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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.
Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.
“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you ...
Just as the Cardinals began to allow themselves to get excited about what a healthy Jaime Garcia could add to their rotation, the lefty suffered another medical setback that will almost certainly preclude him from making the Opening Day roster.
Manager Mike Matheny announced after the club’s 4-3 loss to the Tigers that Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after he alerted the team’s medical staff on Saturday afternoon that “he’s feeling something that isn’t right.” ...Read More...
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
Jon Heyman doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the 2015 Rays fortunes.
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
I haven’t seen any of his starts. How bad has he looked?
A reporter asked the veteran lefty how much stock anyone should put in the results we’ve seen so far.
“I don’t give a [expletive] what stock they put in it,” Sabathia said, as the Yankees were losing a 10-2 game to the Orioles at Steinbrenner Field. “It is what it is. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t ...
Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound too promising.
“When you find out what the deal is, all you can do is feel for the kid,” said Hanigan. “He was pumped up, excited, ready to go. It’s just a tough thing, but he’ll be back.”
All the Red Sox have said for sure is that they found “something” in the MRI conducted on Vazquez.
If that something includes ligament damage, Vazquez would face the possibility of Tommy John surgery, a fate that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters faced last year. ...Read More...
Saturday, March 28, 2015
It’s time for everyone involved in the current Kris Bryant saga to shut up. For the good of the kid and — more vitally — the good of the game.
Everyone has had their say now, even the new commissioner. Everyone has staked their position. This should be the feel-good story of the spring. Instead, the rarest commodity in the sport — a young position player with the talent and charisma to attract fans — has been soiled.
It would be worthwhile if this were a debate in which the outcome ...
As you may have noticed, there are a few Kris Bryant discussions on the site. One area of some contention is how the CBA actually works. I’ve seen one poster unequivocally state that keeping Bryant down won’t give the Cubs another year of Bryant’s play, even going so far as to say “I am so ####### tired of reading this. It is not about what years the Cubs have Bryant it is about how much they pay him in those years.” Debating such topics without factual information only makes the discussions ...Read More...
Posted: March 28, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 37 comment(s)
With a heavy heart we regret to inform you of the untimely death of longtime Primate Joel Schuster, known on the site as either Jack Vincennes or Bunny Vincennes. Although I didn’t interact directly with Joel often over the years, he will be missed by all as he was always a force to be reckoned with,whether in a contentious Cubs thread or is a heated Lounge thread. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends, especially to his many,many friends on the site.
In lieu of flowers, the Dane ...Read More...
Posted: March 28, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
The Houston Astros understand that sweet and salty, like Biggio and Bagwell, are one of the best combinations of all time. That’s why they’ve decided to take crazy to a new level with the Chicken & Waffle Cone. Your eyes do not deceive you. That’s chicken in a waffle cone, served with mashed potatoes and a honey mustard sauce.
In a recent promotional shoot, Lucroy decided to take the phrase literally.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Hope everybody is recovered from last year, because it’s time to schedule this year’s Amazing Athletic Extravaganza! Let’s decide on a date this week that works for the most people possible. Let me know which of these work for you:
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18
August 1, 8, 15
Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.
Hysterical & Useless
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 27 comment(s)
Its hosted an All-Star Game, a Pro Bowl, an NBA All-Star, and a Final Four. Thank god its gone.
It was an albatross. Only fifteen years after its spectacular demolition was King County able to pay off the bonds still tied to it. The Kingdome was only slightly older than Safeco Field is now before its two main tenants began grousing about its inadequacy as a modern sporting venue. The moment that Camden Yards opened in 1993 and began printing money for the Orioles the last 30+ years of ...
ZIPS projects Salazar for 2.7 WAR, but what do stats know?
The Indians have optioned struggling right-hander Danny Salazar to Class AAA Columbus.
In doing so they have reduced the competition for the fourth and fifth spots in the starting rotation to Zach McAllister, T.J. House and Josh Tomlin. McAllister is out of options so he’s guaranteed a spot on the staff regardless it’s as a starter or reliever. House and Tomlin have options.
