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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Game of Thrones: The Boys of Summer Edition
Truth is, Manfred represents much of what owners have come to value in a commissioner. He grabbed ahold of the changing power dynamics in labor relations and returned them to MLB after the union spent decades wiping the floor with the league. He is exceedingly bright and devilishly funny. He will fight and, in keeping with the tack of MLB past, fight dirty. He knows the game, the people. He wrote the labor agreements that have kept peace for nearly ...
Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
I don’t usually link to content behind the pay wall. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed David Rawnsley work over the years and appreciate his take on the draft, especially the top five picks.
1. HOUSTON ASTROS ($7,922,100)
BRADY AIKEN - LHP - Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
This is the Astros’ third consecutive try to map out a top of the draft strategy. Their 2012 strategy looks to be an “A” effort, with their 2013 strategy, on very early impressions, less so. I would expect the Astros to look for ...
Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
Jim Callis’ latest mock draft. I would think it would be difficult for the Cubs not to take one of the big arms if Jackson goes ahead of them.
1. Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
Houston likely will choose between the top three pitchers and Jackson, and is believed to prefer the two left-handers. The Astros may save money versus the $7,922,100 assigned pick value to spend later in the Draft but won’t compromise on talent at No. 1.
2. Marlins: Alex Jackson, C/OF, ...
Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
Who is Manny being now?
“It’s a different guy. He’s been doing different things for the past couple of years,” Ortiz said after an 8-6 victory against the Braves. “I’ve been talking to him a lot on the phone and sometimes I get confused because I don’t know if I’m talking to him or not. This is legit.”
Robothol’s latest. A lot of good stuff.
An agent, of all people, suggested a perfect replacement for the retiring Derek Jeter: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
The agent, who has no affiliation with either player, made an excellent point: Hardy is steady and unassuming, and his low-maintenance personality would make him well-suited to replace a legend.
Hardy, who turns 32 on Aug. 19, missed nearly a month with a strained left oblique earlier ...
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.
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