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Monday, August 04, 2014
George Steinbrenner’s American Shiit Building Company is now a world wide success!
Hate maps are back folks, this time with the much-anticipated MLB edition. Unlike the regional wars that fuel the NFL there’s a pretty clear delineation here: Almost everyone hates the Yankees.
Florida hates the Red Sox: This is wonderful because you can guarantee this is purely based on New York retirees heading to the Sunshine State.
Arkansas has strong feelings about the Cubs: Honestly, it’s just nice to see ...
Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM | 42 comment(s)
Mike Francesa hasn’t heard of Warren Buffett either.
The perception that the Rays received a paltry haul is based on the precedent set by the 2012 deal in which they acquired Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard from the Royals. We are now two years down the road, and prospects are overvalued by the industry.
My grandfather remembers when he could buy a bottle of Pepsi for a nickel. He’s still pissed off about the price hike. Regardless of how he feels about it, when ...
Its “Adam and EVE” not “Adam and Christopher”!
The Yankees backed out of a seven-figure signing agreement with a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to the player’s trainer, but the team says there was never a deal in place.
Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, according to his trainer Orlando Mazara, reached an oral agreement in October 2013 to sign with the Yankees for a $2.1 million bonus, with the understanding that Torres would officially sign when he became eligible on July ...
Logan [Utah] Republican, August 4, 1914:
We hereby issue a challenge to the Mendon baseball team to play a game of baseball on the B.Y. campus at once, the sooner the better, for $100 a side and winner to take all gate receipts.
We have understood that the Mendon team is crowing that it can defeat the team compused of the Kidmans’ [sic] of the valley. Now put up or shut up as the Kidman boys are ready.
Manager Kidman Team
I really like the idea of family-only ballclubs roaming ...Read More...
Before acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks on Thursday, the Yankees inquired about the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley.
Nevertheless, when Seattle asked for minor league right-hander Bryan Mitchell, the discussions essentially ended because the Yankees view the 23-year-old right-hander as a rotation candidate either this year or next.
Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
Sunday, August 03, 2014
SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman ...
The Industry, first in a four part series
At the final tournament of the season, with the finish line in sight, the couple counted up how many games their sons had played — and they had attended — since the seasons started in the spring. The total: 167, five games more than a major league team’s calendar.
More doesn’t necessarily mean better, though. With the increased intensity comes a price — often in time and money, or in some cases, the child’s interest in the sport or even ...
On Saturday, the Diamondbacks flat-out embarrassed themselves. Because of their mentality, it was a given that they’d seek revenge after Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken finger when he was hit by a pitch during Friday’s game. There was nothing intentional about that pitch, something Goldschmidt himself acknowledged. But the Diamondbacks were going to drill Andrew McCutchen last night regardless.
No, what was pathetic about the whole incident was that the Diamondbacks did nothing the ...Read More...
A BTF favorite is back… and he’s ready to take your money.
“I became addicted to money,” he conceded. “Money was my drug, and a few other ones, too. But whatever. This is a pretty entertaining interview, isn’t it?”
Updating the Lord Livingston calendar…
Thome played for six teams and spent nine seasons elsewhere, despite saying, before he left Cleveland the first time, “They’ll have to tear the uniform off my back,” although really all the Phillies had to do was dangle a massive contract while the players union squeezed, and off popped the uniform, neatly enough.
A lot of Indians from the 1990s, led by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez, chased the last dollar without saying their laundry would have to be ...
Posted: August 03, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
Although I have read and enjoyed most of the books listed, my favorite was Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys with a Major League Scout.
Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM | 40 comment(s)
Saturday, August 02, 2014
That is really what happened before Saturday night’s Astros-Blue Jays game. Yes, the Astros won 8-2 in a game filled with insanity, home-run robbery, Altuve hustling home from first after two errors, home runs (by Castro and Carter), an inside-the-park home run for Jon Singleton and even an open roof in August (the roof was open in August for the first time since August 6, 2004). But one of the most entertaining highlights took place off the field before the game. When Orbit and Jose Bautista ...
The Tigers scored in all eight innings in which they batted. According to STATS, inc., the Tigers scored in all eight innings of a nine-inning home game for the first time since 1912.
