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Friday, May 13, 2016
Pedro was something very, very special.
Connie Mack, quoted in the Pittsburgh Press, May 13, 1916:
“I am going to start Elmer Myers against the St. Louis team today…There are three reasons why Myers will pitch. First, I think it will help to improve his control, and with control he will be one of the best youngsters I have uncovered in many a moon. Again, he is what I have been hunting for—a fellow who thrives under work, who loves to pitch and who can stand it and improve under it. The third reason is that Myers asked me if he could ...
The Internet loves a great video. In today’s clip we see José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians sliding into second base. But wait! His hat (I’m calling it a hat, not a helmet, because no one has a magic helmet) flies off and hits his foot. Magically, the hat appears to fly backward yet still end up hitting Ramírez on the back as he reaches second base.
A really interesting in-depth look at how the Strasburg extension came together. RTFA
The purpose of this exercise? There are two conclusions worth drawing: 1) Murphy deserves a whole lot of credit for what he’s done to date, because not many have been able to do it over the years, and 2) Barring a complete collapse from a guy who has been a very good hitter his entire career, Murphy should end up with a batting average well north of .300 by season’s end.
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
It’s been a long time since I thought of ballplayers being anything more than great athletes. Nevertheless, it nice when players make time to improve the lives of their fans.
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Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
He’s not close to signing.
After his team secured a fifth consecutive win with a fourth straight game of at least 11 runs on Thursday night at Fenway Park, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts compared Boston’s unstoppable offense to a video game.
“This is kind of like Playstation,” Bogaerts said after hitting his third home run of the season and driving in three runs in an 11-1 rout of the Astros. “Only teams on Playstation score this many runs.”
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 19 comment(s)
I’ve always admired athletes who have interesting post-playing careers. Especially one like this, where a former superstar had to humble himself by going back to school. Well done, Bernie.
Bernie Williams will graduate Friday from the Manhattan School of Music with a bachelor’s in jazz composition as he works on his second All-Star career. Remarkably, in a city where he remains a huge celebrity and ran with the likes of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in a former life and earned over $100M in ...
BALTIMORE—The Detroit Tigers did not promote outfielder Steven Moya to sit on the bench.
Moya will start in left field and bat seventh tonight when the Detroit Tigers open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Upton will make his first big-league start in center field.
There is much less room in the outfield at Oriole Park at Camden Yards than at Comerica Park, which might explain the willingness of Brad Ausmus to give Upton a shot in center.
Just what in the heck is ...Read More...
Infinite Yost (Voxter)
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
The “Sorry I Was So Late With the OMNICHATTER yesterday’ OMNICHATTER
OR.. Captain OMNICHATTER: The First Avenger
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 139 comment(s)
There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: “If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I’ll get a commemorative tattoo”. Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden’s and they told me about this bet. You’d think, ok… that’s not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in ...Read More...
All four were right-handed and possessed excellent fastballs. The oldest of the quartet was an American hero and one of the most famous athletes in the world. Another was the son of immigrants who could hardly speak English but who had what Ted Williams called an “unhittable pitch.” One of them was a pitcher by necessity: he had started his ballplaying career as an outfielder but switched to the mound after it became apparent that he couldn’t hit breaking pitches. The final member of the ...Read More...
My suggestion is that the Nats race the Presidents before the game, then instruct the journalists to report that FDR sprinted to a convincing victory. Hey, it worked like a charm in the old days…
The WHHA [White House Historical Association] is currently celebrating each president in chronological succession with their annual White House ornaments. Last year, that meant Calvin Coolidge, who also appeared as the Racing President for the 2015 season. This year, that meant Herbert Hoover, or ...
One day shy of the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game as New York Mets pitchers continue to be lethal with their bats as well as their arms.
Syndergaard became the only pitcher in the majors with three home runs of 400 or more feet since he made his debut on May 12, 2015. Jake Arrieta ranks second with two. Syndergaard’s homers Wednesday went 407 and 400 feet.
Arizona’s Micah Owings on ...
Posted: May 13, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
This was Scherzer Wednesday night: 96 strikes in 119 pitches . No one, in the history of the game, has thrown so many strikes in so few pitches, according to baseball-reference.com. The previous “record,” if it can be termed such a thing, would be from Roy Oswalt, when he pitched for Houston and needed 125 pitches to throw 98 strikes in a shutout of Milwaukee in 2001.
