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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Baseball doesn’t need to come back to the Olympics. No one missed it and the only people initially mad about its removal seemed reflexively so, as if stung by the initial insult before realizing the insignificance of such a move. There was no uproar when it was taken out. Wrestling, the ultimate niche sport, practically revolted when it initially was removed from the Olympic program and fought hard to maintain its status. Baseball and softball left with a few sad quotes from players and ...
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 01:35 PM | 23 comment(s)
What in the name of Ty Cobb was I doing there, you ask? Good question. I was there to humbly accept the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually to someone who’s covered baseball for a long time. But let’s get this straight: The lucky baseball scribe who accepts the award is not “inducted” or “enshrined.” The writer is not a Hall of Famer. That title is reserved for players, managers, and the occasional owner or general manager who has had a seismic impact on the game…
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Bring back the doubleheader.
Options include shortening the 162-game schedule, which takes place across 183 days, but that step will create pushback from owners who lose home gates and the amount of product they can exhibit when negotiating new TV contracts.
“There are ways to produce more off days in the schedule,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at a meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America at the All-Star Game. “Some of those have very significant economic ...
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM | 35 comment(s)
101.1 MPH. You don’t see this every day.
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Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 26, 1916:
A fight between Johnny Evers of the [Braves] and Rolla [sic] Zeider of the Chicago team enlivened the game [in Boston yesterday], which Chicago won, 3 to 2, in 11 innings. This was the first home game for Evers since suspended by President Tener. After an argument with Zeider, Evers hit him and punched him with a bat.
According to Dennis Snelling’s book Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, Evers argued with the umpire after a called third strike, Zeider ...Read More...
What happens when your dream comes true but turns into a nightmare?
You can hear about Manfred in a series of podcasts at the link.
Manfred’s entry to the sport, as he describes it, was a fluke. After doing well on a pension case — “one of the driest areas of law that you can imagine,” Manfred said — he got rewarded with a more compelling baseball assignment, and eventually joined the league as EVP for labor relations and HR in 1998.
Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
Keith Law makes the case for banning players who are involved in domestic violence incidents.
Of course, I’m on record as opposing any team’s decision to acquire and pay a player with a domestic violence incident in his past, especially his recent past. I criticized the Yankees for trading for Chapman in December and expressed my disappointment in the Mets for picking up Jose Reyes and minimizing what he did in describing his own domestic violence incident.
What a day for the Padres. Not matter what they get for him, just getting rid of that contract is a wonderful accomplishment.
According to MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal, Toronto has agreed to acquire Upton from the Padres for a Class A prospect and the deal could be finalized today. Neither club has commented on or confirmed the deal.
Upton is earning $15.45 million this season and has one more year at $16.45 million remaining on his deal. The Padres likely would have to cover some of ...
Monday, July 25, 2016
Say it ain’t you, Yoo. Say it ain’t Yoo.
South Korean police say they have investigated a baseball player who confessed to his team about match-fixing.
The investigation of Yoo Chang-sik, a left-handed pitcher for the Kia Tigers, came four days after prosecutors indicted two other players on match-fixing allegations.
According to police, Yoo told investigators Monday that he deliberately allowed walks in the first innings during two games in 2014 when he was playing for the Hanwha Eagles. ...
Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker remain three of the most controversial candidates for the Hall. All three have their camps of support, but none of them can be elected by the baseball writers, for separate reasons.
Torres would be a good get, although there is a question whether he’ll outgrow shortstop.
Milwaukee Journal, July 25, 1916:
The assault on Umpire George Johnston at the [Toledo] baseball park Sunday will result in the elimination of pop bottles, according to Manager Bresnahan. A paper substitute will be used.
Johnson was knocked unconscious by one of fifty or more bottles thrown from the stands when the spectators were dissatisfied with a decision which meant defeat for the home club.
The arbiter left the hospital yesterday with several stitches in the back of his head where the ...
When will baseball ban scissors from locker room? Haven’t uniforms suffered enough? Of course, had the White Sox only used breathable cotton, this tragedy could have been averted.
Sale’s crazy plan to get out of wearing the throwbacks reminded some of the “Seinfeld” episode in which George Costanza tied the Yankees’ World Series trophy to the back of his car and dragged it around in an effort to be fired by owner George Steinbrenner.
“I fear no reprisals,” Costanza shouted into a megaphone. ...Read More...
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
The trade card shown at the left is part of a six-card series contrasting “New Style” (1880s) and “Old Style” (1870s). Depicting “The Scorer,” it casts light on an old mystery that I referenced many moons ago in my book Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:
We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of ...
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Message from weekend sweep: O’s are resilient, but still need to add pitching
There are two important things that can be gleaned from this weekend’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards.
One: Good teams are resilient. They battle when things don’t look particularly promising. And they do it in a convincing way. This is a good Orioles team.
Two: Don’t be fooled. The Orioles still need starting pitching reinforcements, no matter how well the rotation has pitched recently. ...
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
“They each took roads that not many have ever traveled,’’ said former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, Piazza’s best friend in baseball. “Mike was the late-round draft pick with people doubting him along the way. Junior had the expectations of having a successful big-league dad. But they both did it on their own. There weren’t any shortcuts. I think that added a human quality to the display of emotion you saw here.’‘
Wallos’s Decision 2016 political trading-card set, released in mid-April, is perhaps the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date for cable-news addicts who also grew up collecting baseball cards. Instead of documenting when a player was drafted in what round, Wallos reminds collectors of the exact moment each candidate dropped out of the race. And rather than commemorating highlights, like Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, Decision 2016 cards capture seminal moments, like Hillary Clinton ...Read More...
The Yankees analytical team comes out of the basement.
For all you old RSBB guys, there has been a David Grabiner sighting.
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
I didn’t realize the system didn’t track the pitch all the way.
How does PITCHf/x work to call strikes? PITCHf/x uses three cameras to triangulate a baseball’s position in space from the moment it leaves the pitcher’s hand. There is a major flaw however: The cameras stop tracking the ball a few feet from the plate, instead analyzing the trajectory to come up with a predicted location within an inch of where it actually shows up. ... Yet, that blind spot in front of the plate troubles the ...
The Astros looking for more offense.
Well, Piazza lasted two minutes before his voice started cracking, sniffing, and wiping away tears.
Griffey, who made the mistake of looking into the faces of his three children sitting in the front row, lasted all of 20 seconds.
“Nothing can prepare you,” Piazza said, “for how you feel, and the history sitting behind us on stage.”
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