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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.
Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1915:
The Cardinals have signed Roger Hornsby, the fast shortstop of the Denison (Tex.) team. He is the first man to be grabbed from the minors this year by a major league team.
That worked out fairly well for them.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.
Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 PM | 36 comment(s)
The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band.
Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.
Some notice being taken:
Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four ...
He had a right to do it. That doesn’t mean he was right to do it.
A proposed multi-player trade centered around veteran infielders Alberto Callaspo of the Braves and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers fell through Tuesday morning and was not expected to be revived.
The deal died when Callaspo exercised his right to reject the trade, a person with the proposal said, confirming a FoxSports.com report. Callaspo, as a free agent who signed last winter, can’t be traded without written consent until after ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 38 comment(s)
This allows for reviewing players by position and plotting their salary against their WAR values. FanGraphs includes a measure that estimates the dollar value a player has delivered, which creates an apples-to-apples comparison—their pro-rated salary compared to their FanGraphs Dollar Value (FG$V). This makes it very easy to see who’s delivering value—and who isn’t.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
How about just putting it in a coma?
The next ball that seemed to bother the batters was introduced by [Henry] McCormick, of the Stars, of Syracuse [winner of 59 games in 1877]. This young pitcher had Mike Dorgan, now of the New Yorks, for catcher. They shut out about all the crack clubs of the country that paid them a visit. The ball he deceived the batsmen with was a raise curve, now used by Radbourn, of the Bostons. He gave his field easy chances; the out-field had most of the work to do off his pitching. I never saw him pitch ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
5. 2007 Florida Marlins: 71-91
Actual salary: $30.5 million / Translated salary: $35.4 million
Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera / $7.5 million
Players over $1 million: four
Best position player: Ramirez / 5.3 WAR / $0.4 million
Best pitcher: Sergio Mitre / 2.3 WAR / $0.38 million
It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially Marlins team. Okay, actually, it’s not—you’ll see a few Marlins teams that are even more Marlin-y down below. This team, though, certainly looked like it had ...
A six-man rotation with a stacked bullpen won’t help the Mets score more runs.
“I’m trying not to have any more Tommy Johns,” Collins said. “I’m trying not to have any more sore shoulders. I’m trying to make sure we’re all rested and that, in September when we’re playing for something, your guys are out there pitching.”
Compared with those alternatives, the six-man rotation was the most palatable option. “You know what, they all nodded their heads, and whatever they said ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
Come out and watch our team, you idiots!
In addition to keeping quiet about a long list of trade possibilities involving veterans, Amaro also remains adamant about not rushing prospects who could replace those veterans.
“I think we’re going to be conservative,” he said (via CSNPhilly.com).
Moreover, he doesn’t care that that won’t sit well with fans who are enduring a 19-28 start after last season’s 73-89 disappointment.
“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They ...
Not exactly a buy low scenario.
Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.
Get him now, get him while he’s hot.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
That is a weird one. The home plate umpire was right there. I don’t see conclusive evidence to overturn the call.
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Posted: May 26, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 53 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, May 26, 1915:
“Lime juice is the greatest thing in the world for keeping an athlete’s blood in condition,” said Charlie Huber, the veteran trainer of the Newark Federals.
“Baseball makes a man move around fast. That has the effect of churning up his blood and heating it. Lime juice tends to act as a cooling influence and furthermore it aids in throwing off the blood impurities. If a player will drink the juice from one lime daily he never will be troubled with his blood.”
Phil Birnbaum doesn’t like dWAR. Soon, if MLB allows researchers to access their new fielding data, dWAR for current seasons will be calculated in an entirely different manner.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
Monday, May 25, 2015
Baez hit two home runs on Sunday against Tacoma, raising his batting average to .322, and now has five long balls since rejoining Iowa after the passing of his sister.
For the moment, Baez simply doesn’t have a place on the big league team—not that the Cubs have even determined he’s ready.
Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
What the current Yankees are experiencing is separation anxiety. With an uncertain, unremarkable future ahead, they can’t seem to let go of the past. Hanging a new plaque every once in a while is a worthy hat-tip to the glory days. But too much of a good thing can be suffocating for the 2015 Yankees, even for Joe Girardi, who has the unique perspective of both playing with and managing those icons.
“I think it kind of went to pasture when Derek left,” Girardi said, “because it’s a whole new ...
Posted: May 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
Manager Mike Scioscia has juggled the batting order in an effort to spark the offense, but it doesn’t matter how the Angels line up if the majority of them aren’t hitting.
“All the things we need to create offense are not there on a consistent basis,” Scioscia said. “We have confidence in the guys on our roster and some of the guys on our depth chart, but they haven’t performed.”
Posted: May 25, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 19 comment(s)
Sunday, May 24, 2015
“They thought it would be gone by now, but the fact he is still feeling something,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco explained Saturday afternoon. “I think the initial diagnosis was stenosis, which is a narrowing of his spinal column, not anything structural.
“At this point he should be feeling pain-free for the most part and he is not,” Ricco said. “This is the way they recommended to try to heal it. Strengthen the core and hopefully stabilize the back.”
Stenosis can be very ...
Heinie Mantush (Krusty)
Posted: May 24, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 0 comment(s)
It’s bad enough to pay a huge contract to a free agent. It really sucks when that guy doesn’t produce like you hope, which, of course, happens most of the time.
Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
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)
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