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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
WASHINGTON—Mathematicians will say the Washington Nationals can’t clinch the NL East until next week. Practicality says they essentially wrapped it up Tuesday night when they sent nine hitters to the plate against Ervin Santana in the first inning of another win over the Atlanta Braves.
The Nationals beat their division nemesis for the second time in two nights, winning 6-4 to push their lead to nine games with 19 to play. Atlanta had been a thorn in Washington’s plans for about a year ...
The Dodgers jumped all over the Padres early in Monday night’s game (GameTracker), but Los Angeles gave two runs back in the sixth inning thanks to a trio of throwing errors. On one play.
Even the final throw back to home - though not an error technically - was screwed up. Quite a display. The Dodgers still won despite all this nonsense.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a familiar name, and the body/swing combination in the video below are pretty familiar as well. Check it out, keeping in mind that he’s only 15 years old—and if you want to zero in on just one swing to save time, I recommend jumping to the 1:25 mark:
Man, I hope he’s got the goods. Who was more fun to have around than Vlad Guerrero?
Milwaukee Sentinel, September 9, 1914:
Only partly dressed, Ad Brennan, Chicago Federal pitcher, jumped from a moving train that was about to carry him through Buffalo on Tuesday. The porter forgot to call Brennan. He carried the remainder of his clothes in his flying leap from the train and used a convenient bush as a dressing room.
Man. Most people would perform feats of daring to leave Buffalo.
Anyway, the joke was on Brennan. He didn’t even pitch in that series.
Monday, September 08, 2014
Major League Baseball and the Players Association are nearing an agreement designed to “clarify” confusion over the new home plate collision rules, sources told ESPN on Monday, with an announcement possible as soon as Tuesday. [...]
Primarily, the clarification of Rule 7:13 would remind umpires that while the intent of the rule was to protect catchers from violent collisions at the plate, the wording was not intended to be interpreted so strictly that it would allow runners to be called safe ...
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
Leake, another face of Neolution.
“I’m like Bronson Aroryo always was,” he said. “I don’t really worry about the wins and losses. I’m more impressed with longetivity numbers than the immediate numbers.”
In his five years with the Reds, after coming directly from college to the Reds rotation, he is 52-30. More importantly to him, he pitched 192 innings last season and didn’t miss a starter.
“Making every start and throwing 200 innings is what I’d rather do every year than go out and win 15 or ...
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 05:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
Major League Baseball on Monday revealed the 2015 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball opener on April 5 (teams TBD) and then, by the following day, if there are no postponements, all 30 teams will have participated in traditional Opening Day games.
Cincinnati, which will host its first All-Star Game since 1988 and its record fifth overall, naturally will be one of those 15 host ballparks on that first Monday of action, when the Reds will face the ...
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 02:45 PM | 19 comment(s)
Sabermetrically inclined general manager or entry-level student, what’s the difference?
La Russa intimated that the scouting department would get stronger if Towers were to remain and oversee it.
La Russa believes analytics and metrics can play an important role “before the game, but not during the game,” and sees it as an area the club can “beef up.” He said that might come in the form of a more sabermetrically inclined general manager. But it might not.
“It could be something that’s just ...
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 30 comment(s)
“What Derek Jeter is doing is fine because he’s Derek Jeter. What Mariano did is fine because it’s Mariano,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m going to go through all that. I’m not going to wake up and be like, ‘I’m going to play this year and then not anymore.’ To me, it’s going to be how things go through the season and how I feel, and then I’m going to be like, ‘Mama, it’s over.’ I’m going to let her know.”
“The game is getting crazy. It’s getting tougher for a guy like myself. When you get ...
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 08:56 AM | 60 comment(s)
For committing the unpardonable sins of hunting deer and spurning St. Jeter—obviously, the only thing worse would be to hunt The Captain while he’s on his 10-day holiday in Tuscany—we have a new History’s Greatest Monster:
Andy Pettitte was the one notable absence Sunday at Yankee Stadium for Derek Jeter Day. Jeter’s former teammate was busy elk hunting in Colorado with family, his son Josh tweeted.
Josh Pettitte tweeted a photo of him and his father, each in a hunting outfit.
Rock Island Argus, September 8, 1914:
The relative positions of the Boston and New York National league teams underwent no change as a result of yesterday’s games at Fenway park. Boston won in the morning, 5 to 4, and New York in the afternoon, 10 to 1. The largest crowds ever recorded in Boston at two baseball games in a single day attended.
