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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Super Powers! Move over Franklin Richards here’s some real reality warping!
The Twins are loaded with this type of player: Nice guys who take losing in stride. Sweethearts with “big smiles on their faces” who appear to be just happy to be here.
If the Twins were a hockey team, they’d be considered soft. If they were a college football team, they would be the scheduled foe for every homecoming game in their conference. They are docile. And this has to change.
Yes, they need clutch hitters and ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 08:09 PM | 21 comment(s)
Life imitates Seinfeld yet again.
As you’ve probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers’ dugout to watch Verlander’s Tigers play against the Yankees on Tuesday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that’s as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.
While filling in for Kelly Ripa on ...
Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and will perhaps be sidelined until the 2016 season. The team made the announcement on Sunday. Not long ago, the team placed Skaggs on the DL with a flexor strain, and now, obviously, the worst-case scenario has been realized.
a very good article where the brewers manager explains why he is ok with with his team running into 500 outs a season on the bases
Also, we went 142 years between the first major league “Caleb” and the second… and now there are four. The more you know… 彡☆
If you’re not familiar with the name Caleb Joseph, you’re not alone. The 28-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, made his major league debut on May 7 this season and has been playing regularly behind the dish since catcher Matt Wieters succumbed to a season-ending elbow injury…
His second-inning two-run home run against ...
Attention and fame.
The Dodgers acquired righty Kevin Correia from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, announced the teams. The Dodgers officially placed Josh Beckett on the DL earlier today with a left hip injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least two weeks… “Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever. He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive,” said [Dodgers GM Ned] Colletti in tonight’s ...
Doesn’t Lackey know by now that Caleb Joseph has more pop than Caleb Bradham!
John Lackey does not take losing to Baltimore well.
On Saturday, the Cardinals pitcher and uber-heel needled Baltimore again after yesterday’s 10-3 blowout, this time putting catcher Caleb Joseph in his sights.
According to MLB.com, Lackey called the Orioles catcher’s Caleb Joseph’s two-run, second-inning home run a “Baltimore home run,” as in he doesn’t think it was a real home run. It pretty much ...
Posted: August 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM | 19 comment(s)
The sports network has suspended host Max Kellerman after he admitted Monday on ESPN-LA Radio show Mason & Ireland that he hit his then-girlfriend, Erin, several years ago. Max and Erin have now been married for 20 years.
“Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on Thursday,” ESPN said in a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter.
Max explained in the story that he and Erin were at a college party and were drunk at the time. Max said that Erin slapped him, and so he ...
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Oakland A’s centerfield Coco Crisp’s afro is famous. Why it even has its own blog.
We regret to inform you that Coco Crisp no longer has an afro. Instead, he has this:
We heard earlier this week that the Marlins were thinking about calling up 36-year-old Brad Penny to fill the rotation spot of 23-year-old Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment and swapped to the Cubs. The speculation is now confirmed, as the team has announced that Penny will start tonight against the Reds.
Penny signed a minor league contract with the Marlins in June before posting a 3.05 ERA and 30/9 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings across five starts between Double-A ...
I deduce that Poz started off writing about Strasburg and couldn’t find a new angle, but I dunno, you tell me.
the Washington Nationals are in first place. It is easy to miss that when you’re inside the beltway. More than that, at this moment the Nationals are in first place by 4 ½ games, which is the biggest lead in the National League. More than that, the Nationals have the best run differential in the National League… The Nationals have the best record in baseball when scoring four or more ...
Ernesto riles Pittsburgh fans…
The Pirates have designated reliever Ernesto Frieri for assignment, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Twitter. Frieri, 29, came to Pittsburgh in a swap of struggling closers at the end of June.
While his trade counterpart, Jason Grilli, has thrived in his new environs, Frieri has continued to struggle since the swap…
Frieri is earning $3.8MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This likely means two things: First, he seems ...
“I want to send the message that I’m not sending any messages!”
In light of reports that there was a bit of a tiff between commissioner Bud Selig and his longtime compadre, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, regarding the succession committee naming a new commissioner, Selig issued the following statement Friday:
Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a ...
Who you callin’ “round”?
Though the pitcher win is widely regarded as an outdated stat in today’s world of advanced stats and metrics, it’s still kinda cool to see a pitcher reach a round win total that only 111 pitchers before him have reached. In this case, we’re talking about 41-year-old Bartolo Colon, who on Friday night notched career win No. 200 in the New York Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies…
With the victory, Colon becomes the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win ...
