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Friday, July 01, 2016
1. Kevin Maitan, SS/3B, Venezuela (Video 1, 2, 3, 4)
Where to begin? How about at age 12? That’s when scouts started to identify Maitan as this class’s top overall player. By age 14, Maitan already had everything scouts are looking for in a baseball prospect. A picturesque build, good defensive actions at shortstop with plenty of arm for the position and not just usable but potentially impactful swings from both sides of the plate — as well as power projection to accompany it. The Braves ...
On MLB Radio they were saying the ban is for the next two years. Has anyone seen anything definitive?
The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.
It’s time for God to stop blessing America during the seventh-inning stretch.
Welcome to the July 4 holiday weekend — when once again, baseball fans will be assaulted by the saccharine-sweet non-anthem “God Bless America” at stadia all over this great land.
But no matter which home team you root, root, root for, “God Bless America” should be sent permanently to the bench.
Last year’s team overperformed. It happens. Instead of recognizing it as such, some people thought the team had turned a corner. This led to unrealistic expectations for this season. With the team’s play this season, people are now talking about what a mess the team is when, in actuality, it’s probably underperforming. It’s true talent level is somewhere in between. From where I sit, the team is on an upward slope overall but still not progressing as quickly as its fans want.
Pohlad added that ...
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
After essentially having his start skipped last week, Fulmer will start Friday night, then return on his regular four days of rest Wednesday afternoon. That will be his final start before the All-Star break. He won’t pitch again until they need a fifth starter for the fifth game out the break, currently scheduled for July 19 against the Twins.
Each of the other four rotation members will start twice in between then.
Manager Brad Ausmus’ predecessor, Jim Leyland, did something similar with ...
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
Here’s an excellent take on Jose Reyes and the domestic violence problem.
As hard as it is to acknowledge, if Reyes was not in professional baseball he would simply be somewhere else—likely somewhere where he is held less accountable for his actions, and somewhere that lacks the necessary resources and systems to ensure that his abuse doesn’t happen again. Rehabilitation and prevention are important things to keep in mind when faced with the knowledge that close to five million women in the US ...
He shelved the slider and used his changeup more. He’s a better pitcher with the slider but he can still be very effective without it.
“It felt good. I was able to go out there and pitch with no issues,” Matz said. “I would say [it gave me] a little relief, but this is something I’ve been dealing with. I knew what to expect.”
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, July 1, 1916:
A row between Capt. McBride of the Washington team and Mays, the Boston pitcher, precipitated a clase in the third inning of yesterday’s game [in Washington] that threatened for a time to develop into a general fight among the players of the two clubs.
The police restored order and after Agnew, a Boston catcher, had been arrested and Capt. McBride and Manager Griffith of the Washingtons put off the field, the game was resumed and Boston won, 6 to 1.
The trouble ...
Jon Heyman’s latest notes column.
Word going around the game is that while team honchos Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine, the managing partner and president, don’t even want to think about selling, not yet, and not when they’re so close (3.5 games) to the wild card, perhaps not everyone feels exactly that way. Despite the Yankees’ uninspiring standing and their overt flaws, the two at the top are advocating a wait-and-see approach. But word going around is that not everyone in Yankeeland ...
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
Major League Baseball could penalize the Red Sox over their 2015 international signings before this year’s signing period opens on Saturday, international baseball sources have told Baseball America.
The penalties being considered, according to those sources, include signing restrictions for the upcoming 2016-17 international signing period, and possibly making several of Boston’s top 2015 international signings free agents, who would then be available to sign with any team.
The timing of ...
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has the Cleveland Indians listed as one of eight teams on his no-trade clause, but according to a friend of Bruce, he only added the Indians as the eighth team as a late replacement for the Blue Jays after hearing Toronto was interested (he apparently liked the idea of going to the Jays).
The friend says Bruce has no negative feelings toward Cleveland or the Indians and would be very likely accept a deal there.
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
If it’s not all Robothal all the time, I’m not interested.
The Associated Press announced today it will begin using automated software to write stories for 10,000 Minor League Baseball games not previously covered by the news organization.
In order to get the stories written, the AP is working with technology company Automated Insights, which builds software capable of analyzing data, deducing the most important information, and turning deductions into readable stories.
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 15 comment(s)
OAKLAND—The Giants ditched the DH and allowed their pitcher to hit Thursday night against the A’s. And the decision paid off quickly, as Madison Bumgarner hit a double in his first plate appearance in the top of the third, sparking a rally in which the Giants scored six runs before an out was recorded.
The Giants became the first Major League club since the Chicago White Sox in 1976 to forgo the opportunity to use a designated hitter. The only other time it occurred was in 2009, when the ...
Posted: July 01, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 16 comment(s)
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw received an epidural shot in his lower back and will go on the 15-day disabled list, manager Dave Roberts said Thursday.
Kershaw had his second-worst outing of the season Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving up four runs on nine hits. A day later, as the Dodgers finished a four-game series in Pittsburgh, he was being examined in Los Angeles for what was then labeled as minor back discomfort.
