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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Big deal. I’d react the same way.
Cubs president Theo Epstein countered, “Kris Bryant’s development path has absolutely nothing to do with ownership, period. As with all our baseball decisions, I will determine where Kris begins the 2015 season after consulting with members of our baseball operations staff. Comments from agents, media members and anybody outside our organization will be ignored.”
I do hope you’ll give me just a few minutes to convince you that as much as you might hate them, the Yankees will be tremendously interesting in 2015, and well worth the occasional check-in. Why?
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Posted: March 17, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
We’ve all been cognizant of DIPS for ... gosh, it’s been nearly 15 years now. But for whatever reasons, we don’t usually pay nearly as much attention to DIBS. Maybe because there’s not a single baseline for DIBS, as there is for DIPS.
What Jedlovec has done, though, is drill about as deeply into hitters’ performances as possible, and come up with something that’s more useful, more predictive, than even the more sophisticated numbers we usually reference. ...Read More...
Molitor to Nuñez: “Every time I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 push-ups.”
How did Nunez go from being Derek Jeter’s heir apparent to fighting for a part-time role on a likely last-place team, while still in his physical prime? On the surface, Nunez’s story might sound like those of countless other disappointing players. Nunez, however, has picked up a habit that no one else has. He’s hooked on homers-in-silos, addicted to easy outs, going through life with a bad batted ball on ...
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
Richard Justice is bullish on Will Middlebrooks. I haven’t really watched him this spring but I’ve always believed the guy has a lot of talent.
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 48 comment(s)
I’ve railed against government-financing of stadiums for years and years. I learned a long time ago what terrible waste of tax-payer money it is. I would love to see the practice ended. I’ve also learned that, if there is a way for our elected officials to screw up a good idea, they will find it.
Sadly, I agree.
MLB is buying used cars, and paying for them and driving them like they’re new. They don’t have much choice, either, as there just aren’t that many pristine models released each year—as Keri and Dr. Fleisig suggest, MLB teams need to find that natural talent from Vermont who doesn’t play year round and hasn’t developed the same kind of injuries if they want to beat the system. Guess how many of those there are each summer? MLB has tried to slow this trend, but that’s mostly a PR ...
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1915:
Almost all of the Phils are camera fiends and never go to the park without black boxes and films. Eddie Burns and Joe Oeschger get good results from vest-pocket kodaks.
Jack Ryan of Washington, having been hit so often on the toes by wild pitchers, has rigged up a device in the shape of a half portion of rubber fire hose, which arches over the toe of each shoe. “Let ‘em peg away now—they can’t hurt me,” Jack says.
Manager Robinson of the Dodgers was ...
The Braves position battles, such as they are.
Tommy has always had a great sense of humor. I mean, not about gays, but about other stuff.
We’ve now gone to the next level as former Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda, age 87, danced and sang the hook to the song for his Instagram followers.
That’s peak Internet. Shut it down. Let’s all retire and go live in the woods. Our job here is done. ...Read More...
Monday, March 16, 2015
No, baseball doesn’t need it. He violated baseball biggest rule. He *agreed* to a lifetime ban. His time is not done. That doesn’t mean he can’t counsel others not to make the same mistake. It doesn’t mean that he can’t do good. It means he can’t do it as part of Major League Baseball.
If we are a forgiving nation, is 25 years not enough punishment? Rose finally seems sincere. With the All-Star game coming up in Cincinnati, what a major moment for Major League Baseball if Rose is back in its ...
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 09:59 PM | 56 comment(s)
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The rookies will have to wait.
“As of right now, we see Cingrani as more of a relief option rather than a starting option,” Price said. “We’re looking at our club and trying to figure out how we’re the best. We brought a bunch of people in that are capable of competing for those jobs, but we don’t have enough innings to give them.”
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:22 PM | 9 comment(s)
What are the odds?
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he has received a formal request from Pete Rose asking that his lifetime ban be lifted and that he will consider the all-time hits leader’s request “on its merits.”
“I want to make sure I understand all of the details of the Dowd Report and Commissioner [Bart] Giamatti’s decision and the agreement that was ultimately reached,” Manfred said after a meeting with Los Angeles Dodgers players in Arizona on Monday morning. “I ...
You don’t have to be a sabermetrician to know this is going to be a bad team in 2015.They have a catcher who isn’t much of a catcher. A third baseman who can’t really play third base. Their starting pitching looks to be bad, really, really bad. But don’t worry, they are smarter than everyone else.
For now, let’s just say that the D-backs will be, um, fascinating? I can’t go so far as to say they will be good, not when righties Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson are miscast as the team’s Nos. ...
Maybe because Tommy John never played for the Brewers?
In September of 2014, there had been 53 Tommy John surgeries since 2012. This includes great or potentially great pitchers like Jose Fernandez, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Matt Moore, Martin Perez and Tyler Skaggs. Sometimes players come back from Tommy John surgery and are as strong as ever. Some players never recover fully. Some have the surgery multiple times in their career. Some don’t even make it back.
Tommy John was always a ...
Another young pitcher looks to be going under the knife.
The Mets’ worst fears regarding Zack Wheeler came true.
The right-hander received a preliminary diagnosis of a torn UCL in his right elbow after the results of his MRI exam were reviewed Monday at Hospital for Special Surgery.
Wheeler is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. He also could opt for rest and rehab — a la the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka — depending on the severity of the tear. Surgery would mean Wheeler would miss the ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 16, 1915:
The Tampa promoters are behind financially on the Cubs’ games and are trying to attract the fans.
Merito Costa [sic] of Washington is developing into a corking good third baseman. It seems a pity that he cannot throw right handed so that his usefulness might be enhanced 50 per cent.
Dummy Taylor, former New York Giant pitcher, has signed as umpire in the Kansas State league. Dummy will not be hampered by his lack of speech or hearing as he will use a ...
According to general manager Rick Hahn, there are focal points to be met when the White Sox think about [signing players long term].
“It’s a combination of feeling, one, that the player is a key part to what we have going here and want to make sure we are able to have him longer than the normal six-year control period,” Hahn said. “And second, probably almost as important if not more important, is the belief that the guaranteed money wouldn’t change the player’s approach to their preparation ...
From what I’ve seen I’m predicting House and McAllister.
“(Twins manager Paul Molitor) told me I’m going to start in Double-A,” Sano said. “I’m fine. I’m OK. I’ll go to the other side for work. I’ll have the same plan I had over here. I’m feeling normal and happy. I want to have a good season. I’m really excited to go to the other side. Everything is good.”
How long would Sano, who turns 22 on May 11, expect to be at Double-A, which is where he finished the year in 2013?
“Probably one month,” Sano said. ...Read More...
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 16 comment(s)
Partly because of his size, there are believers the power will migrate. Dan Farnsworth, a swing analyst for Fangraphs.com, predicted immediate stardom for Kang, just as he did for another unknown, Cuban hitter Jose Abreu.
The believers include the Pirates. Kang peppered the metal roof of batting cages beyond the left-field fence at a Pirate City back field early this spring. In his second spring at-bat, he homered to right-center against Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada.
Meet Roberto Baldoquin, and his family.
Did the Dodgers really offer $77 million?
The belief is Olivera is sifting through his options. Miami’s is willing to offer a seven-year package in the $50 million range. There has been speculation that the Dodgers had a $77 million offer on the table, but within Miami’s organization, the belief is that figure is not accurate.
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
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