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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Seen the Lights Go Out on Michael Broadway…
The Washington Nationals, in partnership with Live Nation, announced on Thursday in a press conference at Nats Park that Grammy-winner Billy Joel will perform at the stadium on July 26. After headlining the first ever concert at the venue in 2009, Joel is back for another summer stop.
The event was announced just 24 hours prior and featured Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, as well as D.C.’s deputy mayor Victor Hoskins. The Billy Joel part was ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:05 PM | 284 comment(s)
Tony La Russa
....t’s the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me…....
“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so ...
The Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a four-year contract with free-agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to multiple reports.
The 30-year-old Garza’s contract is worth $52 million, FoxSports.com reported on Thursday
Another pitcher signs for a $13 million average.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 02:34 PM | 64 comment(s)
Another one of Cuba’s best players has left the island, the latest in a wave of defections that isn’t expected to slow down.
Rusney Castillo, a 26-year-old center fielder who had been one of the top players in Cuba, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned.
Castillo has played five seasons for Ciego de Avila in Cuba’s top league, Serie Nacional, so he will be able to sign as a free agent exempt from the international signing bonus ...
Cherington, formerly the Sox’ director of player development, has plenty of experience in terms of both the reality of pitching prospects hitting on their ceilings and the impact of trading away young talent.
The Red Sox have had 22 instances of pitchers in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list since 2000. While the career arcs of the most recent pitchers who were thusly recognized (Casey Kelly in 2010; Anthony Ranaudo and Drake Britton in 2011; Matt Barnes, Allen Webster and ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sabermetrics and fighting cancer. Can there be a better cause to support? On top of that, if you act quickly (there are only four left), you can get a ticket to the event at a discount.
Help make the 2014 Saberseminar a Reality!
Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball, a weekend seminar for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund, puts you up close with some of baseball’s top coaches, statisticians, scouts, doctors, and scientists.
Following the success of our previous events, the 2013 ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
After playing 13 seasons with the Orioles, Brian Roberts will be in Yankee pinstripes in 2014. Today, in his first interview since joining the Yankees, he made some comments sure to draw the ire of some O’s fans.
On a YES Network interview, Roberts was asked about the Yankees’ sales pitch to get him.
“As you know, I don’t think they need a whole lot of sales pitch most of the time,” Roberts said. “When you have the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise and an organization that is ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 06:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
Lafayette [Louisiana] Advertiser, January 23, 1914:
Prof. McNaspy, director of athletics at the Institute [now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette] sends us the following letter which is self-explanatory:
Does Lafayette care to see the Cincinnati Reds in action this season? I have been corresponding with Manager Herzog of this team and they have offered to play the Institute team an exhibition game of baseball on the Institute campus Friday, Mar. 27th, for the sum of $200. The ...
Fox worthy, indeed.
Royals manager Ned Yost laughs when he says that he could be the punch line of a joke told by one of his best buddies, comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
It would go something like this: “When you name the deer you are hunting, you just might be a redneck.”
When Yost and Foxworthy hunt deer together in western Georgia, they are so familiar with the big bucks that roam their land, they do give them names.
“We don’t name them all,” Yost said. “Only the very special bucks ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Red Sox have signed Grady Sizemore, the former Cleveland Indians center fielder, who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2011.
According to a report by CBS Sports, the one-year deal was for $750,000 but is loaded with incentives up to $6 million.
Sizemore, 31, has battled a plethora of injury problems and has had several surgeries on his right knee and back. He had been in negotiations with the Cincinnati Reds as well.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 55 comment(s)
Brewers Hall of Fame radio voice Bob Uecker, who has a statue outside of Miller Park, soon will have one inside the stadium.
The Brewers announced Wednesday that Uecker will be honored with a statue in the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.
