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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Red Sox third baseman Larry Gardner, quoted in the Toledo News-Bee, February 24, 1915:
The funniest thing I ever saw on a baseball field was a pitcher sliding clear past third base and spiking a coacher, and at the same time preventing his team from making what might have been considered a serious error.
[After a fly out to center, while the runner on second was heading for third base, Browns pitcher Bill] Bailey came tearing across to back up the third baseman. Just as he reached the base ...
Who would think I’d be using the word “innovation” to describe the Marlins.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Current proposals would see MLB.com and baseball ticketing — both currently under the MLBAM umbrella — stay with Major League Baseball, while the entire streaming business would be split off. It’s big now, but only getting bigger, based on what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told the Journal.
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 16 comment(s)
As noted in these august pages, Yankees stick of SEO dynamite Alex Rodriguez on Monday reported to camp three days early. A-Rod, of course, sat out the entire 2014 season while serving a suspension related to the Biogenesis scandal and the dark arts thereof.
Anyhow, as you might expect action-news photographers were air-lifted to the scene once word got out that A-Rod was at spring training. Let’s have a look at their outputs, shall we? Come for the search terms, stay for the banality—banality ...Read More...
On Twitter Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com says
Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range.
UPDATE: Link updated to MLB.com article.
Pittsburgh Press, February 23, 1915:
“If baseball players did not load around and drink so much booze during the off-season, there wouldn’t be any necessity for so much training in the spring. This was “Billy” Sunday’s opening clout when asked what he thought of training camps for the major league clubs.
“Of course, I don’t mean to say that training camps are not necessary. They are even more so today than they were when I was in the game, although there isn’t nearly as much boozing among the ...
And this is coming from a guy whose name contains over two dozen sabermetric acronyms.
The topic Sunday morning was whether Sox pitching coach Don Cooper’s methods were old school in this day and age of Sabermetrics.
“Sabermetrics, nyeh. Sounds like a lot of hot air,’’ Samardzija said, smiling. “I think there are definitely positive aspects to it. I think there is some information you can take from it that’s important. But ultimately from a player’s point of view, you want a ...
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 24 comment(s)
Where’s the manager and coaching staff?
After Bronson, the same exact thing. We had starters in there roping our (clubhouse attendants), like, cattle-roping our clubbies. Guys on their computers, buying stuff, hanging out in the clubhouse. We had a guy with a year-and-a-half in the big leagues wandering around the clubhouse, hanging out. We had a closer in there sleeping until the seventh inning. We lose that veteran leadership, that’s what happens. You can’t have that ... it turns into a ...
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 47 comment(s)
This is silly.
Veteran lefthander Randy Choate and Matheny have discussed Choate’s occasional unhappiness last year that he wasn’t used as much for lefthander-on-lefthander specialty purposes, which basically why Choate was given a three-year contract before the 2013 season. He pitched more complete innings than he thought he would but some of them were in blowout games.
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
No real update in this report. I still can’t see a team going over $30 million. As Heyman notes, Sandoval got $95 million. On top of that fact, this is just bonus money. Moncada will still need to be paid.
He is probably worth such a lofty price, anyway, but the other big factor is that the signing team will have to pay a 100 percent tax, or something very close to that. So $50 million would really mean $100 million. That would be an extraordinary fee for a teenager considering established big ...
Is Snydergaard really going to get a lot of MLB time this year?
1. Noah Syndergaard, Mets (No. 10 overall prospect)
Projected ERA: 3.57
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
If he hits this spring, he’ll be playing somewhere.
“I’m pretty confident that the best players are going to play. That’s the way it’s going to be, and I’m going to go out there and do the best that I can. ... I have something to prove every spring training, but I feel like this spring training is extra important for me to go out and prove myself and just get ready for a really good season, which I’m looking forward to.”
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
Who’s he going to expose is the baby daddy?
He’ll be on MLB Now live Monday at 2 p.m. on MLB Network, talking about that and more.
Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
Sunday, February 22, 2015
1. 2006 Diamondbacks
SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)
The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.
The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.
#Braves exec John Hart made passing reference to “Melvin” (B.J.) Upton, then confirmed player will go by Melvin Upton Jr, this season.
Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:32 PM | 68 comment(s)
Steve and I were middle and high school classmates. As I jokingly commented on his Facebook status, “I can verify that Steve was the fastest kid in 7th grade. Unfortunately, that was his athletic peak.” I’m sure the contest will be amazing.
Posted: February 22, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 26 comment(s)
Saturday, February 21, 2015
The contract is a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.
I’ll have to see how much money this is for before I can say whether or not I approve.
Joyful Calculus Instructor
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
While there’s still no evidence James Shields received or rebuffed a rumored $110 million, five-year offer this winter, Shields did turn down an $80 million, four-year proposal from the Giants a few weeks before signing with the Padres for $75 million—$5 million less than the Giants’ bid—sources familiar with the negotiations said.
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
That’s not good.
Max Pentecost recently underwent shoulder surgery in an operation that will delay the 2015 debut of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2014 first rounder, sources told Sportsnet.
Dr. James Andrews performed the operation, a scope intended to clean out the shoulder joint of the top catching prospect’s throwing arm. Pentecost previously had a shoulder cleanup after the 2014 season, but the operation didn’t work as well as initially hoped.
Posted: February 21, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
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