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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The Royals have added one last piece for their playoff run, acquiring Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade just before the waiver trade deadline Monday night.
Fox Sports first reported the Royals’ acquisition of Gomes, who was hitting .223 for Atlanta, but with an .878 on-base plus slugging percentage against southpaws.
The Royals also acquired cash from Atlanta in the deal and traded minor-league infielder Luis Valenzuela, 22, who was hitting .339 in 47 games for Class A Lexington in ...Read More...
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 01:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
I say Kiermaier’s catch was just a little better.
Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.
There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.
Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
This 11 year old kid is at least as good as a number of actual MLB play-by-play guys.
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ARod, team player.
“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”
Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.
“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a ...
“If you were going to build a ballplayer with the right approach along with the right amount of talent, he’d be the guy,’’ David Wright told The Post.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 1, 1915:
GIANTS FAIL TO GET HIT OFF LAVENDER
James Lavender pitched a no-hit game for the [Cubs] in the first contest [of a doubleheader], only two men reaching base. Merkle was safe on Fisher’s fumble in the second inning, and the same player received a base on balls in the eighth. Williams saved Lavender’s perfect game in the seventh inning when he made a sensational running catch on Doyle.
It’s interesting that “perfect game” meant something different in ...Read More...
For starters, you have to know what you are trying to “make happen” at this stage of the season. No team is trying to win the World Series in August; instead the goal is to get in position to be one of the 10 (of 30) teams to make the playoffs where, as they say, anything can happen. Likewise, 17 Republicans are not trying to be the final party nominee this early, they’re just trying to be one of the 3-5 candidates left standing next summer. As in baseball, that’s really about ...Read More...
After word broke late Monday that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was considering reinstatement of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, a letter sent to the president of the museum bearing his name shows that, Jackson will be remaining on the ineligible list, and with it, likely not be reinstated during Manfred’s tenure.
“The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain ...
Shapiro spoke at a SABR convention in Cleveland. I remember being impressed.
“We don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “This guy is a combination of intelligent probably bordering on … he’s that smart. But he takes that intelligence and he’s very driven and organized. And you take it with the people skills … a pretty nice combination.”
Francona describes Shapiro as a dynamic speaker with the ability to make any topic interesting — even the typically tedious organizational ...
I wonder which book he’s reading.
“Honestly I don’t know where all those stats sit,” Miller said. “I’m reading a book (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) gave me. It’s all about how stats and all that stuff (don’t) really reflect on how you perform. You can make a good pitch and give up a hit. You want to be the best you can be, but it’s all about going out there and competing. The stats are a benefit on the side.”
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 13 comment(s)
Why not just let Mike Scioscia pick the new GM?
Of the external candidates who have been interviewed so far, none has been a major league general manager before, the source said. The Angels are planning to speak to at least some candidates with experience in that position, according to a source.
The Angels will not keep interim general manager Bill Stoneman in that position beyond this season.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
Monday, August 31, 2015
The district court granted MLB an initial victory in the Chen case last year, determining that FanFest was not subject to the FLSA and therefore was immune from the federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. Now, in a recent decision issued earlier this month, MLB has scored yet another victory with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s finding that the FLSA does not apply to FanFest.
However, while the Chen decision certainly represents an important decision ...
Gammons on the Sox.
“Complexities and angles of first base”? The Red Sox don’t need him to be a Gold Glover at first. They will need him to be passable until Ortiz retires.
It isn’t as easy task for Dombrowski to decide about Ramirez. Can and will he do a Butterfield boot camp? Can he wrap his head around all the complexities and angles of first base? If not, can he be moved if the Red Sox pay the freight? Or, because he is an elite hitter whose career OPS+ and offensive WAR puts him in the ...
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 01:26 PM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 31, 1915:
A freak home run drive by [Possum] Whitted with one man out in the tenth inning gave Philadelphia a victory over St. Louis [yesterday] 4 to 3. Whitted’s drive struck the bleacher wall, bounded against [Bob] Bescher’s chest and caromed into the stand.
Jose Canseco, eat your heart out.
Overall the starting pitchers are 10th in runs allowed per game. The offense is 13th in runs scored per game. Overall the team in 13th in winning percentage. Now I get that the expectations were higher for the starters. Of course, so was the expectations for the offense. So, I’d say the Nationals disappointing season is a team effort.
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
Mark Shapiro’s exit might not be coincidental.
Dolan, who is under fire from fans for one of the smallest payrolls in the big leagues, hired boutique investment bank Allen & Co. several months ago to shop roughly 30 percent of the team, The Post learned.
He doesn’t have deep enough pockets and is looking to a new investor to ramp up spending on salaries, sources said. The club’s payroll of $76 million ranks 26th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.
So far, Dolan, who is the cousin of ...
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 31 comment(s)
Is he done at thirty-one?
While trying to throw off a mound at the Giants’ complex in Arizona last week, Lincecum’s hips locked up again.
“It’s definitely frustrating but I’ve got to find a way to move forward,” Lincecum said. “The training staff is definitely doing their best to help me out. … (The shots) aren’t taking hold the way we had hoped. I don’t know. It’s a band-aid situation. To be honest, we’re trying to explore as many options as we can.”
That includes ...
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
Mark Shapiro, the Indians’ team president, will be named Toronto Blue Jays president, sources close to that team said.
The announcement is expected to come as early as this week, perhaps Monday.
Shapiro will replace Paul Beeston, the longtime Jays president who is retiring. Beeston is expected to remain through the year in Toronto, and Shapiro may not start in Toronto until next season, though the exact starting date isn’t known.
Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
At first, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought “a couple idiots” were just throwing their hats onto the field, then he saw dozens more hit the turf. Teammates let Edwin Encarnacion know what was going on.
Hats rained down from all sections of Rogers Centre in the most Canadian way of celebrating Encarnacion’s home run hat trick in the Blue Jays’ 15-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Encarnacion’s not a big hockey fan, but he got an education in that sport’s tradition ...
“Steve Tolleson just decided he didn’t want to play anymore,” Anthopoulos said during a media session in Texas on Wednesday.
Tolleson, however, insists he has been injured since the Jays placed him on the disabled list with a groin strain on May 27. His minor-league rehab assignment expired July 1, just after he had played in two games for Buffalo, and the Jays designated him for assignment that day.
In dispute is whether the 31-year-old reserve infielder was still injured when the Jays ...
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