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Sunday, March 12, 2017
“We had a much more targeted list of players who we felt fit our needs,” explained Dipoto. “Last year, when I first got here, we didn’t want to start trading off, wholesale, players from the minor leagues who we didn’t know and hadn’t had a chance to evaluate. But we knew we had needs (and) we filled those needs with one-year players, like Adam Lind, Dae-Ho Lee, Nori Aoki, Chris Iannetta, Seth Smith on a one-plus-one.
“This year, we took that next step, trying to transition our ...
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason, I guess. They don’t like me or they can’t see. I don’t know what the case is. It’s just one of those things where I’ve got to keep it under my tongue and just go about my business.”
“I’ve got to keep it under my tongue,” comes directly after “Me and umpires just don’t get along for whatever reason.”
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thornburg said that after the December trade, he was sent a list of exercises from the training staff. The message he did not receive was that all of the exercises were to be performed daily.
“I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.”
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
I turned on the game and watched a few pitches and wondered, “Who is this guy?” Although I watched him pitch a few times, I didn’t recognize his stuff, which was ticked up. My next thought was, “The White Sox might not like this if he’s hurt in a month.”
The United States rallied against Colombia’s bullpen for a 3-2 win in 10 innings but Quintana wowed the scouts in attendance.
“Everyone knows he’s a heckuva pitcher but that might had been the best I have ever seen him, considering it’s ...
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Royals catcher Drew Butera tried to score the winning run for Team Italy in the bottom of the ninth inning against Team Venezuela. Unfortunately, Butera ran into the left knee of Venezuela catcher Salvador Perez, his Royals teammate.
Butera told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com: “I feel really bad. But I thought the ball was going to be in the gap and I was just trying to score. When I saw that I was going to be out by a lot I just stopped. It was unfortunate that I hit him where I did.”
Derek Norris, who lost his starting catching job with the Washington Nationals due to the late signing of Matt Wieters, has been placed on waivers by Washington.
There is no likelihood anyone would claim him and take his $4.2-million salary at this stage, but the Nats are believed only responsible for 30 days termination pay (around $700K) if, as expected, they wind up releasing him. Arbitration year salaries are generally not fully guaranteed. Teams can release those players and pay only ...
Because gamingboy isnt here and games are now being played at a decent time.
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took the mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery almost two years ago against the Braves at Champion Stadium on Friday.
Wheeler threw 31 pitches—short of his team-imposed 35-pitch limit—and hit 94 mph on the gun. He gave up two hits and a walk and whiffed a batter.
“They say he threw the ball fine, two innings. Obviously less than the 35 pitches which was going to be max, but those were good signs,” said manager Terry Collins, who stayed at the team’s ...Read More...
This is an exhibition series. As much as I enjoy it, I wouldn’t want my favorite team’s pitchers get blown out participating and end up missing significant time away from their paid job.
This is not a criticism of Archer, who surely loves the U.S. as much as Quintana loves Colombia, and said that the sequence of events leading to Colombia’s go-ahead rally left him “sick to his stomach.”
The blame goes to clubs like the Rays, who contribute to the perception that U.S. cares less about the ...
Posted: March 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
The O’s and their pesky physicals.
Free agent outfielder Angel Pagan had an agreement with the Orioles before an issue with the physical scuttled the deal, sources tell FanRag Sports.
It isn’t known when the physical took place or what issue came up, but Pagan is obviously well enough to play the outfield for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC.
Posted: March 11, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, March 10, 2017
The responding officer noticed she had an “I [heart symbol] Jesus/Tim Tebow” on the back of her driver’s license and that Thompson told police she lived with Tebow in Jacksonville, Florida. After the police officer asked whether Thompson was in a “friendly relationship, a platonic relationship, a romantic relationship or possibly a matrimonial relationship,” Thompson giggled and said “all of the above.”
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 10:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
Jose Quintana was fantastic, but his bullpen blew it, but he should be used to that by now.
Adam Jones’ RBI single in the 10th inning drove in the winning run as the U.S. barely escaped falling victim to one of the biggest upsets in the WBC’s three-edition history.
The U.S. didn’t advance farther than the semifinals – and did that just once – in the previous three editions of the WBC, and it would have been in a precarious position had it lost its tournament opener to a heavy ...
The Cubs have agreed with star third baseman Kris Bryant on a record-setting pre-arbitration salary, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag reports. Fresh off of a year in which he won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award, Bryant will take home $1.05MM.
Chicago also shared some of its World Series wealth with righty Kyle Hendricks, who’ll earn a hefty $760,500, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Hendricks was another key performer for the Cubs, turning in an outstanding campaign ...
Maddon believes a “slight regression,” at the least, on Hendricks’ part is likely just because his 2016 numbers were off-the-charts good. But the 27-year-old Hendricks isn’t wired to think that way. He doesn’t really think about numbers at all.
