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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The false urgency some writers try and project onto teams is seemingly everywhere. The Red Sox don’t *need* to do anything with Bradley this year. Doing so would be trading low on him. He can play in Pawtucket or make the team as a 4th/5th outfielder this year. The team can decide what to do with him in the future.
It’s too bad the Red Sox don’t have any room for him. He’ll show up to spring training and say that he’s fighting for a spot on the major league roster, that he has to show ...
Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 44 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
“We don’t lose sleep over it,” said Mead, vice president for communications and a former assistant general manager. “But it would be nice to go to Cooperstown and see the A. That day will come.”
The day came for another early 1960s expansion team, the Houston Astros, when Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Biggio will be the first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque, a long wait for a team that joined the majors in 1962, as the Colt .45s.
The Angels are ...
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia finally makes its triumphant return tomorrow night, and since we’ve already over-analyzed the season ten episode titles and teaser clips, we know that the first episode, “The Gang Beats Boggs,” involves the gang attempting to beat Wade Boggs’ record of drinking an impressive 60+ beers on a cross-country flight.
Promoting the season premiere, Charlie Day stopped by The Tonight Show last night and revealed to Jimmy Fallon that they ...
With the 7th pick in the 2013 draft, the Red Sox selected P Trey Ball. To this point, the pick is questionable. He’s still early in his development, though, so maybe this will work out for them.
Of course, Rikard won’t just be in charge of searching for hidden gems later in the draft. For the second time in three years — but just the third time in nearly half a century, thanks to their dismal 2014 season — the Sox hold one of the top 10 picks (No. 7) in this year’s draft.
“It’s an ...
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 03:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
I am quite fond of the win; l don’t want it killed. It’s like viewing an old picture from a faded beauty. She may not be what she once was but I still remember her affectionately.
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 02:59 PM | 25 comment(s)
As for Shields, Stewart said he has spoken multiple times with his agent, Page Odle, to “work on groundwork.” Shields’ market has been murky, although there was a report last week of him receiving a five-year, $110 million offer. On Monday night, FOX Sports reported that offer came from a team with which Shields did not want to sign.
Stewart said he believes Shields likes what the Diamondbacks are doing as an organization.
“I think James is a throwback guy by the way he goes about his ...
Doug Melvin: “I decided a long time ago that I had to find an adult. A very rich, extravagant adult, to whom I could tell all my most precious roster-making secrets.”
The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced… The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.
This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem ...
The District Attorney
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 02:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
Game length is a problem. I work. Staying up late to watch a game is something I just can’t do on a regular basis. It’s even worse going to the ballpark. When the game gets done around 10 PM, I’m home from Fenway about 11:00-11:30 PM. Add in an extra hour, though, and I’m struggling to get up in the morning.
There is one matter, though, that was a problem when Selig became acting commissioner, and has grown unchecked into something approaching a crisis. The game on the field is taking too long, ...
This has been a subject I’ve been looking at recently. It seems like it’s the new in thing in team building. Can’t get great players? Stock your bench with really good backups to try to pick up extra value when injuries crop up.
So if you’ve been wondering why Steamer seems to like the Red Sox so much, depth is a huge reason. It’s not just the talent at the top of the roster. It’s that, when a starter isn’t playing, someone else pretty good should be playing. Most obviously, you can see ...
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, on the comeback trail from knee surgery, told the New York Daily News on Friday that he is experiencing no pain and expects to be ready for Spring Training. Sabathia was in New York attending a boxing event put on by Roc Nation Sports, the agency that represents him.
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 09:02 AM | 6 comment(s)
Cuban righthander Yoan Lopez has agreed to sign with the Diamondbacks for $8.25 million.
Lopez is 21, so he is subject to the international bonus pools. The Lopez signing puts the Diamondbacks well beyond their allotted pool space for the current 2014-15 signing period, which means that, along with a 100 percent tax on their pool overage, they will not be able to sign anyone for more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods, starting with the 2015-16 signing period that begins on July 2. ...
So he probably hasn’t seen a really nasty curve ever?
And now, with the Red Sox flush with righty-hitting outfielders, the 31-year-old is on the verge of embracing what is working for him.
“I have thought about it. Is it something I’m going to do? I don’t know. It’s a tough thing to do,” he said. “[Shane] Victorino did it a couple of years ago, just dropping it. It definitely runs through my head. It’s definitely something I’m considering doing, but at the same time it’s ...
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
The staff plans to place an emphasis on the emerging field of “mindfulness,” in which individuals consciously identify and take stock of the circumstances surrounding them to avoid getting overwhelmed or distracted. So, rather than getting distracted by a hostile crowd while batting in the ninth inning of a tie game, a player is trained through mindfulness to recognize that crowd prior to the at-bat and implement behaviors such as controlled breathing to manage his response to it.
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
Now they are getting desperate.
Teams in touch w #Phillies say they’re talking up what a great person Ryan Howard is. That’s true. But still sounds like they have no takers
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
Can the Padres trade away every good prospect this off-season?
This is Kapler’s debut camp and it is intentionally being run differently than previous ones. He said instead of splitting time on the field and in the classroom, this year’s camp will be overwhelmingly cerebral.
“We don’t want them ramping up in the middle of winter to impress physically,” he said. “We want them to be open-minded, nimble of thought and share experiences with a ton of interpersonal back-and-forth and talk shop.”
Kapler said player participants for the development camp were ...
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, January 12, 2015
We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?
After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.
The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice ...Read More...
Bill n’ Bri talk about how childhood heroes linger, and just for fun, STEROIDS.
From TFA: “A couple of notes on eligibility. The GM role was created about 1920 — before then the players were signed or acquired either by the owner or manager. For the purposes of this exercise, we are not considering GMs who were also owners or managers of the team. If we did, John McGraw (a manager in charge of the New York Giants roster for 30 years) and Barney Dreyfuss (who owned the Pirates for 32 years and built several champions himself) would each be in the top 10. Also, note ...Read More...
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 05:00 PM | 112 comment(s)
slow news day
This is the first in a 10-part series commemorating baseball’s new commissioner with advice for his tenure.
Posted: January 12, 2015 at 04:04 PM | 17 comment(s)
As I watched the scene at Stadio Olimpico from a continent away, my thoughts wandered back to the sport I cover: Baseball should do something like this.
The idea isn’t that farfetched — at least, it shouldn’t be.
Major League Baseball could place one portable camera near the instant-replay module in every ballpark. (Outside the dugout, to guard against sign-stealing and the like.) But a player who isn’t in the game — the designated tweeter, if you will — could leave the dugout and ...
Toledo News-Bee, January 12, 1915:
That in two instances baseball managers traded players in exchange for dogs was one of the many allegations contained in affidavits filed in federal court [in Chicago] on Monday in support of the Federal league suit to have organized baseball, the national commission and the American and National leagues declared a trust.
It was in an affidavit by Mordecai Brown that the above charges were made.
Brown’s affidavit in brief says: “Your affiant is informed ...
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