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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Even the worst MLB players are probably way better than any of us ever were. A humbling thought.
Anyway, OMNICHATTER is right here.
Posted: June 04, 2013 at 12:03 AM | 186 comment(s)
Monday, June 03, 2013
Cracking open a Bay window on a nice June evening.
It’s June 3, and Jason Bay is starting again tonight for the Mariners. He brings in just a .231 batting average, but his on-base percentage is more than a hundred points higher than that, and his slugging percentage is right there with Michael Morse’s and Kyle Seager’s. Through the first third of the season, Bay’s been a contributor, and a year ago he was a pile of crap. He cost the Mariners little to bring in, his placement on the ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 10:41 PM | 9 comment(s)
Jonathan Gray, the University of Oklahoma pitcher and No. 2 prospect heading into this year’s MLB Rule 4 draft, tested positive for the medication Adderall during baseball’s predraft drug testing program, according to multiple sources familiar with the details of Gray’s test.
The positive test will not result in a suspension, but will make Gray subject to additional follow-up testing once he begins his pro career, according to a source with Major League Baseball. Adderall comprises salts of ...
Flink: People here seem to hate Josh Hamilton. That replaces Alex Rodriguez, who also put up huge numbers for fans here only to get booed mercifully. Is this an odd current phenomenon?
Tim Cowlinshaw: The booing for A-Rod and for Josh exists for very different reasons. With A-Rod, it’s entirely with his persona. He’s really an insufferable human being and, in many cases, completely phony. Josh is not that. Josh is honest. Josh speaks from the hip. He doesn’t measure his words and he certainly ...
Looks like Jason Giambi has outlasted the next Jason Giambi.
Mark Teahen’s 2013 baseball odyssey took another turn Monday, as the Yucaipa High product was released by the Round Rock Express, triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Teahen batted .171 (6 for 35) with two RBIs in 10 games this season with Round Rock. The Rangers signed him and assigned him to Round Rock on May 23, four days after he was released by Arizona. He batted .211 in 22 games with the Diamondbacks’ triple-A team in ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 04:36 PM | 32 comment(s)
Richie Phillips, who led the Major League Umpires Association from 1978 to 1999, died Friday at his home in Cape May, N.J. He was 72….
After negotiating a contract for Villanova basketball star Howard Porter with the Chicago Bulls, Mr. Phillips began representing other athletes. In 1976, he helped organize the National Basketball Association’s referees into a collective bargaining unit, which he represented until 1984.
In 1978, Mr. Phillips became general counsel and executive director of ...
In 1970, 18-year old John D’Acquisto was recruited by three powerful institutions: USC, Major League Baseball & The United States military during the height of The Vietnam War.
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 03:01 PM | 8 comment(s)
Screw Gaspard Monge…Michael Young can do it all!
Crazy, in that Davis began the season with a lifetime .258 batting average and 77 homers in 1,520 at-bats. He attributes his lofty numbers this season to some advice he got from a former teammate with the Rangers.
“A long time ago Michael Young told me this is a game of routines and you really need to hammer a routine down,” Davis said. “It took me a while to kind of understand what he meant. I’d come in here and put my socks on the ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:54 PM | 31 comment(s)
Just another phoney dimension of the Trost/Levine regime.
It was the ultimate photo op: Derek Jeter, the face of the Yankees, meeting Bernando LaPallo, who at 111 years old would be older than than Yankees franchise itself. Like every other good thing, it’s probably not true. LaPallo’s age is very much in dispute, and he’s been accused of lying about it to sell books.
LaPallo met with Jeter and Joe Girardi before Saturday’s game, and regaled reporters with tales of attending New York ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 12:38 PM | 58 comment(s)
I saw on a website today
Some musings from MCoA
About Daniel Nava,
How he’s hot as lava,
And whether he’ll keep it that way:
Nava’s current 134 wRC+ stands fifteenth in the American League, and he’s not terribly far from being a deserving All-Star selection.
