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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Are there still questions about his age?
“It’s more of an issue when a guy is listed at 32,” one scout said. “It’s not like someone who says he’s 22 and turns out to be 24 or 25. At 32 an extra year or two matters a lot more. You have to see if the athleticism is still there.
“Even if he looks good in a workout, I wouldn’t give him more than two years. The cost would depend on how many clubs get involved, but based on what some of the other (Cuban defectors) have gotten, it ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Freak is back with the freak turned low.
In the sixth inning, Lincecum clapped for his teammates when they turned a quick double play behind him. Lowrie lined his next pitch into left field, Robinson secured it, and fans again stood up to commend Lincecum on his performance.
His day was done. To use his favored idiom for fastball velocity, he did not pump any cheese, but he induced the kind of weak contact he could not in recent seasons for San Francisco.
“I’ve tried to scratch ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The guy is having a great month/season.
And Saunders nearly had a fourth, as he smoked a 2-2 fastball 330 feet to left field in the third inning, where it fell right in front of the outfield wall marker that reads “333.” Five more feet and Saunders would have made history.
“Michael’s in a nice little groove. He’s having a hell of a year for us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “And he’s using the whole field, too. He’s not just hitting his home runs pull side. He’s ...
Virtually every American today, be they a baseball fan or not, knows Lou Gehrig’s “bad break” was his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fierce neurodegenerative disorder that robs one of muscle control, swallowing, breathing, and ultimately, life.
Two months earlier, on May 1, 1939, Gehrig gallantly took himself out of the lineup because he could no longer will his body to perform the athletic miracles that made him, arguably, the best baseball player ever to play the ...
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
The secret is out.
That same day, a few minutes after Espinosa chose the French press, Clint Robinson opted for the normal coffee pot.
“Too bitter,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t get it down.”
The French press coffee, it seems, is an acquired taste. Thanks to two of their most productive contributors off the bench, though, these Nationals have acquired it — and with it, though perhaps not related to it, a firm hold on first place in the National League East.
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 80 comment(s)
For outsiders, Chatwood is in the unenviable position of having the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in baseball yet the potential to be hamstrung by his own ballpark. But as Hundley notes, a lot of it is in your head when you’re on the mound in Denver.
“If you go out and try to control the atmosphere, the barometric pressure, the humidity levels, if you’re worried about that stuff, big league hitters are gonna eat you alive,” he said. “Tyler believes in himself and he believes in his ...
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, June 17, 2016
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 17, 1916:
Tom Hughes, lanky Brave pitcher, broke a fast curve ball over the outside corner with Honus Wagner at the plate [yesterday] afternoon. Umpire Bill Klem’s right arm swung in strike fashion and with that gesture Long Tom’s name was flashed to the baseball Hall of Fame. The achievement was a no-hit game against the Pitates and the Braves scored a shut-out victory, 2 to 0.
Hughes’ feat is the first of its kind in the major leagues this season.
The baseball ...Read More...
Stanton is having a hard time making contact on pitches in the zone, particularly those up and in. If he’d actually moved off the plate, he’d in theory be in a better position to hit those, but that’s not what’s happened. In fact, since Stanton’s mechanics starting his swing look the same, a reasonable assertion would be that if the side was an issue, not only would he struggle to make contact, but he’d have a hard time being on time with his swing. That’s exactly what’s happened. Over the past ...
Even if he’s correct? Yes, Pete Rose is correct. Ichiro isn’t near his record. Nevertheless, what Ichiro has done is well worth mentioning and celebrating.
This will not fall down that wormhole of ignorance. This will be a rejoinder to it. Because even if Pete Rose is correct that the 4,257th hit of Ichiro Suzuki’s professional baseball career, laced down the right-field line on Wednesday afternoon, doesn’t place Suzuki in Rose’s all-time company because the first 1,278 came in Japan – and he ...
Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 56 comment(s)
Are they actively listening?
“Much ado about nothing so far,” Attanasio said of the constant speculation that either Braun or Lucroy, or both, will be traded before the Aug. 1 deadline.
“We’re not actively out shopping either of these guys.”
You can’t take the long view when you are writing on a deadline. The Dodgers and Angels only similarity is where they play. They are two teams on different courses.
Posted: June 17, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 31 comment(s)
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Would he still wear a Royals uniform when he starts the All-Star Game?
The Royals officially cut their losses with second baseman Omar Infante on Wednesday, designating him for assignment to clear room on the roster for left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn.
The move results in a significant amount of dead money for the Royals. Infante is still owed roughly 60 percent of his $7.75 million contract this season, which comes out to about $4.7 million. The Royals also are on the hook for $8 million ...
As I mentioned the other day. The Red Sox don’t need to make a deal for starting pitching right now.
If Price, Wright, and Porcello’s performances prove sustainable, then the Sox’ approach to the trade market may likewise end up being relatively modest. As much as Dave Dombrowski is known for big-splash trades such as his acquisition of Price at the trade deadline in 2014, he more frequently focused on mid-rotation names at past trade deadlines to considerable effect, most notably with Doug ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
After weeks therapy and oral and local medications, David Wright has decided to have surgery to repair the herniated disc in his neck. The surgery was scheduled for Thursday in California with Dr. Robert Watkins, the Mets announced Thursday morning.
