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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Tacoma Times, August 5, 1915:
One thing needed to put new interest in baseball is a new discovery, something like the spitball which gave fans new heroes to worshipp [sic] and something new to talk about.
The one hurler with something new, a fooler that may get into the same class with the spitball and put a new “kick” on the game, is Gene Dale of the Cincinnati Reds. He broke in this season with a slow curve, the likes of which had never been seen on a big league diamond.
Dale’s curve ...
No one who saw Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta last year is surprised at what’s he has become. Maybe the bigger surprise is how his teammates have come along with him. The Cubs won their sixth straight game, 5-0, over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as Arrieta was magnificent on the mound again.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
Under the terms of the pact, MLBAM will pay the NHL about $100 million per year for the rights to distribute the league’s out-of-market telecasts, including the NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Center Ice subscriptions services, in the U.S. and certain international markets. The NHL will receive an equity stake in MLBAM of between 7% and 10%.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
Why does Collins want Wright batting second?
“His on-base percentage is so good,” Collins said. “He can run the bases. He brings a lot to the table. You look throughout the league now and there are big-name hitters, power guys hitting second. The new thing is to get all these guys up in that spot where they can get up more.’’
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
It’s premature to write off Porcello, Kelly, Sandoval, and Ramirez. Having said that, when combined with the team’s top picks in the last few free agent drafts, it’s clear the U.S. scouting decision-making process has some serious problems.
How to assign credit and responsibility for each of Boston’s missteps in recent years generally is an exercise in futility. Cherington bears significant responsibility, naturally, and both John Henry and Larry Lucchino have signed off at least on the most ...
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
A human Chris Sale won’t get the White Sox into the Wild Card game.
So what’s wrong with Sale, the AL strikeout leader who was 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA over 12 starts before this recent run of three losses in four starts?
“I don’t know,’’ Flowers said. “For a couple innings there he was locked in — command, executing pitches, then the next inning a couple mistakes where they took advantage, walking guys, pretty uncharacteristic of him. I’m not entirely sure, I didn’t see anything ...
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
It’s not a short-term gig.
Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
But a source told MLive.com on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA and that probably declined by 34.2% during August, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Game of Thrones and DOTA 2 The International
Posted: August 05, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 143 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.
It’s a lot ...
General manager Sandy Alderson chose to believe in his team and made moves that reflect his confidence. Now the Mets have a golden opportunity in front of them and a chance to amend some recent history. Ricco recalled the Mets’ collapse in 2007, when they dropped two of three at home to the last-place Marlins with the playoffs on the line in the season’s final weekend.
Still, Ricco said, “It’s better than the opposite.”
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:38 PM | 38 comment(s)
Next stop, Toronto?
The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.
Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.
“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
His career Wins Above Replacement, according to BaseballReference.com, is 36th all time at 80.7. That places him fifth among all third basemen. Only Hall of Famers are ahead of him: Mike Schmidt (106.5), Eddie Mathews (96.4), Wade Boggs (91) and Brooks Robinson (88.4).
His career WAR is higher than a long list of Hall of Famers, including Joe DiMaggio, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter.
Counting the players who spent most of their time at third base, Beltre is fifth all-time in ...
The wrinkle in the waiver system is that a team with no intention of acquiring a player can put in a waiver claim, forcing his team to pull him back and ending the possibility of him being traded. The waiving team can simply let the player go for nothing – the Devil Rays stuck the Yankees with Jose Canseco this way in 2000 — but most often, it’s used as a blocking tool.
As a result, the players who get through waivers tend to be ones with unmanageable contracts. With the way the market ...
Does this make Ruben a tenth level or eleventh level genius?
“This was as well prepared as we’ve been,” Amaro said. “There were no shortage of suitors, and when you’re talking about five or six teams to cover all those players and all those prospects … we started to target some of those guys during the offseason. The scouting and the addition of the analytics portion of these evaluations put us in the best position to be ready to make the trades.”
Quality is key. Some folks considered the ...
The three games for hitting a guy in the leg?
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Despite the loss, Tiffany was still overjoyed. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Tiffany, who said she wanted to barf from excitement:
“I tried to keep it together the best I could. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, ‘My goodness, it’s actually going to happen.’
“I’m still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so ...
Even with incentives added, Lackey is pitching for about one-tenth of the $15.25 million he made last year because of a contract option clause that said he would play for the minimum if he ever missed a season because of injury.
That clause was exercised this year, and Lackey is a potential free agent after the season, having stated he wants to play two more years.
I thought he was going to retire?
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
An interview with Bill James.
When Atlanta Braves pitcher David Aardsma hopped a ball to the plate in the eighth inning Monday night, Pierzynski turned in one of the most shameless sell jobs you’ll ever see from a catcher. He framed up the pitch like it were a strike, held it there to show the ump and looked at him like, “come on, this is totally a strike.”
The Rangers third baseman hit for the third cycle of his career, becoming just the fourth major leaguer ever to do it that many times, and the first since Babe Herman in 1933.
The other players to get a single, double, triple and home run in one MLB game on three occasions were Bob Meusel (1921, 1922 and 1928) and John Reilly (twice in 1883 and 1890), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Don’t let it go to his head.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
So, you want to be a sports agent. Really?
The session in Steinberg’s hometown was so well received that they added sessions in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Miami for this year.
“There is no programs in college that focus on preparing you to be a sports agent,” said Cabott, who graduated from La Salle and then got his J.D. from the Widener School of Law in 2005. “These people will learn more about being an agent in one day with [Steinberg] than in an entire semester in a sports ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.
This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Athletics haven’t had an All-Star second baseman since 1976. Who was it? Read the article.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 71 comment(s)
New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.
Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
Michael Morse had already bought a ticket to Los Angeles. His things were in transit and he was at the airport. Then he heard from his agents: His destination had changed.
“I couldn’t be more excited, especially with this clubhouse, especially with the guys, the coaching staff,” Morse said. “For me, it’s like winning the lotto.”
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
He was reduced to scrambling for a way to get out his own message Saturday after the Herald had learned Sam Kennedy will be replacing him as president of the Red Sox. None of this happened on Lucchino’s terms, and he said so himself in the statement that was released Sunday:
“We would have preferred to announce all of our transition plans at once, including my new role,” read the statement, “but I can tell you we all feel strongly that Sam Kennedy, who has been with me for 20 years, ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
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