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Sunday, March 06, 2016
“He seems to have intent to everything he does right now,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He is a confident human being. He feels good, trusts his arm and knows he can definitely have an impact on this game.”
“Last year, my focus was probably more on my arm,” Perez acknowledged. “This year, I know where my focus us: We want to win. I want to win. I want to compete. We know that we can do what we want to do: Win the World Series. This is a time for me to focus and be better ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
Had my first look at him yesterday. He has an impressive skill set.
“I thought I had a home run on Wednesday,” the righthanded- hitting shortstop said through his translator. “I learned to keep on running. Running fast.”
The 20-year-old, signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, typically doesn’t have that issue. He stole a combined 82 bases in the minors last season to lead all minor-leaguers. But in the Yankees’ exhibition opener on Wednesday against ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
“He’s wicked smart.”
They don’t make ’em like Stephen Piscotty much.
He’s uber-talented, and likely is the heir to the throne that is the No. 3 spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ batting order. But he’s wicked smart. Fascinated by outer space. Politics. Went to Stanford. Graduated with a degree in atmosphere and energy engineering.
“He’s definitely a different kind of guy,” said fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk, his teammate and spring training roommate. “I told Jim Hayes (from ...
I bet Tom Knight was an interesting guy to sit next to at a ballgame.
Mr. McGee said that attending a game with Mr. Knight was likely to prompt a flood of information and anecdotes. Reporters seemed to find that as well.
“I always loved the story of Rudy York, who hit 18 home runs in one month for the Tigers in ’37,” Mr. Knight said in an interview with The New York Times shortly after he was appointed to the Brooklyn historian post. “But he liked to drink a little, and once in Boston ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Blue Jays want to build on last year’s success, while the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals hope 2015 was an aberration. All three teams are trying to keep their championship windows open, and it isn’t easy.
‘‘At some point, some teams get into an all-win-now mode because they’re right there,’’ Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ‘‘It’s very hard to get into the playoffs. It’s very hard to get into the World Series, much more even to win it. When you feel you have that chance, ...
Saturday, March 05, 2016
A’s executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane was driving home from an offseason luncheon with sponsors in late January 2010 when the phone call came. Grant Desme, coming off a breakthrough year and in Beane’s estimation one of the two top prospects in the organization, dropped a bombshell.
Coming off a 30-30 season, followed by earning MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League, Desme was giving up baseball to become a Catholic priest.
Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:46 PM | 44 comment(s)
human interest story
“He’s not 23,” Gonzalez said. “He’s 30. And ... how many big leaguers play to the age of 35? Not many. And the guys who do have been playing since the age of 19 or 20 in the big leagues. They’ve had long careers. So shoot, I’m not worried about (what he’ll be at) 35 years old. I’m worried about now.”
On March 5, 1966, Marvin Miller was hired as executive director pending a full vote of the membership, and he set off on the Players Association’s first camp-to-camp tour of Spring Training to meet with players.
Posted: March 05, 2016 at 01:55 PM | 0 comment(s)
As decades pass, fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, perhaps the most fervidly nostalgic partisans in the history of sports, are growing fewer and fewer. The 2016 baseball season, now getting underway, is the 59th since the team decamped to Los Angeles, leaving Brooklyn’s baseball die-hards with pangs of heartsickness for the loss of Gil Hodges, Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese and venomous animosity for the never-to-be-forgiven betrayal of the team owner, Walter O’Malley, who took them away.
Of ...Read More...
Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
OK, who is breaking open the piggy bank?
A minority owner of the New York Yankees is selling a 1 percent stake in the franchise for about $24 million, according to documents associated with the transaction and reviewed by Bloomberg News. The team as a whole is worth $2.75 billion to $3.25 billion, the documents say.
Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
Friday, March 04, 2016
Jessica Moran, a reporter for Comcast SportsNet who covers the Red Sox, resigned from the network Friday amid questions about the nature of her relationship with the team’s manager, John Farrell.
“I have stepped away from Comcast SportsNet as I thought it was in my best personal and professional interest to do so,” Moran wrote in a text to the Globe. “They have been extremely supportive during my tenure at the network — and with this decision — and I am very appreciative of ...
The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant, the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year, agreed to a one-year, $652,000 contract.
Bryant will receive a raise of more than $145,000 - a substantial amount considering he has less than one full year of major league service time. Bryant also will receive $111,000 more than Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who will earn $541,000 despite more than two years of service time.
This almost most likely doesn’t help the Cubs sign him in 6 years, ...Read More...
Yes, he’s already 28.
When Karns, 28, was younger he would analyze every pitch and decision, sometimes second-guessing himself and always holding an outing to his highest standard.
“I would be so tough on myself,” he said. “In the past I’d be very critical of every little thing. That just comes with lack of experience.”
Worst of all, he would have wondered how all those little things could affect his chances to make the Mariners’ opening-day roster.
