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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
That’s a lot of homers.
The Orioles set a new franchise record by hitting eight home runs in Tuesday night’s 19-3 victory over the Phillies. Six different Baltimore players clubbed homers as the Orioles became the first team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox did so against Detroit on Sept. 4, 2013.
Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 19 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 17, 1915:
While the Brooklyn outfield is showing signs of a revival in hitting, Uncle Wilbert Robinson still thinks it would be well to have another outer gardener. With that end in view he is negotiating for a young fellow in the Texas league…Robbie will not give the kid’s name, but says he is the proper sort of person, being full of pep and action. The best evidence of his forceful character was furnished year before last when he offered to whip the Giants individually ...
With the growing public uproar, athletic director Peter Elenbaas will have to elaborate on the firing of a coach with his track record.
Coaches throughout the state have been put on high alert.
If a coach as highly decorated as Kirk Fredericks — he’s made the tournament in each of his 14 years at the helm, has won nearly 80 percent of his games (269-68) including three state titles, has sent numerous players to the college level and has run a program that was a model for many others — ...
The umpires are consulting with “angels”?
“After viewing all relevant angels, the Replay Official felt that he could not definitely determine that the runner touched home prior to being tagged,” home plate umpire said through a pool reporter.
Posted: June 17, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
So, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in two sports.
Just call them the New England Cardinals … or maybe the St. Louis Patriots … or maybe just call them phonies in the wake of a New York Times report that they are being investigated by the FBI for hacking computer networks and stealing information about the Houston Astros.
Posted: June 17, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Just when we thought we couldn’t have any more fun with him ...
This take is somewhat hotter than the core of the Sun.
There is, of course, only one course of action that baseball can take in the wake of this hilarious, impossibly joyful development: CONTRACT THE CARDINALS. That’s right. Destroy them. Raze their stadium. Arrest their players and fans. Intern them all in some kind of horrible Bud Light Mixx Tail tent (with a dress code), where they can wander around in a daze, whispering to each other, “They said it could never happen here, but it ...
The Dave Roberts era is officially over.
Great feature on the Oakland Athletics’ biggest fan favorite in recent years.
“[Eric] Byrnes was more of an athletic, running-down-the-line-hard, playing-with-his-hair-on-fire type of guy,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “Stephen probably doesn’t have the pace to play with his hair on fire, but he’s a ditch digger. He doesn’t use batting gloves. He has pine tar all over him and he’s dirty from the time he goes out there. His teammates feed off how hard he plays and how hard he works—and how ...
WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, for hacking into the internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law ...
Would you kill for a Bryce Harper?
Oliveros’s actions bring up an important question: How far would you, as a fan, be comfortable with your team going to improve itself? To stay them in contention? At the risk of being melodramatic, how much of your soul is a couple of extra wins worth?
Me? I don’t demand that ballplayers be good people. I’ve long ago had the hero-worship beaten out of me by Kirby Puckett and Chuck Knoblauch. But there are lines in the sand that I will not cross. One of ...
I’m really tired of replay. It slows the game down. Managers often ask for looks when the result isn’t very close. At the same time replay officials often get the calls wrong.
Milwaukee Sentinel, Page 5 of linked newspaper, June 16, 1915:
[Jack] Nabors, a local pitcher in the Georgia-Alabama league, established what is regarded as a new record in organizaed baseball [in Newman, Georgia] Tuesday by pitching against the Tallageda [sic] club for thirteen innings without giving a hit or base on balls. Only forty men faced Nabors, who won his game, 1 to 0.
Well, golllllllleee. That was a heck of a performance.
You’d think a pitcher like that would go on to a successful ...Read More...
Even after these lousy results, the Yankees remained third in the AL with 288 runs scored. It’s rather mind-blowing to look at the many currently below-average bats in the Yankees’ lineup — Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley, plus the fill-ins for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury — and then realize that the Yankees stand in serious contention BECAUSE of their offense, not despite it.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
You can’t? Somebody should tell Pablo and Shane.
“It’s on my mind all the time,” he said. “Here lately, a bunch of guys have done it. Pablo (Sandoval) did it. Shane Victorino did it. It’s something you can’t do in the middle of the season. You can’t go from being left-hander to facing righty-on-righty. You can’t do it in the middle of the season.
“But it’s something I’ve really been thinking about to do. I’m starting to feel a little more comfortable left-handed. It’s something I’ve got to keep ...
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 16 comment(s)
The press and fans have every right to complain. Of course, although it might feel good to vent, it doesn’t mean the venting actually does anything to improve the team’s chances.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
Watch those innings. It certainly worked for the Nationals with Strasburg.
According to Statcast, his speed topped out at 21.39 mph, which is A) fast enough to get you pulled over in a Massachusetts school zone and B) .41 miles faster than Billy Hamilton’s last triple, hit on May 13 against the Braves and maxing out at 20.98 mph. It’s even faster than Jarrod Dyson’s triple on May 10, which clocked in at 21.03 mph.
Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
Includes a link to Vin Scully’s call of the last three outs.
Monday, June 15, 2015
“Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A (Iowa) after Sunday’s game,” Epstein said.
The second biggest sports news of the day in Chicago?
Posted: June 15, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
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