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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Ultimately, though, no adjustment is going to handle the central conflict baseball faces in this regard: Short postseason series don’t necessarily reward the best teams, and so any system that relies on short series is going to lead to unsatisfying outcomes (from a competitive fairness perspective). The fairest way of resolving this would be to have a perfectly balanced schedule and a single regular season champion (as is done in European soccer). The team that plays the best over the course ...
TDF, situational idiot
Posted: December 31, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 71 comment(s)
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, December 31, 1915:
[Boston Red Sox owner Joe] Lannin has read a lot of stories in which Benny [Kauff] has said about his prowess at smashing baseballs, and he makes no secret of the fact that Benny must prove it first.
“I suppose this Kauff is a pretty good ball player,” said Lannin, “but I can’t see where he gets the nerve to talk of himself in the same breath with Ty Cobb. Why you have to consider the class that Kauff has been playing in for the last two years. When ...
It was the day the Senators were battling John McGraw’s Giants in the seventh game of the World Series. Bucky Harris, a great manager, had pulled the sixth game out of the fire by singling in the tying and winning runs.
1924 World Series, Game 7
1924 World Series, Game 7
The baseball writers had called it “Griffith’s Folly” when I named the 27-year-old Harris manager of my club before the start of the 1924 season. He had only been a minor league manager for two years and he was rated ...
Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
Not really true, but great line.
With the Orioles in the market for another left-handed bat and searching for one more outfielder, it’s natural to link them to Denard Span as we approach 2016.
Span also would fill their need for a leadoff hitter, allowing them to lower Manny Machado in the order. They place a great deal of emphasis on defense, and Span isn’t suited for New Year’s Eve celebrations because he rarely lets a ball drop.
Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
“If your pitching and your defense, if they play well, then we can afford to give up some offense,” Stewart said. “We’re just being cognizant and, quite frankly, doing my job to look at everything and the areas that may be deficient. And if we are deficient in some areas, then I’ve got to try to improve them if I can.”
Posted: December 31, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
If Josh Gibson had played in the American league, Babe Ruth’s home run record might not have lasted a dozen years. In 1939 against top Negro League teams, Josh smashed 23 in only 117 at bats. That’s 98 per 550! Babe’s record was 60 in 540 AB. Josh’s target was 408 feet down the line in Washington; Babe’s was 296 feet in New York….
In 1943 Gibson slammed ten balls into the distant Washington bleachers in 40 games. The entire American League, which shared the park, hit only one out ...Read More...
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Kazmir’s deal is for three years and $48MM total (Twitter link). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds a very interesting wrinkle, however, reporting that Kazmir receives an opt-out in his contract after the first year of the deal, allowing him to re-enter the market in a pitching-depleted 2016-17 free-agent class if he remains healthy this year
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 34 comment(s)
Click the link and read the rest.
A turning point in my baseball reading, when I began to appreciate the impressive history of the game’s literature, came with my teenage discovery of Charles Einstein’s three (later four) volumes of The Fireside Book of Baseball, an anthology of game accounts, columns, poems, illustrations, and cartoons covering several decades. The series had been around a while before I ran across it, but I first read the words of Ring Lardner, Heywood Broun, and Damon ...
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 03:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
Also not helping Cespedes is the simple fact that we’re in the midst of what’s a very tough market for outfielders, given that there’s no shortage of them still available—Alex Gordon, Justin Upton, Dexter Fowler and Denard Span, plus Carlos Gonzalez and others via trade. For outfield-needy teams without unlimited funds like the Angels, White Sox, or Giants, is it worth all that risk when more inexpensive options are available?
But that hot month, you protest. If we’ve learned anything this ...
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
In a new documentary titled Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson, MLB Network will dive deep into the life of the famed player-turned-broadcaster, who is celebrating his 50th year in Major League Baseball.
Airing Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT, the hour-long documentary, narrated by Bob Costas, will feature Hawk telling stories of what “Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams thought of each other’s playing ability; his friendship with Mickey Mantle; meeting Hall of Fame NFL coach Vince ...
El Paso Herald, December 30, 1915:
Only the unwritten rule that bars negroes from major league participation has kept out of organized baseball one of Cuba’s most wonderful players—“Black” Gonzales.
Gonzales has an ear so finely attuned that the instant the bat hits the ball he can tell where it is going. Time and again he has been blindfolded and then called off the exact direction in which the drive is going. Very often he has fielded the ball while in an outfield position with his eyes ...
