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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The gritty, gutsy, scrappy underdogs are attracting some attention:
After hammering the Rays 11-5 on Monday in a five-homer outburst that included Rodriguez’s eighth, the Yankees are 21-12 and owners of the best record in the American League. Maybe you dreamed of an under .500 season; maybe you dreamed of Rodriguez getting released in July, the Yankees finally just eating his contract; maybe you dreamed of Joe Girardi losing his cool one evening and going on a Hal McRae-like rant in his postgame ...
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Mount Rushmore for BTF: Chris Truby, Mike Piazza, Madeline Albright, and Frank Tanana.
And Mike Crudale.
So I picked my own four for each club, and then ranked the 30 sets of four. Here they are, from the best to the fourth-best (in my opinion) for each franchise:
1. Giants: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey
2. Yankees: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mariano Rivera (see below)
3. Cardinals: Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols, Bob Gibson
4. Red ...
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM | 135 comment(s)
BP’s first mock draft.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (N.Y.): The Diamondbacks haven’t come close to finalizing this decision, as I’ve been told they’re debating names like Dansby Swanson, Dillon Tate, and even Tyler Stephenson. Right now I believe the choice is Whitley though—for a number substantially lower than the $8.6 million dollars the slot comes with, and with three potential 60 tools, it’s not as massive a reach as some might believe.
2. Houston ...
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
The Red Sox have been brutal the last two weeks. The starting pitching as been bad; the offense has been non-existent. Many of my friends and coworkers think the season is over. So do a bunch of writers. Deep breaths, lonnnnnnng deeeeeeep breaths. The Red Sox have some issues but things will get better. All is not lost.
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:41 PM | 68 comment(s)
Why did the American League succeed where its predecessors (or, in the case of the Federal League, successor) failed? And how did this series of competing leagues driving each other out of business give way to the coalition of the National and American Leagues that form Major League Baseball as we know it today?
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
Watching the Rockies lose night after night might seem like punishment to some. For others, six-hour, 90-mile training rides on a bicycle would seem like suffering.
Jerry Schemmel does both, but he considers both to be blessings.
The Rockies radio announcer is training to hold up his end of a two-man team in the Race Across America (RAAM), a seven-day transcontinental bike race beginning June 20. Schemmel will be paired with Brad Cooper, who has completed seven Ironman triathlons, on the ride ...
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.
Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, May 11, 1915:
[Bob] Fisher worked the ancient hidden ball trick on Douglass Baird yesterday, but the Pirate coacher was just as much to blame as the recruit. As a matter of fact, this old ruse should be prohibited by law. It is not baseball, and the fans don’t like to see it, no matter who works it.
False. The hidden ball trick is fantastic, and if you don’t want to get tricked, you should pay attention.
“I was very happy,” he said of his outing, which improved his record to 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA (identical to Harvey, who is 5-1) and an unfathomable (unless you consider the other-worldly Bartolo Colon) 54/3 strikeouts/walks ratio. “Today is Mother’s Day and I’m happy my mother got to watch the game in the Dominican Republic. I love my mom.”
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
I bet there are still players taking steriods. I bet there were players who took them in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
“What bothers me is the hypocrites,” Segui said. “I see them on TV sometimes criticizing people who took steroids. I say, ‘What a minute . . . maybe the public doesn’t know what you did, but I know what you did.’ Those are the ones that bother me. Just keep your mouth shut.”
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”
Sunday, May 10, 2015
McCarthy: What were you going to say, Mike? That the throw was a bar of soap that Garcia threw to home plate?
Schmidt: Well, he did kind of throw it a little… I don’t know… are you allowed to say, a little bit…
Schmidt: …girlish, so to speak?
This is sexist for a very obvious reason, one which was apparent to all three members of the broadcast booth once the words left Schmidt’s mouth. In fact, Stairs seemed to know what Schmidt was going to say when he interjected ...
On the emotional aspect of his injury:
“Emotions are things you can somewhat control, especially since you can’t control when you get hit by a pitch in a certain way. So I tried to stay in positive spirits. I think I have some unrealistic expectations of coming back, but I don’t think it hurts to dream big. But the process, I just try to take it each moment, each day. Whatever they need me to do, whatever we can think of to intelligently get it going again. A lot of times you have to ...
Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
I’m sure they can come up with a plan to give their young guys a breather while keeping Lynn and Lackey on schedule.
Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 10 comment(s)
— Jarrod Parker’s hideous injury Friday night was diagnosed Saturday as a fractured bone in his right elbow, right where the graft for his surgically reconstructed ligament is anchored.
Parker will require surgery of some sort, but trainer Nick Paparesta said it is unclear whether Parker will require what would be his third Tommy John surgery. Paparesta said, “As of right now, everything in that regard looks promising, but they really won’t know until they get in to fix the ...
Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
As always, good stuff from David Lauria.
I recently asked Dan Duquette how his team is able to keep outperforming projections. He looked at me with a bemused expression and replied, “So, you want the secret sauce?”
The Orioles’ mastermind – his official title is Executive VP, Baseball Operations – proceeded to list a few of the ingredients. He called Buck Showalter “a steadying influence.” He said the team likes “hard-working players who give their best effort when they come to ...
Posted: May 10, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, May 09, 2015
While the novelty of knowing how high, far and fast every home run is hit might wear off, the defensive metrics Statcast reveals are, at least, entertaining—and probably useful for scouting purposes. But is the fan experience improved if baseball can quantify exactly how a player makes a great play, or is it more fun just to see it done? (MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how Statcast will affect fan experience or viewership.)
Watch these five Statcast videos and ...
Posted: May 09, 2015 at 11:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
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