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This would never happen with a new stadium!
Unhappy over the conditions of the Turner Field infield, Atlanta Braves players are considering contacting the players’ union to see if they can pressure their own club to make improvements, a source within the organization told ESPN on Thursday.
The source speculated that with the Braves leaving Turner Field for a new stadium after this season, the playing surface is not being treated with the same meticulous care as in the past and that the ...
Yes, what we need is more replay. How about we cut the game time down to one hour so we can have two hours of replay and still get the game in under three hours?
Francoeur said he’d like to see managers get two challenges per game. “That’s why I get frustrated — it doesn’t make sense that there’s only one challenge,” he said. “That’s such a huge call in the game.”
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:53 PM | 36 comment(s)
An early look at two top pitch framers.
Listen I’m lucky I’ve been so blessed in my life to be able to experience and do the things I’ve done and if that job meant I had to continue doing it to put a roof over the head of my family and food on my table, I’m probably acting a little differently than I did.
Weren’t we supposed to feel sorry for him because he lost all of his money on his gaming business?
That might be harsh — I’m sure Schilling has friends in and around the game — but it has never been hard to find people annoyed or infuriated by Schilling. Well, he’s a loudmouth. That’s something he readily admits. He says insensitive, uninformed stuff all the time, and it splits people — many are offended, others race to his defense. Sometimes he apologizes. Sometimes he doesn’t. This time — after posting clueless and nasty anti-transgender stuff on his Facebook page — ...
The Washington Post reprinted in the Pittsburgh Press, April 22, 1916:
When all other remedies fail try baseball. It is the saving grace of the nation. When the perspective of the public is a little awry the baseball season invariably acts as a restorer.
Just now, when the whole world is in an upheaval, when the voices of many men clamor for different courses of conduct on the part of the United States, and when the nation is on edge, it is fortunate that the season of the national sport is at ...
How much trade value does Profar have at this point?
Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the ...
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
What, no points for getting their uniforms dirty?
The Pirates keep track of productive team plate appearances, a set of criteria that result in a positive outcome.
Players can earn one in eight different ways: a hit, a walk, an eight-pitch plate appearance, a hit-by-pitch, a sacrifice bunt, moving a runner from second to third, driving in a runner from third and the rare catcher’s interference.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?
Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an ...
Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
Blue Jays fans and fantasy aficionados can take comfort in the knowledge that Donaldson has no plans to jog out a groundball or mail in an at-bat any time soon. With the exception of punching slabs of meat, he has done everything in his power to prepare himself for the seasonal grind.
“They call this sport Groundhog Day every day, but it’s only gonna be Groundhog Day if you have that perception,” Donaldson says. “I feel very fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I don’t want somebody to ever ...
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Boones are baseball’s first family?
But in a new book titled, “Home Game: Big League Stories from My Life in Baseball’s First Family,” set to go on sale May 10, Boone reveals that it was more than a simple matter of aging that caused him to fall so fast. Instead, he writes, he was a “substance abuser” whose alcohol problem grew worse during that period.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 21 comment(s)
The Yankees still have a stellar bullpen. To expect them to have a perfect bullpen expects too much.
“We’re going to get better, and it should start [Friday]” said Alex Rodriguez, who looked better at the plate, and Brett Gardner said, “I’d rather lose 9-of-14 in April than September.”
Both veterans probably are right. Without a stellar bullpen, though? This plan has no chance.
Posted: April 22, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.
As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.
The virus, which can be transmitted via mosquitos, has not been transmitted in that fashion in the continental U.S., but there have been nearly 450 confirmed Zika cases contracted in Puerto Rico. The continental U.S. cases — over 350 of them — have all been tied to people traveling to places where there are outbreaks, such as Puerto Rico.
MLB and the union are talking with the players and are looking at Centers for Disease Control guidelines about how to ensure player safety and the ...
Where the Roe decision has to do with 50s Brooklyn baseball!
I see a case called “Fleer Corp. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc.” and one called “Selig v. United States” and another called “State of Illinois v. Cicotte.”
I see a picture of George Brett going apewire in 1983, one of Ted Turner mockingly letting “umpires know he plans to keep his mouth shut during the upcoming game,” and a color version of the photo below, from the Congressional hearings on steroids in 2005. That’s ...
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
One of the most interesting new hitters in baseball.
White seemed to know more power would be necessary for sustained big-league success. The strikeout rate has spiked alongside the power, perhaps indicating a swing change. He’s the only player in baseball to have recorded at least five balls in play with a launch angle between 25-30 degrees and an exit velocity above 95 mph — the conditions most conducive to hitting home runs. He’s displayed a major league power hitter’s swing plane. ...
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
In all our field work, three concepts were paramount: 1) Get into proper viewing position so you’re not “looking up the ass end of a play,” and then come to a stop before the play happens. You can’t see what’s going on when your angle is changing and your head is bouncing. 2) Take your time before making any ruling. Like Hickox said: Take a slow breath and get it straight in your head before you commit to a self-assured STRIKE ONE or SAFE or HE’S OUT. As the instructors reminded us: ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1916:
Some of the bugs persist in calling Hal Chase “Haul.” It is pronounced to rhyme with “pal” and “shall”. Real name Harold, but the r, the o and the d are silent, like the “x” in “mule.”
Frank McKendry’s throw to first continues to cause hilarity. Mr. McKendry, of the Reds, is persevering, however, and figures that if he throws the ball on Thursday he may catch some runner left over from the previous Monday.
Must have looked something like Jon Lester’s throw ...Read More...
Now, teams don’t even need to do the work of creating or maintaining an information bank. Every time a team source leaks a contract offer to a reporter, who then posts it to Twitter or a rumors blog, another piece of that same kind of information bank is gained by anybody with access to the internet. When injury information is added to the equation, it only creates a more sensitive situation for the player, particularly when the medical information is disputed as it was with Balfour, ...
There will always be substances which are ahead of the testing.
“If you want to cheat, there is a window to do it. Guys are finding ways around the system. It’s pretty evident, pretty well-known that the people who are making these illegal substances are ahead of the testers.”
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman made history on Wednesday night, and it had nothing to do with his work on the mound. Graveman is the first starting pitcher to bat cleanup in a game since a fellow named Babe Ruth on June 1, 1920 with the Yankees. Though it’s not what you might think.
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