The statue will pay tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In the commercial, Uecker ended up in the last row. instead of the great seats he ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:09 PM | 20 comment(s)
Sabathia and his wife Amber attended a wedding over the weekend, and Amber shared a couple photos of a slim-looking CC. Sabathia also posted a photo on his Instagram last week of him hanging out with the cast of “Entourage.”
I still expect him to be the subject of BBTF fat jokes.
Bitter Calculus Instructor
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 03:15 PM | 26 comment(s)
Essentially, the Yankees just signed Tanaka to a four year, $108 million deal with a unilateral player option for 3 more years at $67 million.
Granted, the Yankees have locked up Tanaka’s “prime” by having the four guaranteed years be his age 25 through 28 seasons. However, the Yankees are paying $26 million per year for those four years, making it the second richest pitcher contract of all time, by average annual value (h/t River Ave: “Kershaw ($30.7M), Verlander ($25.7M), Felix ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 77 comment(s)
Even (scenes deleted) OSS Agent Michael Burke is intrigued!
And that brings us back to MacPhail and his buccaneering fellow travelers. Perhaps fearing the at-marathon-length bureaucratic run-up to bringing the Kaiser in to face justice, this crew decided to, as it were, “take back the streets” on their own time and without going up the chain of command. (I’ve read other accounts that cited unchecked group drunkenness as the scheme’s author and executor, which certainly sounds plausible ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 11 comment(s)
What a great deal for Tanaka. If he stinks he gets $155 million and if he lives up to expectations of many he gets an even bigger contract in four years.
Masahiro Tanaka has decided to sign with the New York Yankees, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Tanaka’s deal with the Yankees is worth $155 million over seven years and includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year, according to the source.
Tanaka’s agreement with the Yankees was earlier reported by Fox Sports.
Best revival? We shall see.
Lucas Duda is the Biff Loman of baseball with less defensive range, doomed to jobs he’s simply not capable of doing by the New York Mets, with unrealistic Biff dreams and a Willy Loman bank account.
Duda should be in his prime years as somebody’s perfectly capable first baseman or designated hitter. But the Mets have tried for years now to see him as more than that, something he isn’t (an outfielder), as Willy saw Biff: “I’ll see him in the morning; I’ll have a ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:18 AM | 38 comment(s)
The ten dogs begin to bark all over my neighborhood…
So it’s no surprise to hear the 86-year-old blast Alex Rodriguez and other PED users.
“I’m telling you I don’t like cheaters. They don’t belong in the game,” Lasorda told reporters Tuesday. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager was appearing at a New York fundraiser for the Baseball Assistance Team, which assists ex-players who have fallen on hard times.
...ON A-ROD: “I always had great admiration for him. I knew him even before he ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 141 comment(s)
Diamond Challenge Roto breaks out eraser.
It appears that the Indians third base job will be an open competition beginning next month in spring training. The man in the middle of that competition could very well be former catcher Carlos Santana.
Santana recently told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.com that if the regular season began tomorrow, he would expect to be the Tribe’s starting third baseman. Santana has been the team’s opening day catcher for the last three seasons.
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
Thick and zesty…It’s in there.
A fanboy should not be a sports columnist, a TV analyst and a website editor. A fanboy should remain a fanboy, root vacuously for his teams and leave the serious work to the trained journalists. Several years ago, ESPN turned a fanboy named Bill Simmons into a blogging cartoon character — the Sports Guy, he was called — who was cast as a role model for legions of other fanboys unqualified for professional sports media and used by the network to generate ...
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 423 comment(s)
Salt Lake Tribune, January 22, 1914:
[Tigers] President Navin received a letter today from Pitcher Edgar Willett, who yesterday jumped the Detroit team, to sign the [sic] St. Louis Federals, in which the erratic blonde hurler explained why he deserted. He resents the bonus clause which is annually put into his contract, the same stipulating that if he treads a straight line all summer he will receive $1500 more than otherwise.
The Tigers didn’t lose much. Willett went 6-20 with a 4.35 ERA (76 ...Read More...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I like Ike…but button up!
