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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
September roster expansion is weird, if you think about it.
recently, of course, the Angels lost Garrett Richards for the year. Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez experienced a setback in his injury rehab, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to return in the regular season…
This year, replacement-level starting pitchers have averaged an ERA close to 5, and an FIP close to 5. Meanwhile, replacement-level relief pitchers have averaged an ERA a little under 4, and an FIP a little under 4. This ...
“the day we proclaim the King of the Universe”... wait, that’s what I thought Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium was.
This year, Derek Jeter dons his stripes at Yankee Stadium for the final time on one of the holier days of the Jewish calendar, Rosh Hashanah. It also gives me a chance to pose a question to all of the media members. The tables have turned, punks. For those of you who are also members of the tribe, will you be covering this game?...
Granted, I’m not Sandy Koufax. I’m not ...
Met mojo… Yankee mojo… we know how this turns out, right?
The Yankees have agreed to terms with outfielder Chris Young on a minor league contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter)...
after signing a one-year, $7.25MM contract… The former Diamondback batted just .205/.283/.346 in 287 plate appearances with the Mets before being designated for assignment and ultimately released earlier this month…
With Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury locked into left and center field, ...
I have a sudden urge to play The Jam’s “Thick As Thieves”.
Not since Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez were lighting up pitchers in the 1990s has Seattle seen this much star power at its ballpark. Three generations of rock royalty, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon attended today’s Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field.
White just finished up a two-night residency at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. During night two, he dedicated his performance of “Steady As She ...
Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:32 PM | 200 comment(s)
All they really need is a time machine.
Then John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune followed up with his:
The July 18 deadline to sign draft picks has come and gone, with Aiken rejecting the Astros’ last-minute offer. But the team could still sign the No. 1 overall draft pick under a clause at Major League Baseball’s discretion.
The other 29 major league clubs have signed off on that clause, industry sources said. The Aikens, however, would insist on a sign-and-trade deal before ...
Wait til next year. Forever.
And here’s where Cubs fans should find optimism; by BaseRuns expected record, the Cubs have played like a .500 team this year. Their expected record is actually better than that of the first-place Kansas City Royals, in fact, and is not far off from what the teams contending for the NL wild cards are putting up….
This isn’t a great team, of course, but the only reason the Cubs are in the mix for a top pick again next summer is because they’re 28th in both ...
All he needs is two Petit fours!
[Yusmeiro] Petit has appeared in 33 games for the Giants in 2014, which is one more major league game than he’d seen in the past five seasons combined.
Petit was once a top-100 prospect, and he has been around for so long that he was part of the 2005 trade that sent Carlos Delgado from the Marlins to the Mets, but he’s also been DFA’d at least twice, including by the Giants last year, and lost on waivers from Arizona to Seattle another time. For a three ...
Ehh, they’re in a pennant race, it’s about time to fire him anyway.
Tuesday night, Royals manager Ned Yost – in the moments after what was perhaps Kansas City’s signature baseball victory in 20 years – decided to unload on Royals fans for not showing up. You can go to the most excellent Sam Mellinger to get a full recap of Yost’s blundering nonsense, but I think the essence can be condensed into his sarcastic, “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?” opening shot… ...
Kelly Kapowski or GTFO
The Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, and Nickelodeon are hosting a “The ‘90s Are All That” night Wednesday at MCU Park.
Kel Mitchell, who co-starred in “All That,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Good Burger,” will throw out the first pitch before the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.
Angelica Pickles, Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster from “Rugrats” are scheduled to make appearances, and the concession stand employees will be wearing “Good Burger” ...
The District Attorney
Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
Pretty disappointing crowd, but perhaps this walk-off will wake Kansas City up.
Alex Gordon’s ninth-inning, two-run homer was all the Royals needed in a spectacular 2-1 win over the Twins that preserved a 1.5-game lead in the division. But after the game, Yost took issue with the fact that only 13,847 fans were there to see it. The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger has the full text of what he calls Yost’s “rant.” Some highlights:
“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 27, 1914:
New Britain, Conn., Aug. 27.—Just four persons paid admittance to the base ball grounds to see a game scheduled between the New Britain and Waterbury teams, of the Eastern association. The management paid back the money to the faithful four and called off the game.
The local team is financially embarrassed, besides being hopelessly in last place, and some doubt is expressed as to whether or not it will finish out the season.
I think I went to some Cleveland ...Read More...
Dan Lee is some pumkins
Posted: August 27, 2014 at 08:18 AM | 21 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
This is what I’m told about where it stands going forward: The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal.
The Braves would surely have to take back a bad ...
There’s a newhouse for number-crunchers at my alma mater Syracuse, as welcoming as a Whitman sampler and good to the last Maxwell drop:
Over the past few months, the club gave a presentation at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the largest conferences in the sports analytics field. Their work was also featured in ESPN The Magazine in July.
During the 2013–14 academic year, the club worked to come up with a topic to cover in hopes of ...
“Aim low. Aim so low no one will even care if you succeed.”
The Mariners have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Jack Zduriencik, the club announced via press release.
