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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Just one game (perhaps one inning) to shrug off ... or a sign of what’s to come?
The results have been striking. Batters are not swinging and missing Sale’s pitches in the same way — his swing and miss rate is all the way down to 9.2 percent. Hitters are not chasing his pitches out of the strike zone like they did. And even when they do chase, they’re connecting a lot more often. For the first time in his career, Sale is not striking out at least one batter per inning.
And the overall ...
The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.
On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.
Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to ...
Yes, it was interrupted by three blown saves in the World Series. But New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia now owns sole possession of the franchise record for consecutive regular-season saves.
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 5 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Losing has a way of grating on you, though, and with the Twins a MLB-worst 11-34 heading into Wednesday’s game against Kansas City, there’s been plenty of losing to go around. That may have been what led to the incident Bremer described to Fargo, North Dakota radio host (on 970 AM WDAY) Mike McFeely last week:
Surprisingly, Bremer said one player has confronted him this season about being too critical of the team. Bremer wouldn’t name the player.
“I make it a practice to go in the ...
Wow, what an inspiring story.
Bud Selig: It was a tight race. Every time McGwire hit a home run, Sosa would hit one right back.
Tony La Russa: Sometimes, McGwire would hit a home run, and when he finished rounding the bases, a fist would punch through his stomach, and the crowd would scream in horror as Sammy Sosa clawed his way out of Mark McGwire’s body and revealed that the home run had just been hit by Sosa in a clever disguise. Then, the real Mark McGwire would come out of the dugout ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 25, 1916:
Manager Lee Fohl of the Cleveland Indians does not agree with Clark Griffith that cigarets are bad for professional ball players.
Griffith is deadly opposed to cigarets and his players know it, for any member of the local club caught smoking a cigaret is fined $10.
Fohl said: “You’ve got to show me where cigarets ever harmed a ball player. I will admit that perhaps they would be better off without smoking, but I don’t believe it hurts them much…In the first ...
Fowler has been one of the premier leadoff hitters in baseball, hitting .314 with a .435 on-base percentage, including five homers and 21 RBI. He has the third-highest WAR among NL position players, and the Cubs, not coincidentally, are 29-14.
Yet, he was available 10 days into spring training when the Cubs signed him to a one-year, $13 million contract, because teams were so intent on retaining the first-round draft pick they would have forfeited to sign Fowler, one of 16 players who rejected ...
There is no greater transgression to the press than a player leaving the clubhouse before talking to waiting reporters. As this article shows, the vilifying begins immediately.
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 52 comment(s)
From reading some of my Twitter follows I conclude his issues must be due to pitching the most innings in a year following Tommy John surgery.
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
Harvey’s performance was not pretty.
In Tuesday’s rematch, Harvey surrendered a career-high 20 total bases before departing. Of the 90 pitchers to make at least nine starts this season, he is one of four to fail to reach the seventh inning at least once. The others are Michael Pineda, Wily Peralta and Shelby Miller.
The Mets had implored Harvey to fire his fastball more forcefully on Tuesday than in previous starts. And Harvey actually had his best velocity of the season in the early innings, ...
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has resumed throwing at home in California and should report to the team’s Florida complex midweek, assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday.
D’Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. He has been working at home with his personal physical therapist/trainer.
Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Major League Baseball pitchers who throw a high percentage of fastballs may be at increased risk for Tommy John surgery, according to research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Researchers suggest that throwing fastballs nearly half of the time puts pitchers at risk of injury to their elbow. MLB pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery threw on average 7 percent more fastballs than pitchers who had no surgery.
Researchers found no statistical ...
This year, even with a team that’s flirting with the .500 mark for the first time in years, Miami is averaging just 20,508 fans per game, which ranks 26th in the league.
The answer to the team’s box-office woes, obviously, is to start suing season ticket holders.
Posted: May 24, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
Log onto any mainstream website or media outlet (certainly any program within the ESPN empire) and 30 seconds cannot pass without extreme statistical analysis, which didn’t exist 20 years ago, hijacking the conversation. But not in “BlackWorld,” where never is heard an advanced analytical word. Not in urban barbershops. Not in text chains during three-hour games. Not around office water coolers. Not even in pressrooms or locker rooms where black folks who make a living in the industry ...
The shuuto isn’t new or unique. Its first introduction to Americans was as “the great equalizer,” the pitch that constantly bedeviled Tom Selleck in Mr. Baseball. Only the name is exotic. In MLB, the shuuto has been thrown for decades, but under a different identity. You know it as a two-seam fastball, or a circle change, or a screwball. It’s any pitch that breaks to a pitcher’s arm side. The shuuto in Japan generally falls somewhere between a change-up and a fastball in velocity, but it’s ...
QVC Marine Field is one of the most unique venues in NPB. Fans in the upper deck can see the ocean behind the right field wall. The sea can play havoc with the winds, but were calm on this day. It’s an outdoor stadium, but the turf is artificial, which allows doorless Audi convertibles to cart in relief pitchers without breaking the field. The most unique in-play feature is the vast stretch of foul territory; during a game in mid-May a runner advanced to second on a sacrifice fly to the ...
The family of Gwynn, who played for the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001, filed the lawsuit against Altria Group Inc., the company formerly known as Philip Morris. They allege the company induced Gwynn to start dipping when he began college at San Diego State University in 1977 with free samples of their product, knowing its health risks. As The New York Times reports:
For 31 years—1977 to 2008—Gwynn used one and a half to two cans of smokeless tobacco (usually Skoal) per day. It was the ...
This trade isn’t working out as planned.
The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.
They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.
The Braves immediately designated for assignment ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 24, 1916:
Mike Mowrey was put out of yesterday’s game after he had been called out at second on a close play. He laid on the ground and gave an imitation of swimming. Umpire Byron promptly ordered him from the field.
Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.
Then last year the Marlins sued Axelband, alleging he had illegally backed out of a two-year season ticket deal. He might have reacted angrily, but that’s just not the kind of guy he is. “I wasn’t shocked, just disappointed,” he says. “After all these years, I wondered, why now?”
Axelband isn’t alone. In fact, the Marlins have sued at least nine season ticketholders and luxury suite owners since 2013. That virtually never happens in sports, experts say. Two stadium vendors are also locked in ...
I paid good $ to see BartoLOLo swing the bat at Nats Park and instead this happened:
Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times.
“I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it ...
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