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Sunday, July 17, 2016
The Texas Rangers went onto the international market on Friday, adding 32-year-old Cuban outfielder Alexei Bell on a minor league deal.
Bell left Cuba, with the government’s permission, in January to pursue a spot in Major League Baseball. He briefly has played in the Mexican and independent Can-Am leagues this year.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
It’s a blue light special.
Before every game, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle receives a number — an estimate of every player’s capacity to perform — from the strength and training staffs. The number is part of the decision-making process. The number is not a perfect guide, rather “a talking point,” Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 7 comment(s)
Bundy goes into the rotation.
And now, after pitching the first half of the season in relief, Bundy, 23, will join Gausman, 25, in the starting rotation, making his first major league start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field – a ‘hallelujah’ moment for Orioles fans who have been waiting for the team’s top young pitchers to reach their mark.
Down the stretch, the Orioles will lean on their prized young arms to help them get to the postseason.
Posted: July 17, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Earlier today Jason Kipnis posted a series of videos on instagram from the Indians locker room. The players held a service asking Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes for any wrongdoing, imploring that the pagan god of Indians baseball give Gomes his mojo back.
Posted: July 16, 2016 at 06:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
major league movie
Back in 2002 or ‘03—in what might have been my last substantive conversation with him—I asked Beane what he thought about Boston Red Sox management’s apparent intention to build a sort of “baseball brain trust.”
I don’t remember Beane’s exact response. I do remember him suggesting the possibility of “too many cooks stirring the pot.” More than a decade later, Beane seems to feel the same way. “They’re very happy with the people they have,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says, ...
The Astros and Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $47.5 million, according to industry sources, pending a physical.
Posted: July 16, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 11 comment(s)
Friday, July 15, 2016
Ya gotta have faith
At 31-58 (.348) on the season, the road to the playoffs for the Atlanta Braves is littered with obstacles. Some of these obstacles are tossed into the road by superior NL clubs, such as Washington, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Arizona, San Diego, and Colorado. But other obstacles have been placed in the road by the Braves themselves, obstacles such as “being a shitty team,” “not spending ...
Pittsburgh Press, July 15, 1916:
Arthur Shafer, the former McGraw third baseman, is coming east and he may join the Giants. Shafer was one of the best infielders in the game, but he did not like baseball and went to California, where he owns a large garage. He found, after he had retired, that like the rest he hankered for a little baseball. Now he is coming to New York to see John McGraw and he may get back in the game.
Tillie Shafer was a good player, not great, but certainly good. The ...Read More...
“House of Nails” is a story of exceptional excess that finds our memoirist playing the sensible adult in his friendship with Charlie Sheen; buying Wayne Gretzky’s house for $17.5 million; and paying detectives $500,000 to dig up dirt on umpires so that he could suborn their objectivity by telling them embarrassing things about their private lives while at bat. Believable or not, the stories fit a distinctive mold: Shock readers with his astonishing hubris and brass you-know-whats.
Posted: July 15, 2016 at 10:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
I hope he can bounceback so he doesn’t get released.
Turns out he’s a man, not a machine. Once seemingly unhittable, Arrieta (12-4, 2.68) now is barely hanging on to a spot among the N.L.’s top 10 in ERA. And this is alarming: He has walked more batters — 43 — than any of the N.L.’s top 20 starters in ERA.
Arrieta probably can forget about repeating as Cy Young. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg and even ...
Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 29 comment(s)
Between the Groome signing and Kopech coming back, Dombrowski may have felt trading the 18 year-old Espinosa would be a loss the team could overcome.
opech sat at 98 mph last night, but he touched 100 mph and beyond on a regular basis. That’s nothing new for a pitcher who sat at 100 mph in his high Class A debut for four innings at Carolina.
But even for a pitcher who regularly throws 100 plus, the 105 jumped off the page when the Salem pitchers turned in their charts after the game.
After a month-long courtship, the Red Sox have their Groome.
According to multiple major league sources, Jason Groome, the team’s first-round selection (No. 12 overall), agreed to terms with the Red Sox in advance of Friday’s deadline to sign. The 17-year-old lefthander out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School received a $3.65 million bonus.
Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ grew up in Iowa, and as such he has correct opinions about milk storage. He was traded to Toronto last season and went on to learn of the atrocity that is bagged milk. We know this because of one of the great sports interview exchanges from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet. Here is a sampling:
Is there anything you’re still not used to in Canada?
I think I’ve gotten used to most of the stuff. Grocery shopping is a little different. I still don’t understand the ...
