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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Only one player in the history of major league baseball was good enough to be selected first in the draft… twice. He was chosen ahead of some of the best players in baseball history. And his story shows that extraordinary talent doesn’t guarantee extraordinary success at the Major League level.
Chromecast support makes me smile.
The new array of features, debuting for regular-season games, includes a “team view” in which fans can designate a favorite team and enjoy a custom team-centric experience on supported platforms. Redesigned apps will launch on connected platforms Android TV, FireTV, Xbox and Roku. The HD media player, a responsible, in-page layout experience, will introduce additional playback controls, milestone markers and support for Chromecast and Chromebook.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
The distinct separation between Pederson’s starting points, marked by the bright blue dots, indicate a clear directive to differentiate between hitters (probably by simple handedness), and virtually every chart shows fielders adjusting their depth, within a range, based on who’s hitting.
How big are the gaps between those little dots? I’m not totally sure. But 15 or 20 feet of ground, gained more than a hundred times a season, adds up to something worth measuring.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
This is great.
Charlie Gastelum of MLB’s Scouting Bureau serves as the academy’s primary scout.
“This gives an opportunity for the kids to develop and show the scouts that come here every day to see their talents,” Vazquez said. “The goal is to develop as many possible players to be in the big leagues from Mexico. This is a big country with a lot of baseball players, and we want to get more big leaguers from Mexico.”
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
McDowell now makes it clear that that time is behind him, that as a coach – he first became a pitching coach in 2002 in the Dodgers’ minor league system – it demands a seriousness to command the respect of his players. But he still knows there are times to be serious and times to loosen the mood.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
The intentional walk?
Getting rid of the old-fashioned intentional walk would eliminate about a minute of dead time per walk. In an age in which intentional walks actually have been declining—there were just 932 all last season (or one every 2.6 games)—that time savings would be minimal. But MLB sees the practice of lobbing four meaningless pitches as antiquated, so eliminating them would serve as much as a statement as it would a practical attempt to speed up the game.
A lot of good stuff in this one.
“That is the key: how you maintain … consistency in the face of success, how you remain open-minded enough to change despite your success, how you continually have personnel that leak nothing to the media,” says the former scouting exec. “That requires dedication and commitment that can’t just be thrown on a flash drive or backdoored by someone with knowledge of a system; the real secrets are the ones that can’t be stolen.”
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 06:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
Monday, February 06, 2017
Here is what a big-market team that truly believes it is a contender does if Plan A does not work: It moves to Plan B, even if the secondary scenario forces it to spend more than they wanted.
Only one New York team has behaved that way late this offseason. That it is the Mets symbolizes the identity flip-flop – at least in the present – of the two clubs.
Both had been determined to only address bullpen needs if they offloaded salary already on the books. The Yankees have stuck to that ...
Posted: February 06, 2017 at 06:27 PM | 15 comment(s)
Rickey Henderson says this is a great tribute to Rickey!
As a tribute to former Athletic and MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, the Oakland A’s will name the field at the Oakland Coliseum “Rickey Henderson Field.” The team will dedicate Rickey Henderson Field during a special pregame ceremony on Opening Night, April 3, before the A’s play host to the Los Angeles Angels. Henderson will also serve as a Special Assistant to the President.
“Rickey Henderson is the greatest Athletic of ...
But in February 2017, the BBWAA website has finally entered the 21st century, providing a outlet and resource appropriate for one of the most influential and powerful groups of sportswriters in the country.
As you can see from the image above, articles and releases are now clearly indicated on the home page, making MLB award announcements and Baseball Hall of Fame balloting results far easier to find. It looks like a professional website, not something cobbled together on weekends and off-days ...
Posted: February 06, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
The [Pendleton] East Oregonian, February 6, 1917:
[Braves owner] Percy Haughton started it when he declared the offensive side of baseball needed some changes, and then outlined a few. Now they’re all doing it.
One of the most recent suggestions along these lines is that a pitcher not be allowed to pitch his first two balls to the batter in the curve fashion. Each of the first two heaves should be straight and above board, it is contended.
Every time I think I’ve seen the dumbest possible ...Read More...
I’ve been busy and have a few of these saved on my DVR. I look forward to watching this one soon as I find them interesting and entertaining.
Posted: February 06, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 42 comment(s)
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More info on the Pirates outfield realignment.
Analytics and metrics are really helping MLB teams quantify defensive abilities and along with their scouting eyes are encouraging managers to align their outfielders better than ever before. This has been highlighted by the Marlins decision to move Yelich to CF and Ozina to LF & Pirates intention of moving Marte to CF and McCutchen to LF. Who else should make a similar move? The Rockies should move Dahl to CF and Blackmon to LF.
Jim Bowden, ESPN Senior Writer
Posted: February 06, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Charlie Morton-type money!
Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel and the Kansas City Royals reached agreement on a $16 million, two-year contract Sunday, a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden, confirming multiple reports.
The deal, pending a physical, includes a mutual option for a third year.
Hammel, 34, went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts with the Chicago Cubs last season.
Posted: February 05, 2017 at 11:30 PM | 15 comment(s)
Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.
A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.
(As always, views expressed in the ...Read More...
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Wieters and Gutierrez are big bats?
One of the remaining big bats on the market — headlined by Matt Wieters, Chris Carter, Mike Napoli and, less so, Franklin Gutierrez — is willing to sign on, putting opportunity ahead of potentially more dollars elsewhere; or they make a trade, to add some needed offense after the trade of Logan Forsythe.
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.
Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
Doug Sisson, manager, Delmarva Shorebirds (1996)
We had a catching prospect, Michael Barrett, who was pretty good. But Brady showed up and the entire pitching staff followed him around like a mama duck after a week. I brought (Barrett) in for a chat because I didn’t want him to get discouraged, and he said, “Don’t worry about it. He’s just passing through.” And he was right. (Brady) was called up to Double-A about six weeks later….
Pedro Martinez, teammate, Montreal ...
On incorporating spin rate into assessments: “We have ways of looking at it, and our scouts know how to interpret that information, as well. It’s another tool for our scouts and our decision makers. It’s almost an extension of the introduction of the radar gun. Some 40 years ago, it may have seemed unnatural to take that information when it seemed like your eyes weren’t lacking in the ability to assess the quality of a fastball. Now we take it for granted that we’re using that ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
I still believe Swihart will end up being the best of the Red Sox three options.
“Swihart has that sense, that ability to relate to and build pitchers,” says LeVangie. “He’s a really good worker. He was a good wrestler with the legs that goes with that. He’s obviously an athlete. It’s unrealistic to expect him to be a polished catcher right now. We understand that. Jason constantly reminds us, ‘do not panic.’
“So we’re working with a kid who needs to learn to get more ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
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