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Monday, February 17, 2014
C’mon, baby, Grant Brisbee needs a new pair of shoes!
...last year, there was a 60-option poll, asking you which bet would have been your kidney bet for the 2013 season. As in, if you needed a few bucks for a new kidney, and that bet was the only way to get it, which over/under would you choose?
There were 665 votes cast. As you suspected, gambling is almost evil, but not quite. Let’s pretend that instead of votes, those were actual $100 bets. How did the readers of SB Nation do?
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 02:57 PM | 38 comment(s)
Not even the Survival Zone can save Doy-El’s latest!
Defensively? Jeter isn’t in the top five or top 10 or maybe even the top 25 in that category. And defense is part of baseball. A big part. Like, almost half the game. So if we’re going to measure defense, then I can’t sit here and tell you Jeter is a top-five shortstop all time, because how do you quantify what Ozzie Smith and Pee Wee Reese and Luis Aparicio and a whole host of other Hall of Fame shortstops gave on defense, compared to what ...
This team philosophy was originally started by Gene Gene Mauch.
“I always ask the infielders if they can dance or not,” Williams said yesterday during his session with the media, causing a couple reporters to shoot glances at each other, trying to figure out if the new Nats manager was being serious or not. “If they can dance, then they can play infield. If they can’t dance, we need to get them lessons, then they’ll be able to play infield. So that’s all it really is. You play through the ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 50 comment(s)
Goes into a blank-faced Gale Sonderungaarded moment to channel Brattain…
MLB.com: Obviously, you rebranded in ‘12, and it didn’t go the way you wanted. You restructured in ‘13, and endured a long season. How are you rebranding, and what do you need to do to reconnect with the fan base?
Samson: I think what our fans are looking for is stability, and what they’re looking for is better performance. The good news is we have a great ballpark, and that 10-year struggle is over with. The people who ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
Genius speaks. No one listens. (Craven’s Progressive Matrices)
That is, while Long couldn’t be prouder of what Cano accomplished as a Yankee, it bothers him that neither he nor anyone else could get through to the second baseman about his notorious lack of hustle, knowing it’s likely to tarnish his standing, especially with the fans.
“If somebody told me I was a dog,’’ Long said here Sunday, “I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 88 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, February 17, 1914:
The great American institution of draw poker received a blow in the solar plexus in the south.
Shortly after the breakfast hour Manager Branch Rickey chanced to espy [sic] Pitchers Taylor, Hamilton and Baumgardner sitting in a 10-cent limit game. Forthwith Manager Rickey proceeded to the gaming table and ordered the game to stop.
“There will be no poker playing among the 1914 Browns,” said he. “I consider poker a really harmful game when played on a ball ...
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I think the man that ruthlessly cut costs at Wal-Mart and over his first decade of ownership of the Royals deserves the benefit of the doubt.
The first thing to talk about here is the new national television contracts that kick in this season. You hear a lot about this $25 million figure. That’s the number being thrown around locally and nationally — we’ve used it here — as the per-team increase from last year to this year. But some phone calls around baseball show the number to be ...
@Braves The #Braves have agreed to terms with @kimbrel46 on a four-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—In the wake of their fifth consecutive losing season, years of financial insecurity and a payroll that has plummeted at a historic rate, the Mets vowed to invest in the team this winter. They’d spent more than $140 million on players as recently as 2011, but since then their budget had fallen into the bottom half of the major leagues, tens of millions below those of their big-market competitors.
So the Mets went shopping this winter, and on the surface it appeared that ...
Plus there’s already more Black Ink spilled on Pedroia’s cloth 11 to 10. (H/T…Ink spot removers Brian & Bill Kenny)
The Red Sox have their own Derek Jeter.
His name is Dustin Pedroia.
As the baseball community paused to come to grips with Wednesday’s announcement that the Yankees captain and shortstop of the past 20 seasons will make 2014 his swansong season, the news reinforced the notion that the Red Sox already have a franchise player and de facto captain, who could, by the end of his ...
