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Saturday, July 25, 2015
Neyer declares war on “need.”
So you’ve got all those contending teams and all those late-July trades, and I can’t find a single compelling instance of a player who really made a difference.
Is this normal? No, and yes. Last season was atypical, just in terms of how few division races wound up being even remotely close. But let’s just think about the math for a moment. Leaving aside Mike Trout, your typical great player is worth about six wins above replacement over a whole season … ...
Posted: July 25, 2015 at 05:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
I can’t (expletive) believe someone would (expletive) (expletive) another (expletive) (expletive) (expletive) from Reggie.
Daily News reported that Jackson yelled at the fan: “I already signed one, and you go back to the (expletive) line and come up again. That’s (expletive) up. Now, it’s my time to eat dinner with people I seldom see. It’s (expletive) up. Pay for them like everybody else.’’
Jackson did not deny the exchange, but repeatedly said he did not shove or push the fan. ...
Devon Travis has been a pleasant surprise for the Jays this season, as he’s hit better than anyone could have expected out of the gate. Despite a horrible month of May when he tried to play through a shoulder injury, he’s hit to a 129 wRC+ so far with solid defense at 2nd. Additionally, he may be helping the Jays in other ways, as it seems as though he may be involved in stealing signs.
I was watching the Jays game against Oakland July 22nd, and after Devon Travis hit a double in the top ...
Let’s dock them 0.5675% instead.
Perilously close to overtaking Babe Ruth as the GOAT in real life, Bonds drops to eighth in position-player WAR when we dock his steroid-era production by 33 percent. That leaves us with an all-time top five far more palatable to baseball traditionalists: Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Aaron and Honus Wagner.5
The debate over steroids in baseball is bitter and divisive, but this solution represents a compromise, based on real data, that attempts to meet all camps ...
Posted: July 25, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
Stupid fight-winning computer!!
The right-hander with 311 victories over 20 major league seasons and the leader of the world champion 1969 Mets also is keeping a close eye on the pitching renaissance going on at Citi Field. He is doing that the old-fashioned way, looking at box scores every morning.
He loves what he sees of the Mets young staff, which includes All-Star Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and the injured Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.
He wants to see one number increase ...
Posted: July 25, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 13 comment(s)
Mets get some help. The Braves save some cash and add more pitching depth to their minor league system.
Stuck among the National League’s worst offensive teams for most of this summer, the Mets on Friday saw their season-long hunt for offense finally bear fruit. The club announced late Friday that it has acquired third baseman Juan Uribe, utility man Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves, in exchange for pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen.
Posted: July 25, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
Friday, July 24, 2015
[Kyle] Barraclough, 25, was the Cardinals’ seventh-round pick in 2012. He had a 0.60 ERA in 11 games at A-ball this season before being promoted to Double A, where he has posted a 3.28 ERA in 23 games with eight saves.
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 05:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
Four great players who provided some awesome memories.
Heavy Seas Beer, a Baltimore-based brewery, will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played with a special “Fielder’s Choice” brew featuring Ripken-themed packaging.
Apparently Wade Boggs will try to drink 2,131 of them.
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 04:28 PM | 13 comment(s)
cal ripken jr
Figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a Greinke thread around, given the streak. Plus, there’s a fun story from Posnanski.
So Gordon was pretty excited when Greinke called him into the video room. He figured that Greinke must have found something in his swing, something small, some little flaw that he could fix and it would turn his entire season around. He followed Greinke to to the monitor. Greinke turned it on.
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 10 comment(s)
Jones has the right attitude.
The Orioles dropped to 19-30 on the road this season with their ninth loss in their past 12 games away from Camden Yards. They couldn’t leave New York quick enough, looking to salvage their nine-game road trip with three games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend
“What else are you going to do, dwell on it? No man. That’s not good for sports,” said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who was 0-for-4 Thursday and 2-for-12 in the series. “It’s not good ...
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
Bring out the Keltner tests!
Carlos Beltran, Yankees (38 years old)
Career WAR/Peak WAR/JAWS: 67.0/44.3/55.6
Average HOF CF: 70.4/44.0/57.2
Two years ago, Beltran was amid his second strong season in a row with the Cardinals, one that would finally take him to the World Series; along the way, he added two more homers to a postseason resumé (.333/.445/.683 with 16 homers) to rival that of Big Papi. Ninth among centerfielders in JAWS and closing in on 400 homers, he seemed even more likely to ...