That trade sure worked out well.
The Diamondbacks announced tonight that they have optioned struggling right-hander Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno. Arizona did not announce a corresponding move at this time.
Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Red Sox reportedly acquired left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the Padres on Thursday, a source told MLB.com.
The Red Sox reportedly trade a top pitching prospect. I like Pomeranz, if he can stay healthy. This now gives the Red Sox two pitchers who were hurt punching things. Of course Pomeranz hit a chair, not a person.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 39 comment(s)
If the players and managers don’t really care, why should we? It’s an exhibition game in the middle of the season.
On top of that, no one really cares that the game determines home field advantage in the World Series anymore. The players are there to enjoy themselves, as are the managers. No one is treating this like a real game. That’s not a criticism. Above all, the event should be fun.
The numbers are in the article.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 05:42 PM | 53 comment(s)
all star game
ESPN is premiering a 30 for 30 documentary from Judd Apatow, called Doc & Darryl tonight, and it covers the careers of Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry as they went from phenoms to burned out Woulda Beens for the Mets after some hard living off the field. Strawberry appeared on Mad Dog Radio earlier in the day to discuss his career, and some of the things he did on and off the field. Naturally, the focus is on the, um, sexy stuff.
Some of the things he discusses are pretty routine, or at least ...
Guess who Hosmer’s agent is?
Hosmer, absolutely loved by Royals higher-ups as a clutch leader and a very fine two-way player who has put up nice-though-not-crazy offensive numbers in a pitchers’ park but who may just be scratching the surface offensively, has two years to go before free agency. Consistent power is the only thing Hosmer hasn’t shown in spades, and there are signs this year; earlier, he hit two opposite-field homers off A.L. All-Star starter Chris Sale. Hosmer’s camp ...
An interesting (and quintessential Poz) take on the Matt Harvey saga and how finicky we all are, as sports fans.
We ask pro athletes to play through extreme pain and we are not especially open to their complaints. We get angry at them when they ask for more money. We get REALLY angry at them if they unionize to get a larger sum of the pie. We feel no sympathy for them whatsoever when they get so much less than they are worth on the open market. After all, Harvey is getting paid $4 million this ...
Real baseball returns tomorrow.
Full disclaimer: I know this is stupid. Yep I know. This is just for fun. Yes I discriminated and undervalued your player intentionally because I hate your team specifically.
The Detroit Tigers announced today that they suspended outfielder Anthony Gose for three days after he failed to show up for a Toledo Mud Hens game on Sunday, a day after he had an argument with Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon.
Gose did not play in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader and then didn’t show up Sunday.
After reinstating him today, the Tigers sent Gose to Double-A Erie.
“After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our ...
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, July 14, 1916:
It looks as if one of the greatest comedians of modern baseball will return to the big time. The St. Louis Nationals are after Ping Bodie, the former White Sox outfielder, whose real name is Francisco Pizzola.
Bodie hit well while with Chicago but his base running caused the writers to poke fun at him.
The Ping Bodie Experience is fascinating to me. He was a pretty good hitter (.275/.335/.396, 109 OPS+) but from everything I’ve read he was just ...Read More...
The Twins are hopeful about their current group of prospects.
The Twins like their current stable of starting pitching prospects. Berrios had a rough baptism when called up in May but has made adjustments at Rochester and is close to a promotion.
Jay, a lefthander taken sixth overall last year; Kohl Stewart, a righthander drafted fourth overall in 2013; and lefthander Stephen Gonsalves, taken in the fourth round in 2013, all have been promoted to Class AA Chattanooga.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
I wonder what metrics the Cardinals are using.
But it’s the defense that’s been consistently suspect.
“The one thing that, through all of this, I don’t think any of us anticipated was us struggling as much as we did early on defensively,” Mozeliak said Wednesday. “I do think that had a ripple effect on our rotation, thus putting more stress on (starters).”
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
Give us more defensive mapping and the run values of the difference between players!!!
Give it to us now!!!
MLB currently web streams one Statcast-infused game each week with real-time illustration of exit velocities, spin rate and all the other information.
Could some of those elements eventually be incorporated into regular broadcasts or even displayed in the ballpark?
“I can certainly see that happening,” said Mike Petriello, an analyst for MLB.com who focuses on Statcast.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 4 comment(s)
If you like your baseball stats in graph form with player caricatures, you might like this site. I like the caricatures, I’m not sure I’d want to keep going back for the graphs.
Posted: July 14, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
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