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Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
Larry Lucchino’s new project is trying to screw over the taxpayers in Rhode Island. His biggest cheerleader is House speaker, Nicholas A. Mattiello. Mattiello is trying to paint the opposition as extremists. Although some of them might be, all it takes is a little knowledge about how these deals work to oppose any deal which transfers taxpayer money into the pockets of owners, who are already making a ton of money.
“The extreme right and the extreme left are opposed to this,” Mattiello said ...
I guess there is a lot of crying in baseball.
In the aftermath, Royals veteran Edinson Volquez sneered at the behavior of All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson. After Volquez hit Donaldson in the first inning, Donaldson twice reacted with demonstrative anger when Kansas City pitchers continued to pitch inside.
“He’s a little baby,” Volquez said. “He was crying like a baby.”
The sentiment spread through the visitors’ clubhouse, as members of the Royals pitching staff decried ...
This guy is so out of touch he doesn’t even know the years of eligibility has changed to ten years.
That move will delight the anonymous Twitter trolls who have hectored me every year to give up my vote because they apparently are upset that I roundly dismiss the candidacies of players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, whose use of PEDs was apparent, admitted or both.
My only regret in losing the vote now is not having a further voice in shutting that crowd out of ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 87 comment(s)
hall of fame
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Player: Pete Rose
Description: Pete Rose plays baseball against children in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland/acid trip. The Cincinnati Reds still exist in this world, as the oldest baseball team will also be the longest-lasting. When Rose hits a long fly to center, the Kool-Aid man destroys the center field wall to get him out. Even in this world of psychedelic baseball, Rose is shocked.
Sandy Alderson has a beating heart.
Yet Alderson admitted the conversation “actually had quite an impact.” In all of his years in baseball, the general manager said he had never seen a player in Wheeler’s position take the unusual step of calling.
“Again, if you go back to Wednesday and even this conversation, we’re talking about human beings,” Alderson said. “We all develop an attachment to each other and whatever capacity we serve, so it’s hard.” ...Read More...
Aug 4/5: UEFA Champions League Qualifiers
Aug 6: Europa League Qualifiers
Aug 7: Ligue 1 (France), & Eiredivisie (Netherlands) begin
Aug 8: English Premier League begins
Aug 14: Bundesliga (German) & Primeira Liga (Portugal) begin
Aug 18/19/20: CONCACAF Champions League group play
Aug 21: La Liga (Spain) begins
Aug 22: Serie A (Italy) begins
Aug 25/26/27: CONCACAF Champions League group play
I am going to be Frank
Posted: August 02, 2015 at 05:02 PM | 645 comment(s)
Placed on the disabled list following a Thursday night outing when the pain in his right elbow became “a little more than I expected, and more than I could tolerate,” Burnett has an appointment with Pirates team doctors on Monday in Pittsburgh. He expects the diagnosis to be one of two things.
“It’s either [the ulnar ligament],” said Burnett, who had the requisite Tommy John surgery for that in 2003, “or the flexor [tendon]. I’m prepared for both. Either way, I’m not going to be bothered by ...
Posted: August 02, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 5 comment(s)
This is the first time Wright will have three straight days of baseball activity, and he recently completed back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wright is fielding and taking batting practice in the cage.
“Everything’s good. Now it’s a matter of getting the reps without overdoing it,” Wright said after working out prior to Friday’s game against the Nationals. “Incremental steps every day where not only are you doing the baseball thing a number of days in a row but you’re also kind ...
Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
Cafardo is another writer I’m glad isn’t in charge of the Red Sox. Like most fans, he’s 100% rooted in the now, long-term planning and fair deals be damned.
Hamels would have solved the Red Sox’ problems immediately, and given the five-prospect package the Rangers used to land him, the Sox could easily have made a similar deal.
The Red Sox also didn’t obtain a controllable starter, such as Tyson Ross or Carlos Carrasco. They’re both good pitchers, but the Red Sox must pick up an ace. And ...
Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
At least Dan Shaughnessy won’t lose the one front office guy who might like him.
Lucchino, meanwhile, remains an equity partner of the Sox ballclub and expects to remain a part of the front office in a different role.
The Sox do not yet have the framework of a new deal with Lucchino, officials said. They have had discussions with him about assuming a different role that moves beyond his current involvement in day-to-day operational details to broader strategic conversations, both with the Red ...
Posted: August 02, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
Saturday, August 01, 2015
Last winter’s genius is this summer’s dummy, at least according to Ken Rosenthal.
Ken Rosenthal has been a favorite on this site for a long time. His reporting skills are fantastic. He also seems like a very nice guy, a nice guy who would be great to watch a game with at the pub or at the ball park. Like a lot of reporters, however, I’m not particularly enamored with his analysis. Although I like his reporting on my favorite team, I wouldn’t want the Red Sox following his suggestions. Neither ...Read More...
I hope Burnett can come back. He’s been a great story this year.
The addition of Happ, 32, whose first name is pronounced “Jay,” resulted directly from right elbow inflammation that sent A.J. Burnett to the 15-day disabled list Friday. Burnett made the All-Star team because of a 2.11 first-half ERA and 100 strikeouts in 119⅓ innings. In three starts since, he has allowed 32 hits and 18 earned runs in 16 innings. Huntington said Burnett informed the team of elbow pain after his start ...
Posted: August 01, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 7 comment(s)
If this is true, it’s really a stupid way to conduct business. It’s a complete waste of time. Such an offer is predicated on the stupidity of the other guy. It’s insulting and counterproductive.
On the radio, he said the Diamondbacks “did not get a very positive response” from the Padres in their attempts to acquire Kimbrel, an All-Star closer. He was then asked if the Padres were reluctant to make a deal within the division.
“I don’t know if it was not wanting to trade in the division,” ...
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Plenty of words have been written about how the big leaguers will improve their new teams’ postseason chances, but not nearly as many about how the prospects will help their new clubs rebuild. Who were the best phenoms who changed addresses in the past eight days? We’ll rank the top 20:
1. Daniel Norris, LHP, Tigers (from Blue Jays in David Price trade)
Detroit parted with an ace left-hander in the present to get one for the future (not to mention two ...
Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 15 comment(s)
I’m not sold on Alfaro. If he’s the centerpiece of the deal, they may end up disappointed. Luckily they received a bunch of other bodies so somebody else can help make this deal a winner.
In this deal, the Phillies get quality and quantity. Alfaro will be viewed as the centerpiece. The Phillies have long been linked to him in their search for a difference-making young catcher. Alfaro has the potential to be exactly that. He has a power bat and a very strong arm, though he’s viewed as raw behind ...
Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
Hill said he’s hoping Marlins fans realize that the core of the team is still intact, and that trading Haren, Latos and Morse — as well as closer Steve Cishek, sent off to St. Louis last week — doesn’t represent a total reset of Miami’s master plan.
Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
Coming on the heels of the last couples days, this might be one of the best things I’ve seen in mid-season baseball. Is it dusty in here or is it just me?
The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Thursday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.
And then the trade fell though. Awkward.
When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started ...
Friday, July 31, 2015
Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, has died at the age of 88.
His family and the White Sox said Pierce died today, after a battle with gall bladder cancer.
RIP Billy. Led the league in ERA once and in complete games 3 times. And 2 WS victories
A friend of mine at Princeton remembered him as a color man for the Chisox. He claimed he introduced himself as “Billy ...Read More...
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