It isn’t just talk when Hendricks says he’s about commanding his pitches and thinking one step ahead of the hitter, and let the numbers fall where they may. It’s entirely how he approaches the game, and what makes him so good.
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 07:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis’ testicular cancer has spread, and he will be starting chemotherapy in the near future, according to an update that he posted today. A biopsy ordered during his most recent check-up revealed the spread.
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 04:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
While the world has changed in any number of ways since then, Girardi believes the policy still makes sense for today’s game.
“I think it has value because it’s a tradition,” Girardi said. “It’s a tradition by a man that meant so much to this organization, and if it’s important to him and it’s important to his family, then it needs to be respected by all of us and important to us. That’s the bottom line.”
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 02:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
While two Major League Baseball teams will be playing at Bowman Field on Sunday, Aug. 20, in what will be the first regular season MLB game in history at the longtime stadium, local fans don’t appear to be attending.
The Williamsport Crosscutters, who play their home games at Bowman Field, announced that Major League Baseball said no public tickets will be available for the MLB Little League Classic and that those in attendance will be Little League players and their families. ...Read More...
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 01:19 PM | 7 comment(s)
The top outfield prospect, known for his flowing red locks, was shorn Friday morning after his long hair apparently became too much of an issue around Yankees spring training.
The cut, at 7:15 a.m. in the clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, from a barber visiting special for the occasion, was scheduled after Frazier spoke with Yankees manager Joe Girardi about his personal style expression. The Yankees have a long-standing policy forbidding facial hair or overly long hair.
Last season, there was around $136 million in dead money on payroll. This season, that amount has doubled. In terms of teams paying the most, the Dodgers have a healthy lead, with the Padres and Yankees also devoting some payroll to players not contributing to the current club…..
In terms of payroll on the field, the Padres might rival the Houston Astros team from 2013 that opened with a $26 million payroll. Billy Butler and Brandon Phillips account for a fairly significant portion of the ...
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 12:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
Then came May 20, 2008. A day that forever changed the course of Church’s baseball career, and subsequently his life. In the second game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, the Mets found themselves down to their final pair of outs at Turner Field. As he was trying to break-up a game-ending double play off the bat of Damien Easley, Church’s head viciously collided with the knee of Braves shortstop Yunel Escobar. The impact knocked off Church’s helmet, where his head then slammed ...
Chicago Eagle, March 10, 1917:
Did you ever hear about one pinch-hiter who retired two pitchers with one swing of his mace?
His name is Tom Clark, the Rhinelander backstop. On June 13, 1916, the Reds and Braves battled to a 16-inning scoreless tie. Toney started the game for the Cincinnatians and Rudolph did likewise for the Bostonians. But neither finished it, because Clark finished both of them in the twelfth.
Cholly Herzog, then piloting the Red skiff, decided to send Clark to back in ...
So there’s a game baseball fans like to play (and by “fans” we also include anybody, anywhere, who has ever written any words, at any time, about the sport). The game is to rank the best player who ever lived at every position…
The best first baseman of all time is Gehrig. Always has been.
But here’s a thought: What if… he’s not?
What if the easiest question in the history of baseball is about to get a different answer?
What if Albert Pujols – not Lou Gehrig – is the ...Read More...
“I’m not going to hold any grudges against them,” says McCutchen, a five-time All-Star. “I mean, I have people who say it should be my choice because of the sacrifices I’ve made and the things I’ve done for the organization. But l ’m not going to be angry.
“I’m just going to go out and play my game because that’s my job. I work for them. They are my bosses.
“They ask me to do something, it means I have to do it.”
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 09:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
So, John Farrell is tinkering with the idea that Andrew Benintendi might hit third, sliding Mookie betts down to the cleanup spot…
Some of the initial reaction when Ken Rosenthal first surfaced this notion late Wednesday focused on the concern over Betts, the American League MVP runner-up, potentially not getting to the plate in the first inning.
But understand that cleanup hitters more times than not actually do hit in the first, which means they are coming to the plate with runners ...
Scherzer, early in his career, struggled to identify the proper off-season throwing program.
“I had problems up to 2012,” Scherzer said. “It all stemmed from one thing — taking time off.
“The baseball book says don’t throw a ball until Jan. 1. And that’s what I did. I never touched a ball in October, November, December. Then, when I would start my throwing, my shoulder would kill.”
So after ’12, Scherzer stopped shutting down his arm once the season ended, playing catch on ...
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 07:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
One big hit did in Australia.
Veteran outfielder Alfredo Despaigne’s fifth-inning grand slam provided Cuba with all its runs in a 4-3 win that broke Australia’s hearts again. The Australians have played in the World Baseball Classic all four times it has been held but have never made it out of the first round. This time they believed they really had a chance.
Posted: March 10, 2017 at 07:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
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