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Saturday, March 22, 2014
And my crusty old Sparton 842-SX radio works better than that new Serious Radio contraption!
What is clear, as evidenced by so many high profile pitchers today, from Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey, to Adam Wainwright, Tim Hudson, Jordan Zimmermann, Joe Nathan and Josh Johnson, all having undergone Tommy John elbow ligament transplant surgery over the last few years, something is very wrong. Now, we’re at a point where pitchers like Medlen, Beachy, Parker, Daniel Hudson, Joakim Soria, ...
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 04:58 PM | 113 comment(s)
But Heyman is more interested in using this isolated and frankly uninteresting little factoid as a springboard for, once again, rehashing all of the reasons A-Rod is to be loathed. The very headline of his article calls his legal bill “the latest in a series of bad acts.” And he spends paragraph after paragraph lambasting Rodriguez for all of his past misdeeds as if they were news and as if the legal fee thing was in keeping with them on a moral and ethical level. It’s the ultimate ...Read More...
We then find that spring productivity is statistically significant when predicting actual performance in the upcoming season, even after controlling for a player’s Marcel projection. However, while significant, the effect is extremely small: To raise his expected regular-season wOBA by just a single point, a typical player would need to hit for a wOBA roughly 17 points higher than expected during the spring.
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 2 comment(s)
Born Toulouse-Lautrec. (even Genzale weeps)
The Indians have released outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who’d been signed to a minor-league deal and brought into camp to compete for the final spot on the roster. Francoeur had put up decent numbers this spring (.286/.359/.429), and made a couple great throws from the outfield, but he was always a longshot to make the roster, given that there were so many other guys set for playing time in the outfield, or who provided the versatility to also play ...
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 33 comment(s)
Joe Bonham had better range.
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks are opening the 2014 regular season in Australia on Saturday, which means Mark Trumbo is playing his first game with his new team. Arizona acquired him in a trade with the Angels over the winter.
Because Paul Goldschmidt is entrenched at first base, Trumbo will play left field full-time for the D-Backs. He played there briefly a few years ago, only 75 games plus one more in the minors. His inexperience showed on Scott Van Slyke’s ...
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | 27 comment(s)
The French Kiss Connection.
Grosso has been a fan of the pinstripes since he was a kid growing up in Harlem, cheering for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio. In his upcoming memoir, Harlem to Hollywood: My Real to Reel Life, Grosso spins larger-than-life tales about his on-going love of the Yankees:
...Grosso, who became an award winning producer of TV series and movies after he retired from the NYPD, said that DiMaggio never disappointed him “on the field or as a human being.” In fact, Grosso ...
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM | 12 comment(s)
“There are two guys that (it’s) very sad they aren’t going to the Hall of Fame and that’s Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens,” Thomas said. “When I came into the game, those two guys were the standards as a hitter and a pitcher. You might not know what will happen 50 years from now, 30 years from now, but it doesn’t look good right now (for induction) and I know how great those two guys were.
“You can look at their history. We kind of know when it started for those two guys. For me ...
Posted: March 22, 2014 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, March 21, 2014
According to Kevin Towers, Didi is now a prepubescent Derek Jeter.
Last season, against left-handed pitching, Didi hit .200/.267/.245. Quite simply, terrible. Especially compared to his very respectable .275/.359/.429 against righties. It is when you look at his splits against starters versus relievers, though, when things get interesting. Against left-handed starters, the young shortstop hit .261/.354/.333. So, wait. He hit sixty-one points higher against left-handed starters than lefties as ...
Posted: March 21, 2014 at 09:57 PM | 12 comment(s)
4:00 AM- Dodgers (Kershaw) “at” Diamondbacks (Miley)
10 PM-Dodgers (Ryu) “at” Diamondbacks (Cahill)
Both games on MLB Network and also, I believe, the local RSNs.
(All times Eastern)
Major League Baseball ushered out a new partnership with dating site Match.com, and thus the MLB team pages had ads urging single baseball fans to search out each other for dates. For instance, Athletics.com had Match.com ads on each side of the page with attractive-looking people (none of them wearing baseball caps or anything). There was an ad that read, “Meet other singles Athletics fans.”
