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We’ve finally got a date scheduled for this year’s NYC softball game, August 8.
Anybody who’s in contact with Primates who haven’t been around lately, please let ‘em know.
Hysterical & Useless
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 06:49 PM | 378 comment(s)
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
You can read part one at the link! Part 2 is also online.
This little book was issued in 1995 as part of the Penguin 60s series–celebrating Penguin’s 60th anniversary with 60 titles by its authors over the years. The 60 for the UK were somewhat different (a book about baseball would have made little sense across the pond, even though the Brits were first to play the game). I was pleased to be included among the 60 for North America, however, as it placed me in the company of my betters, from ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Athletics haven’t had an All-Star second baseman since 1976. Who was it? Read the article.
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
New York is Wilmer Flores’ oyster.
Flores is now more than simply numbers on a page, he is becoming the heart of the franchise. David Wright is still the soul, but he’s never really been an overly emotional guy, except during a press conference earlier this year regarding his unknowable future dealing with spinal stenosis. Meanwhile, Flores is like the kid brother every teammate and fan never quite had. Not only did he show that he wants to be here with his emotions, but he also showed that he ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
Michael Morse had already bought a ticket to Los Angeles. His things were in transit and he was at the airport. Then he heard from his agents: His destination had changed.
“I couldn’t be more excited, especially with this clubhouse, especially with the guys, the coaching staff,” Morse said. “For me, it’s like winning the lotto.”
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
He was reduced to scrambling for a way to get out his own message Saturday after the Herald had learned Sam Kennedy will be replacing him as president of the Red Sox. None of this happened on Lucchino’s terms, and he said so himself in the statement that was released Sunday:
“We would have preferred to announce all of our transition plans at once, including my new role,” read the statement, “but I can tell you we all feel strongly that Sam Kennedy, who has been with me for 20 years, ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
There isn’t a lot of daylight between Jon Gray and Henry Owens, and neither is coming into a great situation for a pitcher. They’re also very different, in that the lefty Owens has two non-fastballs that should help his average velocity work, while Gray is a big velocity righty with a tight slider and a changeup with great fade but not much drop. Gray’s command might be better, but if you’re temped to move him ahead of Owens, you always have to remember that home park. At least Gray ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, August 4, 1915:
Herb [sic] Shocker’s good pitching this season is attracting attention. Barney Dreyfuss, president of the Pittsburg club, in the National league, especially, is very keen to see Shocker in action and he has arranged to have his scouts look the youngster over. In fact, the owner of the Pirates intimates that he may have Shocker report to Manager Clarke, as the Ottawa club feels it will be able to let him go.
The “Journal” says: “Dreyfuss would like to have him, ...
Of course, if managers stopped managing for the save, the criteria for getting paid would be based more on actual performance and impact on wins than a show stat.
Matheny said Sunday it’s appealing, but the save stat cannot be ignored.
“You want to be respectful, too, to what these guys are trying to do individually,” Matheny said. “For us as a team to move forward certain things need to happen and a lot of times it’s trying to create an atmosphere where each of these guys are able to ...
Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
Barry Svrluga was the first beat writer covering the Nationals for the Washington Post wayyyyy back in 2005.
But what we learned over the weekend is that the Nats fan base hasn’t flushed October, and if another October rolls around, the manager will be watched — and closely. Maybe it’s part of Washington becoming a baseball town again, because it clearly isn’t enough to be in first place and just turn your attention to Redskins training camp when the baseball team goes awry. And maybe ...
Maybe someone will make a movie?
Mike Hessman’s dedication to playing professional baseball never resulted in an extended stay in the major leagues, and it looks like it never will. However, that dedication paid off Monday night, as the 37-year-old broke a noteworthy minor-league record that had stood for almost 80 years. Playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, Hessman hit a grand slam for his 433rd career home run in the minors. That topped the career total of Russell “Buzz” Arlett, who played ...
Monday, August 03, 2015
At the start of the season, a player making $7 million and winning his team one more game than a replacement player would might appear to have a marginal value of $0. That is to say he’s payed exactly what he’ll likely produce, on average. But at the trade deadline, context is important. A team that knows that his one extra win might push them into the playoffs might actually value his contributions at $15 million, while a team that knows that his one extra win will push get them to 75 wins ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 03:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
Some trade deadline perspective from Stan Kasten, a guy who has been around forever.
