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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Marlins on Wednesday reached an agreement with left fielder Christian Yelich on a seven-year contract extension worth $49.570 million, a source has told MLB.com.
Posted: March 18, 2015 at 07:37 PM | 33 comment(s)
“He took infield. He had ups, downs, he had throws between innings. That was challenging and it was at a different speed,” Showalter said. “I don’t care what you do on back fields, where there’s just a different adrenaline flow, a different arm speed. There’s throwing the ball down between innings. He said he felt a little .. achy-ness, with a couple, maybe two out of seven throws. I think we don’t want it—and Matt doesn’t want it—to mushroom into something bigger than hopefully it is.” ...Read More...
Posted: March 18, 2015 at 04:54 PM | 30 comment(s)
The story: asking various executives which player they would choose to build a team around. Most execs chose Mike Trout or Clayton Kershaw, which makes sense. Some chose Andrew McCutchen, which, sure, why not? Others went with young prospects or decided that it was most important to build around certain positions like shortstop or catcher…
But there is one exec — a general manager no less! — who made a choice and a justification therefor which is impossible to get one’s head around:
I found only 8 pitcher-seasons where a pitcher in his 20’s has thrown more than 3,200 pitches in less than 190 innings ... No pitcher has gotten less from more pitches than Zack Wheeler in the last decade. No pitcher, not one, has been pushed to throw as many pitches over as few innings as Zack Wheeler over the last decade (expanding the sample to 2005 includes Gil Meche, who retired early, Scott Kazmir, who fell apart and lost velocity, and Brad Penny). Here’s the decade-long list:
Howard is not, will not be and arguably never was the guy worthy of a $125 million extension in 2010, and the Phillies acknowledged as much in trade talks this winter, telling (uninterested) teams they’re willing to swallow a significant sum of the $60 million still owed to Howard over the next two years. Word is, the team would be willing to take on somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million.
Posted: March 18, 2015 at 09:59 AM | 47 comment(s)
We’re not selling clogs here.
Pardon us, Netherlands readers, but how do you say Moneyball in Dutch? Besides ‘Moneyball’, of course.
AZ Alkmaar has hired Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane, one of the most celebrated advanced statistics gurus in the world and the subject of the film “Moneyball”, in an advisory capacity.
The AZ site says he’ll be helping the club in the areas of “high performance and innovation”.
The club’s general director, Robert Eenhoorn, played four ...
New Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited Indians players Tuesday morning, said the situation has convinced him for the need of a worldwide draft. Manfred talked about that and several other subjects Tuesday.
Manfred believes MLB leveled the playing field regarding the amateur draft in the last negotiations with the players association when a slotting system was introduced for the first 10 rounds of the draft.
“It re-established the principal purpose of the draft, in that the weakest team had ...
John Sickels released a Top 175 list this year. He also is close to releasing his book, which you can get in pdf form.
Pittsburgh Press, March 18, 1915:
Ty Cobb is right-handed, but plays golf left-handed because that is the way he bats and he doesn’t want to risk his form.
He beats up disabled fans with both hands.
I’ve been watching a ton of games this spring. (Thanks MLB.TV!) I’ve seen most of these guys multiple times. Although more than a few of them have been impressive, Russell is the guy who impressed me the most. Syndergaard is the guy who left me with the biggest question marks.
Posted: March 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 9 comment(s)
Good stuff from a good blog.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
When the news broke Tuesday that MLB would be getting rid of its paper All-Star ballots starting with the 2015 season, I was momentarily transported to being a 10-year-old kid sitting inside Oakland Coliseum with a pencil in my hand.
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:56 PM | 152 comment(s)
all star game
Big deal. I’d react the same way.
Cubs president Theo Epstein countered, “Kris Bryant’s development path has absolutely nothing to do with ownership, period. As with all our baseball decisions, I will determine where Kris begins the 2015 season after consulting with members of our baseball operations staff. Comments from agents, media members and anybody outside our organization will be ignored.”
I do hope you’ll give me just a few minutes to convince you that as much as you might hate them, the Yankees will be tremendously interesting in 2015, and well worth the occasional check-in. Why?
Win Big Stein's Money
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
We’ve all been cognizant of DIPS for ... gosh, it’s been nearly 15 years now. But for whatever reasons, we don’t usually pay nearly as much attention to DIBS. Maybe because there’s not a single baseline for DIBS, as there is for DIPS.
What Jedlovec has done, though, is drill about as deeply into hitters’ performances as possible, and come up with something that’s more useful, more predictive, than even the more sophisticated numbers we usually reference. ...Read More...
Molitor to Nuñez: “Every time I see you hit one in the air, you owe me 20 push-ups.”
How did Nunez go from being Derek Jeter’s heir apparent to fighting for a part-time role on a likely last-place team, while still in his physical prime? On the surface, Nunez’s story might sound like those of countless other disappointing players. Nunez, however, has picked up a habit that no one else has. He’s hooked on homers-in-silos, addicted to easy outs, going through life with a bad batted ball on ...
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 01:24 PM | 12 comment(s)
Richard Justice is bullish on Will Middlebrooks. I haven’t really watched him this spring but I’ve always believed the guy has a lot of talent.
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 48 comment(s)
I’ve railed against government-financing of stadiums for years and years. I learned a long time ago what terrible waste of tax-payer money it is. I would love to see the practice ended. I’ve also learned that, if there is a way for our elected officials to screw up a good idea, they will find it.
Sadly, I agree.
MLB is buying used cars, and paying for them and driving them like they’re new. They don’t have much choice, either, as there just aren’t that many pristine models released each year—as Keri and Dr. Fleisig suggest, MLB teams need to find that natural talent from Vermont who doesn’t play year round and hasn’t developed the same kind of injuries if they want to beat the system. Guess how many of those there are each summer? MLB has tried to slow this trend, but that’s mostly a PR ...
Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
tommy john surgery
Pittsburgh Press, March 17, 1915:
Almost all of the Phils are camera fiends and never go to the park without black boxes and films. Eddie Burns and Joe Oeschger get good results from vest-pocket kodaks.
Jack Ryan of Washington, having been hit so often on the toes by wild pitchers, has rigged up a device in the shape of a half portion of rubber fire hose, which arches over the toe of each shoe. “Let ‘em peg away now—they can’t hurt me,” Jack says.
Manager Robinson of the Dodgers was ...
The Braves position battles, such as they are.
Tommy has always had a great sense of humor. I mean, not about gays, but about other stuff.
We’ve now gone to the next level as former Dodgers great Tommy Lasorda, age 87, danced and sang the hook to the song for his Instagram followers.
That’s peak Internet. Shut it down. Let’s all retire and go live in the woods. Our job here is done. ...Read More...
Monday, March 16, 2015
No, baseball doesn’t need it. He violated baseball biggest rule. He *agreed* to a lifetime ban. His time is not done. That doesn’t mean he can’t counsel others not to make the same mistake. It doesn’t mean that he can’t do good. It means he can’t do it as part of Major League Baseball.
If we are a forgiving nation, is 25 years not enough punishment? Rose finally seems sincere. With the All-Star game coming up in Cincinnati, what a major moment for Major League Baseball if Rose is back in its ...
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 09:59 PM | 56 comment(s)
hall of fame
The rookies will have to wait.
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