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Monday, January 06, 2014
. ‘I have earned everything I have got.’
The return of baseball must be near, because the first episode of “TigerTalk” in 2014 aired Monday night on WXYT. Host Pat Caputo talked Tigers baseball with radio play-by-play man, Dan Dickerson, as well as new manager, Brad Ausmus.
...Dickerson asked Ausmus about the value of having an official closer in the bullpen, and the response left little doubt as to where he stood: “I have yet to come across a manager who says ‘I don’t care who pitches the ...
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 08:46 PM | 36 comment(s)
Instead of making sandwiches with bread, use Pop Tarts! Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!
ESPN.com’s Anna McDonald got to wondering how baseball players spend their winters, and actually broke a bit of semi-surprising news:
“I’m excited to take a month off, that’s something I’m excited for, let the body rest,” Bryce Harper said recently. “Let the body heal a little bit and get as big as a house. ... That’s the biggest thing I try to do.”
Wait ... what? While the rest of us were trying not to ...
Regardless of what transpired during the 1980 season, when things didn’t work out, Kroc reassigned Jerry back to the booth. Didn’t matter that the team underperformed, Ray Kroc loved Jerry Coleman so much and was aware of the fan base’s affection for the man, he kept him in the family. That to me, above all else, speaks to the respect and admiration we all felt for Jerry Coleman. A great American. A great husband.
A great Padre.
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:05 PM | 27 comment(s)
My favorite player of the 1910s is back in the news. Toledo News-Bee, January 6, 1914:
Tubby Spencer, of the San Francisco team, holds a record for being canned out of a game before a ball was pitched. The Seals were playing at Sacramento one day last fall and the first ‘Frisco bater took his place at the plate just as the umpire made the announcements of the battery. Tubby, who was standing near the bench, turned around and faced the grandstand and in a close imitation of the umpire’s manner ...
Chris Jaffe is back with his annual HOF predictions…and breaks down Gizmo to a mikron level!
Enough of that already. It’s now time for the main show, how I think guys will do on Wednesday. Here are my predictions for the 22 main candidates, as well as a little blurb at the end to cover all other candidates. For comparison’s sake, I’ll include last year’s vote total so you can see who I think will go up or down.
Candidate 2014 2013
Greg Maddux 99
Tom Glavine 94
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 05:12 AM | 102 comment(s)
“Decades after watching Negro League baseball games as a child in his hometown of Baltimore, Frank Deford reflects on the meaning of the American History Museum’s Negro League ball. “Now I look back and realize the evil of the system,” he says, “but at the time, I wasn’t old enough to question it.”
Five years ago, at a sports dinner in Atlantic City, I sat next to Bob Feller and Monte Irvin and listened to these two old gentlemen talk about facing each other. It was ...
Posted: January 06, 2014 at 05:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
Sunday, January 05, 2014
The Mets remain engaged with agent Scott Boras about free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but a source familiar with the process continues to portray Drew as more of a “possibility” than a “probability.”
Team officials are divided about how valuable Drew would be to the Mets, who otherwise appear prepared to use Ruben Tejada at shortstop.
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 11:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
“Arizona was interested in me for a bench job,” Huff said. “I really was adamant about not doing that, and they ended up signing Eric Hinske. I always told myself that [I would retire] whenever I’m not an everyday player. I’ve won some World Series, what’s the point of being on the bench anymore? I’m not going to go through all of the grind and flights and everything just to ride the pine and watch. It’s just not what I want to do.”
As Roger Maristotle once said…“The roots of baseball education are bitter, but the fruit is Sweet Lou!”
Former Tigers ace Jack Morris will learn in a few days if he’s been elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame on his 15th and final year on the ballot.
He didn’t exactly get a ringing endorsement from one former teammate last week.
Lou Whitaker, the legendary Tigers second baseman, was asked Friday during an MLB Network Radio interview what made Morris so effective during his 1980s heyday. ...Read More...
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:11 PM | 192 comment(s)
The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Jerry Coleman. We send our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coleman family, including his wife, Maggie, his children and grandchildren. On behalf of Padres’ fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a Marine who was truly an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend and a great Padre
Jerry Coleman was the voice of the Padres forever, except for that year he was the manager. I learned to love baseball listening ...Read More...
With no Champions League or international matches of note, it’s all about the clubs an cup competitions this month:
January 6th: Lazio vs InterRead More...
January 7th: Sunderland vs Man U in the League Cup, Valencia vs Atleti in Copa del Rey
January 8th: West Ham vs Man City in the League Cup
January 10th: Leicester City vs Derby in an important promotion game, Montpelier vs Monaco in Ligue Uhn.
January 11th: Cardiff vs West Ham in a relegation 6 pointer, will Man U lose to Swansea at home again?, but ...
Shooty is in the Trust Tree
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 04:16 PM | 1016 comment(s)
Message to Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno: You’re eventually going to blow past the $189 million luxury-tax threshold. So, you might as well start this offseason.
Moreno’s desire to stay under threshold has figured prominently into the Angels’ offseason restructuring, factoring into trades, non-tenders and other decisions.
Well, according to sources, the team’s wiggle room is down to between $13 million and $15 million, depending on how much players earn in performance bonuses.
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 28 comment(s)
It’s a trap, but behold it anyway…
60 percent of [Oakland’s] plate appearances were taken by fly-ball hitters, who by definition compose 16 percent of the league. No other team in the past nine years has touched 45 percent. Beane’s roster was so ground-allergic that only 0.8 percent of their plate appearances were taken by “ground-ball hitters.” That’s not just a concentrated effort to target fly balls. That’s a mission statement…
Oakland fly ball hitters hit .302 against ...
