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Sunday, May 24, 2015
From what I have seen, the hardest thing for Mike Zunino is making consistent contact.
Professional baseball’s starting catchers kneel for nine innings, day after day, for upwards of 120 games a season. They are struck by foul balls, hit with bats during backswings and — even with rule changes to lessen the chances of home plate collisions — occasionally run over by large men sprinting at full speed. In conclusion, it’s really hard work. We wanted to know what it was like to experience all ...
Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
Time flies like an arrow—but Enrique Hernandez flies like a banana.
The Dodgers had not scored in 35 innings, their longest stretch of zeros in 53 years. Someone had to do something.
Enrique Hernandez decided to grab a banana.
Not to eat. To wave.
This was the fifth inning Friday. The Dodgers scored. Hernandez put down the banana.
Then came the eighth inning. Hernandez picked up the banana and waved it again. The Dodgers scored again. They won, 2-1.
“You can call it coincidence,” he said, ...
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Aaron Barrett proudly displays his Star-Spangledtude.
The game hardly mattered by the time it began. A mere baseball game, especially one played in May between the charging Nationals and the sputtering Phillies, could not possibly carry the emotional weight of the test of human spirit, of will and of hope, that preceded it. The Nationals won Friday night’s game, 2-1, and that was good, of course. But first, Aaron Barrett won one of the longest post-anthem standoffs in recent memory — one the ...
Stenosis? I hardly know her.
UPDATE: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Wright has been diagnosed with stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal column. That doesn’t sound good. The Mets believe that the injury will heal, but there’s no timetable. They probably can’t count on him anytime soon.
2:50 p.m. ET: Rough news for the Mets here, as Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that David Wright has been shut down for another week due to continued back issues.
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 04:10 PM | 19 comment(s)
Come, Bob Watson, come! The game is afoot!
As if blacks and Latinos don’t have enough difficulty getting managerial jobs, the Counsell and Jennings hirings show how much more difficult it is.
Manfred underlined that reality in a memo he sent to all clubs earlier this month.
“In those instances when a qualified internal candidate is under prime consideration to fill one of these positions, I will be open to communicating with Clubs about the possibility of allowing a different interview ...
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 17 comment(s)
Because RBIs were not considered an official statistic until 1920, there is some discrepancy as to how many RBIs Ruth should be credited with. However, Elias Sports Bureau, the statistician of Major League Baseball, has Ruth at 1,992 for his career.
bb-ref has Ruth at 2214 RBI. If you ignore everything before 1920, it becomes 1990 RBI. So it would seem that they’re ignoring everything before 1920 and have two extra RBI unaccounted for. Maybe they came from the same game as Ty Cobb’s two extra ...Read More...
No Vin Scully?
1. How do you measure game-calling?
Here’s a fun task: Try quantifying something as ephemeral as game-calling. Well, after a decade of research, that’s just what we’ve managed to do—by crafting a statistical model that attempts to quantify the value of everything from stolen-base prevention and directing pace of play to identifying hitter tendencies like swing behavior in various game situations and knowing which batters expand hit zones in RBI opportunities. Sound ...
The Rays don’t seem to be attracting much notice this season and I wanted to highlight them. They lost their GM and manager during the offseason, traded away various players including ones who had been a key component of the team in the past, and didn’t make any big splashy free agent signings (as usual). Things haven’t been easy during the season either as Alex Cobb went out for the year without throwing a pitch, Drew Smyly only made three starts before going on the DL and is out for at least ...Read More...
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
What can the batted ball speed data from StatCast tell us about the frequency of errors? And how much do official scorers influence what’s called an error?
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
Nothing new, but who doesn’t like reading about Mantle and Maris?
When I read the headline, I didn’t think it was a big deal. Committing to the event and not showing up, however, is weak.
Caught up in the disappointment of a seven-game losing streak, the handful of Marlins players who had committed to attending the event skipped out, bringing ire from fans Friday who paid between $100 and $175 to be there.
Although the event was optional for players to attend, team president David Samson said he was disappointed that none of the ones who had committed showed ...
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 21 comment(s)
What! No Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, or American Indian and Alaska Natives on the list?
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 07:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
According to sources, the Blue Jays inquired about Cole Hamels but were told Hamels would not waive his 20-team no-trade clause to go to Toronto, as is his right (Hamels, meantime, has handled things professionally; he hasn’t complained and generally pitched well for the non-contending Phillies). That Hamels call was a blow to the Phillies, who likely saw Toronto, with all its young pitching talent (Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, etc.) as a potential landing spot, especially considering their ...
Posted: May 23, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, May 22, 2015
Come for the arrogance:
When Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 16, he told the magazine that two of his goals in baseball were to play in Yankee Stadium and to do it in pinstripes.
When I reminded Lerner, one of the Nationals’ owners, of those comments this week, he laughed.
“Every 16-year-old kid says that,” he said.
But not every 16-year-old kid is Bryce Harper. And what Bryce Harper wants, Bryce Harper seems to get.
Stay for the random shots at A-rod, who had ...Read More...
But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.
I will always remember calling the Baseball Weekly offices to try and get an answer to a baseball question about playoff tiebreakers. When the person who answered the phone didn’t have the answer, he said, “Let me get Paul.” I was surprised when Paul turned out to be Baseball Weekly’s editor, Paul White. We then had a very nice conversation about the MLB playoff tiebreaker, Baseball Weekly, and baseball in general. I appreciated his time. I have always appreciated his writing. Enjoy your ...Read More...
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 03:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
S ANGELES—Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended by the team for the remainder of the 2015 season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract,” the team announced on Thursday.
The infielder hasn’t played for any of the four Dodgers minor league affiliates currently in season, and was held back for extended spring training at the club’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
“Erisbel is still a developing athlete. Our plan is to work with him in Arizona for a ...
“Potential means you haven’t done anything yet.” ~ Bill Parcels
With Moncada joining the rest of the group in Greenville, a significant piece of the Sox’ future could be taking shape. Of course, it’s also possible that one or three or even all of those players will encounter adversity, perhaps even get swallowed by it. In A ball, the potential for a future everyday role or even stardom is constantly qualified by the reality of attrition.
Perhaps players in the group won’t make the ...
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 37 comment(s)
The Library of Congress opened its photo vault and unleashed these great Babe Ruth pics. (from si.com hot clicks)
Posted: May 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 26 comment(s)
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