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Friday, August 28, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, August 28, 1915:
John J. McGraw, manager of the Giants, has just signed the youngest ball player ever placed under any form of contract by a big league club…
Waite Hoyt of Brooklyn is the youngster. He is 15 years old, but large for his age, and weighs around 165 pounds. He is a pitcher.
Nice pickup. Very well done, Mr. McGraw. The kid could definitely pitch, he just mostly did it elsewhere for the next couple decades.
McGraw traded Hoyt to Rochester in 1919 and the ...Read More...
Thomas Boswell article reads more like an obituary.
“We do an autopsy on every season after it’s over and also every month. Sometimes I feel like I do it every night,” said General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose Nats still trailed the Mets by 6 1/2 games after Thursday’s win over San Diego. “I always say, ‘In the end, you are your record.’ This August has been my worst month ever” as a general manager.
The Nats’ “end” hasn’t arrived yet. Last year the team got healthy at ...
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
The picture of Huggins and Ruppert is worth a click.
1925: After a night on the town‚ Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5‚000 fine on him. In the ensuing battle of wills, owner Jacob Ruppert backs up his manager. Ruth is forced to apologize to the team before he is reinstated.
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s not often that I agree with Shaughnessy.
Baseball arbitrator Frederic Horowitz has ruled in favor of MLB in the case in which Bonds claimed he couldn’t get a playing job following the 2007 season due to a concerted effort by MLB to keep him out of the game, CBS Sports has learned.
Bonds’ career ended at the time, when no job was forthcoming.
The ruling, made within the last few days, came in the form of an opinion written by Horowitz, who heard Bonds’ case back in May.
Bonds, with the assistance of union lawyers, tried to make the ...
Posted: August 28, 2015 at 01:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Since 2000, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has conducted a stealth campaign to take over every team domain, undoing any damage caused by its slow start in registration. MLB and other leagues have tried to snap up team sites not only to attract more traffic and ad revenue, but to avoid the unwanted attention that can come from a site like Cowboys.com, which became an “online dating community for men who enjoy the same country living lifestyle,” after the NFL’s Dallas franchise passed ...
Posted: August 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM | 19 comment(s)
Some great points in this article.
Some still choose to do their trend-spotting homework themselves. In addition to video and heat maps, Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki said he delves into the raw data while scouting opposing hitters.
“You look at exit speed velocity,” he said. “You look at tendencies in certain counts and certain pitches and quadrants of the zone. Velocity comes into play.
“You try to match it up with your pitcher that you have that day.”
Posted: August 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1915:
TOOK HIM FOUR YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO BUNT
Tod Sloan, outfielder with Birmingham in the Southern league, will be with the St. Louis Browns again next season for his fourth trial in the major leagues.
He was sent back from the majors three times, mainly because he couldn’t bunt. He has learned the bunting art this season.
That’s just goofy. Sloan appears to have been an okay enough ballplayer, mostly generic, nothing special but not terrible. In 143 MLB ...Read More...
I bet this means fans shouldn’t make snap judgement on players. Of course, most of you already know that.
But that has started to change. Since the break, Sandoval has played with more efficiency at third base and become a reliable defender.
It’s something teammates and coaches have noticed.
“I certainly have,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox. “Moving very well laterally. The first-step quickness, he’s getting to a lot of ...
Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
The greatest player on the planet is struggling.
In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.
Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
Does this mean Verlander is good again?
I agree with Schoenfield: Absent a World Series ring, Mattingly is going, going, gone.
That brings us to the latest maneuverings of manager Don Mattingly. After Mattingly spent a few weeks screwing around with Yasiel Puig by occasionally sitting him to get Carl Crawford some at-bats, the manager has now benched rookie center fielder Joc Pederson, with Enrique Hernandez—who had been filling in at second due to the injury to Howie Kendrick—moving to center so Chase Utley can play second. The ...
You know, I don’t think I had ever seen a casual throw nail a runner on a tag play.
Starling Marte’s chill knows no bounds. Most players would be harried trying to get the ball to third, but Marte put less effort into this out than people at the fair when throwing at milk bottles to win a prize.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
A really nice article about a guy who sounds really great and his miracle sister. Keep the tissues handy.
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
Every fan base lost some of its happiness from the preseason, save one: the Chicago Cubs, who increased their sentiment score by a bit. The Cubs have not only been contenders in the crowded National League Central, they have also seen a number of top prospects called up, most notably Kris Bryant (but also Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber). Not only are the Cubs contending a little earlier than expected — the future is even brighter.
All other teams’ fans have become much less happy since ...
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 21 comment(s)
Believe it or not!
It’s been called “the fans’ Hall of Fame,” “the antithesis of Cooperstown,” and “the motherlode vein leading to the heart and soul of baseball.” It calls itself “a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history,” but that doesn’t really capture the Reliquary’s unique nature. “It’s hard to categorize,” admits Terry Cannon, 62, a part-time librarian in Pasadena, California, who ...
Bring on the kids.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the same goes for an offensive revival. The Yankees employ established, elite hitters in Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both men, however, have dramatically exceeded their 2015 projections, and both men currently look more fried than Harold and Kumar during their trip to White Castle.
Teixeira started at first base Tuesday, making his first appearance after seven games off to rest a bruised right lower leg, and surely everyone in the ...
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
How many people have tried either DraftKings or FanDuel? Has anyone made any money?
Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews with Sportsnet for the past three months in protest of the broadcaster’s refusal to pay the cost of a designer suit purchased by rookie Devon Travis as part of a TV segment aired on Sportsnet on May 19.
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 29 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, August 26, 1915:
Lawrence Henderson, pitching for Charleston in the Ohio State league [in Charleston, WV] yesterday, shut out Ironton in a doubleheader, not a hit being allowed in the first game…Henderson allowed five hits in the last game.
Pretty good. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
I don’t get angry about very much when it relates to baseball. It’s a game. Getting rid of Orsillo, however, makes me feel angry.
Even as the team’s play frequently crossed over to the unwatchable this season, Orsillo and Remy remained as dependable as ever. Blaming the broadcasters for NESN’s tanking ratings this season is about as plausible as attributing global warming to a faulty exhaust pipe. Orsillo and Remy were witnesses to a collapse, not the cause of it.
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
Why don’t we just wait until the end of the year.
If we extrapolate the current deviations from BaseRuns out to 162 games for all teams, then the final season standard deviation for the league would be 7.4 wins, nearly double what it has been in previous years. Of course, the teams that have defied BaseRuns so far probably won’t continue to do so at the same rate over the final six weeks of the season, but even if every team plays exactly as BaseRuns would expect over the rest of the year, ...
Posted: August 26, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
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