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Thursday, October 22, 2015
See, Mets fans were wrong about Minaya. Or not.
Minaya was a much better general manager than most understood at the time, and an extraordinary procurer of talent, which is really the most important thing a GM does. In the end, does it matter if Willie Randolph shouldn’t have been fired at midnight West Coast time? Not when the Mets’ system contained so many gems, many more than publications credited them for at the time.
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 48 comment(s)
Unfortunately, Harry would still have to wait.
“People assumed that Harry was still drinking, because what he would do was he’d put a real Budweiser bottle in front and then we’d put non-alcoholic O’Doul’s into his glass,” Dutchie Caray told USA TODAY Sports. “He didn’t want people to know that he wasn’t still drinking Bud, because that didn’t fit his image.”
As the Cubs face a 2-0 deficit in the National League Championship Series, it might be exactly what the long-suffering fan base needs to ...
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
Well, that’s settled.
The Mets intend to make the qualifying offer of $15.8 million to Daniel Murphy.
But that is mostly about guaranteeing a draft pick next June and remaining in play to sign the second baseman, even if the odds to keep him long-term remain — at best — iffy.
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 20 comment(s)
But what I realized during those Rios and Gore overturns — and have thought about time and again while NFL people debate grand philosophical question like “What constitutes a catch?” — is that this whole notion of “getting the calls right” is a bottomless pit. We like to think of sports as beings solid, like baseballs. But they are not solid. Slow them down enough and they compress. They are smooshed.
Posted: October 22, 2015 at 02:14 AM | 176 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Former MLB outfielder and manager Dusty Baker has a new book coming out, but it’s not about what you’d think.
“That goofy message board,” said Buhrke, a 69-year-old ballhawk who has collected around 1,800 balls in 55 years of waiting for them to clear the top of the bleachers. He pointed to the video board above left center field. “That monstrosity. All the hitters seem to be aiming at it.”
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
Verducci cleverly omits other two highest pitch per PA teams this year: Cubs and Mets. Plate discipline is so 2002.
The four teams in the league still playing Moneyball—the teams with the most pitches per plate appearance—combined for zero postseason wins (Red Sox, Yankees, Indians, Mariners).
How can you not pull for Chris Young after reading this story?
The partnership between Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Short Season Class A minor league baseball team called the Spokane Indians is coming up on its 10-year anniversary. It’s been a work in progress, but the foundation has been laid for a new era. In 2014, the baseball organization honored the original inhabitants of the land by changing the name across the front of their home uniforms to read Sp’q’n’i, the Salish word for Spokane, and made it its primary jersey, beginning with ...Read More...
The Bautista bat flip - have you ever seen a bat flip like that?
Holland: He’s the most animated player I’ve ever seen. After watching him in the outfield cry about every single thing, it’s unbelievable. I don’t care if he hits a home run off me, that’s fine, I give up home runs, I’ve struck people out, I do all that stuff, it’s how baseball goes. But the way you do it - is he better than the game? Yeah, you lived in the moment, that’s great. You hit a home run? Yeah, you can pimp it. That’s ...
Here’s some great news about Hal McCoy.
Thanks to eye surgeon Dr. Michael Snyder of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, most of the vision in my left eye is back. It is a new, bright, wonderful world for me.
Over the last few years I had developed cataracts on top of the strokes of my optic nerves that left me legally blind for the past dozen years.
The cataracts became so bad over the last year that I thought I might have to fully retire. I couldn’t recognize neighbors across the street. My son, ...
I didn’t remember Brown being so high on a prospect list so I looked it up. Yep, Baseball America had him as the 4th best prospect in baseball in 2011. He was also 15th in 2010. Shocking.
On Monday, the Phillies announced that they’ve outrighted outfielder Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster. The move wasn’t shocking – in his age 27 season, Brown hit .228/.284/.349 with just five homers in 63 games. Yet in another context, the decision to give Brown the right to declare free agency ...
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
The sad side of the playoffs. Somebody has to lose.
I’ve been a defender of Gibbons, particularly his bullpen use, and will continue to be – especially since I realized going into the postseason that the one pitcher whose absence would completely change the way Gibbons manages a game was Brett Cecil, who hasn’t been available since Game 2 of the AL Division Series.
But, yeah, he lost me there a bit when with the score 5-2 he replaced Hendriks with Hawkins, who hasn’t looked healthy or ...
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
Maddon knows he’s hoping for a miracle. If the Cubs can rough up Matz, they can turn the rotation over with Jon Lester in Game 5 and Jake Arrieta waiting in Game 6. Maddon says, “I like those odds” but he knows the Cubs will have to make history to get there.
How can they? They can’t even keep Murphy in the park. He slugged his fifth HR in the last five post-season games, too tough for any scouting report. Not even Murphy’s teammates are able to understand it.
“The guys in the ...
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
One of the best things about the playoffs is seeing secondary players take over center stage.
General manager Dayton Moore might not have grabbed offseason headlines, but he took care of business, finding the right pieces to fill the right holes, and then came up with Ben Zobrist ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Zobrist is a switch-hitter who they acquired to provide depth, but he played himself into the role of Kansas City’s everyday second baseman and No. 2 hitter. Zobrist got ...
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.
Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.
New York says in its announcement that the Japanese ...
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, October 21, 1915:
Directing women where to buy their lingerie and silk hosiery will be the winter’s work of “Brick” Owens, the biggest umpire in the American association. “Brick” also boasts of the loudest voice in umpirical circles. He stands six foot three and weighs over 200 pounds. “Brick” will handle the “front door” as a floor-walker in one of the largest and most fashionable women’s department stores on Kansas City’s smartest street.
Seems like this would have been a job ...Read More...
Its a Brown-out.
Three summers ago, Domonic Brown represented the Phillies and the National League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Citi Field.
On Monday, after none of baseball’s other 29 teams deemed him worthy of a waiver claim, the Phillies removed Brown outright from their 40-man roster.
Brown, one of the biggest prospect busts in recent years, can elect free agency immediately and is expected to do so in the coming days. The oft-maligned 28-year-old outfielder was set to be ...
4 PM: ALCS GAME 5 (KC leads 3-1, advance to WS with win) Royals (Volquez) at Blue Jays (Estrada), FS1
8 PM: NLCS GAME 4 (NYM leads 3-0, advance to WS with win) Mets (Matz) at Cubs (Hammel), TBS
CHATTER UP, because for all we know this could be the last day of games before the World Series.
Posted: October 21, 2015 at 12:03 AM | 955 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
If I were a GM, I would find it incredibly difficult to hire a manager who has no managing experience or coaching experience.
El Paso Herald, October 20, 1915:
Plans are already being formulated by the officers of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity to make the big league games faster next season.
[Fraternity President Dave Fultz] urged that the players move to and fro from their positions between innings on the run, cause no needless delays in batting, and otherwise pepperize the pastime, so to speak, in order to make it as attractive, and, therefore, as profitable as possible.
Recently games of few runs have ...
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