We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?
We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.
If there’s anything that the political market is full of, it’s inefficiencies. And the Trump team, to its credit, understood just that. The easy story to tell about Trump is one of a billionaire bully who preyed on prejudice to push the first female president out of the White House. But there’s another story to be told, one about an underdog campaign that raised about half as much money as its opponent and managed to win anyway, in part by disregarding common campaigning strategies and ...
Hundreds of Puerto Rican children were given a rare chance to meet their baseball idols this week. Some of MLB’s biggest names were hard at work conducting a clinic on the tiny Caribbean island as part of a goodwill tour that ended with a gala Saturday.
I’m not convinced Schilling’s career was a Hall of Fame one. If, however, you’ve voted for Schilling in the past (or have a system which says he’s a Hall of Famer) and decided not to vote for him for the dumb things he says on Twitter, you might need to have your vote (and children) taken away.
Curt Schilling is not smarter than anyone at SONY, as he told one prospective investor. He is not going to the U.S. Senate. He is a former major league pitcher who clearly is trying to find his way in the ...
Third baseman—Joey Gallo, Round Rock (102 games), Texas (17 games): While Gallo’s struggles at the Major League level continued (one hit, 19 strikeouts in 25 at-bats), his .529 slugging percentage and .896 OPS ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League while his 25 home runs were tied for third. It was a step in the right direction for the 23-year-old slugger, who hit .195 with a .739 OPS in 53 games for the Express in 2015, although his strikeout rate remained well over 30 percent.
“Let me put it this way. Ian is a complete ballplayer, and if he’s not a five-tool player, he’s pretty darn close,” Bridich said. “To be able to top that off with the person he is, and the person he’s been in the clubhouse, it’s a huge, huge addition for us. I’m thrilled to get him.”
For many fans, Adams’ eight-line throwaway of a poem is all that remains of the famed trio – a shame, considering their immense impact on the game in its early years. In addition to serving as the heart, brains and fists of one history’s best teams, Tinker, Evers and Chance were major characters in a decade-long web of drama, intrigue and personalities that at one point threatened to upend Major League Baseball.
Candidates once had 15 years to be considered by the baseball writers who controlled the ballot, after a five-year waiting period following retirement. Now, the limit is 10 years, and Raines, who is in his final year on the ballot, has steadily gained support. In his first five years on the ballot, he hovered between 22 and 48 percent of the vote, with 75 percent needed for election. Last year, he shot up from 55 to 69.8 percent, right to the doorstep of Cooperstown.
OK, I have a problem. In my sim leagues I pretty much never acquire Yankees because I hate routing for Yankees players to do well, especially when they face the Red Sox. I know, it’s an issue but I just can’t help it. Nevertheless, I had to buy low on Severino this year because I’m enamored with his stuff. Whether he becomes a dependable starter or not is still up in the air but, at his floor, I see a dominate reliever.
After his impressive 2015 rookie cameo in a pennant race, he came ...
AJ Hinch was asked about the save rule when he met with the media at the Winter Meetings. Not surprisingly, the Houston Astros manager had an erudite answer:
“I probably shouldn’t say this out loud — this is my inside voice talking — but things that are important to your players have to be important to the manager to some extent,” said Hinch. “I say that knowing that you’ve got to create a culture and environment that your players buy in on.
Now that teams are screening a larger portion of stadiums, it makes perfect sense to add more premium seats closer to the action.
Patrons with seats in the current first two rows between the dugouts will retain their claim to premium Dugout Box seats in the two new rows. Seventy-eight such seats will be added between the dugouts at a price of $225 each per game, generating $1.4 million in additional revenue per year.
Fourteen new first-row Dugout Box seats will be added adjacent to the ...
Cooper, as you can tell, loves Sale and will miss him.
“He’s got 5½ years of Hall of Fame-production numbers,” said Cooper. “We weren’t able to support him [with offense] as much as we would have liked and that happens and that’s baseball. A pitcher should not be graded on wins and losses. If you don’t get runs or don’t catch the ball, there’s nothing a pitcher can do.
I also read somewhere that Castillo will be working on his pitch framing this winter. If he can improve his defense, he’ll be a really, really nice sign for the Orioles.
The most encouraging part of yesterday’s conference call with Welington Castillo involved his commitment to improving his defense. He’s focused on the right aspects of his job. It’s the only way he’s truly going to fit in with the Orioles.
“I know my part, I know what to do. My No. 1 job is being on the same page with ...
A record six teams are paying baseball’s luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million.
Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner’s office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.
“There were couple of games, but the one I can point to is Game 6,” Chapman said when asked for specifics for his criticism. “The game was open and I don’t think he needed to [leave] me in the ninth. The important game was going to be Game 7 because we had that game almost won. The next day I came in tired.”
According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Major League Baseball Players Association prioritized the sanctity of getaway days during the latest round of collective bargaining negotiations, and what they got were rules that prevented day games in a new city after night games far away.
Major League Baseball will require teams to start many games earlier than normal beginning in 2018, thanks to a provision in the new labor agreement that goes into effect when ...
One piece of news that leaked out [in New York] today as to the effect that Cactus Cravath, extra-basehit specialist of the Phils since he joined the team in 1912, will not be with the team next brush. Cravath is booked to end his baseball career in the Pacific Coast league.
At a nominal salary he could still be a valuable man for a team as emergency batsman, but he can’t command a full pay envelope for doing pinch work.
On the Broad and Huntingdon ...
Calhoun knows exactly what he needs to work on whether opportunity knocks this spring or later. The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft has always been defined by his bat. After hitting .316 with a .909 OPS at three levels in 2015, he hit .254 with 27 home runs, 88 RBI and a .788 OPS with Double-A Tulsa last year. But he wears the label of a hitter without a position.
5 years, $30.5 million to buy out all remaining arbitration years for Odubel who has two seasons in the bigs now, both with an OPS+ of 111 while playing LF well and CF not very well. Looks like we have our first official building block for the next dynasty.
2022: Club option for $11.5 million
2023: Club option for $12.5 million
The Phillies are usually pretty reluctant to make multi-year deals with players with many years of club control left. Or maybe they haven’t had any good young players ...