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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
“I think people forget that this was my first bad year,” said Myers, a former top prospect. “Everyone talks about ‘his swing was this, his swing was that.’ A lot of that had to do with being hurt, having to make changes in my swing to get to pitches I couldn’t when I was hurt. … This offseason, it’s about getting healthy and coming out and just being the same guy I’ve always been.”
A bigger challenge may be presented in a full-time position switch; though he’s played the ...
Like the Yankees, I suppose, I expect a bounce-back year.from Drew. He’s no superstar, but he’s another nice solid pickup for the Yankees this off-season.
Posted: January 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
It’s not easy repeating.
The Giants revealed Tuesday that Hudson underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle Friday. Recovery time is eight weeks, which means Hudson is expected to be on restricted duty and behind the other starters when pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.
However, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said in a note forwarded to reporters, “We expect Tim to be ready to go Opening Day.”
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
Take that ANGER MONKEYS!!
Now that the nonsense that has pervaded the Hall of Fame voting is out of the way, let’s get practical – novel concept – and try to understand what the results of Tuesday’s announcement mean.
Most notably: This is the largest class chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance and Gabby Hartnett got the requisite 75 percent. DiMaggio, by the way, was not a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He failed to get ...
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:43 PM | 16 comment(s)
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But what does this have to do with… oh.
Bill, I saw an early return on a few (under 100) HOF ballots online, and Smoltz has over 75% needed to get in. Schilling has under 75%. Would it surprise you to see Smoltz get in ahead of Schilling?...
Well, I would certainly vote for Smoltz over Schilling. If you compare them as starting pitchers Schilling is ahead, but he wins by an NBA score. . . .98 to 93, or 102 to 97, something like that. If you put Smoltz’ three seasons of top-shelf relief pitching ...
The District Attorney
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 05:28 PM | 36 comment(s)
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It’s now the Wilmer Difo show, fo sho.
Alvarez sympathizes with the pressures placed on Dominican players, many trying to improve their family’s financial footing. Players aren’t allowed to officially sign with a major league team until 16, but they are often giving up school and training heavily in their early teens. “What happened to me, I did it because I didn’t know how else to get ahead,” he said.
EDIT: Link shortened. Jim.
Hey, look! An article that’s NOT about the Hall of Fame voting! WOO HOO!!
West Palm Beach will negotiate a land swap with Palm Beach County for 160 acres of land targeted for a joint training facility for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, Mayor Jeri Muoio announced Monday, smoothing the path toward a new spring training home for the Nationals. The announcement represents a reversal on the part of the city, which previously had refused to negotiate such a swap.
In their first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, while Craig Biggio was elected in his third year on the ballot.
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 02:10 PM | 242 comment(s)
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Instead, the BBWAA, in an attempt to salvage its reputation, has denied entry to those who use, or were merely suspected of using, performance enhancing drugs. Rather than being a celebration of the careers of a generation’s most cherished and accomplished players, the BBWAA has turned the yearly Hall of Fame debate into a retroactive witch hunt, fueled by rampant speculation as to who used and who did not.
Due to the fact that the BBWAA failed to report on the steroids issue, and is ...
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 55 comment(s)
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This year, voters have tweeted or written stories about the difficulty of choosing just 10 candidates. Among the 17 new players on the ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.
Among the players who are on the ballot again are Craig Biggio, Tim Raines, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Mark McGwire.
You can see the dilemma some people might have. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has a plan to help out the writers. Guthrie tweeted his idea to Fox Sports’ ...
The 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!
Updated: Jan 6: 1:45 ~ 205 Full Ballots ~ (35.9% of vote ~ based on last year) ~ As usual…BBWAA ballot digging is welcome!
