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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Burnett: How many more years…
The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett reached an agreement Wednesday on a one-year deal worth $16 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
Burnett and the Phillies have to work through some additional details before the deal will be announced, the source said.
The 37-year-old Burnett spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA with team highs of 191 innings pitched and 209 strikeouts last ...
Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 68 comment(s)
A little schadenfreude is good for everyone.
Bad deals are inescapable in sports and pop culture. Endless, exorbitant, ridiculous contracts can destroy a team’s future, ensnare a rising young star, or cripple a major studio. Also, they’re hilarious. In honor of these horrible agreements, we present a look at some of the most egregious in their respective fields. Welcome to Worst Contracts Week.
Pittsburgh Press, February 12, 1914:
...organized baseball was far from out of the woods today as a result of the muss kicked up by [Cubs owner] Charles Webb Murphy in firing Johnny Evers of the Chicago Cubs.
[National League] President Tener showed his size yesterday in thoroughly “spanking” Murphy, but the damage had been done, and reports today were that the American league was prepared to bring all possible pressure to bear on Tener to see that Murphy is eliminated.
How Murphy could ...
“[N]ow that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants.
Which, of course, just continues to underscore how legally baseless a lawsuit that was and how its putative purpose — legal redress against drug dealers who caused damage to the league by enabling the breach of the Joint Drug Agreement an the Collective Bargaining ...Read More...
Posted: February 12, 2014 at 09:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
Our miss. Middlebrooks.
So, when James publishes his annual reference guide, with statistical data through the past season and projections for the next one, fans and executives alike tend to pick up a copy. And in this year’s edition of the Bill James Handbook, he predicts another 30-homer season for David Ortiz, 19 homers and an .807 OPS for rookie sensation Xander Bogaerts, and 14 wins for Jon Lester, none of which tests the limits of plausibility.
And then, there’s this: James pegs Will ...
Posted: February 12, 2014 at 05:59 AM | 44 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
“I also have Roger Clemens out here. What better person to have teaching you some things about pitching than Roger Clemens?”
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM | 25 comment(s)
The Ryan Express has landed back in Houston. The legendary Nolan Ryan has agreed to accept a position as a special assistant to Astros owner Jim Crane.
Although his duties aren’t nearly as demanding as they were with the Rangers from February 2008 until last October, Ryan’s return to the Astros is more intimate and personal because it provides the Hall of Famer an opportunity to help his eldest son rebuild the club.
“It would be a special and totally different than I have dealt with ...
As Ruben fights the urge to offer each of them a 2-year major league deal…
Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer are expected to be in the television broadcast booth for Philadelphia Phillies games this season, according to one report.
Dennis Deitch of the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times reported the news on Twitter. He also said it’s possible the former Phils players could platoon as analysts, each taking a few innings.
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols dropped a defamation lawsuit against Jack Clark on Monday after Clark issued a statement retracting his previous comments alleging that Pujols had used performance-enhancing drugs.
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 02:28 PM | 42 comment(s)
The Houston Astros confirmed Monday that the team is looking to sign one-day contracts with former stars Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt so they can retire with the team.
“We love Lance, he’s one of the best Astros ever so we’re going to do whatever works for Lance and I think we have a day set aside already to honor him,” owner Jim Crane said. “
Berkman, who turns 38 on Monday, spent 12 season with the Astros hitting 326 homeruns. For his career, Berkman hit .293 with 366 homeruns and ...
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 01:54 PM | 46 comment(s)
Jeez…ya think BPro would have sprung for the $19.50.
My FOX Sports Team Report podcast chat with former MLB player and now FS1 MLB analyst, Gabe Kapler, was a conversation I’ve craved for years. The evolution of sabermetrics has gained such steam and support over the last decade, I wanted a player’s opinions on whether or not those advanced metrics:
A) Should be embraced by the casual fan, are they and, if so, how?
B) Should be embraced by active players, are they and, if so, how?
In an ...
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, February 11, 1914:
The retirement of Johnny Evers as manager of the Chicago Cubs jarred every magnate attending the war conference and annual meetings [in New York] today. Evers insists he was fired, and declares he will not play with the Cubs. [Cubs owner Charles] Murphy told the magnates his manager had resigned, and at his request Hank O’Day was relieved of his duty as an umpire and was then announced as Evers’ successor.
James E. Gaffney, owner of the Boston ...
“Gary Has A College Degree In Zoology”.
The sale of one of George Bellows’ paintings to the National Gallery in London for $25.5 million last week took me to a strange place. It is one where bright, talented young men don’t choose between a career in the arts, or science or medicine, and a professional sports career that might pay them enough to own an estate the size of Rhode Island.
The strapping Columbus native and Central High School graduate was an accomplished baseball and ...
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 06:50 AM | 41 comment(s)
Fit bit: PEDsometer off the chart.
As Pete Rose remains banned for betting on baseball during his years as a player and manager, the baseball legend believes those who take performance-enhancing drugs have sullied the game worse than he did.
“They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter the statistics of baseball,” Rose said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 98.7 FM. “As you know, baseball statistics are sacred. That’s why baseball cards are worth more than ...
Posted: February 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM | 56 comment(s)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Baseball is ready for a Michael Sam.
How do I know? I asked seven executives on Monday if their team would sign a baseball version of Sam, the reigning co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year from Missouri who told several news outlets Sunday that he was gay.
All seven went on the record. And all seven said yes.
The reaction of the baseball executives came in stark contrast to an SI.com report that quoted eight unnamed NFL decision-makers as saying Sam’s announcement would cause him to drop in ...
Posted: February 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM | 168 comment(s)
Fairservice? Not if Murray Chass gets into the Giants locker room.
