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Monday, March 21, 2016
From Estadio Latinoamericano….
TAMPA BAY (Matt Moore) at CUBA (Yosvani Torres). 2 PM (w/pre-game apparently starting at least at 1:30 PM). ESPN.
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 09:42 PM | 20 comment(s)
“There is that debate of, ‘What is Korean baseball?’” says Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. “Is it Double-A, Triple-A, Four-A? I do think that’s everybody’s internal question. We’re trying to look at it in a way to prove performance from there to here. I think the scouts are still battling that as well.”
Right now, in O’s camp, Kim is battling it. His initial exposure to big league ball began with an 0-for-23 stint in the Grapefruit League, though he’s shown signs in recent days that he’s ...
Farrell also went out of his way to say that it’s too early to call Shaw a corner utility player, meaning he’s still in the running for that job at the hot corner. A job that, to this point, was assumed to be Sandoval’s.
Now, though, it sounds like it’s Sandoval’s to lose, which is a different thing entirely.
”(Yesterday) was a good showing for [Sandoval],” Farrell said. “He swung the bat well. There is no denying his work, the amount of work he’s putting in, the intensity in which that ...
On April 20, 1912, Ty Cobb christened Frank Navin’s new $300,000 ballpark by scoring the Detroit Tigers’ first-ever run at Navin Field. He did it in typically dramatic style, swiping home in the bottom of the first inning against Cleveland’s Vean Gregg. It was the first of a record eight steals of home the Peach would pull off that summer.
Close as we are to loved ones, tight as we become with our best friends, some things are just unknowable. Depression, like a virus, barges in with invisible force and incapacitates with a silent thud.
Most likely, someone you know is fighting a desperately quiet battle with it as you read this. The website Healthline says that more than 80 percent of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment for it, while the number of people diagnosed with depression ...
But Archer’s game elevated to another level in 2015, almost literally. Instead of relying on the running two seamer as his primary pitch, he reverted back to earlier career fastball usage rates and relied on his four seamer to get the job done. He traded almost 4.5” of run for an extra 3” of rise.
The additional use of the rising four seamer may have played perfectly off of the insane drop of his hard slider. While the slider dropped 9” from the two seamer in 2014, that gap increased to 11” ...
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 12:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
Teams aren’t following this rule.
Here is the exact language of those rules: “A minimum of four players who were regulars on the previous year’s Major League team or who were platooned on the previous year’s Major League team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the Major League Club’s squad during the upcoming season should make road trips. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings.”
Posted: March 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 16 comment(s)
Rochester, NY sportswriter Scott Pitoniak weighs in on the Goose Gossage brouhaha, the intergenerational conflicts that transcend any individual sport, and the joy of the game.
The rhetoric has escalated, it’s getting ugly, and folks are being downright mean.
You’ll soon be asked, perhaps forced, to pick a side. It’s you vs. them. Old vs. new. Progressive vs. conservative.
No, it’s not the 2016 presidential election. It’s the 2016 baseball season. But it’s getting hard to tell the difference.
Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1916:
A bush league umpire threw a scare into the great Heine Zim [in Tampa] yesterday. His name’s Fromberz. When Zim bounded up to him to kick on a decision Fromberz said, “Git,” and reached for his handkerchief. Heine thought he was reaching for a gun and moved.
Well, that would end arguments fairly quickly.
“I was, necessarily, the guinea pig — which I’m O.K. with,” Chamberlain said. “They were trying to protect me, and I blew out anyway. Innings, doing all these restrictions, that’s going to be a topic around baseball for as long as baseball goes.”
It didn’t take Ruben Tejada long to find work. Three days after being released by the New York Mets, the 26-year-old shortstop inked a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he’ll compete for the opening day job at shortstop. Read More...
The Cardinals have been looking for a starting option since losing Jhonny Peralta to a significant thumb injury earlier this month. The All-Star shortstop is expected to be out until at least midseason, meaning St. Louis will be forced to ...
