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Monday, March 27, 2017
On Monday morning, seven days before Opening Day, Royals manager Ned Yost announced that Mondesi would be the club’s starting second baseman when the season begins next week in Minnesota. Once viewed as an afterthought in a four-man competition and likely headed for Class AAA Omaha, Mondesi, 21, delivered a sterling performance all spring, beating out Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Cheslor Cuthbert.
“He went from, in our mind, day one of spring training, going back to Class AAA, to ...
Baseball’s greatest fun fact was born in three stages: on the last day of the first half of the 2004 season, on the last day of the 2004 season and, many years later, when a young man was kicking stones along the river bank and discovered it half-buried by mud and shrubs. It is one part record, one part curiosity and one part magic trick. Fittingly, it concerns Barry Bonds, and as a scholar of Barry Bonds fun facts, it is my opinion that it will never be topped.
“I think it’s a very dangerous proposition to start taking data that’s generated internally by an individual player,” Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said this spring. “The value of that data, how that data can be used, is a very dangerous, very delicate conversation to have.”
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
Tacoma Times, March 27, 1917:
[Seattle manager] Bill Leard waxed highly indignant the other day because of a remark by Harry Wolverton of the Seals, quoted in a local newspaper, the tenor of which was that organized baseball might just as well let down the bard to negroes if it is to permit Chinamen to play.
You tell ‘em, Bill! Of course players of all ethnicities should be allowed to play!
“Think of that!” fairly hissed the scrappy Leard. “Think of it. Ayau is an American-born, half-Chinese-half ...
“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Sandy Alderson said. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, we have to be able to, with starting pitchers, to rely on them every five days. We’re not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
Mid 90s plus he’s an ace. Low 90s he’s a backend guy.
“Today, he amped it up a little bit,” Collins said. “And I’m sure when we get to Citi Field and he gets out there for the first time, he’ll amp it up that day, also.” ...Read More...
It wasn’t just velocity that boosted Harvey in his best start of the spring. There was also a high-80s slider that Harvey routinely buried low-and-away to right-handed hitters, plus a command of all pitches that Harvey lacked for much of the spring.
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
He’ll be back when Sandy Leon proves he’s a pumpkin.
The highlight here is that Blake Swihart has been optioned to Triple-A. While this was always seen as inevitable, it is still something of a disappointment to some. There is an argument to be made that he is the most talented catcher in the organization, but since he was the only backstop with minor-league options he’ll have to wait to prove it. He had a hell of a spring, though, and it won’t be too long before he gets that chance. ...Read More...
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
VERDICT: I do not think that word “dramatically” means what you think it means. Building a new sports facility may not have the kind of economic impact that sports team owners pretend it does, but it does have some, and “making the hotel-to-rental-apartment conversion that developers already had in the works marginally more marketable” is just about perfectly the size of it. Downtown Hartford is starting to draw more interest from renters with money, but that’s thanks to the Great ...
Guillén agrees that there are missed opportunities for Latino players to take up leadership roles because they cannot be outspoken about what they feel and think. That, he says, is a reason some great Latino players never become managers or join a team’s leadership ranks. Guillén says learning English and acclimating to U.S. culture is most important for young players in the minors who have less money and support, both on and off the field. During the 2016 Minor League Baseball season, ...
Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
Sunday, March 26, 2017
OK, there’s just one easy-ground-ball baseball metaphor in this story. And Donald Trump started college the year the Mets moved to Queens. But it is the week’s big political news:
When Donald Trump was growing up in Queens, the local baseball team, the New York Mets, was the lowliest franchise in the National League. The Mets were so bad that the manager, Casey Stengel, once famously asked of his team: can’t anybody here play this game?
That’s the central question now in Donald ...
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 10:10 PM | 1221 comment(s)
The Cardinals last spring signed Bard to a two year deal which his agent Mike Milchin thought would give the organization time to see if they could ground him. His initial numbers with Palm Beach in the Florida State League (3 3 8 9 13 1) were not successful, but Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque and his minor league pitching staff decided to have him try a lower arm slot.
“In some ways, it’s a lot like what Andrew did—simply everything,” says Bard. In 2012, when struggling ...
