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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Kyle Schwarber, who was set to catch every fifth day with Jason Hammel last year prior to shredding his knee, could eventually be an option to take time behind the plate as well. But the Cubs have announced no official plans for Schwarber in 2017 as far as catching goes, and at this point it would be hard to imagine him doing anything more than serving as a solid third catcher that fills in when need be.
Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
While Reyes was the obvious winner, it wasn’t a unanimous choice. Glasnow, who got a pair of votes in last year’s poll, got three this time. Though he struggled during his brief big league time in 2016, there are those who still believe he’ll figure it all out.
“He has frontline starter stuff with swing-and-miss ability,” another scouting director said. “He’s still continuing to get better and will be a dominant No. 1.”
Posted: January 04, 2017 at 11:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
The Daily Missoulian, January 4, 1917:
UMPIRE CANS WHOLE NINE
Jimmy Murray Puts Entire Ball Team Off Field in One Game.
[After nobody heard Murray call a drive down the line foul, costing Buffalo an apparent home run,] “there was an awful demonstration. A stranger would have thought the inmates of some insane asylum had been turned loose…Before I was able to restore order I found it necessary to tag seven of those Buffalo players with tickets to the clubhouse.”
[In the ninth inning of the ...
For stat-minded fans of a certain age, Grich’s absence from Cooperstown ranks among the great injustices of the universe, making him the keystone equivalent of long-neglected, belatedly enshrined third baseman Ron Santo. From 1970 through ‘86, Grich combined good power with excellent plate discipline and outstanding defense (+71 runs) while playing on five division-winning teams in Baltimore and Anaheim. He earned All-Star honors six times, won four Gold Gloves and led the AL in homers and ...Read More...
Who will end Chelsea’s run? Will Real Madrid’s brand of super-star-driven conventional football keep the rest of La Liga at bay? Is this the year Big Sam finally gets relegated? Do Bundesliga fans prefer their corporate overlords Razenballsport or T-Mobile flavored? Whither Swansea? Does Pep need a pick-me-up?
These and other important questions answered in the second half of the season!
Posted: January 04, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 248 comment(s)
Jonah Keri talks about the Blue Jays being caught between a rock and a hard place.
If Shapiro and Atkins truly wanted to build the team their way, they could have shopped all-world third baseman Josh Donaldson at the height of his value, rather than waiting until, say, the end of the 2017 season, when he’ll be one year from free agency. They could have shopped Happ and Estrada coming off big seasons, offering suitors strong and inexpensive starting pitching alternatives at a time when the ...
Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
Moss does seem like a great fit.
A hitter such as Bautista or Bruce could thrive at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Moss, because of his left-handed bat and ability to play first base, also could provide support for Tommy Joseph, who slugged 21 homers in 315 at-bats last season but was better when he had the platoon advantage against left-handed pitching.
Posted: January 04, 2017 at 07:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.
Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery. ...Read More...
Right-hander Drew Storen and catcher Tucker Barnhart go way back to their high school days near Indianapolis. So do Storen and the Cincinnati Reds. That’s why the 29-year-old reliever signing with Reds for one year and $3 million guaranteed on Tuesday feels a bit like a homecoming.
“For Halloween, I was Chris Sabo multiple times,” Storen said. “It’s kind of nice to have my own name on a jersey.”
The addition of Storen is the first major offseason move by the Reds this winter, who ...
Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
“We’ve always liked his ability to hit with power,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said of O’Brien. “He’s got a couple of options remaining as well. So it fits in line with what we’re trying to do going forward.”
The options mean O’Brien can be stashed in the minor leagues for the next two seasons. A former catcher who has transitioned to the outfield, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound slugger lacks a natural defensive position. But the Royals also view him as a potential flier in ...
The Arizona Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County on Tuesday, seeking to break the team’s lease at Chase Field so that it can seek financiers to build a new stadium or renovate the 19-year-old ballpark.
The Diamondbacks’ lease with the county, which owns the stadium, prevents the team from talking with outside groups until 2024, and requires the team to play in its current home until 2028.
The Maricopa County Superior Court lawsuit is the latest twist in a long-running conflict over which party ...
Although I’d don’t believe it’s possible with the current technology, one stat which would be great to see for pitchers is something that measures the time a hitter gets a clear look at the ball during the pitcher’s delivery. Everybody who has played knows batters get better looks at some pitchers more than others. To me this is the last important piece of the pitching puzzle that needs to be measured to quantify a pitcher’s stuff.
Posted: January 03, 2017 at 04:38 PM | 1 comment(s)
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, January 3, 1917:
That certain baseball magnates are considering a plan to utilize their ball parks for professional football and to back financially a league of national proportions next fall is the report brought here from Detroit.
