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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
“The game has changed,” said E. Michael Moran, who is expected to argue for the plaintiffs today. “The safety rules should change along with that.”
In the case before the court, a child identified in court papers only as M.F. was seated with her family a few rows behind the visitors’ dugout at Turner Field. A line drive foul ball hit by then-Brave Melky Cabrera flew into the stands and smashed into M.F.‘s forehead. M.F.‘s family claims that the blow fractured M.F.‘s skull in 30 places and ...
Ferris pitcher Evan Pontley had a simple philosophy at Mabank on Tuesday night: stick mainly with his fastball, and “throw it as hard as I could.” It resulted in the game of his life. Pontley pitched a complete game no-hitter in a 13-3 win, striking out 22 batters – one more than the number of outs in a seven-inning game. “Everything I threw was working,” Pontley said.
After the first inning, Ferris actually trailed 2-0, despite Pontley striking out the first six batters. The two ...
Almost every starting pitcher or starting pitching candidate in the Rangers’ camp has some kind of injury to contend with or to come back from this spring. Not Martin Perez, though. He’s got bigger problems: the safety of his family and friends in his homeland of Venezuela.
“It is hard for us,” Perez said. “We call every day, and people don’t have food for eating, things like that. We have a great country, and you look at the situation and things are just terrible. It’s bad. I ...
12 hours to beat the reporting deadline. 750 miles, four pitchers, two Porsches, and the last song a young right-hander rehabbing an arm injury in 1976 needs to hear.
Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
Stopped listening to Howeird long before he went to Siri…oh, fafa flunky.
A late, improved bid from Sirius/XM managed to keep announcer Casey Stern in the fold, foiling efforts by the Mets and WOR-AM to hire Stern as the team’s pre- and post-game host for Mets baseball broadcasts, multiple sources have confirmed to Capital.
The protracted negotiations, and the station’s failure to put together a backup plan, has thrown the broadcast into chaos with just 11 days remaining until the first WOR ...
Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 7 comment(s)
But while Pedroia does believe in Bigfoot, he doesn’t expect to personally catch him. Asked if he could, Pedroia said no.
“I was in Phoenix and last Tuesday the guy that supposedly shot or killed one was in town,” Pedroia said, “but he might have stopped at a gas station or something, I didn’t see him.”
And while he doesn’t think he’ll catch one, he doesn’t exactly think the sasquatch hunters on “Finding Bigfoot” will have any luck either.
Pedroia makes a pretty good point. . .
“They’re not ...Read More...
a map of the Roman Empire upon which are pasted the logos of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Where they are located on the map corresponds to cities of the Roman Empire. Each city’s distance from Rome in travel days is roughly equivalent to the chance each team has of making the playoffs in 2014.
Which, admit it, is the mental map most of us conjure up when asked to figure the chances of anything.
Posted: February 18, 2014 at 09:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, February 18, 1914:
Being a fireman at $1,200 a year is a better job than playing baseball with a major league at $2,000 or $2,500 a year, Frank Mace, fireman, says. Representatives of the Cleveland and Detroit clubs in the American league, Kansas City in the American association, and Montreal in the International league, have been heckling Mace several weeks to sign a contract.
“The fire department is good enough for me,” Mace declared. “But these clubs have been bothering me ...
As an A’s fan used to tell me…“You Kooz, you lose.”
I started by collecting data on every hitter in the game for the last 20 years. (Pithcers were dropped.) I then regressed RE24 on PA, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, sacrifice flies, sacrifice bunts, double plays, walks, and strikeouts. The idea here is that if a given player is as likely to, say, hit a single with the bases empty as he is with a runner on third, these statistics should define much of the variance in RE24. The ...
Posted: February 18, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
Manny Ramirez has changed agents and will now be represented by Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management, MLBTR’s Zach Links reports (on Twitter).
Monday, February 17, 2014
Let’s move on. A smooth fox terrier of ours named Harry was full of surprises. Wildly sociable, like others of his breed, he grew a fraction more reserved in maturity, and learned to cultivate a separate wagging acquaintance with each fresh visitor or old pal he came upon in the living room. If friends had come for dinner, he’d arise from an evening nap and leisurely tour the table in imitation of a three-star headwaiter: Everything O.K. here? Is there anything we could ...
But how likely is it that the Braves will still want to pay Kimbrel $13 million four years from now? It’s no secret that the shelf life of relief pitchers is shorter than players at other positions, and Kimbrel would hardly be the first dominant reliever to show up, dominate for a while, and then hang around as a shell of what he once was. Can we really forecast, right now, that Kimbrel will still be one of the best relievers in baseball in 2017?
...However, it must be noted that Kimbrel’s ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:57 PM | 28 comment(s)
C’mon, baby, Grant Brisbee needs a new pair of shoes!
...last year, there was a 60-option poll, asking you which bet would have been your kidney bet for the 2013 season. As in, if you needed a few bucks for a new kidney, and that bet was the only way to get it, which over/under would you choose?
There were 665 votes cast. As you suspected, gambling is almost evil, but not quite. Let’s pretend that instead of votes, those were actual $100 bets. How did the readers of SB Nation do?
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 02:57 PM | 38 comment(s)
Not even the Survival Zone can save Doy-El’s latest!
Defensively? Jeter isn’t in the top five or top 10 or maybe even the top 25 in that category. And defense is part of baseball. A big part. Like, almost half the game. So if we’re going to measure defense, then I can’t sit here and tell you Jeter is a top-five shortstop all time, because how do you quantify what Ozzie Smith and Pee Wee Reese and Luis Aparicio and a whole host of other Hall of Fame shortstops gave on defense, compared to what ...
This team philosophy was originally started by Gene Gene Mauch.
