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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Calumet (Michigan) News, May 27, 1914:
Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the American league, talked for an hour on Sunday with Joe Tinker, manager of the Chicago Feds. Although nothing definite was done, the great pitcher departed in a receptive mood. No offer was made because Johnson declared he was not open for an offer at the present time.
“I wouldn’t sign a contract now with any ball club, not even with Washington, but I’ll say that the Federal league looks as good to me as any other league, ...
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.
Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
C’mon San Francisco, you are better than this. You would expect this kind of crap if you left something unlocked around Dodger Stadium but I thought you folks were cool.
It has been  day(s) since Jeff Samardzija last won a game.
It has been  day(s) since the last no-hitter.
Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 67 comment(s)
Monday, May 26, 2014
KANSAS CITY—Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was removed from Monday night’s game with what was described as lateral elbow discomfort.
He will undergo an MRI on Tuesday in an effort to determine the severity of the problem. Any elbow irregularity, of course, is cause for concern, especially in light of the recent increase of Tommy John surgeries.
Posted: May 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM | 58 comment(s)
Ellis jumped up and landed on Drew Butera’s discarded catcher’s gear during the celebration, he said.
When you’re a 33-year-old catcher, hitting .170, and you’ve just returned from the DL, this isn’t the smartest thing to do.
vortex of dissipation
Posted: May 26, 2014 at 06:33 PM | 10 comment(s)
Alex Jackson seems to be getting some pre-draft helium.
“Many of the Astros people believe that picking a pitcher at the top is a gamble because of the historical predictability of pitchers,” says another club official friendly with the Houston front office. Last year, if they hadn’t been able to do a deal with (Stanford pitcher) Mark Appel, (North Carolina third baseman) Colin Moran was in their mix. I think it’s certain that Alex Jackson is a name they are looking at closely.”
Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the disabled list and will be dispatched to New York for an examination with team doctors after being diagnosed with a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.
Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
Sunday, May 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA—Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.
Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars.
“I don’t think I had no-hit stuff,” he said. “I just really kept them guessing.”
The 34-year-old right-hander, whose career was almost ...
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:18 PM | 43 comment(s)
This is stupid. Getting angry because a team stole a base with only a five-run lead?? Instead of yelling, how about driving in some runs so your team doesn’t lose 10 games in a row?
The two teams cleared their benches once again, this time as a result of a Yunel Escobar steal of third with two outs in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay carrying an 8-3 lead.
Escobar could be seen shouting at the Red Sox dugout, where Red Sox catcher David Ross had been yelling his displeasure of the stolen base. ...
Gregor’s first home run of the season went to right-center and landed in the hands of a delighted guy. Though few knew it at the time, Gregor said after the game that his dad, Marty Gregor, was the one who caught the ball. Gregor’s parents drove five hours from Indiana to watch their son play this weekend. Aw.
Nice advance Father’s Day present.
He once led the American League in saves. Another year, he led the AL in appearances. He didn’t give up a run in three World Series games. He played 18 seasons in the minors and the majors from the 1942-62.
On May 30, Lown will join an exclusive club of only 63 former players who are in their 90s, and the list of 500 ballplayers who fought in World War II has dwindled below 100.
“I certainly understand the real meaning of Memorial Day,” added Lown, who lost a band of brothers and ...Read More...
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:57 PM | 3 comment(s)
SCOTT SIMON: Speaking of ancient times, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since Roosevelt was president, Theodore Roosevelt, in 1908. We’re outside of the park in front of the marquee, and you know, when my mother did last summer, the Cubs were kind enough to put her name up here. My grandfather, my father, my stepfather, my mother died without ever seeing the Cubs win a World Series here. And you know what, now they’re coming for me.
Includes a chat with Ernie Banks. Let’s play two.
I can’t wait for A League of Their Own tribute night.
The 2,200 seats came out of Camden Yards in Baltimore. The paving stones in the walkways were once part of Kenosha’s city streets.
And out in left field, one of the more bizarre fences in baseball was taking shape as a 43-foot fishing boat named Bambino was anchored to the ground with cement.
. . . the city-owned field that was opened in 1920 and was home to the Simmons Bedding Co. baseball team. During the stadium’s inaugural ...
As Triandos of Clap said…“The WAR ain’t ovah!”
Among front-office types, it’s not just the numbers, but also how you balance them that is important. If, for example, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a high RF (range factor: a formula that is nine times a player’s putouts and assists divided by innings played) and UZR (ultimate zone rating), showing that he saves runs with his defense, how important is it to watch him play? Do those numbers make him more valuable than, say, former ...
