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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Next SL: Cardinals Set to Flee St. Louis Without “Top Tier” Stadium Deal

As if the drama surrounding the possible departure of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team wasn’t enough, nextSTL has learned that the St. Louis Cardinals may relocate if funds are not found for a new “top tier” stadium.

Opened just a decade ago to much fanfare, Busch Stadium III is already seeing wear, and is considered by many to be outdated. The final construction cost of just $364M, a modest sum by today’s standards, ironically makes the stadium almost expendable.

The ...

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B-R Tonsorial Consulting Service

e have an exciting feature for our users who also happen to be major league ballplayers. The new Baseball-Reference.com TCS® (Tonsorial Consulting Service) can help you decide new directions to take your hair style and/or facial hair without having to take the time to grow the hair first.

 

Gamingboy Posted: April 01, 2015 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball reference, bref, goofballery

John Axford’s son recovering from Rattlesnake bite

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.

Axford, who returned to pitch a bullpen session on Tuesday, had not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.

shoewizard Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Clark, Rogers among 7 sent to Minors; OD roster all but set | brewers.com

Brewers are down to 27.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-1-2015

Pittsburgh Press, April 1, 1915:

Lee Meadows, the Cardinals’ young player, who has attracted national attention because he wears spectacles while pitching, was botany professor at the Horner Military academy in Oxford, N.C. If he decides to quit baseball, his old place is open to him.
...
Jim Thorpe, who has yet to show that he is a ball player of real class, but who is recognized as one of the best football players who ever lived, says that he would rather play baseball than football any day ...

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Jays to open season with Castro, Osuna in bullpen - Sportsnet.ca

The Jays are going young.

The decision to promote both Castro and Osuna means the Blue Jays will open the season with six rookies. Top pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris will start for Toronto, while Dalton Pompey and Devon Travis will start in centre field and at second base, respectively.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jays

At 40, R.A. Dickey is primed for his best season with Blue Jays

“I think if I can get ahead in counts, shave my walks down, throw strikes, and pitch deep into games that I’m going to have a pretty good season,” says Dickey. “I would say a successful season for me would be 200 innings, 15 or more wins, keep my walks around 50 or 60, [while] going to the playoffs and hopefully to the World Series.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, knuckleball, r.a. dickey

The Phillies are selling liquor and wine now, so fans can drown their sorrows

Aramark and the Phillies announced Tuesday that this season they’ll be selling booze at Citizens Bank Park’s general concessions areas for the first time. Beer they already sold, but liquor and wine were only available in the fancier parts of the ballpark, like the premium seats. Not any more.

Hey, guys, you need help with that cocktail list? It seems like the Phillies roster offers plenty of inspiration, such as:

• The Ryan Howard Slammer — it’s a big ol’ drink that costs $25, but don’t ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ruben amaro

Kane County Cougars introduce aptly-named Heart Attack Burger

The Kane County Cougars have introduced one food item for the 2015 season that is not shy about its number of calories. Based on its description, the Heart Attack Burger sounds like it could deliver what it promises.

New in 2015, the Heart Attack Burger should cover any fan’s breakfast, lunch and dinner palate. The half-pound beef patty is topped with grilled onions, a fried egg, slice of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle bacon mayo, two strips of bacon with a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, heart attack, kane county cougars, pablo sandoval

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington Post: Jenkins: Lessons From the School of Hardwood

No such thing as grit? The science says otherwise:

If you detect something profound in the NCAA tournament, there is no need to apologize, because you are right, according to renowned neurobiologist Angela Lee Duckworth. A MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” recipient who has her own research lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth studies traits that predict achievement, and her special focus is on the quality known as “grit.” It’s not just a descriptive term the way ...

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The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, coaching, grit, ncaa, science, testing

An Analysis of a Broken Bat Home Run

Interesting stuff from Alan Nathan.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: science

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a ...

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White Sox offer $29 early-season plan

Getting White Sox fans to buy a package of 11 weekday home games in April and May is near impossible, except if you sell them for close to nothing. That’s exactly what the team is doing, announcing the “Ballpark Plan” that gives a fan a ticket to every home game the team plays on a Monday through Thursday in the first two months of the season—for $29 total. The cheapest ticket sold separately this season is $7.18. The White Sox are offering another package, which includes every game in April ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 03:28 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: desperation, white sox

Altoona Curve introduce Jabba the Hutt jerseys for Star Wars night

With the usual suspects already getting their own jerseys, the Altoona Curve decided to take a different approach to Star Wars night. Jabba the Hutt is most certainly an evil character, and, yet, he’s also one of the most iconic and beloved creatures among Star Wars fans. While Jabba’s gross tongue isn’t included on the jersey, the drool is a nice touch.

