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Thursday, February 27, 2014
That’s only about $250…times must be tough!
Denny McLain, the ex-Tigers ace and felon, told WWJ Newsradio 950 he has lost 156 pounds.
“I am down 24 pants sizes,” he said. “I’m down a whole shoe sizes. I had the fattest feet in Michigan. ... I’m seeing things now I forgot I had!”
McLain said he had bariatric surgery to lose the weight so he could help take care of his wife, Sharon, who has Parkinson’s disease.
“I’m trying to get to my playing weight,” said McLain, 69. ...
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 15 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 27, 1914:
Folsom prison has lost its most popular convict. Eugene Lavender, burglar and star pitcher of the “Major league” baseball team of the penitentiary, got an unconditional release from the states, but when he stepped from the prison gate Sheriff Fleming, of McLennon county, Texas, was waiting with extradition papers to draft him back to the Texas courts to stand trial on a burglary charge. Lavender served four years at Folsom and was the idol of the “fans”.
He ...Read More...
Another mess for brother Collier to chime in on.
For reasons unclear and probably even unnecessary, there is a concerted push all of a sudden by Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and the producers of the official beer of Major League Baseball to designate Opening Day a national holiday.
Where, in Australia?
They had better hurry.
Opening Day 2014 is just 24 days away, 24 days and about 9,500 miles, give or take a slow walk to the mound.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks ...
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
Hell, everybody has a higher WAR than Tom Glaivine.
Pedro Martinez should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his name appears on the ballot for the first time next year.
He has a lower career ERA (2.93) than Greg Maddux, more strikeouts (3,154) than Sandy Koufax and a higher WAR (86.0) than Tom Glaivine. All of those pitchers were inducted on the first try.
Martinez, now a special assistant to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, is confident, but not certain that he’ll get the news ...
Posted: February 27, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 132 comment(s)
hall of fame
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
“Nopliw”... it’s “Wilpon” spelled backwards!!!
The sequel to “Sharknado”—the cult TV movie you definitely watched but pretended you didn’t until everyone admitted they saw it—is filming at the Mets’ home. The production starring Tara Reid (“American Pie”) and Ian Ziering (of “Beverley Hills, 90210” fame) headed to Citi Field on Wednesday…because what’s more fitting than a disaster flick at the home of a team that went 74-88 last season?
The District Attorney
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:46 PM | 42 comment(s)
Videos in link. Poor Mike Morse.
You would think major leaguers would be a far better option than a lawsuit against the owner.
In my first year I was paid $800 dollars a month. After housing, taxes, dues and insurance were taken out, that was down to $360. My minor league brothers and I were oblivious because we were playing the game and chasing our dream, all suffering from the delusion that we were only weeks from the bigs and escaping the bills, and mortgages, and mouth feeding struggles we still had. But even then, as naive ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:44 PM | 132 comment(s)
‘He’s got great body control, he’s a great athlete,” said Butterfield. “The main thing that we’ve been concentrating on is his feet. I think with all young shortstops it just becomes a matter of time before they know where to put those feet down. He’s getting there. He’s still not there completely, and he’d be the first one to tell you that. But extremely athletic. And when he does it right with his feet, you see the explosion, the body control, and ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 08:44 PM | 4 comment(s)
Damn! Pavano is 557 on the Starting Pitcher JAWS Leader Board and not 550 (DL in Roman Numerals).
As of a couple months ago Carl Pavano was trying to make a comeback after missing all of last season following a gruesome home accident in which he suffered a ruptured spleen, but now he’s ready to call it a career.
Pavano’s agent told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors that the 38-year-old right-hander is retiring after 14 seasons in the majors, issuing the following statement:
Despite my ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:22 PM | 28 comment(s)
Day by day it grows! Science is baffled! And so is Frank Deford!
It’s time to make home plate smaller. I know: That’s heresy; that’s sacrilegious. But there are simply too many strikeouts in baseball now, and that hurts the game, because if the ball isn’t in play, it’s boring.
The size of home plate was not decreed by God. Back when it was an iron plate — where the name came from — it was, in fact, round. It became rubber and a square, 12 inches to a side, but its present distinctive ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 05:01 PM | 84 comment(s)
NL pennant is secure!
