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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Is this a change? Are more collegiate players getting drafted earlier?
Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.
College players were the main attraction, as they have ...
Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
Friday, June 10, 2016
Here’s hoping he has a healthier future.
Former Mets infielder Josh Satin announced Friday that he is retiring at age 31.
“I have decided to retire from the game of baseball,” Satin wrote on Twitter. “Injuries, especially head injuries, diminished my skills and it’s time for me to move on.”
Satin had been playing for Triple-A El Paso, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Satin, a former sixth-round draft pick of the Mets in 2008 out of the University of California, Berkeley, reached the ...
With the AL West comes the payoff for this whole exercise, and, in a broader sense, this whole baseball thing: a division in chaos, and unlike the other divisions in chaos, chaos that looks nothing like we expected it to. On Opening Day, the Rangers and A’s had nearly identical playoff odds of about 19 percent; today, the Rangers are sitting atop the division, just over 60 percent, while the A’s sit at a measly five percent. The only team below Oakland is the team that began the season just ...
The Chicago White Sox have called up top prospect Tim Anderson and designated struggling veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment.
The White Sox purchased Anderson’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, hoping the shortstop can help jolt a team that has gone from leading the AL Central with a 23-10 record to fourth with a 30-30 record entering this weekend’s series against Kansas City.
The 22-year-old Anderson batted .304 with four home runs and 20 RBIs in 55 games with ...
It is a problem that the NFL has always dealt with by featuring non-guaranteed contracts, something that executives with the Major League Baseball Players Association would never agree to, barring their presence on a firing squad. But while these guaranteed contracts are great for the players, they are a growing problem for the teams, and generally a hindrance to the game, especially in an era where seven and eight-year contracts have become too commonplace. After all, roster spots and playing ...Read More...
Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”
Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….
At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to ...
AP via Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 10, 1916:
REPRESSIVES TO SELECT TY COBB FOR PRESIDENCY
It is rumored that Tyrus Cobb of Augusta (Georgia) and Detroit will be nominated for president on the first ballot.
Gedeon of New York and Shotten of St. Louis are mentioned for the war portfolio, while Shore is a possibility for secretary of the navy. Wheat looks to have the nomination for secretary of agriculture, although Meadows may make a strong showing in the St. Louis delegation.
Judge of ...
You’ll have to be an ESPN Insider to get Keith Law’s take.
Rutherford came out of last summer as a probable top-five pick, a corner outfielder who could really hit and projected to above-average or better power. He turned 19 in early May, which is a point against him—the track record of 19-year-old high school seniors taken high in the draft is poor—and he’s limited defensively, so you’re just betting on the bat. But we all loved the guy’s hit tool last summer, and there isn’t anything really ...
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
Hey, why not bash when you can. If there is any time to make definitive judgments over long-term free agent signs, it’s 1/3 through the first season of the deal.
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 49 comment(s)
Ben Lindbergh’s take on draft rooms.
Sometimes the patience needed to see your draft picks pay off gets a GM fired.
So which players will be pleasant surprises and which will be busts? Which teams made the smartest selections? And which scouting directors deserve to be drawn and quartered in comments sections and on baseball Twitter?
We’ll be able to start answering those questions in just five or so short years! By then, the college draftees will be reaching their primes, and the most ...
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
Ventura gets nine days. Manny gets four days.
The Chicago White Sox have signed former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, the 2006 American league MVP, to a contract that will pay him $1 million for the rest of the season.
Morneau is being placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.
The news was first reported by CSN Chicago. Here is the website’s report.
During his 11 years with the Twins, Morneau hit 15 home runs in 64 games at U.S. Cellular Field along with a ,271 average at the Chicago ...
This year was the second kind of year, so adjust your expectations for Mickey Moniak accordingly. The Phillies made the San Diego-area high school star the first overall selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday evening, and while they were thrilled to do so, they also realized that they were picking a kid who had not yet received his high school diploma (that will occur Friday). Moniak has a swing that enamored everybody from the organization who saw it, not the least of ...
Red Sox get BA’s highest rated player with #12 overall pick. He dropped so far because of questions about his makeup.
After an eligibility issue following a transfer from the IMG Academy in Florida, where Groome spent one season, the lefty returned home and had a strong performance during his final year at Barnegat High School (N.J).
All the while, his stock was slipping.
By midsummer, Vanderbilt was no longer interested in having Groome attend, according to a source familiar with the ...
Although I don’t always agree with his analysis, it’s nice having Jon Heyman back reporting on the web.
Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
Thursday, June 09, 2016
The White Sox have designated right-hander Mat Latos for assignment, according to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Hayes tweets that Latos’ roster spot will go to 2013 second-round pick Tyler Danish — a 21-year-old right-hander with a 4.42 ERA, 5.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 75 1/3 innings (12 starts) for Double-A Birmingham this season.
Latos, 28, has been in the Chicago rotation since Opening Day after signing a one-year, $3MM contract this offseason. However, after a brilliant start to ...
About six weeks before he enters the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former major league catcher announced Wednesday that he has agreed in principle to buy Italian soccer team A.C. Reggiana 1919.
Reggiana spent 2015-16 in Lega Pro A, the third tier of Italian soccer. The club had a brief run in top-flight Serie A in the 1990s.
Piazza has had an eye on owning an Italian club for some time. He told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in 2015 that he was interested in buying the more ...
Steve Adams does a great job putting together a primer of the amateur draft. .
The 2016 Rule 4 Amateur Draft will begin tonight at 7pm ET, when the Phillies will be on the clock with the first overall pick. For those who haven’t followed the draft in prior seasons or simply would like a refresher on the intricacies of the system, we’ll provide a quick recap in this post followed by a roundup of some of the top draft resources available to fans online.
Posted: June 09, 2016 at 02:31 PM | 138 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, June 9, 1916:
White’s Wonders, a ball team composed of seven one-armed boys, using two-arm men only at first base and behind the bat, now touring the south, started their season with an easy victory over the Elberton [Georgia] Home Guards, 11 to 3. Five batters on the Wonder team each poled triples. Brown, pitcher for the one-arm team, allowed six blows. The Wonders committed three errors.
They blew it. Should have called the team the Oneders.
Because of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in the professional game and the increased amount of pitching prospects with medical red flags — many believe the trends are tied to sport specialization and the showcase circuit — have the Pirates made a turn in philosophy?
Have they elected to reduce risk and target position players over pitchers with premium picks?
“It’s simply how the board has played out, the players we felt had the best potential impact to us,” Huntington said. ...
Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
He battled the virus, but eventually gave up a two-run double to it.
Rodriguez, a 34-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, contracted the virus this past offseason and learned just how serious the illness can be. He was laid up for two weeks with severe bodyaches, joint pain, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms. Considering the effects of the illness are even more devastating for women, especially pregnant women, he advised any athletes contemplating participating in the Olympics to ...
And there’s a reasonable chance they’ll get a look at Triple-A Iowa catcher Willson Contreras, who is batting .343 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 48 games.
“I’ve heard nothing but good stuff,” manager Joe Maddon said. “You’ll see him here at some point. I’m certain of that. I don’t know when. He’s doing everything properly. I’m hearing a lot about his defense. You think he’s going to hit.”
However, there are a few roadblocks for Contreras, 24. The Cubs currently ...
Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
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