Tragedy struck the baseball world late Sunday morning, as retired nine-year veteran RHP Todd Frohwirth passed away at the age of 54 due to stomach cancer, an illness he had been battling for a “lengthy” period of time, per Dan Connolly.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native was drafted in the 13th round of the 1984 amateur draft and spent his first four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1987 to 1990. In 72 relief appearances with the Phillies, Frohwirth combined to go 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA, ...
Second baseman Kolten Wong expressed confusion and frustration Sunday about the news that the Cardinals are considering a platoon approach at Wong’s position to start the regular season.
“You know what, that’s out of my control,” Wong said before the Cardinals played the Marlins in a Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. “I was told that I was going to be the starting second baseman. If that’s what they want to do, then that’s their decision. The thing with me, and my frustrations is ...
A delill is a short bat about 18 inches long that was used in town ball and was wielded with only one hand. As far as I can tell, there is nothing in major league baseball rules that would prohibit using one now (the rules specify maximum length and diameter, but not minimums. I wonder if Pete Gray (one-armed outfielder who played in 1945) and Jim Abbott might have found a delill easier to use than a normal-sized bat?
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 02:54 PM | 0 comment(s)
The Tigers on Sunday unconditionally released the veteran right-handed reliever, whom they still owe $5.5 million.
“It’s never easy when you have to cut players, but Mark Lowe was a particularly tough one for me because I really like the guy,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He was one of the better guys in that clubhouse. He does everything right. We just felt like there were other pitchers at this point who are more deserving.
“It doesn’t mean I don’t wish him well. I like the ...
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 01:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
It was during one of those chats with a veteran umpire earlier this spring that Trout offered a thought: As the experienced umpires work their way back into game shape in spring training, just as the players do, why not have them work five or six innings and turn over the last innings to umpires who would normally work minor league games on back fields?
The idea is simple, but has a lot of helpful layers, beyond allowing an older plate umpire a little more time to work into condition in spring ...
Sean Doolittle did it. Kenley Jansen and Jason Motte did it.
The Tigers are going to see if Anthony Gose can do it, too.
Gose, the Tigers’ opening day starting center fielder the last two seasons, was re-assigned to minor league camp Sunday. He will still play outfield wherever he lands in the system this season, but he will also take initial steps to convert to pitcher.
“He came back to us with an idea – something that we had talked about internally and the end of last season,” ...
The Cleveland Indians may be working on a seven-year extension for star shortstop Francisco Lindor, a small child confirmed on the team’s live broadcast yesterday.
Ok, that intro sentence sounds a bit off, let me explain. No, I’m not insulting Jordan Bastian by calling him a small — the son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff joined Tom Hamilton in the booth yesterday and he, uh, well, might have broke some news.
After a few minutes of typical adolescent shyness, young Brody ...
This isn’t good.
“It’s worrisome that he continues to be injured off and on,” Alderson said, referring to Matz’s checkered medical history. “That’s the difficulty. We don’t think it’s serious. On the other hand, starting pitchers are relied on every five days. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to take us.”
Matz said he began feeling discomfort even before his last outing, in which he gave up five runs in four innings Wednesday against the Marlins. Examining the left-hander following that ...
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM | 7 comment(s)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
IFC’s new comedy Brockmire, debuting Wednesday April 5 at 10 PM, is a “sybaritic love letter to baseball,” star Hank Azaria told TV critics today at TCA.
Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract extension for Odor before the end of spring training. The expected six-year deal in the $50-52 million range may only be lacking formalities. It comes on the heels of a much smaller deal for Chirinos, who signed a one-year extension with a club option earlier in the week.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, citing his long-held policy of not commenting on contract negotiations, declined to ...
Lowest estimated OPS in 2016
.438—Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
.450—Andrew Miller, Yankees/Indians
.456—Zach Britton, Orioles
.471—Grant Dayton, Dodgers
.487—Aroldis Chapman, Yankees/Cubs
.491—Alex Reyes, Cardinals
.508—Shawn Kelley, Nationals
.515—Dellin Betances, Yankees
.526—Seung Hwan Oh, Cardinals
Posted: March 25, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
I watched most of yesterday’s day. He’s right; this should never happen again.
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