The plan involves the organization of a league along the lines of professional baseball…Among the cities mentioned as prospective members of the new league are Chicago, New York, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and ...
... absolutely nothing. But, hey, a fandom can dream… and it was a very cool moment.
Okay. Calm down. Trout was, again, at the Eagles game on Sunday (they beat the Cowboys … yay). And Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Birds the lead. And then, after throwing that pass, Wentz handed the ball to … oh boy … yup … to Mike Trout.
This story by Harvey T. Woodruff, originally headed “Comiskey Plans World Tour,” ran in the Chicago Tribune in 1913. It is of less interest for its headline event than for its profile of one of the most revered, later reviled, and most recently revised life stories in baseball history, that of Charles A. Comiskey, founding owner of today’s Chicago White Sox.
Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
You can’t win in the playoffs if you don’t get there.
And durable rotations have been a key to success.
In the past 21 years, 74 of the 178 teams that advance to the postseason had at least four starting pitchers work at least 162 innings, including nine World Series champions and 21 of the 42 teams that reached the World Series.
The Cubs quintet of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel reinforced that over the course of the 2016 regular season.
Posted: January 03, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 23 comment(s)
Monday, January 02, 2017
Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.
“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”
After a wonderful start to the ...
Posted: January 02, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
Catcher—Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (42 games), Lake County (60 games): Already one of Cleveland’s most talked-about prospects, the 20-year-old entrenched himself in the Minor League record book with a 50-game hitting streak in 2016. In just his fourth professional season, Mejia sported a slash line of .342/.382/.514 with 11 homers and 80 RBIs in 102 games while improving his defense all the while.
“He certainly put his name out there, didn’t he?” Hawkins said. “Not just by his numbers or the ...
Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
Entertainment once hummed along creating the background noise of our lives. Nowadays, it has come to the foreground. We live in “sensurround”, surrounded by billions of bits of information – audio, visual, graphic, factual, fictional – all distributed on algorithmically generated social media formats, played on gadgets of ever-decreasing size laid over traditional platforms like radio, television and cinema.
Over the last decade, all manner of gimmickry and novelty has been rolled out ...
Posted: January 02, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 1809 comment(s)
Sunday, January 01, 2017
“The fact that we’re all kind of like a tight-knit brotherhood within ourselves, we’re always rooting for one another,” Syndergaard told reporters last week. “We’ve got a really good camaraderie.”
So what if they’ve, ya know, never actually pitched together in one complete turn of the rotation. Like, ever. All that matters is that they love each other like five brothers from another mother. Mind you, chemistry isn’t the only thing the Mets starters have going for themselves. To hear them tell ...Read More...
Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb
Posted: January 01, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
New York Mets
It began as the Metropolitan Baseball Club. In the 1880s, newspapers listed the team as the Metropolitans as a way to distinguish it from the neighboring New Yorks. The name Metropolitans then sat unused for nearly a century until New York’s 1962 expansion team, replacing the departed Giants and Dodgers, revived it.
WWWNTTT: Any name we might consider for the Yankees, we might also for the Mets. Well, not any name. We couldn’t call them the Empires. The Yankees are the Evil ...
Posted: January 01, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 143 comment(s)
While I agree that voters might be influenced by early voting, they are also influenced by a great deal of things, including the direct promotion of candidates. In the whole scheme of things, the impact of early voting seems like a small issue.
More and more writers are making their ballots public well in advance of the January announcement, and they are being scrutinized ad infinitum on social media. While mostly a good thing, this could unduly influence a small yet meaningful percentage of ...
Posted: January 01, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 4 comment(s)
hall of fame
Murray Chass was once a great baseball reporter. He has devolved into a self-parody.
The Internet is responsible for this sort of inane behavior. It is free to all and allows all to behave like mentally deficient jerks. I had initially planned on disclosing and discussing my Hall of Fame ballot in this column, but those MDJ’s will have to wait, if I ever reveal it at all.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
There is plenty of crying in baseball.
This is just how it is. We should stop looking for perfect easy outs, formulas that are never coming, the 100 percent of applause of those judging us. If you receive the honor of getting a Hall of Fame vote, work hard on it, apply what you value and — remember — there is no crying in baseball.
Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Friday, December 30, 2016
MLB GMs are evaluating players very similarly now. It’s not a coincidence they aren’t willing to pay the glut of hitters excessively.
Overall, next year’s class is probably slightly better for position players. Cain, Frazier, Lucroy, and Moustakas — along with Hosmer, Martinez, and Santana — present more upside and production than Bautista, Cespedes, Encarnacion, Fowler, Reddick, and Turner. After this year’s deep freeze in free agency — perhaps complicated by CBA negotiations — we ...
Posted: December 30, 2016 at 07:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
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