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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
In other words…if you want a shorter schedule payroll cuts are in order.
The schedule: Both Manfred and Clark acknowledge that 162 games in 183 days is a grind, and Clark said the evolving nature of the game and its off-the-field demands have made it even more challenging. Clark stressed that measures need to be made to put players in the best position to play at a high level every day and to improve the likelihood that a fan attending a game can expect to see his or her favorite player in ...
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 21 comment(s)
“It’s baseball; we face All-Stars all the time,” Harris said. “It’s no different. You just want to do your job, and now the game counts for so much. With home-field advantage, there’s a little bit extra on the line which makes it that much more fun.”
Posted: July 13, 2016 at 06:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
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SAN DIEGO - Commissioner Rob Manfred, insisting he remains a proponent of the A’s staying in Oakland, said Major League Baseball would regret a relocation.
“I am committed to Oakland as a major-league site,” Manfred said Tuesday. “If we were to leave Oakland, I think 10 years from now we would be more likely than not looking backwards saying we made a mistake.
It seems almost inconceivable now, given the risk of injury and the overall unwillingness of most big leaguers to give up a precious day off. Back then, though, two years after a players’ strike wiped out the World Series, in-season barnstorming trips to minor league affiliates weren’t uncommon.
The Mariners, fresh off an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 1995 and contending again in ‘96, were set to play a doubleheader July 30 in Milwaukee. After wrapping up a ...
Just another baby step toward the (non) resolution of the MASN dispute between the Orioles and Nationals.
A New York Supreme Court justice ruled Monday that the Orioles-controlled Mid-Atlantic Sports Network won’t have to return next month to a Major League Baseball arbitration panel to have its long-running television rights fee dispute with the Washington Nationals decided.
Appearing on Colin Cowherd’s program Monday morning, Harper was asked about Cowherd’s contention that defensive shifts are bad for the game and should be outlawed.
“I think a lot of guys would agree with you,” Harper said. “I don’t think it will ever happen, but I think we should outlaw the DH, as well.
I was excited about this article until I read ‘Colin Cowherd’. You know what a herd of cows leave behind??
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Toledo News-Bee, July 12, 1916:
[Louisville] Colonels and [Minneapolis] Millers each took an end of the double bill on Tuesday. Minneapolis’ win in the second game made it four out of six on the series.
[Louisville] Manager Bill Clymer objected to Umpire Murray’s decisions behind the bat in the first game, and Murray invited him to stand behind him and watch the throws.
I’d have loved to watch an umpire invite Earl Weaver or Billy Martin to hang out behind the plate.
The Cardinals seeing Diaz as their future at shortstop is quite a reversal from 12 months ago, when it was possible his time with the team had passed. The Cardinals needed a spot on the 40-man roster, and Diaz had idled at Class AA. The club designated him for assignment. Diaz had to pass through waivers, giving 29 teams a chance to claim him. (“Whoops,” said one NL executive earlier this season.) In the months that followed, Diaz went on a tear: He hit better than .300, reached base more ...
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
There is some evidence to suggest that after years of being overpowered by dominant pitchers whose fastballs routinely approach triple digits, batters have started to catch up to the heat. Hitters have a .399 slugging percentage against pitches traveling 95 mph and up this season, up from .337 in 2014.
“Guys throw so hard now, you either become accustomed to it or we have to find another line of work,” said Washington Nationals All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, who has already set a ...
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 4 comment(s)
From Petco Park in San Diego.. American League (Chris Sale for an inning or two) and National League (Johnny Cueto for an inning or two) face off for home field in the World Series and bragging rights and y’know what how about we just have fun? CHATTER UP!
Posted: July 12, 2016 at 12:14 AM | 272 comment(s)
Monday, July 11, 2016
The story about the story.
Daniel Murphy, despite his 2015 playoff exploits and seven decorated seasons with the Mets, is not a popular man in New York right now. He’s become an MVP candidate with the Nationals who leads the majors with a .348 batting average. And against the Mets, he’s been even better. He’s raised his game against his former team to a level not seen from him before.
With his two-run homer on Sunday, Murphy is now batting .423 (22-of-52) with seven homers in 21 RBI in 13 ...
Toledo News-Bee, July 11, 1916:
CUT BALL IN HALF, IS COLUMBIA’S PLAN
Columbia University wants at least half the baseball that was used in the annual game with Penn on Franklin field this year.
For years the winning team has hung the ball in its trophy room, but this year darkness brought the contest to an end in the 15th inning with the score tied. The Penn team retained possession of the ball despite protests.