Posted: February 16, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 56 comment(s)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Hazardous duty in Sochi, indeed! As MGL turns Joe Posnanski into Hack Hackworth!
* And why I am getting tired of writers and analysts picking and choosing one or more of a bushel of statistics to make their (often weak) point.
...Speaking of strawmen, before I lambaste Mr. Posnanski, which is the crux of this post, let me start by giving him some major props for pointing out that this article, by the “esteemed” and “venerable” writer Allen Barra, is tripe. That is Pos’ word – not ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM | 78 comment(s)
Thanks to a new throwing motion, veteran left-hander Mark Mulder planned to attempt a comeback this season after five years away from the game. His career had been derailed by shoulder problems back in the day.
The Angels gave Mulder a minor league contract because hey, why not? It’s a no risk move. Unfortunately, the comeback attempt is over before it could really even begin.
...What an awful, awful break. Even if he wanted to continue his comeback attempt, the Achilles injury would ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 18 comment(s)
Even though he originally came through the New York Yankees’ system, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn’t too concerned with his players’ appearance.
Someone asked about outfielder Andy Dirks, whose hair has grown rather long.
“I don’t care. If he plays well, he can grow it to his feet as far as I’m concerned,” Ausmus said.
Tigers’ Ausmus played at shortstop once
Ausmus recalled the Yankees’ persnickety ways.
“I came up in the Yankee organization, which is very strict compared ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
And I it hit me: Oh yeah, THAT’S why I invented the word Jeterate.
He was a fantastic baseball player. But you know what? Alan Trammell was just about as good.
Here are Alan Trammell’s and Derek Jeter’s neutralized offensive numbers.
Jeter was a better hitter. But it was closer than you might think. They had similar strengths offensively. At their best, they were .300 hitters with some power and some speed. Both lost deserving MVP awards ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
Tell that to Deacon White…okay, maybe not.
Manager Bryan Price made his first statement toward creating his own culture with the Cincinnati Reds, although he won’t be autocratic about it.
The Reds will not be the hirsute Boston Red Sox, they will not look like scraggly mountain men. Price is asking, not demanding, that most of the facial hair that sprouted mostly on the bullpen members last year be trimmed neatly.
He doesn’t want them retreating to the days of Bob Howsam and The Big Red ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
Carnival of soul. #Hilligross
His career has spanned 13 seasons, 12 post-season series and 205 wins for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees, thrown 2,775 innings for close to $200M, and he has always stood and faced his responsibilities, the definition of accountable. “I know what I am expected to do,” he says, “and I have always tried to fulfill the hopes and the expectations of my teammates and everyone associated with my teams.”
He has devoted much of his free time to kids from New ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
I miss Neifi Perez…and Wiki Gonzalez.
By the title, you know the player featured as this week’s “Foil.” Neifi Perez was, shall we say, a very limited baseball player. His offensive short-comings will be documented here in a bit.
But Neifi as a “Foil” embodies many reasons the Cubs have stunk for so many years. He was a player with incredibly obvious flaws, brought in by a front office to solve problems he wasn’t capable of addressing, and put in a perfectly predictable position to fail by his ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM | 28 comment(s)
Bullitt Bob McClure…
It makes sense Bob McClure wants to slow things down on the Phillies pitching staff. His vision of what baseball is sounds a lot like Outrun for Sega Genesis:
“It goes fast,” McClure said. “It’s almost like being in a convertible car in the middle of an arena with 30,000 people yelling and screaming at you. It’s intense. Now put that car on a racetrack and go 200 miles per hour. And try make your car fit through two cars on the first turn. Well, that’s what ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Dodgers might go into the 2014 season with four every-day options for three outfield spots, but one of those players now has made his stance crystal clear. Matt Kemp said he’s not a bench player.
“I’m not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that off right there,” Kemp said. “I won’t accept that role. I can’t accept that role.”
Kemp is right; he doesn’t spend time on the bench. He spends all his time on the DL.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 01:08 AM | 42 comment(s)
Friday, February 14, 2014
I once attended a punkdrunk wedding up in Binghamton, NY and sorta came to in an Antonelli Tire Co’s parking lot.
