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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Pregame ballpark session/tour: SABR 46 attendees will have a special opportunity to visit Marlins Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Miami Marlins executives and players, including Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez, and ESPN’s Eduardo Perez. Before the Marlins 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 29, a special SABR 46 panel discussion will take place at Marlins Park followed by a ballpark tour for convention attendees.
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Posted: June 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 11 comment(s)
“I think if you felt you can get a jolt from anyone, you would ask for it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Cash would do something about it. I know [Judge] is swinging the bat well. I know who is swinging the bat well all the time, but that is not my call. We need something. We need to start playing better.”
Posted: June 29, 2016 at 11:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.
“We were down to almost nothing,” manager Joe Maddon said after using 22 of the 25 players on his roster. “Travis, my God, what an athlete. ... Travis made everything possible. He may have ...
The 18th edition of the Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park in San Diego (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on MLB Network). Rosters for the prospect-filled game were announced on Tuesday, and as has become the tradition of the game, it is jam-packed with talent that will soon be filling big league rosters.
Posted: June 29, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
My focus is going to be on grounders in particular, because I want to show you the kind of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed on grounders, according to Baseball-Reference. At that point, of course, the Cubs led baseball in lots of stuff. Anyway, since then, the season sample size has doubled. Here’s the new big-league landscape.
Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 9 comment(s)
Washington Times, June 29, 1916:
[Cleveland manager] Lee Fohl makes a bid for popularity when he numbers his players, but what’s the use?
In these latter days of baseball in the major leagues, every park is well equipped with score boards and official announcers. There is no need of numbering players in such an open game as baseball.
Let correct score boards be given away at all major league parks, and have some brains spent in the management of the scoreboard, that’s all that is necessary ...
After dropping the series opener to Arizona on Monday night, Coastal Carolina bounced back with a 5-4 win Tuesday to force a Game 3 rubber match in the 2016 College World Series. The Chanticleers’ tournament run thus continues for one final game against a Wildcats club that had given up just six runs in Omaha before Game 2…
Never mind that the Chants were the 2016 Big South regular season and conference tournament champions. They beat last year’s CWS champs Virginia, 5-4, back in February. ...
It starts with a man walking to a park to watch a baseball game. He doesn’t know why, other than the park is near his house. He has no connection to anyone on either team. He’s there for the most basic of reasons: It’s something to do.
He figures this is where he belongs. He coaches a team that plays in this park, Peterson Park in Lakeland, Florida, and he feels fullest when he’s on a ballfield. And so here he is, sitting in the clamped air of a central Florida summer watching what he ...
spanx for the memories
Posted: June 29, 2016 at 01:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane’s A’s). And it’s well-earned; when the going gets tough, A’s players get going.
He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out.
Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to ...
If Marcell Ozuna’s breakout season seems like an out-of-nowhere fluke, think again: This wasn’t terribly difficult to see coming. We told you about it in these pages right here, last November, shortly after we’d named Ozuna as one of the inaugural Statcast™ “five-tool players.”
Okay, we’ll grant that maybe this level of dominance is a bit more than we could have expected. By FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement, Ozuna is tied with Nolan Arenado (and, really, also Corey Seager and Kris Bryant, ...
Aside from older Cuban players who have come over, Maitan, a 16-year-old switch-hitting shortstop, is the best international prospect for July 2 since Miguel Sano signed with the Twins for $3.15 million in 2009. Scouts considered both players potential impact, middle-of-the-order bats, though staying at shortstop was never a realistic option for Sano. With Maitan, he might be able to stay there, which is why you can argue he might be an even better prospect.
It takes a lot longer than that to ...
Colabello claims, “I can give you a thousand different theories [on how the metabolite showed up on the test]. My mind has literally gone to every possible corner that you can imagine. It’s gone to my mom’s breast cancer medicine. It’s gone to my dog’s medication.”
Unfortunately for Colabello, the damage is already done. His theories and words aren’t sufficient enough to clear his name or drop the 80-game suspension he’s currently serving without pay. He’ll have to step back onto the field ...
Dykstra won’t be invited to Davey Johnson Day.
While Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was pitching to Cheslor Cuthbert, a bird flew near home plate at Kauffman Stadium.
Not only did the bird narrowly miss the ball, but also the bat as Cuthbert swung.
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
Such a wonderful game. Saturday, MLB Network presented consecutive “Look-Ins” to games in progress.
The first showed Ichiro Suzuki, 42, working a walk, stealing second, going to third on a single to short left, and scoring on a sac fly. Fabulous.
Next was Daniel Murphy hitting one deep to right. The ball hit the top of the wall and rolled toward the infield. Running all the way, Murphy easily made third, whereas “the game has changed” posers and joggers would’ve been at second, if ...
Washington Times, June 28, 1916:
A double-header yesterday afternoon, in which the Browns and Tigers split even, was featured by a small riot.
The riot occurred during the first game and the battle was delayed several minutes before the police could restore order. The trouble started when Cobb took exception to the remarks of a fan occupying a box over the Tiger bench. Angered by the spectator’s remarks against him, the Georgia peach went to the box, grabbed hold of the railing and attempted ...
Although I now play Dynasty League Baseball, I spent hours upon hours playing Strat-O-Matic through the years.
Yesterday’s performance was brutal.
This is crazy. I’m shocked they didn’t call the game.
Good news: I have discovered something that is worse than a two-out pitching change in the ninth inning.
A rain delay in the ninth inning.
Wait, there’s more: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay.
What’s that? Still more? Yes: A three-hour ninth-inning rain delay in a game that saw its first pitch delayed by 21 minutes because of the threat of rain even though rain wasn’t falling.
That’s the ticket. At least I’ll have a story ...
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
I know what I will be watching tonight.
Right-hander Lucas Giolito, the No. 1 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut in the 7:05 p.m. ET game at Nationals Park against the Mets and right-hander Matt Harvey. He was called up from Double-A Harrisburg, where he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts.
Posted: June 28, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
This is a must read.
Dykstra earned roughly $36.5 million during his major league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
But it never was enough. Ask him to pinpoint a moment or two (or three) when things began to spin out of control on him, and he says it wasn’t really one moment.
Then, he pauses. Long. Several seconds pass.
“Money became, like, the driving force of my life, you know?” he says slowly. “Even though I had a ton of it, I wanted more. Money’s important; we all need money ...
Monday, June 27, 2016
We’re not selling band t-shirts here.
Oh, Billy Beane could still have his usual deadline fun, moving left-hander Rich Hill (if healthy), third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever John Axford, perhaps even closer Ryan Madson if some team will overpay, maybe a few others.
But it’s time for the Athletics to commit to a direction, going all-in with their veterans who matter most, and allowing that group to serve as a foundation while the team’s next wave of prospects emerges.
The A’s live in ...
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