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Friday, September 11, 2015
Like any aspect of team building, it’s important not to just have a system in place. You need to strive to have the *BEST* system.
“It was clear that we had to do more,” said La Russa, the D-backs’ chief baseball officer. “There is a lot of helpful information, important information you can use, whether you’re talking about drafting players, professional players, decision-making, how you put together a roster.
“We’re getting very close. We’re not perfect yet. It will take some time. Typically, ...
Posted: September 11, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, September 10, 2015
GMs and making trades, two of my favorite topics.
“It’s changed a lot to now from then. Back then the contracts weren’t that big deal. Now you have to have a lot more information,” Dombrowski said. “I guess, looking back, the thing I learned was how each trade can be so different. With some it’s one phone call and done, and others can go on for months. There was no sure, 100 percent way to do it. You just had to be open-minded to every which way to go about. The one thing was that you always had ...
It usually doesn’t hurt to talk up a team’s prospects.
“When I hired Kevin, one of the things I asked him to do was think about what the right strategy should be for us given the fact that we were on a slightly longer time frame than other clubs,” Luhnow said. “Normally when you’re dealing players, I found this now being on the acquiring side, when you’re dealing players, the team wants players that are close to the major leagues back in return. Which is why we trade (Domingo) Santana ...
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
Drew Storen, the Nats’ closer until his demotion to setup guy when, in a midsummer deal, the club picked up the fabled ex-Red Sox, ex-Phillies Jonathan Papelbon, was the main perpetrator and victim of the above-cited Biblical largesse. He presented a red beard and an aura of near-clinical anxiety. Matt Williams, his manager, brought him back again last night, no doubt as a statement of trust, to face Cespedes, who hit the go-ahead (and winning, it turned out) two-run homer on Storen’s ...
And there was much rejoicing!
The Phillies have elected not to extend the contract of senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, the team announced on Thursday. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock was named interim GM, effective immediately.
The Phillies will immediately begin a search for Amaro’s replacement as general manager. The team has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at Citizens Bank Park to discuss Amaro’s departure. It can be seen live at MLB.com and phillies.com. ...Read More...
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 01:11 PM | 45 comment(s)
ruin tomorrow jr.
“I’ll put it to you this way,” former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons, now a Seattle Mariners special assistant, told USA TODAY Sports. “Molina could be the manager of the team. He could be the pitching coach. He could be the hitting coach. And he could catch the game.
“I’m convinced he could do all four of those things at the same time. His awareness is unparalleled to anybody in today’s game.
“And if you go strictly by defense,” says Simmons, a member of the Cardinals Hall of ...
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 10 comment(s)
Chicago Tribune, September 10, 1915:
Albert Goodwin [sic] Spalding, famous throughout the world as an old time baseball player and pioneer sporting goods manufacturer, died suddenly at 9:45 [last night] from apoplexy at his residence, Point Loma. He was 65 years old.
His longest connection with active baseball playing was with the Chicago club, which he joined in 1876. He was successively its manager, secretary, and president until 1881.
Spalding was an inaugural member of the Baseball Hall ...Read More...
A brutal, brutal series for the Nationals. There is no way Matt Williams survives this. Even Rizzo may be on the block.
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 75 comment(s)
Votto was irritated when a pitch which was clearly outside was called a strike. It was the second AB that a bad strike call put him into a 1-2 hole, instead of a 2-1 hitter’s count.
Votto was tossed by plate umpire Bill Welke while the Reds were trying to rally in the eighth. The 2010 NL MVP argued a called strike two and slammed down his batting helmet, hollering and gesturing as he went nose-to-nose with Welke.
The dispute quickly escalated and Reds teammates intervened to restrain Votto, ...
Posted: September 10, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 53 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
One of the nice things about having next to no media presence is that there’s next to no pressure to fire somebody just because.
A’s players have missed 949 games this season, up from 823 last season, and the number will approach 1,100 if none of the five players currently on the disabled list return to the field. The bullpen ERA is 4.51 (up from 2.91 in 2014) and home runs are down to 117 (for 156 a year ago with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss).
