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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
If this doesn’t bring the fans into Miller Park, what will?
The “Selig Experience” attraction opens this week at Miller Park. It’s billed as a state-of-the art tribute to the franchise’s history and symbol of baseball’s rock-solid future in Milwaukee.
“Everything is really, really extraordinary. I can’t emphasize that,” said Selig, who got an early glimpse at the exhibit. “I am rarely speechless in my life. I was speechless.”
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
The Indians in a show of support for Mike Aviles and his daughter are shaving their heads.
“It’s a team thing,” said second baseman Jason Kipnis. “It started with Mike’s daughter because of what she’s going through. Unfortunately, she’s going to be losing her hair soon from chemotherapy and we all wanted to join in.”
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 2 comment(s)
Stotz found the bigness of Little League to be awful in part because it seemed like an exploitative ploy that used kids’ athletic ambitions to fill adult-sized voids. As the league grew and became more corporate, there was less and less opportunity for kids to enjoy the thrill of low-stakes, good-natured organized competition. In his fascinating paper “ ‘A Diamond Is a Boy’s Best Friend’: The Rise of Little League Baseball, 1939-1964,” University of Chicago historian Michael H. ...
Tell us how you really feel, Kevin. Fine in 10…9…8…7…
“Terrible. Terrible. It’s embarrassing,’’ he said. “We spend so much time on pace of play, let’s just the damn call right on the field. It’s terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight.’‘
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 16 comment(s)
Self-serving tripe from Larry Lucchino.
Buy the land and build the stadium yourself, Larry. The taxpayers have more worthwhile things to spend their money on.
Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV.
“We are going to get the Dodgers on,” Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times.
“We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen,” Rutledge said. ...Read More...
Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.
Pittsburgh Press, May 27, 1915:
The Cardinals have signed Roger Hornsby, the fast shortstop of the Denison (Tex.) team. He is the first man to be grabbed from the minors this year by a major league team.
That worked out fairly well for them.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Would be fitting if Royals fans stuffed the ballot for the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren’t getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.
Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 PM | 36 comment(s)
The Phillies have levied some complaints about the division rival Nationals, but they don’t have to do with anything done during a game. Rather, they feel that they are afforded less time for on-field batting practice at Nationals Park compared to other road parks, and they’re unhappy with the music selection as well, which has included Linda Rondstadt, Patrick Swayze, and Starland Vocal Band.
Some Roberta Flack might be in order the next time the Phillies visit.
Some notice being taken:
Some perspective is in order here: Harper is nine months younger than Kris Bryantand six months younger than Joc Pederson, the early frontrunners for National League Rookie of the Year. He will still be 22 years old when the Nationals play their regular-season finale against the Mets in early October. Of the 29 MLB Rookies of the Year since 2000 (not including Harper, who captured the honor in 2012), 20 were older than Harper will be at the end of this season, after four ...
He had a right to do it. That doesn’t mean he was right to do it.
A proposed multi-player trade centered around veteran infielders Alberto Callaspo of the Braves and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers fell through Tuesday morning and was not expected to be revived.
The deal died when Callaspo exercised his right to reject the trade, a person with the proposal said, confirming a FoxSports.com report. Callaspo, as a free agent who signed last winter, can’t be traded without written consent until after ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 38 comment(s)
This allows for reviewing players by position and plotting their salary against their WAR values. FanGraphs includes a measure that estimates the dollar value a player has delivered, which creates an apples-to-apples comparison—their pro-rated salary compared to their FanGraphs Dollar Value (FG$V). This makes it very easy to see who’s delivering value—and who isn’t.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
How about just putting it in a coma?
The next ball that seemed to bother the batters was introduced by [Henry] McCormick, of the Stars, of Syracuse [winner of 59 games in 1877]. This young pitcher had Mike Dorgan, now of the New Yorks, for catcher. They shut out about all the crack clubs of the country that paid them a visit. The ball he deceived the batsmen with was a raise curve, now used by Radbourn, of the Bostons. He gave his field easy chances; the out-field had most of the work to do off his pitching. I never saw him pitch ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
5. 2007 Florida Marlins: 71-91
Actual salary: $30.5 million / Translated salary: $35.4 million
Highest-paid player: Miguel Cabrera / $7.5 million
Players over $1 million: four
Best position player: Ramirez / 5.3 WAR / $0.4 million
Best pitcher: Sergio Mitre / 2.3 WAR / $0.38 million
It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially Marlins team. Okay, actually, it’s not—you’ll see a few Marlins teams that are even more Marlin-y down below. This team, though, certainly looked like it had ...
A six-man rotation with a stacked bullpen won’t help the Mets score more runs.
“I’m trying not to have any more Tommy Johns,” Collins said. “I’m trying not to have any more sore shoulders. I’m trying to make sure we’re all rested and that, in September when we’re playing for something, your guys are out there pitching.”
Compared with those alternatives, the six-man rotation was the most palatable option. “You know what, they all nodded their heads, and whatever they said ...
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
Come out and watch our team, you idiots!
In addition to keeping quiet about a long list of trade possibilities involving veterans, Amaro also remains adamant about not rushing prospects who could replace those veterans.
“I think we’re going to be conservative,” he said (via CSNPhilly.com).
Moreover, he doesn’t care that that won’t sit well with fans who are enduring a 19-28 start after last season’s 73-89 disappointment.
“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. “They ...
Not exactly a buy low scenario.
Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.
Get him now, get him while he’s hot.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 8 comment(s)
That is a weird one. The home plate umpire was right there. I don’t see conclusive evidence to overturn the call.
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Posted: May 26, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 53 comment(s)
Milwaukee Journal, May 26, 1915:
“Lime juice is the greatest thing in the world for keeping an athlete’s blood in condition,” said Charlie Huber, the veteran trainer of the Newark Federals.
“Baseball makes a man move around fast. That has the effect of churning up his blood and heating it. Lime juice tends to act as a cooling influence and furthermore it aids in throwing off the blood impurities. If a player will drink the juice from one lime daily he never will be troubled with his blood.”
Phil Birnbaum doesn’t like dWAR. Soon, if MLB allows researchers to access their new fielding data, dWAR for current seasons will be calculated in an entirely different manner.
Posted: May 26, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
Monday, May 25, 2015
Baez hit two home runs on Sunday against Tacoma, raising his batting average to .322, and now has five long balls since rejoining Iowa after the passing of his sister.
For the moment, Baez simply doesn’t have a place on the big league team—not that the Cubs have even determined he’s ready.
Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
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