Following the game, the uniforms will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the St. Vincent De Paul Society Soup Kitchen. There will ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 03:13 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: altoona curve, david ortiz, star wars

Sean Doolittle’s girlfriend will buy your tickets to A’s Pride Night

As part of their special events this season, the Oakland Athletics recently introduced Pride Night. Pride Night will “celebrate the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.” Partial proceeds from the event will benefit a non-profit charity supporting the LGBTQ media arts. After hearing about the promotion, some fans decided they did not want to attend the game, and would rather sell their tickets. Enter Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of A’s reliever Sean Doolittle. Dolan put up a post on her website, telling ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 03:03 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sean doolittle

Neyer: Ortiz isn’t a bad guy—or a Hall of Famer

Look, you can believe that Ortiz wasn’€™t “€œcheating”€ or not. But without naming names, shouldn’€™t we assume that players were gobbling up just about anything they thought would make them better baseball players? Especially if their pals were doing the same thing? It does seem that Ortiz has internalized the standard excuse, that drugs were to “€œsustain workouts”€ instead of, you know, help him hit the ball 20 feet farther than before. But there’€™s every reason to think ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, steroids

Keri: 2015 NL East Preview

New York Mets

Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, marlins, mets, nationals, phillies

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL East Preview

The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 31, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: barves, expos, marlins, mets, nl east, phillies

Dish Adds MLB Extra Innings Package

Good news for you owners of “the Hawpah”

Dish Network has added MLB Extra Innings to its sports offerings for the first time.

The multiyear agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) also includes authenticated access to the MLB.TV streaming sports service.

Dish and MLB Network also reached a multiyear renewal agreement for continued carriage of MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone, including digital rights for those channels on DishAnywhere.com and via the ...

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eddieot Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb extra innings

Macnow: Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg is wrong man for wrong team

Let’s start with this: If Ryne Sandberg manages with the strategic brilliance of Tony La Russa, assesses talent like Bobby Cox and grows as beloved in the clubhouse as Joe Torre, well, this year’s Phillies might win 72 games. This is a bad team Sandberg directs, and even channeling Casey Stengel won’t put them in the playoffs. But Sandberg is none of those Hall of Fame managers, and carries none of their attributes. So a poor team stands to be more wretched.

It says here 61 wins. And 101 ...

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Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 31, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, ryne sandberg

Timing and Tempo and Hitting - East Bay Hitting Instruction

A nice look at one component of hitter swings.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, mechanics

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-31-2015

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 31, 1915:

Hugh Jennings is the inventor of a new disease of ailment, or affliction, whichever it may be termed. It is called “handball hands,” and affects those who like to bat the little ball around the courts though it does little to hamper any save persons who also dabble in some other form of athletics.
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The palms of both [of Jennings’s hands] were bruised and sore from hitting the ball without a protection by gloves. These sores came just where the ...

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Eddie Butler hurt, LaTroy Hawkins rocked as A’s beat Rockies

Starter Eddie Butler, in line to join the starting rotation coming out of spring training, left the game after one inning with right shoulder fatigue.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 06:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

Reds open breast-feeding suite at the ballpark

A local homebuilder created it and the Reds got Pampers to sponsor it. The result is this straight-outta-HGTV suite that’s probably better than most peoples’ homes.

The Reds advertise the suites as: “A private area open to all moms for breast feeding, bottle feeding and other child care needs. This space features comfortable gliders, a kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigeration, a private restroom, changing stations and lockers for storing your items during the game.”

Castellini also ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 04:08 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: joey b., pampers, reds

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rays denied consideration of re-negotiated lease by St. Petersburg City Council

The Rays are one step closer to moving to Paducah, Kentucky.

ch over a minor monetary amount, with many council members taking offense that the team was not interested in negotiating in public forums.

The sticking point were any profits that might have been had if the City redeveloped a portion of Tropicana Field’s 80-acres while the team still occupied the site. Under the current agreement, the team and City split profits equally….

The Rays owner has already made two intentions very clear: ...

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RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2015 at 09:17 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: montreal, rays, relocation, stadium

Mets find lefty reliever, land Torres from Padres

Still smarting from Josh Edgin’s season-ending elbow injury, the Mets addressed their left-handed relief problem in two quick strikes on Monday, acquiring Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named, then Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

depletion Posted: March 30, 2015 at 08:59 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, nationals, padres

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 AL West Preview

I enjoy these previews but it’s hard to see how every team will hit the “over” on their projections.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: al west, angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Cubs send Bryant to minors

The Chicago Cubs have reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant, who leads the majors with nine spring training home runs, to their minor league camp. The Cubs made the move Monday, less than a week before they open their season against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“We entered camp with the presumptive move being to send him to Triple-A,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said. “It’s always the presumptive [move] for us move with young players that haven’t played in the big leagues yet.”

Bryant, 23, led the ...

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Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, shenanigans

Pitching change: Rockies have a plan to improve on the mound | FOX Sports

OK, it sounds like the Rockies’ baseball operation department isn’t as dysfunctional as it may have been. Just getting along better won’t necessarily improve the performance on the field, though. It may but it may not.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

The MLBPA Has a Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

Nathaniel Grow makes some great points about the growing gap between baseball’s revenues and the players’ share of those revenues. Do you know what be a great thing for the MLBPA to work toward in the next CBA? A guaranteed portion of the revenue for minor leaguers. I won’t hold my breath.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: economics, mlbpa

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