He was arguably the best major leaguer to come from Rochester, but generations might have known Johnny Antonelli better from his post-baseball career.
The Jefferson High School graduate and World Series hero owned a tire business that expanded to 28 shops throughout New York state. He went from the pitcher’s rubber to pitching rubber tires and, for years, was the exclusive ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
Explore the future our game demands!
The widespread use of illegal steroids among Major League Baseball players has been fueled by an “economy of bodily management,” the free agent market and exploding television revenues, a UT Arlington assistant professor argues in a newly published research paper.
Sarah Rose, a labor and disability historian, says by attacking individual ballplayers’ morality, commentators have obscured the more salient issue.
“Baseball is representative of the fact that ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 07:05 PM | 60 comment(s)
If one had to synthesize most of the recent Jeter coverage under one headline, it would be: Is Derek Jeter a True Hall of Famer or Is He Overrated?
Let’s deal with the first question. There isn’t any doubt that he is going to get into the Hall of Fame. Only nine players in the history of baseball have more hits than Jeter. He’s a 13-time All-Star with five World Series rings. And he’s tremendously popular. If you put down a deposit on a hotel room in Cooperstown for July 2020, it’s ...Read More...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 01:40 PM | 124 comment(s)
Stepping on a butterfly needle.
The primordial circumstance that set Rodriguez’s career on an unwanted trajectory was the 1994-95 players’ strike, which began just one month after his major league debut… when the strike ended and the players and owners finally hammered out a new collective bargaining agreement, players were awarded service time for the games that were canceled, including guys in the minors like Rodriguez. The result was that Rodriguez had just enough service time to ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 16 comment(s)
This year, however, Halladay’s stay in Clearwater will be a shorter one. The recently retired two-time Cy Young winner is a guest instructor at Phillies camp and will stick around for a couple of weeks before heading home.
Both Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. raved about having Halladay around.
“He has been outstanding,” Sandberg said. “This is something he is very good at. Sometimes it is tough as a player to coach and talk to teammates. What I’ve ...
Good stuff from Ross Newhan on Jim Fregosi…
I met Jim Fregosi in that first Palm Springs camp in the first year of the American League’s newly created Los Angeles Angels.
He was 19, a shortstop selected out of the Boston Red Sox organization in baseball’s first ever expansion draft. I was 24, on my first beat assignment for the Long Beach Independent, Press Telegram, and in over my head—unlike Fregosi, who would make his big league debut in September and become the Angels fulltime shortstop ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM | 1 comment(s)
The Braves have agreed to terms with RHP Julio Teheran on a six-year contract through the 2019 season. The deal includes an option for 2020.
Farewell, Jim Fregosi. Think I still have his signed bar napkin.
Jim Fregosi, the first star player in Angels franchise history and the manager who guided them to their first American League West championship in 1979, died Friday in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke in the Cayman Islands. He was 71.
His death was announced by the Angels, who retired his No. 11 jersey in 1988.
Fregosi, who spent the last 13 years as a highly regarded scout for the Atlanta Braves, was stricken during a ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 25 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 14, 1914:
It is interesting to note what the paper owned by C.P. Taft, who is interested in Murphy in the Chicago Cubs, says about the discharge of [Johnny] Evers.
“There is a tangled network of circumstances around it all, and lots of the webbing can never be unwound. One thing that may have swayed Mr. Murphy was the certainty that Jimmy Johnston, the wonderful speeder just signed by the Cubs, could never have succeeded under the management of Evers…Johnston, one ...
Derek, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich & Mo: Don’t Bend It.
This is a plea to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to bend the rules. It’s been done before, so do it again.
Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera deserve to be inducted together into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.
It’s the right thing to do. Jeter and Rivera came up through the New York Yankees organization together, won five World Series titles together with class on and off the field, and belong ...
Posted: February 14, 2014 at 04:20 AM | 100 comment(s)
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