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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Curt Schilling has said that his politics are costing him votes for the Hall of Fame. The other day here at NRO, Aaron Goldstein argued specifically that in the most recent balloting, earlier this winter, baseball writers backed away from Schilling because he supported Trump last year in the presidential election.
A few problems dog that theory. One is that Schilling did better in the 2017 voting than he’s done on average in his five years of eligibility.
(As always, views expressed in the ...Read More...
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Wieters and Gutierrez are big bats?
One of the remaining big bats on the market — headlined by Matt Wieters, Chris Carter, Mike Napoli and, less so, Franklin Gutierrez — is willing to sign on, putting opportunity ahead of potentially more dollars elsewhere; or they make a trade, to add some needed offense after the trade of Logan Forsythe.
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:53 PM | 6 comment(s)
I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.
Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
Doug Sisson, manager, Delmarva Shorebirds (1996)
We had a catching prospect, Michael Barrett, who was pretty good. But Brady showed up and the entire pitching staff followed him around like a mama duck after a week. I brought (Barrett) in for a chat because I didn’t want him to get discouraged, and he said, “Don’t worry about it. He’s just passing through.” And he was right. (Brady) was called up to Double-A about six weeks later….
Pedro Martinez, teammate, Montreal ...
On incorporating spin rate into assessments: “We have ways of looking at it, and our scouts know how to interpret that information, as well. It’s another tool for our scouts and our decision makers. It’s almost an extension of the introduction of the radar gun. Some 40 years ago, it may have seemed unnatural to take that information when it seemed like your eyes weren’t lacking in the ability to assess the quality of a fastball. Now we take it for granted that we’re using that ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
I still believe Swihart will end up being the best of the Red Sox three options.
“Swihart has that sense, that ability to relate to and build pitchers,” says LeVangie. “He’s a really good worker. He was a good wrestler with the legs that goes with that. He’s obviously an athlete. It’s unrealistic to expect him to be a polished catcher right now. We understand that. Jason constantly reminds us, ‘do not panic.’
“So we’re working with a kid who needs to learn to get more ...
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
Beer, is there anything it can’t do?
Anheuser-Busch led a major offensive to boost Budweiser’s presence in the Chicago market. How did they accomplish that? By being a major sponsor of Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV and enlisting Harry Caray in the marketing efforts. When WGN-TV started broadcasts Cubs games nationally on cable, Wrigley Field was presented as a sun-drenched nirvana, paving the way for the party atmosphere that exists today. Producer Arne Harris never missed a chance to show an ...
The Yankee Clapper
Posted: February 04, 2017 at 02:30 AM | 41 comment(s)
Friday, February 03, 2017
Wily Mo Peña, LF, Indians
Last appeared in MLB: Sept. 2011
With Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns, Peña was part of a trio of heralded outfielders called up by the Reds in the wake of their acquisition of Ken Griffey Jr. (that feels like a lifetime ago). A true one-tool player, Peña is a monster of a man with shoulders in different time zones who can send a fastball into orbit but is just as notorious for his brutal play in the outfield. In parts of eight Major League seasons spread throughout ...
Sorry to read about Fred’s health problems catching up with him, but at least Orioles fans will now be able to get accurate descriptions of plays. Without waiting, to boot!
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
To make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Matt Belisle, the Twins took the somewhat surprising step Friday of designating Park for assignment or release.
Still owed $9.25 million over the next three seasons, including a buyout on a club option for 2020, the South Korean slugger could clear waivers as he works back from August hand surgery and a disappointing debut season in the majors.
The former Gold Glove winner is set to make $4.5 million in his age-28 season, and is on the hook for salaries of $6.5 million and $9 million the following two years, with a $500,000 buyout on a $9.5 million club option for 2020.
The Mets could invest the salary savings from a potential Lagares trade in their bullpen, which is lacking in veteran setup men — especially a proven lefty. The Mets outfield boasts depth in Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. ...Read More...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 01:30 PM | 7 comment(s)
ow my arm
He makes a lot of sense.
Mind you, this is just theory. For now.