Grand Forks Daily Herald, July 24, 1915:
HITLESS INDIAN GIVEN RELEASE
[Jim] Thorpe’s inability to hit anything except straight ball pitching, which opposing twirlers took care that he did not get, proved too great a handicap for even this great athlete. Passed on to ther Jersey City club of the International league, his weakness was so apparent to all pitchers that the hitless Indian was dropped from the class AA league as valueless.
As I’ve said before, Thorpe hit .303 with solid power numbers ...Read More...
I will go on record as saying this is a bad idea. Setting this kid up as the offensive savior is not a smart thing to do after less than 50 games at Double-A.
The Michael Conforto Era has begun in Flushing.
The Mets announced on Friday that they purchased Conforto’s contract from Double-A Binghamton on Friday and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list.
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Conforto, the Mets’ top hitting prospect, has dominated since his promotion to Binghamton, hitting ...
As punishment, he should be forced to watch only ESPN content for the next week. I know that’s cruel but if even one person, let alone a whole country, is offended the punishment must certainly be the harshest possible.
Talking on his national radio show, which is simulcast on ESPNU, Cowherd was making a point about whether a general manager had the capability of stepping down from the executive office and adeptly handling managerial duties, as the Miami Marlins’ Dan Jennings has been asked to ...
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 95 comment(s)
what did he say
MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a ...
Nice analysis from Eno Harris.
For how often he throws his breaking balls, McHugh is still getting excellent whiffs on those pitches. But don’t let that blind you to the fact that his fastball is not very good. With every tick he loses on the pitch, the more likely he is to give up home runs on it. He’s been hiding the pitch since he got in the league, but there’s not really any place to hide the fastball further when you’re throwing it less than anybody else in baseball not named R.A. ...
“I feel an obligation to support them in a situation where I can do something to help them win,” Luhnow said. “They care as much as anybody, because they’re on the team.
“I think when you don’t make a move, even though sometimes that’s the right thing to do, people can misinterpret it as they’re not being supported. Now I would never make a move … just to make them feel supported, but it’s the right move to make, and it’s in our domain to make it.” ...Read More...
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
Accordingly, when someone like Ben Zobrist, a utility player long coveted by the front office, becomes available, Alderson faces this: WFAN’s Ed Coleman reported that the Mets don’t want to pay the remaining balance on Zobrist’s 2015 salary, between $2-3 million.
That’s outrageous. That amount is a small fraction of the found money the team has recovered from the insurance policy on David Wright’s contract—75 percent of his $20 million contract after the first 60 days missed. It’s an even ...
Posted: July 24, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 44 comment(s)
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I’ll be honest, the first trade proposal is usually lopsided and often downright embarrassing. I can’t tell you how many times a GM has offered me two utility players for an All-Star. But it’s important to be polite and respectful … while offering a quick counter that favors your team, albeit with a little less margin. That puts the conversation on track if it’s going to go anywhere. Then you have these conversations with other teams. Working on multiple deals at the same time—with an ...
Posted: July 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
Twelve years after the Pirates traded him away, Aramis Ramirez is coming back to Pittsburgh.
The Bucs acquired Ramirez and cash considerations from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for Minor League right-hander Yhonathan Barrios, providing a much-needed upgrade for the injury-ravaged left side of their infield.
Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM | 49 comment(s)
A measured response from the New York Daily News.
No RE2PECT, smh.
Three Giants—Bumgarner, Buster Posey (No. 3) and Hunter Pence (No. 6)—have their jerseys ranked in the top 10.
In less than three months in the league, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant ranks second. In fact, since making his debut, 15 signed cards of Bryant, who signed a memorabilia deal with Fanatics last week, have sold for more than $5,000 each.
1. Madison Bumgarner Giants
2. Kris Bryant Cubs
3. Buster Posey Giants
4. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
5. Bryce ...
And so we begin…
The Astros made a trade Thursday, acquiring left-hander Scott Kazmir from the A’s for two minor leaguers, right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham…
The 31-year-old Kazmir, a 2002 Cy Falls graduate, will join the club in Kansas City on Friday. He is 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA this season 18 starts for the A’s this season. Among American League pitchers, Kazmir ranks fourth in opponent batting average (.213) and fifth in ERA. On the season, Kazmir has ...
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