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Saturday, October 15, 2016
As a parting shot, Law stated that “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league. Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they’re done counting their money.”
And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.
“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of ...
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
“He’s got arguably the best right-hand breaking ball in the game,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Kluber. “And he kept us honest with enough fastballs. And he’s got that razor-blade slider that’s tough to do anything with. [It’s] a big strikeout pitch for him. He gets a lot of weak contact on them, really.
“So really, that’s what it came down to. I don’t think it was a lack of something we did; I just thought they pitched that well, as did we.” ...Read More...
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, October 14, 2016
Dude, I love Canadian Thanksgiving.
For Americans who don’t know what the deal with Canadian Thanksgiving is, it’s basically just like American Thanksgiving except… earlier. The second Monday of every October. It’s really amazing. You have to try it.
For where I’m at in my life, the timing for my first Canadian Thanksgiving really couldn’t have been any better. This year, perhaps more than any other, I really have a lot to be thankful for.
Trevor Bauer cut his finger fixing one of the drones he likes to fly and won’t start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, again diverting the Cleveland Indians’ pitching plans for the playoffs.
The right-hander needed several stitches to close the cut on the pinkie on his pitching hand. The enigmatic Bauer has built and flown drones for years, and was hurt while repairing a propeller.
Rob Manfred is open to outlawing drone usage.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 14 comment(s)
robots in baseball
Taylor Ward, C, Angels
The Angels’ selection of Ward in the first round of the 2015 draft had many industry observers scratching their heads due to concerns about the bat being good enough to make him more than a backup catcher. Though he impressed in the Midwest League during his first pro season, he underwhelmed when he moved up to the high Class A California League this year as his plate approach appeared less advanced than it had before. In addition to handling himself against better ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
Davis, though, should have excellent value even in a market stacked with excellent closers. It’s the best closing market perhaps ever, with Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all free agents.
Of course all three of those closers will cost a pretty penny (one GM predicted all three would top Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50-million deal for closers, and Chapman and Jansen certainly will), while Davis is a bargain.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
Chicago Eagle, October 14, 1916:
What is the value of a sacrifice hit? Evidently all baseball managers do not agree on the worth of the play. Fielder Jones of the St. Louis American league team declares the sacrifice hit is one of the most valuable plays in baseball…On the other hand, George Stallings of the Boston Nationals is not at all enthusiastic over the play and seldom uses it, in fact, much less than any other manager in either league, and the standing of the Boston team is certainly an ...
The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.
It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).
For example, Ian ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.
“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.
“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
Javier Baez, tagger extraordinaire.
“Because I’m a lefty,” the Cubs infielder said. “I write lefty, I eat lefty, I even can hit lefty. With that on my glove side, I have really quick hands. I let the ball travel, and as soon as I catch it, my hand goes down to the tag.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.
“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
It’s not new. He’s a fireman.
If we want more Andrew Millers in the baseball world, and we should, then we have to give them a name. If we can have closers and setup men, we can have a name for the reliever who gets the most dangerous hitters out in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. We can make it a new full-time position in major league baseball.
“I don’t know, didn’t they call them Firemen back in the day?” Miller said this week when I presented him with the Super Reliever name. “Goose ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 51 comment(s)
Balk or no balk?
His move raised some eyebrows, however. According to Rule 8.05, “If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his free foot past the back edge of the pitcher’s rubber, he is required to pitch to the batter except to throw to second base on a pick-off play.”
Urias’ free foot certainly came close to crossing that imaginary line. But in the eyes of the umpiring crew, it was a clean throw to first base and not a balk.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.
More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.
BEST OF 7. WINNER TO WORLD SERIES.
GAME 1: Blue Jays (Estrada) at Indians (Kluber). 8 PM. TBS.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Hugh Fullerton in the Washington Times, October 13, 1916:
FULLERTON THINKS BIG SERIES SHOULD NOW BE ABOLISHED
Boston won yesterday, and finished up the tamest and (if the magnates are wise) the last of the world’s series…Without detracting from the merits of the grand old game, it must be admitted that unless the club owners throw some life into their show, or else establish a new National League, the world’s series of the future will be a bloomer.
The truth is: The National League was shown ...
“I don’t think so, I really don’t,” said manager Terry Francona, when asked if Salazar was an option to appear in the ALCS. “I don’t think he’s progressed to that point. He’s doing pretty well, but he’s not back to throwing all his pitches or letting it go at 100 percent.
“If we asked him to do that, he might be reaching right now. We’ve been pretty vocal about the first priority being about getting him back healthy. I think this proves it.” ...Read More...
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
Imagine a Cubs vs. Indians World Series. One fanbase enjoys the euphoria of victory; the other fanbase adds another miserable failure to its bag of despair.
The Indians last won in 1948. And, you might have heard about this one: The Cubs haven’t won since 1908, or the year the world first got the electric mixer.
If not now, when?
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
Why didn’t this happen earlier in the year?
San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross is scheduled to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Thursday. The injury is expected to keep him out anywhere from 4-6 months, which leaves open the possibility that he could potentially return early in the 2017 season.
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
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