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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Original Nats blogger (and BBTF’s own) Chris Needham guests at the Washington Post with a requiem for Ryan Zimmerman’s defensive glory days:
Once, Ryan Zimmerman was among the very best to ever play third. Tuesday night, he’s a left fielder, a position so unimportant defensively, the Nats buried oafs such as Adam Dunn, Wily Mo Pena and Michael Morse out there. [...]
From about 2006 through 2009, there was not a better defensive third baseman in the league. (Not even you, Scott Rolen.) And ...
Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
Ha! Some street smarts…even Glassey was joshin’ with you.
Gamble: Rumor has it you were a freak of nature in high school and baseball just came naturally.
Jones: “Up throughout high school it was just pure athleticism that made me good in baseball. It wasn’t coached or necessarily taught. Once I got into pro ball I began learning a lot, but before that everything else was just raw skills. I had some people around me like a guy that I don’t mention a lot but he played major league ...
Posted: June 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 49 comment(s)
The Marlins tried to acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Athletics last week, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The offer was Johnson and cash for the 39th overall pick in this week’s draft, plus another player.
I suspect that I stand so brazenly alone in holding this opinion that I fear it places me in the same lunatic fringe as a conspiracy theorist. Nonetheless:
I believe the Miami Marlins have been executing a good team-building strategy.
Posted: June 04, 2014 at 02:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
After 90 years and no World Series victories, the Chicago Cubs and WGN radio are going their separate ways.
The Cubs will announce a new, seven-year deal to broadcast games on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM on Thursday, according to media reports. The deal starts next season.
After 197 losses in two seasons, WGN used an opt-out clause in its contract due to declining ratings and revenue last fall, and couldn’t come to terms with the Cubs on a new deal.
“We’re very proud of our ...
Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 12 comment(s)
OK, it’s not a baseball story but we should always applaud a coach/manager who understands his club’s need to focus on future, not past performance.
In what was the most controversial roster move in U.S. soccer history, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. ...
He said he doesn’t believe that past accolades should be taken into account when planning for the future.
He used a Kobe Bryant analogy to illustrate this point. He said the two-year ...
That 2005 draft had a couple huge hits — I count two MVPs and about half a dozen All-Stars in that first round — and some huge busts. Who from that draft panned out the way you expected and who surprised you, for better or worse?
That was probably the best draft in the past 10 years. I thought Jeff Clement was going to be a really good player. Mariners fans will hate hearing this, but that was one of the picks that changed at the last minute. … Up until that final weekend, the Mariners ...
“For us, it’s simply where the heart and soul of the family is,” Garvey said. “It’s a place that originally was a house, and this very talented woman makes it a home.
“It’s where we love and we live. We have so many kids, then we send them out into the world”—he laughs—“to find homes of their own.”
Milwaukee Journal, June 4, 1914:
Armando Marsans of the Cincinnati Reds was suspended last night on a charge of causing dissension among the team. This action by Manager Herzog followed receipt of letters from the Cuban outfielder and Dave Davenport, a young pitcher, that they would quit the club unless given new contracts.
Herzog immediately ordered both players to get out of their uniforms and off the diamond. Davenport was later excused in the belief that he was led into the matter by ...
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
We will never forget, Vlad.
Thank you, Internet wizards at MLB Fan Cave for mashing that up for our delight. (It’s our second favorite 50 Cent mashup, for the record). But we needed Vlad meets 50, we just didn’t know we needed it.
A lot of good stuff here.
When I was with the Jays, everyone was quiet in the presence of Roy Halladay. You got out of his way, didn’t talk to him during his routine, and kept any conversations with him short. He was one star that set the tone for the whole locker room. When he was around, the organization talked about how everyone should emulate his work ethic and how it made the clubhouse a place of business. When he left, everyone talked about how his personality made the clubhouse a dark and ...
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 08:44 PM | 35 comment(s)
1. Chipper Jones, SS, Braves, 1990
By career wins above replacement, Alex Rodriguez has been by far the most valuable first-round pick in draft history, but no team ever got more out of the No. 1 overall choice than the Braves got from Chipper Jones. Rodriguez, who went 1/1 in 1993, chased big free agent money at the first opportunity, leaving Seattle after compiling 38 WAR in his team-controlled years. Ken Griffey Jr. (1987) forced a trade to his home city of Cincinnati after 11 years with ...
Yes, THAT Kazuhito Tadano. Seriously, though, this is epic…
Surprise, surprise: The St. Louis Cardinals have drafted more active major leaguers than any other team. Many of them are currently Cardinals, which helps explain the team’s winning ways: Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Joe Kelly, Kevin Siegrist, Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Matt Adams, Jon Jay, Kolten Wong and others have never known another organization….
The Padres, Royals and Rangers rank right below St. Louis. The Padres, who haven’t made the playoffs ...
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 03:05 PM | 9 comment(s)
Doy-El: “These… are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgement on the ballplayers accused!”
Baseball fans want to see drug cheats in the All-Star Game. Baseball writers don’t want to see drug cheats in the Hall of Fame. So which side is right? Near as I can tell…
Both of them.
And that’s no fun. What’s fun is deciding that one of them is wrong, and pitting one side against the other in a game of righteous one-upmanship. What’s even more fun is deciding that both sides ...
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
With the Yankees down, 1-0, in the fourth inning of their matchup with the Mariners in the Bronx on Monday, shortstop Derek Jeter committed a mental gaffe that put Kyle Seager on third base with a triple.
Seager popped the ball into no-man’s land in short left field near the foul line. Outfielder Brett Gardner made a diving effort for the ball, but it hit off his glove and rolled into foul territory.
Jeter, apparently thinking the ball was foul, scooped it up and stood with his back to the ...Read More...
Posted: June 03, 2014 at 11:33 AM | 31 comment(s)
The Dodgers have been warned by MLB in the form of a letter from executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre.
The warning cited a number of Dodgers pitchers for their violations of baseball’s “pace of game” regulations. A number of relievers were cited for taking too long to get from the bullpen to the mound when entering the game. Continued violations could result in $5,000 fines though none of the players have been fined to date.
Surprisingly, no position players were ...
Pittsburgh Press, June 3, 1914:
Howard Ehmke, a 19-year-old youth who left high school this year to play baseball for the Los Angeles team, heads the list of pitchers in the Pacific Coast league to date, with seven straight victories to his credit. Besides these seven games won, Ehmke has been sent in to finish a half dozen others, and a total of 13 runs for the season has been charged against him.
I love stumbling across early newspaper accounts of players who would eventually become ...Read More...
Monday, June 02, 2014
Okay, to make sure I don’t cut it close, this time I’m submitting it… THE NIGHT BEFORE. WOOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHH
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 11:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: Vladimir Putin’s draft strategy, Stephen Drew’s breakfast, and whether Kevin has taken a material step toward harming Russell Westbrook.
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 07:57 PM | 2043 comment(s)
For the last year or so, the Astros have reportedly been offering various long-term deals to some of the young players in their organization, using the carrot of guaranteed millions to try and buy out a couple of free agent years. Up until now, no one had signed the offer, and Evan Longoria remained the record holder for fewest number of days of service before signing a long-term deal. However, with first base prospect Jon Singleton, the Astros have now codified the first deal that officially ...Read More...
Posted: June 02, 2014 at 03:14 PM | 59 comment(s)
“I think Puig is definitely in this family of nearly mythical characters.” ~ John Thorn
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