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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The 1940s Yankees had good wOPS…
Baseball is a game of numbers, and we at the Oakland Athletics keep track of everything… So exactly which metrics do the A’s value most when assessing potential players? I think I’ve finally figured it out…
wOPS (weighted overhead press): This gem calculates how strong a player is to determine whether he can carry a team. In Oakland, no one player carries our team. We all have very similar wOPS numbers.
BABIP: That’s batting average on balls in play, right? ...
Writing back in the 1990s, I posed the question of how the great 1906 Cubs (116-36) would have done if they had had a chance to play against a team composed of the likes of Mark McGwire. My hyperbolic supposition was that the question would have remained unanswered because their first reaction would have been to scream, “Agh! Giant!” and run like hell. The same goes for Jeter. As the title of Laurence Ritter’s classic oral history of the Deadball era tells us, Wagner and his contemporaries ...
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 112 comment(s)
Actually, the “old coot” is 65-year old Mike Pullin, a retired professional bowler. In any event, he’s no Bartman.
The aged dude is apparently as quick with his mind as he is with his glove.
Immediately following the snag, he grabbed a ball resting on his seat and tossed it back into play.
The broadcast team was even fooled by the subtle trick: ”He throws the ball back into play, but the Brewers will take that home run…”
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
Last night, the Twins promoted Buxton to Double-A New Britain. It has to be more off of feel for his development than performance, as a recent slump has saw his numbers dip to .240/.313/.405 in 134 plate appearances for the Fort Myers Miracle. A slower start might be expected for any player whose season was as start-stop-start-stop-start as Buxton’s has been, but it doesn’t sound like that’s a concern for the Twins’ brass.
Our favorite quote regarding Buxton is Terry Ryan saying that ...
El Paso Herald, August 12, 1914:
If John McGraw isn’t careful he’ll wake up some morning to find that “Big Jeff” Tesreau has jumped the Giants and taken a job in the “White Hope” league.
But fate so far has ruled against Tesreau becoming a pugilist and it seems that fate will continue so to rule, assisted by Mrs. Tesreau, who is very much opposed to “Jeff’s” pugilistic ideas.
“Jeff” yearns to bring back to the white race the crown that Jack Johnson snatched from Jeffries.
He didn’t, ...Read More...
not groundbreaking stuff, but i think it’s somewhat interesting.
In a perfect world, a bench wouldn’t need to contribute much at all, because in a perfect world, all nine (or eight) starters would be so productive and so consistent that a bench would barely be needed. But that’s not how it works. People get hurt, people go through slumps and people simply need a rest now and then, so the luxury of having not only depth, but productive depth, becomes a pretty important and easily ...
Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
Monday, August 11, 2014
Hopefully not sharing too much time with Ibanez…
The Royals have acquired Josh Willingham from the Twins, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (on Twitter). The Twins will receive right-hander Jason Adam, per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star (Twitter link).
Willingham was claimed by Kansas City off revocable waivers, tweets Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press…
The right-handed hitter, 35, is set to reach free agency following the season and will therefore be a pure ...
Since Clayton Kershaw came back from the disabled list in May, he has been pitching even better than ever. His 2014 ERA (1.78) is even better than his 2013 ERA. He also hasn’t allowed an un-earned run, so his RA9 is also 1.78. Kershaw’s 1.76 FIP is the best of his career by over half a run. Johnny Cueto is still relatively close to Kershaw in adjusted ERA, and he has more innings. He might still win over voters in the Cy Young voting, based on how they have voted in the past (let’s face ...
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Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:11 PM | 52 comment(s)
Soria: double agent?
A little over two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were flying high. Enjoying a seven-game lead in the AL Central, Detroit seemed assured of winning its fourth straight American League Central title. But since July 24, when Detroit beat the Angels to create that seven-game advantage, things have narrowed considerably in the division, with the Tigers’ lead now down to a mere 1 1/2 games entering Sunday thanks to a combination of a tough 6-9 stretch and a red-hot run by Kansas ...
####, it’s like charting a minefield, isn’t it?
the [Mets] announced that Jacob deGrom has been scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, and after a gut-wrenching 7-6 defeat, closer Jenrry Mejia — who blew the save and was charged with the loss — revealed that he has been pitching through a hernia that will require surgery.
The 26-year-old deGrom… barely grazed the major top prospect lists coming into this season, maxing out at No. 10 on Baseball America’s list… ...
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.
The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 20 comment(s)
Frenchy wasn’t really pitching well enough at El Paso (6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 K, 3 HBP) to justify a hitter/pitcher platoon with Jason Lane, but hell, I’d still like to see it.
The Padres have designated outfielder Jeff Francoeur for assignment to clear room for top prospect Rymer Liriano‘s promotion, tweets Marty Caswell of 1090 radio in San Diego.
