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Friday, December 11, 2015
Next, let’s ask Dusty his thoughts on the Redskins name.
Perhaps Baker is a bit delirious with joy at returning to the game as a manager. At his first news conference in Washington, he charmed many with non-stop stories and quips. It was an “I’m-back” star turn.
But he didn’t just put a foot in his mouth Tuesday. He inserted both of ’em.
“Who’s to say the allegations are true, number one?” Baker said. “And who’s to say what you would have done or what caused the problem?” ...Read More...
Posted: December 11, 2015 at 01:56 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Angels were on the verge of acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals on Thursday, sources told MLB.com. The move could help the club at second or third base.
In exchange, young hard-throwing reliever Trevor Gott is expected to go to Washington, a source said. The Angels are also expected to include a Minor League player in the deal. The Angels and Nationals have not confirmed reports of the impending trade, which was first mentioned by CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com.
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
Who doesn’t like bobbleheads?
Baseball’s annual December event, the Winter Meetings, doesn’t just include a bunch of media people converging to breathlessly report on transactions and rumors. There are also many events for job seekers, minor-league meetings and the annual Trade Show.
What I liken the Trade Show to—at least for fans—is a baseball version of a Sharper Image catalogue. Most of the time it’s great fun to just look and imagine how cool it would be to buy something, but you’re just ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as a full-time amateur scout, making her the first female to hold that position in Major League Baseball in almost 60 years.
Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news on Monday.
Hopkins is following in the footsteps of her father, Ron Hopkins, who spent eight seasons as a national cross checker for the Oakland Athletics before becoming the Texas Rangers‘ scouting director from 2003–09. He was also the special ...
Major League phase
1. Philadelphia Phillies: Tyler Goeddel, OF, Rays
2. Cincinnati Reds: Jake Cave, OF, Yankees
3. Atlanta Braves: Evan Rutckyj, LHP, Yankees
4. Colorado Rockies: Luis Perdomo, RHP, Cardinals
5. Milwaukee Brewers: Colin Walsh, 2B, A’s
6. Oakland Athletics: Jabari Blash, IF, Mariners
7. San Diego Padres: Josh Martin, RHP, Indians
8. Baltimore Orioles: Joey Rickard, OF, Rays
9. Los Angeles Angels: Deolis Guerra, RHP, Pirates
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Joseph Biagini, RHP, ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
rule 5 draft
Once a talented young pitcher with an encouraging future, Youmans, now 51, spends his days driving for Uber.
He made his major-league debut a month after his 21st birthday, for the 1985 Montreal Expos, as a celebrated right-hander in the mold of childhood friend Dwight Gooden.
Youmans starred in a short stint as a rookie, then in 1986 threw 219 innings, struck out 202 batters, and posted a 3.82 ERA. At the end of the 1987 season, he entered alcohol rehabilitation. In 1988, he admitted to ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
Grand Forks Daily Herald, December 10, 1915:
President Tener of the National league is quoted as saying he knows nothing definite about the suggestion of legislation by the National league concerning short outfields, as brought to the fore by the Phillies’ short right field. It is a matter, he says, for the club owners and rule makers to pass upon the determine if the development of the game justifies extending the distance limit from the plate to an outfield fence.
The Baker Bowl was 280 feet ...Read More...
Your Rule 5 draft thread!
Multiple teams told Baseball America that they expect the Phillies to take Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel No. 1 overall in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. It it happens as expected Goeddel will become the second consecutive Rays’ prospect to be picked first in the Rule 5 draft.
Catcher Oscar Hernandez was taken by the Diamondbacks No. 1 in last year’s Rule 5 draft.
Goeddel, a supplemental first-round pick in 2011, has ranked among the Rays’ Top 20 prospects in three ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
rule 5 draft
Supposedly, Desmond is letting it be known that he’s willing to try playing other positions should the need arise.
Some teams are considering the possibility of signing shortstop Ian Desmond and having him play outfield, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick writes (Twitter links). Desmond is also attracting interest as a second baseman and third baseman.
Theoretically, Desmond’s ability (or apparent ability — he hasn’t appeared in a game anywhere other than shortstop since 2010) could widen the field ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
1 year $3m, with an option for 2017 that vests with 80 innings pitched
We’ll have to wait and see on Ramirez. Bogaerts took a leap forward last season. Pedroia had hamstring problems and should return to Gold Glove form. Sandoval looked much better in the second half than the first. Other than Ramirez, I don’t expect the infield defense to be a problem in 2016.
The Red Sox will enter 2016 with what could be one of the worst defensive infields in baseball. That topic hasn’t received much discussion this offseason, overshadowed by the acquisitions of pitchers David ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
Avila, the Tigers’ assistant general manager before replacing Dave Dombrowski late last season, has spent a lifetime in baseball waiting for the opportunity to make such deals.
“It’s been easy in the sense that I’ve been through it so many years, so many times over and over,” Avila said. “Same system. We go through the same meetings.
