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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Yeah, and I’d like “40 Steps of Revenge” on DVD.
New Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos said he didn’t expect to be designated a regular just yet but he had a lofty goal if he received significant playing time this season.
“I’d like to be in the 40s,” said Bourjos, referring to his potential stolen-base total as he was interviewed at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up, which wrapped up Monday.
“It’s all about how you’re swinging the bat,” said Bourjos. “In the minor leagues, I ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 05:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
Funny…I thought there was only one Hirsch conjecture.
An anti-steroids stance need not involve controversial moral judgments, much less sanctimony. Users risk major health problems and even death. If steroids were allowed, all players would be confronted with the choice of taking life-threatening substances or losing competitive ground (perhaps not even having a major league career). This situation would be intolerable.
The serious health risks distinguish anabolic steroid use (and growth ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 05:16 AM | 24 comment(s)
Monday, January 20, 2014
Harper’s unforgotten realms…
2014 outlook: Harper’s 2013 hardly was a disaster — he did post the 9th-highest OPS by a 20-year-old in MLB history — but it was a disappointment, mostly because he was plagued by injuries throughout. After knee surgery in October, the Nationals expect Harper to report to spring training 100 percent healthy. Now it’s up to him to keep himself healthy all season. Harper may have to alter his game a bit to avoid major collisions, but more importantly, he’ll ...
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM | 7 comment(s)
I once sat next to Rod Gilbert at a goofy Father/Son Dinner. The rubber chicken looked tougher than Gilbert.
Peter Gammons, an analyst for Major League Baseball’s network and website, drew the ire of hockey fans on Sunday when he criticized the two NHL teams on Twitter for their physical game the night before.
“Calgary and Vancouver last night reiterated why the NHL is a minor sport,” said Gammons ((at)pgammo) from his verified Twitter account.
...Criticism of Gammons’ tweet came quickly ...
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 198 comment(s)
Months after the 2013 postseason concluded with another Red Sox victory, it has emerged that the Cardinals never communicated with young phenom Shelby Miller about his lack of use in the postseason. In an interview with the Associated Press, Miller elaborated on the topic and made it clear that he did not know why pitched just one postseason inning.
The Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny were roundly criticized during the playoffs for rostering two players that they did not use despite plenty ...
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 05:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
New York Sun, January 20, 1914:
Organized baseball has made still another attempt to wreck the Federal League. It was aimed directly at the Chicago team. A strip of land sixteen feet wide and 100 feet long was needed in connection with the lease for the ball park at Addison and Clark streets. Representatives of organized baseball offered the owners $25,000 in cash for the strip, but the majors failed to come through in time with their option to block the Federals.
Man, if that had happened, we ...Read More...
If the NY Super Bowl crowd doesn’t break into a “Goodbye Allie” chant against Richard Sherman, I’ll be very disappointed.
Seahawks corner Richard Sherman (forbearance please: there’s a baseball hook forthcoming) announced names and shouted nice things about himself following his team’s victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. It was a soliloquy of triumph normally associated with the gentleman’s pursuit known as “professional wrestling,” which led some to wring hands over the ...
Daugherty v. New Vanguard.
Money prompts the need for reassurance. Money talk in Baseball is boring, depressing and makes you want to lie down in a cool place. I’d rather take a Chappy fastball to the tear duct than talk about money, which really is the root of all hardball evil. And unfortunately, most hardball success.
The dirty little secret behind Bud Selig’s noble effort to climb the parity ladder is, it can’t be done. The outgoing commissioner of Baseball can talk all he wants ...
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 05:17 AM | 40 comment(s)
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Chicago Cubs’ thrifty offseason doesn’t mean that President Theo Epstein has lost faith in the ownership of the Ricketts’ family, which hopes to make more progress with the rooftop owners that will enable them to move forward on improvements at Wrigley Field and increase funds.
“They know they’re doing the right things to lay the foundation to get this right, to turn this into a franchise they can be proud of for generations and generations,” Epstein told a group of fans ...
Posted: January 19, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 145 comment(s)
Pot/cocaine calling the kettle…
Is suspended New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez a Hall of Famer?
“No,” said Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.
“I don’t think he was overly targeted by Major League Baseball,” Molitor said. “I don’t think they would impose such a severe suspension.
“I know that there was not a positive drug test, but there was just cause. So, no, I don’t think he belongs.”
“I don’t envy the job that the voters have,” said Molitor, inducted 10 years ago along ...
