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Thursday, August 25, 2016
I still prefer Wu-Tang Financial.
Into this vacuum slipped a muscle-bound former baseball outfielder who exposed baseball’s rampant steroid use and nearly blew off his middle finger with a handgun. Jose Canseco, who slugged his way through the major leagues, has now developed a cult following after some of his contrarian predictions about financial markets came true.
“He’s been pretty much spot on with the macro picture,” said James Mark II. The San Antonio-based stock and commodities ...
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 12:24 PM | 2 comment(s)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have gauged interest in Yasiel Puig, but executives with interested teams say the Dodgers don’t appear desperate to trade Puig, and in fact have rebuffed offers.
Teams appear to be bottom feeding for Puig in the hopes that the Dodgers want to give him away, and while the Dodgers don’t seem anxious or even interested in calling him up to the major-league team, the impression rival executives have is that the Dodgers are clearly not of a mind to give him away.
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Gazette Times, August 25, 1916:
Manager Mathewson today announced that he had agreed to pitch his first game for the Reds at Chicago on September 4 when the opposing pitcher will be Miner [Mordecai] Brown for the Chicago Cubs.
It was the final major league game for two no-doubt, obvious Hall of Famers. Has there ever been a game in which two comparably great players played for the final time?
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The Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur in a three-way deal with the Braves and Rangers, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal will send shortstop Dylan Moore (from Texas) and catcher/first baseman Matt Foley (from Marlins) to the Braves and three international bonus slots (two from Miami and one from Atlanta) to the Rangers.
Francoeur, 32, recently cleared revocable trade waivers, making him eligible to be traded to ...
The Mascouche, QC, native will start the final game of the season on Sept. 5 against the Quebec Capitales. The 40-year-old Gagne was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1995 and made his debut with the team in 1999. He went on to become one of the most dominant closers in baseball, appearing in three all-star games, winning the 2003 NL Cy Young Award and at one point converting 63 consecutive save opportunities.
“I have been getting ready to pitch for ...Read More...
In the 17 months since he first felt something amiss in his right arm that afternoon in Clearwater, in the 15-plus months since the Tommy John surgery to repair the tear in his elbow, in the nearly two months since he started pitching, and not particularly well, in minor-league games, Alex Cobb has remained singularly focused on getting back on the mound to start again for the Rays.
“I have a vision of when I’m going to get back, and I know it will happen,” Cobb said Wednesday. “I’ve worked ...
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
Tebow had one thing going for him already, though: Raw, incredible power. Take the time Nease played a game at Florida Air Academy, of which future MLB star Prince Fielder was a recent graduate. “(Tebow) hits a baseball that bounces off a dormitory beyond left field,” Fagan recalls. “Their coach says, ‘I’ve never seen Prince Fielder do that.’ He hits another one over an equipment shed in right field. And the guy is like, ‘Holy crap, that’s the farthest I’ve seen anything hit ...
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 37 comment(s)
Mariano Rivera never won a Cy Young Award; he finished second once, third three times. Rivera also never won an MVP, never even finished higher than ninth.
Relievers, on occasion, do win a Cy Young, an MVP, or even both. Eric Gagne captured the Cy in 2003, Dennis Eckersley the Cy and MVP in 1992, Willie Hernandez both in 1984. So, if you want to tell me that Orioles closer Zach Britton is a candidate for both honors this season, I won’t complain. But the argument for Britton is more an ...
Yesterday Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union announced that they will play games in Puerto Rico as part of a plan to develop and support baseball on the island. They likewise pledged $5 million for the creation of development programs in Puerto Rico and plan to stage special events there.
The press release about this made mention of Puerto Rico’s undeniably outstanding baseball tradition. What it did not mention is that, in the view of many, Major League Baseball itself harmed ...
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 1 comment(s)
Kim Ng is a trailblazer. Since 2011, she’s been Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations, working under Joe Torre. When she was hired as the Yankees’ assistant general manager in 1998, she was the youngest in MLB history (at 29) to hold the position and one of only three women. She served the same role with the Dodgers for more than a decade. Before that, she was the youngest person and only woman to present salary arbitration cases. Many believe Ng (pronounced ...
I watched a Baseball Tonight clip of Fernandez in a few ABs. I was surprised by the number of sliders he was throwing. Checking out Brooks Baseball’s game breakdown shows that he threw 55 *curveballs*, 7 change ups, and 49 fastballs. I put asterisks around curveballs because it appears PitchFx classifies the giant break on his slider as a curveball. Anyway, for the year, Fangraphs PitchFx totals breaks down his season totals as 1189 four-seam fastballs 50%, 817 curves 34%, 296 changes 12%, and ...Read More...
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 6 comment(s)
Time to break out the hyperbole:
It is not a rare occurrence, except when the hitter being walked is in career game No. 21 and the batter behind him has 404 career home runs. The Seattle Mariners did not intentionally walk New York Yankees rookie sensation Gary Sanchez once Wednesday to face Mark Teixeira—they did it twice. And even Teixeira knew they had no choice.
“Shoot, if Babe Ruth is hitting behind him, you intentionally walk him,” said Teixeira after the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the ...
The archives of the famous Conlon Collection of baseball photographs is up for auction this weekend. The article claims the winning bid could be a million dollars. It should go for a lot more…....
Posted: August 25, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
Why it works: Oxnard is a sweet spot for minor league franchises in California, close enough to have a rabid fanbase of a major league team, but far enough (and along such a heavily-trafficked route) that many fans can’t get to the games. With baseball passion, beautiful scenery and a large fanbase to draw from, especially once nearby Ventura’s population is included, Oxnard checks the boxes for a successful minor league franchise.