When the Toronto Blue Jays opted to utilize their first round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft on Phil Bickford, it was a curious selection that turned out to be a mistake. Seen as a long-shot to sign due to his commitment to Cal State Fullerton, the Blue Jays were unable to sway the right-hander away from school and had to wait an additional year to receive a compensation pick.
If only Phil Bickford could have seen just one year into the future.
According to Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA, ...
You probably know that one of Bud Selig’s big objectives as commissioner of baseball was to even the playing field – that is, to give the small-market teams a chance to contend… Funny thing: Here at the end of his tenure, baseball is closer to Selig’s nirvana than perhaps ever before. As Brian McPherson writes in the Providence Journal, the correlation between money spent and winning is at its lowest point in a long, long time. McPherson writes that the correlation right now between ...
Hamburger Hill, in Colon’s case.
When the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins and said he’d be their highest-leverage reliever, we were all like, “Hey, what could go wrong? He’s only 41 and hasn’t done this job since 2004. And he’s got only two seasons in his whole career with more than 14 saves.”
Well, Monday night Hawkins collected his 21st save this season… How does Hawkins do it? Just like [Bartolo] Colon, with lots and lots of fastballs, although Hawkins does throw significantly ...
Dave Cameron suggests that Lincecum should close because he pitches better with the bases empty.
Lincecum’s splits suggest that perhaps the best way to “fix” him is to let him pitch with the bases empty as often as possible, which means starting the inning and not cleaning up after others. And there’s only one role in the bullpen that is generally afforded that luxury; the closer.
Man, this guy’s career makes me want to cry.
Carlos Quentin’s ailing left knee won’t require surgery. It will, however, likely sideline the Padres’ beleaguered left fielder the rest of the year.
A second opinion on the bone bruise reiterated that rest is the best course of action to heal an injury that Quentin sustained while diving for a ball in spring training. The 31-year-old outfielder missed 39 games to start the year and has been limited to 50 games in his third season in this ...
How about naming it after Legolas’s horse?
At the bottom of Shawn Kelley’s locker sat 1.1 pounds of horror. It had giant nostrils and a full set of teeth and frightened brown eyes and a lovely mane. It is the New York Yankees’ new good-luck charm… Since he debuted the horse head during the Yankees’ pregame stretch Thursday, they are 5-0…
Kelley tries to make the performance all his own. He ran around the clubhouse wearing the head after Monday’s win and high-fived teammates. He’ll bring it on ...
Toledo News-Bee, August 26, 1914:
Milton F. Stock, Giant third sacker, is now the author of the first infield home run ever perpetrated on the Polo grounds. In a game there recently Stock propelled the ball at Niehoff of the Reds with such force that when it struck the third baseman’s leg it shot off toward the grandstand and dropped into a box.
This is the sort of thing that could have only happened in a stadium that was 279 feet down the left field line. And even then, I’m having a tough time ...Read More...
Are you warm, are you real, Derek Jeter
Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art sculpture
With Derek Jeter’s retirement coming at the end of the year, people are falling all over themselves to pay tribute to the surefire Hall of Famer. Teams are giving him gifts. Fans are making him signs and corn mazes. And then—AHHHHHHHHH
Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
Monday, August 25, 2014
“Soler power” could be the “WAR, what is it good for?” joke of a new generation…
Another big piece of the Cubs’ future is on the way to the majors, as David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that top prospect outfielder Jorge Soler will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa tomorrow…
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Soler defected from Cuba in 2011 and joined the Cubs in June of 2012 with a nine-year, $30 million contract. The 22-year-old was limited to just 55 games last season due to a fractured ...
On Thursday, cameras caught the unusual sight of Bryce Harper hitting with a bat that had Yasiel Puig’s name etched into the barrel. For Harper, it turned out, it was not unusual at all.
Puig had given Harper the bat, joining a long list of players Harper has borrowed lumber from. Harper said he has used bats given to him by, among others: Chase Utley, Michael Morse, Troy Tulowitzki, David Wright, Buster Posey, Todd Helton, Melky Cabrera and Miguel Cabrera.
“I mean, I swing everybody’s ...
Capping off a disappointing first year with the Rangers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is headed for season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow.
There were big expectations when the Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130 million contract over the winter, but he ended up posting career-worsts across the board, with a .242/.340/.374 batting line to go along with 13 home runs and 40 RBI over 123 games.
And previously on ...Read More...
Random Frequent Flyer Dents!
Ask any Red Sox player past or present how many dents there are in The Wall and the numbers vary wildly from 850 (Jonny Gomes) to 10 million (Dustin Pedroia).
Nobody knows. Nobody has tried to accurately count the dents — until now.
While the team was on the road, The Globe rented a two-man telescopic boom lift and attempted to hand-count the entire 231-foot-long wall.
The Globe also shot a series of photos and sent them to ImageGraphicsVideo, a Silicon Valley ...
I also thought the graph of “league wide WPA on sac bunts” was extremely interesting.
Since he began leading the Rays in 2006, Joe Maddon has been known as one of the more progressive MLB managers… He’s even spoke out publicly against sac bunting in the past… [yet] The Tampa Bay Rays have attempted 58 non-pitcher sacrifice bunts this season, by far the highest mark in the major leagues. No other team has even 50… Just 35 of those 58 attempts have turned into “successful” sacrifice bunts… ...
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