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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Baseball is dead.
Before getting to baseball’s dependence on the health of major cable companies, here is a brief look at some early season numbers. The first month of the season has seen big increases in viewership for national games on Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network, including double the amount of viewers aged 18 to 34 watching game on Fox Sports 1. The Chicago Cubs have doubled their ratings after their increased commitment in the offseason as well as the arrival of Kris Bryant. The Kansas ...
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
baseball is dead
fox sports 1
Is it too late for a refund?
Robothal is back in full operation.
The boys laughed at a lot of the film, but Toshi grew quieter as the film played. For Allen, all it took was Tanner (Chris Barnes) calling someone a “booger-eating moron” and he was all aboard. He laughed at the baseball errors, he cheered for every terrible thing Tanner said, and he told me Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley) was “awesome.” When Buttermaker had his big breakdown and tells Amanda that he doesn’t want to see her between seasons, Toshi moved from the chair where he was sitting to the ...
Ben Broussard Ramjet
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 43 comment(s)
Castillo will join the Mariners, where No. 1 catcher Mike Zunino has hit .179/.241/.358 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 106 at-bats. Backup Jesus Sucre is just 1 for 15 in six games.
No word yet what the Cubs will be getting in return.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 82 comment(s)
Sabermetricians, scouts, coaches, and ball players coexisting and working together?
Goodbye all, nice knowing you, the apocalypse is nigh!
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Lineup protection exists—it also doesn’t. Baseball players are aware of lineup protection and modify their approach because of it, even though their managers might have a different idea entirely of what lineup protection means. Batters think about protection, too, and part of successful hitting is the ability to think with the game as it’s happening. However, modified approaches don’t alter results in any meaningful way, as analysts such as Tom Tango and Jeff Sullivan show.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
I just hope A-Rod didn’t give him any advice on supplements Harper can take to become a record breaker.
Josh Wilker, the author of “Cardboard Gods,” one of the best-ever baseball books not necessarily about baseball, is back with another memoir. This time, it chronicles his first year as a new father, and the insecurities (and joys) therein. “Benchwarmer” presents his son Jack’s first year, while also detailing, in almanac form, the annals of all-time benchwarmers/sad sacks. Its not the easiest subject matter to traverse, as Wilker lays his first-time fatherhood neuroses and raw ...
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
Don’t want to get hurt, stop throwing so hard.
As you can see these results are more in line with Dr. Fleisig’s results (25% Major League pitchers). I don’t think it’s unreasonable there are some differences, however. This would depend on our methods of gathering the data and how we defined what a Major League pitcher is. My definition was very loose. Basically if a pitcher came up and threw one inning, then I put him in the results. The reason why I didn’t have a stricter definition of ...
Exceeding all expectations while passing all PED tests. Who’da thunk it?
Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1915:
Baseball, as the kingpin of national pastimes, is going to be crowded for honors in a very short time, if the tennis “bug” keeps working at the speed it has shown for the past couple of years.
The national tournaments in tennis are attracting lots more attention now than they formerly did. Now the business men, clerks and thousants of others who play the game are interested in watching men like Norris, McLoughlin and Bundy perform.
Baseball is doomed! Doomed! ...Read More...
The Orioles also made a deal.
The Orioles made a minor league trade today, acquiring left-hander Chris Lee from the Astros for two international bonus slots, reportedly the 46th and 76th overall.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’ve been waiting for this book. (Why did they wait so long?)
Tim Raines was such a weapon, but his skill isn’t appreciated enough.
“If they’re successful 70-something-percent, 80-something-percent,” Lopes said, “that’s a hell of a weapon to have.”
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
John Grochowski is at least trying, so I will cut him some slack.
Balls a defender doesn’t reach that an average fielder would mean extra hits charged to the pitchers. You can see that in the early numbers for Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana. All have been inconsistent, but all have FIPs — fielding independent pitching — stronger than their ERAs when you filter out defense.
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
“We’re supposed to be the Fish. The Marlins. We shouldn’t be the Flounders.
“A Marlin isn’t a flounder. We’ve got to get it going.’‘
“Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”
Dock Ellis on Acid
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 01:06 AM | 40 comment(s)
As of this writing, it has been over one full day since the Marlins last fired a manager.
Anyway, full slate today, so… CHATTER UP!
Posted: May 19, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 218 comment(s)
Monday, May 18, 2015
Oh, yes, it was one big looney-tunes adventure in Atlanta. After the eighth straight loss, Bristol gulped: “I’m doing all I can. I just don’t know what else I can do.”
After the 10th straight loss, Turner was admonished by — of all people — George Steinbrenner. “Nobody forced Ted Turner to buy the Braves,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re all over legal age and of reasonable intelligence. And when we bought these teams, we knew what the rules were.”
After the 14th straight ...
First baseman/outfielder Allen Craig and his contract predictably cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox. He’ll stay with the organization at Triple-A, but is no longer on the 40-man roster.
The procedural move gives the Red Sox some 40-man roster wiggle room while they try to get Craig back on track in the minors. If he convinces them he’s ready to contribute positively in the majors again they can simply re-add him to the 40-man roster and call him up. ...
This morning the last-place Brewers demoted their starting second baseman since mid-2013, Scooter Gennett, to Triple-A because he hit .154 in 20 games this year after coming into the season as a career .300 hitter.
What makes the move particularly odd is that less than 12 months ago Brewers general manager Doug Melvin used Gennett’s success in the majors as an example to aggressively criticize stat-heads, angrily telling Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:
Melvin, an old school GM who ...
“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”
Posted: May 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
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