The Reds hit Salazar hard Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark in ...
If he wants the biggest contract, he has to put up some bigger numbers than he has put up the last few years. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll be a very wealthy young man at the end of season.
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 48 comment(s)
3. Chicago White Sox
Worst Offseason Move: None. Seriously, the Pale Hose didn’t put a foot wrong this winter. Although, when we spoke a few weeks ago, Hahn getting fired up about a minor league deal for 36-year-old Brad Penny might’ve been a bit much.
I think it would have been fair to place the David Robertson deal here.
If he’s not looking for top dollar, I’m sure he will have plenty of teams lined up not to give it to him.
“I’m not looking for top dollar,” Samardzija said. ”For me, it’s good to see those guys are compensated. But I think if you look at maybe outside of Shields, who maybe didn’t get his first choice, you look at Jon and Max and couple other guys, the big thing for them is they went somewhere they wanted to go to, and they were excited about where they were going to.
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 8 comment(s)
Putting Jacob DeGrom under the microscope.
Vazquez hasn’t caught in a major league game in two weeks after experiencing some discomfort in the elbow in a game against the New York Yankees. Subsequently, Vazquez experienced some pain in his triceps after altering his throwing motion somewhat to compensate for the elbow soreness.
He threw to bases Thursday, but did so at less than full intensity - per the Red Sox’ request.
“There’s a little bit [of restriction] there,’’ said Vazquez of the discomfort he experiences with his elbow. “I’ve ...
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
Shoulder injuries really suck. Fortunately, conditioning methods have improved.
There is a reason the Red Sox won’t include Betts in a deal for Hamels. He a very smart *and* physically-gifted player. He understands that taking walks should never be the goal. They should be a byproduct of a batter not getting pitches to hit. He also understands that the game is about constant adjustments. Not every gifted players gets that. (See Javier Baez for comparison.)
“[Big league] pitchers are just around the zone more. I feel like you have to swing a little more. You can’t go up ...
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
Big Papi wants to know if you’re taking steroids.
I’m buying an over-the-f***ing-counter supplement in the United States of America. I’m buying this stuff in line next to doctors and lawyers. Now all of a sudden MLB comes out and says there’s some ingredient in GNC pills that have a form of steroid in them. I don’t know anything about it.
If you think I’m full of it, go to your kitchen cabinet right now and read the back of a supplement bottle and honestly tell me you know what all of ...
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
hall of fame
Pittsburgh Press, March 27, 1915:
Here’s the funny thing about [Bud] Davis, the rookie twirler from Virginia who has been showing so well with the Athletics this season. For four years Davis always threw left-handed. Now he is a right-handed pitcher.
In fact, nearly everything about Davis as a ballplayer was weird. He put up a 98 ERA+ at age 19 in his only MLB season, then never again appeared in the major leagues. A pretty good season if you just glance at it, but somehow Davis ...Read More...
Thursday, March 26, 2015
I get that he’s trying to help his client become a free agent sooner but it’s also within the Cubs purview to send him down to the minors to gain another year and use Bryant’s defense as a reason to do so. If Boras really wants to get rid of the contract issue, he can agree to a contract which supersedes this issue. That won’t happen, of course. You don’t squeeze every penny out of a team signing such a contract. In the meantime, Scott, spare us the sanctimonious pontifications about “integrity ...Read More...
I know this is shocking, but we have yet another example of the Mets being too cheap. This time around, they’ve drastically cut ballpark security to the point that there are safety concerns.
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 24 comment(s)
mets being mets
Wait til next year!
On Wednesday, though, Ricketts said the organization is projecting the $375 million renovation to take longer than originally expected.
“There will be four more years,” Ricketts said Wednesday after speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. “The way we project it now is four more years of construction.”
Dennis Culloton, a spokesman for Ricketts, confirmed Wednesday evening that the project could very well bleed into a fifth offseason, one more than the original ...
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