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Thursday, April 30, 2015
One of the worst things that comes out of civil unrest like we’ve seen in Baltimore are the armchair civic leaders, lecturing people from the comfort of their homes and lives which have absolutely no connection to the unrest in question about what they should or should not be doing.
You’ve seen them on your Facebook feed. Quoting Martin Luther King under the delusion that they have more to say about being, for example, a black person or a poor person in a place where black and poor people ...
Heyman is taking over as editor of Halos Heaven.
It’s to the point where Hamilton is so convincing he doesn’t even have to try. And he hasn’t been trying.
In his Texas press conference, Hamilton never once took responsibility for causing the Angels a lot of heartache. Instead, what he said was Moreno should have known better. That strikes me as a very different message than the one he gave him when selling him on the $125 million deal, which is among the all-time worst from a team ...
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, April 30, 1915:
Benny Kauff, the Ty Cobb of the Federal League was the indirect cause [yesterday] afternoon of more genuine excitement at the Polo Grounds than that field had known since September 23, 1908, when Fred Merkle lost a pennant through failure to tag second base. Kauff, who at noon time deserted the Brooklyn Federal League club and signed a three years ironclad contract with the New York Nationals, attempted to play centerfield for the Giants. President James ...
1. Josh Hamilton (5 years, $125 million)
2. Mike Hampton (8 years, $121 million)
3. Melvin Upton Jr. (5 years, $72.25 million)
4. Manny Ramirez (2 years, $45 million)
5. Chan Ho Park (5 years, $65 million)
HM. Carl Pavano (4 years, $39.9 million with the Yankees)
HM. Jason Bay (4 years, $66 million with the Mets)
HM. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million with the Mariners)
HM. Gary Matthews Jr. (5 years, $65 million with the Angels)
HM. Andruw Jones (2 years, $36.2 million with the Dodgers)
Archie Bradley is one lucky guy.
After a high-tech investigation that inexplicably took six months to conclude, Major League Baseball has cleared the Cubs and Joe Maddon of tampering allegations leveled by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
None of this matters much, to be sure, except as an unexpected reminder of the massive and relentless add-ons and distractions of modern-day ball. The Kiss Camera, the racing mascots, the T-shirt cannonades, the God Bless, the deafening rock, the home-team anthem, the infield sweepers’ dance, the well-plaqued Hall of Heroes, the retired numbers, the gymnasium-sized souvenir shops, the Texas steak restaurant in right (with its roped-off waiting areas thoughtfully supplied with overhead ...
Whatever made the day so hushed and surreal, one thing was clear from the start: This is a terrible way to experience baseball.
Maybe it was different actually being there, but watching on MLB.tv was amazing. I wouldn’t want most games to be like this, but as a one-off event it was really neat to actually be able to hear the sounds of baseball.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 10:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
Some good stuff from BP’s Matthew Kory.
Will Reason pick him up off of waivers?
SB Nation, a fan-based sports blogging website, fired a Los Angeles Angels blogger Tuesday for an article written about Josh Hamilton that founder Tyler Bleszinski said “crossed the line between fanaticism and good taste.”
Hamilton was acquired in a complicated deal Monday from the Angels. The Angels, according to Dallas Morning News sources, are taking on more than $65 million of Hamilton’s remaining $80 million salary.
The blogger, who writes under ...
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 141 comment(s)
Was there really a consensus that Gregorius was a great fielder before the trade? I thought the opinions were mixed.
This may be an improvement over other metrics that are currently available. (I don’t have time to read the detailed breakdown, which I applaud them for providing, BTW.) I would think, though, better metrics for measuring pitchers are just around the corner due to Field F/X (whatever it’s called) data. With that data it should be possible to separate (and this is one of the Holy Grail sabermetric goals) fielding from pitching.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:43 AM | 21 comment(s)
Based on things I’ve read in the past, I was surprised by the writer’s results.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 8 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 29, 1915:
Good faith? The Yankees are getting a lot of attention based on A-Rod getting close to the record. They can choose to not push the event but their actions don’t mean the event isn’t newsworthy.
For Rodriguez, the matter is worth $6 million. For the Yankees, it is actually $9 million, according to multiple baseball officials. The reason is that the team would be taxed 50 percent on any added payment to Rodriguez because the Yankees are over the luxury-tax threshold and the figure would be added ...
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 73 comment(s)
“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, particularly left-handed, better than him,” Amaro says. “Debate it all you want, from the sabermetrics to scout evaluations, but he is as good as there is going to be out there.
“No respect to the guy out there in Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) or to Felix (Hernandez), but he was as good as any pitcher in baseball the second half of last season. If you match up his numbers from late May to the end of the season, he’s as good as it gets. And he tends to be ...
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey may require surgery on his pitching elbow, a significant setback to a team already struggling with its staff.
Cincinnati is considering various options for treating an injured ligament in Bailey’s right elbow, including surgery. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that no decision had been made. The Reds could wait and see if the elbow heals with treatment.
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos. The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning
Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
I wonder what the win expectancy was when the Nationals were down 9-1?
Yet the comeback the Washington Nationals staged Tuesday night, capped by a three-run home run by Dan Uggla in the top of the ninth, is the kind around which seasons pivot. Down eight runs in the second inning, the Nationals fought off injuries, errors, and a month’s worth of frustration to beat the Braves, 13-12, on a deep drive to left by a former Braves second baseman whose career was left for dead. The win snapped a ...
Cool to add some veteran presence.
Yes, after 17 years of active duty in the Navy, Holcomb will pitch in an NCAA game for the first time on Tuesday night for the Jacksonville University Dolphins.
From the Jacksonville University website:
“I’m like a little freshman trying to get that spot and do some damage out there on the mound,” said Holcomb who turns 35 next week. “Where I am at in my life, I’ve surpassed a lot of my dreams. I found a role around here and stayed attached to the program ...
Ricky Romero says his release by the Toronto Blue Jays came as a surprise and the left-hander acknowledges that he has “mixed feelings” about whether he had the full support of the organization.
“It was definitely pretty weird, pretty shocking,” said Romero, who was a guest on Tuesday morning’s Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
The “ceremony” lasted just a minute and when it was over all the Phillies’ players laughed and applauded. Even Severino Gonzalez, the 22-year-old pitcher who will become a made man when he steps on a big-league mound for the first time Tuesday night.
Gonzalez will face the St. Louis Cardinals in his big-league debut and televisions all over Panama will be tuned to the event as it marks the first time two natives of the country will make up a major-league battery.
Posted: April 28, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
Just awful news.
Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.
“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While ...
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