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Friday, January 20, 2017
I’ve been asked how Trumbo’s signing impacts rookie Trey Mancini. Good question. The Orioles have indicated that there’s no reason to return Mancini to the minors. There’s no 4A and he deserves to break camp with the team. They’ve also shown no concerns over having him sit on the bench rather than play every day at Triple-A Norfolk, insisting that it won’t stunt his development.
That said, they could decide this spring that there simply aren’t enough at-bats for him with Trumbo ...
Posted: January 20, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
Marshalltown [Iowa] Times-Republican, January 20, 1917:
Vic Saiere [sic], first baseman of the Chicago Nationals, whose sight was thought to be failing him, has assured President Weegham [sic] of the Chicago club that his eyes have regained their normal strength after a winter’s rest.
Saier is a movie fan and the theory was that he had damaged his eyes watching the flickering light on the screen and sitting up late reading. He avoided any strain whatever during the winter months and now ...
The Angels get a useful player.
The left-handed hitting Valbuena batted .260 with 13 home runs and an .816 OPS in 292 at-bats last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in late July. The Astros weren’t expected to retain him given the emergence of Alex Bregman at third base and the signing of Yulieski Gurriel last summer.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The Orioles and free-agent first baseman/right fielder Mark Trumbo have agreed to a three-year deal for the slugger to return to Baltimore pending a physical, a Major League source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for approximately $37 million.
Posted: January 19, 2017 at 07:06 PM | 10 comment(s)
Look, I know the range data shows he wasn’t really a modern Ozzie Smith. But this just in: Nobody was. Still, those 11 Gold Gloves—the third most by any infielder in history—tell us exactly what the rest of baseball thought of Vizquel in his prime. Plus, I think I can make a case he was the most sure-handed shortstop ever.
I can throw lots of numbers at you, but my favorite is this: Incredibly, he had three seasons in which he played at least 140 games and made five errors or fewer. That’s as ...
David Schoenfield breaks out his crystal ball.
Elected: Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Theo Epstein
Executives have to be retired for five years to be considered or 70 years old if they’re still active. This is the year Theo will turn 70. He could have 10 World Series titles by then, he could be commissioner of baseball, he could be president, or he could simply be retired and watching YouTube clips of cats clawing at dogs.
Posted: January 19, 2017 at 03:19 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 19, 1917:
Ray Schalk, catcher of the Chicago Americans, signed a 1917 contract [last night], in defiance of the orders issued by [players’ fraternity president] Fultz. He said he had received an increase in salary and had no reason to hold out.
Washington Times, January 19, 1917:
[Cubs pitcher] Al Demaree is out with a protest against the Fraternity leader’s making the Chicago National League club a goat in the troubles now facing magnate and player.
“The action ...
The Reds get a huge prospect haul in return for a huge regression candidate.
Carson Kelly leapfrogs the competition.
1. Carson Kelly, Cardinals
St. Louis has had one of the game’s top catchers for years and has a worthy successor—assuming Yadier Molina ever slows down—in Kelly. He has the arm, receiving ability and leadership skills to win Gold Gloves, and his offensive game is coming around nicely as he gets more accustomed to working behind the plate.
Posted: January 19, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
I am extremely honored and humbled to have received the call today that I will be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s the perfect way to cap my 23-year career. When I began playing professional baseball, I just wanted to be one of the best at my position. I wasn’t thinking of Cooperstown. But now that I will be inducted next summer, I am overcome with a wave of emotion and I am so excited to share this honor with my family. I would like to thank everyone who ...
Posted: January 19, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Curt Schilling hasn’t done himself any favors since he retired, making many controversial comments, many of them on Twitter. He’s the Donald Trump of Hall of Fame voting.
Premier leadoff man Tim Raines, Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell and strong-armed backstop Ivan Rodriguez have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Posted: January 18, 2017 at 06:13 PM | 204 comment(s)
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My friend Richard Hershberger called this antique article to my attention the other day, as he does every now and then. (Six months ago he had sent me another such story, which I happily posted here: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/lovers-and-cranks-a7117d85dcad#.g32oxjw87.) No one is a better researcher into the early days of the game than Richard, and no one loves a word picture of a day at the ballpark more than he does, unless it is me. Of the story below, published in the Philadelphia Times of ...
