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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Time to break open those piggy banks.
The Dodgers’ owners are interested in selling a small share of the team and have retained an investment banker to solicit bids.
There is no timetable for a possible sale, said the banker, Sal Galatioto. He added that Mark Walter would remain the Dodgers’ controlling owner, with his partners from Guggenheim Baseball Management.
Galatioto also represented the owners of the Chicago Cubs last year, when they sold minority shares for a total of about $300 ...
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
The recent home-field success of Bettis, Gray and Anderson are why the Rockies feel comfortable with a rotation built around those three, plus Chatwood, who was inconsistent in his return from Tommy John surgery a year ago, but will be a full year removed from his return, and is 14-12 in his career at Coors Field compared to 18-19 elsewhere.
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
Catch Rosenthal shilling for Boras.
Cue the chorus:
“Boras,” the agent’s critics will say, “is asking for too much money.”
Well, yes. That’s Boras’ job — to get the best deals he can for his players.
The case of Wieters, though, is even more curious than most.
No, Ken, I don’t think the situation is more complicated than Wieters’ asking price is higher than what teams are willing to pay him.
Posted: February 09, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 31 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Brian Wilson intends to resume his pitching career as a knuckleballer.
Yes that Brian Wilson, now 34 years old, beardless and having just gone a month eating nothing but guacamole, which probably isn’t quite as great as it sounds.
On a muddy mound at USC on Wednesday morning, wearing high-top spikes and a Hawaii-themed cap, Wilson threw a 30-minute bullpen session. Of those dozens of pitches, all but a handful were knuckleballs.
“That right there,” Wilson said while pulling off his ...
Major League Baseball plans on testing a rule change in the lowest levels of the minor leagues this season that automatically would place a runner on second base at the start of extra innings, a distinct break from the game’s orthodoxy that nonetheless has wide-ranging support at the highest levels of the league, sources familiar with the plan told Yahoo Sports.
A derivation of the rule has been used in international baseball for nearly a decade and will be implemented in the World Baseball ...
Ogden Standard, February 8, 1917:
John E. Powers, president of the Los Angeles baseball club and a patient in a hospital [in Chicago], still is ignorant that his mother died [two days ago] at the family residence, not far from the hospital.
Early Monday morning of this week he was stricken with appendicitis. While an operation was successful, he has not been informed by his mothers’ [sic] death.
That’s messed up. I hope someone broke the news to him before the funeral, at least.
SNY is following the trends and making Mets games available via livestream, the network announced Wednesday. The team-owned network will begin streaming games during the 2017 MLB regular season at no additional cost to subscribers. Game broadcasts, as well as pre- and postgame shows will be streamed live on SNY.tv and the NBC Sports app.
When claiming Ehire Adrianza makes someone happy…
It’s still early to figure out the organizational strategy that Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are pursuing, but I feel that utilizing the waiver wire will be an easy way to cheaply improve the Twins roster. With five of the past six years being utter disasters, the Twins shouldn’t be shunning the ability to make any improvements, no matter how small they may be.
Posted: February 08, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
All he has to do is out-pitch his competition.
“I know I belong in the starting rotation, there’s no question about that,’’ Wheeler told The Post as he stood behind the cluster of practice mounds known as the six-pack. “I’m a starter. I want to be a starter.’’
There is zero doubt about that.
Wheeler, 26, is aware that he has to run the pitching gauntlet to get back home to the rotation, which probably means a bullpen stint, but there is no way Wheeler wants to fall into the ...
Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:44 AM | 40 comment(s)
The article is interesting *but* the SI sign autoplays video with audio when you view the page. What’s even worse is the audio is buried in a place that’s tough to find.
Posted: February 08, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The plan now is to whittle a list of a half-dozen potential stadium sites down to a top “pin-perfect” choice, not looking to identify Pinellas and Hillsborough options then negotiate for a better deal.
“To say this place, this place or the other place means we don’t have any place,” he said. “We need to know which is No. 1, and that’s what we need to shoot for. The idea is to get that place and make it work good.”...
• Though there have been “some” years when they have made money, and they ...
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 04:58 PM | 12 comment(s)
Joe Mauer hasn’t squatted behind the plate since 2013. But he’ll still be a Hall of Fame catcher someday. Won’t he?
