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Saturday, June 06, 2015
A woman suffered serious injuries after she was struck in the face by the shard from a broken bat that flew into the stands in front of horrified fans during the Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Friday night, officials said.
With the fans enjoying the game on a cool evening, and their team leading 1-0 in the second inning, Oakland Athletics batter Brett Lawrie hit a ball and shattered his bat, leaving only the handle in his hands while the barrel of it went screaming into the crowd. It struck ...
Posted: June 06, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 58 comment(s)
Four skunks, reportedly two adults and two children, were trapped by Dodger Stadium workers under a photographer’s well inside of the visitor’s dugout Friday night. After a “skunk whisperer” (who identified as a bee wrangler) and local animal control failed to wrangle the critters away, it was decided to leave them trapped in the dugout during the game, and to capture them afterward using fresh salmon as bait. Not the canned stuff. And not Tim Salmon, either.
Looks like the road woes followed ...Read More...
Per game attendance is down at Angel Stadium by 4,300 fans. That’s compared to their numbers last year, but if you want to compare it to the height of Red October days, then that number is closer to 8,000. The benchmark for every season since 2002 was 3 million Angels fans passing through the turnstiles every year, and from these early estimates, they are not going to be hitting that mark. Are the Angels worried? Well, if Robert Alvarado, the VP of marketing and ticket sales is to believe, ...Read More...
Posted: June 06, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
Friday, June 05, 2015
Lord take me now, because I will never see anything more awesome than this.
Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his big-league debut tonight at Fenway, and pitched a nearly perfect sixth inning—retiring Brock Holt with his left arm, seen above, and then after allowing a single inducing a Mike Napoli double play with his right (which you can watch below).
Three videos at the link, including one of the switch-hitting Blake Swihart having to run back to the dugout to grab his lefty batting ...Read More...
If my memory isn’t faulty, I also remember some commentary about Eovaldi’s lack of deception in his motion, which means hitters get a better view.
Just look at how poorly Eovaldi has fared on getting swinging strikes on his blazing fastball over the last two seasons, compared to all pitchers who threw at least 200 pitches:
2014—5.44 percent swinging strikes—80th overall
2015—4.66 percent swinging strikes—115th overall
Why is such a hard fastball so unimposing? In part because Eovaldi’s spin ...
Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
Jon Heyman’s Sunday notes column on Friday.
Because the Nationals lost the challenge, they couldn’t ask for any more reviews until the seventh inning, when the rules allow them to as the umpiring crew chief to look at a play and determine if a review is needed. But their next close call came in the sixth.
After the play, Harper lingered at first base thinking Williams would emerge from the dugout to challenge the play. But he couldn’t.
“I think [umpire reviews] should be from the fifth on probably,” Harper said. “There are so ...
Why not call them both up? Urshela has hit .276/.327/.475 in 500 AAA PA. The Indians third basemen have collectively hit .230/.270/.383. Why not try to help their pitchers with improved defense on the left side?
So much of the trouble with new ideas is the eggheads in the front office will dream them up only to see them die on the field. The Indians are committed to breaking that cycle. With shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Giovanny Urshela, they’ve got two Gold Glove-caliber ...
Posted: June 05, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 13 comment(s)
Listing the top prospects. Here’s an explanation of how the slot system works.
Ahead of the 2012 Draft, Major League Baseball instituted a slot system to put a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. A designated amount is assigned to each pick (greater amounts for higher picks), and the collective amount for an organization’s total picks is considered its cap. The more or higher picks you have, the bigger your pool. For instance, the Astros, who have two top-five ...
Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
Is Lindor really ever going to be a good hitter? Regardless, Cleveland’s shortstops have a .509 OPS, ranked 29th in OPS, so far this year. Their Off Runs (Fangraphs) at shortstop sit at #27 with -11.0 runs. Overall, their shortstops rank 29th with -0.6 WAR. In other words, their shortstop play stinks anyway, so why not bring up Lindor now?
Francisco Lindor could help the Indians with his glove right now, and perhaps his bat — if Ramirez doesn’t start piling up enough hits to keep the wolves ...
Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
It’s not so much throwing strike one rather than ball one, said Rosenthal. “It’s throwing quality strike one and not just throwing it over the plate,” he said.
Manager Mike Matheny touched on one aspect of his game that Rosenthal hadn’t referenced — the fact that Rosenthal has been pitching exclusively from the stretch. Matheny would like to see most all his relievers do that.
“It’s simplified pitching,” Matheny said. “I’m waiting for somebody to convince me otherwise, ...
Debacle? It was a loss. Despite their inconsistent play, despite their breakdowns, despite their failures to play up to expectations, this team has enough talent and, more importantly, time (5.5 back of first) to right the ship and win the division.
El Paso Herald, June 5, 2015:
Should the Boston Braves fail in their efforts to tear off another National league championship, William N. Jarvis, a local baseball enthusiast, has agreed to walk from [Cambridge, Massachusetts] to Philadelphia and return, having as his guardian a big mud turtle, Lucy Lee.
Jarvis and a friend, Fred Woodland, made the bet, the latter standing to lose $100 if the Braves land the bunting, while Jarvis will be compelled to walk the entire distance.
Lucy Lee is to ...
Thursday, June 04, 2015
The Astros have received preliminary approval from the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority their plans for a $15-million renovation to Minute Maid Park that would include the removal Tal’s Hill in center field and moving the flag poles so they’re no longer in play.
Astros owner Jim Crane thanked the Sports Authority for their support at a meeting Thursday morning and said the renovation project would begin as soon as the season ends and would be finished in time for the 2016 season. The ...
Some Hall of Fame draft history.
Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun left the team Wednesday to travel to California to undergo a second cryotherapy procedure on his troublesome right thumb.Read More...
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell downplayed the significance of this latest development, saying the procedure was pre-planned and referring to it as “maintenance.” But it was the first public indication of any kind that Braun’s first such procedure in October, during which a specialist injected a needle into the base of Braun’s thumb to ...
Pittsburgh Press, June 4, 1915:
The Chicago National League club may may have new stands next year. The present structures are regular eyesores. They have been patched and repatched and their plans altered so many times that the Cubs’ park is the worst-looking architecturally of any in the major leagues.
The Cubs did have new stands in 1916, but it didn’t happen the way the writer expected.
How much of the change is due to a shift in philosophy? It makes sense for teams to look for more defense at shortstop and catcher when offense drops.
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Today he pitched like an ace, and that’s what we need,’’ Mark Teixeira said after Tanaka shut down the Mariners 3-1 at Safeco Field on Wednesday to give the Yankees a sweep of the series. “He was throwing 95, throwing his splits, you are just really happy to see that.’’
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 16 comment(s)
Righty Lance McCullers, the rookie with lightning, was the one still searing that 96 mph so late in the game, in just his fourth big league start. The 21-year-old kid’s first complete game since high school — and the first nine-inning complete game of his life — was so near….Hinch on Wednesday went to the mound before Davis stepped in, as suspenseful a moment as any pitch itself. Closer Luke Gregerson was warm in the ‘pen, with McCullers’ chance to go the distance in the balance.
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
Pittsburgh was ranked the second-best city in the United States for baseball fans, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a web-based personal finance company.
The study rated 272 cities based upon 11 metrics split into two categories — “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement.” The study took into account MLB and college teams. The Pirates and the Pitt baseball team represented Pittsburgh in the study.
“There’s been rumblings for a couple years now if whether ...
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 72 comment(s)
After an impressive first week that included a two-homer game and a walk-off double, the other side surfaced again Wednesday. An MRI exam on Hamilton’s sore left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain. The prognosis: He will miss at least the next four weeks.
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:08 AM | 16 comment(s)
Are the Cubs really moving Bryant to the outfield?
But, another infield spot appeared to open up for the Cubs who started third baseman Kris Bryant in left field during Tuesday’s game at Miami.
Baez is off to a great start to the I-Cubs season, compiling a .325 batting average with seven home runs, six doubles and 26 RBIs through his first 32 games with Iowa. He entered Wednesday’s game riding a five-game hitting streak while also batting .351 with four homers in his last 10 contests. ...Read More...
Posted: June 04, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
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