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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Another stupid skirmish.
Yordano Ventura, petulant child, roared back to life Tuesday night, when after missing Manny Machado twice with brushback pitches during his second at-bat he planted a 99-mph fastball in Machado’s ribs in the third. Were this some other pitcher, maybe any other, Machado would’ve shaken off the pain and hobbled to first base. That it happened to be someone who in three consecutive starts last season incited benches to clear provided the tinder, kindling and logs for ...
“I told Joe I was fine (to go back out there). But I also told him that he’s the manager,” Lester said Monday night. “I’ve tried before with him, but I think I’ve won maybe once in two years. When he shakes my hand, I know it’s pretty much done, so there’s no point in arguing. Like I’ve always said, the manager makes those decisions. The players don’t.”
Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
A pair of draft prospects have tested positive during Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau’s pre-draft testing.
Industry sources have told Baseball America that shortstop Delvin Perez, the Puerto Rican shortstop who ranks No. 8 on the BA Top 500 Draft Prospects, failed the drug test administered by the Major League Scouting Bureau. Perez’s positive test was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Kentucky third baseman/second baseman JaVon Shelby tested positive for Adderall, a ...
Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Between the rise of data-driven decision-making, the inflation of player salaries and the increased influence of the front office, field managers have largely transformed into middle managers. And the old dictatorship has become more of a democracy.
“If you’re going to get hired as a manager now,” New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said, “you’d better be open to listening.”
Once-common strategies like sacrifice bunts and stolen bases have gone the way of flannel uniforms ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:08 PM | 8 comment(s)
It’s crunch time, and two days out, the draft remains unsettled.
That’s not unprecedented. In 2014, the Astros went down to the last minute before deciding on Brady Aiken at No. 1 over Carlos Rodon or other choices such as Colin Moran. That one didn’t work out that year, but the Astros didn’t have a locked-down pre-draft deal with Aiken, as history shows.
The Phillies, picking first this year for the first time since 1998, also don’t appear to have a set pick. Philadelphia appears ...
This guy still gets overrated.
21. Blue Jays: Austin Hedges, C, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
(Actual pick: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass./did not sign. Hedges: second round, Padres.)
The best defensive high school catcher to come out of the Draft in years, Hedges signed for $3 million in the second round, which would have been a record if not for the guy redrafted two choices after this. He still has to prove he can hit, and if he does, he’ll move considerably higher ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 6 comment(s)
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hartford Yard Goats this season. Now, the team’s scenario is careering rapidly toward the worst case.
Hartford mayor Luke Bronin at a Monday press conference on Monday announced that the stadium’s developers, DoNo Hartford and Centerplan Cos., were being removed from the long-delayed project.
The announcement came after the developer took issue with the team’s release of the still-unfinished items at Dunkin Donuts Park, which was last scheduled ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 7, 1916:
Stories printed [in Chicago] under a Boston date say that Manager Tinker of the Chicago Nationals will begin negotiations calculated to bring Johnny Evers of the Boston club back to the Cubs. The stories could not be confirmed here.
In other news, Al Capone is going into business with Bugs Moran, Joseph Stalin is palling around with Leon Trotsky, and Biggie is recording an album with Tupac.
Is he any better at third?
Sano’s defense has been worse than feared. He plays right field like contestants competing in a dizzy-bat race.
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 3 comment(s)
20/80 has been doing some interesting stuff, like this article.
While some evaluators, and even Blake himself, compare his game to fellow southern California prep product Christian Yelich (OF, Marlins), Rawnsley sees Rutherford ending up more like Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, projecting him as a plus hitter with plus power if he reaches his ceiling.
Outside of the bat, Rutherford shows five-tool potential, with a chance for average speed, defense and arm strength at maturity. Rawnsley grades ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Everything is starting to slow itself down a little bit more,” he said. “I’m starting to let the ball travel a little bit and putting the ball in play a little bit more.”
Turns out there’s much to be said for visualizing one-hop grounders to second.
“I’m exaggerating through the middle,” Buxton said, “which just allows me to envision where my hands and where my bat plane need to be. That way everything is in sync.”
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.
Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging ...
A year ago at this point, the 23-year-old right-hander was still another name in the Mets’ farm system. Not only is Fulmer now a frontline starter, he’s one of the biggest reasons for hope that the Tigers will be contenders this summer.
“He really has been dominant,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s been our best pitcher, probably, over the last 3 1/2 weeks, whatever the stretch is. I don’t know that I would’ve predicted it from a young pitcher like that coming up, but he’s done an excellent ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
So, he’s saying Theo isn’t perfect. Of course, nobody is.
Jhonny Peralta is set to make his season debut for the Cardinals, and his arrival means a demotion for a St. Louis regular.
The Cards plan to reinstate Peralta from the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati. On Monday, they cleared the roster space to do so, optioning Kolten Wong, the team’s primary second baseman for almost three seasons, to Triple-A Memphis.
There simply isn’t going to be much playing time going forward for Wong, who is hitting .222/.306/.286 in 144 plate ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
The inconsistent trio.
“No,” Willis said. “Our hope is that one of these guys gets their ship righted and they step in, whether it be Joe (Kelly) or Clay (Buchholz), and then Henry Owens. These are the guys we anticipated should be that guy. The hope is that one of these guys takes the situation in hand and runs with it.”
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, June 06, 2016
en James Paxton was called up late last week, we weren’t sure at the time exactly why. We came to find out that the move corresponded with a 15-Day DL trip for Felix Hernandez. It was scary news, seeing as The King has only missed like one start in his ten-year career. With his velocity down more than one tick this year, and the command all over the place, Felix has looked…different than ever before in his career. Of course, that “different” isn’t the magical 2014 version, it’s a new, maybe ...
“I think he threw the ball fine,” said Bud Black, the Angels’ special assistant to the general manager. “You could tell he might have been a little rusty the first innings but he looked good physically. The hip injury didn’t seem to be an issue and his arm motion looked the same. He was throwing 90 miles and his secondary pitches looked fine. He just needs to build some stamina.”
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have a dilemma. They’ve found ways to ease Sanchez’s workload by mixing in extra days off on occasion. In theory the added rest could allow Sanchez to stay in the rotation a little longer than initially planned.
Success has complicated matters, since Sanchez keeps pitching deep into games. As manager John Gibbons notes, he’s averaging almost seven innings per start. One time to provide Sanchez with some rest would be around the all-star break, when teams get to ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
His decline will certainly come. For now, though, he’s back to being one of the best second baseman in baseball.
It was just about a year ago that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, a perennial All-Star, bottomed out in the mid-.230s in a dreadful start to the season.
Criticism was sharp that Cano, then 32, had started an inevitable decline with more than 8 1/2 years remaining on his 10-year deal. He spent much of last June muddling along to get out of the .230s before putting on a closing ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1916:
George Wintherbotham, former pitcher in the Pacific Coast league, is a private today in the 211th battalion of the ‘American Legion.’ He joined in order to win the hand and heart of a lady fair—also $50,000 of her papa’s money.
Wintherbotham is a cigar salesman. When he duly requested parental consent for the marriage he proposed, the prospective father-in-law declared he first must prove his merit by going through the war.
To the meritorious son-in-law he also ...
Generic sports columnist yells at cloud.
Oh, the irony. On Saturday, we all mourned the passing of the great Muhammad Ali, fondly recalling the legacy of a man who spent a lifetime transcending his sport, who dared to use his athletic platform to push for social change. It was Ali, dead at 74 on Friday night, who showed a generation of athletes that they could be more than stars, that they could truly impact the world if they so chose.
Jeter made a career of never choosing to truly impact the ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
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