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Saturday, May 21, 2016
In a report filed on Friday, Stark says that the league’s competition committee reportedly agreed to alter the strike zone and eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk during their meetings with owners this week. Those two changes could be implemented as early as the 2017 season.
He says the strike zone will be raised to the top of the knee, because umpires have taken a liking to calling pitches that were below the knees entirely. That means pitchers will have to bring the baseball up, ...
Posted: May 21, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 22 comment(s)
So all this time the four-pitch free pass has been what’s responsible for preventing schoolchildren from seeing the final out of games? Who knew?
As for intentional walks, Stark wrote the following:
“The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.”
This is a ...
Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle…
On Thursday night, Clark Toys posted an offering from Forever Collectibles: a commemorative Bartolo Colon home run bobblehead that also has a bobble stomach.
In less than 24 hours, Clark Toys has sold more than 500 of them.
“Most of the bobbleheads we sell are limited to 360 pieces and they take months to sell,” said Travis Pyan, managing partner of Clark Toys. “When the buzz on this item started this morning, we sold 100 in 30 minutes.”
Pyan said he can’t ...
The A’s are 19-23, five games back in the AL West and four games back of a Wild Card spot already. It’s surprising their record is even that good, as they’ve been outscored by 42 runs, have just one starter pitching even adequately, and run out a lineup full of holes each night. They seem directionless at the moment, as no one could explain exactly what the sequel to Moneyball would be about if you based it on their current team. Things are not going to get easier, either, as Josh Reddick—the ...Read More...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Then they changed their mind. It’s called image preservation. The decision was made to fire Gonzalez, and it was done clumsily by Coppolella. (Gonzalez receiving an emailed itinerary for a one-way ticket out of Dodge before he had been told anything.) Then it was the more-polished Hart who parachuted into Pittsburgh and did most of the media commitments, in part because public speaking isn’t Coppy’s forte.
Chicago Eagle, May 20, 1916:
“Baseball insanity,” says the Toledo Blade, “is a glorious affliction.” Who is loony now?
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Catcher Nunnamaker of the Yankees won a wrist watch in a raffle a short time ago, but he is afraid to wear it.
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Betzel, the nifty second baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals, carries around six initials to his name. He signs the little old pay check thus: C. F. A. J. H. D. Betzel.
Christian Frederick Albert John Henry David Betzel, in case you were wondering. ...Read More...
So for a night, with two pitchers who endured this bizarre procedure that is now considered rote, there was a contrast. That had Collins not only evaluating whether Harvey would make his next start — “We’re going to look at that,” he said — but also using Strasburg as an example for Harvey.
“That guy that pitched tonight for them, he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he’s resurged,” Collins said. “. . . [Harvey] went above and beyond last year, and I’m not sure ...
The Rangers appear destined for a new stadium.
And sooner than you think.
According to two major league sources, the Rangers and City of Arlington are about to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium that is expected to come on line earlier than the current lease expires following the 2023 season. An announcement could come as soon as Friday.
It is uncertain how far ahead of the 2024 season the new stadium could be opened—or how it would be financed—but getting into a new ...
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The slow-but-sure demise of the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn) franchise might soon open the door to a new chapter of Minor League Baseball history. If all goes according to plan, the Muckdogs will soon become the only majority black-owned team in baseball.
The Muckdogs have reached an agreement to sell the franchise to a group of black businessmen in the Washington area who plan to move the team next season to the D.C. suburb of Waldorf, Md., according to three sources who requested ...
According to then Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, the Piazza swap was negotiated by Fox television executives without his knowledge. Their intention was not to improve the Dodgers but to incentivize Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga to sell Fox a Florida regional sports network he owned. As Claire later pointed out, there was nothing typical about the trade. It happened in May, not at the trading deadline. Piazza didn’t go to a contender but to a team bent on losing 100 games. It wasn’t ...
According to Dave, Martin O’Malley might have a better chance of being the Democrat nominee.
See that flat line across the bottom? That’s the Phillies. Their 24-17 start hasn’t moved the needle, at all, on our forecasts expectations for their chances of reaching the postseason. Okay, that’s not exactly true; they’ve gone from a 0.1% chance of winning one of the two Wild Card spots in our preseason forecast all the way up to a 0.3% chance of getting to the play-in game now. But their odds ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 19, 1916:
Considering the vast amount of time that is lost at every game by the custom of solemnly pawing, inspecting and arguing over every foul ball that happens to bounce off a wall, why not save the time and give somebody a nice, new job? Why not have at every ball park an official known as “Ball Inspector,” whose duty it shall be to receive all fouls returned to the field, pass upon them and then return them to the pitcher or condemn them as unfit for further play?
