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Monday, June 27, 2016
When Garrett Richards left his last outing at Texas on May 1, he felt arm fatigue. The club said he was dehydrated and cramping. A subsequent MRI revealed rather he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a setback that requires Tommy John ligament replacement surgery for most pitchers.
The standard recovery takes up to 18 months.
Richards, instead, hopes to avoid the daunting post-surgery timetable and pitch again in a potential wild-card race thanks to a stem-cell shot he ...
“I guess Bobby Grich just loved it,” Barrett said. “It was like the greatest thing for him.”
Not so much for DeCinces, who apparently allowed the embarrassment to eat at him. According to the book, Finding the Hidden-Ball Trick: The Colorful History of Baseball’s Oldest Ruse, his aggravation seeped into the following season’s playoffs. Because he had been victimized, he vowed revenge against the Red Sox, according to author Bill Deane. DeCinces tried the trick against the Red Sox ...
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 09:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
hidden ball trick
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, June 27, 1916:
Cleveland American League players wore numbers on the sleeves of their uniforms in [yesterday’s] game with Chicago, for the first time in the history of baseball so far as known. The numbers corresponded to similar numbers set opposite the players’ names on the score cards, so that all fans in the stands may easily identify the members of the home club.
Numbers? On uniforms? It’s a fad. It’ll never stick.
“Go out there and take some fly balls to change your perspective a little bit,” Mackanin said about his motivation to have Herrera work in right field. “That’s it. There’s no plans to move him. If he reads something into it, good. Maybe he’ll think that he needs to do better. There’s nothing imminent. There’s no plans for me to move him out of there.”
Posted: June 27, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
Trumbo began last week trailing the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts by only 27,023 votes for third place in All-Star balloting, which will be updated again today before teams are announced on July 5 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. He’s batting .279/.330/.554 with 22 home runs that lead the majors and match his 2015 total. His 55 RBIs lead the Orioles.
Mark-Trumbo-back-on-deck-white.png“I don’t actively check it,” Trumbo said. “I have updates that come in from time to time. I guess it’s a nice situation ...
Gallego, who joined fellow Democrats during their sit-in of the House, was suited up and ready to play and rolled his eyes when a reporter tried to ask a question about politics.
“I love baseball,” said Gallego. “I’ve been playing since I was about 6 years old.
“It’s tradition of the Democrats playing the Republicans every year and I wanna take part in that this year,” said Gallego, a freshman playing in his first game here. “So I’ve been practicing with the team and ...Read More...
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Verdict: I’m sorry, but Johnson, after all these years, still wins. Yes, there were only 16 teams, and they were all white guys from the United States, but as far as dominating the sport from the mound, no one has done the job at the level and the volume of The Big Train.
There were some surprises in this exercise. Johnson still reigns. Pedro may still take the modern division, but Maddux is right there with him. Grove has two separate career peaks. And amid the names of Pedro, The Meal ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 04:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
It sounds like The Hurler makes one want to hurl it later.
Meulens is blunt about his feelings on the shift.
“It should be illegal, really,” he said. “Why should there be a guy standing in (shallow) right field?”
Well, for a defense, because it works. Baseball Info Solutions calculates shifts saved 267 runs last season and already have saved 194 this year. But while it’s easy for defenses to reposition an infielder or two, Meulens argues, it’s not so easy for hitters to adjust.
“It’s hard for guys to change their swings on ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
The Indians can win with what they have. Frazier may be ready fairly soon. Brantley may also be contributing after the break.
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
I asked Jason Motte the same question. The Rockies reliever began his professional career as a catcher, so he too knows what it feels like at each end of the 60-feet, six-inch pathway. With 13 seasons under his belt, the 34-year-old righty doesn’t dwell on results as much as he used to.
“When I was a hitter, I thought way too much,” said Motte. “Maybe that’s why I wasn’t very good? But are you more in control when you go out there and pitch? You are and you aren’t. At the end of ...
Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
The fans are cognizant of the results: a combined 11 homers, 38 RBIs, .595 OPS and a slash line of .199/.268/.327. Rodriguez and Teixeira are walking less (8.4 percent of plate appearances compared with 13.2 last year) and whiffing more (27.8/21.3), symbolic of pitchers fearing them less and challenging them more.
This would be no easy decision. A-Rod and Teixeira helped the 2009 Yanks win a title and have had brilliant careers — albeit in Rodriguez’s case tainted by PEDs. Then there is ...
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Alan Trammell (No. 3) and Lou Whitaker (No. 1), Tigers
Fernando Valenzuela (No. 34), Dodgers
Dan Quisenberry (No. 29), Royals
Ted Simmons (No. 23), Cardinals
Dave Stieb (No. 37), Blue Jays
Larry Walker (No. 33), Rockies
Edgar Martinez (No. 11), Mariners
Barry Bonds (No. 25), Giants; Roger Clemens (No. 21), Red Sox/(No. 22), Yankees; Mark McGwire (No. 25), A’s/Cardinals; Sammy Sosa (No. 21), Cubs
Derek Jeter (No. 2), Yankees; Ivan Rodriguez (No. 7), Rangers; Jim Thome (No. 25), Indians
Posted: June 25, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 45 comment(s)
hall of merit
The New York Mets will demote struggling outfielder Michael Conforto to the minors Saturday and promote outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin and multiple reports.
I guess he’s not actually better than Kris Bryant.
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
Posted: June 25, 2016 at 01:44 PM | 6 comment(s)
Royals starter Edinson Volquez entered Friday night’s appearance against the Astros with a 106 ERA+—meaning, in the simplest terms, he’d been an above-average pitcher on the season when things like his ballpark and the league as a whole were taken under consideration. Volquez then had one of the worst starts in big-league history, thus ensuring that was no longer the case.
Not only was Volquez lifted after recording just three outs—he failed to get anyone out in the second inning—but he yielded ...
1. Aroldis Chapman to the Nats for Trea Turner. The Yankees will wait a month to see if they will get serious about a sale for the first time in nearly three decades. But if they do hold one, there will be a feeding frenzy over their two veteran closers, two of the very best in the game. The Nats could have used late-inning fortification even before Jonathan Papelbon went down with an intercostal injury, and Nats manager Dusty Baker is said to love Chapman from their Reds days together. Turner ...
Friday, June 24, 2016
Bismarck Daily Tribune, June 24, 1916:
Several years ago while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, [Fred] Anderson was studying dentistry on the side. Finally he decided to give up baseball and follow his other profession. He bought out the practice of an old tooth carpenter down in Georgia and hit 1.000 in the prosperity league.
Finally his health broke under the strain. A physician advised him to take a long rest and be outdoors as much as possible. The Federals, just starting up, offered an ...
He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic steroid used to increase speed and strength. He was banned 50 games in 2014 after a positive test for an amphetamine.
Not a good second start for the Freak.
Keith Law was much higher on him than everybody else. They are both looking good right now.
2. Kevin Newman, ss, Pirates
Team: Double-A Altoona (Eastern). Age: 22.
BB/SO: 1.13. BB: 8.6%. SO: 7.6%. ISO: .121.
The former Arizona shortstop and 19th overall selection in 2015, Newman only recently advanced to Double-A from high Class A Bradenton. Regardless, his hitting approach is professional grade, and he has a long track record for hitting for average and for showing balanced strikeout and ...
Posted: June 24, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
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