After Snodgrass was hit by a pitched ball during the sixth inning of the afternoon contest the crowd “jeered” when he went to center field. His ...
Do not consider the following a declaration of war on WAR as much as an invitation for its greatest adherents in the sabermetric community to practice what they preached to the mainstream media during baseball’s analytical revolution: Please do better.
During our Twitter back-and-forth, Cameron asked for a solution. The clear one seems to be wait for better data until weighing fielding numbers equally with batting ones, but WAR doesn’t exist that way, and it’s not going away. ...
Robert in Manhattan Beach
Posted: September 08, 2014 at 04:21 AM | 342 comment(s)
Among pitchers with at least 30 plate appearances this season, Cole has the third-highest OPS at .569. He trails Travis Wood (.739) and Madison Bumgarner (.726).
Got right into the home run trot. Well done.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
MIAMI — Freddie Freeman had a hit in each of his last five games against the Marlins, but the Braves All-Star first baseman still finished with an almost unfathomable .135 average (10-for-74) against them this season….
He has hit a combined .314 with 57 extra-base hits (16 homers) and 64 RBIs in 124 games against everyone else….
Probably not of interest to anyone who isn’t a Braves or Marlins fan, but falls under that always interesting category of “Curious Baseball Stats.”
Jeter received numerous gifts from the Yankees, including a massage machine — since he’s old and retiring, get it? — a commemorative crystal, a trip to Italy and a donation of $222,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.
First 20,000 Women (18 and over) received a gift basket including an autographed ball. :)
Posted: September 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM | 43 comment(s)
Saturday, September 06, 2014
With a first-inning double in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, his 48th of the season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy broke the doubles record for catchers, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter. Ivan Rodriguez held the record previously, doubling 47 times in 1996 though two of those doubles were hit as a DH. 41 of Lucroy’s 48 doubles have been hit when he has been in the lineup as a catcher (six at first base, one at DH)...
he entered the night with a .299/.366/.476 slash line along ...
The man who persuaded Americans to buy millions of Hurricane Mops, Slice-O-Matics, Pocket Hoses and other household gadgets advertised in infomercials thinks he can do something other New Jersey entrepreneurs have failed to do - sell tickets to baseball games at Newark’s Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.
Brandon Steiner’s mind was churning as he watched the groundskeepers carrying their rakes off the Yankee Stadium infield.
“I can sell those,” he said. “I can put a plaque on them and have Derek sign them.”
What Yankees fan, he asked, wouldn’t want to gather fallen leaves or clear a garden with the rakes that once smoothed the dirt on which Derek Jeter roamed?...
“Pre-Steiner, we had two sets of bases for the season, and we’d repaint them and put them back on the field,” ...Read More...
Free agent this offseason, which will be interesting.
Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a broken pinkie finger sliding back into first base when Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez made a snap throw to first base in the third inning of tonight’s game at Fenway Park… Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that Cabrera will undergo season-ending surgery to fix the broken finger. It’s a big loss for the Blue Jays, who are still within striking distance for either of the two ...Read More...
Friday, September 05, 2014
“Danny Baseball”? Nah, never mind.
as [Indians manager Terry] Francona., his coaches and special aides de camp like Jason Giambi have built a unique culture, so, too, they have put together what looking forward is arguably the biggest power rotation in the American League. When Danny Salazar shut out the Tigers Wednesday night, averaging more than 96.7, hitting 99.4, running his scoreless streak to 17 innings, it culminated a 22 game skein in which the Cleveland starters threw 131 1/3 innings, ...
Man, we’re trying to get it legalized, don’t be a dummy!
Padres infielder Everth Cabrera was arrested Wednesday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana. TMZ reports...
Cabrera has spent a lot of time on the disabled list this season, playing in only 90 games and posting a line of .232/.272/.300.
Bogar’s name often comes up for other jobs, so he might be more than interim.
Best of luck to Ron.
Ron Washington issued the following statement regarding his resignation today as manager of the Texas Rangers:
“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love – managing the Rangers – in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter. As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family…
Bench coach Tim ...
It shouldn’t have been a surprise that Rickey Henderson, baseball’s most prolific base stealer, stole the show at his 2009 Hall of Fame induction, but the way he did it was… there was a conspicuous lack of crazy. The anecdotes he told were eloquent and funny. The gratitude he expressed was heartfelt and gracious…
how did he pull it off? I found the unlikely answer in a San Jose Mercury News article one month after the ceremony: Leading up to his induction, Rickey had enrolled ...
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