“Now with some experience, I ...
Posted: March 04, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, March 4, 1916:
Sixteen thousand baseballs will be used this season. The bombardment already is under way in the training camps. During their sojourns in Dixie the big league troops consume 1,500 pellets. The same number is required by each club in the National and American leagues during the pennant dash.
New York uses more balls at the Polo grounds than any other club. This is because fewer balls are returned from the stands after dropping into the crowds. On the other hand, ...
Some background on Cuba participation in the WBC and the state of MLB’s relationship with Cuba.
Still, even though Newcomb has tremendous promise and a high ceiling, he has made just seven starts above the Class A Advanced level. In other words, he had never faced a lineup that included the likes of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez before Thursday.
“It was definitely different looking in and seeing [Cabrera], but that’s what I’m going to have to be dealing with, so I’ve got to get used to it,” Newcomb said. “It’s just simple mechanical stuff that I’ve got to take care. Stuff that I can ...
Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some patience is in order.
“You never want to tap into that depth this early. But this is sort of the benefit of having that sort of depth,” Zaidi said. “As soon as something like this happens, you hope you can backfill and create some more options for yourself. But we’re also in the position where we have a lot of options and don’t have to do that.”
Much of that depth is young and talented, but also unproven and largely untested, even in the minors. Nineteen-year-old Julio Urias ...
Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
It’s not the same without George.
“This is a family business and we’re all involved,” he said, referring to siblings Hank, Jennifer and Jessica. “We all love being a part of this. We all know our dad wanted us to be a part of us, and we all know he’s watching down on us and happy that we’re all a part of it. Believe it or not, to us, that’s a big deal. The idea is, let’s keep it going.”
Posted: March 04, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Does Yoenis Cespedes have a future on the PGA Tour?
The New York Mets slugger certainly seems to think so…
“He’s got a complete game, honestly,” trainer Chris Wray told the The Times. “If he would take lessons and leave baseball, he could play on the Tour. He’s a three, four handicap, and he’s playing part time.”
He just went to a farm upstate.
Now, there is nothing wrong with the new Hank. Hank II is, like his predecessor, a Very Good Baseball Dog. But do not lie to me and try to tell me that the dog on the left and the dog on the right are the same dog. The coloring in the face and the ears is all wrong, the face isn’t shaped the same way, and his ears don’t lay in the same spot. They didn’t just dunk him in a bucket of bleach and poof him up a bit. These are different dogs, folks.
None of this was ...
So how much are you willing to pay to watch so many “Braves of the future” attempt to seize their opportunity? It’s a given that the team will not be good this season: sportsbooks’ projections range from 65 to 66½ games (or 97 to 95½ losses) and the team is expected to have the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll. So how good will spring training baseball be?
Well, the price gougers at Disney have put a price on the product. And it’s absurd. The Braves are quick to point this is not ...
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 17 comment(s)
I am not a fan of replay as well. I’d rather live with some blown calls than have my timed wasted with a thousand of these game interruptions each season.
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 47 comment(s)
He has studied all the aging metrics, and defies them the way he defied his projected career path of being a utility player. When Jose was 30, he led the league in homers (43), walks, slugging, OPS and OPS+.
At 40? “I am preparing to be physically capable of doing the same,” Bautista says. “I am preparing to defy those aging curves by my strict adherence to physical, mental and nutritional routines. When I missed time (at 31) with hip problems, I changed everything,” he says. “I ...
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 02:20 PM | 10 comment(s)
The Sox are betting that the Bradley who hit .294 with nine home runs, slugged .613, and posted a .366 on-base percentage in the final 50 games of the lost 2015 season is closer to the Real Jackie than the young player who looked overmatched and “lost” during the 2014 season, hitting just .198 in 127 games.
“That was my first time being able to say I truly struggled,” said Bradley, who won two national championships at the University of South Carolina and rocketed to the big leagues in ...
Joe Orlando, the president of Professional Sports Authenticator in Newport Beach, California, who verified the find, said it is “spectacular” and “miraculous” to have come across such a cache.
“I am not sure if any other baseball card find is more remarkable than this new discovery,” Orlando said in a statement.
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 38 comment(s)
He seems like a nice kid. If he really was surprised, he might not be the brightest player.
So after playing short for the Mets in the World Series, it was a bit of a blow to Flores when the Mets signed veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera this past winter.
“I was surprised,” Flores admitted. “My agent called and told me when it happened. I didn’t know what it meant for me.”
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
“There isn’t a guy I’ve been around in all my years not only who works as hard as he does but is accountable, doesn’t complain,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I don’t remember seeing anyone at the big-league level having to go through what he did last year.
“There is a reason you stick with guys. And it’s easier to stick with guys like him that work hard and don’t complain about things and don’t make excuses. On top of that, there’s quite a lot of talent there.”
Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 6 comment(s)
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