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Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.
So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.
Knowing Hunter Pence is loving Hunter Pence.
Hart, 66, was named Thursday to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Braves, signing a three-year contract that runs through the 2017 season, which would be the Braves’ first season in their new ballpark just under construction in Cobb County.
The team will still presumably replace fired general manager Frank Wren with another person who’ll report to Hart. Current assistant general manager John Coppolella, 36, is believed to be a frontrunner for that ...
In his paper, Mills attributes between 25 percent and 40 percent of the scoring decline stems from the larger strike zone, and he said that he considered that estimate conservative. The zone may have begun growing about a decade ago, when Major League Baseball began using video to evaluate umpires’ calls behind home plate. But the 2009-10 off-season, when the league put a more comprehensive system into place, seems to have been a turning point. Umpires now receive a report after each game ...
Posted: October 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
A game can go badly pretty quickly. Last night I was watching the game. With the score tied 2-2 the game channel went out on my television.(There was a power outage at the local affiliate.) By the time the picture came back on, the score was 7-2.
We don’t know what will happen in game 3. The Giants could jump out to a 10-run lead in the first. You close out the wins in World Series games as best you can. Herrera just had six days rest. He has another day off today. Using your three best ...Read More...
There is a lot of money on the line for a few of these players.
“I don’t think I can ever live up to matching a wit with Tony La Russa,” quipped Washington. “What I will try to do is put my players in the right position. If my players perform, I don’t have to worry about matching wits; they’ll take care of things.”
That explains it.
Leavy paid $8,000 for that prime seat to see Royals vs. Giants, and he wasn’t about to give it up.
Marlins Man has been buying the best seats to major sporting events for years. By his count, he’s gone to 27 Super Bowls, more than 200 NBA playoff games, and at least 85 World Series games, and many Triple Crown horse races.
He’s been a Marlins season-ticket holder since the team’s first year in 1993, is a rabid Florida State fan (he was on hand for the FSU-Notre ...
Posted: October 23, 2014 at 08:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, October 23, 1914:
Bill Murray was on the bench managing the Philadelphia team and Coveleskie, now Detroit’s star was pitching for Murray. A batter reached first. Coveleskie took a long wind-up, and almost before he pitched the runner raced to second…
When Coveleskie reached the bench, Billy demanded:
“Why didn’t you catch that fellow on first base?”
“What fellow on first?” inquired Covy.
“That guy that stole second.”
“No one told me there was a runner on first,” replied ...
The Mets have a Cuddyer need for an outfield bat:
So where do they find a bat? Well, here’s an idea, one that that’s already been floated in the blogosphere, and turns out to be a concrete possibility: Free agent Michael Cuddyer, the exact sort of piece that fits the offense the Mets hope to construct.
Here’s what we mean by that: While Sandy Alderson has long checked in on the Giancarlo Stantons and Carlos Gonzalezes of the world, he and his staff consider it more likely that the Mets ...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
G Fact (Good Factor)
This number is 0 if the player is bad at baseball and 1 if the player is good at baseball. Useful in determining whether a player is good at baseball.
ARM# (Arm Number)
How many arms a player has. Anything above a 2.00 is considered very advantageous.
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 34 comment(s)
In case you missed it, Wheaties made a commemorative box with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on it. For the General Mills cereal, known as the “breakfast of champions,” a one-shot box with Albright is part of an effort to redefine what kind of champions the brand will be touting.
Posey is faster than Sandoval.
No, the Cardinals haven’t disbanded. A lot of good Cardinals info in this article.
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 04:00 PM | 7 comment(s)
The Kansas City Royals might very well win the World Series. That would certainly be wonderful for them, but of course, it will come at a price for the rest of us. There are already pieces about how everyone should be like the Royals, and a World Series win would mean that we’d all be treated to another 50 or so of those pieces. There are many commendable things about how the Royals were built and how they play ball, but let’s take a look at the evidence and ask the question: Are the ...
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, October 22, 1914:
When the Athletics take the field next year, it is reported, Connie Mack will not be on the bench directing the attack of the former world’s champions. The veteran, it is said, has obtained control of the Athletic club’s stock, and will soon be elected president instead of Benjamin F. Shibe.
The tall manager is 51 years old and is beginning to show the wear and tear of his long career as a team leader. He has made a fortune out of the national game ...
It’s the MiLBYs!
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry.Jim.
Of course, if these rules end up in place, routines will change.
“It’s tough,” Seager said. “You almost feel rushed. It’s not your normal (routine) where you can take your time, get your rhythm. It’s kind of on somebody else’s rhythm. It was a little rushed … getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back in—it’s a little weird.”
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
The Royals send Yordano Ventura to the hill to try and avoid a 0-2 deficit in the World Series against the Giants, who send Jake Peavy to start. That entire last sentence would not have made sense not that long ago.
8 PM (7:30 pre-game). FOX.
Posted: October 22, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 534 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I don’t mean what I’m about to write to be a swipe at Williams or the Phils. Here we have a pitcher with 422 IP and an 82 ERA+ from 2012-14. Sure, the FIP is a bit better, probably close to 90. The main thing he has going for him is MLB experience (but not any recent success), a willingness to take the mound whenever the manager wants and, after a lot of ups and downs, some durability.
That’s worth $2.5 M it seems. Not an obvious overpay as b-r lists his salaries the last two ...Read More...
Mike Scioscia of the Angels and Matt Williams of the Nationals are Sporting News’ 2014 American League and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, as selected by a panel of 22 major league managers. SN has given Manager of the Year awards since 1936.
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