Per baseball-almanac.com, this is the 7th team to score in all 8 innings they batted in the AL (none in all 9). 7 NL teams have scored during EVERY Inning of a 9 Inning Game, but only 3 since 1901.
H/T to Ulysses S. Fairsmith
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 11:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
score in every inning
Mark Buehrle teaches baseball’s off-field unwritten rules to Marcus Stroman.
The two talk pitching, naturally, but Buehrle has taken Stroman under his wing in other areas too. Most importantly is how to be a good rookie.
“I think he’s been doing the dumbest stuff and I’ve had to call him out,” said Buehrle. “I think the majority of stuff, pitching wise, I’m not going to sit there and take credit for anything. We’ve talked a few times about little things but I think the ...
PHOENIX (AP) — The Diamondbacks’ dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.
Goldschmidt, who finished as the runner-up in the National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list, and there was no word on how long he is expected ...
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM | 8 comment(s)
Pete Van Wieren, the longtime Atlanta Braves broadcaster, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 69 after his long battle with cancer.
Another all-time great gone.
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:09 PM | 17 comment(s)
Prado is a flexibility machine. I’m surprised Girardi didn’t mention Prado at second base and first base. In his career he’s played 245 games at 2B and 56 games at 1B. Talk about Headley playing in the OF is just silly.
“These moves give us a lot of flexibility,” Girardi said in a pregame news conference. In the approximately eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters, Girardi used the word “flexibility” six times. He scored points by staying on point.
The National Football League announced today that it will install Zebra Technologies’ real-time location system (RTLS) for sports in 17 stadiums during the 2014 NFL season. This innovative technology will track players and officials, providing location based data known as “Next Gen Stats” to fans.
Zebra receivers installed throughout the stadium will communicate with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters placed inside the shoulder pads of each player to capture precise ...
Great, great podcast of Jonah Keri talking to Pedro Martinez for an hour. An absolute must if you’re a fan for one of the most interesting players in the last two decades. Keri is alright, too.
Don’t know what’s worse…throwing the PED’s or HOF out there.
But who could have predicted that Howard’s decline would be so abrupt and precipitous? He’s obviously in the last stages of a dwindling career. A combination of injuries and age deterioration has caused Howard’s abrupt demise. The shock of it hit Philly fans like a brick and it has taken them some time to grasp the fact that Howard wasn’t dogging it. He didn’t just suck for no reason. He wasn’t trying to play bad to hurt ...
Posted: August 02, 2014 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
Friday, August 01, 2014
When you have a .198/.320/.279 slash line, it’s not a great idea to request a trade.
Posted: August 01, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 44 comment(s)
Graphic designer Mark Avery-Kenny clearly had some fun when he created Major League Baseball logos with a Star Wars theme. Here is a sampling of some, including the Royals. All 30 logos can be found on his Instagram account
Gambit always fails.
Last winter, Matt Murphy noticed that a bunch of teams were signing veteran closers to good-sized contracts, even though the clubs already had impressive young closers-in-waiting. Was this merely fealty to Proven Closers run rampant? Or was something else going on?
Murphy focused on the A’s and found something else. Something really interesting. Murphy found that paying a veteran now means saving millions of dollars later, because your impressive young closers-in-waiting, ...
Who does Bautista want them to bring in, Drax the Destroyer??
Toronto was 38-24 and in first place by six games on June 6, but the Blue Jays have gone 22-26 since then and general manager Alex Anthopoulos did nothing at the trade deadline yesterday.
Several veteran players talked publicly about their unhappiness with the lack of moves, led by closer Casey Janssen telling Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com:
For us not to do anything, most of us had some ideas that we were going to improve this club a ...
Thus ends Colvin’s Saberhagening.
The Giants have designated [Dan] Uggla and [Tyler] Colvin for assignment, tweets Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News…
Uggla struggled mightily in his short time in San Francisco, failing to register a hit in 12 plate appearances while striking out six times (to go with three errors in the field). Of course, that is a continuation of his difficult time this year and last in Atlanta. Since the start of 2013, the 34-year-old has slashed .171/.291/.326 over 694 plate ...
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3 Oklahoma (3) 1382
4 Oregon (1) 1314
5 Auburn 1271
6 Ohio State (1) 1267
7 UCLA 1085
8 Michigan State 1050
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