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
As Billy Welu and his yellow-speckled jawline used to say…“Trust is a must, or your game is a bust!”
This is old news, and all parties swiftly moved on: The Giants won the World Series without Cabrera; Major League Baseball, at Cabrera’s request, removed him from consideration for a batting title he otherwise would have won; and the Blue Jays signed him to a two-year, $16 million contract — theoretically more than he would have made without cheating, but less than he would have made had he ...
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
...and he also invented The Steering Wheel of Death for the ‘54 Cadillac Eldorado! So let’s hear it for…..
Although Selig has deliberately and steadfastly avoided endorsing any candidate for his successor, it has stood to reason his No. 2 man, MLB COO Rob Manfred, would naturally evolve to the position by virtue of having been the point man for much of Selig’s legacy — as the chief labor negotiator for three collective bargaining agreements that were completed without a work stoppage; the ...
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 20 comment(s)
If the Red Sox played Samardzija right now, would anybody come out with a win?
I’m sorry, that was mean. Here’s the OMNICHATTER.
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 61 comment(s)
Sources said the union is concerned about how the Cubs’ business practices are affecting player markets. At least one agent met with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts this year, according to sources, to make the case for investing in the major-league team even as the club overhauls the scouting and player development system.
Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 33 comment(s)
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Not really news, but every time someone messes with Beltre’s head, the result is pretty awesome.
Posted: May 24, 2014 at 01:51 PM | 25 comment(s)
Wouldn’t you return if you were only 1 career Out Made behind Barry Bonds?!
Given his need for attention and the narrative friends say he’s already scripted – disgraced PED-user rises from the ashes to win over the fans – news of A-Rod’s homecoming isn’t entirely unexpected. What’s more surprising, though, is ownership’s willingness to let Rodriguez walk through the open door.
The whole notion of buying out the remainder of A-Rod’s contract seems dead for now. One major league ...
Posted: May 24, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 35 comment(s)
ATLANTA— Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado left Friday night’s game against the Braves after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.
Arenado led off the second inning with a double to left field. Arenado’s slide beat shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ tag. The play stood following a review that lasted 3 minutes, 48 seconds.
The first organization to outlaw head first slides by their players wins a gold star from me. And that review time is obscene.
The veteran third baseman threw a tantrum in the tunnel leading into the Braves clubhouse following a second-inning strikeout against the Colorado Rockies, forcing manager Fredi Gonzalez to remove him for Ramiro Pena in the top of the third.
A 73 OPS+, leads the league in GIDP, sorta nuts, and a three year extension that hasn’t even kicked in yet.
For a brief shining moment between 1914 and 1915, Brooklyn had two major league baseball teams—the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers and the not-so-legendary Brooklyn Tip-Tops.
Within the New York area, one franchise was awarded to Brooklyn, owned by a baker named Robert Ward… The baker, with his brother George S. Ward, sunk more than $250,000 into the new concrete-and-steel ballpark, situated so near the Gowanus that fans got a good whiff of its toxic odors on summer days.
An owner paying for ...Read More...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Roenicke then went to plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth to make a double-switch and pointed to the bullpen for a lefty. There was no lefty warming up so Duke volunteered to come out, but Roenicke told Culbreth he wanted Smith.
The rules state that a new pitcher can throw no more than eight pitches after taking the mound. Because Culbreth was informed Smith had not been up in the bullpen, he asked Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez if he would agree to more pitches and Gonzalez said no.
Two things I ...Read More...
Posted: May 23, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
But if the game had continued longer, it could have been the second time this year Manager Joe Girardi had to call upon a position player to pitch. If the situation comes up again, Ichiro Suzuki may be the man. A former high school pitcher who has thrown in an All-Star Game, the 40-year-old Suzuki has ambitions to get back on the mound at least one more time before he retires.
“I would be happy to help if they need me,” he said, his eyes brightening at the prospect of it.
Suzuki pitched ...
Time for some traffic problems on Shea Bridge.
Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.
“I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”
...The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. ...
Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 26 comment(s)
Touched toned = Jack O’Connell
Some years ago I got into a chat with Derek Jeter about playing shortstop. I mentioned to him that in doing some research for a story I was doing on Luis Aparicio, the Hall of Famer, I discovered that he only played shortstop in the major leagues. All 2,583 games of “Little Looie’s” career were at that position, which I thought was pretty interesting.
So did Jeter. We had been talking around the time Cal Ripken Jr. had moved from shortstop to third base ...
Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 76 comment(s)
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