It has come to this for Figgins. His talent and history in the game will no longer carry him. He has to make the team by performing, starting with that first pitch Wednesday.
He knows it. There is no sulking, no hint of entitlement. The quiet, hustling personality that made him so popular in Anaheim has not changed. His perspective has.
On Jan. 15, he worked out in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., for officials of most of the major league teams. When he finished — “It was ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
Which pitching stats are most closely connected to value?... I took all pitchers in history who pitched 199.0 to 201.0 innings… The more often a category agrees with the bottom line, the more closely it is connected to Value.
What is Value? I decided to use Fangraphs WAR as “true value”.
John Hamilton came to your Anaheim Angels of Anaheim with a big stick and a lot of baggage. The first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft spent most of his first eight seasons in the minors or suspended due to drug and alcohol addiction. He’s gone on to become a lifetime .295 hitter, five-time All-Star outfielder and 2010 American League MVP in the Bigs. By his side on and off the road has been an “accountability partner”—think a life chaperon. But the Angels ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
Leave the JUGS gun. Take the deditos de novia.
In less than two weeks with the Mets in spring training, Jose Valverde has emerged as the leader of, what the reliever calls, the team’s “Dominican Mafia.”
The members include young pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero and Gonzalez Germen, and meetings are held in a corner of the clubhouse near Valverde’s locker. Another veteran Dominican pitcher, Bartolo Colon, also presides.
“It feels like we are brothers here,” ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 50 comment(s)
The following question came before the American body politic Tuesday: Should Congress designate baseball’s opening day as a federal holiday?
To which fans responded: You mean it’s not?
The first day of the baseball season is already a day of mass miracles, when hundreds of thousands of invalids who call in sick at 8:30 a.m. are healed in time to be at the ballpark by the first pitch at 1:05 p.m. Maybe it should be a religious holiday….
Like many great ideas, the movement to create ...Read More...
The Yankees made them do it. That’s the time-honored explanation for the American League’s decision to move the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City in 1954. After strong-arming the rest of the league to install a friendly, compliant owner in Kansas City, the Yankees looted the Athletics franchise, acquiring such key players as Roger Maris, Ralph Terry and Clete Boyer in return for nobody in particular.
That conventional wisdom has been disputed recently by historian Bill Deane, who ...Read More...
The race to sign Big Six is heating up.
Milwaukee Sentinel, February 26, 1914:
Christy Mathewson, the Giant star pitcher, who has been offered the berth of manager of the Federal league Brooklyn club left [Los Angeles] on Wednesday for Marlin Springs, Tex., the spring training camp of the New York Giants.
He carried with him his unsigned contract to play with the Giants and while reiterating his intention to seriously consider the Federal offer, declared he was confident of coming to terms ...
83-year old Jerry Izenberg, on Monte Irvin’s 95th birthday.
The last Eagle will be 95 years old this morning. Monte Irvin broke the New York Baseball Giants’ color line in 1949 and played in two World Series for them. He was the first African-American to work as an aide in the office of the Commissioner of Baseball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
That’s for the résumé.
But for me, he will always remain a Newark Eagle.
...Now, after all those years home and abroad ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 08:00 AM | 17 comment(s)
Hello…Manuel, no longer in Chavez Ravine…you’re on the air!
Larry King bleeds blue for his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers and even celebrated his 80th birthday at the stadium last November.
Now, the lifelong fan will become one of the faces of the team as he hosts Larry King at Bat, a new series premiering March 18 at 7 p.m for the SportsNet LA channel, which launched today.
A season ticket holder and a fan since the Dodgers played in Brooklyn (they moved to L.A. in 1957, which shows what a ...
Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Great Gutzons! Garry Templeton is on Ozzie Smith’s Mount Rushmore of shortstops!
For now, Jeter already has a special place in history in Smith’s eyes. When asked to name his shortstop Mount Rushmore, Smith was quick to include him.
“Well, of course Cal would be on there. Derek would be on there. Omar Vizquel would be on there. The guy I got traded for actually would be one of those guys because he was a true five-tool player,” said Smith.