Only six catchers have been regulars on three or more World Championship teams. There’s the Yankee contingency: Yogi Berra (with eight), Bill Dickey (seven), and Jorge Posada (four); then there’s Posey, Mickey Cochrane, and Johnny Roseboro with three each. Yogi, Dickey, and Cochrane are in the Hall of Fame, and coincidentally, they (along with Buster) are the only ...Read More...
Free agent first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com.
The deal is pending a physical, MLB.com reported.
Napoli, 35, played in 150 games with the American League champion Cleveland Indians last season, setting career highs in homers (34), RBIs (101) and strikeouts (194).
This will be Napoli’s third stint with Texas.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 03:26 PM | 2 comment(s)
All he does is catch touchdowns!
The Yankees and Carter have agreed on a one-year, $3 million contract pending a physical, according to USA Today.
Carter, 30, hit a National League-best 41 homers for the Brewers last season but hadn’t been able to find work until now. He struck out 206 times in 644 plate appearances and hit .222 with a .321 OBP.
Carter is certainly a flawed player, but will provide depth given his ability to play 1B/DH. He has not played in the outfield since 2014 with ...
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 03:25 PM | 38 comment(s)
Cut out the standing around. Put the pitch clock in. Get rid of all the extra songs played between innings. (Do we really need God Bless America, Sweet Caroline, and Dirty Water *every game* at Fenway?) Cut down the mound visits and put a time limit for pitching changes? Get the games back in the 2:30-2:45 range.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 44 comment(s)
pace of play
Mark Teixeira will go from sending “Tex messages” to breaking down film, as the retired slugger is joining ESPN as a baseball analyst, the network announced on Tuesday.
Teixeira, 36, retired after playing 14 seasons in the majors with four different teams, most recently with the New York Yankees. In New York, his home runs were called “Tex messages” by radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling.
“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira ...
Baseball Prospectus forecasts a 69-win season for the Royals in 2017 and a last-place finish in the American League Central. And it’s a distant fifth-place finish, six games behind the rebuilding Chicago White Sox.
A year ago, the PECOTA projection was right about one thing in the American League Central: The Indians were picked to win the division and that they did. However, the Royals exceeded their projection of a 76-86 record and a last-place finish in the Central.
Instead, the Royals ...
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
New York Sun, February 7, 1917:
In connection with comment by nine big league pilots on proposed changes it is interesting to note reasons assigned for the falling off in batting.
[Lee] Fohl points out the fact that these days clubs carry more pitchers than they did back in the old days of the famous sluggers. This, of course, enables pitches to take more rest between games, and furthermore permits managers to remove a man who is going badly and try another.
Hindsight is 20/20, of course, ...Read More...
“I knew I had a high spin rate, more than most,’’ Lugo told The Post from his home in Louisiana, but he didn’t know the exact numbers and that it was the highest until Statcast. “The curveball is different than any other pitch, you have to put reverse spin on the ball.’’
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 10:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
Only one player in the history of major league baseball was good enough to be selected first in the draft… twice. He was chosen ahead of some of the best players in baseball history. And his story shows that extraordinary talent doesn’t guarantee extraordinary success at the Major League level.
Chromecast support makes me smile.
The new array of features, debuting for regular-season games, includes a “team view” in which fans can designate a favorite team and enjoy a custom team-centric experience on supported platforms. Redesigned apps will launch on connected platforms Android TV, FireTV, Xbox and Roku. The HD media player, a responsible, in-page layout experience, will introduce additional playback controls, milestone markers and support for Chromecast and Chromebook.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
The distinct separation between Pederson’s starting points, marked by the bright blue dots, indicate a clear directive to differentiate between hitters (probably by simple handedness), and virtually every chart shows fielders adjusting their depth, within a range, based on who’s hitting.
How big are the gaps between those little dots? I’m not totally sure. But 15 or 20 feet of ground, gained more than a hundred times a season, adds up to something worth measuring.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
This is great.
Charlie Gastelum of MLB’s Scouting Bureau serves as the academy’s primary scout.
“This gives an opportunity for the kids to develop and show the scouts that come here every day to see their talents,” Vazquez said. “The goal is to develop as many possible players to be in the big leagues from Mexico. This is a big country with a lot of baseball players, and we want to get more big leaguers from Mexico.”
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
McDowell now makes it clear that that time is behind him, that as a coach – he first became a pitching coach in 2002 in the Dodgers’ minor league system – it demands a seriousness to command the respect of his players. But he still knows there are times to be serious and times to loosen the mood.
Posted: February 07, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 6 comment(s)
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