...I’m going to argue for optimism on Nava. I think it’s important to distinguish between Nava’s 2010 hot and cold streaks–which look very fluky in retrospect–and his 2012 hot and cold streaks, which look like something ...
In which Danny Espinosa learns that denial is not just a river in Egypt.
The hardest part is, you don’t feel it swinging,” LaRoche said. “So you don’t blame it on your shoulder. I just knew where I was, the way I was seeing the ball, and what I was feeling, not getting to balls that I always have. I just knew something was wrong…Finally, I just asked the doctors. ‘Could it be just weak? It’s not painful. It hurts to throw. But to swing, it’s not painful.’
The most tell-tale ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 07:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
Robert Ripley (yes, that Robert Ripley) discusses a baseball-ish game played in Egypt, via the El Paso Herald, June 3, 1913:
...they only had eight men on a side, short bases, and a very narrow bat, like a curtain pole…The baseball used is about the size of the usual indoor baseball, except that it is a little “faster”.
Each side is entitled to eight outs, one for each man, and is not retired as a side until the full eight men have been put out…To score a run a player must make a complete ...
The question now is, can Puig, perhaps the most hyped minor league outfielder since . . . well, since last year . . . bring enough magic to turn the Dodgers into a winner?
With half the regular lineup out because of injuries and the last-place Dodgers ranked 28th in the majors in scoring, it was clear Colletti had to do something to shake up his foundering team. Whether he did the right thing will be determined beginning Monday, when Puig is expected to make his big league debut against San ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 05:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
“Fingers are crossed
Just in case
Walking the dead”
“We deserve to be where we’re at right now,” Adam LaRoche said after today’s loss. “We’ve played like crap, and still not in awful shape. It only goes so far, we’re pretty deep into the season. We’ve got to get it going or else we won’t be there in the end. I don’t sense any panic or anyone stressing over it, but it’d be nice to pick it up a little.”
There are 105 games remaining in the season. That’s plenty of time to overcome the deficit ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 05:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
Thunderclap NEWMAN! (But hear me and hear me well!)
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The players in the Yankees’ and Red Sox’ dugouts may be on opposite sides of a historic rivalry but they have at least one thing in common: Thunder is scary.
With a storm having sent the players to their respective dugouts during a rain delay at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night, both teams were startled by a loud boom of thunder in the Bronx. ESPN cameras showed the reactions of players in both dugouts, ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 05:17 AM | 29 comment(s)
I have two kids with active schedules, and a wife who likes to unwind at the end of the day with a procedural crime drama. As a result, I DVR a lot of sports. Attempting to avoid the final score of a game I have recorded is a regular occurrence and a feat made more difficult with the presence of Facebook and Twitter. With Chrome extension Silencer, I can filter Facebook and Twitter to remove posts that may give away the result of a game. Or a TV drama I am behind on. Or suggested posts on ...
Posted: June 03, 2013 at 03:01 AM | 3 comment(s)
Sunday, June 02, 2013
They are Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz, and both pitched a no-hitter under Farrell’s tutelage. In their last season with him, they combined for a 36-16 record and a 2.83 earned run average. In their last season without him, they combined for a 20-22 record and a 4.70 E.R.A.
The Red Sox, who had won a championship and two other playoff berths in Farrell’s four seasons as pitching coach, fell to last place. Lester lost track of how many instructors came and went.
“The last three years ...
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 09:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
SAN DIEGO—Ricky Romero’s free fall continues, with no tenable end in sight.
The Blue Jays Saturday outrighted Romero, the club’s ace the past three years, off the 40 man roster. It was part of a roster clearing move Saturday that started with another blow to the pitching staff—the placement of right hander Brandon Morrow on the 15 day disabled list with a forearm strain.
That precipitated the club purchasing the contract of veteran right hander Ramon Ortiz, whom they outrighted two ...
