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Monday, March 21, 2016
But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.
The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” ...
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
Teams aren’t following this rule.
Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.
The rhetoric has escalated, it’s getting ugly, and folks are being downright mean.
You’ll soon be asked, perhaps forced, to pick a side. It’s you vs. them. Old vs. new. Progressive vs. conservative.
No, it’s not the 2016 presidential election. It’s the 2016 baseball season. But it’s getting hard to tell the difference.
Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1916:
A bush league umpire threw a scare into the great Heine Zim [in Tampa] yesterday. His name’s Fromberz. When Zim bounded up to him to kick on a decision Fromberz said, “Git,” and reached for his handkerchief. Heine thought he was reaching for a gun and moved.
Well, that would end arguments fairly quickly.
“I was, necessarily, the guinea pig — which I’m O.K. with,” Chamberlain said. “They were trying to protect me, and I blew out anyway. Innings, doing all these restrictions, that’s going to be a topic around baseball for as long as baseball goes.”
It didn’t take Ruben Tejada long to find work. Three days after being released by the New York Mets, the 26-year-old shortstop inked a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he’ll compete for the opening day job at shortstop. Read More...
The Cardinals have been looking for a starting option since losing Jhonny Peralta to a significant thumb injury earlier this month. The All-Star shortstop is expected to be out until at least midseason, meaning St. Louis will be forced to ...
Sunday, March 20, 2016
That’s just the way things go,’’ Griffey said. “Different places have different rules and you have to accept it and move on. Personally, I think the timing [this late in spring training] is crazy for this. But the organization has the right to do what they want to do and need to do. And [LaRoche] has the right to walk away. There is no right or wrong on this.’‘
Posted: March 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
This promises to be a situation that is going to fester for some time. I think the initial mistake was allowing LaRoche to have his son with him at work 100% of the time (assuming that the White Sox actually authorized that much access).
Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:14 PM | 47 comment(s)
big hot mess
...Once hailed as a beacon for a new era of development and prosperity in Newark, the return of minor league baseball to the state’s largest city proved to be a misstep almost immediately…Though the stadium opened to much fanfare in 1999, and the team attracted future major league stars like Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco, the Bears failed to capture the hearts of area fans, and the team soon had nearly as many unpaid bills as nightly attendees. A group of developers rescued the franchise ...
Wow, how could Chicago pass on getting Allen Craig?
If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.
Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.
With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 ...
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The News-Press, as part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, analyzed the first 60 road rosters of 2016, four for each Florida-based team. The study did not include split-squad games or Marlins-Cardinals matchups, as they share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
In 60 road trips, only nine times did four or more projected Opening Day starters make the bus ride. On 17 occasions, a minimum of four projected Opening Day starters made the trip. But 32 times, fewer than four Opening Day projected ...
I figured the start of the Europa/Champions League quarterfinals was as good a time as any to start a new thread.
Selected Upcoming Fun FixturesRead More...
March 20: Manchester Derby (EPL), Real Madrid v. Sevilla (La Liga)
March 22: West Ham v. Man U (FA Cup)
March 25: Colombia U23 v. USMNT U23 (Olympic Qualifier), Guatemala v. USMNT (WC Qualifier)
March 26: Germany v. England (Friendly)
March 29: USMNT U23 v. Colombia U23 (Olympic Qualifier), USMNT v. Guatemala (WC Qualifier)
April 2: Liverpool v. ...
What a mess.
“I have to speak to the people who don’t have voices. I have to speak for my teammates now, and I have to speak for my teammates in the future. This is something that needs to be taken care of for the well-being of the White Sox, not just us in the clubhouse — not just Adam, not just me. This is something that could have a lasting impression for years to come, and could affect future teams, and I’m not a fan of that. I think if we’re truly trying to win a championship, ...
Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 128 comment(s)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1916:
The San Francisco Seals have let it be known that if Detroit doesn’t care for Harry Heilman, they will be plenty glad to have him back. A delay in mails early in the month gave the ‘Frisco folks the impression that Harry wouldn’t be asked to report at Waxahachie, and they prepared in celebration.
I should say so. Heilmann was a wonderful player. He hit .400 once, above .390 four times, won four batting titles, and put up a career line of .342/.410/.520 (148 ...Read More...
Shouldn’t Wieters be feeling better by now?
I asked Duquette if he felt confident that catcher Matt Wieters would be in the opening day lineup after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow during Saturday’s game.
“I’m not sure where that’s going to come out,” Duquette replied. “I know he needs a rest period before he ramps it up, but I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve heard. I know looking at Matt, it looks to me like he’s fairly encouraged by how he feels.
“We’re in a pretty good position ...
If you hang around a Royals Spring Training practice for even a few moments, you’ll hear the familiar and booming voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.
“Player!” is Kuntz’s signature bark at his troops, an endearing shout that has become the equivalent of his “Hello.”
Royals players view the term as a compliment about their skills, as in “He’s a player!” but few know the origin of Kuntz’s “Player!”
“I was with Houston, my second or third year coaching,” Kuntz recalled. “All the players would ...
Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
But how do they manage expectations?
With so many accomplished managers vacating the dugout in recent seasons—including three of the best ever—and with teams seemingly favoring younger, less experienced applicants when making manager hires, the game today appears to have fewer active managers on a Hall of Fame track. But let’s take a closer look using the James monitor system outlined above.
If you pay attention to the annual BA Best Tools balloting results, then you probably know the ...
Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
Casey Weathers, yellow sneakers flashing, takes a few running steps and a crow hop before hurling a baseball with all his might into a sock net, which is a mere 30-ish feet away from his release point. A radar gun reading gets spit out on a monitor mounted on the wall: 107.8 mph.
“I got really fortunate in the last year,” says Weathers, 30, who battled bad luck and injuries for the better part of five seasons. “I basically got signed by the Indians off a pull-down video.”
Casey Weathers Radar ...
Posted: March 18, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Should he stay or should he go now?
If he goes there will be trouble
An’ if he stays it will be double
So come on and let me know
TENNESSEE ERRORS: 3
1. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
2. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
3. P Jon Lester: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
I estimate that only 3-5 Primates are interested in college basketball, but I’m betting a few more will be tuned in for the next few weeks. Good luck getting that CBS bumper music out of your skull!
Link goes to “One Shining Moment” video
Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1916:
[Tigers manager Hughie] Jennings is having difficulty in securing nine men for his all-comers’ team which will battle the Irish contingent today. “Who wants to play against an Irishman on this day?” is the alibi.
They’ve got a point.
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