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Monday, November 07, 2016
Say it ain’t you, Yoo!
The South Korean police said Monday that they were pressing criminal charges against 21 people, including two professional baseball pitchers in the KBO League, on suspicion of match fixing.
In 2014, the pitchers, Lee Sung-min of the NC Dinos and Yoo Chang-sik of the Hanwha Eagles, deliberately walked batters in return for gifts and cash from match-fixing brokers, the police said. Lee now plays for the Lotte Giants and Yoo for the Kia Tigers.
The police said two NC ...
He has his work cut out with this sale.
Boras mentioned age (30 in April), spin rate on his breaking ball (fourth-highest revolutions per minute among those who threw at least 100 curves this year), his improved cutter since joining the Phillies in 2016 and how much better Hellickson has pitched since distancing himself from February 2014 surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow (3.84 ERA in his 46 past starts dating to June 2015).
That expert’s name is Stephanie Izard, and after winning the fourth season of Top Chef, she opened a Chicago restaurant called The Girl and the Goat. She serves a number of goat-focused dishes there, like goat empanadas and goat carpaccio, and she also offers entire goat legs for pre-order. There’s no one better they could have found to roast a whole goat for them in Chicago.
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 53 comment(s)
“Bud talked about it, that urgent feeling of belief that is brewing among our players as they look at themselves and they look around the league in the division and go, ‘OK, we should really start to win games and put pressure on ourselves and pressure on the rest of the division and the National League to get back into the playoffs here,’” said general manager Jeff Bridich. “That’s a wonderful place to be, and I think it’s an honest place to be for who we are right now.
“I think Bud realizes ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
Not many surprises. Corey Seager in the top three for MVP was a little surprising, though.
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Corey Seager, Dodgers
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
Or the Indians can regress, get injured, and end up being a one-year wonder.
With Bauer, Carrasco, Kluber and Salazar, the Indians are in good shape in their rotation, leaving Tomlin, Mike Clevinger and Cody Anderson as fifth-starter/depth alternatives. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team bring in additional options, but barring a trade, don’t expect any big names. Expect opposing teams to make calls about Carrasco and Salazar this off-season, presenting Antonetti and Chernoff with options ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
The eight finalists for the 2017 Frick Award are: Gary Cohen, Ken Coleman, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Bill King, Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats. The winner of the 2017 Frick Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md., and will be honored during the July 29 Awards Presentation as part of the July 28-31 Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 in Cooperstown. All candidates except King and Martin are living.
Oh boy. Crazy.
At a cost of $1bn to put a chill in the air during Texas Rangers games, it would surely go down as the sports world’s most expensive air-conditioning bill.
Voters in the city that is home to the Rangers go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to finance a new Major League Baseball stadium that would replace a popular facility that is barely two decades old.
The election raises the question of how much a team is really worth to its community, and whether, just a few days ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 8 comment(s)
Of course, then comes the purge.
So what did Hazen learn about that transition?
“Do a lot of listening. Try to meet with as many people as you can and get their thoughts,” he said. “We’re looking at it from across the country, so it’s more about gathering the opinions of that staff that’s been here and what they think went wrong and then maybe layering over some objective opinions on that as well to hopefully figure out a way to turn it around.”
That echoes what Hazen said impressed him most ...
Boras is selling that Wieters will be a much better player in his 30s that his 20s, and should be paid as such. If you can’t sell reality, sell the dream.
19. Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
2017 WAR projection: 1.1
2017 age: 31
The switch-hitter accepted Baltimore’s qualifying offer last offseason but then put together a fairly disappointing 2016. Wieters’ wRC+ of 88 ranked 14th out of 16 catchers with at least 400 plate appearances.
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
How will they be better than other front offices?
Falvey and Levine, who both got five-year contracts, were introduced at a news conference later Monday morning. The two are part of the wave of baseball executives who place an emphasis on analytics, but Falvey said, “We will have a commitment to understanding metrics but we’ll always be making human decisions.”
Said Levine: “In the healthiest decisionmaking cycles, analytics plays a meaningful role but not a decisive role … [analytics] will ...
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 2 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, November 7, 1916:
A letter written in the home of Joe Tinker in Chicago and reaching [Philadelphia yesterday], told that Frank Chance, the veteran manager, had been appointed leader of the Cubs to succeed Tinker. The letter was received by Wade Powers, a local fan, from his mother, Mrs. J.A. Powers, who left Philadelphia last week to visit the Tinker household. Mrs. Powers is a sister of the mother-in-law of Tinker…
When incredulity was expressed, Mr. Powers said: “You ...
The argument, made by several chroniclers of the game, is that there was no standout performance by a starting pitcher in the AL this year, opening the door for a standout reliever to claim the prize. The voters are literally saying “since we can’t pick between the two best pitchers in the league, we’ll give it to a third pitcher who wasn’t as good.”Read More...
In what universe does it make sense to penalize a pitcher for being the best, but only the best by a little bit? Michael Phelps gets the gold ...
A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.
He is an option.
Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
“This is a tough place, a fun place and a not-so-fun place to play all wrapped into one. No lead feels safe,” Black said about Coors Field during his last season with the Padres. “And no lead feels insurmountable when you are trying to attack. You always feel good about your ability to come back.”
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
The Seattle Mariners acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell FanRag Sports.
According to Andy McCullough of the LA Times, the player going back to the Dodgers in the deal is pitcher Vidal Nuno.
Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 16 comment(s)
Sunday, November 06, 2016
For a paltry 12 million, the Cubs could have had a really good long man/spot starte; or they could have signed and traded him. But they paid 2 million to let him walk. Hammels stands to make millions from this move as he becomes one of the best starters on the market.
“The trade market is our primary avenue to address those needs,” Silverman said. “It’s market-driven based on the teams’ interest in our players, what (teams) provide to us that meets those needs, both short term and long term.”
Posted: November 06, 2016 at 12:30 PM | 14 comment(s)
Chicago Cubs players Anthony Rizzo, David Ross and Dexter Fowler perform “Go Cubs Go” with Bill Murray.
Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.
Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.
As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.
But we’ll see if he delivers on it.
Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Joe Maddon was in charge of the Angels’ instructional league program one fall three decades ago when he heard Gene Mauch‘s gravelly voice behind him.
“I don’t know how you’re doing it, son,” Mauch said. “But you’ve created a great environment here.”
To this day, Maddon considers it maybe the greatest compliment he has ever received, because Mauch was a legendary tough guy—taciturn, demanding and frugal with praise. He also had one of the greatest baseball minds ever, someone who’d studied the ...
Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 44 comment(s)
Silverman said the responsibility sharing is “unique” but said it works in their situation. “It’s custom-fit to our histories together and to our working relationships,” he said. “Because of their decade-long working relationship, Erik and Chaim are ideal partners to team up on the daily management of our department.”
Posted: November 05, 2016 at 01:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
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