Beane and his chief deputy, David Forst, are ...
The Drive will close the regular season today with 12 players who were born in Spanish-speaking countries. Seven of them are 21 or younger. To help them break through their language barrier, the Drive collaborated with Furman professor Dr. Bobbi Siefert to offer English integration classes.
“These guys come from Venezuela or Cuba or the Dominican Republic, and the language is the toughest part of their transition,” Drive general manager Eric Jarinko said. “They’re able to talk with ...
ersey office supply company, has been charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly defrauding an investor of $3.5 million. He is accused of forging fraudulent agreements with 58 companies, which led the investor to purchase $3.1 million in office equipment. Conway is said to have pocketed much of the money.
Conway is alleged to have presented the investor with a letter from the Mets containing Wilpon’s forged signature. Based on the forged letter, the investor sent ...
I’ve been looking over the DRA figures at Baseball since they announced the stat. I like it but, from what I have learned in old research, there should be a factor differentiating between pitcher performance with nobody on and with runners on. Although the difference isn’t much from most pitchers, there are some who have a different profile. Of course, I may have missed the adjustment in their explanations.
Farewell Timmy, you had a good run and got that World Series ring.
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
SS Corey Seager • Dodgers
Triple-A Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast) • Double-A Tulsa (Texas)
The No. 1 prospect in the game at midseason, Seager stands above a crowded field of young shortstops with his combination of outstanding power (.194 isolated slugging) and strong contact skills (13.8 percent strikeouts). Only the Rockies’ Trevor Story, among minor league shortstops, hit more home runs than Seager (18), who was the youngest player to qualify for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League ...
And [Joe] Morgan - one of my favorite anecdotes of the book was in 1975, when the Reds were struggling early in the year. They had a losing record. And they were known for needling in the clubhouse. And the manager, Sparky Anderson, thought it might be excessive. And so he told him to cut back on it. No more needling, just take it easy with the young players on the team. And it wasn’t working, and they were losing. They weren’t having much fun. Morgan got hurt one day, went in, got treatment, ...
That’s some tough love.
Most of all, George Brett was scared of that phone call that was coming (it always came) just a few minutes after the ballgame ended.
“What the hell kind of pitch did you swing at?” the phone caller would yell.
“Were you even trying on that foul ball?” the phone caller would yell.
“That hit in the first inning was pure luck,” the phone caller would yell. “You should give it back.”
Sometimes, at the end of the phone call, Brett would tear the phone out ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 52 comment(s)
A number of people have complained about slow load times for pages at different times during the day. After spending some time monitoring the server a little more closely the last few days, I’ve narrowed down the cause to a few Mysql queries that have been locking some of the database’s biggest tables. When that happens the other queries pause and fall into the queue until the table lock is released.
I’ve already fixed some issues created within the forums by archiving the old Lounges. I need ...Read More...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 104 comment(s)
Fairmont West Virginian, September 9, 1915:
WAR AS THE BASEBALL FAN SEES IT.
Russia—A big fellow, but so slow he has to make a homer in order to get to first.
Belgium—The innocent spectator who was hit with a foul ball.
Turkey—A pitcher who looked easy, but who is making a lot of trouble.
As someone who’s obsessed with both baseball history and World War I, this list was a lot of fun.
Stroman is pitching with a brace on his knee. As Steve Phillips pointed out on MLB Radio yesterday, you have to wonder how the contraption will impact his delivery. Do the Blue Jays really need him this season?
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed here on Tuesday afternoon that the 24-year-old pitcher, out all season after having knee surgery in March, will make his 2015 debut in New York on Saturday against the Yankees.
Gibbons said that it will be just a spot start for Stroman. ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
He hits when it counts the most, or something like that.
Rizzo’s first-inning home run Tuesday was big in that it gave the Cubs a comfortable lead early. Mathematically speaking, it was the most valuable hit of the game. Based on historical win probabilities, it increased the Cubs’ chances of winning by 20 percent.
Those are the type of hits Rizzo has been getting this season. He leads the major leagues in the advanced stat Win Probability Added, which measures every plate appearance by a ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
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