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Friday, August 19, 2016
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and Alex Gordon were all supposed to be All-Star caliber outfielders; instead, they’ve all lost their power and are hitting like backup catchers. Between them, they’ve been worth less than +1 WAR this year, but they’ll be paid a combined $55 million this season anyway, and that’s even with the Royals backloading Gordon’s deal. Heyward and Upton are young enough that it’s still reasonable to think they can bounce back from this, but given the disastrous ...
5. Mike Scioscia (50-70), Angels. Outside L.A. (or technically Anaheim), a lot of stat-inclined executives around the game don’t get why Scioscia is still there, don’t understand it one bit. And it has nothing to do with the record this year. It’s about the belief that Scioscia has not adapted, that he’s supremely old school in a new-school game. Scioscia could not get along with ex-Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, driving Dipoto out and to the in-division rival Mariners. But new GM ...
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
When Alex Rodriguez’s publicist announced that A-Rod would not be coming back to play in 2016, the speculation already started up about 2017.
But that is probably a long shot, too.
A-Rod told some friends the weekend of his sendoff, “I’m done.” And perhaps we should take him at his word (though he hasn’t tipped his hand publicly).
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Blue Jays fired scouting director Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis, two sources with the organization confirmed Wednesday.
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
His days are numbered.
“Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” Alderson said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 14 comment(s)
Prior to the 2015 season, a rule requiring players to keep one foot in the batter’s box was implemented, and clocks timing breaks for innings and pitching changes were posted in each stadium. In the process, the average time of game dropped from three hours, two minutes in 2014 (an all-time high), to two hours, 56 minutes. This year, the average time of game is up a little to three hours.
“When you look at our experience with the effort we undertook last year, and you look kind of month by ...
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 15 comment(s)
rules of the game
The Orioles used six home runs—including two each from J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis—on Thursday to blast their way back into a second-place tie with the Red Sox in the American League East.
Baltimore roughed up red-hot Astros rookie Joe Musgrove, tagging him for eight runs in a 13-5 series-opening win at Camden Yards.
Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, August 18, 2016
It’s easy to forget that the 1960s and early 1970s were an abysmal time to put up hitting numbers. There’s a reason the AL introduced the designated hitter in 1973 — scoring was at a near all-time low. if we take Allen’s career records and put them into the context of the 1980s and at Comiskey Park, for example, he ends up with more than 400 home runs, a .324 batting average, .414 OBP, and .592 SLG. His context-altered line would show ten 100-RBI seasons, three 200-hit seasons, and nine ...Read More...
You already know Manny Machado, all-star third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is very good. But here’s the thing: He’s better than very good. Machado might be the best-ever third baseman at this stage in a career.
No mistake has loomed larger than the constant stream of errors around Cuban right-handed pitcher Yoan Lopez. The brand-new front office reached to sign him for $8 million after the 2013 season, even though it appeared that he was priced by other teams at about one-tenth that number. The Diamondbacks didn’t understand the international bonus pool rules, and thus were unaware they would have to pay an $8 million penalty on top of Lopez’s bonus AND would be prohibited from signing any July 2 free ...
But Thornton was more than a fan. At Malvern (about 20 miles from Hot Springs) High School, he had some success as a pitcher. He was good enough to get invited to a Kansas City Royals tryout camp in 1973. And it was there that fate intervened.
On his first day at camp, he was hit by an errant throw during an infield drill. An anonymous but strong-armed third baseman broke his collarbone. Thornton was not participating in the drill but was just a bystander. And so his professional career ended ...
“We were in the bullpen together and he’s really into it,” Montgomery told me of Zych. “We just talked a lot about it and I went to a website called Brooks Baseball. I guess it’s pretty accurate. We would just look at it and I’d check it out after every time I pitched. And we talked about what the numbers would teach us about our own stuff. I can throw these pitches in these locations because it’s really hard to hit. And learning about movement on the pitches and stuff like ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 18, 1916:
Manager Joe Tinker yesterday indicated very plainly his sentiments toward Heine Zimmerman. In spite of the fact that he did not have enough outfielders to go around, he sent Zimmerman to the bench, Zeider to third and employed Gene Packard, a pitcher, in left field for the game against the Giants. This is taken to mean that Tinker is about through with Zimmerman.
