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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This trade isn’t working out as planned.
The Braves made another trade Monday that underscores the importance they place on the June draft in their rebuilding plan.
They traded minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and left-hander Trevor Belicek to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Brian Matusz and the No. 76 pick in next month’s draft. That brings to five the number of picks the Braves hold among the first 80 picks in the June 9-11 draft, Nos. 3, 40, 44, 76 and 80.
The Braves immediately designated for assignment ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 24, 1916:
Mike Mowrey was put out of yesterday’s game after he had been called out at second on a close play. He laid on the ground and gave an imitation of swimming. Umpire Byron promptly ordered him from the field.
Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.
Then last year the Marlins sued Axelband, alleging he had illegally backed out of a two-year season ticket deal. He might have reacted angrily, but that’s just not the kind of guy he is. “I wasn’t shocked, just disappointed,” he says. “After all these years, I wondered, why now?”
Axelband isn’t alone. In fact, the Marlins have sued at least nine season ticketholders and luxury suite owners since 2013. That virtually never happens in sports, experts say. Two stadium vendors are also locked in ...
I paid good $ to see BartoLOLo swing the bat at Nats Park and instead this happened:
Colon later admitted he has battled lower-back soreness for the last two-plus weeks. Not wanting to risk aggravating the back, he kept the bat on his shoulder and was called out on strikes three times.
“I thought it wasn’t worth it to swing,” Colon said. “I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, ‘Not worth making my back worse,’ so I told their catcher from the beginning, ‘Just throw it ...
Monday, May 23, 2016
I love the proactive approach of our commissioner, but this is silly. If the traditional intentional walk goes away this is what we would miss:
1. The chance of a pitcher throwing a ball away. It happens.
2. Taking a pitcher out of his rhythm by forcing him to throw four pitches intentionally out of the strike zone, which are usually at about 75 percent effort.
3. Giving the home team a chance to steadily rain boos on a visiting pitcher the entire time he is intentionally walking a hitter. ...Read More...
What if I told you the story of the ‘86 Mets could be littered with penis jokes?
Hollywood A-lister Judd Apatow will co-direct an upcoming “30 for 30” documentary on 1980s Mets superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
ESPN announced last week that the “Trainwreck” director would work with “You Don’t Know Bo” director Michael Bonfiglio on “Doc & Darryl,” which is set to air July 19. Here’s the trailer.
The film reunites former ace pitcher Gooden and star slugger Strawberry at a diner ...
Pittsburgh Press, May 23, 1916:
Ray Caldwell of the New York Yankees, owes his late start this spring to a peculiar accident which befell him in the spring training came at Macon, Ga. While carving his initials on his favorite bat the knife slipped and cut into the top of his right index finger.
When a pitcher starts fooling with a bat there’s no telling what will happen to him. People should never monkey with machinery they don’t know anything about.
Caldwell was actually a pretty decent ...Read More...
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Plate umpire David Rackley left Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game after getting hit in the groin by a foul bunt attempt by Joc Pederson.
Rackley immediately collapsed and was down for about five minutes and was tended to by a Padres trainer. He had to be helped to his feet. He left the field under his own power, and handed a ball to a kid on his way to the tunnel.
And then they played another 12 innings.
Daniels also had a broader vision. He looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces—Hamels and Yu Darvish—at the top of its rotation. That one-two punch might compare favorably with any in the game and potentially make the Rangers a formidable October team.
That vision is about to become reality. Darvish, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, made his final Minor League rehab start on Sunday, and he likely will return to the rotation next Saturday against the Pirates in ...
Posted: May 23, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
Baseball owners heard from Democratic and Republican strategists Wednesday on the opening day of their spring meeting.
Jim Messina, co-chair of Priorities USA Action, spoke to them along with Matt Rhoades, chairman of America Rising. Messina was campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaign in 2012 and Rhoades was campaign manager four years ago for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was at the center of a disturbing incident that happened at Petco Park on Saturday night. Called upon to sing the Star-Spangled Banner, their singing was replaced with a recording of a woman, nobody stopped it, and they were led off the field afterward while being taunted by homophobic fans in the stands.
Posted: May 23, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 243 comment(s)
This year’s draft sounds even riskier than normal.
“There’s more comfort this year with the high school class than the college class,” one scouting director said. “It’s not a clear-cut Top 10 group . . . not as high-end a group as you would have hoped for this year.”
Posted: May 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Sonny Gray’s disappointing season has taken another turn for the worse, as the A’s placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a strained right trapezius.
Left-hander Daniel Coulombe was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the 25-man roster.
This is the first career DL stint for Gray, who is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in nine starts.
The A’s make another move on the Angels for “worst luck in the West”.
Maybe *this* is where Primates should gather for softball next year?
Located outside Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, the roughly 17,900-square-foot, five-bedroom house has an elevator, a game room, a home theater with a popcorn machine, a built-in saltwater fish tank and a gym. The master bathroom has an indoor hot tub and sauna.
Outside, the baseball diamond is scaled-down to make it the right size for Wiffle ball, Ms. Jones said. The 4.8-acre gated property also includes a two-bedroom ...
And Shooty forgot to bring his plunger.
There were plumbing issues in the visitor’s dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.
Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping into the dugout. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and some New York players sidestepped the mess as they made their way to the field for pre-game workouts.
To this point Kelly has been frustrating. Great stuff but little consistency. So, I’m not going to get excited about one game.
Kelly could bring the rotation to the next level, and something extraordinary may be on the way.
“You know, that first came to mind in the Oakland series, where not only did we do some things with the bat, the way we ran the bases, the defense that we played, there was a moment inside those three games where you do take a step back in the middle of an inning and you ...
Posted: May 22, 2016 at 08:44 AM | 6 comment(s)
In which a OMNICHATTER takes place on a day where the Cubs and Giants are scheduled for the weekly Sunday Night game.
Posted: May 22, 2016 at 12:11 AM | 99 comment(s)
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