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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Tom Tippett took questions from the audience after speaking at this weekend’s Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball seminar in Boston, and one in particular caught my attention. Boston’s senior baseball analyst was asked to compare Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington and Dave Dombrowski, all of whom he’s worked for as a member of the Red Sox front office. His response (edited here for concision) was as follows:
“Theo was very analytical,” said Tippett. “Very creative, always ...
Most scientists conduct their experiments in the seclusion of their labs, far away from eyes that might judge their work before they’ve reached conclusions. Back in 2008, when they were pitching together with the Kansas City Royals, Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke conducted their experiments in front of more than 37,000 people.
Bannister and Greinke had come across early data on pitch velocity and movement generated by a camera system mounted at major-league stadiums, a system now widely ...
For once, Loopy gets it exactly right
The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.
There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:
Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin ...
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!
Don’t they preplan these things now?
Was the HOF taking shots at the Big Guy?
He’s still going.
Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.
After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all ...
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
Get everybody healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
“The catchers are smart,” Taillon said. “The catchers and Ray really game plan quite well. I’m keeping my head down. I don’t shake much, I just do what Ray says and throw whatever those guys put down.”
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound good.
Although his rehab lasted into the 2016 season, Wheeler was anticipated to be a part of the Mets rotation down the stretch. Instead, his rehab had been delayed due to elbow discomfort, bringing Wheeler’s return into question. Now, one has to wonder if he will pitch for the Mets this season, as Wheeler will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss further discomfort in his elbow.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.
The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.
And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
“He’s got the most power to right field that I’ve seen,” A’s shortstop Marcus Semien said. “Wherever the pitch is, he’s trying to hit it there. He knows he can hit it out of the park anywhere, so that’s a special gift to have.” Davis, 28, came over in a February trade from Milwaukee, and while he was floundering through a rough April during his first month with his new club, hitting coach Darren Bush still credited the work ethic he was showing in the batting cage. Now that Davis has ...
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
A lot of people who know Alex praise him. A lot of other people who know Alex criticize him. Whose right? Both. I appreciate Alex Rodriguez as a player. I enjoyed watching him play.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
That’s not a good record.
“We don’t want to see that again,” Melvin said of the A’s setting an Oakland record by having used different starters in eight straight games. “We’re probably status quo with the rotation the next time around. Then we’ll see when Jesse comes back. We still have Mengden, Cotton, Alcantara; they may be a little big later in coming.”
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, August 12, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants will put the finishing touches on honoring their San Francisco-era Hall of Fame quintet by unveiling a statue in right-hander Gaylord Perry’s honor before the Aug. 13 game against Baltimore, the organization announced Monday.
The bronze image of Perry, 77, will join the sculptures of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda that are located along AT&T Park’s perimeter. Each played virtually all or a significant amount of his career with the Giants ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Press, August 12, 1916:
When Charles E. Hughes, Republican candidate for President, visited the Athletics-Detroit game in Detroit, Cobb was introduced to the candidate. Ty then presented Mr. Hughes with a baseball which was among his most treasured possessions and which any fan would be glad to own. The horsehide bears the signature of Theodore Roosevelt, Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and Ty Cobb.
As a baseball nerd, a history nerd, and a baseball history nerd, this sounds to me ...Read More...
Yankees and notes.
While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.
“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
Hope is alive in Seattle!
“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.
“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”
Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month ...
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