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Monday, October 17, 2016
Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.
The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.
Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s ...
The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.
Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.
“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in ...
No beer cans?
Well, one Blue Jays fan, with his Justin Bieber mask and crying LeBron James sign, is on a mission to do away with that stereotype. … “I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I drove hundreds of kilometers to be here to counter the inaccurate stereotype that all Canadians are polite. Some of us are provocateurs. … I’m here to export Canadian culture at its finest—but not the stereotypical culture that is thought of, the Canadian as a bland, polite people, you know? We’re the fierce warrior.” ...
Sunday, October 16, 2016
A lot of good stuff in this one.
Last offseason Huntington lamented the starting pitching market “blew up.” The average starting pitcher signed last offseason earned $10.02 million per year, compared to $8.07 in the 2014-15 offseason — a 21.6 percent increase….
Not only are proven veteran pitchers becoming more expensive, but the market for reclamation-type pitchers also is becoming more competitive. More teams are identifying the same players as undervalued thanks to growth of front ...
Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:11 PM | 1 comment(s)
A big first inning propelled the Hiroshima Carp into the Japan Series on Saturday in an 8-7 win over the Yokohama BayStars in Game 4 of the Central League Climax Series Final Stage.
It will be the seventh Japan Series appearance for the Carp and their first since 1991. Hiroshima last won Nippon Professional Baseball’s championship series in 1984…
...“The batters did it today in the first inning, creating that momentum,” said Ogata, who did not have enough praise for [Kosuke] Tanaka ...
The “I overslept” LCS OMNICHATTER
8 Eastern, FS1: Dodgers (Kershaw) at Cubs (Hendricks). Cubs lead 1-0.
Posted: October 16, 2016 at 12:47 AM | 275 comment(s)
Saturday, October 15, 2016
As a parting shot, Law stated that “chasing celebrities is no way to run a player-development department, an organization or a league. Everyone involved in the decision should be embarrassed when they’re done counting their money.”
And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.
“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of ...
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
“He’s got arguably the best right-hand breaking ball in the game,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said of Kluber. “And he kept us honest with enough fastballs. And he’s got that razor-blade slider that’s tough to do anything with. [It’s] a big strikeout pitch for him. He gets a lot of weak contact on them, really.
“So really, that’s what it came down to. I don’t think it was a lack of something we did; I just thought they pitched that well, as did we.” ...Read More...
Posted: October 15, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 4 comment(s)
Friday, October 14, 2016
Dude, I love Canadian Thanksgiving.
For Americans who don’t know what the deal with Canadian Thanksgiving is, it’s basically just like American Thanksgiving except… earlier. The second Monday of every October. It’s really amazing. You have to try it.
For where I’m at in my life, the timing for my first Canadian Thanksgiving really couldn’t have been any better. This year, perhaps more than any other, I really have a lot to be thankful for.
Trevor Bauer cut his finger fixing one of the drones he likes to fly and won’t start Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, again diverting the Cleveland Indians’ pitching plans for the playoffs.
The right-hander needed several stitches to close the cut on the pinkie on his pitching hand. The enigmatic Bauer has built and flown drones for years, and was hurt while repairing a propeller.
Rob Manfred is open to outlawing drone usage.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 04:41 PM | 14 comment(s)
robots in baseball
Taylor Ward, C, Angels
The Angels’ selection of Ward in the first round of the 2015 draft had many industry observers scratching their heads due to concerns about the bat being good enough to make him more than a backup catcher. Though he impressed in the Midwest League during his first pro season, he underwhelmed when he moved up to the high Class A California League this year as his plate approach appeared less advanced than it had before. In addition to handling himself against better ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:18 PM | 1 comment(s)
Davis, though, should have excellent value even in a market stacked with excellent closers. It’s the best closing market perhaps ever, with Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all free agents.
Of course all three of those closers will cost a pretty penny (one GM predicted all three would top Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50-million deal for closers, and Chapman and Jansen certainly will), while Davis is a bargain.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 17 comment(s)
Chicago Eagle, October 14, 1916:
What is the value of a sacrifice hit? Evidently all baseball managers do not agree on the worth of the play. Fielder Jones of the St. Louis American league team declares the sacrifice hit is one of the most valuable plays in baseball…On the other hand, George Stallings of the Boston Nationals is not at all enthusiastic over the play and seldom uses it, in fact, much less than any other manager in either league, and the standing of the Boston team is certainly an ...
The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.
It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).
For example, Ian ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.
“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.
“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
Javier Baez, tagger extraordinaire.
“Because I’m a lefty,” the Cubs infielder said. “I write lefty, I eat lefty, I even can hit lefty. With that on my glove side, I have really quick hands. I let the ball travel, and as soon as I catch it, my hand goes down to the tag.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.
“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
It’s not new. He’s a fireman.
If we want more Andrew Millers in the baseball world, and we should, then we have to give them a name. If we can have closers and setup men, we can have a name for the reliever who gets the most dangerous hitters out in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. We can make it a new full-time position in major league baseball.
“I don’t know, didn’t they call them Firemen back in the day?” Miller said this week when I presented him with the Super Reliever name. “Goose ...
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:10 AM | 51 comment(s)
Balk or no balk?
His move raised some eyebrows, however. According to Rule 8.05, “If a left-handed or right-handed pitcher swings his free foot past the back edge of the pitcher’s rubber, he is required to pitch to the batter except to throw to second base on a pick-off play.”
Urias’ free foot certainly came close to crossing that imaginary line. But in the eyes of the umpiring crew, it was a clean throw to first base and not a balk.
Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
Memorable ending to a great game. Congrats to Dodgers fans.
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