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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Watching the team fail so spectacularly, and seeing the front office blame the manager for losing with a roster that Babe Ruth and Joe McCarthy couldn’t save, raises a disturbing question: is the team being torn down and rebuilt by people ill-equipped for the task?
On May 1, the Braves tried to call up Emilio Bonifacio, a player they’d released in spring training then re-signed to a minor league contract. It turned out he was ineligible due to a rule that teams must wait 30 days to call up ...
Ross Atkins recently wrapped up draft meetings with the club’s scouts in Florida and California and has also had an opportunity to review the club’s farm system. His take on what’s left after last summer’s trade deadline buildup? “There are some positives within our system,” he said. “There are some things that you guys saw in major-league spring training that give us reason to believe that we have some guys who could be every day major-league players. I think where we’re ...
Friday, May 27, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1916:
The Reds were playing the Boston Braves and Wade Killifer smashed out a home run. A fan, who is known as the “Milkman,” who paid his quarter to get into the bleachers, became so enthused over the home run that he went outside the park and purchased a bouquet for Wade. The “Milkman” rushed back to the park, paid another quarter to again get inside the park and gave the flowers to a ground attendant and they were presented to Killifer.
...and then Killifer filed for ...Read More...
I see a little silhouette of a man, OMNICHATTER OMNICHATTER can you do the fandango?
(Shout-out to “There’s a bustle in Misirlou’s hedgerow”)
Posted: May 27, 2016 at 11:48 AM | 109 comment(s)
Six years ago, Yoon began treating partial UCL tears with platelet-rich plasma injections, wherein a patient’s blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, which contain healing elements that are then injected into the affected area.
Yoon found that PRP worked for about 50 percent of patients. But in that time he also experimented with the use of stem cells from concentrated bone marrow and “noticed that the success rates, anecdotally, were much higher with ...
Anyone is tradable.
While Olivera’s case appears headed toward resolution, his future with the Braves is less certain. The fact he remains an unproven commodity and is signed through 2020 (with salaries totaling $32.5 million, including $8.67 million this season), makes him relatively untradeable. Yes, I say that even though the team found a way to trade Melvin (B.J.) Upton (packaging him with one of the team’s most valuable assets, closer Craig Kimbrel).
Posted: May 27, 2016 at 09:40 AM | 19 comment(s)
“I’m proud of it,” Boggs said of the ’96 Yankees’ ring. “But I didn’t feel like it was appropriate today being that it’s my day, it’s my number and everything like that. So I left it off.”
Thursday, May 26, 2016
People will come, Vin.
Vin Scully recites the most iconic speech from a baseball film ever. #HallofFameTour
Twins pitching coach Neil Allen has been suspended by the Twins after being arrested early Thursday morning under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will take over as major league pitching coach for the time being.
Old-school Bernie sounds more like Brian Kenny here…
But there’s a bigger picture here.
You have only 27 outs in a nine-inning game.
Every out is precious.
So don’t squander them on unnecessary sac bunts.
And never do it when you have a runner on second base with no outs — and three chances to get him home.
Matheny absolutely adores the sac bunt and I don’t know why.
The Cardinals have been among the most aggressive sac-bunter teams in the majors since Matheny took over as manager ...
Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended 82 games under the league’s domestic violence policy, MLB announced Thursday. The suspension is retroactive to April 30 and will end August 1. Olivera agreed not to appeal.
“My office has completed its investigation into the allegation that Hector Olivera violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy on April 13, 2016,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the ...
The Royals announced that they have placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list with a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and have called up outfielder Brett Eibner from AAA Omaha. Moustakas injured himself in a collision with outfielder Alex Gordon on a foul pop up in Sunday’s game against Chicago. Gordon was placed on the disabled list earlier this week. Moustakas finished the game on Sunday, but missed all three games since then. Moustakas was hitting ...
Who wants a piece of Jonathan Schoop?
Earlier this season, Fantex, Inc. announced that it had reached agreements with five new Major League players. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Fantex offers players an up-front sum of money in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings — typically 10 percent. Fantex essentially then treats the athletes as “stocks,” selling shares of the player to investors that stand to turn a profit if the player in whom they’ve invested ultimately ...
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:52 PM | 2 comment(s)
The Tigers keep signing these old guys to contracts.
Each year, the Detroit Tigers sign several players to new contracts, as every team does. But 62 years ago, one man turned down an offer, one that would have netted him $26,000.
Earl Robinette was a Tigers prospect with a big outfield arm and switch-hitting ability. He was also a part of a family that owned a farm, which played a huge role in his decision to decline the contract.
Since that day in 1954, Robinette has regretted the choice, ...
