role, see how the season plays out, see where he can fit and what he can add. Everybody’s vision down the road is for this man to post up and become a regular player in the Pirates’ lineup.”
Kang played shortstop in South Korea ...
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
jung ho kang
“In some ways we’ve found … to entice a free agent to come to San Francisco, we’re almost in an overpay situation,” Sabean said. “...So why get involved with those kinds of (players) when you won’t be able to tow the load money wise?”
“We’re not a team that’s going to overspend. We’re not going to bump the luxury tax. Having said that, we’re very much on a cash flow basis. We’re budgeted into the future. And if you look at our future commitments, they’re quite ...
Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 11 comment(s)
Baseball is more popular than ever. Let’s have less of it.
In his first days as Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred has been open to considering making changes to help make the sport more marketable.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said he’d be willing to consider a shorter, 154-game season if there was enough interest for it.
Proving that nothing is off the table, Manfred said Monday that he would entertain shortening the regular season if there was interest in doing so.
“I don’t think ...
Red Sox third baseman Larry Gardner, quoted in the Toledo News-Bee, February 24, 1915:
The funniest thing I ever saw on a baseball field was a pitcher sliding clear past third base and spiking a coacher, and at the same time preventing his team from making what might have been considered a serious error.
[After a fly out to center, while the runner on second was heading for third base, Browns pitcher Bill] Bailey came tearing across to back up the third baseman. Just as he reached the base ...
Who would think I’d be using the word “innovation” to describe the Marlins.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Current proposals would see MLB.com and baseball ticketing — both currently under the MLBAM umbrella — stay with Major League Baseball, while the entire streaming business would be split off. It’s big now, but only getting bigger, based on what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told the Journal.
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 16 comment(s)
As noted in these august pages, Yankees stick of SEO dynamite Alex Rodriguez on Monday reported to camp three days early. A-Rod, of course, sat out the entire 2014 season while serving a suspension related to the Biogenesis scandal and the dark arts thereof.
Anyhow, as you might expect action-news photographers were air-lifted to the scene once word got out that A-Rod was at spring training. Let’s have a look at their outputs, shall we? Come for the search terms, stay for the banality—banality ...Read More...
On Twitter Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com says
Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range.
UPDATE: Link updated to MLB.com article.
Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1915:
“If baseball players did not load around and drink so much booze during the off-season, there wouldn’t be any necessity for so much training in the spring. This was “Billy” Sunday’s opening clout when asked what he thought of training camps for the major league clubs.
“Of course, I don’t mean to say that training camps are not necessary. They are even more so today than they were when I was in the game, although there isn’t nearly as much boozing among the ...
And this is coming from a guy whose name contains over two dozen sabermetric acronyms.
The topic Sunday morning was whether Sox pitching coach Don Cooper’s methods were old school in this day and age of Sabermetrics.
“Sabermetrics, nyeh. Sounds like a lot of hot air,’’ Samardzija said, smiling. “I think there are definitely positive aspects to it. I think there is some information you can take from it that’s important. But ultimately from a player’s point of view, you want a ...
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 24 comment(s)
Where’s the manager and coaching staff?
After Bronson, the same exact thing. We had starters in there roping our (clubhouse attendants), like, cattle-roping our clubbies. Guys on their computers, buying stuff, hanging out in the clubhouse. We had a guy with a year-and-a-half in the big leagues wandering around the clubhouse, hanging out. We had a closer in there sleeping until the seventh inning. We lose that veteran leadership, that’s what happens. You can’t have that ... it turns into a ...
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 47 comment(s)
This is silly.
Veteran lefthander Randy Choate and Matheny have discussed Choate’s occasional unhappiness last year that he wasn’t used as much for lefthander-on-lefthander specialty purposes, which basically why Choate was given a three-year contract before the 2013 season. He pitched more complete innings than he thought he would but some of them were in blowout games.
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
No real update in this report. I still can’t see a team going over $30 million. As Heyman notes, Sandoval got $95 million. On top of that fact, this is just bonus money. Moncada will still need to be paid.
He is probably worth such a lofty price, anyway, but the other big factor is that the signing team will have to pay a 100 percent tax, or something very close to that. So $50 million would really mean $100 million. That would be an extraordinary fee for a teenager considering established big ...
Is Snydergaard really going to get a lot of MLB time this year?
1. Noah Syndergaard, Mets (No. 10 overall prospect)
Projected ERA: 3.57
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
If he hits this spring, he’ll be playing somewhere.
“I’m pretty confident that the best players are going to play. That’s the way it’s going to be, and I’m going to go out there and do the best that I can. ... I have something to prove every spring training, but I feel like this spring training is extra important for me to go out and prove myself and just get ready for a really good season, which I’m looking forward to.”
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
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