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Saturday, January 03, 2015
So Jerry Green didn’t vote for John Smoltz because of (wait for it)...Jack Morris!
Green Ballot: Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Gary Sheffield and Alan Trammell.
It must be noted that I did not vote for John Smoltz, who is likely to make it.
Again, these votes involve personal opinion. I do not consider any of my votes to be frivolous.
Smoltz won 213 games, mostly as a starting pitcher, and saved 154 as a ...
Posted: January 03, 2015 at 10:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
The Schilling and Mussina vs. Smoltz debate has hit mainstream!
Given that Maurer was all but finished as a starter in Seattle, there’s no guarantee he can start with San Diego. He might simply not be up for it, or he might simply not be able to achieve a sufficient level of consistency. If Maurer can’t start, he can relieve, and he can relieve well, in a prominent role. But if Maurer can start? The A’s didn’t think Ross could start. Ross is, today, a big reason why the Padres think they could field a 2015 playoff team. The Padres no longer had much of a ...
Posted: January 03, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
Hanley Ramirez isn’t a utility player. It’s silly to list him as one.
Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox
Ramirez is a newcomer to this category. He has spent nearly his entire career at shortstop, playing 1,077 games at the position, while making only 98 appearances elsewhere—all at third base. That, however, didn’t stop the Red Sox from listing him as a left fielder after signing him to a four-year, $88 million contract this offseason.
It remains to be seen how exactly Ramirez will fare in the outfield, ...
Posted: January 03, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 8 comment(s)
He may have looked like “The Natural” when he debuted as a 19-year old with the Brewers, but in the end too much of what Sheffield accomplished came about in “unnatural” ways.
Posted: January 03, 2015 at 03:45 AM | 93 comment(s)
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Friday, January 02, 2015
Problem: The rights to Family Matters were originally owned by ABC, then CBS bought them. No way is that valuable series being sold to NBC. Sorry, not happening.
Problem: Peace in the Middle East would be amazing, ...
Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and ...
Posted: January 02, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 14 comment(s)
A look at the Braves top prospects. Rather than using stars for the ratings, it would be better is the writer used the standard 20-80 scouting scale.
Posted: January 02, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
John Tomase Tweeted his article with this lead in.
In my final column for the Boston Herald, I reveal my Hall of Fame ballot, so the Internet can tell me I’m a moron.
Posted: January 02, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Chicago Eagle, January 2, 1915:
Thirty-five deaths and 918 injuries were caused by baseball during 1914, according to figures made public by a sport writer who kept a tabulation of the season’s records.
Of the players who died from injuries 20 were hit by pitched balls, five were struck by bats, four were in collisions, four overexerted themselves, one was hurt sliding into a base, and one was killed in a fight.
Injuries to amateur players are classified as follows: Broken limbs, 314; ...
Smith and Denorfia are good, serviceable players.
For about three years Pedro was as great as any pitcher ever has been. Just as great as Lefty Grove or Walter Johnson or Bob Feller or Sandy Koufax and maybe even better. He wasn’t as durable (how can you be when you’re that little?) but Pedro was an amazing pitcher who was fun to watch. It’s likely that Martinez’s appearance on the ballot will siphon votes from fellow starting pitchers Curt Schilling and Mike Mussina, contemporaries who suffer by comparison…
It certainly would have been nice to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Camden Yards in July 2016, but Baltimore has reportedly fallen out of contention for the Midsummer Classic and all the economic benefits that make it a highly coveted civic event.
No one is saying exactly why the city has gone from being called a “very, very viable candidate” by baseball commissioner Bud Selig in May to being all-but-officially out of the picture, but you can draw your own conclusions…
Thursday, January 01, 2015
The Yankees have acquired right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve from the Braves in exchange for southpaw Manny Banuelos, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports (Twitter link).
First Love Was Baseball
It was baseball, not politics, that first engaged him, and he proved as aggressive in one as in the other. After graduating from St. John’s Preparatory School in Queens in 1949, he played on the freshman baseball team at St. John’s University.
A strapping six feet tall, 190 pounds at age 19, he signed a contract to play center field for the Class D Brunswick Pirates in Georgia in 1952, reportedly receiving a $2,000 signing bonus, sizable for that time. Mr. Cuomo ...Read More...
A lot of good questions about the Tigers.
4. Is Scherzer going to return?
Tigers officials have said repeatedly that they haven’t spoken with Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, about a return, and that their best shot to re-sign him was last spring before he hit free agency. And yet, none of the parties involved have ruled out a reunion. They know better after all the deals Boras has done with owner Mike Ilitch and all the times Ilitch has rewarded players who win for him.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski ...
Posted: January 01, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
I’ve enjoyed Alex Speier’s coverage of the Red Sox and look forward to what’s next for him. I find his view of the changing nature of baseball coverage interesting.
Posted: January 01, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Its a shame about the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports….
The shortstop played second base for the Washington Nationals at the end of last season after he was acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Cleveland Indians.
A two-time All-Star, Cabrera batted .229 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Nationals in 49 games after the trade. In total, between both teams, he ...
Must be the Denver schools.
Free agent catcher Nick Hundley and the Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract worth around $6 million, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Connolly reports that the Orioles made Hundley a two-year offer to remain in Baltimore after acquiring him from the Padres in May, but he opted for more money and the promise of more playing time in Colorado.
Hundley hit .243 with six homers and a .631 OPS in 83 games overall and has a .680 OPS for his career.
Looks like the Reds have their new left fielder. Marlon Byrd is going to be traded to the Reds from the Phillies, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. In return, the Phillies will get at least minor-league pitcher Ben Lively while also sending some cash to the Reds, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox.
Byrd, 37, will make $8 million this coming season and has a vesting option—that will trigger if he gets 550 plate appearances in 2015—for $8 million in 2016.
With the Gizmo, there’s no need to wait around for the official announcement to start trying to figure out what the writers are thinking.
The simplest way to figure out which factor has helped Smoltz the most is to examine his backers’ stated reasons for supporting him. Of the 78 “yes” votes for Smoltz linked from Thibs’s tracker, only 18 include an explanation that goes beyond “he’s a no-brainer.” While some writers might be unaware of or unwilling to reveal the biases governing ...
Posted: December 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 75 comment(s)
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If you thought that league average pitching and overlooked domestic violence was all that Brett Myers was about, you couldn’t be more wrong. He’s also a singer.
He has a single out. It’s called “Kegerator.” It’s the touching tale of a guy who drank so much beer that his wife kept hassling him so he bought a kegerator and now all his wife sees is one glass instead of a bunch of empty cans. And now he and his friends are “as happy as can be” because their wives are fooled. I wish ...
In any given season, there are more future Hall of Famers than you probably realize at first glance. Take 1994. Eighteen current Hall of Famers played that season…
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