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Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...
This take is somewhat hotter than the core of the Sun.
There is, of course, only one course of action that baseball can take in the wake of this hilarious, impossibly joyful development: CONTRACT THE CARDINALS. That’s right. Destroy them. Raze their stadium. Arrest their players and fans. Intern them all in some kind of horrible Bud Light Mixx Tail tent (with a dress code), where they can wander around in a daze, whispering to each other, “They said it could never happen here, but it ...
The Dave Roberts era is officially over.
Great feature on the Oakland Athletics’ biggest fan favorite in recent years.
“[Eric] Byrnes was more of an athletic, running-down-the-line-hard, playing-with-his-hair-on-fire type of guy,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “Stephen probably doesn’t have the pace to play with his hair on fire, but he’s a ditch digger. He doesn’t use batting gloves. He has pine tar all over him and he’s dirty from the time he goes out there. His teammates feed off how hard he plays and how hard he works—and how ...
WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, for hacking into the internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law ...
Would you kill for a Bryce Harper?
Oliveros’s actions bring up an important question: How far would you, as a fan, be comfortable with your team going to improve itself? To stay them in contention? At the risk of being melodramatic, how much of your soul is a couple of extra wins worth?
Me? I don’t demand that ballplayers be good people. I’ve long ago had the hero-worship beaten out of me by Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch. But there are lines in the sand that I will not cross. One of ...
I’m really tired of replay. It slows the game down. Managers often ask for looks when the result isn’t very close. At the same time replay officials often get the calls wrong.
Milwaukee Sentinel, Page 5 of linked newspaper, June 16, 1915:
[Jack] Nabors, a local pitcher in the Georgia-Alabama league, established what is regarded as a new record in organizaed baseball [in Newman, Georgia] Tuesday by pitching against the Tallageda [sic] club for thirteen innings without giving a hit or base on balls. Only forty men faced Nabors, who won his game, 1 to 0.
Well, golllllllleee. That was a heck of a performance.
You’d think a pitcher like that would go on to a successful ...Read More...
Even after these lousy results, the Yankees remained third in the AL with 288 runs scored. It’s rather mind-blowing to look at the many currently below-average bats in the Yankees’ lineup — Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, plus the fill-ins for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury — and then realize that the Yankees stand in serious contention BECAUSE of their offense, not despite it.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
You can’t? Somebody should tell Pablo and Shane.
“It’s on my mind all the time,” he said. “Here lately, a bunch of guys have done it. Pablo (Sandoval) did it. Shane Victorino did it. It’s something you can’t do in the middle of the season. You can’t go from being left-hander to facing righty-on-righty. You can’t do it in the middle of the season.
“But it’s something I’ve really been thinking about to do. I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable left-handed. It’s something I’ve got to keep ...
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
The press and fans have every right to complain. Of course, although it might feel good to vent, it doesn’t mean the venting actually does anything to improve the team’s chances.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
Watch those innings. It certainly worked for the Nationals with Strasburg.
According to Statcast, his speed topped out at 21.39 mph, which is A) fast enough to get you pulled over in a Massachusetts school zone and B) .41 miles faster than Billy Hamilton’s last triple, hit on May 13 against the Braves and maxing out at 20.98 mph. It’s even faster than Jarrod Dyson’s triple on May 10, which clocked in at 21.03 mph.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
Includes a link to Vin Scully’s call of the last three outs.
Monday, June 15, 2015
“Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A (Iowa) after Sunday’s game,” Epstein said.
The second biggest sports news of the day in Chicago?
Posted: June 15, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
So, what if the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson had not made that amazing catch on a potential game-winning hit by the Padres’ Justin Upton with two on and two outs in the ninth on Sunday?
Would a dramatic victory and series triumph over the rival Dodgers have mattered to the Padres’ itchy ownership? Or would they have just gone ahead and fired Bud Black as manager anyway?
Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:05 PM | 8 comment(s)
With Gee seemingly out of options, the Mets announced Friday he would make a spot start against the Braves on Sunday. Gee, looking to prove he belonged in the rotation, was crushed and the Mets DFA’d him Monday.
In six seasons with the Mets, Gee went 40-37 with a 4.03 ERA.
Posted: June 15, 2015 at 04:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
But does it measure The Will to Win?
So, it comes with little surprise that the Rays and markerless bio-mechanics company KinaTrax have announced a deal that will allow the Rays to keep track of their pitchers’ form. The two organizations released a statement today, saying that KinaTrax will install a software-hardware product suite in Tropicana Field for use in the 2015 MLB season.
The system will be able to track a pitcher’s mechanics in real-time during a game. It does not use any sort ...
He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.
Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball ...
Posted: June 15, 2015 at 01:30 PM | 20 comment(s)
The title says it all. The Jays are hot right now, but do they have the pitching they need to get to the playoffs?
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