Ike Davis’ father thinks the Mets have mishandled his son by putting their wishes to trade him so out in the open.
Ron Davis, who pitched for 11 years in the majors, said Tuesday the Mets “screwed up” this offseason and should have gone about their business “quietly” if they wanted to trade Ike.
“They’ve publicly done so much it’s saying to my son, ‘Hey, we don’t want you anymore,’ ” Ron Davis said before a Baseball Alliance Team (B.A.T.) charity function Tuesday ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:38 PM | 16 comment(s)
What can you get that retiring commissioner who already has everything? An award named after himself, of course.
MLB announced on Tuesday, Jan. 21 that current commissioner Bud Selig will be the first recipient of the Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award, per SportsCenter:
No announcement yet on who will be given the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Excellence.
Ten years ago this season, Tike Redman was living the dream. He played center field and led off for Lloyd McClendon’s Pirates on Opening Day in 2004 at PNC Park, going 2-for-4 and doubling off Kevin Millwood to score Craig Wilson with the first run of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Phillies. It was the first of 155 games Redman played that year.
“It was my total dream,” Redman recalls. “I felt like I was really on top of the world then.”
Those are the kinds of stories that a Major ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:39 PM | 7 comment(s)
Abreu Not at the Wall: A Novella
The Phillies are bringing back an familiar face.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Bobby Abreu.
“We’re looking at all the left-handed bats still out there and he’s one of them,” Ruben Amaro told CSN’s Salisbury. “Bobby has had a nice winter season. We have decent reports on him.”
Abreu, 39 years old, was never a fan favorite in his time with the Phillies. In his nine seasons with the team, he hit .303 with 195 home ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 03:22 PM | 93 comment(s)
And the Steinbrenners have won.
Beginning on Opening Night, April 8, against the Los Angeles Angels, all fans passing through the gates of Safeco Field will be screened with metal detectors. This complies with Major League Baseball’s mandate that all teams implement a screening program by the start of the 2015 season.
The increased security measures are the result of MLB’s continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security designed to elevate and standardize security practices across ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 01:43 PM | 81 comment(s)
“When he comes up to bat, you can hit him and hit him hard,” one player on the conference call told Yahoo Sports. “That’s what I’d do.”
Anyone want an OBP machine?
Masaography at its finest.
Here’s what we officially know about the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes: Very little.
Five teams have reportedly submitted formal offers for the highly-coveted Japanese righthander. The Yankees and Dodgers are viewed as the front runners in that group with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and White Sox bringing up the rear (likely in that order).
Now let’s get into the tea leaf reading:
(1) Living near a large Japanese community is apparently important to Tanaka (or at ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 71 comment(s)
Warm. Touching. Warm.
Boston Red Sox pitchers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday during a tour to share the 2013 World Series trophy with baseball fans in the country.
“This is a great event,” Kennedy said at a reception at the Embassy’s residence. “Last fall’s victory would not have happened without these two players here tonight.”
Earlier in the day, the two pitchers presented Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a Red Sox jersey and ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 5 comment(s)
Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 21, 1914:
Remember seeing in the papers some few days ago that George Cowan was to join the Feds? Well, here’s the way the story got breezed about: George suffered the misfortune to lose his father-in-law, and while napping after an all-night vigil, was awakened by an energetic young man, who wanted to ask him whether he was not going to “jump” the the Feds. “Sure,” said George, anxious to get in a few more winks before being up for the day.
As a matter of ...
Yeah, and I’d like “40 Steps of Revenge” on DVD.
New Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos said he didn’t expect to be designated a regular just yet but he had a lofty goal if he received significant playing time this season.
“I’d like to be in the 40s,” said Bourjos, referring to his potential stolen-base total as he was interviewed at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up, which wrapped up Monday.
“It’s all about how you’re swinging the bat,” said Bourjos. “In the minor leagues, I ...
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 05:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
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