“The biggest difference is when you’re in charge, everything is on your shoulders. That responsibility is big. Nobody ...
Posted: December 10, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Speaking as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Orioles give him what he wants.
Davis is believed to be seeking a $200 million, eight-year deal, and while that sounds like a significant gap, the sides are staying close in touch.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 10:37 PM | 28 comment(s)
The Mets are finalizing a deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, according to a baseball source. The deal is expected to be for two years and include an option for a third season. Financial terms are not yet known.
The Astros will send pitcher Vincent Velasquez, left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer and one Minor Leaguer to the Phillies in exchange for Giles, who will be a key piece to the back end of their bullpen.
Do the Orioles want him back or just want to appear to want him back?
Executive vice president Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and team sources have stated that the Orioles are close to moving away from Davis. However, Boras wouldn’t confirm that he’s received a firm deadline from the club.
“The way we usually handle free agency is we create an exchange so everyone can get the most information that they can in each respective situation,” he said. “I don’t think anyone draws any lines in ...
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:51 PM | 3 comment(s)
What are the Padres doing?
The club has been shopping outfield prospects Travis Jankowski and Hunter Renfroe, sources told the Union-Tribune on Wednesday. San Diego also is listening on its top three starting pitchers—Tyson Ross, James Shields and Andrew Cashner—and one source said the Padres have been particularly aggressive about pushing Cashner’s name in conversations.
The Padres may be merely gauging interest in their players, but it’s worth noting that neither Jankowski nor Renfroe was ...
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Digital Archive Project at the Hall of Fame is working to restore the photographs of Charles Conlon. A discussion of how old photographs are restored after being heavily edited and “marked up” for printing and publication.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 05:27 PM | 2 comment(s)
Mookie Betts, strike thrower
Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.
Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
Against righties, Keuchel threw outside notably more than McHugh did. Against lefties, Keuchel threw outside waaaay more than McHugh did. By targeting the areas where his catchers excelled, Keuchel reaped their rewards—a strategy that McHugh, for whatever reason, declined to employ.
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
Mariners camp will include “Hi, my name is….” nametags.
There is no word yet who the Mariners are sending to the Brewers, but they will need to create one space on the 40-man roster which is full to add Lind.
Originally drafted by the Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft Lind hit .272/.360/.460/.820 with 20 HR and 87 RBI last year for the Brewers with a 19 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR. The downside with Lind is he has not hit lefties well, just .212/.277/.298/.575 in 112 plate appearances in ...
Forget Star Wars!
The popular series ‘MLB Network Presents’ is slated to return on Dec, 10 at 8 p.m. ET, right at the conclusion of the winter meetings coverage, and it starts with a look at the Kansas City Royals 30-year journey to their second World Series championship.
“Royal in Kansas City, 30 Years Later” is the title of the program and it will feature interviews with Royals past, including Hall of Famer George Brett and teammates Danny Jackson, Darryl Motley, Bret Saberhagen, Frank ...
Milwaukee Sentinel, December 9, 1915:
Before the next American league pennant season opens the Cleveland American league baseball club, as well as the Cleveland American association team, will have acquired new owners, according to present indications.
Although no official statement has been made, it is known that the bankers’ committee in charge of the financial affairs of Charles W. Somers, the present owner of the teams, is in favor of selling the clubs as a means of meeting Somers’ present ...
Instant replay stinks.This is just one example.
One play that has received a lot of scrutiny is when a runner slides into a base safely but is then called out when his foot loses contact with the base for a split-second.
“We accepted certain things over the years, but when a camera shows you that the glove is on the guy’s leg and he’s not on the bag, how can you say he’s safe?” he said. “It’s not my favorite play and I know [Rules Committee member] Jimmy Leyland has been trying to put wording ...
Posted: December 09, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 38 comment(s)
rules of play
The deal Greinke signed, starting with his age-32 season next year, will pay him more than $34 million in 2016, or approximately $1 million per start. The extension Carrasco signed last April pays him roughly the same, $37.5 million, but over the next five seasons combined—and even that’s only if the team exercises the 2019 and ‘20 club options. He’s making about the same over five seasons as Happ, who is nearly five years older and with a fraction of the success, is making over three. Carrasco ...
Once the A’s reacquired Jed Lowrie last week, it was obvious Oakland would move Brett Lawrie.
And late Tuesday night, The Chronicle learned that Oakland was nearing a deal with Chicago that would send the infielder to the White Sox in exchange for two minor-leaguers. According to two sources, the teams were still unsettled on the minor-league portion of the deal.
In addition, The Chronicle learned that the A’s are close to signing free-agent reliever John Axford.
Games and trades aren’t won in the off-season. Although it looks like the Braves won this trade, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Coppolella has been a frequent target of criticism for tearing down the Braves, not just from media (moi?), but also from Braves fans. Well, not this time. Fans will love that Swanson is from Kennesaw, Ga., love his bat, love his speed. Blair adds to the endless stable of arms that that Coppolella collects like rare baseball cards. Inciarte will ...
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