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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I haven’t been able to watch him hit this spring. What do are Cubs fans think?
Joe Maddon is steadfast regarding his opinion of outfielder Jason Heyward’s swing makeover. The Chicago Cubs’ third-year manager insists he’s seeing improvement after a lackluster 2016 campaign, although rival scouts who have followed the Cubs this spring don’t necessarily agree.
Many showed no hesitation in stating the swing—and subsequent results—are very much like last year’s. Maddon, meanwhile, says it ...
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 36 comment(s)
It was the golden-locked men of Puerto Rico, who prevailed, 4-3, in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday night at Dodger Stadium when Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice line drive to center field drove home Carlos Correa, sparking a celebration by first base and ending a marathon that clocked in at 4 hours, 19 minutes, and will be talked about for quite some time in both countries and beyond.
“It means a lot, because Puerto Ricans have gone through a very difficult [economic] situation currently, ...
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
Monday, March 20, 2017
Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league has “comprehensive programs” in place, from educational and developmental sessions in the Dominican all the way up to employee assistance programs and security briefings at the major-league level. MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark expressed similar sentiments, adding, “Educated players make educated decisions.”
Some former players say it’s not enough.
“You can say whatever you say you have, but the results are not ...
When I was a kid—and maybe you used to do something like this, too—we would practice making home run-robbing catches. It wasn’t exactly authentic. The walls were chain-link fences, and they were probably no more than four-feet high. And these weren’t actual home runs we were saving but were, instead, thrown balls. The idea was to throw the ball high enough to clear the chain-link fence and potentially end up in the Zepkin’s yard (where it might end up in the Zepkin granary of lost baseballs) ...Read More...
So it really is the size of the fastball and not how you use it that counts.
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as attempts his a transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.
“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
I think it was a poor move when Brady brought along Drake LaRoche.
Some players, too, are uncomfortable with Anderson’s presence.
Anderson last played for the Orioles in 2001, but he has a locker inside the team’s clubhouse at Camden Yards, where he gets into uniform to coach.
“A baseball clubhouse is always going to be something that players want to keep locked down as much as possible. That’s where it’s a fine line,” said former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who recently ended ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1917:
“Aviation,” says Charlie Herzog, “has a remarkable fascination, once a fellow becomes interested in it. Several times this winter, after I had become interested in the art of flying, I decided to give it up, but in a few days I was back in the seat of the old hydroplane. It’s great stuff, and I have become quite enthusiastic about it.”
This is the first mention I’ve seen of a big league ballplayer being an aviator. I guess this means he wouldn’t have been in any ...Read More...
The Geek Department has spoken, reaffirming Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s belief that Kyle Schwarber should be the leadoff guy atop another monster lineup projected to score more runs than the 2016 World Series champions.
“I’m all about the geeks,” Maddon said. “Everybody should have their own geek.”
“I talk to the guys upstairs: ‘This is what I’m thinking. Tell me where I’m wrong,’” Maddon said. “Like I said a couple years ago when Schwarber finally came up, I thought of hitting Schwarber ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 65 comment(s)
“I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have let me play anything. My dad played all three sports,” Turner said. “But I loved baseball. I always wanted to play baseball. In Florida, I got a chance to do it year round. So it was fun for me.
“I didn’t do some of the things kids are doing now — all the lessons, like video my swing when I was 10 years old. I think that’s a little too much,” Turner added. “I just had fun with it.”
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
All of which allowed starter Jake Odorizzi to feel good about turning down a deal two offseasons ago that would have guaranteed him close to $30 million over six years and could have exceeded $50 million over eight.
“There’s pros and cons, and you’re committed to this for whatever it is, six, seven, eight years,” Odorizzi said. “Sometimes it boils down to, and I hate to say it, but the dollar amount. We all know the money in this game and the value of players and what your value is. And ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”
Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.
“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’
Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.
“You have to be able to slow things down and relax,’’ said Girardi, who in his playing career was always there as a catcher to try to guide the way. “The pressure of pitching in New York, the pressure ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
Sunday, March 19, 2017
An interview with Bay Area activist and baseball fanatic Sunny Schwartz.
The S.F. Giants are gutsy and sincerely community-minded. They not only put money where their mouth is but they put their principles in action. They raised awareness of our [restorative justice] program. Graduates from our program stood shoulder-to-shoulder with survivors of violence in the ballpark before a game, saying they’d do the right thing. The Giants also took on AIDS awareness in the early ’90s. Today that ...
There are no more pumps for Pearce, who signed with the Blue Jays this off-season after stops with five other major league teams. He’s found they do things a bit differently in Toronto. That’s thanks to the Blue Jays’ high performance department, an interdisciplinary collection of specialists covering everything from strength and conditioning to psychology. It’s an all-encompassing collective the Blue Jays hope will provide each and every player in the organization, from the teenager at ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 01:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
Young Phillies on the way.
“That’s a great compliment – he’s going to be one of the best in the game soon,” Crawford said of Coghlan’s comparison to Russell, a first-round pick in 2012, the year before Crawford was drafted. “He just told me that he liked how I handled myself, how I went about my business. I really thank him for going out of his way to come talk to me. I’ve never had anyone like that, a veteran guy (doing that). I took it to heart and I can’t thank him ...
It’s always tough making judgments on the outside but Andrew McCutchen seems like a really good guy.
“McCutchen told him, ‘Trust the process,’ “ Meadows’ father, Kenny, recalled. “Austin took that to heart. A lot of kids coming out of high school think they’re going to go right to the big leagues.”
Meadows, 21, isn’t there yet, but he’s no longer so far off. A non-roster invitee at major league camp this spring, he’s taken advantage of the extra at-bats available in the ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
“It’s a great problem to have,” manager Terry Collins said. “We came into this camp knowing we have depth in the rotation. We didn’t know where Zack was going to be, but we felt with the other four guys and Robert and Seth, we had some depth here. And they have stepped up and shown us we weren’t wrong.”
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
Parson: It was Opening Day 1901 at the Polo Grounds. The two major concessions items back then were ice cream and steamed peanuts. It was April and it was snowy and nasty, and he was not selling the ice cream. He had the idea to sell German sausages. It turned out they ran out of the waxed paper that the sausages were wrapped in, but still had sausages left. He thought quickly about how he was going to present the remaining sausages and told his errand boy to get a bunch of small French rolls ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
McKinney went 1-for-1 with a solo homer against the Orioles in a 5-4 loss at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.
In 15 games he is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and seven RBIs.
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
Eno Harris does not paint an optimistic view for Harvey if his old velocity doesn’t come back.
Could he throw his secondary pitches a lot more this year and pitch backwards? Perhaps, though Tim Lincecum once admitted that that sort of thing wasn’t working for him once he lost his fastball velocity. The secondary pitches all rely on the fastball in some form or another.
We have done some research on what makes a changeup good — velocity differential and horizontal and vertical movement ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
Other teams will have a say about that.
“That’s what sport is all about,” said Hurdle, a philosopher and motivator. “The ability to go out and play on grass. You don’t play on paper. It wasn’t a ‘monster’ until two years ago. There’s a lot of stories that were written over the winter. You’re writing about different players now. It’s a different story in Boston now.
“To compare things in life is one of the most dangerous things you can ever do. Be who you are. Know who ...
Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
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