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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Mookie Betts, strike thrower
Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.
Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.
There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in ...
Forget Star Wars!
The popular series ‘MLB Network Presents’ is slated to return on Dec, 10 at 8 p.m. ET, right at the conclusion of the winter meetings coverage, and it starts with a look at the Kansas City Royals 30-year journey to their second World Series championship.
“Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later” is the title of the program and it will feature interviews with Royals past, including Hall of Famer George Brett and teammates Danny Jackson, Darryl Motley, Bret Saberhagen, Frank ...
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 9, 1915:
Before the next American league pennant season opens the Cleveland American league baseball club, as well as the Cleveland American association team, will have acquired new owners, according to present indications.
Although no official statement has been made, it is known that the bankers’ committee in charge of the financial affairs of Charles W. Somers, the present owner of the teams, is in favor of selling the clubs as a means of meeting Somers’ present ...
Instant replay stinks.This is just one example.
One play that has received a lot of scrutiny is when a runner slides into a base safely but is then called out when his foot loses contact with the base for a split-second.
“We accepted certain things over the years, but when a camera shows you that the glove is on the guy’s leg and he’s not on the bag, how can you say he’s safe?” he said. “It’s not my favorite play and I know [Rules Committee member] Jimmy Leyland has been trying to put wording ...
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
rules of play
The deal Greinke signed, starting with his age-32 season next year, will pay him more than $34 million in 2016, or approximately $1 million per start. The extension Carrasco signed last April pays him roughly the same, $37.5 million, but over the next five seasons combined—and even that’s only if the team exercises the 2019 and ‘20 club options. He’s making about the same over five seasons as Happ, who is nearly five years older and with a fraction of the success, is making over three. Carrasco ...
Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.
And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.
In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.
Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will ...
this is as weird as it seems, right?
“...I got a buddy at home that’s being abused by his wife. So I think this policy needs to go further than the player. I think the policy should go to whoever’s involved. Sometimes abusers don’t always have pants on.
“You’re always in need of left-handed pitching, left-handed hitting, and in need of speed. I think that’s the No. 1 thing that’s missing, I think, in the game is speed. You know, with the need for minorities, you can help ...
The real victims in all of this are high-level baseball executives.
“I know we can’t touch him,” a high-ranking National League executive said. “Our owner would never go for that. And I’m getting the sense from other teams that they feel the same way.
“Yeah, we know talent can cover up some character flaws, but domestic violence is such a hot topic now.”
It was just a year ago that the Reds traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers, and few even blinked that he was the same guy ...
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
“We haven’t been actively shopping him, but other than the four guys [Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard and Matz], we’re going to be looking for ways to improve the team,” Ricco said. “If there’s a deal that involves him and makes us better, I think we would definitely consider it.”
Niese went 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 33 appearances (29 starts) for the Mets this past season.
How would the Mets’ offset the departure of Niese in the rotation until Wheeler’s expected return in June or ...Read More...
Are there any bridges in Cooperstown?
Shaughnessy has likewise inveighed against online baseball writers and analysts, their readers and their interests, often in his annual Hall of Fame column. In 2009 he called those arguing in favor of Edgar Martinez’s Hall candidacy “The stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.” The following year he called those who opposed Jack Morris “silly stat shut-ins.” He did not, it seems, extend that ...
For context, that would be less than half of the lowest team payroll from last season. But since this is just for fun, any player from any club is up for grabs. The only rule is that their 2016 salaries must add up to less than $30 million. As it turns out, putting together a high-quality roster in this scenario is not terribly difficult, thanks to the great wealth of talented young players in today’s game who have yet to sign their first significant contract.
But before we get to one version ...
Opt-out clauses in baseball are supposed to benefit players, but savvy teams are now taking advantage of them to shorten risky long-term deals. Who’s going to get stuck with an albatross if the market turns south and players stop opting out?
The years following their opt-outs, however, have proven far less rosy for their clubs. Unsurprisingly, the seasons covered by their new contracts but not their old ones have been a debacle: the group averaged just 1.7 WAR per year while still being paid ...
Not seeing an ideal fit on the free-agent market, the Cardinals addressed their need for a utility infielder by acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. A member of the Cardinals’ organization for almost a decade, Jay did not have an obvious fit on the 2016 club following an injury-plagued season.
As part of the deal, the Cardinals are also receiving about $7.5 million from the Padres, according to a source, to help offset the $32 million Gyorko is ...
I’m not buying the difference. A GM only goes to Plan B when Plan A isn’t an option. Does Speier think Dombrowski wouldn’t have gone in other directions if his preferred plan wasn’t doable?
Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees are all known to have spoken about Fernandez with the Marlins, who have said publicly that their ace is unavailable even while they continue to entertain trade talks about the 23-year-old right-hander.
If you are going to stink, stink. This way you get a higher draft. Of course, don’t expect fans to buy into such a plan.
Braves general manager John Coppolella and president of baseball operations John Hart said payroll was affected by the increased spending or planned spending on foreign free agents and the June 2016 draft, when the Braves have the third overall pick — much higher than they picked in recent years and thus a higher signing bonus.
“First of all, what we have done — when we ...
Posted: December 08, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
hen Frank Viola underwent open-heart surgery and missed the beginning of the 2014 season, the New York Mets assigned Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach Tom Signore to Las Vegas to fill in. A mishap during his stay with the Triple-A club ended up costing Signore use of his right eye. It also led to nightmarish concussion symptoms that left him unable to work.
Now, Signore feels able to return. But the 53-year-old Signore has been pushed out by the organization. And he feels betrayed.
He suggests ...
“I could have probably pitched another year, but what would it have cost me?” Wagner said. “You’re past the point of financial security. You’re playing strictly for Hall of Fame numbers and to win a championship, which, for me, didn’t come. The relevance is, ‘How were you when you played?’ Not ‘Why did you retire?’ but ‘How were you when you played?’ ”
When Wagner played, few hitters could touch him. Such dominance is worthy, at least, of a long look.
Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 11 comment(s)
hall of fame
More curious is the presence of the Tigers, particularly since Dave Dombrowski was at the helm for 13 consecutive seasons. Either through scouting, development or trades, Dombrowski’s charges flooded the BA top 100 from 1990 until 2001. In this time frame, Dombrowski was the Opening Day GM for 11 seasons (not counting 1992, when the Marlins were yet to debut). His teams placed 65 players on the top 100 during that run, a dizzying average of 5.9 players per year.
Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
A good-will tour of Cuba next week by Major League Baseball and its players’ union will include a prominent Cuban player who defected in 2013, a rare concession by a Cuban government that typically denounces such individuals as traitors and bars them from its national team.
The player, Jose Abreu, has established himself as one of baseball’s premier sluggers in his two seasons as the first baseman of the Chicago White Sox. He will be joined on the good-will tour by at least two other Cuban ...
Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
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