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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Right-hander Mike Pelfrey started for Wichita State. The following year, he would be the Mets’ first-round pick, and ninth overall selection.
“That was one of the first places you could see the (velocity readings) on the scoreboard. Pelfrey was throwing 96-97,” Murphy said.
“Pedroia was a junior. Sure enough, Pelfrey warmed up before the game with some high numbers. One of the first pitches of the game, Pedroia hits a line drive off the center-field fence, just a bolt. He gets to second base, ...
Posted: April 16, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, April 15, 2016
The Texas Rangers and Adrian Beltre have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18 million per year, according to MLB.com.
Beltre, 37, was set to become a free agent at the end of this season, when the six-year contract he signed in January 2011 expires.
Beltre has long been a priority for Texas.
“We would like Adrian to finish his career as a Ranger,” general manager Jon Daniels said last year.
For the Phillies, Stumpf’s suspension will actually make it easier to keep him on the roster. Rule 5 players cannot be sent to the minors during their Rule 5 selection season. But they also must remain on the active roster for at least 90 days before they are free and clear of Rule 5 eligibility requirements. Because of Stumpf’s suspension, the Phillies don’t have to worry about carrying him on the active roster for the rest of the first half of the season. Now 32 of those 90 days on the ...
Jim Leyland is heading back into the dugout.
But this time, he won’t be wearing a major league uniform.
As first reported by Jon Morosi, the former Detroit Tigers manager will manage the U.S. team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
“I’m flattered,” Leyland said….
Leyland’s coaching staff will include former Tigers star and current Tigers special assistant Alan Trammell, former Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones, Toledo Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon, Marcel Lachemann and Willie ...
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: off-topic Sam Hinkie threads.
Posted: April 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM | 2486 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 15, 1916:
The Ohio Penitentiary Baseball league opened its 1916 season in the prison grounds [in Columbus] today. No. 1 team played No. 2. The members of both squads, though they frequently expressed the belief that it would put them in better form, were deprived of the customary southern training trip. Warden Thomas said today, however, that both teams are fast. The convict players have new uniforms—baseball uniforms, that is—and equipment, this year.
It’s a good league, ...Read More...
Did the Red Sox research him at all before signing him?
“I care about him greatly,” said Banning, who lost touch with Sandoval after the 2011-12 offseason. “But it’s a tough love. He needs to be smart enough to say there’s a problem. It’s like the alcoholic that won’t admit he’s an alcoholic: well, you can’t address that you’re an alcoholic if you don’t ever admit there’s a problem. He’s got to address that.
“He’s proven to me and shown consistently that he’s got ...
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Barnegat High School senior left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, the No. 1 overall prospect for June’s Major League Baseball draft, has been ruled ineligible by the state’s governing body for high school athletics for violating the state’s transfer rule, NJ Advance Media has learned.
Barnegat must forfeit victories in which Groome played this season and his statistics over the past two weeks will be erased, including the 19 strikeouts he racked up during a no-hitter he threw against ...
Sling adds Fox networks, including regional Fox Sports networks, to their service offerings. They are part of a new “beta multi-stream” service that appears to be available separately from their base plan for $20 per month. Probably the cheapest way to (legally) get in-market baseball?
Hat tip to RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) from today’s Omnichatter.
This should be interesting.
We are excited to announce that baseball great Barry Bonds will be a featured speaker at the SABR 46 convention this summer in Miami.
SABR 46 will be held July 27-31, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Discounted early registration rates are available now at SABR.org/convention. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Posted: April 14, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
Allen was very charming, but he was a manipulator. He had a genius for dividing people, and for picking petty quarrels in which the other person was always the bad guy. Exactly one-half of his teammates loved him. He was an alcoholic, and alcoholics are the greatest manipulators in the world; that’s why they make great managers. Starting nine. . .well, Allen, Hornsby, Albert Belle, Joe Medwick. Carl Mays. Probably shouldn’t spend too much time with it; we all have our demons. I ...
The Red Sox don’t have many options. Right now, Shaw is a better player than Sandoval was before he went off the rails. So, even if Sandoval finds workout religion, how does the team find playing time to rebuild his value enough to get another team to take on even a small portion of his contract?
Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 76 comment(s)
He was probably offended by their new uniforms.
D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.
Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
What kind of hitter will Joey Gallo be? Following his track record of second year adjustments at each level, we might have to wait until 2008 to find out.
Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
The number of tools to help players today really is amazing
While wary of oversimplifying what can be an extremely complex process, Tewksbary stresses three elements: Swing plane, depth of swing, and path of swing. A batter’s goal: A launch angle of 10 to 15 degrees, which he believes is ideal for making hard contact and elevating the ball.
With the advent of Statcast, major leaguers are able to easily track exit velocity and launch angle, providing immediate validation.
Some of ...
Hugh Fullerton via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 14, 1916:
“Center Fieldin’ Ain’t No Puddin’” is the title of a song Artie Hoffman used to sing. Neither is umpiring any pastry, but they are the whole dessert compared with managing a ball club. I used to feel sorry for the mother of nine growing boys or a teacher in a parential school until I found out what a baseball manager is up against.
I was flabbergasted to learn that “Center Fieldin’ Ain’t No Puddin’” is an actual song. (Or at least a ...Read More...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I don’t have a problem with extending the netting further away from home plate. Extending it all the way to the foul poles seems a little excessive.
Consequently, even if the plaintiffs were to prevail against the five remaining defendant-teams, the most they could hope to obtain would be a court order requiring MLB’s five California franchises to extend protective netting from foul-pole-to-foul-pole in each of their stadiums. Thus, Friday’s ruling dashes the Payne plaintiffs’ hopes of ...
Posted: April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
Reports in Washington, D.C. are saying Atlanta Braves left fielder Hector Olivera has been arrested after being involved in a domestic dispute.
ABC7 reported the female victim had bruises and was transported to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.
Olivera was at a Ritz Carlton and was taken into custody.
Scully still does his research. Typically he doesn’t repeat information or stories about a player during a game. He has something new to say each AB. Contrast that with a lot of other announcers. Nothing grates on me more than hearing an announcer make the same comment on a player multiple times in a game. Take a spring game for example. I was watching the Dodgers. Each time Cody Bellinger made a play or came to bat the announcer repeated that his father was former Yankee Clay Bellinger. What ...Read More...
Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:48 AM | 20 comment(s)
Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball? Celebration room with strobe lights and disco ball.
The Cubs dug deep — 40 feet or thereabouts — for their new underground digs at Wrigley Field.
They wouldn’t reveal, however, how deep Chairman Tom Ricketts dug into the club’s pockets to fund the team’s new 30,000-square-foot clubhouse project that features a Las Vegas-like players lounge, hyperbaric chambers, a 3,800-square-foot training room, new weight room and rehab facilities. ...Read More...
Posted: April 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
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