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Friday, July 10, 2015
Milwaukee Journal, July 10, 1915:
President Coppin, of the Colonial league, recently fined the members of the New Bedford “Whales” for an odd exhibition of umpire baiting.
Late in the play with New Bedford at bat the umpire, after calling “batter up” several times, turned to the bench to ascertain the cause of the delay. He saw all of the players of the club lined up on their knees in an attitude of prayer and it was explained that they were supplicating better umpiring.
Well done. If you’re ...Read More...
Thursday, July 09, 2015
We’ll check out every error he’s made, but here’s a remarkable thing to consider: Baseball Info Solutions has Semien with +1 Defensive Run Saved. In other words, a league-average shortstop, even with all the errors. That’s the same rating that Asdrubal Cabrera has, who has made just two errors. (UZR is more harsh, with Semien at -14 runs, second-worst in the majors to Desmond.)
Semien’s 27 errors have led to just nine unearned runs. But you can argue the only error that cost the A’s a game ...
Posted: July 09, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 6 comment(s)
Whichever direction Preller chooses, he’ll have strong backing from the the owners, who’ve been enamored with Preller’s tireless approach to player development and scouting, both stateside and abroad.
“We’re ecstatic with the collaborative environment, the creativity, the will to win, the competitive nature,” Dee said. “Some of the things we’ve done to this point haven’t worked out, but we’ll jump right back on it and keep swinging.” ...Read More...
Posted: July 09, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 5 comment(s)
There’s something you don’t see everyday.
Recently, Miguel Cabrera hit the 15-day DL for the first time in his HOF-worthy career, and I felt bad. The Tigers (the favorite team of all my Michigan-bred blood relatives) have been the team I rooted for in every October since the 2011 season. I don’t want, at any point, one of the best players in the game to have to take unwanted time off and sit on the bench, recovering, while his teammates are forced to pick up the slack around him.
But I had a different reaction when I heard the Alex ...
This take is so hot it might melt your computer.
Oh, please, stop your whining. Clayton Kershaw was not selected to be a National League All-Star. The sporting world still spins.
Here’s a real news break for you — he shouldn’t be.
It’s supposed to be a game featuring the players having the best first halves of the season, not having really good seasons. There shouldn’t be any free pass based on past excellence. It’s an All-Star game, not a lifetime achievement award.
This is about 2015. ...
Pittsburgh Press, July 9, 1915:
A merry little argument has arisen between the Brooklyn and Chicago clubs of the Federal league over the case of Tex Westerzil [sic], the third baseman recently sold by the Brookfeds to the Chifeds. After having had Westerzil for nearly two weeks Manager Joe Tinker, of Chicago, announced Tuesday that he had decided to return the player. Brooklyn will not take him back.
That’s gotta do wonders for a player’s confidence.
Wisterzil was actually a perfectly ...Read More...
This doesn’t sound good at all.
Royals All-Star left fielder Alex Gordon left Wednesday night’s 9-7 win on a cart due to a left groin strain, according to the club.
The Royals said that Gordon is having an MRI to determine severity of the strain
“I’m hopeful that it’s not an extremely long term thing, and I mean extremely long term, I’m talking months,” manager Ned Yost said. “Could be, though. We’ve got to see. He’s getting an MRI right now and we’ll find out.” ...Read More...
Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
The reaction to this seems a little overblown. In 249 PA, Utley has hit .179/.257/.275. In 212 PA, Cesar Hernandez is hitting .301/.386/.383.
Here is what the Phillies’ general manager should have said Tuesday when asked if second baseman Chase Utley would reclaim his position after coming off the disabled list:
“It’s too soon to answer that. Chase has meant a lot to this franchise. Cesar Hernandez is playing well. We’ll see where we are when Chase comes off the DL. So much can happen ...
Posted: July 09, 2015 at 06:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
ruben amaro jr.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
For those wondering, yes, Capps’ unorthodox delivery is legal. The righthander hops toward the plate, and he was called for illegal pitches while he was in the minors. But MLB clarified things for him in April.
“They just said they wanted me to make sure I dragged my foot and not get too elevated in the air, and make sure it’s more on a lateral plane,” Capps told MLB.com. “As long as I do that, they have no problem with it.”
Shoulda played for the Royals, I guess.
1. Shin-Soo Choo
If you made a “most underrated players” list from 2008 through 2013 and didn’t include Choo, they broke down your door and took your children away. Everyone knew that Choo was underrated, and that almost made him overrated, but just the thought of him being overrated made him underrated again. For two straight years in Cleveland, Choo hit over .300, was among the league leaders in on-base percentage, and slugged close to .500.
