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Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Fairmont West Virginian, September 9, 1915:
WAR AS THE BASEBALL FAN SEES IT.
Russia—A big fellow, but so slow he has to make a homer in order to get to first.
Belgium—The innocent spectator who was hit with a foul ball.
Turkey—A pitcher who looked easy, but who is making a lot of trouble.
As someone who’s obsessed with both baseball history and World War I, this list was a lot of fun.
Stroman is pitching with a brace on his knee. As Steve Phillips pointed out on MLB Radio yesterday, you have to wonder how the contraption will impact his delivery. Do the Blue Jays really need him this season?
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed here on Tuesday afternoon that the 24-year-old pitcher, out all season after having knee surgery in March, will make his 2015 debut in New York on Saturday against the Yankees.
Gibbons said that it will be just a spot start for Stroman. ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 17 comment(s)
He hits when it counts the most, or something like that.
Rizzo’s first-inning home run Tuesday was big in that it gave the Cubs a comfortable lead early. Mathematically speaking, it was the most valuable hit of the game. Based on historical win probabilities, it increased the Cubs’ chances of winning by 20 percent.
Those are the type of hits Rizzo has been getting this season. He leads the major leagues in the advanced stat Win Probability Added, which measures every plate appearance by a ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 32 comment(s)
There is blood in the water.
Snapshots from a Tuesday night at Nats Park: a man in the outfield flinging his hat to the ground and screaming “I hate you Matt Williams,” after the manager called for a bunt in the bottom of the ninth with one of his best hitters at the plate. A quartet of fans from the high-end Presidents Club loudly booing Williams after he left his post-game news conference. Fans — including season-ticket holders — walking out early, and making clear that their action ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 37 comment(s)
You know things aren’t going well when…
Catcher Mike Zunino will not be called up. He will instead go to Arizona and participate in the upcoming instructional league. It was always assumed that the Mariners would bring him back after the Rainiers’ season ended. But Zunino is undergoing a massive swing overhaul with hitting coach Cory Snyder under the supervision of Edgar Martinez.
Zunino will report early and then begin instructional play. The idea of reworking a swing and playing in big ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
This will be a very tough loss for the Nationals to recover from. Harvey was overthrowing, with the resulting location issues, and the Nationals were going the other way with hard contract. Then, the bullpen imploded.
The Nationals had a 7-1 lead entering the seventh inning after tagging Matt Harvey for seven runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the bullpen had a meltdown, lost the lead and eventually the game. The Nationals had to use three relievers—Blake Treinen, Felipe Rivero and Drew ...
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
The Mets no longer need to negotiate with Yoenis Cespedes during a pennant race or risk losing him forever. The team announced Tuesday that it and Roc Nation Sports have negotiated an amendment into Cespedes’ contract, allowing the Mets to pursue him for the entirety of this offseason’s free-agent period.
Under their old arrangement, the Mets could negotiate with Cespedes for only five days following the conclusion of the World Series. After that point, Cespedes’ unique contract language would ...
Posted: September 08, 2015 at 06:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
Former major league pitcher Joaquin Andujar, who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title, died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic after a long battle with diabetes. He was 62.
Former Yankees assistant equipment manager Paul Priore was fired in 1997. He says the team let him go because he is HIV-positive; the Yankees, and New York state courts, disagree. Now the seamy tell-all Priore threatened to write has found its way to print (albeit through self-publishing), and co-author Gary Toushek is spamming the world with this bizarre video explaning why Priore’s outlandish claims are totally legit.
About those claims! Here are some things Paul Priore says he witnessed, ...
Some good stuff in this week’s column.
Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
tommy john surgery
...because the state refused to pay for that delayed pedestrian and shuttle-bus bridge that is set to leave Braves fans walking along the side of a highway to get to games for at least the stadium’s first season. The bridge itself is projected to cost $9 million (though nobody apparently really thinks it can be built for that amount), plus another $3.5 million is needed to upgrade a parking deck that it would connect to. Right now nobody knows where the money will come from…
On the one ...Read More...
The Yankees announced on Monday that starter Nathan Eovaldi has right elbow inflammation and will be shut down for two weeks. Eovaldi was evaluated by head team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which revealed the inflammation.
On Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had touched on his pitchers’ health during a discussion about Matt Harvey and the Mets. Eovaldi wasn’t one he was worried about.
“We have pitchers that I don’t have concerns ...
Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
The question is, did the Phillies hire MacPhail to replace the group or to join it? The assumption in the local and national media was that MacPhail’s hiring was the first step in an inevitable rebuilding of the front office. But when you consider Gillick’s involvement in MacPhail’s hiring and his steadfast defense of Amaro’s job performance as general manager, it is hard to eliminate the possibility that the Phillies ended up hiring a guy whose vision already aligns with their own, and thus a ...
Posted: September 08, 2015 at 10:14 AM | 25 comment(s)
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, September 8, 1915:
Fred Clarke, for 16 years manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, handed in his resignation to President Barney Dreyfuss this morning. It was regretfully accepted.
Clarke’s resignation did not come as a surprise to the followers of the team [in Pittsburgh], as it is known that for years Mrs. Clarke has been averse to her husband leaving the farm in Kansas to come East for the baseball season.
With apologies to Joe Biden, this was a big frickin’ ...Read More...
“I feel blessed to have been able to play this game for so long and see so many places along the way,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
The OMNICHATTER never leaves in the 7th inning (although sometimes it doesn’t go up until the 7th inning…)
Posted: September 08, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 291 comment(s)
Monday, September 07, 2015
Regressed wins are useful, but I think it’s worth considering that assessing the performance of managers isn’t one of those situations: The context of their decisions is nearly everything. A bad manager can cost his team real, actual, printed-in-the-newspaper wins. That shouldn’t be ignored in favor of a broader, context-neutral look at their performance.
Posted: September 07, 2015 at 10:08 AM | 44 comment(s)
Interesting stuff.The BIS defensive stuff cannot compare to defensive analysis generated by the FIELDf/x (or whatever they are calling it) stuff. I wish this data was more readily available to public analysts.
I think the most important thing to take away from this discussion is that there can be a fairly large difference between team infield UZR which uses every GB, and the total of the individual UZR’s which uses only those plays in which no shift was relevant to the outcome of the play. As ...
Posted: September 07, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
“Staying in the present is hard to do,” Coghlan said. “Nobody does it perfectly — I don’t at all. It’s a natural tendency for humans to worry and to doubt and to fear and have anxiety about the future. But I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to take those thoughts captive and to try and really challenge myself to stay more in the moment of, ‘OK, today is what I’ve given. I’m going to try to do the best I can do today and not worry about tomorrow.’ And then when tomorrow comes do the ...
Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
Some info about how the international slotting system works.
Critics say such teams are “gaming” the system and want rules overhauled when MLB’s collective-bargaining agreement is renewed after the 2016 season. But proponents argue teams will always exploit rules.
Posted: September 07, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 1 comment(s)
If not for running into the video board, MLB statcast estimates that the homer was going 495 feet. That makes Bryant’s shot the longest of the 2015 season for anyone in the majors. Here’s the top 10:
1. Bryant on Sunday, 495 feetRead More...
2. Michael Taylor, 8/20, 492.8
3. Jonathan Schoop, 8/26, 484.5
4. Nelson Cruz, 4/29, 482.7
5. Josh Donaldson, 4/23, 481.2
6. Hanley Ramirez, 6/21, 480.5
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/23, 478.6
8. Giancarlo Stanton, 5/16, 478.4
9. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/5, 478.4
10. Kris ...
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