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Monday, March 16, 2015
Meet Roberto Baldoquin, and his family.
Did the Dodgers really offer $77 million?
The belief is Olivera is sifting through his options. Miami’s is willing to offer a seven-year package in the $50 million range. There has been speculation that the Dodgers had a $77 million offer on the table, but within Miami’s organization, the belief is that figure is not accurate.
Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Red Sox are clearly not trading Blake Swihart this year.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
You statheads broke baseball. THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN the next time you talk about WAR.
The media landscape has also changed, with baseball stories now reading like technical documents. The human stories of players and their histories have gone the way of their WARs and WORPs, and I’m not sure kids see that as fun.
Posted: March 15, 2015 at 04:06 PM | 60 comment(s)
This may be our last one, alas.
“In August 2005, after Francoeur batted .432 and hit eight home runs over his first 23 games as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves, Sports Illustrated splashed him on its cover, the headline “The Natural” bisecting his torso like an arrow. The subhead asked the question that established an unreachable standard for him, and that shadowed him thereafter: “Can anyone be this good?”
No, anyone cannot.”
Posted: March 15, 2015 at 01:49 PM | 14 comment(s)
Al Rosen’s success in baseball didn’t end after he left the diamond for the final time.
A muscular third baseman for the Cleveland Indians who won the 1953 AL MVP and later worked in the front offices of several teams, died Friday. He was 91…In 1953, Rosen batted .336 with 43 homers and 145 RBIs. He nearly won the Triple Crown, but was beaten out in for the batting title by Washington’s Mickey Vernon, who hit .337. Rosen was unanimously picked the AL’s top player.
..Rosen is the only person ...
May his memory be for a blessing.
Al Rosen, the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1953, died at his home in California on Friday at age 91.
The former third baseman for the Cleveland Indians also was president of the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.
He also was proud to be a Jew, and he refused to play on the High Holy Days.
Rosen was born in South Carolina and moved to Miami at a very young age. He was known to be proud of being a Jew and ...
Posted: March 15, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, March 14, 2015
How can the Cubs sell not keeping him on the 25-Man Roster? If they really are serious about winning this year, he has to be up to start the season.
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 07:44 PM | 229 comment(s)
This is the worst way to lose a spring training battle for a position.
The Mariners’ spring shortstop came to an abrupt end Saturday when an examination revealed Chris Taylor suffered a broken bone in his right wrist.
The injury is expected to sideline Taylor for four-to-six weeks and effectively sends Brad Miller into the season as the club’s starting shortstop.
Taylor suffered the injury Friday in a 10-5 victory over Milwaukee when hit on the wrist on what was ruled a foul ball. He ...
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 04:20 PM | 5 comment(s)
It’s official: Yu Darvish will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2015. It’s a big loss for both the Rangers and for fans; if you didn’t enjoy watching Darvish pitch, you don’t like baseball. As we awaited news of his fate the past few days, I wondered if this worst-case scenario would mean that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would consider trading Adrian Beltre. Joe Sheehan suggested the same thing Thursday in his newsletter:
“The next challenge for Daniels will be a painful ...
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 10:36 AM | 17 comment(s)
Are they going to have one guy on their bench?
The Yankees have been talking about going to a six-man rotation for a while. Part of the problem is they already lost their fifth starter, Chris Capuano, to a quad injury. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley are in play for that spot now. But if it is a grab-and-go six-man rotation, reaching down into the minors whenever that starter is needed, that makes the situation a bit easier and more manageable.
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
“When I saw him, he reminded me of a young Derek Jeter,” Towers said at the time.
Now that Gregorius is preparing to take over for an old Derek Jeter, Towers was asked about the comparison.
“That was kind of taken out of context,” Towers said by phone. “As a scout with Pittsburgh, I saw Jeter in high school in Kalamazoo (Mich.) in the early ’90s and Didi reminded me on defense with some of the things he did.
“He had Jeter-like mannerisms and a similar first step. He’s affable ...
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 19 comment(s)
Pablo Sandoval is not backing away from his comments about leaving the Giants.
“Conversely,” Molitor said, “if he’s not going to be here to start — IF he’s not going to be here to start — then he needs to prepare himself to go down and be extended when his season begins, wherever that might be.”
Jay Jaffe expects these players to be busts.
With April 1st so far away, this must be legit. Will Ozzie Smith throw out the first pitch? That would be ToTototally awesome!
Posted: March 14, 2015 at 12:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
Friday, March 13, 2015
And that’s that.
Leigh Castergine, the Mets’ former senior vice president for ticket sales and services, has settled her wrongful termination lawsuit against Jeff Wilpon, the team’s chief operating officer. The two sides announced the news in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.
In a lawsuit filed in September, Castergine alleged that she was fired from her executive position because Wilpon objected to her having a child out of wedlock. Wilpon denied those claims, saying that ...
A Dodgers spokesperson said the team did not ask Twitter to suspend the account. But curiously, the account was suspended shortly after the Dodgers had a social media team meeting in which, according to one source, Colletti spoke about how he had been harassed on Twitter.
An email to Colletti asking for comment earlier this week was not returned. When reached by phone on Thursday, Colletti angrily inquired how I had gotten his cell phone number. I told him that as a reporter I was pretty good ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 13, 1915:
[St. Paul owner Joe Cantillon] claims to have traded [Bill] Hopper for a bird dog, and a few days before reporting for spring ptractice, in his home town, Jackson, Tenn., the pitcher was arrested on a complaint of a neighbor who charged that Hopper had assaulted him.
“Why did you attack the man?” asked the justice of the peace. “He insulted me,” replied Hopper. “What did he say to you?” persisted the guardian of the law. “Say!” shouted Hopper, almost beside ...
The Cubs are a good press machine.
As a side note, this might be one of the best “interview” teams Chicago has seen in a long time. From Miguel Montero—the catcher will almost certainly be the first to lose it if things go bad—to Dexter Fowler to Ross to newcomer Phil Coke, we won’t be hard-pressed to find a good quote.
Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 20 comment(s)
There is another general manager centered book coming out. This one is about Sandy Alderson and his trial and tribulations at running one of the lowest payrolls in the biggest market.
“I’d been working on this book for nearly four years when I suddenly found myself wondering: Why was Alderson cooperating?”, Kettmann writes on page 331. “Part of the answer was simply that I’d asked him at the right time, just as the Former state charities bureau regulator was taking over as Mets GM. ... Then, ...
Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
Thursday, March 12, 2015
If Pablo Sandoval’s recent comments were meant to sting, they did not penetrate. They were comically weak, brushed aside in the clubhouse like a passing whiff of flatulence. The only real issue was his motivation.
The premise is simple: Which team will win more games, Team A or Team B? In each pairing, the teams are in the same city or same state. The idea came to me one day when I started thinking, “OK, which club will be better, the Mets or Yankees?
Yankees (82 projected wins) vs. Mets (81)
My pick: Mets 84 wins, Yankees 79.
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