Pretty close, huh? The second line is Carter and the first one is Parrish. Lance hit more homers (and thus had more total bases) than Carter, but “The Kid” got on base more via a higher batting average and about 10 more walks per 162 games.
AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SLG OBP OPS
PLAYER A 576 145 70 25 2 26 87 50 124 .252 .440 .313 .753
PLAYER B 562 148 72 26 2 ...Read More...
The Win Shares system favors players with long productive careers like Raines, Palmeiro and Biggio, although it appears to under-rate pitchers, while OPS+ rewards strong offensive players who had shorter, more dominant careers like Martinez and Mattingly. ERA+ favors relief pitchers since their ERAs are generally lower because they are not charged with runs scored by inherited runners.
1. Maddux, Thomas and Biggio will be elected in 2014.
2. Morris will fail to win election on ...
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 08:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
Hey, Male Chauvinist WAR Pig! (Kimberly rue the day!)
Women are the best fans in sports.
That is at least true in baseball, where I do most of my roving these days. That was apparent with the reaction to Jacoby Ellsbury’s exit from the Boston Red Sox for New York, where the Yankees gave him a seven-year, $153 million contract.
Male fans rushed to their sabermetrics tables. They calculated the loss of Ellsbury’s WAR statistic (it’s “Wins Above Replacement” – if you don’t know, ...
Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 20 comment(s)
Saturday, January 04, 2014
MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey slings an erratic knuckleball pitch, posing a challenge for batter and catcher alike. The ball has been colorized to highlight its almost total lack of spin, which usually serves to stabilize the ball’s trajectory.
A baseball’s seams make it an imperfect sphere, which can lead to some screwy flight behavior when there’s no spin to steady things out. Ivan R. Dee provides a good explanation of knuckleball dynamics in chapter 1 of The Knucklebook:
In the action of the ...
Posted: January 04, 2014 at 07:49 PM | 8 comment(s)
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about:
You can call them Rays or you can call them A’s, but don’t call them helpless. If there’s a team that should instill confidence in their fans, the Braves are up there. Baseball players are cheap for the first six years of their big-league lives; find the good young players and you don’t need money. The Braves are adept at finding the good young players. They have been for a couple decades.
But the money from the Phillies deal shows just how far behind the Braves are in television ...
FORE (skins game)...The Golfers West vote is in!
Before I get into my 2014 Hall of Fame ballot, let’s clear up a few assumptions I’ve been hearing lately about baseball writers.
We’re not all a bunch of old fogies who pull our sans-a-belt slacks (Google it, kids) somewhere between our belly button and armpits. I favor front-pleated Dockers — brown, of course.
We don’t all live in the dark ages of entertainment and technology. Mixed in with my Benny Goodman 78s (Google that, too) ...
Posted: January 04, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 32 comment(s)
...Is Albert Pujols The Most Overrated?
This approach is not perfect. Some players might have long careers and so they compile a high career WAR. But if they never have any great seasons, they might not get many MVP votes. Plus, it helps to play on contenders. But Mays had plenty of great seasons and played on many contenders. There is also the possibility that if there are other great players around compiling high WAR seasons, you won’t do as well in the voting.
Now here are the players who ...
Posted: January 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 95 comment(s)
Friday, January 03, 2014
A large fire caused extensive damage to the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday morning as firefighters from five departments battled the blaze for more than three hours in Comstock Park, Mich.
The fire appeared to have destroyed close to 40 percent of the stadium, including the clubhouse on the first-base side and approximately 11 suites. Firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading into the center of the stadium, which likely saved the press box and front ...
Yahoo released a new version of its Sports app today that has been redesigned for iOS 7 with a heavy emphasis on GIFs. Yahoo Sports’ GIFs, which it calls Loops, take short clips from game highlights and allow users to overlay text. They can then share their creations with the community, with the GIF appearing inside a feed on the main game results page.
So, do we need a GIF thread?
Update: Link added, Jim.
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 02:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
The Hall of Great Americans used to be a big deal… it can happen!
There is a temptation to play games with the Hall of Fame voting. For instance, I’m a big supporter of Alan Trammell’s Hall of Fame case. So I could have, reasonably, left off a worthy player I know will get elected — someone like Tom Glavine — to give support to Trammell, who needs it more.
I didn’t do that. I decided that was not voting in the spirit of the Hall. I don’t believe i bring much expertise to the table ...
Chaz suspects the usual.
How ironic would it be if Tom Glavine, one of the primary forces behind the elimination of PEDs from baseball, were to be tainted with the same broad brush used to tar the abusers and be passed over when the voting for the Hall of Fame is announced on Jan. 8?
How ironic and how unfair.
It could very well happen, however, even though the Billerica-bred lefthander’s pitching credentials merit enshrinement in his first year of eligibility. Last year, in spite of being ...
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 31 comment(s)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation in December for information related to its $75 million loan guarantee to 38 Studios, The Providence Journal reports.
A pair of attorneys confirmed the subpoenas, which requested “depositions and exhibits related to the state’s lawsuit against former ballplayer Curt Schilling,” according to the publication. Shechtman Halperin Savage’s Thomas E. Carlotto, general counsel for the RICC, said that the ...
Posted: January 03, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 11 comment(s)
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