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Saturday, October 10, 2015
That’s a nice chunk of change.
The 2015-16 free agent season’s qualifying offer value has been set at $15.8MM, according to a tweet from Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal. That represents an increase, of course, but the rise isn’t nearly as great as it has been in the past.
The QO system used a $13.3MM number in its first year, which increased to $14.1MM and then to $15.3MM last fall. The qualifying offer value is determined by averaging the 125 contracts leaguewide that have the ...
Is there a more tiresome broadcasting team than Costas and Kaat? They are just awful. Among the many stupid things they talked about yesterday was the umpire’s strike zone. The umpire was all over the place. Repeatedly, though, they would complain about a pitch being called wrong even when the pitch tracking clearly showed the call was right. Now they don’t have to love all the new stats or technology but not understanding pitch tracking just makes them look completely out of touch with today’s ...Read More...
It certainly wasn’t pretty, except to Royals fans.
The pitch is a slider — another slider — and Hosmer is beat. Absolutely beat.
This pitch is way off the plate, but Hosmer is expecting a fastball, so by the time he recognizes the break it’s too late. He goes into what hitters call the emergency hack, with his rear end jutting back, shoulders lunging over the plate and those long arms throwing the head of the bat toward the ball. At the point of contact, Hosmer looks like he’s sitting ...
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s the Colby series. Maybe it’s the hair.
A great pitching duel in LA. If only it was a little earlier…
“At the end of it, I think we all feel that we’re in a much better position sitting here than we were at this time last year, in spite of the fact that we had 90-plus losses,” said John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations. “We’re in a much better position. We have a level of financial flexibility. We have absolutely grown our farm system between the trades that we made and the draft and international.
“You don’t just snap your fingers and have it work. It wasn’t ...
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 9 comment(s)
That’s not exactly saying Cuzzi had a great game, but it’s not enough to get Maddon in trouble, either. Instead, let’s look at data courtesy of Inside Edge scouting services: The Cubs had six strikes called on 47 pitches out of the zone. Of their six strikeouts looking, four came on pitches outside the zone. That’s a big number. Meanwhile, the Cardinals saw two of 48 pitches outside the zone called for strikes, with one coming on a called strike three.
“I voiced my opinion a couple times, ...
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
I am not a fan of instant replay. It’s tedious. They often review calls and get it wrong. I also dislike when people complain about a call not getting overturned when there is no conclusive evidence. I watched the replay multiple times. To me it looks like his spikes are still touching the bag. At the least, it proves the evidence isn’t conclusive, which means the original call stands. The original call made by the umpire who was only a few feet away.
The glove is on the leg. The cleat, at ...
5:30 PM Cubs (Hendricks) at Cardinals (Garcia), TBS. Cardinals lead 1-0
9 PM Mets (Syndergaard) at Dodgers (Greinke), TBS. Mets lead 1-0.
Posted: October 10, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 1017 comment(s)
Friday, October 09, 2015
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won’t be calling any games in the baseball playoffs after undergoing a medical procedure.
There’s not much more to the article, except a few related tweets that might have scrolled off by the time you read it. This news makes me sad.
The purge in Seattle continues.
Lloyd McClendon won’t return as manager for the 2016 season, according to sources.
McClendon moves on after compiling records of 87-75 in 2014 and 76-86 in 2015. His first season as manager produced the Mariners’ first winning season since 2009. But this season’s team began with lofty playoff expectations and the Mariners never met them, struggling to play with any consistency. When general manager Jack Zduriencik, the man who hired him, was fired Aug. 28, McClendon’s future became ...
“We didn’t do what we did as a team all year,” Alex Gordon said.
“Tomorrow is another day,” Alcides Escobar said.
“We have to come back out tomorrow, even it up and go back to their place,” Eric Hosmer said.
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 5 comment(s)
Time is a construct. Its ALWAYS OCTOBER
Major League Baseball’s attempt to speed up the pace of play shaved, on average, six minutes off the length of regular-season games. But don’t expect the time of games to drop well into the playoffs.
MLB has elected not to warn players for any pace-of-play violations for the postseason due to the importance of the games.
MORE: Lessons from KC vs HOU | 12 players with dubious postseason distinctions
Even as commercial breaks in the postseason have ...
How does this impact companies which do a lot of analysis based on video?
Look at Arrieta’s front foot and his glove in this progression. Yes, Jake Arrieta is an amazing pitcher. He combines a plus-plus fastball with a wear-you-out slider and impeccable command. But even more impressively, Arrieta has managed to figure out a way to bend the laws of time and space. How do you hit a pitcher who manages to reverse time in the middle of his delivery?
OK, maybe that’s not the best explanation. ...
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
Home plate used to be located right behind the roadside bus stop in this tiny town more than 400 miles southeast of Havana. This is where a young Yoenis Cespedes would step into the batter’s box (cajon del bateador) across the street from a vast mango tree grove and routinely blast baseballs into the distant thick grass, earning him the nickname La Potencia — The Power — from his neighborhood peers.
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
If only more players wanted to win.
“They didn’t make a mistake when we signed him to be our leader of our staff,” said Dempster, a 2013 teammate of Lester who recruited him to the Cubs after becoming a special assistant to general manager Jed Hoyer.
“He has pushed Jake Arrieta to be better. He has pushed other guys in the rotation to be better. I just watched him (with the Red Sox) and saw how much he wanted it, how hard he worked for it. It’s so much fun to see a guy work that hard and see ...
Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 9, 1915:
The Boston Americans evened things up today by winning the second game of the world’s series from the Philadelphia Nationals by the score of 2 to 1.
Foster, in addition to pitching a masterly game for the visitors, allowing but three hits, won his own game in the ninth inning by driving out a single that sent Gardner home with the winning run. It was Foster’s third hit of the day, having previously gotten a double.
Mayer pitched well for Philadelphia, ...
This idea is insane. The same worst/best case can be used to support any person on the planet.
What’s the worst case for hiring Urkel as the next Nationals’ manager? The team stinks. The best case is the Nationals win World Series after World Series. As an added benefit we’d get to hear him explain away every mistake with “Did I do that?” How wouldn’t that endear him to the fans and players?
And look, the team wouldn’t even have to buy him a shirt!
What’s the worst case? You hire Ripken ...
What’s he going to do differently than other GMs?
“Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently,” Stearns said. “With every trade, every team’s needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we’re looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the ...
“Boy, oh boy,” Caray would cackle with that slight gargle in his voice. “The Cubs and Cardinals playing meaningful games in October? This must be heaven, right?”
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
Kershaw, the National League’s most valuable player in 2014, felt he did not lack for extra motivation after the Dodgers’ early exit from the playoffs in 2013 and again last year.
“I think I’ll have enough,” said the five-time All-Star. “I don’t need to be fueled by too much. I definitely remember, but it’s a new team, new season, and hopefully for me a new outcome.”
12:30 ALDS Game 2 TEX at TOR (TEX leads 1-0): Hamels vs. Stroman (MLB Network)
3:30 ALDS Game 2 HOU at KC (HOU leads 1-0): Kazmir vs. Cueto (FS1)
6:30 NLDS Game 1 CHC at STL: Lester vs. Lackey (TBS)
9:30 NLDS Game 1 NYM at LAD: deGrom vs. Kershaw (TBS)
We might have 12 or more hours of baseball coming up… so CHATTER UP!
Posted: October 09, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 994 comment(s)
Thursday, October 08, 2015
If tattoos ever go out of fashion, I suppose this is where we’re headed.
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