Why it doesn’t: The area is so Dodgers-heavy, it would ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Yuck. It’ll always be The Cell to me.
U.S. Cellular Field will change its name to Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox announced Wednesday afternoon.
The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate, a national mortgage lender, have signed 13-year naming rights deal, according to the Sox. But the name could last even longer — the Sox have an option of extending the deal past 2030.
Worst new stadium name? It’s up there.
Momentum may be building for an A’s stadium at the Howard Terminal site near Jack London Square.
A’s co-owner John Fisher will take what the San Francisco Chronicle called “a hush-hush tour” of that site at Port of Oakland, which mayor Libby Schaaf has long promoted as a landing spot for the team.
Fisher, who is usually quiet publicly but holds a majority stake in the A’s, will reportedly be joined on the Thursday visit by port officials familiar with real estate, environmental aspects and ...
He ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.
In June, we had the opportunity to speak to Gray about his fascination with the spiritual world, and he told us he had long dreamed of exploring Milwaukee’s famed Pfister Hotel. Now, we see, he’s made that dream a reality.
Why would Gray be so interested in the Pfister Hotel? Well, it has something of a reputation:
The hotel, reportedly haunted by its original owner, Charles Pfister, has been compared to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion by Giancarlo Stanton . Even ...
When a young man receives a significant amount of money to sign with a Major League Baseball team, it’s no surprise that he won’t wait long to spend some cash.
You’ve probably heard about ballplayers buying fast, expensive cars or nice clothes or even a big house.
But Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert apparently dropped some money on chickens. Seriously.
Pittsburgh Press, August 24, 1916:
A freak feature of the Whitesox victory at the Polo grounds Saturday was the scoring of three runs by the Sox on four pitched balls, with no hit good for more than one base. Here is the way it happened:
Eddie Collins hit the first ball pitched by Mogridge in the fourth inning for a single to center. Jackson hit the next one to center and Collins camped on second. Flesch [sic] hit the next one to center and when Magee’s throw rolled through Baumann and to the ...
The one knock on Betts was his arm. It appears that knock is no longer valid.
“I didn’t know I could really do that,” Betts said. “I think we were all kind of surprised there.”
For the second straight night, the Red Sox used an eighth-inning defensive play to preserve its advantage in a crucial game. With the Blue Jays beating the Angels on Tuesday, the Red Sox needed—and got—a win to stay tied with the Blue Jays atop the American League East.
Betts said he knows his arm has gotten stronger in ...
Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
Orioles ace Chris Tillman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday. Tillman was scheduled to pitch Thursday at Washington, but he felt pain in his shoulder while throwing his bullpen session Tuesday, and he was examined by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl.
“I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing,” Tillman said after the ...
Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
As you may have read, some smart people are making a case for a reliever winning the Cy Young (and/or MVP) Award. How is this a thing in 2016?
Hint: It’s not. Not really. Writers gotta write. Beasts need to be fed. Zach Britton for Cy Young isn’t a thing (at least it shouldn’t be)
Know what is a thing?
Justin Verlander is very good again.
Welp, it was probably worth the gamble given that the Angels were paying most of his salary. But the Rangers’ gamble on Josh Hamilton failed and now Josh Hamilton is a free agent. The club has given him unconditional release waivers.
Hamilton underwent surgery to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee back in June. During surgery it was discovered that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. This whole season was lost and, while Hamilton has one year ...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The Pirates have announced that they’ve extended David Freese through 2018, with a club option for 2019. Via Jon Heyman, Freese will receive $11 million guaranteed, with the contract taking an unusual front-loaded structure—Freese gets $6.25 million next year, $4.25 million in 2018, and $6 million or a $500,000 buyout in 2019.
Freese is already 33 and is a complementary type rather than a star, so at first glance, it seems a bit odd that the Pirates would extend him. Their recent trade of ...
1. Mike Napoli, Indians ($7 million)
Rajai Davis, at $5.25 million, has also proven to be a wily add for the AL Central leaders. His speed (33 stolen bases) has aged well. But Napoli has been the power right-handed bat this club sorely needed. A full year removed from invasive surgery to address his sleep apnea issues, Napoli is on the cusp of reaching 30 homers for the first time since 2011, and his rate of at-bats to RBI (4.91:1) has been among the best in baseball. Though there’s a lot of ...
“They [McCann and Sanchez] are our best two catchers by far, and our best team has both on the field. I would venture to guess that Sanchez-McCann would be the top catcher tandem in the game. McCann has struggled in the second half, but he was a borderline All-Star this year. So as far as I am concerned, he has a lot of value to us, let alone anyone else.”
Maybe that is posturing, but I don’t think so. Cashman said the playing time is skewed now because Sanchez is hot. The ...
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM | 37 comment(s)
In 12 games at Triple-A through Aug. 21, Puig is hitting .419 with three homers, 11 RBI and a 1.200 OPS. Clearly, minor league pitching is no match for him. The issue is, we don’t know if he can take whatever zone he’s in at Oklahoma City and transfer it to big league pitchers who have a very simple book on how to get him out. We don’t know — and this is the front office’s worry — if he will put in the work to make the necessary adjustments at the big league level.
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
Sam Mellinger is not optimistic about the Royals.
They have virtually no chance at making the playoffs. Still.
This is true, even now, with eight straight wins and 11 of the last 12. This is true, even now, with a wild-card deficit cut from 9 1/2 games to 3 1/2 . This is true, even now, with the starting rotation soaring and Alex Gordon hitting and Paulo Orlando making a sneaky case for team player of the year.
This is true, even now, for two main reasons:
Math, and July.
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:21 AM | 49 comment(s)
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