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Friday, July 22, 2016
Last October, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Major League Baseball’s minor-league pay practices scored an important, albeit preliminary, victory when the court tentatively certified the case as a collective-action lawsuit. As I noted at the time, this meant that rather than have to file individual lawsuits for every player allegedly denied the minimum wage or overtime, current and former minor-league players could instead opt-in to the existing litigation and have their claims ...
Milwaukee Journal, July 22, 1916:
Hans Wagner, holder of diamond records galore during twenty-one years of big league ball, has added another mark to his string in the form of home run No. 106.
His total of 106 probably never will be equaled.
Certainly there’s no chance it could ever be equaled by anyone playing big league baseball in 1916, right?
It can happen any day now.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I get that it’s a complicated thing and there are a million factors I haven’t considered. But the way it is right now kind of stinks, and I can’t imagine it’s actually improving MLB’s on-field product even if it’s technically making it more fair.
Like sports talk radio, it starts more arguments than it solves.
Souhan thinks Pohlad is a bumpkin.
Hiring the next big thing is an exercise in research and perceptiveness, and it is difficult. When MacPhail left the Twins after the 1994 season to run the Cubs as one of baseball’s most respected bosses, he wanted to hire a general manager to work below him. On the flight to Chicago, he showed me a list of potential candidates that included Sabean, who has won three of the past five World Series with the Giants. Then he hired Ed Lynch.
On Monday, Pohlad did ...
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
The best way to answer the critics is to win.
The trade of Brad Ziegler incited some unexpected controversy when unnamed executives complained to a couple reporters that their teams offered a better package (or packages) for the reliever. And one exec even told Peter Gammons that he suspected that Tony La Russa only did that allegedly bad deal with the Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski because those two worked together with the White Sox three decades ago.
Seems like an unlikely reason to make ...
You don’t really have to catch them all.
Has the Pokemon Go craze found its way into the Chicago Cubs clubhouse? That was the question put to players this week, as their ability to travel the country and catch Pokemon make them prime candidates for the addicting and popular game.
“I’ve caught two so far,” pitcher Jason Hammel said. “The first one might be a gimme so they can hook you. I’m going to show it to my son, and he will love that.”
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 10:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, July 21, 1916:
The Cleveland Club has protested to [American League] President Johnson that the grass at Shibe Park should be cut. Manager Fohl claims that the grass is so long that the outfielders are in danger of tripping or turning an ankle. It is a fact that the grass is longer than any we have ever seen in a major league park, but Mack says it will not be cut until the Mackmen depart for the West. He argues that it would be impossible to cut the grass ...
Bregman sees time in left field.
Alex Bregman can hit. He can play shortstop. He can play third base. On Wednesday night, he added another line to his defensive resume and kept swinging the same bat that has Houston abuzz.
With rumors flying about an imminent promotion to the Major Leagues, the Astros’ top prospect made his first professional start in left field—where he contributed two putouts—and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored as Triple-A Fresno topped Round Rock, 8-5. ...Read More...
Free Joey Gallo!
The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disk in his neck.
Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.
The herniation is just above a previous injury that was surgically ...
Their season is over; why push him?
The Rays returned Cobb from his rehab assignment and essentially stopped the 30-day clock, thus, given a mandatory seven-day wait, postponing his next start until at least Monday. Cobb left his second rehab start July 11 after one inning, so he will go at least two full weeks between games. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today at the Trop, then possibly a live batting practice next.
“He’s had some fatigue issues in his arm, and that, along with ...
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Cubs added what they hope will be a key piece to the bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners for Minor League prospects Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn.
Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 27 comment(s)
Hanley had a huge day, including a homer after getting hit by a pitch. Pomeranz looked good for three innings, then got rocked.
“Every time I get hit, that fires me up,” said Ramirez, who, along with his teammates, were clad in the throwback Red Sox uniforms from 1975. “I think it makes me a better player when I get hit, because I get so angry. You know, sometimes Hanley’s just not Hanley. It’s somebody else.”
