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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
“MLB: We don’t care what anyone says, you fruits are ok with us!”
Was Joe West involved?
In terms of who is stretching games out, not shortening them, you might be surprised at who had the longest games… or, maybe you wouldn’t if you thought about the strength of their pitching.
Last season, the team that stretched games out the longest wasn’t the Red Sox or Yankees. In fact, it was from the National League. The Colorado Rockies, who averaged 3:09 per 9 innings was the biggest pace of play offender for 2015. They only had three NL teams that they ...
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 10:20 AM | 15 comment(s)
pace of play
We can still dream.
“Nothing’s ever guaranteed,” Hefner said.
We forget that sometimes, when it looks too easy. The Mets finally will unwrap each of their five starters this week in succession: Monday was the split-squad assignments with Matz and Bartolo Colon, followed by Matt Harvey (Tuesday versus the Braves), Jacob deGrom (Wednesday versus the Yankees) and Noah Syndergaard (Thursday versus the Cardinals).
It’s going to feel like a long month for the Mets, hoping they’re all ...
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 12 comment(s)
Milwaukee Sentinel, March 8, 1916:
Dispatches from Tampa on Tuesday said [Cubs] Manager Tinker had announced that Pitcher Phil Douglass [sic] would not be retained on the Cubs’ staff. Douglass, according to Tinker, was not in condition to start practice.
Read: He showed up drunk.
Douglas’s story is equal parts sad and strange. A talented pitcher and a mostly out-of-control alcoholic, he wore out his welcome everywhere he ever pitched. In 1922, while he was with the Giants, the team hired police ...Read More...
This isn’t a ringing endorsement.
“I don’t think he has one wipeout pitch that might wow you,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But when his command is good, when he’s down in the zone and working the cutter, the change and the sinker, changing eye levels with the fastball up, there’s some things he can do. … When Zach’s right, he gets major league hitters out.”
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
The info is top secret.
Approached by the Chronicle during spring training, Hinch had no comment, deferring to general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Luhnow was coy.
“We’re committed to A.J., and he’s committed to us,” Luhnow said. “We don’t comment on contracts.”
The environment Hinch took over in the fall of 2014 was one of disrepair. He had to create cohesion in all directions: with a new coaching staff, the players, and the front office as well.
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
Lincecum, 31, is expected to pitch in a showcase in Scottsdale or Tempe “sometime in the next two weeks,” Thurman said.
The showcase, which could be attended by all 30 clubs, was originally scheduled for mid-January, but it has been pushed back a number of times.
“He’s really been focusing on getting ready for the season and preparing for the season,” Thurman said. “This is really like his spring training right now. As soon as he’s ready, we’ll have a showcase. ... He’s healthy right now. ...
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:17 AM | 10 comment(s)
This guy is really, really impressive.
1. Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (No. 1 on Top 100)
Reinforcing the idea that he should have been promoted a lot earlier, Seager hit .337/.425/.561 during his September callup. He has a higher offensive ceiling than any Major League shortstop not named Correa and could hit .280 with 20 homers in his first full season with Los Angeles. He’s going to be a better player than his brother, Mariners All-Star Kyle Seager.
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
The Baltimore Orioles have signed first baseman Pedro Alvarez, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Dennis Lin.
The deal is for one year, reports FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal. Alvarez will receive $5.75 million in salary and can earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
Well, that’s something.
Posted: March 08, 2016 at 12:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
Monday, March 07, 2016
“I’m 28 — that’s the prime of a career,” he said. “Whatever gets me out there and playing. You want to help the team, not hurt it. If I’m out there and I can contribute in the outfield and the infield, that’s where I need to be. That’s fine with me.”
And if Figueroa ends up starting the season in the minors, he might spend the long bus rides catching up on reading. He likes the physics, geometry and analytics of baseball. He bought a book recently called ‘Analyzing ...
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed charges against Wells Fargo and a Rhode Island state agency for defrauding investors when it came to investing in a video game company.
The regulator announced Monday that it was filing civil charges, arguing that the entities failed to inform investors about the financial situation of 38 Studios, a video game company started up by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
The litigation, which is ongoing, is the latest in a ...
Get better CC.
“I need help.”
I was in Baltimore at the time. It was the last Sunday of the regular season and we were about to start the playoffs. We’d gotten rained out on Friday, and I’d spent most of the weekend alone in my hotel room clearing out the minibar.
We had a game that day, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to help my teammates if they needed me. I was struggling to function physically, but I also felt awful in so many other ways. It struck me how tired I was of ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 7, 1916:
Pitchers Joe Benz and Jim Scott, Whitesox advance guards, were getting just a little bit tired of each other today. With no one to pitch to, the big fellows were fretful, but are trying to hold out by playing practical jokes on each other.
