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Thursday, June 04, 2015
Sale was dominant. Joey Gallo was overmatched in his three AB vs. Sale before homering off Zach Duke.
Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.
The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked ...
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
This week, I will be covering the worst long-term contracts in baseball. While I did end up ranking these contracts, please don’t see these rankings as set in stone. I could have very easily ranked some of these contracts differently, depending on how I feel about how a particular player will perform going forward. The point is that there are a lot of bad contracts in baseball, and the ones listed below are some of the worst of the worst.
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 06:44 PM | 27 comment(s)
if there’s a lesson through all this: Don’t ever make a draft pick predicated on saving a little money.
Sharp-eyed James McKenna spotted the above image in the trailer, which appears for only a few frames. It does seem to be Fenway Park, rusted and repaired and now serving as some sort of redoubt. It’s not an exact replica of any specific part of Fenway, but given the batter sculpture and loading bays and traffic bollards, they appear to have taken a few liberties with the Gate B entrance.
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.
This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........
Then on Monday afternoon, ...
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.
“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
Castro, however, has an issue with his own lack of urgency that he claims has led to many of his six fielding errors in his past 11 games.
“The errors come when I stay back,” said Castro, who has committed 12 errors this season. “Simple as that. If I have time to attack the ball, I’ll never make an error. If I stay back, I’ll make an error because I really don’t move my feet. I stay back and ball travels more and has a chance to make a bad hop. If you attack the ball, I use my legs ...
Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 49 comment(s)
Washington manager Matt Williams said Tuesday the trapezius was the cause of the neck and upper back discomfort. Strasburg is 3-5 with a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts and failed to last four innings in four of five outings in May.
“As soon as he feels good, he’ll get back to throwing,” Williams said before Tuesday’s doubleheader against Toronto. “We don’t know when that will be, though. ... But it could be within days that it feels better and he’s able to get back out there and do all the things he ...
Of course, they don’t even know if it will be effective.
“It’s not without precedent. That’s the significant thing,” said John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball. “In baseball, almost everything has precedent. Even when we went from a one-man rotation to a two, or from a two to a three, it was from the worry of overuse and the shrinking number of off-days. That has been a constant since the 1870s.
“The Mets are different in that it’s a ‘prophylactic’ use of the six-man ...
An early look at potential that candidates could appear on the Pre-Integration ballot which will be released this Fall.
Toledo News-Bee, June 3, 1915:
LARRY DOYLE PULLED A NEW STYLE BONER
Larry Doyle, Giant leader, has always been recognized as one of the National league’s smartest players. At Boston on Wednesday he pulled a stunt for which Brave fans think he should be consigned to the boneyard. The play cost the Giants the game.
With Burns on third, Doyle flied to Moran in right. He trotted down to first. After the catch Burns started in from third and would have scored easily. Moran whipped the ball in, but ...
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
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A faith in the process.
“Why do I believe that? Because I have worked with a lot of people over the years and these are two people that are really likable, respected — they are committed,” Henry said. “They are very good at what they do. John has provided the kind of leadership that we need through a tough period and I just don’t think you can blame the manager for this. I watch these games. They’ve been painful games to watch. To me it’s not the manager’s fault the way that ...
It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop and there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s. These are known scientific facts. But, there’s definitely a wrong way to eat a Kit Kat. As the old adage goes, one must “break me off a piece” of a Kit Kat bar.
That strategy has been passed on from generation to generation since the dawn of time, but Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t seem to care.
If relievers are truly getting better, maybe a team won’t need so many of them. How about a couple less relievers and a few more quality pinch-hitting options?
Now that we know that teams have better bullpens at their disposal than they used to, what’s the counter-move? One that’s been suggested is that hitters should stop being so patient and just attack what the starter gives them. In fact, there’s evidence that one reason for the recent rise in strikeouts is that hitters are being too ...
The Sonoma Stompers, they’re an independent professional baseball team in California’s wine country. Think grape stomping. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller do a weekly podcast where they said they would love to run a team, and the owners of the Stompers heard this and decided to take them up on it. The two writers are passionate about sabermetrics, the kind of baseball number-crunching made famous in the movie “Moneyball.”
And so, they have more freedom in terms of what they can do, and that’s ...
George Wright (1847-1937), the first hero of the professional era in baseball, presented this little essay in person at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1919. It was published by the Society in the following year. Much of what Wright relates predates his earliest experience of playing the game, at age 14 in 1861, and is a bit of an undigested hash. But baseball was surely discussed in his household when he was a tyke, for his brother Harry had joined the ...
Posted: June 02, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 8 comment(s)
Getting to this a bit late, this was published on May 28th and since then the A’s have increased the number of one-run wins by 50%... to give them a 3-15 record overall.
4. Astros 7, A’s 6 - April 26
I’m caught between wanting to throw my hands up and say, “You get the idea” and continuing to pile on at the risk of my sanity and yours. I’ve chosen the latter strategy. May we all find peace in this world.
If only there were an image to symbolize this awful game.
OH COME ON. ...
Tacoma Times, June 2, 1915:
[Federal League Umpire Bill Brennan] climbed about a train to go to the park and happened to be sitting bak to back with the players. He overheard them plotting.
“I’ll call him a big rummy, a stiff and tell him he’s all swelled on being umpire-in-chief,” said one. “He’ll can me. Then you run at him and bawl him good and strong. Then we can sneak back to town and meet those dolls.”
It happened per schedule. Never did an umpire take more abuse and grin. The players ...
Hanley is the only real issue with the Red Sox defense. He has been brutal in left. Pedroia has been as good as he ever has been. Xander Bogaerts has noticeably improved at shortstop. Sandoval has been O.K. at third. I have no complaints about the rest of the team.
What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.
D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.
“Truly, I don’t care,” Bryce Harper said.
He wasn’t even being cocky. Well, not any more cocky than is inherent for someone who was splashed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old and touted as “Baseball’s Chosen One.”
“I’m not saying that just to say that,” he added, genuinely. “I know what I can do and I just don’t really care what people think or say or anything like that, because at the end of the day it’s what I think, it’s what my teammates think ...
Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 7 comment(s)
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