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Thursday, September 17, 2015
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 ...
Buster Posey must have grown up watching Blues Clues.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
I had a papal trading card collection as a kid, until my Mother Superior threw it out…
During Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals, fans will be allowed to pick up their own Pope rookie card at various locations in Citizens Bank Park, per the team’s official site.
“In honor of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to celebrate the World Meeting of Families Congress,” the announcement reads, “fans may pick up a commemorative Phillies Pope Francis Rookie Card at the First Base ...
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 29 comment(s)
Holy cow, Clemente next to Willie Mays in the outfield?
The Dodgers signed Clemente 15 months after Campanis first saw him. By then, the Giants, Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals had also expressed interest, according to David Maraniss’ biography “Clemente.” The Braves were serious bidders, reportedly offering the largest bonus ($25,000 to $35,000). But Maraniss writes that Clemente wanted to play in New York, where he had friends and relatives in the growing Puerto Rican community there. From ...
The bloodbath has begun at the Daily News.
Long-time columnist Mike Lupica is among those who are heading out the door, as owner Mort Zuckerman desperately swings his cost-cutting ax, The Post has learned.
spanx for the memories
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 90 comment(s)
So the A’s on Wednesday called up Barry Zito, their former ace and Cy Young winner, from Triple-A Nashville. Zito, 37, had hoped for an MLB comeback this season when he signed a minor-league deal with the A’s, the team that drafted him in the first round in 1999.
Instead, Zito spent the year in the minors. He was 8-7 with a 3.46 ERA, a solid contributor but not sparkling enough to warrant a big-league call-up. Until now, that is.
This is likely an MLB farewell for Zito. The A’s — with ...Read More...
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 0 comment(s)
How simple of an adjustment is it?
Warthen is trying to fix a flaw in Matz’s delivery that is causing his elbow to drop, resulting in stress on the joint as well as his shoulder. Warthen said it’s a byproduct of trying to throw too hard—Zack Wheeler has the same issue—and because both pitchers have had Tommy John surgery, the less strain on the repaired elbow, the better.
“It puts an incredible amount of torque on your elbow or shoulder,” Warthen said. “So we worry about that.” ...Read More...
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 02:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
An interesting observation on Arrieta as he takes a shot at being the first to win 20 this year.
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 24 comment(s)
“My #### doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs. What happens after that is ####### luck.” — Billy Beane
“The one thing we cannot forget is we are in the pennant race,” Collins said. “We are at the end of the season. We do not need to be getting rid of our best pitchers and letting them sit on the side for a while. We need to get him rested up a little bit and get him ready for whatever happens.”
Posted: September 16, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 33 comment(s)
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