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Friday, May 29, 2015
Too bad he’s so unmarketable.
Like most other evaluators, this scout has seen A-Rod appear tense over the years, squeezing the bat in pressure situations. This year has brought noticeable change.
“He has the easiest swing I’ve ever seen from him,” the advance scout said. “He just looks like he doesn’t give a sh-t. And that’s a good thing.”
In other words, a famously self-conscious man is finally allowing himself to let it rip, and enjoy the game.
The scout went on to theorize ...
Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:59 AM | 68 comment(s)
What an awful injury.
At 3:15 p.m. CDT Thursday, Mike Dahl said his son was in surgery.
“They’re trying to save the spleen,” Dahl said. “There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They’re just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that’s the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn’t remember much about what happened. No broken bones ...
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Commissioner Rob Manfred is open-minded to any suggestion that would make baseball better, so here’s another idea for him to consider:
A split season.
Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 54 comment(s)
If Balfour’s career is coming to a close, he’ll finish with a 30-23 record, 84 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 539 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing righty averaged 9.5 strikeouts and 4.2 walks per nine innings over a 12-year big league career split between the Twins, Rays, Athletics and Brewers.
Best MLB Aussie ever?
Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
Please just let it die.
On this week’s episode of the family sitcom, Adam Goldberg and his dad go to a game in Veteran’s Stadium, where the Phillies played from 1971-2003. You thought it you’d never see it again, but thanks to the magic of TV, look!
Posted: May 29, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Philadelphia Evening Ledger, May 29, 1915:
Harry Harper...has pitched three games for Minneapolis, and all of them were remarkable affairs in their way. In his first game he struck out 16 batsmen, walked 12, made three wild pitches, and although he allowed but seven hits, he was beaten, 9 to 5. In his second game Harper allowed but four hits, but was beaten, 11 to 1, because he walked 15 men and hit another.
Harper’s third game resulted in a no-hit, no-run victory that was one of the most ...
“I’ve waited over 20 years, almost my entire adult life, for a Democratic mayor,” complained Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president. “For him to be a Boston Red Sox fan? Come on.”...
Mr. de Blasio has said he plans to attend a Yankees game soon. The team has extended a standing invitation.
“He told me he’s brave,” Mr. Levine said, anticipating a Bronx cheer. “He’ll take the pounding.”
Thursday, May 28, 2015
[Mayor] Coderre says Montreal is a real baseball town and that six or seven teams have expressed an interest in playing games in the city next year.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 05:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
A GM has to balance short-term desires and long-term needs. Cherington is a patient sort who leans towards long-term part of the spectrum. Despite having three world championships in the last 12 years, the typical Red Sox fan, like most fans, falls firmly on the short-term desire side of the spectrum. When you add in a rabid, impatient press, that’s not a good mix.
The 2012 edition of The Elias Book of Baseball Records states that Ruth holds the top AL mark in four seasons: 1920 (136 RBIs); 1921 (171); 1923 (131); and 1926 (151). This venerable record book is edited by long-time SABR member Seymour Siwoff, president of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statisticians for Major League Baseball. Meanwhile, MLB.com, the official website for Major League Baseball, states that Ruth was first in RBIs in six AL seasons: 1919 (114 RBIs); 1920 (137); 1921 ...
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 25 comment(s)
It’s not his mix that’s a problem; it’s his command. Although he could find the magic elixir as a starter, I just don’t see it. Kelly’s place should be the pen, where a simple fastball/slider mix could allow him to be a real weapon.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 12:47 PM | 20 comment(s)
They plan to begin a six-man rotation and carry it through mid-August.
This is not unprecedented, but it usually does not last long. The natural attrition of pitchers has a way of changing plans.
The rotation plan, they hope, will shave three to four starts off each starter’s regular workload. Colon, who is 42, rarely throws off the mound between starts and has told Dan Warthen, the pitching coach, that he likes the idea. Others are skeptical.
Inside one doorway, the words of Exodus 25:8 curl in illuminated script across a cream-hued wall. “Make for me a sanctuary,” the verse reads, “and I will dwell in their midst.” Outside, a sign above the entrance denotes what this 114-year-old sanctuary has been renamed: the Cubs Den.
In the summer of 2012, the Sons of Israel synagogue, which had not housed a congregation since 1991, was repurposed as a souvenir store for the minor league baseball team next door. Before this season, ...
This ace fixation is out of hand. The Red Sox don’t need Porcello to be an ace. If he pitches like a solid number-three guy, he’ll be doing the job he’s being paid to do.
Rick Porcello seems like a nice guy, hard-working and very well-intentioned. He takes losses and bad performances to heart. All fine traits.
Here comes the “but.”
He’s not an ace. Not now, anyway.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:43 AM | 37 comment(s)
His fantasy owners and Cardinals fans surely shed a tear at this news. I know I did.
[Matt] Adams, who had an MRI on Wednesday, said, “The results came back worse than what we were expecting. The timetable is three to four months. If things go well then, hopefully, I’ll be able to get back at the end of the season.
“It was just something that needed to be done. There’s a torn tendon in there that needs to be repaired. It’s a tough break. It’s not what I wanted.”
If Kang keeps playing well, he’ll help some Korean players (and their teams) get a lot of money.
Like Suzuki, Kang studied American pitchers feverishly before crossing the Pacific Ocean, and like Suzuki, his adjustments appear to have gone swimmingly.
“Girls,” he joked when asked his favorite thing about America. “No, the food. I like steak. I have nothing to complain about.”
Remember when some sabermetricians scoffed at the idea that guys like Brad Ausmus are very valuable.
Maybe the biggest lesson here is that framing pitches involves many different parties, from the catcher to the pitcher to the hitter to the umpire. For his part, Norris seemingly hasn’t done a good job receiving this season despite a track-record that includes mostly league average-ish numbers. Norris’ framing deficiencies, especially when compared to last year’s Rene Rivera-Yasmani Grandal ...
This division is wide open.
The Toronto Blue Jays seem to believe they can still win this division, and despite all that’s gone wrong for them this year, it’d be tough to disagree.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 24 comment(s)
Fungo Tennis, from the Pittsburgh Press, May 28, 1915:
The average time of a nine-inning game has been two minutes faster in May than in April, and now has shrunk by 10 minutes per game compared to last season, as players continue to adjust to Major League Baseball’s new pace-of-game rules.
MLB has recorded fewer violations per game in each week of the season of the rule that requires batters to keep a foot in the box during an at-bat. Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports
Games have averaged 2 hours, 52 minutes in May, compared with 2:54 in April and 3:02 ...
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 4 comment(s)
rules of the game
If the idea of the pitcher win statistic is — as I think it is — to determine which starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win, then let’s actually record what starting pitchers give their teams their best chance to win.
Posted: May 28, 2015 at 01:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
kill the win
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