Posted: January 19, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 88 comment(s)
At least maybe Madden’s still a hero in Branson.
Barry Bonds (“I thought it was flaxseed oil) and Roger Clemens (“This man has never given me HGH, growth hormone or steroids of any kind”) both lost ground in the Baseball Writers Association Hall of Fame ballot and will likely never see their plaques in Cooperstown — certainly not in the near future.
Rafael Palmeiro (“I have never used steroids!”) fell off the Baseball Writers Association Hall of Fame ballot entirely and will ...
Posted: January 19, 2014 at 12:09 AM | 40 comment(s)
Saturday, January 18, 2014
It was a baseball Peraltamont!
It was a baseball Peraltamont!
Appearing at the Cardinals’ 18th annual Winter Warm-Up on Saturday at Hyatt Regency at the Arch, Peralta expressed remorse for his mistake.
“I’m trying to put it in the past,” Peralta said. “I’m trying to look forward and forget about it. ... I know I can play baseball naturally. I have to show people that I can do it and that I can help.
“I’m going to try to do the best I can do and try to help the Cardinals go to the World ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
Jumpin Jerzembecks! Paul O’Neill? (kicks menu)
By the end of 2014, could the Yankees have retired more than Joe Torre’s No. 6?
Hal Steinbrenner has hinted at the possibility.
Toree’s number likely will be retired sometime this season. The longtime Yankees manager was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in Decemebr. He’ll be inducted in July.
Torre “may not be the only one” not see his Yankees number retired, though, Steinbrenner told the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. “We ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 04:19 PM | 98 comment(s)
The Brewers have signed 1B/3B Mark Reynolds to a minor-league contract that includes an invite to major-league spring training, the team announced on Friday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported that the Brewers were angling to land Reynolds.
Heyman adds that Reynolds’s deal is for $2 million plus $500,000 in possible incentives if he makes the roster. As far as making the roster goes, Reynolds is, according to Heyman, “all but a lock” to be on the Brewers’ 25-man.
Reynolds, 30, hit ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM | 26 comment(s)
Our Miss Middlebrooks...or something.
Dell is hugely popular both among fans and people at NESN, and Middlebrooks has done much charity work in his short career with the Red Sox. And this is, last we checked, a free country. So let’s allow the kids some fun, stay out of the way, and see how it ends. Usually, I’m on board with that. As a libertarian that is exactly what I believe—I’m going to stay out of your business and you should stay away from mine.
Except there’s the issue of conflict of ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 122 comment(s)
I guess my point is this: It was easier to elect guys such as Drysdale or Perez because they still managed to stand out among their peers; there were fewer great players simply because there were fewer teams. As the talent level in baseball gets more compacted (17 of the 31 players with 100 career WAR began their careers before World War II), it’s more difficult to put up numbers that separate you from your peers.Read More...
I’d like to see more Hall of Famers. I have to assume that’s what most of the ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 09:26 AM | 21 comment(s)
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Sterling…blowing harder than Lester Sterling.
The Chicago Cubs are supposedly putting their best foot and checkbook forward in trying to lure Japanese hurler Masahiro Tanaka to ply his wares on Chicago’s North Side, but there is no chance at all that he accepts – and the Cubs know it.
On its face, the bidding is idiotic. The Cubs have no chance to win in 2014 and 2015 – zero. Why would the Cubs spend $20+ million per year for a pitcher who might help them win 73 games instead of 64? ...
Posted: January 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM | 39 comment(s)
Friday, January 17, 2014
Given unlimited money I’d not only do this but drag other people along with me. I’d definitely just use a private jet, though.
Thursday, April 10: Minnesota. Red-eye! It’s impressive it has taken us this long to hit a red-eye flight. The next couple of days are going to be exhausting, so hang in with us. Because there are again no Western games today, we’re going to zip over to the Twin Cities real fast for an afternoon game, then zip right back out. If you’ve made it this far, you know you ...
354 wins did not overcome the controversy as this ex-Red Sox pitcher didn’t make the Hall of Fame cut in 2013. Who is Mark McGwire? (Trebek snorts mockingly.)