But here’s why I’m circling Feb. 14 as the day Napoli, the perpetual Bachelor, accepts millions of roses from the Rangers and comes back to play some first base, some DH and be part of the glue that holds the team together:
For insurance purposes, the Rangers must carry Prince Fielder on their 40-man roster during the offseason. In addition, Jake Diekman is out for at least the first half of the season while recovering from colon ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 6 comment(s)
Chicago Eagle, February 3, 1917:
Bill Byron, the singing umpire, who says there hasn’t been a single kick against his decisions since October, tells a new story on himself.
He umpired in Newark one day and in the course of the game he called a man out at the plate on a close play. The player arose, dusted off his uniform, and then pointing to the chimney which towers high over the field, he said to Byron: “Bill, I ain’t sayin’ nothin’ to you. I ain’t makin’ no kick or nothin’, but I hope ...
No one matches Martinez for honesty and spot-on analysis on the MLB Network. The former-right-hander is the same person today as he was throughout his career. He’s still a gift to the game, even if it’s in a studio instead of the mound. In his prime, Martinez was the best big-game pitcher around – at the top of a list that included Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux.
It was more than just talent, it was ego, too. Pedro once told Sports Illustrated, “there are ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 25 comment(s)
A lot of good stuff in Jayson Stark’s latest.
What’s happening now is something that smart sim players figured out years ago. That’s because when you play a sim, it was easy enough to quantify fielding. With the Statcast stuff, it’s now possible for teams to realistically quantify defense. As expected, this development fundamentally changes the way teams value players.
Regarding the conclusion of Stark’s article, home runs are great and entertaining, nothing drives revenues more than a ...Read More...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 08:08 AM | 36 comment(s)
“We’re hoping that something will break,” Crane said. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that ... getting two picks from the Cardinals gives us more depth in the system. We’re still looking into it.
“The thing about pitching is that it keeps games under control. And you got to have someone who can slam that door.”
If the Astros land one more front-line starter, there’s nothing that should stand in their way of being perennial playoff contenders, culminating a renovation ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
The article was interesting but I hesitated a little before posting it because it autoplays video. I wish sites wouldn’t do this.
Should I post articles which autoplay with a warning or should I just ignore them? What do you think?
When new Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell was introduced in a conference call earlier this offseason, it didn’t take long for him to recite a commonly used phrase he learned from his predecessor and mentor, Dave Wallace.
“They don’t care how much you ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
“I love this ballpark,” Moss said Wednesday afternoon, while donning a Royals jersey at his introductory news conference. “I think it’s one of the most unheralded ballparks in baseball. It’s beautiful. And as far as hitting goes, some hitters like hitting in small parks; some hitters like hitting in parks where you see the ball well. And this ballpark has always been a ballpark where I’ve seen the ballpark really well.
“I don’t know why that is. It’s just one of those special ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 3 comment(s)
This is reaction a GM hopes for when he signs a player to a big contract. I hope he can stay healthy.
Barwis marvels at Cespedes.
“He has made an extra level of commitment and with being the world-class athlete that he is, the expectations are limitless,’’ Barwis said in a raspy, “you can do it, bro,’’ voice. “He wants to prove to everyone that the Mets made the right commitment to him. You’re talking about a man who has the potential that few people who walk this earth can ever ...
Posted: February 03, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
Thursday, February 02, 2017
“Hector Santiago is walking more batters and missing fewer bats than ever — and when he doesn’t miss bats, opposing hitters are wailing on the ball.”
Josh Bell was coming into Spring Training ready to challenge for the Pirates’ starting first base job. He may have to wait.
The Pirates’ third-ranked prospect underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a loose body from his left knee, and will be sidelined two to four weeks. That leaves uncertain his status for Opening Day.
Posted: February 02, 2017 at 02:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
That doesn’t sound promising.
Michael Matuella, rhp, Rangers
Injury: Right elbow ligament sprain
2016 stats: 0-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 2 BB
The former Duke ace has pitched exactly once since the Rangers drafted him the third round in 2015. He was in the midst of Tommy John surgery rehab when the Rangers drafted him and didn’t make his pro debut until June 2016, a full year after he was picked. He pitched three scoreless innings for short-season Spokane while reportedly touching ...
Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
It’s worth noting that Otani could still appear in the tournament as a hitter. The odds of that are uncertain, however, given Nippon-Ham’s concern that Otani’s condition could require surgery if it worsens.
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