If there’s a formula for turning obvious errors into hits…Derek Jeter has discovered it.
Jeter then cut to the chase, explaining something that is lost a bit in today’s game.
“I’ve always tried to do everything on the field to help the team try to win,’’ Jeter told The Post. “In all different ways, offensively, defensively, moving runners up to score a run. That’s how you win games. You can take all these formulas and stuff and throw it out the window.’’
Jeter moved the ...
Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 22 comment(s)
Friday, August 08, 2014
Commodore Dekker joins Captain Kirk!
Chris Young has been designated for assignment by the Mets.
Matt den Dekker will be promoted.
Den Dekker will serve as the regular left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis rotating around the outfield and Eric Young Jr. facing some left-handed pitching.
It’s not just conjecture by MASN that the RSDC ignored the Bortz methodology. The Managing Director of Bortz stated in an affidavit that the RSDC “improperly ignored facts and intentionally ignored other applicable reports that applied the established methodology” - all in order to find in favor of the Nationals, which, as far as MASN/the Orioles are concerned, it had planned to do for years, going back to when MLB was selling the Nationals franchise.
One way that the RSDC juked numbers ...Read More...
One of the most telling stories was shared by George. He said when he was hitting instructor last year, there were two indoor cages, and he would be in one flipping balls and the assistant coach in the other. The young Royals hitters were lined up to hit in the cage with the assistant, and none to hit in George’s cage.
I find that hard to believe, but at the same time know why. George, one of the greatest hitters ever, was there to coach, to offer his expertise, to suggest mechanics that might ...
But Jeff Bagwell’s son won’t pass for a while…
... do you think that baseball is best served if Felix and Kershaw et al are there pitching the whole game, and if their bodies can’t handle it, then the structure of baseball should adapt to allow for it?...
... I think it would be desirable to have cleaner matchup. “Conceptual clarity” sounds like an esoteric concept, but it is fundamental to the success of any esthetic medium. You go to a movie, you want to know what the movie is about. If you ...
The Atlanta Braves just continue to do what they do. In the thick of the National League playoff race, they’re in position to make a run to the postseason. But few will be picking the Braves to do a lot of damage if they get there. What’s shaping up is a possible repeat of last season — when the Braves took the National League East before bowing out to the Dodgers in the first round — as well as many seasons past.
That kind of outcome would be more tack-on points to a history of sports ...
Joey B. "disrespects the A"
Posted: August 08, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, August 8, 1914:
“Dolly” Grey [sic], a catcher, was more or less forcibly taken from his home in Hastings [Michigan] and brought to Kalamazoo to catch for the local South Michigan club yesterday. Kalamazoo was without a catcher, and Grey did not want to come. He was rushed [to Kalamazoo] by an auto and consented to catch.
Pretty sure it’s illegal to kidnap catchers, even when you really need one.
In one seventh-inning instant, the game became secondary.
The Marlins and Pirates played through a horrific episode that saw lefty reliever Dan Jennings take a Jordy Mercer liner off the left side of his head. The ball went straight up and into the glove of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
A shocked and disoriented Jennings went down and got up immediately. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia arrived and helped him down to a knee. PNC Park went silent. Jennings’ teammates gathered and Mercer in a ...
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad)
Posted: August 08, 2014 at 07:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
The fans laughed at the batter as he slunk back to the dugout, where he was greeted with his own teammates’ laughter and derision. Steineke shouted toward the opposing team’s bench, “That’s all right, Sonny. It ain’t over for you yet. You still got time to call Daddy, tell him you’ll be home in time for bailing hay, because, #######, Daddy, I ain’t never gonna be able to hit that f—-ing pitch.”
In early March, I drove down to Orlando, Fla., on an expedition to discover how, why and when ...
Robert S. Castellini, the 46-year-old son of Reds owner Bob Castellini, and his wife Deanna were arrested and charged with domestic violence for fighting in front of their children.
Crime reporter Kimball Perry was all over the story, as he has a long history of detailing the crayist of the cray in Hamilton County courtrooms, reporting on Monday that both Robert and Deanna went in front of a judge that morning and how court documents described “visible scratch marks around the neck of Ms. ...
Carl Crawford is just another big whiny baby.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Chrissy Teigen was worried she’d throw a first pitch worse than 50 Cent before Tuesday night’s game at Dodger Stadium, but as usual, she wound up looking pretty good.
Posted: August 07, 2014 at 07:47 PM | 30 comment(s)
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