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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
This year, however, with Statcast officially replacing PITCHF/x in the big leagues, the data being pulled publicly is now from the Trackman radar. While PITCHF/x velocity numbers were reported at a defined point along each pitch’s trajectory — usually at the 55 foot mark — so that velocity didn’t have to be calculated at every x/y point along the pitches path, Statcast outputs the highest velocity that Trackman records along the flight of the pitch, which due to physics, is going to be ...
Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 17 comment(s)
Pedro Guerrero, whose big bat powered many of the Dodgers’ best teams in the 1980s, was hospitalized Monday in the Dominican Republic. Initial reports offered conflicting information about Guerrero’s current state.
Miami-based journalist Antonio Puesan reported that Guerrero has died. Three other reports indicated Guerrero is alive, but in failing health. ESPN’s Renato Bermudez reported that Guerrero suffered a heart attack, while ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Guerrero suffered a ...
Picture the prototypical corner outfielder, and a classic image springs to mind: He has strong wrists and forearms and the ability to hit 20 home runs by accident. The defense might be spotty, but he’ll compensate with a penchant for driving balls into the seats.
That’s the stereotype, and Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto isn’t hesitant to admit he bought into it until his analytics department took a dive into the numbers.
“If you look at what’s available in today’s game, ...
Posted: April 04, 2017 at 10:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 4, 1917:
John Donaldson, a colored pitcher, who ranks with the fastest hurlers among the dusky club, has, so it is stated, been [illegible] a salary by a big league manager, conditioned on his going to Cuba, learning Spanish, pitching a season on the island, and returning under a Cuban disguise and a Spanish name. Donaldson has declined the proposition.
...and rightfully so. They may as well have said he could join the team if he figured out a way to become white.
Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).
After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul ...Read More...
Monday, April 03, 2017
Apparently, Mr. Met caught up with Syndergaard’s mother, Heidi, after Monday’s game for a photo-op just outside the stadium gates, an action that elicited a strong reaction from Syndergaard on Twitter:
Mother! How could you?!?!?
Somehow, this feud continues to be funny.
CAMBRIDGE — Robert Megerdichian’s idea of bliss is sitting in his kitchen listening to Boston Red Sox games on the radio as he refurbishes baseball gloves….
“Why would someone buy a new glove when they could just fix the old one,” Megerdichian asked Saturday as he stood in the kitchen that doubles as his glove repair workshop. “I’m old fashioned. Old-fashioned people fix things.”
Everyone tuning in to see the Cardinals wheel out their championship trophies!
MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.
Additionally, the ...
The Cardinals will announce a long-term extension with Piscotty on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. St. Louis time. A source confirmed the deal to The Post-Dispatch.
Terms of the deal were not yet clear.
Piscotty has only one year of service time, so an extension is preemptive, and would likely include all of his remaining control years—through 2022. The Cardinals prefer to make such deals with players when they also include some free agent years. If so, that would give Piscotty the longest ...
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 3, 1917:
Ty Cobb declared formally that he would not play another game in the [current exhibition series against the Giants] and Jennings, manager of the Tigers, announced that he had made arrangements to send him to Cincinnati to finish his training with the Cincinnati Reds. This action was taken as a result of the clash between Cobb and Herzog in Dallas on Saturday.
Jennings agreed to [Cobb’s] withdrawal and upholds his stand, calling Charley Herzog, ...
“Cleveland obviously is the class of the American League, if not Major League Baseball,” Avila said. “They’re an excellent team. But the American League Central Division is still very tough. The Chicago White Sox still have a very good team. The Kansas City Royals have an excellent team. It’s one of the toughest, if not the toughest division, in my mind.
“It’s not going to be easy. If anybody thinks it’s going to be easy, they’re not thinking right. But we do feel we have a good team, a team ...
Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 1 comment(s)
Huntington: A lot of it was conceptualized before we came in the door. After talking with Bob (Nutting) and Frank (Coonelly), we bought into the concept of let’s see what the 2008 could do. They’d done a nice job (in 2007) and appeared to be ready to take the next step forward. There were some established position players, although most of them were approaching free agency. There wasn’t much in the farm system other than (Andrew) McCutchen, (Neil) Walker and Brad Lincoln. We knew we were going ...
Honestly, if Adam Eaton said something on Twitter that I disagree with, I would probably think he was the other Adam Eaton anyway.
Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said he issued no new directives after the 2016 election than he has in the past.
“I’m all about players speaking out when they feel like speaking out. They’re grown men,” Rizzo said. “You’ve seen it when people on our roster have said negative things toward me and my decisions. I salute their right to express ...
Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:11 AM | 1356 comment(s)
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Katy Feeney, a former major-league executive with roots in San Francisco and the daughter of the late Giants general manager and National League president Chub Feeney, died Saturday, the Giants announced.
Feeney died of “natural causes,” according to the club, which gave no further details.
She was baseball’s senior vice president of club relations and scheduling until her retirement after the 2016 season. She was familiar to fans who watched news conferences in the postseason, which ...
On the eve of their 2017 season, the Indians announced that they have signed catcher Roberto Perez to a four-year contract extension.
The deal runs through the 2020 season and includes club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Per MLB.com, the extension is worth $9 million guaranteed with options valued at $5.5 million and $7 million, respectively.
Perez, 28, figures to start the year as the No. 2 catcher behind Yan Gomes, though he’ll likely receive more starts than the typical backup. ...
Bethancourt, traded by the Braves to the Padres in December of 2015, has made San Diego’s roster and he will be used as both a pitcher and a backup position player.
Rickey! No. You move.
Posted: April 02, 2017 at 03:37 PM | 23 comment(s)
In her photo essay “Fantasy Life,” Tabitha Soren has captured this sense of tentative possibility. For years, she followed the careers of the Oakland Athletics’ 2002 draft class: twenty-one players, all drafted at the same time. A handful made it to the top, like the former New York Yankee Nick Swisher, who enjoyed a twelve-year major-league career, including a World Series title, in 2009; most did not. But in Soren’s pictures all of the men are in the throes of their own baseball ...
Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. won’t make the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Jays are listening to offers for Upton, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who lists the Tigers, Orioles, Rays and Giants as sensible fits.
Toronto hasn’t finalized its roster yet, though the last spot was reportedly down to Upton and out-of-options infielder Ryan Goins as of Tuesday. Notably, the Blue Jays signed utilityman Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal ...
Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0)
Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0)
Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)
Grant Brisbee watches an 1984 and 2014 game with the same score, the same # of pitches, the same # of pitching changes, and the same # of batters faced and figures out why the games are so damned long.
“Commercials aren’t the primary villain. They don’t help the pace of the modern game, but I figured that was going to be the half-hour difference right there, and the conclusion would be simple. But the 1984 game had 33 minutes and 13 seconds of commercials, and the 2014 game had 42 minutes ...Read More...
Posted: April 02, 2017 at 02:27 AM | 23 comment(s)
pace of play
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Brewers 27-year-old reliever Tyler Cravy thought he had a realistic shot at cracking the team’s 25-man roster coming out of spring training, but those hopes were dashed on Saturday when he was cut. To hear Cravy tell it, the Brewers’ front office informed him and fellow reliever Tyler Scahill that they’d be competing for a bullpen spot in Milwaukee. As it turns out, Cravy and Scahill each had a strong spring training—2.03 ERA and 0.73 ERA, respectively—but along the way the team’s plans ...
Posted: April 01, 2017 at 11:45 PM | 191 comment(s)
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