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Sunday, November 01, 2015
Trailing 3-2 on Saturday, a Royals team that for 13 months has thrived on the sorcery of the comeback conjured yet another on decidedly slim pickings:
Walks to Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain; a tame grounder by Eric Hosmer that magically bypassed the glove of second baseman Daniel Murphy; and a Mike Moustakas single to right just past the groping Murphy.
Sal Perez made it 5-3 with the only emphatic hit of the inning, and, shazam, the Royals’ comeback recipe was punctuated by a six-out ...
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
“Several years ago it seemed like there was a reward to patience at the plate, especially in knocking out a starting pitching and getting to a team’s bullpen earlier,” Silverman said. “Today bullpens are incredibly formidable, and a number of teams are adjusting and taking a more aggressive approach throughout and trying to hit the strikes they see. It’s a different ballgame.”
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
Did Anthopoulos jump the gun?
Asked if Anthopoulos, named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Thursday in a vote of his peers, would have had full autonomy and final say on baseball decisions, Rogers quipped: “If you meet a person that in their life has full autonomy I’d love to meet them, I’m not sure that exists.”
Then, turning serious, he replied: “There are two things there. One is the premise that Paul Beeston was some sort of shrinking violet, that he wasn’t fully engaged, ...
Could this be the last game of the 2015 MLB Season? Will the Royals win it all? Or will the Mets live to fight another day?
Royals (Volquez) at Mets (Harvey). FOX. 8.
Posted: November 01, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 1224 comment(s)
Saturday, October 31, 2015
But while everyone was surprised anyone would have the guts to turn down a guaranteed $10 million or more when all the other GM jobs are filled and nothing else comparable is available, some did wonder whether this was an odd pairing that ever made sense. Shapiro is highly structured and “all about process,” according to former co-workers, while Anthopoulos is seen as a frenetic mile-a-minute thinker and mover who can seem all over the map at times.
Anthopoulos is also all about bold moves, ...
Article from Sport in American History. Also reposted at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Somehow the Pirates got away with destroying their permanent Negro leagues exhibit for the entire 2015 season with very little push-back from the Pittsburgh or baseball community. How does this happen?
This past spring, two statues depicting Negro leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson were on the move. In Washington D.C., the Nationals quietly relocated a Gibson statue along with two others to another section of ...
He can apply for reinstatement to the FOX sports coverage team in one year.
Pete Rose is done photobombing on Fox Sports — at least until next season.
That’s right, Rose will no longer appear on Fox Sports’ pre- and postgame coverage of the World Series, host Kevin Burkhardt announced after the Mets’ 9-3 rout of the Royals in Game 3.
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“This is the best October I’ve had since 1980 when I won my last World Series,” Rose said. “Thanks, guys. ...
No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Please no. I hate the five-man rotation. A six-man rotation would put me over the edge.
Hey, Hoynsie: Is there any possibility that the Tribe would consider going to a six-man rotation next season of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson? This would give each starter more overall rest during the season. Also since it’s unlikely all six starters will stay healthy all year, it would allow them to go back to a five-man ...
Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
The Royals pitchers made a few fielding gaffs that hurt them.
In the next inning, the mental gaffe was even worse. With runners on second and third, Michael Conforto hit a chopper to the right side of the infield. The first day of spring training this year, all 30 teams worked on pitchers covering first base in this situation. They did the same the year before, the year before that, and the year before that. They will do this again next spring.
Ventura, in the noise and chaos of a World Series ...
Posted: October 31, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard told reporters he had “a few tricks” up his sleeve prior to his start in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night, and it turned out he wasn’t kidding.
Edit: Here’s the pitch. It’s smart pitching. Jim.
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The Mets look to tie up the series at two, while the Royals look to get within just one win of World Series glory.
Royals (Chris Young) at Mets (Matz), 8, FOX. Happy Halloween!
Posted: October 31, 2015 at 12:05 AM | 596 comment(s)
Friday, October 30, 2015
How on earth did Rafael Palmeiro win this?
