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Thursday, March 30, 2017
I think this year we should make t-shirts.
The Central Park field for 10 AM on July 1st has been submitted for approval to the Parks Department, but not yet assigned. We’re waiting to hear back. It’s never been a problem as yet, so hopefully it won’t be this year as well.
Note: This is the same weekend as the massive SABR extravaganza in NYC. I would expect all connections and all favors to be called in to get some retired MLB players or broadcast and basement-dwelling notables to come ...Read More...
Posted: March 30, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 115 comment(s)
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Yankees were 1-4 and skidding toward disaster when Gary Sanchez was sent to the disabled list. Exactly how could vanilla backup Austin Romine fill in for last year’s slugging sensation?
Well, soon enough, Sanchez may have a hard time filling Romine’s spikes.
In addition to his routinely effective game-calling behind the plate, Romine had one of his best offensive performances Saturday afternoon, driving in a career-high five runs in a 12-4 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium to ...
Shelby Miller’s season is over after the Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander announced Saturday he will have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.
Miller, injured last Sunday during his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation and placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 27. He sought second opinions on his elbow during the week before ultimately deciding on major surgery.
Miller said he hopes to return to throwing next spring.
“It’s the best ...
Noah Syndergaard says he is healthy enough to start Sunday, and the Mets have no reason to doubt him – especially after he refused to have an MRI exam on his sore biceps.
Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday and told reporters he couldn’t lift his pitching arm over his head that that point. However, he insists he is healthy enough to face the NL East-leading Nationals tomorrow.
“I’m pretty in tune with my body,” said Syndergaard, via MLB.com. “That’s ...
Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.
The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was initially diagnosed as a left knee strain.
Didn’t look good for the Yankees, down 9-1 in the 6th, and 11-4 in the 7th, but …
“He’s probably the most gifted baseball player I’ve ever been around,” said Matt Holliday of his 25-year-old teammate Aaron Judge, a rookie with all of 155 major league at-bats. “I mean, he’s 6-foot-8, 275 pounds. He moves really well in the outfield. I’m not saying he’s going to be the greatest player who ever played, but as far as when the guy hit a 97-mile-per-hour fastball that was a line ...
Friday, April 28, 2017
It all started the first weekend of the season, when observers noted some unusual pitch velocity readings from San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner’s fastball was up almost two full miles per hour compared with last year; in a league where every tick matters, that reading could have meant a much better season for the Giants’ ace than expected. It wasn’t just Bumgarner: FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron quickly noticed that velocity numbers had jumped across the league. ...
Posted: April 28, 2017 at 02:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 28, 1917:
President Tener of the National Baseball League [yesterday] ordered replayed the game of April 17 between Philadelphia and Boston, which was protested by Manager Moran of the Philadelphia team, when Boston was declared the winner.
Umpire Bransfield decided a Philadelphia runner out for walking away from second base under the impression that he was out. President Tener says the decision was erroneous.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel like a call like that ...Read More...
Lynn’s sabermetric numbers — 50 WAR, 44.1 JAWS and 94 Hall Rating — all paint him as a very good, though not great player who fell just short of Cooperstown.
But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.
Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said “Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.”
He noted, “If you want to make the Hall, ...Read More...
There’s another reason it’s probably too soon to pass judgement on the 10-day DL: If we do see stretching of what constitutes an “injury,” some of it will likely be done in the name of preventing fatigue. “Fatigue” needn’t be a BS justification for a DL stint; as former Dodgers head athletic trainer and VP of medical services Stan Conte says, “Many people think the 10-day DL will be [used] to rest players with the idea that this will reduce injuries overall, since many of us ...
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Is Rosario really ready or just off to a hot start? Not even considering Super 2 status (which really shouldn’t be ignored), Rosario had 237 PA in AA last season. So far he has 86 in a AAA hitting environment radically different than he’ll have in New York. If the Mets front office doesn’t believe he’s ready and want to give me more time at AAA, bringing him up in a panic move will only endanger his development.