Sunday, March 20, 2016
That’s just the way things go,’’ Griffey said. “Different places have different rules and you have to accept it and move on. Personally, I think the timing [this late in spring training] is crazy for this. But the organization has the right to do what they want to do and need to do. And [LaRoche] has the right to walk away. There is no right or wrong on this.’‘
Posted: March 20, 2016 at 10:02 PM | 15 comment(s)
This promises to be a situation that is going to fester for some time. I think the initial mistake was allowing LaRoche to have his son with him at work 100% of the time (assuming that the White Sox actually authorized that much access).
Posted: March 20, 2016 at 02:14 PM | 47 comment(s)
big hot mess
...Once hailed as a beacon for a new era of development and prosperity in Newark, the return of minor league baseball to the state’s largest city proved to be a misstep almost immediately…Though the stadium opened to much fanfare in 1999, and the team attracted future major league stars like Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco, the Bears failed to capture the hearts of area fans, and the team soon had nearly as many unpaid bills as nightly attendees. A group of developers rescued the franchise ...
Wow, how could Chicago pass on getting Allen Craig?
If the White Sox want Rafael Devers or Andrew Benintendi instead of Travis, so be it. They get one of that trio.
Chicago will want high-end pitching, too. With Michel Kopech injured and quite possibly a knucklehead, Anderson Espinoza has to be included in the package. You aren’t getting Sale without giving up a prime-time mound prospect.
With LaRoche gone, Chicago needs a first baseman/DH type. Send them Allen Craig and pick up $18 ...
Saturday, March 19, 2016
The News-Press, as part of the USA Today Sports Media Group, analyzed the first 60 road rosters of 2016, four for each Florida-based team. The study did not include split-squad games or Marlins-Cardinals matchups, as they share Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
In 60 road trips, only nine times did four or more projected Opening Day starters make the bus ride. On 17 occasions, a minimum of four projected Opening Day starters made the trip. But 32 times, fewer than four Opening Day projected ...
I figured the start of the Europa/Champions League quarterfinals was as good a time as any to start a new thread.
Selected Upcoming Fun FixturesRead More...
March 20: Manchester Derby (EPL), Real Madrid v. Sevilla (La Liga)
March 22: West Ham v. Man U (FA Cup)
March 25: Colombia U23 v. USMNT U23 (Olympic Qualifier), Guatemala v. USMNT (WC Qualifier)
March 26: Germany v. England (Friendly)
March 29: USMNT U23 v. Colombia U23 (Olympic Qualifier), USMNT v. Guatemala (WC Qualifier)
April 2: Liverpool v. ...
What a mess.
“I have to speak to the people who don’t have voices. I have to speak for my teammates now, and I have to speak for my teammates in the future. This is something that needs to be taken care of for the well-being of the White Sox, not just us in the clubhouse — not just Adam, not just me. This is something that could have a lasting impression for years to come, and could affect future teams, and I’m not a fan of that. I think if we’re truly trying to win a championship, ...
Posted: March 19, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 128 comment(s)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1916:
The San Francisco Seals have let it be known that if Detroit doesn’t care for Harry Heilman, they will be plenty glad to have him back. A delay in mails early in the month gave the ‘Frisco folks the impression that Harry wouldn’t be asked to report at Waxahachie, and they prepared in celebration.
I should say so. Heilmann was a wonderful player. He hit .400 once, above .390 four times, won four batting titles, and put up a career line of .342/.410/.520 (148 ...Read More...
Shouldn’t Wieters be feeling better by now?
I asked Duquette if he felt confident that catcher Matt Wieters would be in the opening day lineup after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow during Saturday’s game.
“I’m not sure where that’s going to come out,” Duquette replied. “I know he needs a rest period before he ramps it up, but I’ve been encouraged by what I’ve heard. I know looking at Matt, it looks to me like he’s fairly encouraged by how he feels.
“We’re in a pretty good position ...
If you hang around a Royals Spring Training practice for even a few moments, you’ll hear the familiar and booming voice of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.
“Player!” is Kuntz’s signature bark at his troops, an endearing shout that has become the equivalent of his “Hello.”
Royals players view the term as a compliment about their skills, as in “He’s a player!” but few know the origin of Kuntz’s “Player!”
“I was with Houston, my second or third year coaching,” Kuntz recalled. “All the players would ...
Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
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