While the Mets said there is no timetable for Wright’s return, the Mets captain’s season is effectively over.
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:34 PM | 41 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 16, 1916:
WAMBSGANSS PICKS HIMSELF FOR BENCH
Fans are wondering what will happen when Manager Fohl finally decides to put Ray Chapman back in the Indian’s [sic] lineup—a thing which won’t happen, says Fohl, as long as the tribe is hitting its present great winning clip.
But Chappie’s going to get back there sooner or later, and then the rooters are guessing whether it’ll be Ivan Howard or Bill Wambsganss who’ll go to the bench for utility infield duty.
With the 2015-16 signing period over, 10 teams are now in the penalty box for the upcoming 2016-17 signing period, which begins on July 2. The Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees all will be unable to sign any players subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000. However, they have no restrictions on signing players who are exempt from the bonus pools, such as third baseman Yulieski Gurriel, second baseman Jose Miguel ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
cuban free agents
Eno Sarris questioning conventional wisdom about the knuckleball:
But once you peal (sic) back the layers on the pitch, you start to see that each truism about the knuckler isn’t necessarily true. In fact, there are probably more ways in which the art of throwing a knuckleball is similar to the art of throwing other pitches than it is different.
(I know a Steven Wright article just got posted. I think the more general discussion of knuckleballs here deserves its own thread.)
Good news for the Angels.
Simmons, who returned early from thumb surgery, made three difficult plays in his first game back, including one eye-popping backhand play in the hole.
“He made some tough plays look easy,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.
Simmons even had two hits and he drew a walk, an all-around good return for one of the many key players the Angels have lost to injury this season.
When Simmons tore the UCL in his left thumb on May 8 and had surgery on May 10, the initial prognosis ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
Wright has been impressive. He’s the next great knuckleballer.
“I just try to go out there and do everything I can to change speeds with the knuckleball,” said Wright, who fanned four, walked one and allowed three runs on six hits. “I feel like I can pitch three different knuckleballs at three different speeds, and then I use my fastball as much as I can, within reason. That’s one pitch I don’t want to get hurt on, but I try to go out there and do everything I can to make a quality ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
Gourriel hasn’t played at a high level of competition in a while. Thinking he can step in and help the Mets this year is probably far-fetched.
“At the time that I left that was the best ballplayer in Cuba,” Cespedes said through interpreter Melissa Rodriguez. “He is a five-tool player. When I was in Cuba we were best friends.”
The Mets need to make a serious run at the free agent. With David Wright likely heading to neck surgery, the Mets desperately need to find a solution to their ...
Cobbling all these things together — plus adding in base hits collected during the postseason, which gives you Julio Franco and Derek Jeter, too — this is how the all-time “professional” leaderboard currently stands:
Pete Rose, 4,769
Ty Cobb, 4,379
Hank Aaron, 4,245
Jigger Statz, 4,093
Julio Franco, 4,074
Minnie Minoso, 4,073
Derek Jeter, 4,059
Ichiro Suzuki, 4,027
Stan Musial, 4,023
Note: This list may not be comprehensive.
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 34 comment(s)
Lynch gave him a call.
“I said, ‘This is the opportunity I was offered, what do you think?’” Lynch said. “At first he was like, ‘No way.’ He couldn’t believe it. When you think of an autograph-card collector, you don’t exactly think of the most athletic person in the world. Us collectors have that stereotype.
“Professional baseball, we probably talked about for five minutes. The next thing you know, we’re having a 45-minute conversation. ‘What is your most recent autograph?’ There was more ...
Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Votto has had his detractors, people who don’t ascribe to sabermetrics, people who say he walks too much. Perhaps these people could knock Votto as well for the Reds not winning any championships during his career, though great players don’t always experience this. Until this season, Votto’s critics have mostly looked misguided…
Others needed their mid to late 30s to solidify their Hall of Fame cases or watch them collapse.
Take Hernandez, who looked like a Hall of Famer through his ...Read More...
Reportedly still owed over $44 million.
The Colorado Rockies announced today that shortstop Jose Reyes has been reinstated from the restricted list and subsequently designated for assignment.
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 01:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
Bismarck Daily Tribune, Jule 15, 1916:
BOYS TRY OUT AXES ON GRAND STAND
The Bismarck Baseball Club has been aroused by the industry of certain small boys in trying out their new axes on the ball park grand stand.
Considerable damage has already been done, which will necessitate extensive repairs before the next game.
Ice Bear will take care of it.
Is anyone playing this game?
Final thoughts: Overall, I thought the game definitely had some appeal, especially the regularly-updating player cards. I didn’t get to play for a full 162-game season, but getting a whole season’s worth of stats to look at for every MLB player would be very interesting as well. However, the combination of the cost and the fact that it just wasn’t differentiated enough from fantasy baseball is what really drove me away from recommending this product. On the ...
Posted: June 15, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
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