Posted: April 28, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
Wright’s season hasn’t been as spectacular as Greene’s or McKay’s, but he has a higher floor and better breaking stuff than the former and more upside on the mound than the latter. After failing to command his fastball—which can reach 97 mph—or land his curveball and slider for strikes in the early going, he struck out a career-high 13 in a shutout of Florida on April 14 and one-hit Georgia for eight innings on Saturday.
“Last summer, I thought Wright was the best college pitcher,” said a ...
Posted: April 28, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
Still some hurdles to clear:
Making the cash raise easier for the duo is that they have the support of just about every owner in baseball who will see the value of their team soar if they are successful, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Indeed, if the $1.34 billion deal is completed, baseball’s most valuable franchise, the New York Yankees, would be valued at around $5 billion, a 56 percent increase from its estimated value of about $3.2 billion, these same people say.
. . . ...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Here is the problem with baseball imposing harsher discipline for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads:
The players do not want stronger penalties and the clubs are not inclined to press the issue, sources said…
The union, meanwhile, is sensitive to excessive punishment for pitchers who might have acted at the behest of a management representative such as a coach or manager, and suspicious of anyone who claims to know intent.
“Balls do get away from pitchers and banging a guy 20 games ...
His replacement, Matt Harvey, does not look sharp in his place.
Manager Terry Collins termed Syndergaard’s issue a “tired arm,” most likely stemming from tendinitis in his right biceps. The team alerted Matt Harvey on Thursday morning that he would start in Syndergaard’s place, with Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler sliding forward to start Friday and Saturday on regular rest, respectively.
Posted: April 27, 2017 at 01:51 PM | 33 comment(s)
The South Africa native has been with the Pirates organization since 2008, and he’s considered the club’s best defensive prospect. He took the field for the Pirates this evening, coming in at second base in the fourth inning and becoming the first African-born player to play in the majors. In his very first major-league at-bat, he singled up the middle on a 3-1 count.
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 27, 1917:
Second baseman Charley Herzog of the New York National League team, who fell in a railroad station in New York [two days ago] while trying to kick a piece of chewing gum from his shoe, was still in bed at a hotel [in Philadelphia yesterday] under a physician’s care.
so far as the physician can determine he sustained no serious injury.
This is a follow up to yesterday’s link, in which it was reported that Herzog was seriously injured in the fall. ...Read More...
Jayson Stark’s last column at ESPN. I’m sure we’ll be able to read him someplace else. Now that he’s leaving ESPN, I might actually see him on TV.
Posted: April 27, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 72 comment(s)
pace of the game
The other issue involves David Price and when and if his rehab gets advanced. It appears after a bullpen session on Tuesday that Price is ready to face hitters on Saturday. Nobody can say when Price is actually going to go back to Florida and come closer to pitching in an actual game. But that day appears to be getting closer.
Price, too, raised more eyebrows on Twitter recently when he tweeted news of his bullpen session, saying that was his media session for the day and if there were any ...
Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
How overpowering has Paxton been? Coming into the game, his average four-seamer velocity of 95.8 mph ranked third out of the 56 pitchers in MLB with at least 150 four-seamers thrown, behind only right-handers Luis Severino of the Yankees and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. He was even better Wednesday, averaging 96.2 mph with a high of 98.1, according to Statcast™.
Paxton relied on the four-seamer more heavily, throwing it for 74 of his 103 pitches (72 percent), compared with his ...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Another bloodbath at ESPN. I haven’t watched much ESPN over the last couple of years. Frankly, I can find better stuff on other venues. I still visit the website pretty often, however. I guess they want me to cut down on my visits there too.
Posted: April 26, 2017 at 03:51 PM | 82 comment(s)
Well, this is different.
Hunter Greene, the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class, confirmed in a telephone interview that he is officially done pitching for the high school season. Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) head coach Tom Dill informed the team after today’s practice that Greene will not pitch again this season.
Greene is 100 percent healthy, and will continue playing shortstop and throwing bullpens to stay in shape so that he could resume pitching in games this summer ...
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