Or ...Read More...
The Red Sox should not be giving him $25 million.
The Red Sox do hold club options that max out at $16 million for the next two seasons. For now, the organization is respecting Ortiz’s choice to retire with more than $150 million earned and burgeoning businesses he wants to nurture.
“I’m happy with the decision that I made,” Ortiz said, “and my feet are happy with the decision that I made, and my wife is happy with the decision that I made. I’ve got to wait until next year when I ...
Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
Last year’s fluke record raised expectations to unrealistic levels. The Twins, as they were at the start of last season, are in the middle of a rebuild.
Amid all the losing the Twins have assembled a highly rated farm system. The young core—first-round picks Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios, plus Smith-signed international prospects Miguel Sano and Max Kepler—is one they can potentially build around. This is a team on the rise, albeit with a massive step backward taking place this season. The ...
Posted: May 19, 2016 at 08:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
“It’s no secret,” Weaver said. “My stuff isn’t that great.”
It is unfair to compare almost any pitcher to Kershaw, who sports a 22-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season and has struck out at least 10 batters in his last six starts. But the juxtaposition is especially sharp with Weaver, whose neck and shoulder stiffness have transformed his pitches into sluggish, inconsistent offerings.
According to Fangraphs, Weaver’s fastball is averaging just 82.8 MPH this season.
El Paso Herald, May 18, 1916:
CUTSHAW CLOUTS OUT FREAK HIT; BALL CLIMBS FENCE; A HOME RUN
Cutshaw, Bewildered All the Way Through, Runs Back and Forth Between Bases, Not Knowing What to Do Until Some One Tells Him He Has Made a Home Run; Then He Walks Home, Scoring Tally.
This one’s completely absurd and the whole article is a fun read. Apparently the ball hit something on the fence on the fly, bounced straight up, balanced on the top of the wall for what seemed like an eternity, then dropped ...Read More...
The problem can only be managed. Hopefully, Collins will protect Wright from himself.
“This is the first time this year where I’ve come to the ballpark where I felt the significance of it—the back. Most of the days have been fairly mediocre. Today was more toward the bad. I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought the extra treatment and the extra preparation that I put in would help. And I wanted to give it a go. Terry just kind of said no-go. More than anything, I’m mad at the situation. ...
Posted: May 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM | 4 comment(s)
And the public shaming commences….NOW!
Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has been living a double life that gives new meaning to his nickname “Big Sexy” — siring two secret love children with a woman while married to his devoted wife of 21 years, The Post has learned.
The 42-year-old hurler has been dragged into Manhattan court by Alexandra Santos, 38, who claims the $7 million-a-year player is a deadbeat dad who failed to pay child support for their elementary-school-age kids.
Posted: May 18, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 32 comment(s)
The Red Sox are halting Rodriguez’s rehab stint after the pitcher told the club he is still experiencing soreness in his right knee.
“It’s something he came to us (with),” Boston manager John Farrell told reporters in Kansas City on Tuesday. “We were trying to evaluate the performances and talk to him about what he was feeling and talk to him about what we’d like to see, if possible, and that’s where he revealed, that, he’s on occasion feeling this.”
The alarm has gone off concerning Michael Pineda’s miserable season.
“It’s easy to say it will turn, but it’s been too long,’’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild said following Pineda’s latest lousy outing Tuesday night at Chase Field, where the Diamondbacks hung a 5-3 loss on the right-hander in front of 30,913. “We are almost a quarter of the way through his starts. We need to straighten it out, especially in the stretch. He is going through a major bump in the road right ...
Posted: May 18, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 61 comment(s)
Ahh, because teams are part of the process. Free agency is collectively bargained and is not some inherent right for players.
My question is this: Why should teams that lose players to free agency receive any sort of compensation whatsoever?
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.
Three hours is too long. I love baseball. I’d love it even more if the games were 20-30 minutes shorter.
Through Monday, the average time of a nine-inning game this season was 3 hours, 26 seconds. At the same stage of last season, about six weeks after MLB implemented much-ballyhooed new pace-of-game rules, the average game time was 2:53:33. That pace did slow, however, and the average time by season’s end wound up at 2:56:14.
Posted: May 18, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 127 comment(s)
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