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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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 ...
They didn’t give up much. They can try and sign Chapman. If they can’t they will get a compensation pick. A nice deal for the Yankees.
Oh, the Yankees hated losing right-hander Rookie Davis, whom some scouts view as a potential a No. 3 starter. Former first-round pick Eric Jagielo, though, had no chance of passing first-base prospect Greg Bird, particularly when he has struggled to stay healthy. The other two players whom the Yankees sent to the Reds—second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander ...
Posted: December 29, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
Monday, December 28, 2015
In addition to Bonds, Clemens, Piazza and Bagwell, I voted for Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Tim Raines and Curt Schilling. I did not vote for Mark McGwire, a confirmed user, and Sammy Sosa, an alleged one. But every year I reconsider. This is McGwire’s 10th and final chance on the ballot. Maybe I will vote for Sosa in the future, maybe not.
Posted: December 28, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 73 comment(s)
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Milwaukee Sentinel, December 28, 1915:
This is how Bennie Kauff, the young Ty Cobb of the Federal League, regards his ability as a ball player and his prospects in organized baseball:
“I’ll show those birds something when I get itno the league. If Larry Doyle and those fellows can bat around .330 I’m good for .375…When I play on the Polo Grounds that right field will be a cinch. I’ll knock them in right handed.
“Those National league catchers stop me! Say, if I don’t steal forty bases next ...
These kids, Kevin Pillar and Kyle Schwarber, I would instead put in the Union Army. Granted, Schwarber’s look suggests “Union soldier” less than “often drunk frat boy.” However, his round, well-fed face fits the better-supplied Northern ranks, and that tuft carries a hint of Pennsylvania Dutch farmer with it. JDavis1He needs to be careful, though. Grow it out too low, and he’ll end up resembling Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Luckily the Yankees have some big contracts coming off the books.
By the way, that restricted budget almost certainly will leave the Yankees with the majors’ second-largest payroll. That is their strange place — being called cheap while having a huge payroll and trying to win and rebuild at the same time.
Posted: December 28, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Stan Kasten is a very smart guy.
Some people seem stumped as to why a team with your revenue wouldn’t guarantee a sixth year for a pitcher that good. Can you explain?
Kasten: We evaluate stuff very carefully, from performance to contracts to physical conditions to the arc of performance over various ages. We value productivity levels in free-agent contracts. All things factored in, we could not get to a point we felt hamstrung down the road. Having said that, we went beyond what we felt was ...
Posted: December 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
RIP. Thank heavens he’ll be remembered for the home run in the Championship Series and not the one he hit in the World Series.
Henderson spent 14 seasons split between five organizations (Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants). He slugged 197 home runs in 1,538 career regular-season games and earned an All-Star selection with the A’s in 1991.
The man known as “Hendu” will be remembered as much for his infectious personality as his ...
Posted: December 27, 2015 at 01:18 PM | 48 comment(s)
Noah is happy to have Big Sexy back.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
A 16 year-old with these comparisons? O.K., you have my attention.
One veteran American League international scout called him young and raw, but a rare talent with signs of Willie Mays and Bo Jackson, due to his combination of speed and power.
Maybe the guy likes Cincy and doesn’t want to move his family.
TO TURN DOWN TWO trades is a selfish move. The team doesn’t want him. Yes, he is within his contractural rights. But does he want to win? He could have played next year in Washington for the same salary he will make from the Reds in 2016 and have a chance to win.
Posted: December 26, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 26 comment(s)
Friday, December 25, 2015
There might be some returns.
Merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate this time of year! Thanks for continuing to make this a great place to keep up and discuss the great game we call love.
Posted: December 25, 2015 at 03:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
Petco brings out the crazy.
Two years ago, a man named Derris Devon McQuaig walked into the San Diego County Recorder’s Office and transferred the deed for Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, to himself. For the past two years, he has owned the deed, and nobody can get it back.
The San Diego Union-Tribune has the whole story, which you should absolutely read because it’s a hilarious set of legal loopholes coinciding to leave some dude with the deed to the Padres’ downtown ballpark. ...
Posted: December 25, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 32 comment(s)
This was not an enjoyable read. Apparently Buckley takes the criticism of his ballot a little too much to heart.
Posted: December 25, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
No airing of grievances in the Murphy household.
Former New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has agreed to a three-year deal with the Washington Nationals, a club source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
Murphy set a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games and earned National League Championship Series MVP honors.
Posted: December 24, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
So what’s a poor batter to do. It depends on what the batter is trying to do. If getting on base is the primary goal, then swinging level would appear to the best strategy. You’ll still hit a lot of home runs if the bat speed is high and the aim is good. Indeed that is exactly the approach advocated by Ted Williams, as written in his classic book The Science of Hitting. Someone who hit 521 career home run with a 0.482 lifetime on-base percentage must surely know whereof he speaks.
But to ...
Posted: December 24, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
I wish I had noticed this article earlier because I would have added the books to my Christmas list.
Macht’s original proposal envisioned a 300-page book. Then he traveled to Mack’s East Brookfield, Mass., birthplace and knew immediately he would need more to tell the story of a man whose life and career spanned much of baseball and American history.
“The town had all the records - birth, death, voting, school,” Macht said from his Escondido, Calif., home. “I wrote it chronologically. I was up ...
Posted: December 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
Here’s a picture of Ty Cobb, John Philip Sousa Jr., and one of Cobb’s hunting dogs, published in the Milwaukee Journal 100 years ago today:
I don’t really know why, but I love the idea that Ty Cobb hung out with John Philip Sousa’s son.
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