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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hartford Yard Goats this season. Now, the team’s scenario is careering rapidly toward the worst case.
Hartford mayor Luke Bronin at a Monday press conference on Monday announced that the stadium’s developers, DoNo Hartford and Centerplan Cos., were being removed from the long-delayed project.
The announcement came after the developer took issue with the team’s release of the still-unfinished items at Dunkin Donuts Park, which was last scheduled ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 7, 1916:
Stories printed [in Chicago] under a Boston date say that Manager Tinker of the Chicago Nationals will begin negotiations calculated to bring Johnny Evers of the Boston club back to the Cubs. The stories could not be confirmed here.
In other news, Al Capone is going into business with Bugs Moran, Joseph Stalin is palling around with Leon Trotsky, and Biggie is recording an album with Tupac.
Is he any better at third?
Sano’s defense has been worse than feared. He plays right field like contestants competing in a dizzy-bat race.
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 3 comment(s)
20/80 has been doing some interesting stuff, like this article.
While some evaluators, and even Blake himself, compare his game to fellow southern California prep product Christian Yelich (OF, Marlins), Rawnsley sees Rutherford ending up more like Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, projecting him as a plus hitter with plus power if he reaches his ceiling.
Outside of the bat, Rutherford shows five-tool potential, with a chance for average speed, defense and arm strength at maturity. Rawnsley grades ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Everything is starting to slow itself down a little bit more,” he said. “I’m starting to let the ball travel a little bit and putting the ball in play a little bit more.”
Turns out there’s much to be said for visualizing one-hop grounders to second.
“I’m exaggerating through the middle,” Buxton said, “which just allows me to envision where my hands and where my bat plane need to be. That way everything is in sync.”
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
Joel Sherman isn’t optimistic.
Shields is an innings eater, a pro and a righty – all of which were attractive because the White Sox rotation leans left and is weak at the bottom. But Shields’ indicators are that he is going the wrong way: his walk and homer rates are up and his strikeout rate is down. Even working home games in pitcher-friendly Petco Park the past two years have not made his overall numbers attractive, and his road numbers are revealing: 4.65 ERA/.442 opponents’ slugging ...
A year ago at this point, the 23-year-old right-hander was still another name in the Mets’ farm system. Not only is Fulmer now a frontline starter, he’s one of the biggest reasons for hope that the Tigers will be contenders this summer.
“He really has been dominant,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He’s been our best pitcher, probably, over the last 3 1/2 weeks, whatever the stretch is. I don’t know that I would’ve predicted it from a young pitcher like that coming up, but he’s done an excellent ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
So, he’s saying Theo isn’t perfect. Of course, nobody is.
Jhonny Peralta is set to make his season debut for the Cardinals, and his arrival means a demotion for a St. Louis regular.
The Cards plan to reinstate Peralta from the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s game in Cincinnati. On Monday, they cleared the roster space to do so, optioning Kolten Wong, the team’s primary second baseman for almost three seasons, to Triple-A Memphis.
There simply isn’t going to be much playing time going forward for Wong, who is hitting .222/.306/.286 in 144 plate ...
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
The inconsistent trio.
“No,” Willis said. “Our hope is that one of these guys gets their ship righted and they step in, whether it be Joe (Kelly) or Clay (Buchholz), and then Henry Owens. These are the guys we anticipated should be that guy. The hope is that one of these guys takes the situation in hand and runs with it.”
Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Monday, June 06, 2016
en James Paxton was called up late last week, we weren’t sure at the time exactly why. We came to find out that the move corresponded with a 15-Day DL trip for Felix Hernandez. It was scary news, seeing as The King has only missed like one start in his ten-year career. With his velocity down more than one tick this year, and the command all over the place, Felix has looked…different than ever before in his career. Of course, that “different” isn’t the magical 2014 version, it’s a new, maybe ...
“I think he threw the ball fine,” said Bud Black, the Angels’ special assistant to the general manager. “You could tell he might have been a little rusty the first innings but he looked good physically. The hip injury didn’t seem to be an issue and his arm motion looked the same. He was throwing 90 miles and his secondary pitches looked fine. He just needs to build some stamina.”
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:09 PM | 9 comment(s)
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have a dilemma. They’ve found ways to ease Sanchez’s workload by mixing in extra days off on occasion. In theory the added rest could allow Sanchez to stay in the rotation a little longer than initially planned.
Success has complicated matters, since Sanchez keeps pitching deep into games. As manager John Gibbons notes, he’s averaging almost seven innings per start. One time to provide Sanchez with some rest would be around the all-star break, when teams get to ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 1 comment(s)
His decline will certainly come. For now, though, he’s back to being one of the best second baseman in baseball.