98.5 - R. Johnson
97.6 - P. Martinez
86.3 - Smoltz
84.9 - Biggio
76.1 - Piazza
63.4 - Raines
62.4 - Bagwell
51.2 - Schilling
43.9 - Bonds
43.4 - Clemens
35.1 - Mussina
31.2 - E. Martinez
24.4 - Trammell
21.0 - Lee Smith
15.6 - McGriff
14.1 - Kent
9.8 - Sheffield
7.8 - L. Walker
5.9 - McGwire
5.4 - Mattingly ...Read More...
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 1534 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1915:
Larry Lajoie no longer is a member of the Cleveland Naps. The veteran second baseman, with a record of thirteen years’ service under President Charles W. Somers, was released yesterday to the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack came [to Cleveland] from Philadelphia and closed the deal—which does not involve any other players, according to Mr. Somers.
And thus ended the era of the “Cleveland Naps” nickname in the Forest City.
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Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
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I don’t get as worked up by the Hall of Fame vote as many do. People are entitled to their opinions, even stupid ones. Some of the writers are very silly, though. Take Marty Noble, for instance. He’s proud of the idea that he doesn’t take the responsibility seriously enough to actually research and think about his vote.
MARTY NOBLE, national reporter
Johnson, P. Martinez, Smoltz
For the second year in a row, no need to study the ballot existed. I voted for the three no-brainer ...
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Imagine the following scenario. Tigers slow-footed designated hitter Victor Martinez leads off an inning with a single and is removed for speedy pinch runner Rajai Davis. Third baseman Nick Castellanos doubles Davis to third and Davis eventually scores on a weak grounder by Alex Avila. This sequence goes into the books as a run scored for Davis and an RBI for Avila, but Martinez and Castellanos get no credit for the team scoring a run despite contributing important hits.
To the best of my ...
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Phillies have made no secret of their desire to trade Howard, who turned 35 in November and will earn $25 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Phillies have a $23 million club option for 2017 with a $10 million buyout, so Howard is guaranteed a minimum of $60 million through the end of his contract.
Posted: January 06, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 24 comment(s)
Monday, January 05, 2015
But after asking around, I decided to stick with what Bill James advised: Vote for the 10 best players. “I don’t believe in trying to outsmart the system, no matter what the system is,” Bill said. “I think it backfires on you much more often than it works.”
So, here are the 10 players I voted for:
I offer deep apologies to Craig Biggio, who might really ...
Posted: January 05, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
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32 years old, 42 surgeries.
Josh Kusnick, a name that may be familiar to longtime brewerfan.net patrons or Baseball Prospectus readers or people who hang out at other spots on the internet where agents rarely chat openly, on living with and working through a major birth defect.
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: vegetables that look like feet.
Stark votes for: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling and Barry Bonds. He also excoriates the Hall for its 10-player ballot limit:
I didn’t because the Hall of Fame won’t let me. I just want you to know that. And I want those players to know that when the results of the 2015 election are announced Tuesday and they’re wondering why they never came close.
I can’t comprehend why the Hall of Fame allows me—and all of us—to ...
On the one hand, this might be Heyman’s best HOF article. On the other, that’s not exactly the highest bar to clear…
Posted: January 05, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 27 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, January 5, 1915:
It is upon his pet “fork ball” that Pete Standridge, one of the [San Francisco] Seals most successful pitchers, will depend to make good with the Chicago Cubs with whom he has contracted to play next season.
The “fork ball” is thrown with the pellet wedged between the fingers. Ever since he first saw Bert Hall use it in the Northwestern league four years ago, Pete has worked to master it.
The forkball is most often described as having been invented by ...Read More...
In the 1982 launch of The National Pastime, reissued by SABR (http://goo.gl/F8vukv), a previously unpublished writer named Frank J. Williams wrote a groundbreaking article. “A breakthrough,” I called it then: “the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for deciphering won-lost decisions of the dead-ball era.” In the years since, every record-keeping book, website, and organization has been guided by the principles Williams deduced from his awe-inspiring coverage of games from 1876 to 1919. Self-described ...
Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
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