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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Shouldn’t Vegas be the Aces? Are they named after Roswell, in a different state? What is this??
Wally Backman on Friday was named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year… With three games left in the regular season, Backman has led the 51s to the PCL’s best record, at 80-61, after guiding it to an 81-63 mark last season that was the second-best in the league…
Finishing second to Backman in the Manager of the Year voting was Sacramento’s Steve Scarsone, followed by Memphis’ Pop ...
WAR of the double alliance.
Josh Donaldson is no fan of WAR. The process, he maintains, is fine, but the name has to go.
“I think it’s a terrible name for what it represents,” the Athletics’ skilled and athletic third baseman said Friday afternoon. “It’s not about [wins above] replacement players. It’s an equation of how you’re affecting the game—whether it’s clutch hitting, defense, offensive production. It’s a formula to say this is what a player brings to the table, his total game.” ...
Posted: August 31, 2014 at 07:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
Carleton Carpenter, Debbie Reynolds and Aba Daba Honeymoon incredibly still live on from ‘51…so should grace saving Batting Averages!
On the other hand, Jeter’s decline, in which, since late June, he’s had more parting gifts from opposing teams than extra base hits, has been both sad to watch and a real dilemma for Yankee manager Joe Girardi. While it would be tough to finger Jeter as the primary culprit for the Yankees’ offensive struggles this season — there are plenty of other ...
Posted: August 31, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
Actor Bill Murray—America’s Best FriendTM—is of course part owner of the independent-league St. Paul Saints, and the Saints on Thursday bid final adieu to Midway Stadium, their home yard for lo these many years. To mark the occasion, Mr. Murray showed up and performed the tasks of the otherwise overlooked and taken-for-granted ticket-taker ...
A movie theater in my area was playing Ghostbusters in honor of the 30th anniversary. 1) Great call by the theater, 2) Great movie. Took my daughter ...Read More...
Tigers first baseman and two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera was forced to exit Saturday’s night-cap against the White Sox (GameTracker) after trying to beat out a grounder in the fourth inning. As Chris Iott of MLive.com writes, Cabrera appeared to aggravate the right ankle injury that’s been bothering him for some time.
This is possibly unfair use of hindsight, but one now has to wonder about the wisdom of letting Cabrera, who, as noted, has been hobbled recently and throughout much of ...
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Needs to go to Tampa and Toronto and complete the circuit. By the end of the day tomorrow, I mean. He’s played for them already.
The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus…
Johnson… [has] hit .212/.290/.354 for the season. With the Orioles, he’ll likely play mostly at third base in the wake of the team’s loss of Manny Machado for the rest of the season.
The Orioles selected ...
A “why not?” deal for the O’s.
The Orioles have announced that they’ve acquired left-handed outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, has hit .246/.312/.358 this season… He’s making $4.25MM this season in his second year of arbitration, and he can become eligible for free agency after 2015.
The Orioles already have a strong starting outfield of Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but they can surely use De ...
Pitchers, by and large, are working lower. The called strike zone has followed them... Hitters are… swinging at more pitches in the lower third… Contact rates on pitches up have declined. Contact rates on pitches down have very slightly improved… here’s what this has led to: in 2008, hitters slugged 30 points better against high strikes than they did against low strikes. The next season, they slugged 51 points better. Fast-forward now to 2014, and you’ll observe that now hitters are slugging ...
Needs to go to Miami and complete the circuit.
The Royals have designated pitcher Bruce Chen for assignment and recalled reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha, per the team’s Twitter account.
Chen allowed six runs in an inning of work in the Royals’ 10-inning, 11-5 loss to the Twins on Thursday. The 37-year-old lefty has had a miserable season, sporting a 7.45 ERA with a 36/16 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings. Chen has been with the Royals since 2009.
“The front office’s hope is that an American League team will take a chance on [Ryan] Howard if he reaches plateaus such as 25 home runs and 100 RBIs”... yup, that does sound like Phillies status quo.
Best of luck to Carpenter.
A little more than 3 hours before last night’s first pitch, Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the players gathered in the visiting team clubhouse at Citi Field. The Phillies’ general manager reiterated the developments of Thursday, that in the wake of David Montgomery’s medical ...
Commenter: “his wind up reminds me of elaines dance move on seinfeld”
[Alex] Cobb is at or near the top of the list in two notable, important statistics that go hand in hand with his success… Cobb’s changeup… has accumulated 20 runs of value, meaning it is a pitch that has gotten significantly better than average results. The only pitcher with a changeup whose value is greater than Cobb’s is Felix Hernandez (22 runs)... Pitchers with elite changeups are hard to hit, and Cobb rates best ...
The District Attorney
Posted: August 30, 2014 at 03:40 PM | 0 comment(s)
The “guess the A’s new inefficiency!” game is easily caricatured, but I do think they’ve got something. Here’s one theory…
Earlier this month I wrote about how the A’s front office is currently outpacing their competition when it comes to roster construction. I focused primarily on how they’ve taken the platoon advantage to another level, loading up on defensively versatile players to allow for day-to-day lineup construction that maximizes the number of plate appearances where their hitters ...