It was just about a year ago that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, a perennial All-Star, bottomed out in the mid-.230s in a dreadful start to the season.
Criticism was sharp that Cano, then 32, had started an inevitable decline with more than 8 1/2 years remaining on his 10-year deal. He spent much of last June muddling along to get out of the .230s before putting on a closing ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 9 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 6, 1916:
George Wintherbotham, former pitcher in the Pacific Coast league, is a private today in the 211th battalion of the ‘American Legion.’ He joined in order to win the hand and heart of a lady fair—also $50,000 of her papa’s money.
Wintherbotham is a cigar salesman. When he duly requested parental consent for the marriage he proposed, the prospective father-in-law declared he first must prove his merit by going through the war.
To the meritorious son-in-law he also ...
Generic sports columnist yells at cloud.
Oh, the irony. On Saturday, we all mourned the passing of the great Muhammad Ali, fondly recalling the legacy of a man who spent a lifetime transcending his sport, who dared to use his athletic platform to push for social change. It was Ali, dead at 74 on Friday night, who showed a generation of athletes that they could be more than stars, that they could truly impact the world if they so chose.
Jeter made a career of never choosing to truly impact the ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 39 comment(s)
It’s worthwhile to note that this isn’t just a case of the county spending general revenue on the stadium and having none left over for parks, which would be bad enough; rather, the county actually redirected tax revenue that had been earmarked for public parks to pay for the stadium bonds, even though the park project was approved by voters, and the stadium never was. I’d say something snarky here about Cobb County’s attitude toward democracy, but Lee has already managed that quite ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 54 comment(s)
For most of his adult life, Neil Walker existed as a living, breathing anachronism, a hometown kid making good in his own backyard. For 11 seasons, he stood in stark relief against the mercenaries who represent the norm in professional sports, his black and gold Pirates uniform a reminder of a charmed existence.
So when that changed this past offseason with a trade to the Mets, he needed time to process the end of an era. “I felt a bit slighted,” said Walker, who returns to Pittsburgh on ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
TB: Clearly drafting is difficult, and you mentioned things coming back to burn you. It seems that no matter how good a draft is, there’s always that one pick you could have made. How difficult is it to deal with that regret looking back? Do you get over it quickly or are there things that stick with you?
JM: I think a little of both. It depends on the process that you have which led to the other pick and how good you felt about that pick at the time. Certainly, gosh, every scouting director’s ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
“Our clarity and our process have been streamlined exponentially,” Levine said.
Said Daniels: “I’m less involved now than back then. Really stems from a near-unconditional trust in Kip and our staff and respect for their process and preparation. My involvement is more setting direction and philosophy, asking challenging questions at times, and working through strategy. But with very few exceptions I’ve stayed out of the player-picking business.”
Even though he ultimately bears accountability ...
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
By his senior year, Murphy said he was in conversations to play baseball at the University of Miami and a few other schools. But instead, he opted to take a “post-graduate year” after graduating from Palmer Trinity. Murphy went to the elite Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 2001-02, where tuition, room and board this year is about $58,000 a year.
“I didn’t know which sport I wanted to play in college,” he said. “So Lawrenceville gave me another opportunity to play sports ...Read More...
I guess nobody told him he shouldn’t play with knives.
“Naylor has a reputation of being a bit of a prankster, but this one obviously went a little too far,” Hill told the Sun-Sentinel. “Obviously, he’s torn up about it. This is a good friend, his roommate. They came into pro ball together, so they’re good friends.
“Hopefully, it’ll just be ... short term and [Garrett] can get back healthy and return to form and continue on his career.”
Posted: June 06, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
Sunday, June 05, 2016
Carl Crawford has been designated for assignment. That means that the Dodgers have 10 days to put Crawford on waivers, trade him, release him or send him to the minors (with his permission). Often times, this move is essentially the team cutting the player.
In Crawford’s case, this is a last resort move. Crawford, 34, is making $21.607 million this season and will make $21.857 million next season. If someone else picks up Crawford (either by waivers or simply signing him after he’s released), ...
I know what I’ll be watching on this rainy day.
Harvey returns to the mound Sunday as the New York Mets aim to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. He has a tough matchup. Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) opposes ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53) in the 1:10 p.m. ET finale.
I call bullshit.
We hear that as long as the Dolans own the Indians, there won’t be a threat of them leaving Cleveland, where they simply can’t draw. But if the Dolans sold the team? Well, that could be a different story. The Indians are already down about 2,500 fans per game from last season, when they averaged 17,172 after 26 dates.
Posted: June 05, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 55 comment(s)
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