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Monday, July 18, 2016
Who goes to the bench?
“I would rather play left field because I’m comfortable and also because it’s less work on my leg,” Cespedes said after going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies. “If they give me the option I will stay in left field.”
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 20 comment(s)
He has to pitch to have value.
Rich Hill, one of the top trade chips on the mid-summer market, left Sunday’s start five pitches in after a blister on his left hand appeared to pop.
Hill had been scratched from Friday’s start because of the blister but reported that his side session that day went well and he was fine.
Moore pitched a season-high 7⅓ innings. He had gone exactly seven five times. He allowed five hits and struck out only one because he pitched to contact against an aggressive lineup. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer in the second accounted for the Orioles’ runs.
“I tell you, Moore was as good as Tillman,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That was two good pitchers at the top of their game. Fine margin of error.”
Scouts from the Dodgers, Rangers, Red Sox, Pirates and Nationals on ...
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
The most notable late signee was the Mariners’ Trey Griffey, son of Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who signed as a 24th-round pick after playing college football at Arizona. Nick Shumpert, son of ex-big leaguer Terry Shumpert, also signed. Shumpert was a seventh-round pick out of high school but fell to the 28th round out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC this year.
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
Ichiro is not limping toward the record.
Youth softball coaches are furious that their predominantly female leagues have been left out of a city law that gives free defibrillators to youth baseball leagues.
That new law, which Mayor de Blasio signed in May, provides a free automated external defibrillator for baseball leagues who play on city fields in case a kid gets hit with the hard ball in the chest.
“The law should cover all sports,” said Peter DeMauro, a longtime youth sports coach who currently coaches girls’ softball ...Read More...
The OMNICHATTER was not here yesterday as it had been sacrificed for personal reasons. Hopefully it will go better than Yan Gomes’ sacrifice to Jobu (get well soon, Yan).
Posted: July 18, 2016 at 12:16 AM | 57 comment(s)
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Wainwright referred to himself as “the laughingstock of the baseball world” for his 7.16 ERA at the end of April and struggles into May. He’s carved that down to 4.15. As he stood on the mound for the ninth – 11 pitches from a shutout – he made sure he saw where his 2006 teammates were in the crowd. He’s no longer the rookie they watched close their championship. He’s more complete.
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 ...
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