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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!
Don’t they preplan these things now?
Was the HOF taking shots at the Big Guy?
He’s still going.
Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.
After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all ...
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
Get everybody healthy? Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 33 comment(s)
“The catchers are smart,” Taillon said. “The catchers and Ray really game plan quite well. I’m keeping my head down. I don’t shake much, I just do what Ray says and throw whatever those guys put down.”
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
This doesn’t sound good.
Although his rehab lasted into the 2016 season, Wheeler was anticipated to be a part of the Mets rotation down the stretch. Instead, his rehab had been delayed due to elbow discomfort, bringing Wheeler’s return into question. Now, one has to wonder if he will pitch for the Mets this season, as Wheeler will meet with Dr. James Andrews to discuss further discomfort in his elbow.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 7 comment(s)
Dylan Bundy is ready to take on the big league challenge.
The fourth player taken in the 2011 Draft, the right-hander from Oklahoma, is healthy.
And the timing couldn’t be better for the Orioles.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
“He’s got the most power to right field that I’ve seen,” A’s shortstop Marcus Semien said. “Wherever the pitch is, he’s trying to hit it there. He knows he can hit it out of the park anywhere, so that’s a special gift to have.” Davis, 28, came over in a February trade from Milwaukee, and while he was floundering through a rough April during his first month with his new club, hitting coach Darren Bush still credited the work ethic he was showing in the batting cage. Now that Davis has ...
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
A lot of people who know Alex praise him. A lot of other people who know Alex criticize him. Whose right? Both. I appreciate Alex Rodriguez as a player. I enjoyed watching him play.
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
That’s not a good record.
“We don’t want to see that again,” Melvin said of the A’s setting an Oakland record by having used different starters in eight straight games. “We’re probably status quo with the rotation the next time around. Then we’ll see when Jesse comes back. We still have Mengden, Cotton, Alcantara; they may be a little big later in coming.”
Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, August 12, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO—The Giants will put the finishing touches on honoring their San Francisco-era Hall of Fame quintet by unveiling a statue in right-hander Gaylord Perry’s honor before the Aug. 13 game against Baltimore, the organization announced Monday.
The bronze image of Perry, 77, will join the sculptures of Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda that are located along AT&T Park’s perimeter. Each played virtually all or a significant amount of his career with the Giants ...Read More...
Pittsburgh Press, August 12, 1916:
When Charles E. Hughes, Republican candidate for President, visited the Athletics-Detroit game in Detroit, Cobb was introduced to the candidate. Ty then presented Mr. Hughes with a baseball which was among his most treasured possessions and which any fan would be glad to own. The horsehide bears the signature of Theodore Roosevelt, Christy Mathewson, Chief Bender and Ty Cobb.
As a baseball nerd, a history nerd, and a baseball history nerd, this sounds to me ...Read More...
Yankees and notes.
While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.
“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
Hope is alive in Seattle!
“I’m a big fan of trying to pounce on opportunity,” Dipoto said. “We talked with a variety of clubs about acquisitions that maybe would have been more notable—I don’t want to say star quality, but more household-type names. We also talked about the possibility of moving players out who were more household names.
“In the end, the best moves we could make were holding steady. The idea of moving Miley might have looked like a sell. You could certainly take it ...
Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.
“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”
Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month ...
This is an interesting read for anyone following the other articles and threads.
In addition to the dramatic rise in home runs per plate appearance, one of the hallmarks of the PED era was a jump in the average age of hitters. Instead of withering away, many older hitters remained productive into their late 30s and early 40s, in some cases putting up their best seasons toward the end of their careers. (We’re looking at you, Barry.) MLB’s average plate appearance-weighted age in 2005 was 29.3, the second-highest history behind 1945, when many young would-be players were ...
Probably all old people though.
Overall, there’s been an increase of 121,000 viewers across the board, an increase of 5% over last season. The All-Star game might have lost a couple million, but MLB stands to have an increase locally about 10 times that amount. In an era where fewer and fewer people are even watching television and ratings for the Olympics are down 25%, seeing an increase in viewers is a plus for Major League Baseball. While the shift over viewership from national games to ...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I’m not ready to write off the Orioles.
Machado agreed that the Orioles (63-50) are facing their biggest challenge and a trip to San Francisco awaits them after Thursday’s game.
“Definitely, hands down, it probably is,” Machado said. “This is going to separate us, hopefully. We’re going to get stronger from this and we’re going to learn from it, too.
“I think everyone is going to get into their groove. We’re squaring balls up, which is the best part about it. It’s just not ...
Posted: August 11, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 22 comment(s)
So what does this tell us? Does DRA confirm or negate the previous findings suggesting that groundball pitchers are more effective at run prevention? There appear to be three conclusions:
1. In modern baseball, using the most sophisticated measure of run prevention, higher groundball rates are well correlated to fewer runs allowed. It’s not an ironclad relationship—Scherzer and Verlander don’t get a lot of grounders—but inducing groundballs is a positive attribute.
2. To James’ ...
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