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 02:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
Despite not being division rivals, the Pirates and Diamondbacks have a bit of bad blood dating back to 2014, when Andrew McCutchen and Paul Goldschmidt were at the center of a hit-by-pitch war. McCutchen suffered a rib fracture as a result of being hit.Read More...
Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the two teams again traded hit-by-pitches. Pirates righty Arquimedes Caminero hit both Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed with pitches up around the head, which is always scary. D-Backs righty Evan Marshall responded by ...
Also, Scott and Lassus Have Been The Best 1-2 Punch on the Self-Immolation Thread…
The Mets lead in K-BB%, GB%, FIP and xFIP. They trail only the Cubs in ERA and only the Nationals in strikeouts per nine innings. They place 4th in this group in WAR, although that is primarily a function of the fact that they have the fewest innings of the bunch — the Mets have 17 starts from this duo while the other couplings have 19 or 20. This is owing to the fact that Syndergaard has yet to make his tenth ...
For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume that there are two types of amateur prospects: You have the elite ones who ultimately get big signing bonuses. Then you have the non-elite ones who aren’t good enough to get big signing bonuses. If you are in the first group, you’re certainly going to go pro regardless of your socioeconomic status. You get a big signing bonus and get to play baseball for a living. That’s a win-win.
Now let’s say you’re a player in this second group. You’re ...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to usher in the big-league career of their top prospect Friday when left-hander Julio Urias makes his major-league debut in New York against the Mets.
The club is expected to purchase the contract of the 19-year-old Urias, adding him to both the 40-man and the 25-man active roster. Friday’s expected starter, Alex Wood, will miss his outing with triceps soreness, but the Dodgers are expecting him to return to action Monday at Chicago against the Cubs.
Pittsburgh Press, May 26, 1916:
Ohio State university baseball team boasts a one-armed pitcher in Herman F. Recker, freshman agricultural student. University baseball coaches say he has the smoke and stuff to give many a western conference heavy hitter the shivers.
“It takes just one arm to throw the ball—and I’ve got one,” Recker says. He has no place to wear a glove, but is a wizard at spearing hot liners barehanded.
He’s got a point. It only takes one arm.
I’d have to admire his tenacity. The most I’ve ever done is visit the graves of the deceased 300-game winners, and visit them again with a small figurine.
In the shorthand parlance of men and women who collect graveyard experiences, Thornley is what’s known as a “graver.” While his search for the plots of long gone standouts, such as Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Rube Waddell in San Antonio, is nominally about allowing him to cross another name off his list, it’s ...
Where did baseball go?
Former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter told CNBC on Wednesday his “ultimate goal” is to own a Major League Baseball team.
“In my mind, this is the greatest sport in the world,” Jeter told “Squawk Box,” saying a key motivation for owning a team would be help the game grow.
“I think baseball is taking somewhat of a back seat to some of the other sports,” said the ex-Yankees captain and shortstop, who retired in 2014 after a 20-year career with the team. “Some of the ...
Just one game (perhaps one inning) to shrug off ... or a sign of what’s to come?
The results have been striking. Batters are not swinging and missing Sale’s pitches in the same way — his swing and miss rate is all the way down to 9.2 percent. Hitters are not chasing his pitches out of the strike zone like they did. And even when they do chase, they’re connecting a lot more often. For the first time in his career, Sale is not striking out at least one batter per inning.
And the overall ...
The Kawano brothers seem to be listening. They occasionally smile or nod their heads but do not speak, so it is hard to guess what they are thinking.
On a bright Saturday morning, Yosh and Nobe sit near the window in a day room at their nursing home, the sunlight etching fine shadows across their wrinkled faces. Family has gathered around to tell stories from the old days.
Like the one about Sandy Koufax and the trash can. Or the boat out to Catalina Island, where the Chicago Cubs used to ...
Yes, it was interrupted by three blown saves in the World Series. But New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia now owns sole possession of the franchise record for consecutive regular-season saves.
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 12:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Losing has a way of grating on you, though, and with the Twins a MLB-worst 11-34 heading into Wednesday’s game against Kansas City, there’s been plenty of losing to go around. That may have been what led to the incident Bremer described to Fargo, North Dakota radio host (on 970 AM WDAY) Mike McFeely last week:
Surprisingly, Bremer said one player has confronted him this season about being too critical of the team. Bremer wouldn’t name the player.
“I make it a practice to go in the ...
Wow, what an inspiring story.
Bud Selig: It was a tight race. Every time McGwire hit a home run, Sosa would hit one right back.
Tony La Russa: Sometimes, McGwire would hit a home run, and when he finished rounding the bases, a fist would punch through his stomach, and the crowd would scream in horror as Sammy Sosa clawed his way out of Mark McGwire’s body and revealed that the home run had just been hit by Sosa in a clever disguise. Then, the real Mark McGwire would come out of the dugout ...
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