The other contestants responded with “Who is Pete Rose?” and “Who is Curt Schilling?” Hey, at least one of those guys was an ex-Red Sox pitcher. Or a pitcher at all! [WABC]
I lost on Jeopardy, baby…
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 03:53 PM | 140 comment(s)
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Some sweet-sounding Japanglish in TFA:
In 1995, he became the first Major Leaguer in 31 years following the pioneer pitcher Masanori Murakami (1964-65), and stirred a great sensation in the MLB. His fast ball and forkball in the unique tornado pitching earned another spectacular first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995. He fanned 236 batters, the most in the National League, started in the All-Star Game, and won the Rookie of the Year. The Doctor K played for 7 teams (Dodgers, ...Read More...
Now if they can only get Commander George Lazenby to throw out the first pitch.
The Team heard of and contacted Sen.Hon.Greg Burrows, noted Baseball Youth Program developer; he was given a narrow window of opportunity, to respond to the need at HMP.
Well, in less than a month, the once overgrown landscape around the Prison, was surveyed, excavated and marked out to accomadate, first class team sports, facilities.
Taking shape right now, is a minor league baseball diamond, to be fitted with ...
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
things are slow
Long-time HOF Voter with some new ideas? Perish the thought!
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM | 56 comment(s)
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Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is denying a report that he has dropped 42 pounds this off-season.
In two tweets sent Wednesday morning, Sandoval wrote, “I just wanted to express my opinion about some media comment about me losing 42lbs, I haven’t made any comment about how much weight…
“... I had lost so far. the day everyone will find out is the day before we report for ST 2014 - On a Mission - God Bless You all.”
And Cape lookout, Peter Gammons chimes in…
This time around the curious crowd naturally wanted more insight into the formula for the World Series champions.
The topics ranged from Red Sox closer Koji Uehara’s emergence with Boston to the Marathon Bombings to the issue of performance enhancing drugs and the changes being made by baseball.
Gammons spoke on Alex Rodriguez’s suspension by Major League Baseball and the evolution of how players and executives have dealt with performance-enhancing ...
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 09:21 AM | 8 comment(s)
Just what the anti-aging facility ordered, another A-Rod story:
Presented in the “60 Minutes” story was an unsolicited wire transfer from “Arod Corporation” to Bosch’s criminal attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, in the amount of $49,901.51. Manfred told “60 Minutes” that he and MLB considered this a bribe.
But Steve Fishman of New York Magazine found this odd. Fishman, you’ll remember, wrote a big piece on A-Rod recently and then published those strange e-mails between A-Rod and New York Yankees ...
New York Tribune, January 17, 1914:
Harry Harper, the young southpaw pitcher of Hackensack, who joined the Washington club of the American League late last summer, received his contract for the coming season yesterday, but returned it—not because of an offer from the Federals, but because Griffiths [sic] forgot to insert the clause excluding Harper from Sunday games.
This young player, before he signed his contract last summer with the Senators, promised his mother he would not play on Sundays, ...
Parnell said he lost about 10-13 pounds after the surgery but is now back at 207 or 208.
‘‘At this time, I don’t feel like there is any question that I will be ready,’’ he said.
‘‘I feel good. I’ve been throwing. I’ve not been sore after throwing. The only thing that I’m going to take my time with is lifting weights and getting my strength back up. Right now I feel like my arm is strong. I feel like my body’s put together,’’ he said.
No mention of his beard, which - unlike the rest of him - ...Read More...
Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Plaschke likes it. Lasorda hates it. Now I’m really ####### torn.
And, of course, if there had been instant replay, Reggie Jackson’s hip check of Bill Russell’s throw in Game 4 of the 1978 World Series is successfully challenged by Tom Lasorda, and maybe the Yankees don’t come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game and tie a series they eventually won.
“Missed call, terrible call,” Lasorda remembered Thursday. ‘‘But you know something? Our team messed up some things in that World Series ...
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:47 PM | 44 comment(s)
Managers will start each game with one challenge. If correct on the first challenge, they would receive a second. Additionally, umpire crew chiefs can invoke replay starting in the seventh inning if challenges run out.
The replay command center will be at MLB headquarters in New York and won’t be handled by individual stadiums. The on-site umpires will not have video access to replays and will not leave the playing field to seek replay footage.
I personally do not object to instant replay. ...Read More...
The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with infielder John McDonald, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Bradford adds that the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training, and that McDonald will earn $850K plus incentives if he makes the major league roster.
McDonald, 39, appeared in the majors for four teams in 2013, ultimately receiving a World Series ring with the Red Sox. In 37 games with the Pirates, Phillies, Indians and Red Sox on the ...
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