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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The baseball schedule can be tough, especially come August, but some in Boston believe this is more than just some bad scheduling luck. At least one columnist, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, suggests that the day game in Detroit on Thursday may have something to do with the Tigers former relationship with Sox’ president Dave Dombrowski:
The Red Sox tried to get the Tigers to push the start time back to late afternoon or evening when the times were set in the offseason. Major League ...
Arizona Republican, August 16, 1916:
Babe Ruth came out the victor in a 13-inning pitching duel with Walter Johnson today, the Boston Americans defeating Washington in the latter’s final appearance at Fenway Park this season, 1 to 0.
Add that to the list of early MLB games I’d give a significant body part to be able to watch: Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson trading zeroes for 13 innings.
Also in the news 100 years ago today: A fan sues the St. Louis Browns for $15,000, claiming he was wrongly ...Read More...
Monday, August 15, 2016
But now the A’s longest tenured player is upset and told The Chronicle he is convinced that the team is deliberately not using him in order to avoid having his $13 million vesting option for 2017 kick in.
“I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” said Crisp, who did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss at Texas. “I’m not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of ...
Coleman said he received the nickname “Choo Choo” in his youth because of his speed. Mets manager Casey Stengel would quip he had never seen a catcher so fast at retrieving passed balls.
Following his baseball career, Coleman helped run a Chinese restaurant in Newport News, Va. He was among the attendees at the Mets’ 50th anniversary celebration in 2012.
Whether you’re voting for Trump or not, we can all agree that Rodney Carrington songs are terrible.
The Nationals released Papelbon over the weekend, and that meant it was time for writers and reporters to dish some gossip. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg provided us with this gem:
Now maybe players don’t, or shouldn’t, care whether the home fans like them. If a Nationals player did care, though, he probably wouldn’t have wanted to wear a T-shirt reading “Obama can’t ban these ...
So, this is my call to you: If you see a play you think might have taken longer, I want you to tell me. Tweet me, email me, leave a comment here—any will work. I’ll continue to update this post, forever, with either plays that have already happened or with plays that are still to come. For all time. Let’s beat
21.04 25.69 seconds.
Rules: Timing starts when the ball reaches the plate—either the catcher’s glove or the batter’s bat. It stops when the last baserunner is either standing on a base, ...
Pittsburgh Press, August 15, 1916:
[Reds manager Christy Mathewson got a letter] from a bug in Hamilton, Ont., who has a lucky penny that he wants to dispose of. This rich card claims that the possession of the penny will make an instantaneous winner out of the Reds.
He offers to sell it to Matty for the small sum of a thousand dollars.
Matty replied by asking if the penny could play shortstop of had ever been known to make a home run with the bases full. He offered to take it on option, ...
As Joba Chamberlain said to the state trooper arresting him for DUI: “[Yogi] might not be as tall as the front of your car.
The best seasons ever by short guys, as ranked by a short guy.
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 60 comment(s)
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the first players I ever interacted with was Bill Lee. The 8 year-old me idolized big leaguers, so having one smile, joke around, sign an autograph and spend a few minutes was the greatest thing ever. I stopped idolizing players a long time ago but childhood memories and feelings linger long after we grow up.
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 24 comment(s)
Nelson presented a feasibility study to the Lubbock city council Thursday showing how bringing a major league affiliated baseball team to the city would benefit them not only culturally with downtown development but economically as well.
“Part of the project is to build a stadium with a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats. Nelson said. “Deterime the ideal site for that stadium. Determine the viability of sharing the stadium with the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The future of batted ball data.
There seems to be active research of making sense of this type of data. For example, there is an interesting post by Rob Arthur at fivethirtyeight.com which looks at the relationship between launch angle, exit velocity and a linear weights measure of BIP value. There is a more recent article by Bill Petti on the Hardball Times. I agree with Rob Arthur that these findings are currently preliminary — we have a lot to learn about success in hitting balls in play.
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
And Piscotty? Well, we know exactly what he did, because MLB.com’s Cardinals beat reporter Jen Langosch pointed out way back in early April that improving arm strength was a focus of Piscotty’s last spring. As she wrote, Piscotty changed his throwing mechanics when new teammate Mike Leake “identified a flaw that was costing the outfielder some strength,” then worked with fellow outfielder Randal Grichuk on improving his arm action. Two days into the season, Piscotty showed off his ...
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
This kid is pretty, pretty good.
The 23-year-old Betts is one of the game’s rising stars, and he is hitting his way into the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award discussion.
Following his 4-for-6 display on Sunday, Betts had a slash line of .313/.353./.561 with 91 runs scored, 34 doubles, five triples, 26 homers and 84 RBIs.
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
Really bad news for the Marlins.
“It’s a Grade 3 strain of his groin,” Hill said. “We’re going to rehab it, and best-case scenario is a six-week return. Obviously, there is still opportunity for G to be back this season’s end. But obviously, it was a significant injury and we’ll see how rehab goes.”
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 42 comment(s)
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Doctor Strangebat: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb!
Each day’s BP became his chance to let loose, masquerading as a warmup to get loose. He had a swing built for a longest-drive contest. He knew where the pitch was going to be, how fast it was going to arrive, and he wanted to see how far he could send it, picking distant spots out at each ballpark. If there was water out yonder, all the better. He would let fly to see how far it flew. And then, during a BP session at Class ...
Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
The Marlins suffered a costly 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night, as right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (groin) and left-hander Adam Conley (hand) sustained injuries that will put them on the disabled list.
Stanton was injured on the final play of the game, attempting to stretch a single to a double. Conley, who started and gave up five runs in four innings, revealed postgame that he has been dealing with a hand injury.
Despite a lineup that has become populated by rookies and other youngsters, an identity has emerged amid the infield dirt.
“I think I stated early on that I wanted the team to be aggressive and opportunistic, and I think one of the ways that’s exploited more than anywhere else is on the basepaths,” Green said. “You look at us on the bases this year, and we’ve found things we can take advantage of and we’ve taken advantage of them.
“That’s the way we want to play the game here. It’s ...
Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
Huh, you can’t completely evaluate a player in a single season. I wish my fellow Red Sox fans would understand this.
Posted: August 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
Tom Tippett took questions from the audience after speaking at this weekend’s Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball seminar in Boston, and one in particular caught my attention. Boston’s senior baseball analyst was asked to compare Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington and Dave Dombrowski, all of whom he’s worked for as a member of the Red Sox front office. His response (edited here for concision) was as follows:
“Theo was very analytical,” said Tippett. “Very creative, always ...
Most scientists conduct their experiments in the seclusion of their labs, far away from eyes that might judge their work before they’ve reached conclusions. Back in 2008, when they were pitching together with the Kansas City Royals, Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke conducted their experiments in front of more than 37,000 people.
Bannister and Greinke had come across early data on pitch velocity and movement generated by a camera system mounted at major-league stadiums, a system now widely ...
For once, Loopy gets it exactly right
The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.
There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:
Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin ...
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