Harry Fisher, graduate manager of athletics at Columbia, has written the Penn ...
Is regressing before you become an All-Star a really big issue?
Benintendi, the Red Sox’s first-round pick out of Arkansas a year ago, has only 177 at-bats at Double A. Some Sox officials are wary of rushing him, knowing that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reached the majors quickly, then regressed before becoming All-Stars.
Since I’m sure they are watching his innings, how long can the Cardinals resist adding him to their bullpen? As Earl Weaver used to say, “The best place for a rookie pitcher is in long relief.”
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is still another day or two away from playing catch, so the D-backs right-hander will likely not be ready to return for the team’s first turn through the rotation after the All-Star break.
As Girardi said before the game: “We’re not in a great position, but if you’re in this position, you want to play games in your division.”
That won’t be a problem for the fourth-place Yankees. Of their remaining 74 games, they will play AL East opponents 49 times — 13 each with the Orioles, Red Sox and Rays and 10 with the Blue Jays. It starts right out of the chute; after the Red Sox (49-38), the Orioles (51-36) come to town for a four-game set.
That might very well expose and ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 25 comment(s)
In short, we’re witnessing a return to the same theory that guided ’70s major league teams’ color principles. Brighter is better, at least for now. And nostalgia is leading the way. The recent bright shifts by the Brewers, Astros, Blue Jays, Padres and the M’s weekend throwbacks all were preceded by nods to franchise nostalgia. Of course, all those franchises also had sunk toward extended mediocrity and wanted to change their image. Moving forward, that would seem to make the Rockies ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 26 comment(s)
The Indians and Brantley have been encouraged by his progress since he received a cortisone shot from Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. The biceps tendinitis had slowed Brantley’s return from November surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder to the point where he was placed on the disabled list on May 14 for the second time this season.
“Sometimes you try to say things in a PC way, but we are excited,” said Francona. “When the diagnosis came ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
How’s his defense? He misplayed a Bregman single into a triple in the Future’s Game.
There is some life in the Mets farm system.
He’s a freak.
“The No. 1 thing is you can’t really strike him out, so that eliminates a lot of outs,” Greinke said. “And he can kind of hit anything.
“It’s weird. It’s not like he has some super strength where if you make a mistake he crushes it. It’s just no matter what you do, he’s probably going to bat close to .300. And if you leave it over the middle, it would probably be closer to .350.”
The latter is roughly where Altuve’s batting average will sit entering this week’s All-Star break. ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 10 comment(s)
The World team hadn’t won a SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this decade. For most of Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, it appeared it wouldn’t again this year.
The World was down to its last five outs when U.S. shortstop Alex Bregman’s (Astros) error put the tying run on base. Up came second baseman Yoan Moncada (Red Sox), the best prospect in the Futures Game and arguably the best in baseball. When Anthony Banda (D-backs) hung a changeup, Moncada crushed a 406-foot homer into the upper deck in ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
How many politicians are in the Braves pockets?
Another one of Cupid’s concerns was that the ordinance could impact property owners near the stadium and The Battery Atlanta by restricting their ability to allow vendors to set up in their parking lots or other parts of their property.
“That is how I interpreted the code, that any vending of items by those classified as vendors would not be able to within a certain distance” of the stadium, Cupid said. “I just get concerned overall when ...
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 39 comment(s)
Do you want to consider the horrible truth, or do you want to OMNICHATTER about some DINGERS!?!?!
Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
It’s a rite of passage for a United States president to throw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game at least once during his tenure. Other than that, though, politics and baseball don’t often mix. That’s what makes the summer schedule of Palm Springs Power relief pitcher Alex Strizak unusual.
By night, Strizak is a relief pitcher for the Palm Springs Power. By day, he is an intern working for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert).
Sunday, July 10, 2016
The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.
“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.
“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
All in? They shouldn’t be all in this year.
It’s tricky because they still enough top-of-the-rotation pitching, as long as Syndergaard proves to be OK, to try to win a championship, and this is a year when they should be all-in, considering that Yoenis Cespedes figures to invoke his opt-out clause and become a free agent, along with Neil Walker.
Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
Derek Jeter is finally a married man. The 42-year-old former New York Yankees captain married model Hannah Davis, 26, on Saturday. And rather than throw a big showbiz wedding, the couple chose to exchange their vows in a small and intimate ceremony with only close friends and family in Napa, Calif.
The ceremony took place outside at the picturesque Meadowood resort in Napa, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit beauty Davis walked down the aisle in a stunning, custom-made Vera Wang ...
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