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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Washington Times, March 7, 1917:
The death knell has been sounded for “mashed potatoes” in the camp of the Griffmen.
In its stead has come old kid “Ham And.”
For five years the Griffmen training at Charlottesville were filled with mashed potatoes, morning, noon and night. They lived with King “Mashed Potatoes” day in and day dut [sic]. They went to bed with him. They dreamed of him, knowing that they would meet him in the morning.
But now has come old “Ham And.”
This means something. This is ...Read More...
What do people think about the WBC? Although I enjoy watching players from foreign leagues, scheduling the play at this time of year just seems off. I’d rather see a shortened tournament which takes place in lieu of the All Star Game during an extended midseason break than the current format.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
Blake Treinen’s gaze falls when someone asks the question, and because he is a candidate to close for the Washington Nationals this year, people are asking, over and over. When they ask, his normally cheerful voice sinks into a defiant murmur, because he has heard people wonder if he is too kind to close before.
“I don’t really care what people say about that,” Treinen said, eyes downward when asked one day recently — a turn to stern that pretty much qualifies as an expletive-riddled ...
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Unlike some of his teammates, though, Matz had a relatively routine procedure, which is why there was more focus on holding runners on.
In the National League, only Chicago’s Jon Lester allowed more runners to steal (28) than Matz (20).
Matz is now trying out a method he picked up from former Met lefty Scott Rice, keeping his leg hanging before he delivers to the plate.
The move is designed to give Matz more time to determine whether the runner is going to steal.
“It could be huge for ...
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 7 comment(s)
The Tigers, Avila acknowledged without mentioning names, could say goodbye to some well-known people with high-dollar contracts: Anibal Sanchez ($21.8 million owed on his long deal), Mike Pelfrey ($8 million), and Mark Lowe ($5.5 million). None of the three has pitched well enough to survive – yet.
“We’ll take our 12 best pitchers,” Avila said, insisting performance, as opposed to contract politics, will decide who travels to Chicago.
Posted: March 07, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, March 06, 2017
“We’ve got something special planned for Leonys’ birthday,” Servais said with a mischievous smile in his morning media meeting. “You guys will see it.”
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:11 PM | 2 comment(s)
This is new.
Asked specifically if Dahl would be healthy enough to see game action during spring training, Black answered: “Yeah, I do. I can’t put a date on it, but I do anticipate him hopefully getting in a game here.”
According to the Princeton University Athletic Medicine website, “A rib stress injury can be described as a rib stress ‘reaction’ or can lead to a rib stress ‘fracture’ if not managed or treated correctly from the start of symptoms.”
According to the website, ...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
Teahen has been posting Instagram videos showing his training regimen. His rigorous program seems to include:
• Drinking wine to better understand the culture (“Little known fact,” he says, “Italy produces wine”).
• Overcoming blisters he got while taking batting practice at Scottsdale’s CrackerJax Family Fun Park batting cages.
• Running little left-turning circles in the snow (“Turning left is the key to scoring runs”).
I’ve argued about this for 20 years. The MVP question and the best player question are two entirely different things. Using WAR for either conflates the two. Why not transform WAR into a purely contextual answer (value) and continue to define results in runs and wins based on outcome and then use Statcast probabilities as a scouting tool for the best player question? In my mind, using Statcast as the inputs on an improved 20/80 scouting scale and apportioning all the components properly would ...Read More...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 5 comment(s)
A brutally honest season preview in the Seattle Star, March 6, 1917:
Fifth or sixth place seems to be the best the Reds can hope for. There is no silly pennant talk being stirred up here, as the team doesn’t look as good as the one Buck Herzog took South last spring.
Coincidentally, fifth or sixth place seems to be the best the Reds can hope for in 2017.
Mike Gimbel’s video was made on February 28th. It contains criticism of the WAR formula(s), using a comparison of results from the 2016 season and an analysis of all 30 MLB teams going into the 2017 season.
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
Elvis Andrus should not be some bottom-two hitter.
It borders on insulting and demeaning.
Move him up. Elvis is good with it, and so is Daniels, who says the lineup is entirely up to the discretion of manager Jeff Banister.
The slots Andrus called home last season are for a defensive catcher or infielder. It’s not for a two-time All-Star shortstop whose price tag is $15 million per year. No “defense only” shortstop makes that much.
Andrus batted mostly 7th and 8th last season because ...Read More...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
The TV gun had him sitting at 92-93, not mid-90s.
After beginning the affair with a pair of timely strikeouts, the 27-year-old right-hander completed the eventual 1-2-3 inning by getting veteran catcher Yadier Molina to ground out to third base. With his velocity sitting in the mid-90s, as expected, Harvey seemed to have no restrictions upon taking the mound for manager Terry Collins – outside of a pitch-count that is.