Posted: January 18, 2017 at 06:11 PM | 42 comment(s)
After a two-year search, the Braves may have found their new spring-training home.
Officials in Sarasota County, Fla., announced Tuesday that the Braves have entered into exclusive negotiations to build a facility in the southwest Florida city of North Port.
If terms are agreed upon and approved, the Braves will move their spring base from Disney World to Sarasota County as soon as 2019.
“Hopefully this thing goes forward, the county commissioners vote on it, and off we go,” Braves Vice ...
Tacoma Times, January 18, 1917:
Ty Cobb, Detroit slugger, speed merchant, said but two words in defining his stand on the baseball strike situation. “I’m neutral,” said the Georgia peach, in a telegram to a St. Louis sport editor today. He had been asked whether he would join the Tigers on their spring training jaunt or line up with Dave Fultz in the proposed strike.
Washington Herald, January 18, 1917:
The tip was out, but could not be confirmed, that [AL president] Ban Johnson and [AFL ...
Alex Rodriguez will host a CNBC reality television show featuring retired athletes who face financial troubles.
CNBC announced Tuesday that the show’s working title is “Back in the Game.” It will be co-produced by another former New York sports star, Michael Strahan…
According to a CNBC release, the pilot episode of “Back in the Game” will pair former athletes “in serious financial distress with money-savvy mentors who can help them get back on their feet.”
Mentor: Don’t plunge millions of ...Read More...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
McCovey pleaded guilty to income tax-fraud conspiracy in 1995, alongside fellow baseball star Duke Snider, for failing to report thousands of dollars each in fees received from memorabilia and autograph shows.
The plea carried a sentence of up to seven months in jail. Both McCovey and Snider, who died in 2011, were given two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine in 1996.
The Blue Jays and Bautista have agreed to a one-year contract that includes a mutual option but is pending the completion of a physical, sources told MLB.com on Tuesday afternoon. The deal’s options could keep Bautista in Toronto through 2019. The club has not confirmed the agreement.
In 1972, the Washington Senators packed up and moved down to Texas to become the Rangers. In the 45 years since the Senators’ departure, however, only a single other Major League Baseball franchise has relocated: the Montreal Expos (owned by MLB at the time) moved to Washington before the 2005 season and became the Nationals.
During that same 45-year period, meanwhile, the National Football League has seen the relocation of franchises on nine occasions (10 if Oakland completes their move to ...
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 02:55 PM | 43 comment(s)
Love him or hate him, it’s Ray Ratto- accept no substitutes…
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 17, 1917:
David L. Fultz, president of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity, [yesterday] set February 20 as the date the players’ strike is likely to become effective.
[Fultz:] “If the present baseball tangle is not straightened out by that time…not one of the 18 leading members of the [Cubs will report to spring training]...The other clubs, who had unsigned fraternity players, will be up against a similar situation when they order mobilization at the training ...
“Efficiency” is the buzzword Matheny used Monday to describe the spring training work, and he said he and his staff “may go against the grain of what traditionally has been done — implementing different priorities.”
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
Overall, the Cardinals nail player development. The organization scouts and teaches well. Matheny has fostered a prospect-friendly environment at the big league level, making certain that his veterans are welcoming and helpful.
This is the Cardinal Way. It’s not just a philosophy, it is a business model. By building and maintaining a self-renewing talent base, the Cardinals fill most needs internally without spending big money on free agents like Dexter Fowler.
They keep contending and keep ...
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
“I took my first ground ball and I was like, ‘Oh, gosh! I’m way too stiff.’ ” Bell said. “All season long, (Young) was busting on me: ‘I told you to go to yoga. What, you say your hips are tight? I told you to go to yoga.’ So, the first day of (this past) offseason, I started going to yoga.”
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 08:58 AM | 18 comment(s)
When does Trumbo come back?
So, I don’t view the news from Monday involving Bautista or Saunders as particularly damaging for the Orioles. But I do see the Saunders signing as an indication that the number of free-agent outfielders who can truly help the Orioles, is starting to wane.
That’s key, because adding Welington Castillo and Seth Smith has to be the start of the club’s plan to be better than it was in 2016 and not the full plan.
Posted: January 17, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
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