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Saturday, August 06, 2016
As written in the article, the kid can play.
“Much better, even than the beginning of this year, and right before the All-Star break I felt a little weird,” Turner said. “Last year, I never really felt right the whole time. I’m starting to feel more normal these last three or four days. I feel like I’ve made the adjustments I’ve wanted to and I’ve kind of gotten back to where I feel comfortable.
“But every day is a battle, and that last at-bat I didn’t do what I was supposed ...
Posted: August 06, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia got the drama out of the way early on Friday, stretching his historic hitting streak to 47 consecutive games with a double in his first at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s 13-6 loss to Salem. The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.
Mejia’s streak is now the seventh-longest in Minor League history, passing Johnny Bates, who hit in 46 straight for Nashville in 1925. It’s the longest streak in the Minors since Roman Mejias ...
Insert high-minded quotation from Pierre de Coubertin here.
Major League Baseball is reviewing the Padres’ process of disclosing medical information to other teams before last week’s trade deadline, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. The league is looking into San Diego’s deal with Miami involving Colin Rea, as well as the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza.
Rea was originally traded from the Padres to the Marlins as part of a 7-player deal on July 29, but lasted only 3.1 innings in his first start with Miami ...
In a bizarre turn of events, an Oakland A’s employee is being investigated for spying on players with a hidden camera, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. The employee, strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques, installed the camera in the weight room so that he could monitor players’ workouts and rehab while the team was on the road. Per Brown:
“This was the misguided action of one employee,” said Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “We ...Read More...
Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler isn’t backing down.
Fowler, speaking to fans at a “town hall” meeting Wednesday, referred to Matt Kemp’s open letter to Braves fans as a “bunch of B.S.”
The executive, in an email exchange, essentially repeated his comments to me on Friday.
Kemp, traded by the Padres to the Braves last Sunday, subsequently admitted in an article for The Players’ Tribune that he had developed a reputation as “selfish, lazy and a bad teammate.”
Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, August 05, 2016
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.
Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 76 comment(s)
Phillies should sign him this month and let him retire as a Phillie. And not only retire as a Phillie by signing him to the usual one-day contract and letting him wave good-bye to the fans at the start of a game. No, for Rollins and the Phillies this year, with the season in the dumps, I see no reason why the team shouldn’t sign Rollins to a one-day contract AND let him play his last game in red pinstripes. Do this in late August, before the team brings up J.P. Crawford to play shortstop in ...
Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
The Pro Rata Rookie of the Year:
In the opener of a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit his first big-league triple, in the process recording a top running speed of 22.7 miles an hour that, according to MLB Statcast, was the fastest by any big-leaguer on a triple this season (and yes, that includes Billy Hamilton). The following night, Turner tripled again, this time on a line drive to left field—as in, the field that’s closest to third base. As if that weren’t impressive ...
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, August 5, 1916:
Captain Johnny Evers of the Boston National league baseball club last night issued a formal statement expressing his “sincerest regret” over the incident yesterday afternoon, when he had an altercation with Third Baseman Smith of the home club and was ordered off the field by Umpire Byron.
“I am perfectly willing to admit I lost my head,” the statement says.
“It will be a day or two before I am able to get back into the game because of my back and ...
Thursday, August 04, 2016
For once, the Indians had not only the prospect heft to make a deadline splash but also the desire to deviate from their strict process. Their ideas weren’t limited to catchers and relievers, and as the deadline approached, they engaged in at least some level of negotiations with nearly every club that might have been thinking about selling. They got awfully close with some. But Shapiro used to remind his executives that no talk is cheaper than trade talk. “You’ve either made a trade, or ...
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
UPDATE: 8/4/2016: Friedl signed today for about $730k. Since the initial publication of this article, scouts have contacted me and alerted me that they knew he was draft eligible (though it’s clear some teams didn’t), as did Friedl, but that Friedl wasn’t going to sign after his R-Soph year unless he got the kind of money that he ended up getting today from the Reds. Scouts who saw him this spring didn’t think he was worth that sort of bonus. Scouts who saw him this summer however, did.
