This morning the last-place Brewers demoted their starting second baseman since mid-2013, Scooter Gennett, to Triple-A because he hit .154 in 20 games this year after coming into the season as a career .300 hitter.
What makes the move particularly odd is that less than 12 months ago Brewers general manager Doug Melvin used Gennett’s success in the majors as an example to aggressively criticize stat-heads, angrily telling Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:
“There is a group of players that have extremely elevated levels of skill, and then there are a bunch who are similar,” Holliday said. “You do see guys who are extremely talented that for whatever reason they couldn’t handle it mentally or physically or didn’t have the work ethic. What separates the guys who are similar is a lot of how they handle adversity, how they are able to deal with failure, how they’re able to deal with success, and how they’re able to grind it out.”
Ed Nolan was, in sum, the ultimate phenom, the Sidd Finch of his day. No man at any level of professional baseball, before or since, has won 64 games. It was during this year that he won the name “The Only,” which was also applied to his batterymate, Silver Flint, later famous with Anson’s White Stockings. In the major leagues, Hoss Radbourn won 59 for Providence in 1884; John Clarkson and Guy Hecker also topped 50 wins. In the National Association, Al Spalding went 54-5 in 1875 and 52-16 ...
These players were good enough to get the Angels to 70 wins in their inaugural season and 86 victories in their second. The Mets would not be so lucky. By pushing the expansion draft date forward by two months, National League owners made a repeat of the damage done by the Angels in the first expansion draft impossible. With the earlier expansion draft date, the list of players available to the Mets and fellow expansion franchise Houston Colt .45s included none of the hot young ...
Unlike Pete O’Brien, I liked what I saw of Kyle Schwarber this spring training. He won’t be Johnny Bench, but he should be able to catch well enough to fit his explosive bat into the Cubs lineup.
“You really have to find time for the defensive things, because there are not many times set aside just for that. You try to push yourself every day because you want to be boring back there. You want to have the same footwork, the same arm slot, the same exchange. In the offseason, I spent more time ...
When the ball leaves Richards’ hand, it’s got just a ton of spin to it, almost no matter what he’s throwing.
That sounds impressive. It is impressive. But so what—why, in other words, should you care about spin rate?
Ollie Brown had power to spare, both in terms of his ability to hit home runs and make throws from right field. According to former Padres and Pirates catcher Chris Cannizzaro, only Roberto Clemente had a stronger throwing arm than Ollie Brown. That is high praise indeed.
The Washington Nationals fearsome starting rotation suffered a blow Friday when Doug Fister was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The Nationals wouldn’t speculate on the severity of the injury, although elbow injuries sometimes present themselves with symptoms in the forearm.
Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.
“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”
It’s one small step for baseball, one giant leap for the Atlantic League.
Very quietly this January, the Atlantic League signed a formal agreement with Major League Baseball to put on paper the league’s rules for transferring player contracts to Major League Baseball teams and their affiliates.
In practical terms, very little has changed. The Atlantic League has been selling the contracts of hundreds of players to affiliated ball in past years. The new formalized agreement doesn’t ...