“I always ask the infielders if they can dance or not,” Williams said yesterday during his session with the media, causing a couple reporters to shoot glances at each other, trying to figure out if the new Nats manager was being serious or not. “If they can dance, then they can play infield. If they can’t dance, we need to get them lessons, then they’ll be able to play infield. So that’s all it really is. You play through the ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 50 comment(s)
Goes into a blank-faced Gale Sonderungaarded moment to channel Brattain…
MLB.com: Obviously, you rebranded in ‘12, and it didn’t go the way you wanted. You restructured in ‘13, and endured a long season. How are you rebranding, and what do you need to do to reconnect with the fan base?
Samson: I think what our fans are looking for is stability, and what they’re looking for is better performance. The good news is we have a great ballpark, and that 10-year struggle is over with. The people who ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 09:11 AM | 15 comment(s)
Genius speaks. No one listens. (Craven’s Progressive Matrices)
That is, while Long couldn’t be prouder of what Cano accomplished as a Yankee, it bothers him that neither he nor anyone else could get through to the second baseman about his notorious lack of hustle, knowing it’s likely to tarnish his standing, especially with the fans.
“If somebody told me I was a dog,’’ Long said here Sunday, “I’d have to fix that. When you choose not to, you leave yourself open to taking heat, ...
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 88 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, February 17, 1914:
The great American institution of draw poker received a blow in the solar plexus in the south.
Shortly after the breakfast hour Manager Branch Rickey chanced to espy [sic] Pitchers Taylor, Hamilton and Baumgardner sitting in a 10-cent limit game. Forthwith Manager Rickey proceeded to the gaming table and ordered the game to stop.
“There will be no poker playing among the 1914 Browns,” said he. “I consider poker a really harmful game when played on a ball ...
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I think the man that ruthlessly cut costs at Wal-Mart and over his first decade of ownership of the Royals deserves the benefit of the doubt.
The first thing to talk about here is the new national television contracts that kick in this season. You hear a lot about this $25 million figure. That’s the number being thrown around locally and nationally — we’ve used it here — as the per-team increase from last year to this year. But some phone calls around baseball show the number to be ...
@Braves The #Braves have agreed to terms with @kimbrel46 on a four-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—In the wake of their fifth consecutive losing season, years of financial insecurity and a payroll that has plummeted at a historic rate, the Mets vowed to invest in the team this winter. They’d spent more than $140 million on players as recently as 2011, but since then their budget had fallen into the bottom half of the major leagues, tens of millions below those of their big-market competitors.
So the Mets went shopping this winter, and on the surface it appeared that ...
Plus there’s already more Black Ink spilled on Pedroia’s cloth 11 to 10. (H/T…Ink spot removers Brian & Bill Kenny)
The Red Sox have their own Derek Jeter.
His name is Dustin Pedroia.
As the baseball community paused to come to grips with Wednesday’s announcement that the Yankees captain and shortstop of the past 20 seasons will make 2014 his swansong season, the news reinforced the notion that the Red Sox already have a franchise player and de facto captain, who could, by the end of his ...
Posted: February 16, 2014 at 07:24 AM | 56 comment(s)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Hazardous duty in Sochi, indeed! As MGL turns Joe Posnanski into Hack Hackworth!
* And why I am getting tired of writers and analysts picking and choosing one or more of a bushel of statistics to make their (often weak) point.
...Speaking of strawmen, before I lambaste Mr. Posnanski, which is the crux of this post, let me start by giving him some major props for pointing out that this article, by the “esteemed” and “venerable” writer Allen Barra, is tripe. That is Pos’ word – not ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM | 78 comment(s)
Thanks to a new throwing motion, veteran left-hander Mark Mulder planned to attempt a comeback this season after five years away from the game. His career had been derailed by shoulder problems back in the day.
The Angels gave Mulder a minor league contract because hey, why not? It’s a no risk move. Unfortunately, the comeback attempt is over before it could really even begin.
...What an awful, awful break. Even if he wanted to continue his comeback attempt, the Achilles injury would ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 18 comment(s)
Even though he originally came through the New York Yankees’ system, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn’t too concerned with his players’ appearance.
Someone asked about outfielder Andy Dirks, whose hair has grown rather long.
“I don’t care. If he plays well, he can grow it to his feet as far as I’m concerned,” Ausmus said.
Tigers’ Ausmus played at shortstop once
Ausmus recalled the Yankees’ persnickety ways.
“I came up in the Yankee organization, which is very strict compared ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
And I it hit me: Oh yeah, THAT’S why I invented the word Jeterate.
He was a fantastic baseball player. But you know what? Alan Trammell was just about as good.
Here are Alan Trammell’s and Derek Jeter’s neutralized offensive numbers.
Jeter was a better hitter. But it was closer than you might think. They had similar strengths offensively. At their best, they were .300 hitters with some power and some speed. Both lost deserving MVP awards ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
Tell that to Deacon White…okay, maybe not.
Manager Bryan Price made his first statement toward creating his own culture with the Cincinnati Reds, although he won’t be autocratic about it.
The Reds will not be the hirsute Boston Red Sox, they will not look like scraggly mountain men. Price is asking, not demanding, that most of the facial hair that sprouted mostly on the bullpen members last year be trimmed neatly.
He doesn’t want them retreating to the days of Bob Howsam and The Big Red ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
Carnival of soul. #Hilligross
His career has spanned 13 seasons, 12 post-season series and 205 wins for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees, thrown 2,775 innings for close to $200M, and he has always stood and faced his responsibilities, the definition of accountable. “I know what I am expected to do,” he says, “and I have always tried to fulfill the hopes and the expectations of my teammates and everyone associated with my teams.”
He has devoted much of his free time to kids from New ...
Posted: February 15, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 18 comment(s)
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