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 01:45 PM | 7 comment(s)
“I think it goes along the lines with young players who get to the big leagues and they either subconsciously, or their agents, someone’s telling them they’ve got everything figured out and go enjoy the life,” Molitor said. “It’s contrary to what’s real in terms of you don’t want to ever get too comfortable. And there are other guys we’ve had discussions with as young players to keep their focus on how they got here, why they’re here and [doing] what they need to do to stay here.”
Molitor said ...
Milwaukee Journal, August 4, 1916:
After a couple of battles in which Capt. Johnny Evers and Red Smith, Boston Nationals, figured yesterday, Evers announced he was “disgusted” with the way things were going, and that if he could obtain an unconditional release he was “about ready to quit the Braves.”
The trouble started when [Evers] called Red down for unsportsmanlike conduct. Louden, Cincinnati, had tripled and was about to make a dask for the home plate after a fly, when Red held him. ...
Upcoming European Dates of Note:
English Community Shield - August 7
European Super Cup - August 9
English Premier League kickoff - August 13
Serie A kickoff - August 20
La Liga kickoff - August 20
German Bundesliga kickoff - August 26
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 577 comment(s)
You have to respect the rules and be a seat moving artist!
8. Sneak up into better seats ...Read More...
This is a case-by-case basis. Usually, as long as you aren’t a jerk about it, and the theft isn’t too heinous, moving up into better seats isn’t an ejection-worthy crime at a ballgame. But if you’re trying to crash a skybox suite (the present author has NEVER attempted such a misdeed), you’re going to be out on your butt before you can explain why you’ve eaten half the complimentary shrimp.
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 54 comment(s)
All of us who have played baseball competitively know that some players are more difficult to play with than others. Our willingness to tolerate the more difficult personalities is balanced by how well the player performs and how much of an effort we see him putting into playing well. If the player is killing it on the field and helping our team win, we’ll tolerate much more of all the other stuff. If the player’s performance, however, isn’t what we expect, it doesn’t take very long to see him ...Read More...
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 39 comment(s)
On MLB Radio they were talking about him playing five hours of golf on a game day while he’s troubled by his calf problem. If true, I can see why the Mets organization and his teammates would be bothered.
If Cespedes wouldn’t pull the plug on his golf hobby, should the Mets have done so? That’s a question the New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro asked:
You can blame Cespedes for bad judgment without blaming his hobby on complicating his recovery. These are not mutually exclusive things. And now ...
Great, now Olympic venues will have to blow more money building a baseball stadium which will never get used again.
“We have a real vision around what these new sports will add to the mix for Tokyo 2020, and it’s a vision that isn’t just limited to these five sports but what we want the Olympic program to do, what we want sport to be in the future of the Olympic Games,” said Kit McConnell, the IOC’s sports director. “In many ways, the sports that have come in signal a vision for how ...
Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
the Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Newest member of the Indians, outfielder Brandon Guyer, assumed his spot on the 25-man roster.
Salazar has been dealing with discomfort in his throwing arm for several weeks. It was enough of an issue that he skipped making an appearance in his first All-Star Game to allow his body more time to rest.
Hopefully it’s nothing, but these situations always make fans nervous. ...Read More...
THE Australian Baseball League will go ahead this season but its future remains in limbo after Major League Baseball ended its lucrative backing of the national competition.
MLB had funded 75 per cent of the loss-making league since in 2010 with Baseball Australia holding the other 25 per cent stake.
After a review of its international operations last year MLB decided to terminate its ownership of the ABL and redirect funds to the development of the sport in Australia.
This includes a ...
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
DENVER—Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, sidelined since late June with a herniated disk in his back, was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday.
That means the 28-year-old won’t be able to return until Aug. 27, at the earliest.
Gee, ya think?
The proposed stadium deal is pure blackmail. When the $1 billion stadium was announced, only $500 million of it was promised to come from the team itself. Why would the city of Arlington shell out half a billion dollars? Why would it spend anything? Because, even without having to say it, the implication — which is probably only a bluff — is that the Rangers will leave Arlington without a new, publicly funded ballpark to replace their perfectly fine one. The PAC formed to ...
Posted: August 03, 2016 at 12:57 PM | 71 comment(s)
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