Those are impressive names, with Hall of Famers and soon to be Hall of Famers at every turn (and also Jason Kendall!) Buster Posey is on the fast track to “generational talent”, if we care about such things. The comparison to Mike Piazza is most telling, as Piazza never had the same defensive reputation as Posey, who is well-regarded for his pitch blocking, throwing and overall handling of his pitching staff.
Like Posey, ...
Posted: February 10, 2014 at 05:22 PM | 91 comment(s)
“IT IS WELL past noon in the mansion they call the American Dream House, and the owner has yet to wake up. Half a dozen friends and relatives sit under an imported Italian chandelier in the living room, watching the hours pass on a silver-plated clock, waiting for Aroldis Chapman to come downstairs. House rules dictate that nobody disturbs him; it is Chapman’s $30 million contract that paid for this house, and it is his singular left arm that brought his family from a coastal province in Cuba ...Read More...
Milwaukee Journal, February 10, 1914:
Don’t be surprised if next season, in an American league championship game, you see a pitcher wearing a patch over his left eye. Pug Cavet, purchased by the Tigers from the Mobile club of the Southern association, has lots of trouble with his left eye, and on August 13, last, he worked for the Sea Gulls against the Montgomery team wearing a big green patch. If Cavet’s eyesight had been perfect that afternoon, there is no telling how much glory he would have ...
And the Seligs have won.
But, all of these trends are not without their confounding variables.
What if hitters are just getting worse? It’s entirely possible that there aren’t as many great hitters as there are great pitchers, or that the next generation of great hitters is just a few years behind this generation of great pitchers that has already started to blossom.
What if players are getting more athletic, resulting in faster fielders and more covered ground? Is it possible that, much ...
Posted: February 10, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 32 comment(s)
Hey Bulldogs! (okay…out of my system)
Breslow pores over scouting reports during the regular season. He examines the recent trends of opposing hitters. He sees what these batters have done over their past 10 games with runners on base vs. no runners, and early in games vs. late, and against fastballs vs. offspeed pitches.
But what does he do during the offseason?
Well, he examines his own trends.
“I make sure there’s no need for a complete overhaul,” he said recently. ...
Posted: February 10, 2014 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
Those rankings are subjective, snapshots based on arbitrary criteria. But for an organization with the objective to build through player development, it’s not an encouraging sign.
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman didn’t totally disagree with the critical analysis.
“I think we have a lot of depth in our system,” he said. “I think the one area we’re probably not as good as we’d like it to be is in the elite kind of top-end talent, not having as many high-end guys as we would like. But I think ...
Sunday, February 09, 2014
The Athletics have mutual strong feelings about their do-everything center fielder and speedy leadoff man, who is staying with the A’s for an additional two seasons after agreeing Friday to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.
Also a $13m option for 2017.
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Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:10 PM | 20 comment(s)
As Bronson Arroyo sails out of Baltimore…
The Orioles’ frustrating offseason got a little more frustrating Friday when the front office came up short in its pursuit of veteran pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who seemed to be the best fit of the remaining pitchers available in the free-agent market.
Maybe pursuit isn’t the right word, since the Orioles still seem to be playing hard to get just a few days before before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Executive vice president Dan ...
Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:05 PM | 30 comment(s)
Clint Hurdle just moved ahead of Jewel Winklemeyer Ens in my book.
Q. You played in the 1970s and 1980s and are more of an “old school” baseball person while the Pirates use advanced statistics and quantitative analysis to help in much of their decision making. How have you been able to adjust?
A: You break down the employees and I’m one of the older men in the building. Tradition can be wonderful, but it can also be a vision killer. I was kind of that guy.
As I explain it to my players ...
Posted: February 09, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
Wow! The most multi-something or another Kirk since Rahsaan Roland!
Kirk Gibson is in a happy place.
He’s a baseball icon, immortalized by one of the most famous at-bats in history. He’s been a Most Valuable Player and a World Series champion. He loves his sport, his job and the 2014 Diamondbacks, a team that could make good on his vow to bring another championship to Arizona.
And what if it never happened? What if Gibson stuck with football?
“I would’ve been a top-five pick,” ...
Posted: February 09, 2014 at 07:33 AM | 59 comment(s)
Saturday, February 08, 2014
“They said I should be able to start throwing four months after the surgery and that’s Feb. 22, and I haven’t had any setbacks,” Harvey said Thursday. “I can’t wait. Even if it’s 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball. As if right now, I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to do that.”
Harvey also said on WFAN on Friday that his rehab is going “really smoothly” since his Oct. 22 surgery and that he recently resumed weight training. He plans to report to spring training on Feb. 15 with the Mets’ ...
Posted: February 08, 2014 at 11:34 PM | 4 comment(s)
Free-agent pitcher Paul Maholm has finalized a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced Saturday.
Maholm should fill the “pitcher who is better than Josh Beckett” role.
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Posted: February 08, 2014 at 09:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
“Oh, this is a terrible thing for the Padres.”
The San Diego Padres have relieved radio play-by-play commentator Andy Masur of his duties after six years with the club and eight with the Chicago Cubs. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, though Masur was clearly emotional about his departure from the team.. Changes happen every day in the broadcasting world.
But digging a little deeper, things get a little more interesting… and slimy.
The Padres CEO is a man ...
Posted: February 08, 2014 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
The decision wasn’t easy for Spilborghs. He considered resuming his career with the Rockies on a minor-league contract, but he couldn’t pass up this opportunity. He played last year for Japan’s Seibu Lions, chronicling his experience for The Denver Post in a series of popular blogs.
Spilborghs, 34, has a variety of media experience, including appearing in car commercials and hosting “Spillin’ The Beans,” a comedy short for the Rockies’ website.
Spilborghs played seven seasons with the ...
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