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Monday, March 20, 2017
I think it was a poor move when Brady brought along Drake LaRoche.
Some players, too, are uncomfortable with Anderson’s presence.
Anderson last played for the Orioles in 2001, but he has a locker inside the team’s clubhouse at Camden Yards, where he gets into uniform to coach.
“A baseball clubhouse is always going to be something that players want to keep locked down as much as possible. That’s where it’s a fine line,” said former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who recently ended ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1917:
“Aviation,” says Charlie Herzog, “has a remarkable fascination, once a fellow becomes interested in it. Several times this winter, after I had become interested in the art of flying, I decided to give it up, but in a few days I was back in the seat of the old hydroplane. It’s great stuff, and I have become quite enthusiastic about it.”
This is the first mention I’ve seen of a big league ballplayer being an aviator. I guess this means he wouldn’t have been in any ...Read More...
The Geek Department has spoken, reaffirming Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s belief that Kyle Schwarber should be the leadoff guy atop another monster lineup projected to score more runs than the 2016 World Series champions.
“I’m all about the geeks,” Maddon said. “Everybody should have their own geek.”
“I talk to the guys upstairs: ‘This is what I’m thinking. Tell me where I’m wrong,’” Maddon said. “Like I said a couple years ago when Schwarber finally came up, I thought of hitting Schwarber ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 65 comment(s)
“I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have let me play anything. My dad played all three sports,” Turner said. “But I loved baseball. I always wanted to play baseball. In Florida, I got a chance to do it year round. So it was fun for me.
“I didn’t do some of the things kids are doing now — all the lessons, like video my swing when I was 10 years old. I think that’s a little too much,” Turner added. “I just had fun with it.”
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
All of which allowed starter Jake Odorizzi to feel good about turning down a deal two offseasons ago that would have guaranteed him close to $30 million over six years and could have exceeded $50 million over eight.
“There’s pros and cons, and you’re committed to this for whatever it is, six, seven, eight years,” Odorizzi said. “Sometimes it boils down to, and I hate to say it, but the dollar amount. We all know the money in this game and the value of players and what your value is. And ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”
Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.
“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’
Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.
“You have to be able to slow things down and relax,’’ said Girardi, who in his playing career was always there as a catcher to try to guide the way. “The pressure of pitching in New York, the pressure ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
Sunday, March 19, 2017
An interview with Bay Area activist and baseball fanatic Sunny Schwartz.
The S.F. Giants are gutsy and sincerely community-minded. They not only put money where their mouth is but they put their principles in action. They raised awareness of our [restorative justice] program. Graduates from our program stood shoulder-to-shoulder with survivors of violence in the ballpark before a game, saying they’d do the right thing. The Giants also took on AIDS awareness in the early ’90s. Today that ...
There are no more pumps for Pearce, who signed with the Blue Jays this off-season after stops with five other major league teams. He’s found they do things a bit differently in Toronto. That’s thanks to the Blue Jays’ high performance department, an interdisciplinary collection of specialists covering everything from strength and conditioning to psychology. It’s an all-encompassing collective the Blue Jays hope will provide each and every player in the organization, from the teenager at ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 01:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
Young Phillies on the way.
“That’s a great compliment – he’s going to be one of the best in the game soon,” Crawford said of Coghlan’s comparison to Russell, a first-round pick in 2012, the year before Crawford was drafted. “He just told me that he liked how I handled myself, how I went about my business. I really thank him for going out of his way to come talk to me. I’ve never had anyone like that, a veteran guy (doing that). I took it to heart and I can’t thank him ...
It’s always tough making judgments on the outside but Andrew McCutchen seems like a really good guy.
“McCutchen told him, ‘Trust the process,’ “ Meadows’ father, Kenny, recalled. “Austin took that to heart. A lot of kids coming out of high school think they’re going to go right to the big leagues.”
Meadows, 21, isn’t there yet, but he’s no longer so far off. A non-roster invitee at major league camp this spring, he’s taken advantage of the extra at-bats available in the ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
“It’s a great problem to have,” manager Terry Collins said. “We came into this camp knowing we have depth in the rotation. We didn’t know where Zack was going to be, but we felt with the other four guys and Robert and Seth, we had some depth here. And they have stepped up and shown us we weren’t wrong.”
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
Parson: It was Opening Day 1901 at the Polo Grounds. The two major concessions items back then were ice cream and steamed peanuts. It was April and it was snowy and nasty, and he was not selling the ice cream. He had the idea to sell German sausages. It turned out they ran out of the waxed paper that the sausages were wrapped in, but still had sausages left. He thought quickly about how he was going to present the remaining sausages and told his errand boy to get a bunch of small French rolls ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
McKinney went 1-for-1 with a solo homer against the Orioles in a 5-4 loss at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.
In 15 games he is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and seven RBIs.
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
Eno Harris does not paint an optimistic view for Harvey if his old velocity doesn’t come back.
Could he throw his secondary pitches a lot more this year and pitch backwards? Perhaps, though Tim Lincecum once admitted that that sort of thing wasn’t working for him once he lost his fastball velocity. The secondary pitches all rely on the fastball in some form or another.
We have done some research on what makes a changeup good — velocity differential and horizontal and vertical movement ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
Other teams will have a say about that.
“That’s what sport is all about,” said Hurdle, a philosopher and motivator. “The ability to go out and play on grass. You don’t play on paper. It wasn’t a ‘monster’ until two years ago. There’s a lot of stories that were written over the winter. You’re writing about different players now. It’s a different story in Boston now.
“To compare things in life is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Be who you are. Know who ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
No work today so I got to watch Giancarlo Stanton’s homer when it happened.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
The details of his new contract were just made public in a recent press conference and… [it] has some very specific perks that go along with it.
Among those benefits is “unlimited sushi” for the full span of the season, a hotel suite on road trips, his own personal Mercedes (with driver) and, in a nod to the “Manny Being Manny” days of old, practicing is “optional.”
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 04:52 PM | 41 comment(s)
Another reason to not expect a change, people like me, who want a more realistic competition will play sim baseball games.
And that’s why fantasy may never need to adapt, no matter how statistically literate its audience grows. An online league isn’t really a refuge for late adopters who still see pitcher wins as a worthwhile statistic — they’re the marks that the stat-savvy players prey on. But in fantasy, the anachronistic numbers that in real life we’ve learned to discount are ...
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
Girardi said he spoke with Mateo on Friday before departing for Lakeland, where the Yankees visited the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.
“I told him, ‘Wherever you go, it’s your job to go down and dominate because you’re a special talent,’ ’’ Girardi said. “In a way, it’s a real blessing to have the talent that he has, but it’s also a curse. [People] are always gonna watch every move you make, because they want to see what you’re gonna do.”
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
Mozeliak was not taken aback by the summary he received — Bengie Molina said during a Sirius XM MLB Network Radio interview that Yadier Molina won’t hesitate to enter free agency if the catcher does not receive an extension he deems desirable.
“Can’t you say that about every player?” Mozeliak asked. “I don’t know what’s so weird about that.”
Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Michael liked to hold a ball in his hand before he could walk, but became nearly obsessed with baseball in T-ball. Although I thought when he was born that I was going to have a law partner, he quickly debunked that idea and told me at 4 years old that he was going to be a professional baseball player. From that moment on, I became his coach,” Kopech’s dad shared via email.
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