“Every stock that has ever been sold in the history of the world has been sold by someone who thought it was going down to someone who thought it was going up,” Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten said. “It’s always a function of an intersection of needs and plans.”
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
Scott Walker’s Super PAC “Unintimidated” raked in the biggest donation from a sports-associated contributor. The Ricketts family — the owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball team — tossed $5 million dollars to the Super PAC backing the Wisconsin governor. Joe gave $100,000, his wife Marlene gave $4.9 million in contributions and their son Todd gave almost $2,500. According to Forbes, the family is worth nearly $4.5 billion.
Just when I was beginning to like the Cubs again :)
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 01:20 PM | 125 comment(s)
Funny. Sonny Gray is the kind of player Beane holds onto.
Take Sonny Gray. If the A’s decide to expose him to revocable waivers, the Sox would have the first crack at claiming him so long as they have either the worst record in the AL or the worst record for any team besides the A’s. If the Sox do claim him, they would then have about two days to discuss what kind of return it would take for Oakland to consider moving the righthander – laying a framework for further discussions in the ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
Jeff Banister discusses his thoughts on pulling Martin Perez.
What Banister was witnessing was a bit different. Banister subscribes to the theory that not all pitches are the same. Pitches in the first aren’t thrown with as much stress as pitches in the seventh and later. Pitches in the ninth of a close game against an elite team, when facing the lineup the fourth time through, are ramped in stress level significantly.
When Banister saw a changeup that stayed up and over the plate to Angel ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
Just awful news…
A 9-year-old bat boy died Sunday evening after getting hit in the head as a baseball player took practice swings in Kansas, his team said.
“With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken heart, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening,” the Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team, announced on Facebook….
A witness told NBC affiliate KSNW that the boy was running to bring back a bat after an out when he ...
Yordano Ventura might be a little volatile.
Yordano Ventura, who was in the middle of the beefing after the benches cleared, had his own words for Bautista. They were also on Twitter but were since deleted. Jeff Passan of Yahoo, however, describes them here:
In those tweets, according to two people who read and translated them, Ventura said to Bautista: “We’ll meet again later and if you do that with me, you’ll see what I’m about. I don’t care about anybody. I used to respect you, but ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 3, 1915:
The report issuing from Chicago to the effect that the White Sox had offered several players and $20,000 for the sale of Outfielder Joe Jackson was denied by Vice President Barnard of the Cleveland American league club.
“No one here has ever had the temerity to suggest the sale of Jackson to any club nor has any club made a recent bid for his services,” said Barnard.
Suuuuuuure, Ernest. Sure. And I bet there’s no chance Jackson is playing for the White Sox by ...Read More...
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
Larry Lucchino’s new project is trying to screw over the taxpayers in Rhode Island. His biggest cheerleader is House speaker, Nicholas A. Mattiello. Mattiello is trying to paint the opposition as extremists. Although some of them might be, all it takes is a little knowledge about how these deals work to oppose any deal which transfers taxpayer money into the pockets of owners, who are already making a ton of money.
“The extreme right and the extreme left are opposed to this,” Mattiello said ...
I guess there is a lot of crying in baseball.
In the aftermath, Royals veteran Edinson Volquez sneered at the behavior of All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson. After Volquez hit Donaldson in the first inning, Donaldson twice reacted with demonstrative anger when Kansas City pitchers continued to pitch inside.
“He’s a little baby,” Volquez said. “He was crying like a baby.”
The sentiment spread through the visitors’ clubhouse, as members of the Royals pitching staff decried ...
This guy is so out of touch he doesn’t even know the years of eligibility has changed to ten years.
That move will delight the anonymous Twitter trolls who have hectored me every year to give up my vote because they apparently are upset that I roundly dismiss the candidacies of players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, whose use of PEDs was apparent, admitted or both.
My only regret in losing the vote now is not having a further voice in shutting that crowd out of ...
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 05:49 AM | 55 comment(s)
hall of fame
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Player: Pete Rose
Description: Pete Rose plays baseball against children in some sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland/acid trip. The Cincinnati Reds still exist in this world, as the oldest baseball team will also be the longest-lasting. When Rose hits a long fly to center, the Kool-Aid man destroys the center field wall to get him out. Even in this world of psychedelic baseball, Rose is shocked.
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