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Friday, April 24, 2015
Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, become a U.S. citizen Friday and was the keynote speaker during the ceremony for 140 other South Florida residents.
“This is a dream that I’ve had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing,” Fernandez said. “Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it’s really fantastic.”
The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that had flown over the team’s stadium….
“This is one of ...
I don’t know how whether this is very odd or not but I noticed Andrew Miller has yet to face a lefty batter in the seven games that he’s pitched. 29 plate appearances, all against right-handed batters. Even without facing a lefty, he’s been dominant. .
Posted: April 24, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 24 comment(s)
Syndicated columnist Hugh Fullerton in the Milwaukee Journal, April 24, 1915:
Here is Ty Cobb’s newest play—and his most daring one.
Cobb is on first when the ball was bunted. The throw is made to second, but Cobb beats it and, without stopping, starts for third. The batter meantime turns first. Cobb reaches third by a narrow squeak and the batter lands in safety on second.
Every time Cobb has tried it so far this year—it was quite a part of the training trip—he has been put out by a foot or ...
When wasn’t he right?
Weaver was right.
The Dodgers need to find a way to ride out Guerrero’s hot streak, even if the thought irritates Mattingly.
Asked if he considered making Guerrero the starting third baseman and Uribe his late-inning defensive replacement, Mattingly mentioned Turner again.
“Where does J.T. fit in your plan?” Mattingly snapped. “Does he not play? Should he not start and then somebody come in for him? I know the people are chanting for Alex right now, but there’s other guys too that probably have swung the ...
Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
Before and after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, with gusto, on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn chatted with team president Brian Auld and other Rays officials.
That level of banter is about all they can do for now, at least until St. Petersburg and the Rays work out a deal for them to discuss stadium sites on the other side of the bridges. Those talks are on hold, likely until after the season, after the St. Pete City Council rejected the last proposal.
“We still are willing to ...
Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 6 comment(s)
Seats with touchscreen monitors? Sorry but what is this guy smoking? There is barely room (and sometimes no room) for cup holders. With smartphones, why would you even need a monitor?
Nor does NYU sports business professor Robert Boland. But he can envision seats with touchscreen monitors being installed, giving spectators access to the producer’s feed from the truck along with more statistics and maybe even bringing gambling to the stands.
“Or some sort of interactive community where (you can ...
Posted: April 24, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
Thursday, April 23, 2015
That Brett Lawrie sure gets around.
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The art of sabermetrics—first brought to the mainstream by Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, Moneyball—is, essentially, the math of baseball. Since the book’s publication, a new breed of baseball personnel—such as the Cubs’ Theo Epstein (formerly of the Red Sox) and Boston’s Ben Cherington—have followed in Oakland A’s general manager and Moneyball star Billy Beane’s footsteps, and the way a winning team is built has changed fundamentally.
The most crucial statistic to understanding ...
Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
The most subversive thing I’ve ever read in the LA Times. Columnist Chris Erskine gives detailed instructions on how to mask your DNS to watch Dodger games on MLB.TV, avoiding antiquated blackout rules and telling Time Warner cable to…..well, who needs them anymore?
Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
What are the odds?
Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer’s All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.
Rose, baseball’s career hits leader and a former Reds star player and manager, agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport in 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on his team to win while he was managing the club.
Manfred said initial thoughts about Rose’s role at the July 14 game will come from ...
Poz’s selection may angry up the blood.
How good was Roger Clemens? Well, yesterday I pointed out that his career is better than Sandy Koufax and Johan Santana.
But Matthew Namee — who was once Bill James’ research assistant — does me one better. He sent Tom Tango a comparison that shows that Roger Clemens is, basically, Sandy Koufax PLUS Pedro Martinez, the two greatest short-career pitchers in the game’s history.
How does he figure that? Start with Pedro:
Clemens in Boston: 81 WAR, ...
Former Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo (2003-2006) has been charged in court with kidnapping, according to multiple reports out of the Dominican Republic.
Lugo last professionally played baseball for los Leones del Escogido, and last played stateside for the Braves in 2011.
Lugo’s arrest warrant was issued in the cities of La Romana and Santo Domingo for kidnapping and the posession of fire arms. According to the paper, Lugo and four men held their hostage and his girlfriend at gunpoint, ...
If I was listing the four living players who best exemplify what baseball means to me, I would include Koufax, Mays, Aaron and Rose, those players who filled my imagination as a boy. If I was to list the four most thrilling players who are still living, I might include Koufax and Rickey, Bonds and Pedro (or Ryan). If I had to list the four most iconic players still living, I might say Yogi, Mays, Aaron and Koufax.
But four greatest living players? Realistically, Koufax just isn’t on that ...
Interesting. Do chicks dig the backspin?
So my initial puzzle as to why there was such a great difference in distance between these two home runs has been resolved. Multiple analyses using both Home Run Tracker and StatCast data show the primary reason for the different distances is the backspin. Everything hangs together nicely. In fact, the closeness of the StatCast distance to the independently determined distance from Home Run Tracker provides additional confirmation that the TrackMan ...
Posted: April 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
A weird, but not necessarily wussy, decision.
No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant, who played exclusively third base in the minors and made his long-awaited big-league debut at third base last week, is starting in center field for the Cubs today.
Bryant got his feet wet in center field Wednesday night, shifting to the outfield from third base when Dexter Fowler left the game with a groin injury.
Fowler remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Pirates, so manager Joe Maddon has Kris Bryant ...
I don’t know how you beat the Tigers now…
Tigers righty Joe Nathan has torn the ulnar collateral ligament as well as a tendon in his right elbow, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter...
Nathan, 40, opened the year as Detroit’s closer despite a challenging 2014 season in which he posted a 4.81 ERA. He struck out just 8.4 batters per nine while walking 4.5 per nine, both of which were the worst marks of his career since he moved to the pen.
That was obviously not the output that the ...
Clemens, Piazza, and Bonds will get into the Hall of Fame. It’s not an if, it’s a when.
Pittsburgh Press, April 23, 1915:
If J. Franklin Baker goes through with his determination to play with the Upland [Pennsylvania] team of the Delaware County league it will in all probability mean that he will never be permitted to play in organized baseball again.
“Baker can’t make a fool out of me,” said [Connie] Mack, “and if he thinks that he can have a little jaunt in the Delaware County league and then at his pleasure report to me and expect to find a place on my team, he has made the ...
Does A-Rod even exist?
According to two sources familiar with the situation, when Rodriguez goes deep with number 660, the Yankees will have a precise period of time — two weeks, as per one of the sources — to declare this as a marketable milestone. If they were to do this, then Rodriguez would sign over the rights to his image and associated branding for the price of $6 million.
The same drill would go into effect should A-Rod tie Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Bonds (762), as ...
The Yoan Moncada era has begun. When will the Red Sox stop making a mockery of the game by keeping him in the minors?
FREE YOAN MONCADA!!!
Posted: April 23, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
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