The White Sox and Orioles have emerged as the favorites to sign Cespedes, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The Angels, Giants and Rangers are all reportedly monitoring the situation as well.
Cespedes, 30, has been reportedly seeking a six-year deal or at least a deal worth more than $100 million after a career year in 2015. He batted .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 159 games with the Tigers and Mets. CBS Sports reported last week that a reunion with the Mets is unlikely, ...
My favorite part of the interview was when Boras said Davis was a option at third base, which, if I am remembering correctly, produced a chuckle from one of the hosts.
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 14 comment(s)
I didn’t watch the full video. Is this report based entirely on the guy/intern who retracted his claims?
The version of the report on Al Jazeera’s website now contains a correction at the top, dated Monday, that says an earlier version of the written version of the story – not the film – contained references to Zimmerman and Howard using human growth hormone.
“The substance alleged was Delta 2, not HGH,” the correction reads.
The film version of the report contains a conversation ...
The Padres have a new intern.
For many players, leaving the game begs the huge question of what to do next, but for former big league reliever Takashi Saito, that period was remarkably brief.
A month after throwing his last pitch for his hometown Rakuten Eagles, the former National League all-star announced he would be joining the San Diego Padres as a front office intern, a job that took him to Nashville, Tennessee, this month for the baseball winter meetings.
At the time of the announcement, ...
Posted: December 30, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Washington has found its utility middle infielder, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract late Tuesday night with Stephen Drew. The agreement was first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, who adds that Drew can earn another $1.25 million in performance-based incentives as part of the one-year deal.
Drew has batted just .185/.257/.347 in 728 plate appearances over the last two seasons, but he did manage to slug 17 home runs in 131 games (115 starts) with the Yankees in 2015.
[bq]The object of considerable attention among the authors of this site, it’s probably not inaccurate to suggest that infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts is riddled with virtue. Or perhaps, afflicted by virtue. In either case, what he’s done is to parlay wide-ranging competence into a star-level profile. He’s projected to produce nearly a 20-20 season while also recording a strikeout rate of about 12%. He certainly doesn’t possess the skill set typical of a right fielder, but he’s ...Read More...
I thought the Nationals already had a stadium?
All this has to make any American baseball fan think: What if our national pastime finally got a national venue?
What if a stadium was constructed somewhere in the United States to serve as the official center of baseball in America? How would it work? Where would it be built? Would it make the game even more popular than it already is? Would it create even more indelible history and hallowed ground in a game that’s been built on time-honored ...
Minor League pay is not just an ownership problem. It’s also a player problem. The players should be pushing to increase the owners to increase the Minor League players’ share of MLB revenue. Doubling or tripling their pay would be a small piece of the overall pie.
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 45 comment(s)
It just so happens I enjoy watching a single team!
Specifically, in a recent court-filing in the Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball lawsuit – in which the plaintiffs are challenging various MLB broadcasting practices under federal antitrust law – MLB’s lawyers have indicated that changes are in store for MLB.TV in the coming year. As the league’s attorneys explain on Page 9 of the document available here:
“beginning next season MLB will make single-team, out-of-market ...
I prefer Seager as well.
“Seager is more prepared to impact the Major Leagues in the next calendar year, but Buxton will be the more impactful player in the years that follow,” a second executive said.
It’s true that Buxton’s performance hasn’t quite measured up to his potential as of yet, with injuries playing a large part in hampering his development. Seager, on the other hand, has been durable and has flat-out performed, particularly in a 2015 season that saw him not only make it to the big ...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
I watched a few of the games which Jessica Mendoza broadcasted. I get that it’s great to have a woman in the booth. I don’t particularly get why it’s great to have Jessica Mendoza in the booth. Although stealing time away from John Kruk, Dan Shulman, and Curt Schilling improves the broadcast, I don’t remember her saying anything particularly insightful. I’d much rather have ESPN get rid of all three of them, cut the broadcast team down to two people and make sure those two people understand ...Read More...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
women in baseball
New York Evening World, December 29, 1915:
The genial ex-President [William Howard Taft]...went on record as very much against the use of slang on the diamond. He says that all slang expressions should be suppressed.
Mr. Taft said he had attended the baseball game between Yale and Harvard last commencement, during which the slangy phrases used by the players to embarrass each other were anything but edifying.
“To hear the undergraduates on exhibition before 10,000 people calling out to ...
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