Good guess. The Cubs suspended Zimmerman a few days later for “laying down on the job”, and ...Read More...
Josh Donaldson was not pleased after striking out in the third inning against the Yankees. His tempers boiled over into the dugout, and manager John Gibbons confronted the Blue Jays star.
The incident started when Donaldson threw his bat upon entering the dugout. Gibbons argued with Donaldson about that behavior, but Donaldson wouldn’t back down.
It got to the point that teammates had to step in and pull Donaldson away from his manager. Donaldson also gave catcher Josh Thole a shove while ...
So now county is selling Chase Field , which cost 354M to build, for 60M to an investment group. D Backs have a veto and can negotiate terms with buyers regarding renovations, upgrades, etc.
Posted: August 18, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 38 comment(s)
Inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, a Hooks player backhanded his girlfriend three times, according to an arrest affidavit.
Footage of the attack, captured on video surveillance, prompted Hooks officials to contact police the next day.
The affidavit into what led to the arrest of outfielder Danry Vasquez was released to the Caller-Times on Tuesday.
Police arrested Vasquez on a warrant Aug. 4 on suspicion of assault family violence, a misdemeanor. The Venezuelan national remains free on ...
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, August 17, 1916:
According to Eddie Ainsmith, the Washington catcher, Walter Johnson is developing a spitball delivery. What does this mean. There have been rumors of late that the Capitol City Speed King is losing his wonderful speed. Batters who have been facing him for several years say Walter doesn’t have the oldtime zip to his flings this year. And if it is a fact that he is trying the spitball there must be something to the rumors. The moist fling is regarded only as the ...
This is like talking about who has the prettiest arms in the Miss America contest.
1. San Diego Padres (+21.6 runs)
Key stats: The Padres are third in the majors in steals with an excellent 78 percent rate and lead the majors in taking the extra base 51 percent of the time (the MLB average is 40 percent).
Key contributors: Wil Myers (+6.5 runs), Travis Jankowski (+4.1 runs), Melvin Upton Jr. (+3.8 runs). Jankowski is one of the fastest players in the majors, but Myers has been the big ...
Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.
Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
“He has not changed his approach in the four-hole,” said Farrell. “He doesn’t take on any added significance to the role or the spot in the lineup. He’s in some kind of spot right now the way he’s seeing the baseball, the way he’s making such hard contact.”
Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
Unrealistic expectations with this one.
After trading shortstop Erick Aybar to the Tigers on Tuesday, the Braves created the roster spot necessary for Swanson to begin his Major League career. The 22-year-old suburban Atlanta native ranks as baseball’s No. 5 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has a partial UCL tear and a torn flexor tendon, and he will undergo surgery on both, ending his season and likely keeping him out through 2017.
This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.
It’s generally more a matter of when than if commissioners get in the Hall of Fame. Selig’s call looks to be coming since the Hall of Fame announced revisions in July to the structure for its Era Committees, which consider players retired more than 15 years as well as managers, umpires and executives.
Selig falls under the newly created Today’s Game Committee, which will meet in December. Because of the rules of the committee ...
Georgia’s new rules will limit any varsity pitcher to no more than 110 pitches in any outing. Pitchers will be able to finish facing their final batter even if that means they go beyond 110 pitches. The new rules for Georgia will also mandate three days of rest after any outing of 86 or more pitches, two days of rest after 61-85 pitches, one day of rest for 35-60 pitches. Pitchers who throw less than 35 pitches can pitch again the next day. According to the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, pitchers ...
Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
1. Yulieski Gurriel, 3b, Astros
Signed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal in July, the Astros previously said they would promote Gurriel to the majors on Monday but have since backed off that statement. Still, it figures to be only a matter of time for Gurriel, who is currently at Double-A Corpus Christi and 11 games into his U.S. career. The 32-year old Cuban wouldn’t have to do much to outperform Astros’ third basemen offensively this season, who have combined to hit ...
Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
The Berrios Project.
For a rookie pitcher with an astronomical earned-run average, Jose Berrios seems remarkably upbeat.
“The numbers don’t look good, but I feel great,” the Twins’ young right-hander said. “I’m trying to keep working every day, keep learning from the veteran guys. That’s the most important thing right now.”
Posted: August 16, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 2 comment(s)
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