Also, naturally: “And of course, I’d put myself on ...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 08:16 PM | 177 comment(s)
From the person who brought us Gregg Zaun as a drunken mini-boss, we have the (unpatched) 2014 Blue Jays adventure!
About a year ago I uploaded an 8 bit video game adventure surrounding the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays.
Needless to say, things didn’t work out as the game predicted.
I took a stab at predicting the 2014 season, but for some reason I can’t get it to work correctly.
Good cripple hitter
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 03:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
Even Pretzels Getzien and his 1.95 ERA don’t see the logic in this!
He delivered his message quiet matter-of-factly, as if he were discussing the everyday, the mundane, the fully expected. With neither fanfare nor a deep breath to preface his quiet announcement, Jose Fernandez calmly said, “My goal this year is to have a 1.95 ERA.” There.
Oh, 1.95? Well, of course? Why not? Why not 1.90?
“I think I can,” Fernandez said with an earnestness that is delightful and disarming. His response to his ...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 36 comment(s)
Shouldn’t it have been Kuiper’s card?
Toledo News-Bee, February 25, 1914:
The White Sox and Giants were aboard the Orontes, nearing the equator. Half the party had been summoned on deck to watch the crossing of the line. Joe Benz thought he saw it in the distance, but Steve Evans declared it was high water and the equator was submerged.
An argument arose and the matter was appealed to Umpire Klem.
“Is it in or out at this season?” demanded Steve.
“I cannot make a decision,” replied Klem; “I didn’t see it.”
This has to be ...Read More...
Major League Baseball’s attempt to enact a rule to protect catchers from injury and possible concussions in home-plate collisions resulted in some experimental legislation announced today. But some of the bite was taken out of it, as far as Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was concerned.
“I did think we were making some pretty good progress and then the progress was stopped,” said Matheny. “After talking with people from the players’ association and with Major League Baseball, I think we have ...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 07:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
Adam Dunn seen here with his acting/hitting mentor Chuck Connors.
Dunn, an investor in the Oscar-nominated film “Dallas Buyers Club,” has an invitation to attend the Academy Awards show Sunday in Los Angeles. Dunn has a cameo role as a bartender in the movie, which was produced by his friend Joe Newcomb, founder of Truth Entertainment.
“I’m still debating whether I want to do it,” Dunn said from Chicago’s spring training camp in Glendale. “I don’t know yet, but the offer is there. How many ...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 21 comment(s)
And stop wearing your shirttails backwards…and tuck in those caps in your pants!
On Monday, Robinson was in Sarasota, Florida to speak with Oriole players at spring training. Among those in attendance was Josh Hart, who was selected by the team in last year’s amateur draft. As Robinson made his way around the facilities, Hart had the opportunity to meet the former All-Star. The minor problem was, the 19-year-old had no idea about the man with whom he had come face-to-face.
Eduardo A. ...Read More...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 171 comment(s)
We’ve all had Wheels to take ourselves away…
Phillies team president David Montgomery found Wheeler before the game.
“[He] told me on Sept. 21 that I wasn’t going to be back to do the games,” Wheeler said. “I did the last nine games knowing I was a lame duck. And that was a little difficult . . . Leaving the booth that Sunday, I caught myself looking around as I walked to the bus.”
...Wheeler is back in Clearwater this spring, going about his business as if nothing has changed. Although he ...
Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
The new rule, 7.13, states “a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate).” A runner violating the rule shall be declared out, even if the fielder drops the ball.
And there are a lot more rules, too. If a catcher blocks the plate with the ball, a collision is still legal. If a catcher blocks the plate without the ball, the runner is automatically safe.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Let’s see if I can make the biggest mess yet with this thread!
LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth city officials think they have a home run of an idea to help revitalize their city and save spring training on Florida’s east coast: A baseball stadium on the shores of Lake Osborne in John Prince Park.
They just need Palm Beach County, which owns the land, to buy into the idea. And that might not happen anytime soon.
...Still, city officials say they are cautiously optimistic about the prospect of ...
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