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Sunday, July 19, 2015
In the eighth inning of the Padres’ 5-4 win over the Rockies, Barmes jumped on a fastball from reliever Tommy Kahnle, pulling a screamer nearly into the visiting dugout.
Anxious and excited, batting in a tied game with a runner on first base, Barmes stepped out of the box, took a deep breath and gathered himself before proceeding with the at-bat.
“It was backing off and not trying to do too much,” he said afterwards.
Instead, the Padres’ shortstop actually did a lot, hitting a two-run home ...
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
Imagine how Roger Clemens feels.
Frank Robinson used to joke that if he knew it would be such a big deal to have 600 career home runs and 3,000 hits, he would have played a few more games.
Well, Frank, maybe you were right. It turns out that 586 career home runs and 2,943 hits, along with 1,812 runs batted in, Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, a Triple Crown, five pennants and two World Series titles wasn’t enough.
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 188 comment(s)
“I’m really here to see everybody, but I thoroughly enjoy watching Otani play, whether he is in the lineup hitting third or if he’s pitching. He’s got electric stuff and exciting velocity, but he’s got to become more of a pitcher than a thrower,” Brown said of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star player.
“Fujinami I’ve seen in his two years a pro, where he’s been indecisive on the mound with not much poise, working really slow, and then I’ve seen him with a great ...
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sources told the Union-Tribune that the Padres and the Astros have held preliminary talks on starting pitchers, with right-handers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner believed to be among those mentioned. There are no indications of anything imminent, and one source said the two sides had not spoken on the subject since early this month.
Reds ace Johnny Cueto is the top trade target for the Astros, the Houston Chronicle reported late last month, not least because his impending free agency could make ...
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
If Richards is back to where he was last year, Houston may be in trouble.
“I think that one of the best-kept secrets is really how our rotation’s doing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our rotation has given us a chance to win the lion’s share of starts we’ve had this year. The last couple of games are indicative of the way they threw in the first half.”
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
The fire sale is in full swing. The Reds have put all the players they willing to part with on the shelf. Owner Bob Castellini has given go-ahead to trade as needed.
Nobody has bought yet. But it will happen. It’s a matter of how many players will go.
Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
Alvarez is the only Pirates regular who has produced negative Wins Above Replacement (-0.4) — in part because of his defensive struggles. Pirates first basemen have combined for -1.4 WAR, ranking 29th in the majors. ...Read More...
On Friday, a routine groundball went under Alvarez’s glove for his 15th error of the season, the most by a first baseman since Prince Fielder committed 15 in 2011. By any measure, traditional or advanced, Alvarez ranks as the worst defensive first baseman in baseball this season.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Despite that ambivalence and the lineup studies, the industry as a whole has embraced the eighth-place pitcher to an unprecedented degree this season. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only 861 games since 1914 have featured a starting pitcher in the second-to-last lineup spot. Almost 20 percent of those games have come in 2015. [...]
This season, though, there have been 162 games in which the pitcher batted eighth,1 putting us on pace to shatter the 2008 record of 222. Even more ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
Jon Heyman’s latest notes column.
While one AL executive suggested a week ago that the Phillies haven’t yet “bent” on their Hamels demands since Andy MacPhail joined their front office to lead them, two other executives, using similar terminology, now say the Phillies have seemed somewhat more “reasonable” in their recent trade talks, and sources suggest there’s word of some potential progress with at least the Dodgers and Rangers. Phillies scouts have been dispatched to check out multiple ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
Although it’s not much of a move, I can see how Longoria stands a little taller in the clip. I don’t see the change in hip movement. Does anyone else see it?
“In 2013, his front hip would get well out in front of his body,” Parker said. “This position primes the big muscles in his hips and legs to whip the top half of his body to the ball. In 2015, that angle isn’t as aggressive, so he hasn’t tapped into the same muscles to help power his swing.”
Parker also notes that Longoria ...
Posted: July 18, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, July 17, 2015
Pittsburgh Press, July 17, 1915:
The Red Sox have the distinction of being the only big league team in the world that carries a movie man as a member of their regular party. His name is George Murray, and he took movie pictures of the double-headers between Red Sox and Indians at Somers park.
He is doing it for President Joseph J. Lannin of the Boston club, who plans this winter to put on moving picture talks in Boston and the territory for miles around, showing games played by the Red Sox in ...
I wonder if a trade would light a fire under Puig?
While there is increased skepticism within the organization as to whether Puig’s production will ever match his talent, Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter remains optimistic.
“I wouldn’t give up on him now,” said Walter, the team’s controlling owner.
Walter said his backing of Puig is based not on the player’s marketability, but on how he thinks Puig will develop as a player.
“I think he’s just going to be a great player,” Walter said.
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
It’s a long season.
“There are a lot of professional people in here who have been through a lot, who know what it takes, and who know not to get too low or to press and be upset if we’re behind,” Iannetta said.
“I think we believed and knew the whole time that we were a good team. Guys are starting to play more like themselves, and as a result, we’ve scored a lot of runs lately. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
When the two researchers hopped on a conference call with Bradley’s coaches in early November to discuss their findings, they finally got a sense of the scope of the concept they were developing, and what it could mean for baseball. The coaches immediately requested the results of one player who seemed to struggle at the plate, despite obvious athleticism and a picturesque swing. Muraskin patiently explained the metrics he had recorded, seven data points in all, categorized by names like ...
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
“They’re way better,” Smoltz said of the Mets in comparison to his Braves rotation, which featured five elite pitchers all under the age of 30, including Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. “They’ve got more talent than we could ever have.”
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
Will Montero get his job back?
Catcher Kyle Schwarber will be called up to the Cubs on Friday, while Miguel Montero may be out an extended amount of time with a thumb injury.
Montero, who jammed his left thumb in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox, is to see a hand specialist on Friday. He is expected to miss more than 15 days, so the Cubs decided to go with three catchers—Schwarber, Taylor Teagarden and David Ross, who was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled ...
Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pull up a chair and grab some Bushmills.
But he also wasn’t very good at what he did, even with a lack of talent. His in-game decision making lacked creativity. He often appeared unprepared, and multiple players openly bristled at his authority, both veterans and younger players. One of Sandberg’s closest friends, his bench coach Larry Bowa, said as much in an interview with CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury.
Several pitchers — Hamels, A.J. Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and David Buchanan — openly ...
Nice to know the Cubs’ FO isn’t blind.
You gotta have Hearts. All you really need is Hearts.
Tom Gage is a Detroit baseball writer who will be celebrated this month into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 2015 Spink Award winner, the highest honor in the field. ...Gage is due to give a speech this month during the lavish induction weekend in Cooperstown, New York.
Trouble is? He’s unemployed.
Gage: We used to fly with the team, and now for the most part, you never fly with them, you’re never on the bus with them, and ...
Who is the Mariners’ minor league hitting instructor?
Just two levels shy of the Major Leagues, D.J. Peterson made some tweaks to his swing this offseason to try take those final steps. After a disappointing first half, he was left trying to clean up his own mess.
“I think maybe in the offseason, I was trying to do a little too much,” he said. “I tweaked something and built a bad habit and took a long time to get out of it.”
Peterson has attempted to bust out of the slump in the video ...
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