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Thursday, April 07, 2016
I’ll see your Carter Capps, and raise you a John
Enter Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Gant, who mesmerized those who watched the Nationals’ 3-1 win at Turner Field Wednesday night with his shaky leg, jittery motion and near full stop in the middle of his delivery.
Video & more at link.
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
It’s not that I love bat flips, etc. so much. It’s just that the people objecting are so full of themselves that I feel compelled to be on the other side.
The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.
So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own ...
MLB Pipeline is publishing a series of articles on where each team’s Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
Team which lose are given a bigger budget. Why not tie the difference to the luxury tax threshold and revenue sharing system? Right now the Reds have a pool of $13,923,700. The Cubs have a pool of $2,245,100. Why not strike a balance? Let the Cubs a little more room under the threshold?
The difference between the two, $5.64 million, is $1.14 million greater than the difference was in 2012, the first year of the CBA. How meaningful is that growth? Well, $1.14 million is the approximate value of a ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 12:09 PM | 62 comment(s)
The future has arrived. And in the future you won’t be so terrible at sports.
This is basically a glorified tech demo at this point, but I can imagine a time just a few years from now when you can field entire teams of real VR players around the world, all playing together in real-time.
Topeka State Journal, April 6, 1916:
[Eddie] Collins, by the way, not only is a great baseball player, but in his college days was “some pumpkins” on a football gridiron. And ‘tis said that even now when he is the idol of more human beings than any crowned monarch upon the face of Mother Earth solely because of his baseball ability, Collins considers football a greater sport than baseball.
Yeesh. If he was as good at football as he was at baseball, he was some pumpkins indeed.
In the new world it’s a crime to suggest, in any way, that men and women are different. In this worldview, we all have to be the same. Manliness and machismo are sins. Craig is clearly one of those guys.
There is no place for this crap. There is no way, in 2016, that equating women with weakness or using “woman” as an insult, which was clearly the case in Kansas City, is acceptable. The idea that a guy with long hair is a “woman” and that such a thing is bad was comically played out and ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 295 comment(s)
“If anyone’s ever told you they thought this was going to happen, I’d think they’d be crazy,” Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace said. “None of us knew really. It was an opportunity, a guy with great stuff and makeup. He’s found a role, or a role has found him, however way you want to put it. He’s embraced it. There’s a lot disappointments in our end of the game, but once in a while something like this comes along and it’s tremendous.” ...Read More...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
“The more pressure we can apply, we feel like there will be mistakes defensively,” he added. “We know that during the course of the year, you’re not always going to be swinging the bats as you’re capable of as a team for six months. You’ve got to find other ways to be successful.”
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Dark Whiner.
Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
Video of John Gibbons after the game. I’d embed the video but ESPN doesn’t want video shared anywhere but Twitter and Facebook.
“The next thing you know, the pitcher’s going to have a phone in his pocket taking selfies,” New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said.
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Remember when a second baseman was getting hurt every other day? Don’t worry, I don’t either.
The Rays won their first game of the season on Tuesday night, but they needed a bizarre interference call to make it happen.
Trailing 3-2 in the 9th inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate. He hit a groundball to Evan Longoria who tried to start a 5-4-3 double-play to end the game. However, Logan Forsythe threw the ball away on the turn and the Jays took ...
Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:15 AM | 44 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
CSN video of interview in question.
But noted Minor League hurler Brent Honeywell aint havin’ it!!11!!
Brent Honeywell @brent_honeywell:
“Make baseball fun again” it must not be too fun being one of the youngest super stars. It must not be fun to face the best of the best. Baseball is not a “tired” game either. It’s been played 155 years and people still want to play it. Real “clown move”. It sucks to see it because guys in MiLB are workin to death to be in his shoes and he’s basically ...
If. If. If.
Remember when the conversation was about Jon Singleton? “If Jon Singleton becomes a star his deal will end up well below-market.”
A player can’t spend the cash if things don’t turn out as well as pundits think.
But if Polanco becomes a star—or even a consistently productive regular—the deal will end up being well below-market, considering that he is giving up three free-agent years.
Polanco’s new contract runs from 2017 to ‘21. The annual breakdown is not yet known, but the two ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
A year after spending a franchise-record $9,018,050 on Draft bonuses, the Reds are poised to blow well past that figure in 2016. According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball’s largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year’s Draft at $13,923,700.
Each pick in the top 10 rounds comes with an assigned value, and the total for each of a team’s choices covers what it can spend without penalty in those rounds. Any bonus money in excess of $100,000 given ...
“It has to be the right opportunity,” Epstein said near the end of spring training in Arizona. “It’s not going to be a deal where we just sell out for the moment.
“It has to be someone that fits — both for now and probably for the long-term if it’s going to be a bigger deal. But we’re very open to it. We understand we’re a little bit deeper, a little bit better positioned with our position players and with our pitchers.
“It’s certainly something that we talk about every ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 38 comment(s)
I’ll add it to my reading queue.
This dedication to find every story sets the book apart from less ambitious projects, but it also sets itself apart from the competition in two other ways. One is by weaving in the stories of Hudson and Coffey. The pair are ever present throughout the book; their tales of trouble and triumph get their own chapters, but also pepper the chapters that focus on others. The other is by not just looking for stories, but also for solutions.
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
Well, he didn’t look good one game. Time to release him.
Again, this is about the bigger questions, not a single game. Already, both Wright and the Mets have conceded he will need more frequent days off. But will there also have to be discussions eventually about dropping him in the order?
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.
“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll ...
Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 5, 1916:
The Morris [Illinois] Reds baseball nine today started suit to restrain Farmer Thomas Anderson from plowing up their outfield to plant corn. Anderson owns the ground but the club claims a two-year lease.
“Is this heaven?”
“No, it’s Morris, Illinois.”
No mention of possible landing spots.
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