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Friday, October 14, 2016
“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.
“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
It’s not new. He’s a fireman.
If we want more Andrew Millers in the baseball world, and we should, then we have to give them a name. If we can have closers and setup men, we can have a name for the reliever who gets the most dangerous hitters out in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. We can make it a new full-time position in major league baseball.
“I don’t know, didn’t they call them Firemen back in the day?” Miller said this week when I presented him with the Super Reliever name. “Goose ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 51 comment(s)
Balk or no balk?
His move raised some eyebrows, however. According to Rule 8.05, “If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his free foot past the back edge of the pitcher’s rubber, he is required to pitch to the batter except to throw to second base on a pick-off play.”
Urias’ free foot certainly came close to crossing that imaginary line. But in the eyes of the umpiring crew, it was a clean throw to first base and not a balk.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.
More, more, more, more. And the faster the better.
BEST OF 7. WINNER TO WORLD SERIES.
GAME 1: Blue Jays (Estrada) at Indians (Kluber). 8 PM. TBS.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:03 AM | 81 comment(s)
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Hugh Fullerton in the Washington Times, October 13, 1916:
FULLERTON THINKS BIG SERIES SHOULD NOW BE ABOLISHED
Boston won yesterday, and finished up the tamest and (if the magnates are wise) the last of the world’s series…Without detracting from the merits of the grand old game, it must be admitted that unless the club owners throw some life into their show, or else establish a new National League, the world’s series of the future will be a bloomer.
The truth is: The National League was shown ...
“I don’t think so, I really don’t,” said manager Terry Francona, when asked if Salazar was an option to appear in the ALCS. “I don’t think he’s progressed to that point. He’s doing pretty well, but he’s not back to throwing all his pitches or letting it go at 100 percent.
“If we asked him to do that, he might be reaching right now. We’ve been pretty vocal about the first priority being about getting him back healthy. I think this proves it.” ...Read More...
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
Imagine a Cubs vs. Indians World Series. One fanbase enjoys the euphoria of victory; the other fanbase adds another miserable failure to its bag of despair.
The Indians last won in 1948. And, you might have heard about this one: The Cubs haven’t won since 1908, or the year the world first got the electric mixer.
If not now, when?
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
Why didn’t this happen earlier in the year?
San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross is scheduled to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Thursday. The injury is expected to keep him out anywhere from 4-6 months, which leaves open the possibility that he could potentially return early in the 2017 season.
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
He’s coming back in 2017. I don’t agree with Bradford about 2018. If the players buy in and the team is successful next July, you can pick up the option. If the players don’t buy in and the team is playing below expectations, you can fire him.
Here’s what I’m getting at: Either the Red Sox are sold that John Farrell has earned the right to be the face of this franchise or he hasn’t. There’s no in between But that’s right where the Sox are trying to wedge this situation into.
They should have ...
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.
“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.
Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.
And as most Nats ...Read More...
Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Metro is beyond awful. No wonder thousands of commuters would rather get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic above ground than deal with the bullshit on the rails.
As part of the 24-hour track-work program that began this spring, Metro no longer extends its hours for games, concerts or special events, and Metro says the Nats’ game Thursday is no exception.
Game 5 of the National League Division Series starts at 8:08 p.m., and Metro closes at midnight, making it likely that fans will need to ...
Posted: October 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM | 21 comment(s)
Playing nine years in Candlestick did Clark few favors. “The wind switched around all the time,” he said. “One minute it was blowing in from left, the other it was blowing in from right. One minute, it’s blowing out to right-center.”
Clark had to look for other strategies as a hitter in San Francisco, between the wind and his manager his first seven seasons, Roger Craig, deliberately having the infield grass cut high to encourage more double-play balls.
“Playing in Candlestick, it didn’t ...Read More...
Why is he in the AFL? He is old for a prospect. He hasn’t played past high school. I get taking a flyer but why put him in a position where he most likely will be overmatched.
Posted: October 12, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 25 comment(s)
MLB does not want fans to get caught up in all the playoff series. If they did, they wouldn’t schedule the games at overlapping times, with late starts, and on difficult, or impossible, to find networks.
Posted: October 12, 2016 at 01:52 PM | 42 comment(s)
Nothing says bad ownership more than instability and constant change at the top.
In a surprising turn of events, Mike Dee, the executive who had been entrusted with running the Padres, is out as president and CEO of the franchise.
“My goal and our organization’s objective is to have stability and long-term tenure in our front office, but sometimes these changes are inevitable,” Padres managing partner Peter Seidler said in a statement provided to the Union-Tribune. “Mike is no longer ...
Posted: October 12, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 13 comment(s)
[Grants Pass, Oregon] Rogue River Courier, October 12, 1916:
Before the greatest crowd that ever witnessed a professional baseball game, the Boston Red Sox annexed their fourth world’s championship this afternoon. A vast throng, numbering 42,620 wild-eyed fans, saw the Sox down the Brooklyn Dodgers, four to one, in this fifth game of the 1916 title struggle.
The great crowd really did not turn itself loose until the game was over. Thousands then flooded down on the diamond in the wake of a ...
The Dodgers signing career meh pitcher Joe Blanton last winter didn’t inspire confidence from too many fans.
One fan in particular, Seth Amitie, felt so strongly Blanton would be a flop that he made a friendly wager.
Well, Blanton thrived in his new role as a reliever and turned in an ERA well better than the league average (2.48, good for a 158 league- and park-adjusted ERA+).
Amitie stayed true to his word and solicited donations to cover the cost of his misery before heading to ...
General manager Jon Daniels made it clear what the Rangers’ intentions are in 2017.
“We expect to win,” Daniels said on Tuesday at the club’s post-season press conference.
Daniels does not see a window closing.
“Our job as a baseball leadership team, if we are doing our jobs right—I don’t think the window, there is an open and closed period. Good organizations find a way to win year in and year out. I don’t think after an x number of years, you do about face and change plans.” ...Read More...
Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
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