This is the kind of Spring Training news I’d love to get these days: “Victor Martinez is a little more careful today with his belongings after Miguel Cabrera put a plastic snake inside the big designated hitter’s duffel bag.” ...Read More...
I’m buying Hanley this season. The guy can hit and, although he won’t be a Gold-Glover at first, he’ll be more than adequate.
“Very good,” manager John Farrell said after the Sox’ 8-7 win. “There’s more compact. It’s more of a line-drive approach. And I think as you look at the way he finishes with swings, it’s more of a two-handed finish rather than the release of the top hand. It’s enabled him to be more compact.”
Ramirez’ clean swing is what the Red Sox needed to see this ...
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 29 comment(s)
President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba later this month will include some baseball diplomacy, the White House said Tuesday.
The president will attend a March 22 exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team during his brief trip to the island nation. The restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba and the reopening of the U.S. Embassy after more than 50 years has been touted by the White House as a key part of Obama’s foreign-policy legacy.
It’s nice expressing confidence in a player. I’m sure they will be very happy with close to average.
For outfield coach Dave McKay, the expectations on left fielder Yasmany Tomas’ defense are anything but tepid.
“No, average is out the door,” McKay said. “He’ll be much better than average. I like to say he’s going to be a good outfielder. Not an average outfielder, I’m saying he’s going to be a good outfielder.”
That’s asking a lot for player who rated among the worst ...
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
Evan had an opportunity to work alongside former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos for the past few years, Evans spoke about the work ethic of Anthopoulos.
“Alex has as much passion as anyone I have ever worked with, and he has an unrivalled capacity for work. A good friend of mine dubbed me The Energizer Bunny a few years ago, but Alex wins the gold medal in energy. I have immense respect for his character and creativity, and appreciated how he fully immersed himself, reading every report. We ...
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
Have the Pirates found an elevation-based market inefficiency?
Regardless of his role, Nicasio has an arm that can play. Ideally, he could be a Joe Blanton 2.0 with better stuff (Horner photo)
Consider that from 2012-14 Nicasio posted three straight ERAs of at least 5.14 with the Rockies. But in 58 innings with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Nicasio posted a 3.86 ERA, struck out 10.3 batters per nine (career rate is 7.4) and had an elite 15 percent swinging strike rate.
His fastball ...
Posted: March 07, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Glasnow has a 2.07 ERA and 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 383⅓ professional innings. Watching him throw, it’s easy to see why. His long arms and legs allow him to release the ball closer to home plate than most pitchers; a high-90s fastball is hard enough to hit, but when it has a shorter distance to travel, it gets on the batter more quickly. He pairs the fastball with a strong curveball. The changeup needs work.
“He’s still ...
What an horrific ordeal for anyone to go through. I can’t even imagine the pain of losing a child.
“It was hard,” the Twins right fielder said Sunday morning. “I would cry every day about that. My first baby. She died.”
Angelica Sano, born in late November 2014, was one week old when she died of a heart defect in the Dominican Republic. Sano, rehabbing in Fort Myers after having Tommy John surgery that spring, flew home after his daughter’s birth and had returned to Florida when his ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
“There are so many players you would like more if you did not have to play them 162 games,” said J.P. Riccciardi, a special assistant to Alderson. “This is a way to keep players healthy and manage the season in a more effective way.”
And the Mets are going to have to manage, not just Cabrera, but more important Wright, who will need regular off time due to his spinal stenosis. Right now, Flores is the backup third baseman. But Alderson admitted the Mets would love to rest Wright ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:36 AM | 13 comment(s)
Is he really a secret?
Now the secret is out: Robles has the potential to become something special.
“He matured an incredible amount,” pitching coach Dan Warthen said. “I don’t know for years to come if he can’t become a possible closer, if necessary. That’s how good I think he has a chance to be.”
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 5 comment(s)
“He seems to have intent to everything he does right now,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He is a confident human being. He feels good, trusts his arm and knows he can definitely have an impact on this game.”
“Last year, my focus was probably more on my arm,” Perez acknowledged. “This year, I know where my focus us: We want to win. I want to win. I want to compete. We know that we can do what we want to do: Win the World Series. This is a time for me to focus and be better ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
Had my first look at him yesterday. He has an impressive skill set.
“I thought I had a home run on Wednesday,” the righthanded- hitting shortstop said through his translator. “I learned to keep on running. Running fast.”
The 20-year-old, signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, typically doesn’t have that issue. He stole a combined 82 bases in the minors last season to lead all minor-leaguers. But in the Yankees’ exhibition opener on Wednesday against ...
Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
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