General Arm Soreness isn’t undefeated like General Winter, but…
After being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in July, New York Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka has been rehabbing diligently in hopes that he’ll not only avoid Tommy John surgery, but return and contribute to New York’s rotation’s again during the 2014 season.
Until Friday, anyway, the news had been surprisingly encouraging. Tanaka had passed several important tests, including most ...
Friday, August 29, 2014
Guess who his idol is?
Despite two major surgeries to his left hip and groin area in the past two years, despite the torn left quadriceps he sustained in 2008, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has no intention of switching positions.
“No, I won’t move,” he said in a phone interview. “I will retire before I move.”
Not to third base? Not to first base, a position that could save him from wear and tear and possibly prolong his career?
“No. It’s just who I am, it’s what I do, it’s what I have ...
Outman out, Strikeoutman in!
The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.
The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the Majors in 2011… Branyan, now 38 years of ...
“Walk” is just a four-letter word.
[Javier] Baez has swung at pitches outside the strike zone 45 percent more often than the typical hitter. It’s no wonder, then, that he hasn’t seen many strikes… Baez swings at 37 percent of pitches that have a less than 5 percent probability of being called a strike, according to BP’s strike probability model. There are only four hitters with higher swing rates on those unlikely strikes than Baez this season: Reed Johnson, A.J. Pierzynski, Ramiro Peña, ...
BBTF denizen Tim Marchman with an interesting point.
The main issue, though—and something that McGrath curiously doesn’t bring up—is probably just that baseball is now dealing with the consequences of having spent a solid decade telling anyone who would listen that baseball is awful and no one should watch it.
Let’s take a normal 25-year-old, born in 1989. He would have spent his formative years as a sports fan in the immediate aftermath of a canceled World Series, hearing that greedy ...
ron is considered too passive by man brewers fans so this outburst is surprising.
“Roenicke was ejected by home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the aftermath of the game-tying home run hit by Padres catcher Rene Rivera off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.
The homer came on just the third pitch thrown by Rodriguez, who fell behind Rivera, 2-0. Rodriguez eventually got out of that ninth, but it was a tough pill to swallow for a Brewers team that fought to take a 2-0 lead in the seventh ...Read More...
Duh, but also, thanks, Jeff.
Outfield defense has three components, Range (ability to field balls), Arm and Errors. [Alex] Gordon has a great arm and his LF values since 2011 have ranged from 8 Runs to 11 Runs, so no change there. His Error component has gone from 0 to 2 Runs. Again, not the reason for the jump. The key difference is in his Range value at 14 Runs because his previous high was just 4 Runs…
Here are the league average values for in and out-of-zone values compared to Gordon’s ...
A great way to clarify your organizational chain of command: Give Nolan Ryan some vague “executive” job. History proves it!
General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter are at odds, according to multiple major-league sources.
Porter expressed his frustration with Luhnow to owner Jim Crane in a conversation earlier this month, sources said…
Porter’s frustration stems from a lack of input and from his belief that Luhnow engages in excessive second-guessing of his in-game management, ...
No, his nickname is not “Cuban” Gonzalez. (Presumably, it’s something creative like “Gonzo.”)
When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for $12 million last summer, they included performance bonuses for games started and games relieved. Ruben Amaro Jr. proclaimed his Cuban import a starter - the team negotiated a $48 million agreement before a medical examination forced amendments - although the international scouting community was divided on Gonzalez’s future role… Then Gonzalez reported ...
It’s tough to figure out exactly what’s going on in the video above because it’s in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That’s former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.
His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.
Forget Wade Davis… now I want to vote for Frank Williams for MVP!
Overall, [Wade] Davis has allowed a batting average of .139 and a slugging percentage of .149, giving him an “isolated power” allowed figure of .010. I assumed that would be the lowest ever (minimum 50 innings), but it’s not. A reliever named Frank Williams for the 1986 Giants had an isolated power allowed of .006. In 52.1 innings, Williams allowed 35 hits—just one for extra bases, a double. (He also allowed just one stolen bases ...
The really weird play was the one where Gordon Beckham got a hit.
The Angels beat the Athletics 4-3 in 10 innings Thursday night on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick, giving the Halos a two-game lead over Oakland in the American League West. But the A’s played the game under protest thanks to a controversial obstruction call in the ninth inning… Angels shortstop Erick Aybar led off the ninth inning of a 3-3 tie with a bouncer up the first base line, then collided with A’s pitcher Dan ...
OMNICHATTER. Because September is coming and after September… COMES OCTOBER.
Yes, folks, OCTOBER IS COMING.
Posted: August 29, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 46 comment(s)
I’m Adam. Fly me the #### out of here.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn’t particularly sociable.
The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home.
After the game, Jones said he was ...
Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 39 comment(s)
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