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Friday, September 02, 2016
Piling on Phat Albert.
“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”
Posted: September 02, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 113 comment(s)
Chapman didn’t enter a game before the ninth inning or stay in any game for more than three outs. Miller, meanwhile, saw action as early as the sixth. He jogged in as often in the eighth as the ninth, and he entered in the seventh most often of all. He also turned in longer outings, throwing more innings than Chapman despite appearing in three fewer games. Chapman pitched in save situations all but three times; Miller pitched in non-save situations all but three times. He’s a closer-quality ...Read More...
6. Kerry Wood
The one-time Cubs ace is somehow still only 39. In a more just world, Wood’s 20-strikeout performance as a 20-year-old five games into his MLB career wouldn’t have signaled open season for his managers on his arm. Perhaps Wood would be closing in on 300 wins now.
7. Josh Hamilton
If there’s a Hall of Fame for overcoming cataclysmic life issues before finally achieving MLB stardom, the former No. 1 draft pick might command his own wing. As it stands, a .290 lifetime ...
Pittsburgh Press, September 2, 1916:
Tom Seaton has had his last of Pullman drawing rooms and private suites in hotels on the road. Seaton…was one of the Phillies’ pitching stars in 1913. He accepted terms for the following year, and then jumped to the Brooklyn Feds. He held up [Brooklyn’s owners] for a three-year contract at $8,000 per, with the stipulation that his employers should pay the traveling expenses of Mrs. Seaton while the team was on the road. Furthermore, he insisted on having a ...
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Baseball was a weekend respite from the oppression and depression of the waning days of a Jim Crow Deep South.
Baseball was where grown men could spend early afternoons hurling sliders to kids before late afternoon’s final sunlight gave way to darkness.
It was where mentoring black men could mold a battalion of young black boys toward adulthood, teaching respect for your teammates, for your elders, to respect women, to respect your peers and respect for the game itself.
Our strengths and ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:36 PM | 17 comment(s)
Their 80-year-old owner wants to win now.
Does this mean the Sox will remain “mired in mediocrity” (as Rick Hahn put it) as long as Reinsdorf is around?
Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.
Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?
[Liberty, Mississippi] Southern Herald, September 1, 1916:
According to a report Johnny Evers’ layoff may be somewhat extended. He has in addition to a lame leg and a sore arm a bad case of nerves.
Obviously, this is a result of all those fudge orgies and nicotine sprees.
I find reports like this fascinating; it seems like there may have been less of a stigma about anxiety and depression among athletes 100 years ago than there is today. I know Zack Greinke and Dontrelle Willis had anxiety ...Read More...
How about a story about a team “thinking” about contacting another team about a player?
It’s not going to happen, not yet and maybe not ever. But the Dodgers expressed interest in trading for the Diamondbacks right-hander before Wednesday night’s deadline for players to become eligible for postseason rosters, according to major-league sources.
The discussions were not substantive and did not advance, sources said. The Dodgers, however, could revisit their continuing interest in Greinke this ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
Instead of an on-air partner, Scully relies on two silent men in the booth beside him: stage manager Boyd Robertson, and camera operator Rob Menschel, who also occasionally directs. Robertson and Menschel have worked with Scully on Dodger broadcasts since 1989. When the three of them are together, the booth has the feel of a family business—respect and professionalism underlined with nonverbal communication and easy humor. Facing home plate in the Dodger Stadium press box, Scully sits on the ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
With a furious late rally, the Dodgers stormed to a remarkable 10-8 Coors Field win over the Rockies on Wednesday night on Andrew Toles’ grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning of the nightcap, avoiding sweeps of the doubleheader and the three-game series.
After falling behind, 8-2, the Dodgers scored three runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth off Adam Ottavino. Toles’ slam was his third homer of the season and the win left the Dodgers with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Giants in ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
It will be interesting to see him play defense at 3B.
Boston announced on Wednesday night that Yoan Moncada, who recently shifted from second base to third base, will be promoted to the majors in time for Friday night’s game in Oakland.
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
News of Walker’s herniated disk broke earlier this morning, and while GM Sandy Alderson originally expressed some optimism, manager Terry Collins said prior to tonight’s contest that surgery was an option, though the team and Walker were waiting on a second opinion before making a final decision. That decision, now, looks to have been made, and it comes as a significant blow for a Mets team that topped the Marlins tonight and currently sits just two games back of the second Wild Card spot ...Read More...
Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 01:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
The Best Opening Weekend Ever® kicks off tonight with the now-traditional “When was it decided that every season should open with South Carolina?” game.
When you’re hitting over .300, leading the league in homers, and a lock to knock in 100 runs, you’re going to be in the heart of the MVP discussion. At 24 years old, Kris Bryant has put up these numbers going into the final month of the regular season, not only making his case for top value in 2016, but also making it known that he could be this productive for the next decade.
Yet when you try and check his defensive box, you can’t. Bryant is one of the best “super-utility” players of this ...
Posted: September 01, 2016 at 12:18 AM | 57 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1. Surprise Saguaros
Yoan Moncada is the best prospect in baseball. Michael Kopech is one of the best pitching prospects who will be throwing in the desert. Josh Staumont isn’t as good of a prospect but he throws nearly as hard as Kopech. Nick Gordon is one of the better middle infield prospects around and Austin Meadows is nearly big league-ready if he can find a spot in the Pirates outfield.
Posted: August 31, 2016 at 06:31 PM | 6 comment(s)
arizona fall league
Yoan Moncada, Greg Bird, Cody Bellinger are among the more interesting names.
INTERESTING: The Yankees more or less sent an entire infield to Scottsdale. Legitimately, manager Tom Goodwin (Royals) could start Miguel Andujar at third, Torres at shortstop, Tyler Wade at second base and Greg Bird at first base at the same time. Wade, as he did last year, earns plaudits for the sum of his parts. No one tool is standout, but none is lacking, either. Andujar started strong after a move to Double-A ...
Cubs owner Charles Weeghman explains the Heinie Zimmerman trade, from the Pittsburgh Press, August 31, 1916:
“Manager Tinker tolerated many infractions of the rules in the hope that Zimmerman eventually would see the folly of his conduct…His indifferent playing and conduct on the ball field Aug. 23 before a large crowd was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Hisses and catcalls were directed at him by the fans. He made offensive remarks at Tinker within the hearing of men and women ...
Koufax and Kershaw are pretty, pretty good.
Definitive or not, though, it’s pretty clear Kershaw’s career is already at least comparable to one of the most revered pitchers in baseball history. Even if Kershaw were to walk away from the game today, his legacy already would be secure. Instead, once he returns to the mound, Dodgers fans finally will get a glimpse at the answer to the question that’s been burning in their hearts for the last 50 years: What if Sandy Koufax had more time?
Cole rejoined the Pirates on Tuesday after being examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. ElAttrache found inflammation — but no ligament damage, bone chips or bone spurs — and agreed with the Pirates doctors’ diagnosis.
“Any time you have elbow pain, a lot of things can be connected,” Cole said. “It could be from the shoulder, a lot of different things. That’s obviously a major concern. So, obviously, it’s a relief that (the ligament) is not involved.”
Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
There are no shirts that say A.J. Ellis was the “heart and soul” of the Dodgers team, but you don’t need one to know that he was. Look at the reactions around baseball. Look at the response of the players in that clubhouse and the media that follows them. Ellis was the last player the Dodgers expected to lose. This story has nothing to do with Carlos Ruiz as a player, and everything to do with how front offices value a team. The Dodgers can easily win the World Series this year, because ...
Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 19 comment(s)
The Stompers seem likely to invite them back next summer, and they may not be the only women on the team. “We’re going to continue to scout for women players,” Fightmaster said. “We held a mid-season tryout and had two girls register. So I think we’re going to have more women coming to us, saying, ‘Hey, y’know, I pitch in the men’s league in my town, and I shut these guys out every Sunday. I’ve got a knuckleball, I’ve got this, I’ve got that.’ To me, that’s the hope, ...
Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 144 comment(s)
woman in baseball
This was a little crazy.
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Curtis Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera extended his recent tear at the plate, hitting a two-run homer in his return to the lineup after missing one start due to a sore left knee. Rookie right-hander Seth Lugo (2-2) gave up two runs in the first inning but recovered nicely as the Mets won for the eighth time in 10 games.
By winning the first two games of the ...Read More...
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