Unsurprisingly, Simmons also won a Fielding Bible Award this season. Both were unanimous winners, as was Jason Heyward in right field.
Simmons and Heyward were two of the four total repeat winners this season. Simmons has unanimously won the Award in each of his three full seasons in the majors and is the best defensive player in baseball today. Former teammate Heyward won his third Award in right field, though this year it was as a member of the ...
Posted: October 30, 2015 at 05:21 PM | 6 comment(s)
It’s high time Grantland was killed off; aside from a few pieces here and there, Bill Simmons’ vanity project will emphatically not be missed.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise,” the sports network said in a statement.
It praised Grantland for having “quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun” and singled out Simmons for being ...
Posted: October 30, 2015 at 02:27 PM | 201 comment(s)
Originally negotiated last year by St. Pete’s mayor Rick Kriseman, the Rays offer would have likely paid the city $20M with an anticipated move in 2019, though exact numbers fluctuated based on when the stadium was vacated. The counter proposal from the Council offered the same basic permissions, but with a payout escalating significantly.
The new deal, which included the cost of demolishing Tropicana Field, would have cost $41M for the Rays to move to Hillsborough County in 2019, or $33M for ...
Inexplicably 27 person made a prediction for this season in the pre-season thread, but now that’s outta the way I estimate only 15-20 primates who care about the NBA on a regular basis, but with our own thread we won’t derail this site from what it is mainly about….. The war in Syria
Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:10 PM | 1215 comment(s)
Grand Forks Daily Herald, October 30, 1915:
Long Tom Hughes is believed to be one of the few players in the history of the game to resign.
When the Angels started on their last trip, so the story runs, the players, as is their custom, flipped coins to decide which of them should be sentenced to upper berths or occupy the roomy ground floor. Hughes showed up too late for the lottery and found Scotty Finley occupying the only extra lower berth. That the club trainer should be in a lower and a ...
“You throw 100 mph, and I know everybody needs to throw the offspeed stuff, but be who you are, pitch to your strengths. Be ready to go to Plan B, even Plan C if they force you to. But don’t start with Plan B.
“It’s an old saying but it’s true: The best pitch in baseball is a well-located fastball.”
Ed didn’t mention the terms, though. Anthopoulos wasn’t going to accept being anything less than the general manager of this team. Would you? He built a top-four team in baseball, so of course that’s how he felt. That’s why he left.
Shapiro, meanwhile, wanted control. Wouldn’t you? The consensus in baseball was that Shapiro had been pushed upstairs from the GM job in Cleveland after 65- and 69-win seasons. Running the business operations of the Cleveland Indians — 29th, 29th, 28th, ...
The World Series heads to Citi Field for the first time in history, as the Royals look to take a 3-0 lead and the Mets try to ensure this series goes at least five.
Royals (Ventura) at Mets (Syndergaard), 8 PM. FOX.
Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said Wednesday that he didn’t know whether he would be ready to play in the World Series once he returns to the U.S. following his father’s funeral in the Dominican Republic.
Volquez said he was in a lot of pain as his eyes welled with tears while he attended his father’s memorial service a day before the funeral.
“Losing a loved one is hard,” he said. “My father was everything to me, and he supported me in everything throughout my career. We won the game, but I ...
Posted: October 30, 2015 at 01:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
To get a sense of the financial challenges still facing the team, earlier this week Daily Intelligencer emailed Howard Megdal, a journalist and author of the book Wilpon’s Folly, about whether they’re truly moving past Madoff, how much this World Series appearance might help, and whether they’ll be able to afford to bring back Yoenis Céspedes. [...]
“Has anything Mets-related since the day Wilmer Flores wasn’t traded happened the way it used to? It’s why you’re seeing so many Wilpon stories ...
Posted: October 30, 2015 at 12:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former left fielder, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac ... It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!
Cespedes, 30, spent the first 25 years of his life in Cuba, an island with only two golf courses. He had virtually no exposure to the sport until early last year, when he tried it at a charity event in Florida. Now, he plays often before night games, smashing monster drives and posting scores that range from the low 70s ...
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