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Friday, September 18, 2015
Not very complimentary.
Is there a viable in-house partner for catcher Mike Zunino?
“Is that a serious question?” one scout asked. “If they had a truly legit guy anywhere in the system, they’d have sent Zunino to the minors in May.”
From another: “They had that guy in (Welington) Castillo, and they traded him (to Arizona). Now, I’m a (Mark) Trumbo guy. I’d rather have Trumbo (than Castillo) unless I really needed a catcher. They really need a catcher.”
From a third: “They ...
Posted: September 18, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, September 18, 1915:
Umpire Rigler gave the double-header [between the Pirates and Giants] an unusual feature when he chased 19 New York players including Manager John McGraw to the club house for their actions following a disputed strike decision in the second game.
Grant flied out, and as he was passing Umpire Rigler on the way to the New York bench he made some remarks to the official. A few minutes later, Rigler halted the game and gave McGraw the sign to leave ...
His improved play might not be enough to keep him at the position, however.
But it’s really been a tale of two halves for the East Bay native. Just six of those errors have come in the 51 games since the All-Star break. In watching Semien on a regular basis, it’s clear he’s handling shortstop with more confidence and fluidity over the second half. His athleticism has been on display on some highlight-worthy plays recently, including a terrific stop in the hole against the White Sox on ...
Posted: September 18, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 17 comment(s)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Let’s take a stroll around the current Mets infield. That big power-hitting lug Lucas Duda at first base? He was a Minaya-era draft pick, as was second baseman Daniel Murphy, whose hands are iron-coated but whose bat is gold-plated. Shortstop Ruben Tejada, completing a smart comeback year, was a find from Panama.
Wilmer Flores, Citi Field’s own Fountain of Tears, plays shortstop and second and swings a handsome bat. Minaya’s scouts signed Flores in Venezuela when he was 16.
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM | 32 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang will need season-ending surgery after a takeout slide at second base against the Chicago Cubs earlier on Thursday. He will miss the remainder of the season, as first reported by Dejan Kovacevic of DKPittsburghSports.com.
The play in question was a double play ground ball to second base in the top of the first inning by Anthony Rizzo. Chris Coghlan slid hard into the shortstop Kang as he turned the double play. Kang was removed from the ...
Don’t like having your season decided by one game? Win your division. I greatly prefer this setup to the old one where the only drawback was one less playoff game.
And so the Cubs, even if they end up with a better record against better competition than the majority of division winners, will likely see their season reduced to a single road game in Pittsburgh. And the Pirates, for owning the second-best record in the sport despite playing the Cardinals 18 times, risk seeing their postseason end ...
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 07:55 PM | 67 comment(s)
Milo Hamilton, who was behind the microphone for Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run and later spent decades as the voice of the Astros, has died. He was 88.
spanx for the memories
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 07:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded for Johnson, Mat Latos and Wood. Latos still hasn’t won a game, and Wood had pitched poorly before Wednesday night. Johnson’s been a disaster.
Oh, and the Dodgers are 7 ½ games ahead of the Giants.
Their big moves didn’t work at all, and all they’ve done is run away and hide.
Which should be the real takeaway here.
The Mets would have a big lead without Cespedes, the Royals without Zobrist; granted, both teams will probably be thrilled to have ...
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 05:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”
“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package ...
Major League Baseball this week announced the 30 nominees for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. The announcement came two days before the 14th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which will be observed Wednesday at parks across the big league circuit
In the GM portion of our links today…Theo Epstein.
In the GM portion of our links today…Dave Dombrowski.
Hey, Murray, is there room in your basement for Lupica and Madden? Can Mike and Bill munch on your Fruit Loops or must they bring their own boxes?
A “Keeping Score” column in The New York Times last week caught my attention with this start to a sentence: “While batting average may no longer hold much sway…”
Written by Benjamin Hoffman, the piece was about Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets’ surprising sensation, and his chances of winning the National League most valuable player ...
Dan O’Dowd asks some tough questions.
This is my concern. A one-time skip in the rotation can be a nice breather. Throwing less pitches per start, especially with so many breaks in between, might increase his risk of being injured if he’s later pushed in the playoffs. Why? Not throwing as much over the last few weeks of the season will ultimately reduce his overall strength and stamina.
We did an informal survey of a group of sports-medicine professionals, a couple of whom would not agree to be interviewed about a player who isn’t ...
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 01:53 PM | 4 comment(s)
I guess in his view the drop in homers since testing started is purely coincidental.
Those leading the PED witch hunts now have to cope with the fact that the Brewers’ right fielder hasn’t tanked post-PEDs. This poses significant problems for the PED narrative. How does one hold that Braun’s numbers during his prime were a sham, now that he’s once again performing near his career norms? Does one plug one’s ears and ignore this season? Does one push in all the chips and baselessly ...
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 11:24 AM | 57 comment(s)
I can’t see how the Dodgers could take Seager out of the lineup right now.
No, no, no, no, no. Don’t get me wrong. I like Davis. I won’t like the Red Sox being tied to another big contract.
(And, FYI Nick, despite Ortiz’s production this year, he can’t go on like this forever.)
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
With the way the team has played recently and the amount of talent in the farm system, I can’t help but feel Cherington did not deserve his fate.
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
All is good then.
The Tigers received good news on right-hander Anibal Sanchez Wednesday after his consultation with Dr. James Andrews. The noted orthopedic surgeon examined Sanchez’s sore right rotator cuff on Wednesday and saw no major structural damage.
“All good,” Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato, said in a text message. “He said the shoulder looked great.”
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
Keokuk Daily Gate City, September 17, 1915:
A copy of a Denver paper with a story of the Labor day baseball games there between Denver and Lincoln has been sent to The Gate City and has some interesting dope on Snooks McGaffigan, former Indian shortstop. In the first contest McGaffigan made three hits, a double, a triple, and a home run. In the second game he made three hits and two runs.
This performance was in no way historically significant, but “Snooks McGaffigan” is a wonderful name and I ...Read More...
I would have hit him too. Craig misses the part where Seager grabs his crotch right when he called time first and before he tells Weaver to throw it over the plate.
In this instance I blame the umpire for not stepping in and telling Seager to get in the box. It was perfectly clear that Seager was purposely being disruptive. Had the umpire kept control of the game the ensuing events would not have happened.
Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 64 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound promising.
Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, still aiming for another comeback, is having a third Tommy John surgery soon, according to sources.
“Truly, I love him as a manager. Flat out I absolutely do,” Harper said. “If I didn’t, everybody would know. Absolutely everybody would know. I’m not shy to say things. Being able to play for a guy like that that I can actually go up to him and talk to him about approach, at-bat to at-bat, and just being able to have the fire and intensity that he has, and the way he approaches every single day. He wants us to be perfect and I love that as a manager. I played for a guy like that in ...
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