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Monday, September 14, 2015
Working for Samson and Loria is a situation covered with warts.
Recently, I was speaking to a well-regarded executive who one day would like to be a general manager about the possibility that the Marlins job might open.
Essentially the discussion boiled down to this: There are just 30 of these jobs, yet would you abstain from, say, even being considered to run the Marlins’ baseball operations — due to the firing, tempestuous, meddling, low-payroll nature of owner Jeffrey Loria and team ...
Great timing for Cespedes.
Six weeks ago, a nine-figure deal seemed optimistic, according to two GMs, two personnel men and two agents surveyed recently by Yahoo Sports. The six now believe discussions with the soon-to-be-30-year-old Cespedes will begin at $125 million and end up perhaps in the $160 million range, a staggering figure for someone who the last two seasons posted on-base percentages of .294 and .301. Baseball, like so many other avenues in life, cannot help but fall into the ...
Posted: September 14, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 66 comment(s)
Sunday, September 13, 2015
But my, how she loved her son.
“Every day, I miss her,” Mike said. “It’s weird not being able to pick up the phone and call, hear her voice.
“I always let her know that anytime I did anything good, it was for her. Even if I didn’t do anything good, she was always proud of me. She’d let me know that I was still in the big leagues, to keep having fun going out there. That’s what was awesome about mom. She was always proud of me, no matter what happened.”
Last October, when Connie could not ...
How about if he just wears a garlic neckless to ward off evil?
The motivation for using Harvey more frequently but for shorter durations is to keep him sharp for the postseason while keeping his innings count in check. Harvey currently sits at 171 2/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Agent Scott Boras has suggested that exceeding 180 innings might imperil Harvey’s health.
Posted: September 13, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 2 comment(s)
Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.
The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.
He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS. ...Read More...
The 29-year-old, right-handed hitting Park hit a career-best 52 home runs last season.
“(Park) has much more power than I have,” Kang said through his interpreter.
How much power?
Without an interpreter Kang, whose English is improving, exclaimed: “Big power.”
Kang said he is “close” with Park. With the Pirates’ first-base situation muddled going into next season, will Kang lobby for a Park-Pirates pact if he is posted?
Kang did not answer. He smiled and shrugged, turning his ...
A lot of good tidbits in this one.
Gibbons acknowledged that winning enhances chemistry. He then proceeded to explain what enhances winning.
“Good players help you win games,” said Gibbons. “That’s the bottom line. You can have a lot of great character guys out there, but if they aren’t as talented, you’re not going to win. There’s no substitute for talent.”
Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
This isn’t good news for the Jays.
Tulowitzki was sent for an MRI late Saturday afternoon that revealed the fracture in his scapula. He also was diagnosed with upper back muscle bruises and the Blue Jays will monitor his status over the next week before a timeline for his return can be established.
The injury is a potentially devastating blow to a Blue Jays lineup that has been borderline unstoppable since the end of July. Toronto entered play in Game 2 Saturday night having won 31 of 40 games, ...
Early this season, for about the 3rd time, I thought David Ortiz was done. Eventually he will be but not this season.
Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen will likely miss the remainder of the season after slamming his locker shut and breaking his right thumb, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.
Storen allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5–3 loss to the Mets that put New York ahead 4–2. After the outing, he slammed his locker shut out of frustration and sustained the injury.
It’s official. We have a Cy Young award race in the National League.
With his eight innings of a one-run ball Friday night in the Chicago Cubs 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jake Arrieta lowered his ERA to 1.99. That’s the magic number.
With Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke sporting a 1.68 mark, the two are the only starters with a sub-2.00 ERA in baseball. Arrieta needed to get into Greinke’s area code to have a chance at the award—and now he’s there.
“My vote is ...
Posted: September 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
cy young award
I knew that Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Giovanny Urshela were big upgrades. I did not realize that Chisenhall was playing so well in the outfield.
When he volunteered to try the outfield in Triple-A, Lonnie Chisenhall hadn’t played there since college, aside from shagging during BP. But it took him only four games in Columbus to convince Cleveland that he could be an everyday option. The day after the Indians traded Moss to St. Louis, Chisenhall made his first major league start in right ...
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty isn’t ready to move out of the general manager’s chair.
“I’m not ready for that yet,” Jocketty said Friday night. “Give me another year or so.”
Jocketty’s good friend Doug Melvin stepped down from his job as the Brewers’ general manager into an advisory role. Jocketty is a year older than Melvin, but said Friday he is looking forward to rebuilding the Reds.
“Where we’re at is based a lot on the trades we knew we had to make because of the free agents and ...
Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
I hardly ever listen to the radio now. There was a time that when I was out of the house I’d listen to the game broadcast to keep up on the score. I don’t need to do that anymore. I have the MLB At Bat that I can use to follow the Red Sox *and* all the other games that are going on.
I also don’t listen to local sports talk on the radio. I can listen to MLB Radio on Sirius. MLB Radio isn’t perfect but the discussions and guest and better than the local stuff. If I am not driving, I can also ...Read More...
Posted: September 12, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
Friday, September 11, 2015
Heyman’s latest includes this tidbit.
Alderson and Boras are scheduled to hold a conference call with Andrews soon after the agent returns from Japan Friday with the intention to map out Harvey’s immediate future. It appears the tentative plan has Harvey pitching in the Yankees series September 19-21, and then again, if needed to clinch, against the beleaguered Nationals the final weekend of the season, though the postseason plans remain a secret (a Mets person disputed the likelihood of a ...
Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 37 comment(s)
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will not return this season after tests showed that he has a fracture in his right shin, GM Brian Cashman told reporters including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News (via Twitter). It’s expected that he’ll require three months to recover, Jack Curry of the YES Network adds on Twitter, meaning that he should be ready to go for the spring.
Posted: September 11, 2015 at 07:43 PM | 9 comment(s)
...the pack he chose from to form his road trip included former Toronto Blue Jay Rance Mulliniks, Al Cowens, Garry Templeton, Randy Ready, Gary Pettis, Jaime Cocanower, Don Carman, Vince Coleman, Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli, Richie Hebner, Carlton Fisk, Steve Yeager and Rick Sutcliffe.
In such a random sample size of players from this particular baseball pack, there was a separation between players who were swallowed up by fame, fortune and controversy, and others who simply receded to the ...
Posted: September 11, 2015 at 04:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
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