So this was everything — history on the face of it, for sure, because that “20” under the “K” category in the box ...
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 49 comment(s)
This isn’t good.
Instead, there is some level of concern about Steven Matz, who will miss his next scheduled start because of elbow discomfort, according to manager Terry Collins.
The rookie had a “flare up” following his Monday start against the Dodgers in which he allowed two earned runs over six innings.
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 15 comment(s)
Something to worry about after a fantastic performance by Syndergaard.
There was no chance Syndergaard — who threw 95 pitches — would return to pitch the ninth. Manager Terry Collins later volunteered that Syndergaard had his elbow examined about two weeks ago. But Syndergaard deflected talk of a possible complication.
“It was nothing really — it was all precautionary,” Syndergaard said.
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
17 minutes covering how Vin Scully got his start calling a football game from the roof of Fenway and riding the bus with the players in Spring Training and calling Hank Aaron’s home run #715.
I had trouble playing the interview in Firefox while it played fine in Chrome.
Better than the original…
New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon’s first career home run is a thing of majesty and beauty all on its own. Between the dugout reaction, the fan reaction, the announcers’ reaction, and Bartolo’s magnificent home run trot, you might think it can’t get any better.
But it can.
A Mets fan and video editor named Mark Evans created a mash-up of Bartolo’s home run and the famous home run scene from The Natural, and it feels so right you might wonder “Is this how it ...
The Braves traded starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to the Los Angeles Angels for 6-foot-8 left-hander Adam McCreery, a low-level relief prospect who’s 23 and hasn’t pitched above the rookie-league level.
“The misconception is that Scott wants everyone to go to free agency,” Arrieta said of Boras. “I made it clear I like Chicago. I think everyone knows that. If I had it my way, I’d stay here. That’s just one side of the story. We’ll see.”
When asked whether he’d give a hometown discount to the Cubs, Arrieta flatly said “no” while shaking his head.
Arrieta said “aces get 7 years”—just as Strasburg got—so think of that as a starting point. And think $200 million as one, as well.
Boras is 63 and ...Read More...
Posted: May 12, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
Seattle Star, May 12, 1916:
Tigers Who Commit Mental Miscues Face Electric Chair—in Clubhouse
Electric chairs, peculiar to our foremost prisons may be used in the future to inject “pep” in brain-weary athletes who commit boners on the ball field. One has been installed in the clubhouse of the Detroit Tigers, but to date Hughey Jennings has refrained from applying heroic treatment to members of his flock who have been guilty of mental faux pases.
One shock has a tendency to nerve the wildest of ...
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Please make it go away. That’s unless fans love seeing a big play then having to watch everybody stand around wondering if the play will be challenged and then having to wait until the replay ump decides to overturn the play or not.
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 82 comment(s)
Editors’ Note: “1927: The Diary of Myles Thomas” is an experiment in storytelling, the core of which is a diary of a pitcher on the 1927 Yankees. Though no “real” diary exists, our historical fiction is based on factual research and chronicles baseball immortals, jazz pioneers, Prohibition, bootleggers and gamblers, as well as race, sex, morality and the meaning of heroes. True to the era, the diary will occasionally include mature language and subject matter.
Posted: May 11, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 5 comment(s)
Follow the money.
During the 2015-16 signing period, which opened on July 2, 2015, the Red Sox were not allowed to sign any player subject to the international bonus pools for more than $300,000, a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool the previous signing period.
In spite of those restrictions, the Red Sox still signed two of Baseball America’s Top 30 international prospects for July 2 last year. Venezuelan outfielders Albert Guaimaro (ranked No. 15) and Simon Muzziotti (ranked No. 24) ...
Harrisburg Telegraph, May 11, 1916:
The latest evidence of the growing parallel of baseball ad trapshooting is found of the co-operation between the baseball and gun clubs at Buhl, Idaho.
Realizing the fact that the followers and devotees of the two sports are the same people, the officials of the gun club have made an arrangement with the baseball club for the holding of the shooting events on the same field that the ball club occupies.
When the ball club is not playing, the grounds will be ...
Bannister has a track record of finding areas that need to be tweaked with pitchers. He helped Rich Hill re-establish his major-league career with the Red Sox at the end of last season. Hill dominated down the stretch and ended up signing a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland, less than six months removed from pitching in independent league baseball.
This year, he worked with Sean O’Sullivan, suggesting the righthander add a cutter to his repertoire which led to fewer walks ...
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