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Saturday, September 10, 2016
“Being a celebrity in general, you lose privacy,” Verlander said. “There’s a societal problem right now with celebrities not having privacy, and the way the laws are written, it protects other people, not celebrities. The laws were written before the world turned into what it is now with social media and everyone being a paparazzi. It’ll be changed, I think.
“There just need to be more rights for celebrities. And I know that could come across as ‘Wah, wah, wah, here’s ...
Posted: September 10, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
He hasn’t been right for a while. Will they be able to nurse him though to the playoffs?
Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar left his start after four innings Friday night against the Minnesota Twins because of tightness in his right forearm.
The Indians announced that Salazar was pulled as a precaution.
Salazar was on the disabled list for elbow inflammation a month ago, but manager Terry Francona said this issue was muscular and not structural.
“We’ll see how he feels, and then we’ll go ...
Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
I remember when 20 wins really meant something. Nevertheless, right now his pitching places him 8th on WAR ranking for starters in the AL. If he wins at least a couple more games, it will be interesting to see what the voters do.
Right-hander Rick Porcello became the Majors’ first 20-game winner this season by limiting Toronto to a pair of runs while striking out seven over seven innings during Boston’s 13-3 victory. He scattered six hits and walked just one as the Red Sox increased their lead ...
Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
Jerry Reinsdorf will be enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. At first glance, his résumé looks unassailable. Reinsdorf won six titles as the owner of the Chicago Bulls, and became the third owner ever to win a championship in two of the four major American sports when the White Sox won the World Series in 2005.
Yet with his induction into the Hall of Fame, Reinsdorf has achieved his most striking accomplishment yet: reaching basketball’s highest honor despite being far ...
Friday, September 09, 2016
He has a way to go.
One thing Glasnow wants to do is improve his walk rate and overall command. It was one of the few statistical categories that the big right-hander didn’t improve this season, as he walked 5.2 per nine in the Minors (up from 4.4 per nine in his career).
“I definitely have to work on the consistency,” Glasnow said. “I don’t want to lose any stuff, the stuff that got me those numbers. I think I need to be able to go out and do it every fifth day. There’s obviously going to be ...
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 06:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
Rather than just think about it, I decided to act. I asked four scouts who the best baseball player they saw who didn’t end up making their living on the diamond was, and whether or not they felt like they ever had a shot to sign them.
NL East Scout: Jake Locker — “He had as high of an upside as any player I scouted in the Northwest in that timeframe. That might not seem like much to you, but that region has produced some good players. Locker had everything. He was a top of the charts ...
What more does Inciarte have to do to reach the “right arm” status like Freddie Freeman and Teheran in the eyes of general manager John Coppolella?
—Mason L., College Park, Ga.
Let’s see, Inciarte has established himself as an NL Gold Glove Award favorite, and he’s also proven to be a legit top-of-the-lineup catalyst while positioning himself to possibly produce the best post All-Star break batting average in Braves history. He’s 25 years old, under control through the end of the 2020 season ...
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, September 9, 1916:
PLAYER KNOCKS HOME RUN WITH HIS CRANIUM
The Fitzsimmons team of [Newark, Ohio], composed of amateur ballplayers, boasts of one real curiosity. He is Outfielder Nutter, who, so far as is known, is the only man in baseball who ever knocked a home run with his head.
In a recent exhibition game with the Philadelphia Athletics, Nutter lost a flyball. It hit him on the top of the head and bounced over the fence for a circuit smash.
Coincidentally, Jose Canseco is ...Read More...
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
Pedroia is having a great year. He’s not the M.V.P.
Steve Lyons, in his usual nonsensically earnest Steve Lyons way, tried to make the point during Tuesday’s NESN broadcast that Dustin Pedroia’s numbers this season are very similar to his stellar stats in 2008, when he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, and thus that should mean he ought to be a candidate for the award this year. Well, no. Pedroia is having a wonderful season — he’s actually hitting .326, just as he ...
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 47 comment(s)
Remember when the Nationals held Strasburg out to protect him long-term?
“Theoretically, on a contract that size, you would definitely get insurance,” said an executive from another major league club, speaking of Strasburg’s deal. “The challenge is that the insurance always asks for exemptions on previous injuries. Anyone will insure anything at a certain cost. But in this case, either they have an exemption for the elbow, which would make the insurance borderline useless, or it’s so ...
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 16 comment(s)
Kershaw vs. Fernandez. Red Sox vs. Blue Jays, Orioles vs. Tigers.
I guess I’m split screening it today.
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 10 comment(s)
Hector Olivera, the former Dodgers and Braves prospect, was found guilty on Thursday of misdemeanor domestic assault stemming from an incident at an Arlington, Va., hotel in April. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty of those days were suspended, however, meaning he will serve just 10 days before being released.
Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Surprised no one punched this one up yet!
“Normally [strained flexor masses] come around very well with treatment and strengthening programs,” Nationals head athletic trainer Paul Lessard said. “It’s not a season-ending injury…”
This is the basically the same initial diagnosis as prior to Strasburg’s 2010 UCL tear was discovered. Lessard did not go on to explain precisely which tune he was whistling as he passed the ligament graveyard.
Florida betting tout Adam Meyer pleaded guilty to extortion and racketeering Thursday in a scam that cost Fond du Lac millionaire Gary Sadoff $45 million — a sum that is nearly double the amount Meyer was originally charged with embezzling.
Meyer falsely claimed Real Money Sports used computer analysis and simulations to predict the outcome of games.
He previously claimed to have helped MLB with an investigation.
The story is relatively clear. For both right-handed and left-handed batters, the probability of a strike call on low pitches has decreased substantially. (The base rate of called strikes for these pitches ranges from 20 to 60 percent.) In some cases, the probability of a low outside strike has decreased by as much as 12 percentage points. Much of this difference is low and outside, pitches we know to be more difficult to hit with high exit velocities or for home runs.
Interestingly, there are ...
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 03:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
home run spike
Organizations sign high-end amateur athletic lottery tickets all the time and see if they can infuse nuanced baseball moves and skills. Most fail, yet no organization stops trying, hence all the investment into the athletic-hued players of Cuba, some of whom are in their late 20s like Tebow.
In other words, this machine already was operating before the Mets bought Tebow. No player – NONE – who demonstrates he has even a scintilla of a chance of making it to The Show is going ...
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 78 comment(s)
I’m glad that’s cleared up.
“I wish everybody would have known the whole story,” said Beckett. “I’ll finish with this … Aaron Cook had an opt-out in his contract, I was pitching terrible – which is my fault – so we made up an injury so that [the Red Sox] could call him up, so he didn’t opt out and go to the Yankees. That was a thing, but I don’t think that that’s actually legal to do. I don’t think you can just phantom DL somebody.
“That’s the whole thing that I had a ...
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
Really? It bothers John?
NEWSFLASH: Life isn’t always fair. It never will be completely fair. On the outrage meter, however, this shouldn’t even move the needle.
But I have to admit, the whole thing bothers me. There are dozens of players in independent baseball who have put in the work and effort to earn a shot in organized ball. Tebow gets to jump ahead in the line just because he is famous for non-baseball reasons.
Just another nail in the coffin of the idea that baseball is a pure ...
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
But more and more, you hear from folks inside the game about what a tough watch it has become, and according to sources, Major League Baseball has raised the idea of regulating the September rosters in the current collective bargaining talks in the hopes of diminishing the slog. Concepts have been discussed internally, centered on the idea of creating greater limits on the number of players available to managers in each game.
Even some managers who use their full complement of players to seek ...
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 83 comment(s)
pace of place
Pittsburgh Press, September 8, 1916:
The ushers at Braves’ field have received the following instructions in regard to balls fouled into the grandstand. If the visiting team is in the field and an old ball is hit into the stand it is to be retained so that a new ball may be put into play; an old ball fouled in with the home team in the field is to be thrown out again.
It’s a clever idea, but I can’t imagine it would have been a massive help for the Braves. It is interesting, though, to see MLB ...Read More...
Strasburg reacted the way most guys react when they’ve blown out their elbows. It was not promising.
Strasburg had missed 16 games with right elbow soreness before taking the mound Wednesday, and Baker insisted the right-hander was ready to pitch.
“He did everything that was asked of him. He was cleared,” Baker said. “He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He said that he felt fine.”
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:48 AM | 18 comment(s)
After nine homers in the three-game series against Cincinnati, including three in a 6-3 victory on Wednesday, New York has 192 homers—the second most in the National League this season. Ninety-five of those came on the road—sixth most in the Majors and 10 short of the franchise record. And, most importantly, nearly 54 percent of the Mets’ runs are scored by the homer, and they are 64-36 when they hit one out, compared to 10-30 when they don’t.
The Mets hit 9 homers in their 3 game sweep of ...Read More...
Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb
Posted: September 08, 2016 at 05:47 AM | 20 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
I have no idea how well-known this is, but I suspect not a lot of people are aware of it, and MLB doesn’t seem to do much to advertise this fact.
As many of you know, many full MLB games can be found online on various YouTube accounts. MLB even has its own MLBClassics account in addition to the official MLB account on YouTube.
But maybe you didn’t realize that MLB has posted, from what I can tell, just about every game since the beginning of the 2009 season on their own official MLB YouTube ...Read More...
Posted: September 07, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 11 comment(s)
Roughned Odor is having an interesting season (and it has nothing to do with that chopping right to Jose Bautista’s jaw).
The table toward the end is pretty amazing. Different game.
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