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Testing the limits of supply-side economics:
For years, Melvin put together slugging lineups to take advantage of hitter-friendly Miller Park. But the Brewers no longer hit home runs with regularity, and with a terrible OBP they don’t get enough runners on base to sustain rallies.
Obvious trade candidates are veterans on the last years of their contracts with big salaries, such as third baseman Aramis Ramirez ($14 million), Lohse ($11 million) and reliever Jonathan Broxton ($9 ...
Here’s a good read about the international bonus pool.
I would think Cuba would be able to produce as many major league players as the Dominican Republic.
Another nice trade for John Hart.
The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.
The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.
Old Timers Day at Yankee Stadium, a day like no other:
Stottlemyre, who had to convince his oncologist to let him fly to New York, sat in the Yankees’ dugout as Randolph received his Monument Park plaque. He watched as his fellow Old-Timers were introduced, a history of the club unfurling in front of him. He waited for his name to be called until he was the last one left. “I was sitting there by myself, and I actually thought they forgot me,” he said.
As Stottlemyre sat in the dugout, he saw ...
Saturday, June 20, 2015
What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored. Outside the walls, it might have been just another blip on a downward arc. Within them, it was a sea change that not a player, coach, nor management official failed to recognize. Fair or not, Sandberg lost his job ...
if you read only one Father’s Day sports story this weekend, make it this one
“Terry Collins moved his father to Florida last winter, but as spring training approached, the old man’s compass pointed back to Midland, Michigan. It’s freezing up there, said Terry. But Loren “Bud” Collins was 95, and knew where he wanted to rest.
“I just think it’s time to go home,” he said.”
Posted: June 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
Robothal is hitting .500 in yesterday afternoon’s columns.
The point is, Tampa Bay is competing, as Tampa Bay always competes, even as Rays owner Stuart Sternberg describes the team’s current run as “beyond improbable.”
Sternberg, in speaking to reporters, was referring to all of the injuries, all of the rookies. But really, the Rays expected to be good last season, when many of us picked them to win the division, if not reach the World Series. Injuries and poor performance in ...
Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.
Two security officials led the way through the Yankee Stadium crowd on Friday, and a group of reporters followed, as Zack Hample clutched the ball that was Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit so tightly that his knuckles were white….
Hample was not exactly awe-struck. He had, to a degree, planned this all out. He had bought a season ticket in right field knowing that it would be a prime location for home runs. The Yankees described him as a professional home run catcher, and the whole scene felt ...
Yo, Randy Levine: Market this.
He’s been on the receiving end of several notable milestones over the years, including Mike Trout’s first major league home run on July 24, 2011 at Camden Yards. He also caught Barry Bonds’ 724th career home run at Petco Park in 2006, and over the years has caught several balls at the Home Run Derby in numerous locations.
Now he adds Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, which should prove to be the most valuable of them all.
Of course, no one knows that better than ...
Friday, June 19, 2015
The real outrage should be the spelling of their team name.
This is a thing happening in minor league baseball in the year 2015. I screencapped it because I predict it will be canceled by the end of the day, but as of right now, this is still a promotion on the Orem Owlz’ schedule:...
I suspect that this is born out of a benign yet ignorant impulse. Someone said “you know, it’d be way cheaper for us to combine Italian Heritage Night and Irish Heritage Night and [insert predominantly ...
What a mess.
The Chronicle on Thursday learned that the Cardinals had unauthorized access to Astros information as early as 2012, a year earlier than was previously known. Cards owner Bill DeWitt Jr., meanwhile, for the first time acknowledged that his organization had played a role in accessing proprietary information belonging to the Astros, blaming “roguish behavior.”
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:18 PM | 77 comment(s)
What a mess.
More than 300 million votes have been accepted, according to the league, and the record of 390 million should fall sometime this week. Almost certainly a half-billion votes will be cast by the time balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2. And that doesn’t include the massive amounts of votes Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advanced Media, said the league disallowed because of concerns over fake or improper voting.
“I’m not saying we bat 1.000,” Bowman said. “But it’s between 60 and 65 ...
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
all star game
Officially, Yankees prospect Wes Wilson is listed as a catcher. Unofficially, he’s an iron man two-way player, a lights-out closer, a jokester, and after his late-innings exploits Thursday, somewhat of a Tampa hero.
Wilson caught 15 innings behind the plate before tossing two perfect innings of relief and capping his mammoth night with a go-ahead homer in the 17th frame as the Class A Advanced Yankees outlasted the host Bradenton Marauders, 5-4.
It’s not every day that you see a 17-inning ...Read More...
By my count, 36 players have received MVP votes for sub-replacement seasons since 1931, when the American League joined the National League in adopting the current selection model, without any restrictions on multiple-time winners. Highlighted players:
1997: Deivi Cruz, SS, Tigers
1997: Tony Womack, 2B, Pirates
1992: George Bell, OF, White Sox
1990: Joe Carter, OF, Padres
1974: Jack Billingham, P, Reds
1950: Ken Wood, OF, Browns
Colon, Gregerson, Gattis, Kendrys and Torii suggested as ...Read More...
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 74 comment(s)
Albuquerque Morning Journal, June 19, 1915:
INSANE PROVE TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC ROOTERS AT BASEBALL GAME
Three hundred inmates of the state asylum for the insane [in San Bernardino, CA] rooted like real fans at a baseball game played [yesterday] between teams made up from inmates and attendants of the institution.
Dr. J.A. Riley, superintendent of the hospital, who believes interest created by baseball may restore mental balance in many of the patients, announced after the game that work would be ...
So, he wasn’t very good before the changes?
When Kansas City stumbled earlier this month, Yost and his players preached patience. Yost considered this a learned skill, something he could not always practice when he first became a manager. The team credited him for loosening the reigns and trusting his roster.
“I just respect the fact that he’s really adapted and changed,” said Jeremy Guthrie, who logged six innings of two-run baseball on Thursday. “Just like every player has to do. Just ...
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 07:04 AM | 17 comment(s)
Has an underperforming team ever been likable?
Until, say, two weeks ago, the Red Sox were just another underperforming, overpaid team.
Then came a string of additional losses, some distinct lack of hustle on the field, a team meeting which had no positive effect and, finally, the Pablo Sandoval Fiasco.
Now the Red Sox aren’t just underachieving - they’re also hugely unlikable.
Now they’re a punch-line, an honest-to-goodness laughing stock, inviting ridicule and scorn.
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
Jayson Stark discusses some possible landing spots.
Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 18 comment(s)
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