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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
If Marcell Ozuna’s breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn’t terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we’d named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ “five-tool players.”
Okay, we’ll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, ...
Aside from older Cuban players who have come over, Maitan, a 16-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, is the best international prospect for July 2 since Miguel Sano signed with the Twins for $3.15 million in 2009. Scouts considered both players potential impact, middle-of-the-order bats, though staying at shortstop was never a realistic option for Sano. With Maitan, he might be able to stay there, which is why you can argue he might be an even better prospect.
It takes a lot longer than that to ...
Colabello claims, “I can give you a thousand different theories [on how the metabolite showed up on the test]. My mind has literally gone to every possible corner that you can imagine. It’s gone to my mom’s breast cancer medicine. It’s gone to my dog’s medication.”
Unfortunately for Colabello, the damage is already done. His theories and words aren’t sufficient enough to clear his name or drop the 80-game suspension he’s currently serving without pay. He’ll have to step back onto the field ...
Dykstra won’t be invited to Davey Johnson Day.
While Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was pitching to Cheslor Cuthbert, a bird flew near home plate at Kauffman Stadium.
Not only did the bird narrowly miss the ball, but also the bat as Cuthbert swung.
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress.
The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going to third on a single to short left, and scoring on a sac fly. Fabulous.
Next was Daniel Murphy hitting one deep to right. The ball hit the top of the wall and rolled toward the infield. Running all the way, Murphy easily made third, whereas “the game has changed” posers and joggers would’ve been at second, if ...
Washington Times, June 28, 1916:
A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted ...
Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.
Yesterday’s performance was brutal.
This is crazy. I’m shocked they didn’t call the game.
Good news: I have discovered something that is worse than a two-out pitching change in the ninth inning.
A rain delay in the ninth inning.
Wait, there’s more: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay.
What’s that? Still more? Yes: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay in a game that saw its first pitch delayed by 21 minutes because of the threat of rain even though rain wasn’t falling.
That’s the ticket. At least I’ll have a story ...
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
I know what I will be watching tonight.
Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Nationals Park against the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg, where he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts.
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
This is a must read.
Dykstra earned roughly $36.5 million during his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
But it never was enough. Ask him to pinpoint a moment or two (or three) when things began to spin out of control on him, and he says it wasn’t really one moment.
Then, he pauses. Long. Several seconds pass.
“Money became, like, the driving force of my life, you know?” he says slowly. “Even though I had a ton of it, I wanted more. Money’s important; we all need money ...
Monday, June 27, 2016
We’re not selling band t-shirts here.
Oh, Billy Beane could still have his usual deadline fun, moving left-hander Rich Hill (if healthy), third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever John Axford, perhaps even closer Ryan Madson if some team will overpay, maybe a few others.
But it’s time for the Athletics to commit to a direction, going all-in with their veterans who matter most, and allowing that group to serve as a foundation while the team’s next wave of prospects emerges.
The A’s live in ...
Specifically because of Puig’s track record, I don’t think we should assume this is what he is, now. He deserves more time to come out of this, because he is terrifically gifted. That being said, Jeff Francoeur was also terrifically gifted, in many similar ways. He and Puig have employed a similar approach, and Francoeur’s productivity with it was unsustainable. I’m not sure what Puig’s future holds, but it’s pretty obvious one way he could go.
Bob Uecker, who along with Bob Prince and Warner Wolf called the action for ABC, warned the new Bird watchers.
“He’s one of the funniest guys I have seen come along in baseball in a long time. He has outstanding stuff and you’re going to see a lot of antics from this young right-hander tonight.”
As noted in his 2013 biography, “The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych,” author Doug Wilson wrote: “Mark seemed to be all Prince, Uecker and Wolf were able to talk about on the ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 24 comment(s)
Green told me McGwire is the most humble superstar he has ever been around. He doesn’t want to talk about himself or his career, he always wants it to be about their current players. He also said it only took about a couple weeks for Big Mac to get his flow and learning what Green needs from him during a game. That’s an incredibly short amount of time for two guys who had never worked together.
So when I asked him if Mark McGwire could be a big-league manager one day, Green was hesitant to ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
I am a little surprised Levine said this. He’s 100% right, but publicly dissing writers for saying stupid stuff usually doesn’t happen.
Team president Randy Levine on suggestions that Yankees should become sellers at trade deadline: “I don’t pay any attention to any of that. That’s for you guys [with] nothing more important to write about that to write nonsense. When we decide to become sellers, if we decide to become sellers or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know. The difference is that ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 18 comment(s)
Another Chad Kuhl scouting report.
1. Kevin Maitan, ss, Venezuela
Born: Feb. 12, 2000. Height: 6-2. Weight: 175. B-T: B-R. Video….
The biggest split among scouts is where Maitain projects best defensively. He’s a shortstop now and should be able to stay there at least early on in his minor league career. He’s athletic and a plus runner underway, though with his body type he will probably slow down a grade. Maitan has good hands, footwork and body coordination at shortstop. His arm is another plus tool, though his arm ...
The New York Yankees will announce Monday morning that they are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team’s new fan-to-fan ticket exchange.
Financial terms were not available, but the business is believed to be worth more than $100 million to the Yankees over the term of the contract.
The deal brings to an end a long battle between the team and StubHub, which began in 2012 when the Yankees were one of two ...
Chad Kuhl accounted well for himself in his debut against Clayton Kershaw. He was competitive. His fastball sat between 95-97 mph. He has a live arm. His secondary stuff lags behind his fastball and it’s in part why he didn’t put up monster strikeout numbers at the minor league level. He lived up to his Baseball Prospectus scouting report:
“Kuhl would have an above-average fastball just based on velocity (he sits in the low 90s), but what makes it a plus pitch is that ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
Stroman, meanwhile, will try to lock in on the gains he made Sunday and leverage them when he starts the Canada Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians on Friday.
“You don’t want to think when you’re out there, but I’ve been struggling so obviously I’ve been thinking in between starts, just doing everything I can to get myself where I need to be, but for the most part when I’m out there, I’m not thinking, I’m just trying to execute my pitches and get on the same wavelength as ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
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