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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 19, 1916:
Chicago forfeited to Brooklyn [yesterday] by the technical score of 9 to 0, because Manager Tinker refused to leave the field when Umpire Byron ordered him away…[In the top of the tenth inning with the score tied 4-4,] Byron charged [Vaughn] with delaying the game, finally calling a ball, while the Cub pitcher held the sphere in his hand.
Manager Tinker voiced a violent protest and refused to leave the field, claiming that Brooklyn players were ...
Monday, July 18, 2016
Would the Cubs trade him for Miller and Chapman?
“Cash thinks he can hit 50 home runs there,” one source with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said, and, well, that isn’t altogether farfetched. Schwarber is a 30-home run hitter in any park, presuming he comes back from the torn ACL that has sidelined him almost all of 2016.
Terry Ryan was relieved of his duties as Twins executive vice president and general manager on Monday, with assistant GM Rob Antony replacing him on an interim basis.
“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in announcing the dismissal. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over 18 seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution ...
Full title at Sporting News Rage against the machines: MLB stars don’t want to see robot umps
Sporting News asked several All-Stars and found, overwhelmingly, that the game’s best players do not want to see a change, for a variety of reasons. Here is what they had to say.
The law of unintended consequences is always in play. Worth a read.
Maybe they should put a 10% or 15% across the board salary cut on the table to get it done.
According to David Lennon of Newsday, the idea of reducing the schedule to 154 games has “gained momentum” of late, as MLB and the MLBPA negotiate the new collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires on December 1, and there’s no indication a work stoppage is on the horizon, thankfully.
The biggest problem with reducing the schedule is the financial impact. Eight fewer games means four fewer ...
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 11:55 AM | 68 comment(s)
Clemens, a 53-year-old seven-time Cy Young winner and 11-time All-Star, headlines the Kansas Stars, a 25-man team that includes 24 ex-MLB players….Fort Scott native Adam LaRoche and Wichita native and Wingnuts co-owner Nate Robertson, both former MLB players, began to organize the team after last year’s tournament and brought in ex-stars such as Josh Beckett, Tim Hudson, Roy Oswalt and J.D. Drew.
If this team faced off against the Braves in a 21 games series - before the injuries could pile ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 18, 1916:
Peeved over the loss of [yesterday’s] ball game, John J. McGraw is accused of having “sicked” Catcher Kocher on Miguel Gonzales, the Cards’ Cuban backstop. A fist fight that extended from the Cards’ dugout to the home plate brought a riot call to the police. [National League] President Tener watched the fight from the stands.
While the fans shouted “Lock ‘em up” Gonzales and Kocher were led away. At the Dayton Street Police Station the belligerents ...
Who goes to the bench?
“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
He has to pitch to have value.
Rich Hill, one of the top trade chips on the mid-summer market, left Sunday’s start five pitches in after a blister on his left hand appeared to pop.
Hill had been scratched from Friday’s start because of the blister but reported that his side session that day went well and he was fine.
Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.
“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”
Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on ...
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
The most notable late signee was the Mariners’ Trey Griffey, son of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who signed as a 24th-round pick after playing college football at Arizona. Nick Shumpert, son of ex-big leaguer Terry Shumpert, also signed. Shumpert was a seventh-round pick out of high school but fell to the 28th round out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC this year.
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
Ichiro is not limping toward the record.
Youth softball coaches are furious that their predominantly female leagues have been left out of a city law that gives free defibrillators to youth baseball leagues.
That new law, which Mayor de Blasio signed in May, provides a free automated external defibrillator for baseball leagues who play on city fields in case a kid gets hit with the hard ball in the chest.
“The law should cover all sports,” said Peter DeMauro, a longtime youth sports coach who currently coaches girls’ softball ...Read More...
The OMNICHATTER was not here yesterday as it had been sacrificed for personal reasons. Hopefully it will go better than Yan Gomes’ sacrifice to Jobu (get well soon, Yan).
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Wainwright referred to himself as “the laughingstock of the baseball world” for his 7.16 ERA at the end of April and struggles into May. He’s carved that down to 4.15. As he stood on the mound for the ninth – 11 pitches from a shutout – he made sure he saw where his 2006 teammates were in the crowd. He’s no longer the rookie they watched close their championship. He’s more complete.
The Texas Rangers went onto the international market on Friday, adding 32-year-old Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell on a minor league deal.
Bell left Cuba, with the government’s permission, in January to pursue a spot in Major League Baseball. He briefly has played in the Mexican and independent Can-Am leagues this year.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s a blue light special.
Before every game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle receives a number — an estimate of every player’s capacity to perform — from the strength and training staffs. The number is part of the decision-making process. The number is not a perfect guide, rather “a talking point,” Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
Bundy goes into the rotation.
And now, after pitching the first half of the season in relief, Bundy, 23, will join Gausman, 25, in the starting rotation, making his first major league start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field – a ‘hallelujah’ moment for Orioles fans who have been waiting for the team’s top young pitchers to reach their mark.
Down the stretch, the Orioles will lean on their prized young arms to help them get to the postseason.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Earlier today Jason Kipnis posted a series of videos on instagram from the Indians locker room. The players held a service asking Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes for any wrongdoing, imploring that the pagan god of Indians baseball give Gomes his mojo back.
Posted: July 16, 2016 at 06:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
major league movie
Back in 2002 or ‘03—in what might have been my last substantive conversation with him—I asked Beane what he thought about Boston Red Sox management’s apparent intention to build a sort of “baseball brain trust.”
I don’t remember Beane’s exact response. I do remember him suggesting the possibility of “too many cooks stirring the pot.” More than a decade later, Beane seems to feel the same way. “They’re very happy with the people they have,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says, ...
The Astros and Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $47.5 million, according to industry sources, pending a physical.
Posted: July 16, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
Friday, July 15, 2016
Ya gotta have faith
At 31-58 (.348) on the season, the road to the playoffs for the Atlanta Braves is littered with obstacles. Some of these obstacles are tossed into the road by superior NL clubs, such as Washington, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona, San Diego, and Colorado. But other obstacles have been placed in the road by the Braves themselves, obstacles such as “being a shitty team,” “not spending ...
Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1916:
Arthur Shafer, the former McGraw third baseman, is coming east and he may join the Giants. Shafer was one of the best infielders in the game, but he did not like baseball and went to California, where he owns a large garage. He found, after he had retired, that like the rest he hankered for a little baseball. Now he is coming to New York to see John McGraw and he may get back in the game.
Tillie Shafer was a good player, not great, but certainly good. The ...Read More...
“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.
Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
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