When asked if he said, “I’ll getcha back,” to Suarez after getting hit by a pitch in ...
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Cameron is annoying but I gotta give credit where due; he is so right, here:
Prospect fatigue is starting to rear its head with Gallo.
3. Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF, Rangers (7): He’s been up before, and we all know that power plays anywhere. The question, as always, is will he make enough contact to tap into it at the highest level. He’s still striking out, although not as much as he has in the past, and his walk rate is up. The fact he can play both infield corners and left field gives him added value.
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
I still wish teams could trade draft picks.
Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year’s final total of $249.38 million.
Spending initially declined when restraints were put in place ahead of the 2012 draft, but has gradually risen under the five-year labor contract with the players’ association.
Atlanta spent the most this year on amateur draft signing bonuses at nearly $15.6 million, ...
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 04:38 PM | 2 comment(s)
I’m not sure wearing this will make you a fashion maven.
The shirt is a tad expensive, costing buyers $29.99, but it’s worth the money. You’ll just have to wait a few months before receiving it because it won’t ship until September.
Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez will be officially activated prior to the game from the disabled list after the Mariners make a corresponding space-clearing roster move.
“I’m ready, man,” Hernandez said. “I was going crazy (in the early) weeks when I wasn’t with the team (on the road). It was the worst time of my career. But I’m good now. I’m ready to go.”
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
Alex Speier did a great job on this article. I wish Johnson well.
For now, for Johnson and the team, there is not a need to draw a line to a future destination.
Johnson is back to enjoying life both on and off the mound. And that is enough.
“The biggest thing for me is that it’s one day at a time. I’m not looking a month ahead. If I go out there and pitch well, awesome. If I don’t, it’s one game,” said Johnson. “I haven’t thought about [getting back to the big leagues] once, to ...
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
Minaya, who currently works for the players’ association, definitely deserves another shot. The Mets thrived and reached the World Series last year with many of the players he left in the system when he was fired in October 2010.
In his annual address to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America before this year’s All-Star Game, Commissioner Rob Manfred noted the “glaring” lack of Latino managers.
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
If we expect the unexpected, does the unexpected become expected?
Yes, the market for starting pitching is especially thin at a time when there aren’t that many overall difference-makers available. But Hoyer also pointed to the Red Sox flipping Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s in the Yoenis Cespedes deal at the 2014 deadline (an eye-opening experience outside of Boston that ultimately helped the Cubs sign the $155 million pitcher).
“That was like a total shock,” Hoyer said. “I think we ...
Reynaldo Lopez revealed both weaknesses (a very hittable fastball) and strengths (a very unhittable curveball and changeup) in his major league debut last night, enough to leave the Nationals plenty intrigued to see more of the 22-year-old.
“He’s young, this is the big leagues, and you’re facing big-league hitters,” manager Dusty Baker said after Lopez gave up six runs and 10 hits but struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings. “But he’s very bright. Just gotta tighten up a few things. I ...
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, July 20, 1916:
CHRISTY MATHEWSON TRADED TO CINCINNATI FOR HERZOG
[Reds President Gerry] Herrmann announced today that he had agreed with President Harry Hempstead and Manager McGraw of the New York Nationals, to trade Charles Herzog, manager of the Reds and Outfielder Wade Killifer to the Giants for Christy Mathewson, Outfielder Rousch and Infielder McKechnie.
[Mathewson] had expressed willingness to go to Cincinnati and had made arrangements sometime ago to move there. ...
I’m hoping pick him up in my keeper league.
The left-hander is still searching for his first victory at this level, something he knew he wasn’t getting when he stayed in the dugout of a 2-2 game in the seventh, but he did look more like the prized prospect the Reds believe him to be. His record still stands at 0-4, but his ERA dropped from 8.39 to a slightly less unsightly 6.75.
Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
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