RJ in TO
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 05:44 PM | 36 comment(s)
Gov. Phil Bryant, at a Coast press conference with Beau Rivage workers dressed as ballpark vendors and handing out CrackerJacks, today announced the state will kick in $15 million of BP oil disaster money to help build a baseball stadium in Biloxi.
He also announced that an ownership group he’s been working with since last year is about to buy a team to play there, although its name and pro team affiliation would not be announced until later.
Talk recently around Biloxi has centered on the ...
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 12:31 PM | 74 comment(s)
Old deers, not so much.
Jones is experiencing life outside professional baseball for the first time in more than 20 years after hanging up his cleats last October to end what many consider a Hall of Fame-worthy career.
This will be the first summer Jones isn’t running the bases or fielding ground balls since he was 7. He’s not worried about becoming restless, though.
“A lot of people thought I would struggle with retirement because they thought I was just a baseball player, and you ...
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 08:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
I guess there’s a little Francoeur in every hitter.
After going hitless again in the Yankees’ 11-1 loss to the Red Sox at the Stadium, Wells is just six for his last 48, dropping his average to .253.
“I just have to ride it out,” Wells said, who went 0-for-4. “I know I can get back to where I was that first month or so, I just have to get back to it.”
Sounds simple, but for a player coming off two horrendous seasons with the Angels, it’s hard to think his April production will be ...
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 05:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
“Well, back in the late 50s and early 60s—I’m not going to toot my own horn—but the New York Yankees were the most dominant team in baseball. They won it every year. And we got beat the first two games they came in town. A sportswriter came up to me on the third day and said, ‘How do you beat the Yankees?’ And I just wanted to go home because I was pitching the next day. So I said, ‘well it’s very simple: you shut ‘em out, you hit a home run, you win.’
And what do I do the next night? I ...
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
Harvey’s pitching today! So is Cat Latos’ dad! And Yu Darvish! And Cliff Lee! And Hyun-jin Ryu! And Clay Buchholz.
Basically, good pitchers are pitching today.
Posted: June 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM | 217 comment(s)
Saturday, June 01, 2013
From 2005-present, the AL is .553 (2106 games) [against the NL]...
This is an issue that I was just completely wrong about. For years, asked about the relative strength of the leagues, I would say that I didn’t see how there could be a significant disparity between them. The teams in the two leagues draft players from the same talent pool. They send players to the same minor leagues to develop them, and they play against each other in those leagues. They trade players between ...
A ROAD GAME at Miller Park usually means a stay at the Pfister, downtown Milwaukee’s historic hotel, which plays host to most visiting ballclubs. It’s got swank rooms, a prime location—and a major league reputation for spooking its guests. Rumor has it that the 120-year-old landmark is haunted by the ghost of its founder, Charles Pfister, who died in 1927. Sound silly? Tell that to these A-listers…
C.J. Wilson, Angels
I was on the computer one night, doing my typical shtick—surfing the web, ...
We all know that home plate umpires have different strike zones, and we’re aware that teams pay attention to and try to exploit that information. (Here’s a recent picture of some of Inside Edge’s umpire charts taped up in the Dodgers’ dugout.) But before I heard [Bill] James say it, I’d never considered that checked-swing strike rates might vary by base ump, or that pitchers might alter their approach accordingly. Of course, there’s no precise definition of what constitutes a ...
There is a joke told by Mexican baseball fans about Espino arriving at the pearly gates of heaven with much less fanfare. St. Peter doesn’t recognize Espino and asks God what he should do. “Don’t be a coward,” God says. “Pitch to him.”
Most American baseball fans wouldn’t recognize Héctor Espino either, even though he was the greatest hitter in Mexican history and by many accounts one of the best hitters of all time. Espino played from 1960 to 1984. He had wrists like the barrels of baseball ...
Posted: June 01, 2013 at 04:34 PM | 7 comment(s)
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