A strip across the top of the page said, “Take them out to the Athletics game,” a call to action that ...
Posted: March 21, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 16 comment(s)
Betemit is a couple of years past 30 now and missed almost all of last year with injuries, so, you know. . .it’s anybody’s guess whether he has anything left to give. But in 2010 Wilson Betemit, filling in as a place-holder third baseman for the Royals, hit .297 with 13 homers in 276 at bats, .889 OPS. The first half of 2011 Betemit hit .281, with disappointing power but a .750 OPS. They took his job away, and gave it to Mike Moustakas. Moustakas’ career OPS is 93 points lower than ...Read More...
Posted: March 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM | 22 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, March 21, 1914:
Larry Chappell, $18,000 outfielder of the Chicago White Sox, who is suffering from blood poisoning, is really in a serious condition, Manager Callahan said on Saturday, after a visit to the hospital, and may lose his leg.
Chappell broke in a new pair of shoes in the San Francisco exhibition series and rubbed the skin off his left foot.
If it wasn’t for awful luck, Chappell wouldn’t have had any luck at all. In his last minor league game in 1913, Chappell ruined ...Read More...
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Top 20 or bust!
For example, Baseball America’s No. 1 slot gets 46 WAR from 1995’s top prospect, Alex Rodriguez. But the top spot loses 1.9 WAR from Todd Van Poppel, one of the game’s all-time biggest busts. Among 18 players from 1990 to 2007, the average for Baseball America’s top spot was nearly 20 WAR.
Do this for all 100 slots, and you arrive at an average, early-career WAR total for each ranking. It’s not a perfectly smooth drop-off from each spot to the next — for instance, ...
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM | 57 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1914:
Connie Mack, leader of the Philadelphia Athletics, wants his son Earl [sic], who is managing Raleigh’s professional team and coaching the university nine to give up baseball and learn to play the violin as taught in the old world conservatories.
The elder baseball man believes baseball will ruin the fingers that will make another Kubelik. Earl Mack will study [in Raleigh] this season, however.
That, I think, was Connie politely telling his son that baseball ...Read More...
JACK McDOWELL: The Dodgers asked me to come to Arizona for Spring Training as a special instructor, travel around a few weeks during the summer, you know, five day-trips to high-A, AA and AAA affiliates, just to see what goes on, which I was on board with. Couple weeks later, the organization called up to let me know they had a managerial opening in rookie ball for the Ogden Raptors if I was interested. I ran it by the wife and joked “Remember when I said I was gonna be gone for two weeks? ...Read More...
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 154 comment(s)
A lot of good stuff in the article.
Quite a bit, apparently. Dave Allen and Kevin Tenenbaum compared three projections for minor-league players: one based on a “naïve” statistical model, one based on the more complex ZiPS projection system, and one informed by Kevin Goldstein’s five-star prospect tiers at Baseball Prospectus from 2007-2012. The scouting-centric model won head-to-head showdowns with both of the others.
That shouldn’t come as a shock: Scouts, after all, ...
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
Or how much can Russell Martin eat?
This spring the Pirates are experimenting with sports science technology. Prior to and during games this exhibition season, some Pirates are wearing Zephyr workload monitoring devices. Under select players’ jerseys is a tight-fitting, compression shirt, which has a black, circular, detachable electronic device — about the size of a quarter — attached near the center of the chest. The device collects data from a sensor that records players’ heartbeats and ...
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
Outfielder George Springer, the Astros’ top prospect, has yet to play an inning in the major leagues. He almost certainly will not make the team’s Opening Day roster.
Yet last September, the Astros offered him a seven-year, $23 million contract, according to major league sources.
Springer, 24, rejected the offer, sources said, declining to give up three years of arbitration and one year of free agency.
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:27 AM | 27 comment(s)
Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures to bones in his nose and left eye while taking a line drive to the face Wednesday night.
Chapman was carted off the field and transported by ambulance to a hospital and would be kept overnight for observation, the Reds said on their Twitter account.
The Reds said Chapman was originally taken to Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz., where tests indicated the facial fractures. He was then transferred to Banner Good ...
Posted: March 20, 2014 at 05:28 AM | 58 comment(s)
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