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
“Don’t hold it against these players,” Daniels said. “That’s on us. We promoted them aggressively because they were advanced in a lot of ways, and when you get to Triple-A at age 19 or 20 years old and reach the big leagues at 20 or 21, that’s unusual. The guys that hit and perform immediately are on the fast track to the Hall of Fame discussion.
“We’ve asked these guys to play out of position and in less-than-everyday roles, and that’s a challenge. The talent and the instincts haven’t gone ...
His desire to stay healthy stems from his injury history in pro ball. He did not play until June 30 in 2014 because of a hamstring injury in spring training that did not heal, costing him half his first full season. He hurt the other hamstring last year, then hurt his oblique on a swing during the final game of the season.
“I came down here for about a month to rehab after the season, just to get it healthy and then go home and really get everything right, work on my body, doing yoga and ...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
Fernando Abad traveled to Sarasota on Sunday to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. Abad’s departure from Red Sox camp comes at a time when he’s battling for a roster spot.
“You love the fact that his country looks upon him as a guy to contribute for the WBC,” Farrell said. “But in those positions of competing for a spot, you’d like to think that a guy’s going to be here to make that mark here. He’s aware of his status on the roster competing for a spot. When he ...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
“Nobody wants to go out there and have a year like that, but it’s part of the game,” Butcher said. “It’s a true test of how we are and how we can bounce back. I think we’re seeing a little taste of that early on in spring training. He’s throwing the ball extremely well his first two outings. Velocity aside, the curveball, the cutter, the change-up – it’s really, really good.”
Said Miller: “I feel good. My confidence is where it needs to be. I’ve still got some things I ...
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Post discovered Luis Severino missed the team bus Friday from Tampa to Dunedin, Fla., where he started the game against the Blue Jays. There is more to pitching in the big leagues than throwing fastballs 99 mph, and making the bus is among the basic things.
Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Equal time for our friends on the right, with a blast from David Harsanyi of the Federalist:
Stark notes, for instance, that there was a “social media storm” when St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Dexter Fowler “dared” to “express personal concern for his wife’s Iranian-born family in the wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.” Fowler was also expressing concern about his sister-in-law having to delay a business trip from Qatar.
Don’t get me wrong, that struggle is ...
Posted: March 05, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 1583 comment(s)
In weighing his options last year, [Bryce] Harper bluntly said he did not sense much excitement from other stars.
“I really just think if we have the support of all the players in the big leagues on the American side, then I’ll definitely play,” he told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I’d love to. Hopefully, we get some guys like Thor in New York and guys like that.”
Thor, of course, is Syndergaard, who is ensconced in Port St. Lucie as the rare Mets starter not coming off surgery. No rational ...Read More...
For what it’s worth, Souza is among those who think Bauers could indeed turn out to be a savior.
“He’s very impressive,” Souza said. “I actually made comments to a few people and I even said something to him that he’s going to be a really good player, especially for how old he is. He’s got a really mature personality and approach at the plate. … To be 21 and be slated to go to Triple A, that’s awesome. I’m sure the organization is very happy with that, too.”
The way these trades have played ...
Posted: March 05, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
Two years ago, almost to the day, Matt Harvey pitched the most anticipated Grapefruit League game in Mets history.
And Sunday against the Cardinals, he’ll pitch another one.
Posted: March 05, 2017 at 09:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
Since coming to Toronto from Oakland, via trade, prior to the 2015 season, Josh Donaldson has been worth 16.3 WAR. The four players A’s acquired from the Blue Jays — Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie, and Sean Nolin — have combined for 3.6 WAR. By all accounts, Alex Anthopoulos got the better of Blly Beane in the deal.
At least for now. Lawrie and Nolin have since moved on, shipped out for little or nothing in return. Barreto and Graveman remain, and while they have a long ...
Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:45 AM | 15 comment(s)
The question is no longer if Jeffrey Loria will sell the Marlins. It’s how quickly.
According to people briefed on the situation in the past week, Loria is fully expected to sell the team sometime this year, barring an unforeseen change of heart. He has decided it’s time to move on from baseball.
The Marlins are actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional conversations with two others. MLB is aware of the identity of the Marlins suitors, which include both ...
Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Tom House is more than just the trivia answer to the question of who caught Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. He is an innovator who admittedly ran into obstacles along the way while trying to change the process of decision makers in baseball.
Now, however, with his 71st birthday approaching, House is enjoying watching the acceptance of analytics, and he’s waiting for the new breed of baseball management to reach out and embrace the importance of chemistry.
House’s insight into athletic success ...
Posted: March 04, 2017 at 11:24 PM | 2 comment(s)
BAM wants anyone interested to understand from whence its WAR came. So the idea is for a tree – one that allows a click or tap on the overall number, which then branches into components (offensive, defensive, baserunning, etc.) that show his overall value in each. From there comes a breakdown of more subcategories, and subs of subs, and on until piecing together WAR isn’t so daunting.
They’re also toying with the idea of an alternative presentation for their WAR. Even though the current ...
Posted: March 04, 2017 at 01:59 PM | 23 comment(s)
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