Posted: July 08, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 19 comment(s)
shin soo choo
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.
t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.
Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this ...
After hitting just .179/.257/.275 in 249 at-bats, Utley was sent to the disabled list with a right ankle injury. When he returns, he may find that his run with the Phillies has come to an end.
Is Utley still team’s everyday 2B upon return? “Not for me he’s not,” Amaro said. “Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman.”
Those are pretty strong words from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
Hernandez has performed well over the first few months of the season, hitting .302/.385/.385 over 207 plate ...
If A-Rod was at least part of the Final Vote, you could see a real horse race.
A week ago, I had a conversation with Robinson Cano about the All-Star Game. He told me that he believed A-Rod should be lauded by Major League Baseball and the crowd in Cincinnati for his career achievements — similar to Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Derek Jeter last year. That’s unrealistic, of course, because A-Rod is not beloved like Rivera and Jeter (for a variety of reasons). But A-Rod is respected by many of ...
Washington Evening Star, July 8, 1915:
Joe Jackson, the Cleveland club’s star ball player, will not be in the game against the Tigers today, having been the victim of an automobile accident yesterday afternoon. Accompanied by his wife, Jackson was driving east of the city. Thinking something was wrong with the engine, Jackson got on the running board and lifted the hood, while Mrs. Jackson took the wheel and kept the car in motion.
While Jackson still was engaged in his investigation a wagon ...
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From the replay I saw (and I couldn’t find one on MLB.com), the ball looked like it went over the bag. Nevertheless, Gould makes some good points about replay, which I’ve criticized many times. Maybe it would be a good idea to get rid of challenges and just put replay in the hands of an extra umpire.
Before we get to the rule, here’s the situation: With two runners already on base and the Cardinals leading by a run, Seth Maness delivers a pitch that Cubs rookie Addison Russell reaches out just ...
Posted: July 08, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 82 comment(s)
Maybe Stewart should get his organization’s radar guns checked.
General manager Dave Stewart defended the trade by downplaying Toussaint’s reported velocity of 96 mph, saying that the prospect had an inflated perception.
“To this point, he has pitched OK, he has pitched well,” Stewart told Fox Sports. “But guys are mentioning that he throws 96 mph. He hasn’t thrown 96 mph since he’s been here. We haven’t seen 96 once.”
But what about 98 mph?
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that 96 mph ...
Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
Who is in charge of throwing all the organization’s computers into the dumpster and moving all the nerds back into their moms’ basements?
Rico Brogna, previously labeled a “player information coach,” used to be the liaison between the front office and coaching staff when it came to scouting information. Now Brogna is helping out in the pro-scouting department and is no longer traveling with the team.
Scioscia said pitching coach Mike Butcher will handle the reports on the pitching side, with ...
Posted: July 08, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
THIS TIME IT COUNTS
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Walt Jocketty is hauling the obnoxiously slow boat that’s clogging up the left lane of the baseball world.
If that’s tangibly true, it confirms at least one of the two nonsensical dogmas Reds fans have heard whispers about for months, with the off chance that both head-scratching theories are true. If there’s a hard deadline that’s been put in place for all potential deals and said deadline comes after the city of Cincinnati gets to ...
There’s no doubt that Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is a top hitter and a skilled catcher, ready and eager to handle the delivery of most any teammate except possibly for Tim Lincecum.
But is he ready to handle the delivery of a baby?
That’s the question this TV commercial for Esurance asks. He’s “sorta” the woman’s doctor. They both wear gloves. And they always deliver in the clutch. Right?
I suspect someone’s jock collection just got bigger.
“The Yankees have given me all the things they initially offered, such as meeting A-Rod, doing a press conference at Yankee Stadium, being interviewed live during the game on TV and the radio, and receiving signed memorabilia and free tickets, including tickets to this year’s Home Run Derby and All-Star Game in Cincinnati.” Hample told The Hall exclusively. “I will also have opportunities to write for Yankees Magazine, get a special ...
Who would ever believe teams would collude to suppress pay?
In a new class action lawsuit filed last week in New York federal court, former Kansas City Royals scout Jordan Wyckoff contends that MLB teams have unlawfully agreed not to compete with one another for the services of their amateur and professional scouts. As a result, the suit – Wyckoff v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball – asserts that a number of MLB scouts currently make less than the minimum wage and are not paid ...
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