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Monday, September 12, 2016
...in which a quiet, intelligent, thoughtful ballplayer who mostly kept to himself threatens to beat the crap out of every single person on his own team. In the leadup to this incident, the Dodgers had lost seven of nine and had fallen out of first place.
Pittsburgh Press, September 12, 1916:
In one corner of the [locker] room Jack Coombs arose, quietly and unobserved.
“Boys, I would like to talk with you for a few moments,” he said. Now, the Brooklyn ball club has been talked to before, often ...
One of the early chapters explores D’Acquisto’s impressive year in Fresno. During the 1972 season, the San Diego native led the league with 245 strikeouts and had a winning percentage of .739 as he went 17-6. He was voted the best pitching prospect in the league.
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
The Mets need a big few weeks from Cespedes.
Potentially getting injured starters Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz back before the end of the season would provide another boost to their playoff hopes. The Mets have leaned on a number of young arms recently to fill the holes in the rotation. It was Seth Lugo’s turn Sunday and he turned in seven innings, giving up two runs to lower his ERA to 2.40.
But until deGrom and Matz return, if they do, it’s up to Cespedes to carry the load and he’s ...
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”
Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”
“I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”
Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1346 comment(s)
Always good to see a different team win. In my case, especially when it’s the one you root for.
The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship.
On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a 6-4 win over the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome.
vortex of dissipation
Posted: September 12, 2016 at 01:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Athletics have released first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler, as first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Butler, 30, hit .276/.331/.403 with four home runs in 85 games in his second season with Oakland after signing a 3-year, $30 million deal last winter. The A’s will pay him almost $12 million next season as part of that contract.
Butler’s deal with Oakland was a puzzling one when completed, and the former Royal hit just .258/.325/.394 with 19 home ...
Once upon a time, the average ballplayer was paid about the same as a factory foreman, and the games were almost the length of a movie. Alas, those days aren’t coming back, but even progressive, analytics thinkers know today’s game has to change.
“Pace of play is vitally important on many fronts, mainly with the entertainment product that’s out there for younger viewers,” says Brian Kenny of MLB Network. “And not just because, ‘Oh, these millennials have no attention span.’ No, how ...Read More...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 01:24 PM | 93 comment(s)
A.J. Pollock’s lost season.
Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.
“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”
Terry Francona didn’t have a computer when he managed in Philadelphia, although he did write out match-ups on the back of the lineup card every day, which he equates to dabbling in sabermetrics before having learned the word. He did have a computer when he was the bench coach in Oakland. Ditto in his managerial stints in Boston, and now Cleveland.
Francona said on Friday that he loves getting information that makes him think. (He jokingly added that he probably makes Sky Andrecheck, the ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
The guy is an incredible talent. That talent needs to be refined.
Farrell said Moncada can benefit from simply watching games from the dugout and asking questions of his veteran teammates.
“If you notice in the dugout, he’s in and around a number of guys, and that’s done on purpose to just walk through game situations, to think the game, to rehearse certain things,” Farrell said. “When he finds himself back in the spots, hopefully he’s lived it in his mind a little bit.”
Said Moncada: “What ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
Joe Maddon is the best.
“Perfect example was last year,” Martinez said. “Anthony Rizzo says, ‘I want to play 162 games.’ All of a sudden we get to the playoffs and he said, ‘Man, I was tired.’ So I tell him, ‘Hey, take your days off. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Take them. Relax.’”
Rizzo talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday, but you can bet he’ll get a day off soon. Maddon usually has good reasons ready for the tough conversations. Last week he ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 79 comment(s)
On 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s stance of not standing for the national anthem:
It’s his constitutional right, and everybody chooses different ways to get their message across. It’s a little bold for me personally, but he has the right. And it seems like he’s putting other actions behind it, too, monetarily and getting out in the community (like talking to military veterans). And that’s the most important thing for me.
Taking a knee during the national anthem, that’s one thing. We ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
What was the bench coach doing?
You could see the pain in Terry Collins’ eyes.
This loss was on him and he knew it. And as soon as the 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Braves was complete Saturday night at Turner Field, Collins fell on his sword.
He blew it.
He did not pinch run with two outs in the eighth inning and Wilmer Flores on second base after Flores crashed a ball near the top of the center-field fence for a double.
The Mets roster is bulging with players in September, and Collins did ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
Fifteen years later, I know I was silly to be upset about the debate over when play should resume. The debate was appropriate. Baseball had to return at some point. But at the time, it was difficult to see things clearly, to remove the emotion from the moment.
The sadness was overwhelming. I remember welling up with tears several times a day after the attacks, for no particular reason. I well up even now thinking about those days, and I’m sure many of you do the same. But when I flash back ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Laser Show has been operating at full power this season.
It’s impossible to know how Pedroia’s future will unfold. He is signed with the Red Sox through 2021 after his eight-year, $110 million extension. (He would have been a free agent after last season under his old deal.) Using this season as a guideline, however, and the Red Sox should be optimistic regarding the evolution of their second baseman.
But here’s the problem: Why many sit back and look at what Pedroia doing with some sense ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
I get Hill’s anger but, with his injury history, I can’t blame Roberts.
The suffering stretched across the face of Dave Roberts. His eyes brimmed red. His stomach roiled with discontent. He had never before experienced a win that felt like a loss, not until Saturday’s 5-0 Dodgers victory over the Miami Marlins, when he made a decision that protected Rich Hill’s health, incited Hill’s rage and invited heartache into the manager’s office.
“I’m going to lose sleep tonight,” Roberts ...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 87 comment(s)
Ben Cherington got hosed.
Surely, those two players will be high atop Boston’s list of candidates for Ortiz’s potential replacement. Carlos Beltran, Mark Trumbo, and Mike Napoli would all be candidates as well. Or the Red Sox could fill the vacancy from within. But signing a big-name hitter would mean giving up a No. 1 draft pick.
The Red Sox don’t need to fill the DH spot. With the 80 man bullpens the team could use the spot to get an extra position player onto the roster and to use the ...Read More...
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Enough with the Jesus Montero comparisons. Take a look at this:
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Not to mention another routine home run into Monument Park.
Posted: September 10, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 21 comment(s)
Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.
Olivera appeared before an Arlington County (Va) General District Court judge, who presided over, issued the guilty verdict and levied the sentence on the assault charge in a bench trial. Olivera was sentenced to 90 days in jail, although the judge suspended 80 days of that sentence, according to court records. ...
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