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Monday, August 11, 2014
####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?
the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.
The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… ...
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.
The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
Frenchy wasn’t really pitching well enough at El Paso (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HBP) to justify a hitter/pitcher platoon with Jason Lane, but hell, I’d still like to see it.
The Padres have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment to clear room for top prospect Rymer Liriano‘s promotion, tweets Marty Caswell of 1090 radio in San Diego.
The 30-year-old Francoeur recently joined the Friars’ big league club after spending much of the season with Triple-A El Paso, but he ...
Several years ago, craft beer started taking off at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. From 2011-2012, sales went up by 20 percent. From 2012-2013, they were up 47 percent.
So when it came time to create a new hangout in a highly trafficked spot on the third-base concourse, the ballpark went all-in on craft-style beers. The new Reds Brewery District – an 84-foot-long bar with more than 50 taps – included more than 20 craft offerings when it opened this spring. There were local beers ...
Hey, I’m a Korean Royals fan too!
This summer, Sung Woo finally decided to take the plunge. Taking advantage of a job change, he was able to carve out ten days from his schedule to come to Kansas City, watch the Royals play, and maybe do a little sight-seeing and barbecue-eating while he was in town. He emailed Kamler and fellow Royals fan Dave Darby that he was buying his plane ticket and reserving his hotel room; they told him not to worry about transportation, that they’d pick him up and ...
Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.
Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told reporters Sunday.
Anderson will see a specialist Monday to determine the next step in his treatment.
The left-hander was forced to leave his start last Tuesday after just three innings when his back locked up, at which point the Rockies said Anderson was likely headed to ...
Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.
As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
“We said ‘Hi’ and ...
Captain Francesco Schetino Martinez…we salute you. (glug-glug-glug)
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes that once Derek Jeter retires, the captaincy of the Yankees should retire as well.
Speaking to the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s fifth annual “Give A Hoot” benefit in a luxury suite at Yankee Stadium Sunday, Cash was asked who should succeed Jeter as team captain after his retirement.
Cashman’s response was “I’m not that big on captains myself. More than one player can ...
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 45 comment(s)
As lefty Zangara once said: “You is Kruk man too!”
John Kruk said Nolan Ryan was the fastest pitcher he faced. Faster than Rob Dibble and Dwight Gooden, whom Kruk also named. But Kruk was emphatic when asked: Nolan he replied multiple times. This was during the ESPN Sunday night game in Boston between the Yankees and Red Sox Aug. 3, 2014.
I wasn’t sure when Kruk would have faced Ryan so I looked it up: 1986, 1987, 1988. But here’s the thing. Nolan Ryan was born January 31, 1947 in ...
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 94 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, August 11, 1914:
SEMI-PRO FLINGER HAS GREAT RECORD
Rube Foster, the Christy Mathewson of colored baseball stars, has pitched 23 games for the American Giants, a colored semi-professional team, and won them all, according to the team’s official record. These games include contests with the Portland, Ore., and Spokane team of the Northwestern league.
And he’s only a semi-pro? Man, someone should really sign him.
Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.
Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!
The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.
If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.
Yes, they need clutch hitters and ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
Life imitates Seinfeld yet again.
As you’ve probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers’ dugout to watch Verlander’s Tigers play against the Yankees on Tuesday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that’s as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.
While filling in for Kelly Ripa on ...
Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and will perhaps be sidelined until the 2016 season. The team made the announcement on Sunday. Not long ago, the team placed Skaggs on the DL with a flexor strain, and now, obviously, the worst-case scenario has been realized.
a very good article where the brewers manager explains why he is ok with with his team running into 500 outs a season on the bases
Also, we went 142 years between the first major league “Caleb” and the second… and now there are four. The more you know… 彡☆
If you’re not familiar with the name Caleb Joseph, you’re not alone. The 28-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, made his major league debut on May 7 this season and has been playing regularly behind the dish since catcher Matt Wieters succumbed to a season-ending elbow injury…
His second-inning two-run home run against ...
Attention and fame.
The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams. The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever. He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s ...
Doesn’t Lackey know by now that Caleb Joseph has more pop than Caleb Bradham!
John Lackey does not take losing to Baltimore well.
On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Baltimore again after yesterday’s 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights.
According to MLB.com, Lackey called the Orioles catcher’s Caleb Joseph’s two-run, second-inning home run a “Baltimore home run,” as in he doesn’t think it was a real home run. It pretty much ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 19 comment(s)
The sports network has suspended host Max Kellerman after he admitted Monday on ESPN-LA Radio show Mason & Ireland that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years.
“Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.
Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he ...
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Oakland A’s centerfield Coco Crisp’s afro is famous. Why it even has its own blog.
We regret to inform you that Coco Crisp no longer has an afro. Instead, he has this:
We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.
Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A ...
I deduce that Poz started off writing about Strasburg and couldn’t find a new angle, but I dunno, you tell me.
the Washington Nationals are in first place. It is easy to miss that when you’re inside the beltway. More than that, at this moment the Nationals are in first place by 4 ½ games, which is the biggest lead in the National League. More than that, the Nationals have the best run differential in the National League… The Nationals have the best record in baseball when scoring four or more ...
Ernesto riles Pittsburgh fans…
The Pirates have designated reliever Ernesto Frieri for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter. Frieri, 29, came to Pittsburgh in a swap of struggling closers at the end of June.
While his trade counterpart, Jason Grilli, has thrived in his new environs, Frieri has continued to struggle since the swap…
Frieri is earning $3.8MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This likely means two things: First, he seems ...
“I want to send the message that I’m not sending any messages!”
In light of reports that there was a bit of a tiff between commissioner Bud Selig and his longtime compadre, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, regarding the succession committee naming a new commissioner, Selig issued the following statement Friday:
Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a ...
Who you callin’ “round”?
Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…
With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win ...
If there’s a formula for turning obvious errors into hits…Derek Jeter has discovered it.
Jeter then cut to the chase, explaining something that is lost a bit in today’s game.
“I’ve always tried to do everything on the field to help the team try to win,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In all different ways, offensively, defensively, moving runners up to score a run. That’s how you win games. You can take all these formulas and stuff and throw it out the window.’’
Jeter moved the ...
Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
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