The 30-year-old Francoeur recently joined the Friars’ big league club after spending much of the season with Triple-A El Paso, but he ...
Several years ago, craft beer started taking off at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark. From 2011-2012, sales went up by 20 percent. From 2012-2013, they were up 47 percent.
So when it came time to create a new hangout in a highly trafficked spot on the third-base concourse, the ballpark went all-in on craft-style beers. The new Reds Brewery District – an 84-foot-long bar with more than 50 taps – included more than 20 craft offerings when it opened this spring. There were local beers ...
Hey, I’m a Korean Royals fan too!
This summer, Sung Woo finally decided to take the plunge. Taking advantage of a job change, he was able to carve out ten days from his schedule to come to Kansas City, watch the Royals play, and maybe do a little sight-seeing and barbecue-eating while he was in town. He emailed Kamler and fellow Royals fan Dave Darby that he was buying his plane ticket and reserving his hotel room; they told him not to worry about transportation, that they’d pick him up and ...
Anderson is the pitcher version of Nick Johnson.
Colorado Rockies starter Brett Anderson has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, Rockies trainer Keith Dugger told reporters Sunday.
Anderson will see a specialist Monday to determine the next step in his treatment.
The left-hander was forced to leave his start last Tuesday after just three innings when his back locked up, at which point the Rockies said Anderson was likely headed to ...
Mo’ne Davis and Kayla Roncin almost couldn’t help but run into each other last week in Bristol, Connecticut.
As the only two girls among the hundreds of kids on the 52 U.S. teams remaining in the race to the Little League World Series, Davis, 13, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and Roncin, 12, from Toms River, New Jersey, are both competing in the Mid-Atlantic regional. Sunday’s final will send the winner to Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
“We said ‘Hi’ and ...
Captain Francesco Schetino Martinez…we salute you. (glug-glug-glug)
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman believes that once Derek Jeter retires, the captaincy of the Yankees should retire as well.
Speaking to the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s fifth annual “Give A Hoot” benefit in a luxury suite at Yankee Stadium Sunday, Cash was asked who should succeed Jeter as team captain after his retirement.
Cashman’s response was “I’m not that big on captains myself. More than one player can ...
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 45 comment(s)
As lefty Zangara once said: “You is Kruk man too!”
John Kruk said Nolan Ryan was the fastest pitcher he faced. Faster than Rob Dibble and Dwight Gooden, whom Kruk also named. But Kruk was emphatic when asked: Nolan he replied multiple times. This was during the ESPN Sunday night game in Boston between the Yankees and Red Sox Aug. 3, 2014.
I wasn’t sure when Kruk would have faced Ryan so I looked it up: 1986, 1987, 1988. But here’s the thing. Nolan Ryan was born January 31, 1947 in ...
Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 94 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, August 11, 1914:
SEMI-PRO FLINGER HAS GREAT RECORD
Rube Foster, the Christy Mathewson of colored baseball stars, has pitched 23 games for the American Giants, a colored semi-professional team, and won them all, according to the team’s official record. These games include contests with the Portland, Ore., and Spokane team of the Northwestern league.
And he’s only a semi-pro? Man, someone should really sign him.
Mo’Ne has played baseball with the Anderson Monarchs, a travel team based out of the Marion Anderson Recreational Center in South Philly, since the age of seven. “A lot of the time opposing players don’t realize it’s a girl; they assume it’s a boy with long hair,” says her longtime coach Steve Bandura.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.
Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!
The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.
If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.
Yes, they need clutch hitters and ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
Life imitates Seinfeld yet again.
As you’ve probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers’ dugout to watch Verlander’s Tigers play against the Yankees on Tuesday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that’s as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.
While filling in for Kelly Ripa on ...
Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and will perhaps be sidelined until the 2016 season. The team made the announcement on Sunday. Not long ago, the team placed Skaggs on the DL with a flexor strain, and now, obviously, the worst-case scenario has been realized.
a very good article where the brewers manager explains why he is ok with with his team running into 500 outs a season on the bases
Also, we went 142 years between the first major league “Caleb” and the second… and now there are four. The more you know… 彡☆
If you’re not familiar with the name Caleb Joseph, you’re not alone. The 28-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, made his major league debut on May 7 this season and has been playing regularly behind the dish since catcher Matt Wieters succumbed to a season-ending elbow injury…
His second-inning two-run home run against ...
Attention and fame.
The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams. The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever. He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s ...
Doesn’t Lackey know by now that Caleb Joseph has more pop than Caleb Bradham!
John Lackey does not take losing to Baltimore well.
On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Baltimore again after yesterday’s 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights.
According to MLB.com, Lackey called the Orioles catcher’s Caleb Joseph’s two-run, second-inning home run a “Baltimore home run,” as in he doesn’t think it was a real home run. It pretty much ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 19 comment(s)
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