Hopefully, it’s not a huge deal. In other news, ...Read More...
The Miami Marlins have been a somewhat surprising contender this season, and now, they are trying to improve their chances. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins have struck a deal with the San Diego Padres to acquire reliever Fernando Rodney.
The 39-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular this season, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28.2 innings of work. He has recorded 33 strikeouts and boasts a minuscule 0.872 WHIP. Rodney strengthens what is an already solid Miami ...
The Dodgers have acquired right-hander Bud Norris from the Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports two minor-leaguers will go to Atlanta in the deal.
Norris, 31, will provide immediate starting depth for a Dodgers’ rotation that has dealt with injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood and Brett Anderson so far this season. He has posted a 2.15 ERA over his last five starts, becoming a viable trade chip for a ...
A Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher suffered a potentially career-threatening eye injury in a freak training accident in the Class A Florida State League late last week, his agent confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.
Clearwater Threshers pitcher Matt Imhof, the Phillies’ second-round pick in the 2014 MLB first-year player draft, suffered a “significant injury to his right eye’’ during postgame arm care band work, agent Adam Karon said.
Imhof, 22, was taking part in a routine ...
The way MLB treats minor leaguers is bad enough without Congress expressly enabling them. Fortunately, despite the headline, this is only a bill submitted in the House, and one of the Representatives introducing the bill has already withdrawn her support (due to overwhelming negative reaction).
Posted: June 30, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again—Farrell may be part of the problem, but he’s certainly not the reason the floundering Red Sox are suddenly in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. And firing him would let his players off the hook when they don’t deserve it.
No manager is blameless when his team plays .385 ball for a month, but Farrell’s sliver of blame pie could barely feed a waif compared to the 1,600-calorie slab that is his roster.
A new manager ...
Contreras may not have the impact Schwarber had in 2015 as an all-around offensive force, but defense considered, the Cubs have essentially replaced Schwarber with a slightly different version of himself. It’s just that this version trends toward contact and more advanced defense behind the plate, with the same versatility options the Cubs and Maddon love to have available.
The question moving forward for the rookie backstop is whether his bat will keep him in the lineup when he’s not ...
Very strong praise.
Pitching coach Ray Searage already swears by the rehabilitation program. He called Tomczyk “a ... genius” for implementing it. The problem in typical rehab, Searage said, is pitchers rely on long toss, stretching out to 150 feet or more, and they can pick up bad habits that way.
Searage said sub-max was “an epiphany.” If Cole throws at 75 percent intensity from 90 feet, using the same delivery he would use on the mound, his mechanics stay sound — his release point ...
Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
Only one question really matters to me, are they good enough to compete? If they aren’t, it’s just another stunt.
“This isn’t a one-day event. That’s been done a dozen times. Let’s give women a chance to be part of a team, let’s give women a chance to play against men. What will they learn? What have they not been coached because they haven’t had the same coaching as boys? I remember being really disappointed with my sister’s coaches because they coached the girls a lot different than how I was ...
Anyone claiming the #Mets goofed by not re-signing Murph is blindly assuming that the Wilpons had enough $ for both him and Yoenis.
It’s just imperfect timing for a seriously flawed team. Terry Collins has clung to the Reyes’ dream like a drowning man to a life preserver, but more and more, this is beyond one player sprinting to the rescue.
Not Lucas Duda, who should be ready for the Tour de France after all this time spent on the stationary bike. Not Yulieski Gourriel, the Cuban ...
The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday.
The Associated Press, which did not previously publish minor league game stories, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper of the minor leagues:
Automated game stories are now available for all Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, ...
As long as most sabermetricians aren’t on camera we should be good. Otherwise, things might get ugly.
Ahh, no offense. :P
Posted: June 30, 2016 at 10:03 AM | 21 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 30, 1916:
So thoroughly incensed has Ty Cobb become as a result of the outrageous abuse to which he was subjected by [St. Louis] fans during the series just closed that he intends to bring the matter officially to the attention of President Johnson of the American league.
Johnson, it will be remembered, promised at the time of the Tigers’ famous strike four years ago that the ball players would be protected from personal abuse.
This promise is not being kept, for Cobb ...
And he pitched well enough to ignite a trade market that the Rays would benefit from warming as a third choice to a $7.5 million option and a $2.5 million buyout for next season, with the Rangers already hot on Moore’s trail and three-four others expected to join the pursuit.
“He’s a top-of-the-rotation guy,” said good buddy Alex Cobb, who is nearing the end of his own TJ rehab. “He showed that before he got hurt, and it took him a little while to get back. But it seems like he’s back to being ...
Posted: June 30, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Kentucky congressman Brett Guthrie and Illinois congresswoman Cheri Bustos have introduced a new act to the House of Representatives to limit the salaries of minor league baseball players.
The “Save America’s Pastime Act” act comes in response to a push for minor-league players to make more money and a lawsuit arguing that federal overtime laws should apply to players.
If the bill is passed, minor league players would not be protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
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