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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, April 21, 1916:
Some of the bugs persist in calling Hal Chase “Haul.” It is pronounced to rhyme with “pal” and “shall”. Real name Harold, but the r, the o and the d are silent, like the “x” in “mule.”
Frank McKendry’s throw to first continues to cause hilarity. Mr. McKendry, of the Reds, is persevering, however, and figures that if he throws the ball on Thursday he may catch some runner left over from the previous Monday.
Must have looked something like Jon Lester’s throw ...Read More...
Now, teams don’t even need to do the work of creating or maintaining an information bank. Every time a team source leaks a contract offer to a reporter, who then posts it to Twitter or a rumors blog, another piece of that same kind of information bank is gained by anybody with access to the internet. When injury information is added to the equation, it only creates a more sensitive situation for the player, particularly when the medical information is disputed as it was with Balfour, ...
There will always be substances which are ahead of the testing.
“If you want to cheat, there is a window to do it. Guys are finding ways around the system. It’s pretty evident, pretty well-known that the people who are making these illegal substances are ahead of the testers.”
Posted: April 21, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman made history on Wednesday night, and it had nothing to do with his work on the mound. Graveman is the first starting pitcher to bat cleanup in a game since a fellow named Babe Ruth on June 1, 1920 with the Yankees. Though it’s not what you might think.
Given how much MLB provides in meal money, you’d think Maddon would have chosen a place with more of a dress code:
The Cubs have adopted the simple mantra “Try Not To Suck” for this season. However, shirts emblazoned with the words reportedly were not allowed to be worn at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium as the two teams played their first of six series against each other this year.
. . .
The genesis of the T-shirt came last year when Maddon jokingly told call-up Javier Baez “try not to suck” ...
With nearly 24% of the players on this year’s Opening Day rosters and disabled lists hailing from countries where Spanish is the dominant language, the implementation of the translator program has drawn overwhelmingly favorable reviews – and questions of why it took so long.
“What we’ve heard is a lot of positive feedback,’’ said Omar Minaya, a senior advisor to players association head Tony Clark. “A lot of the veteran players have said, ‘Boy, I wish I had that when I was ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Major League Baseball teams could do a better job of hiring minority candidates for managing and GM posts or women for VP and other administrative positions, according to an annual report released Wednesday.
The study is overseen by Richard Lapchick of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida and is similar in scope to those he conducts examining other leagues.
Baseball teams were given a grade of C-plus for racial hiring practices for managers…. ...
“I really think the bullpen can explain at least half of that overperformance during the year,” Davenport said. “Their bullpen is that good.”
But how can just one aspect of a team be so disproportionately responsible for underestimating the entire team? Without turning this into a Ph.D. dissertation, we could sum it up a couple of ways.
Many stats define how great this bullpen has been. But it all comes back to this: When the Royals have led after eight innings over the past four seasons, ...
Williams [Arizona] News, April 20, 1916:
An improved baseball bat is the recent invention of George J. Blahos, a sailor on board the U.S.S. Mississippi. His device can be applied to any bat by any carpenter, says New York World. It consists of cutting slots in the thick or batting end of the bat, inserting in them strips of nonresilient material, cardboard, for instance, fastening these with a peg driven through at right angles to them.
And thus, George J. Blahos invented the corked bat. Anyway, ...Read More...
So, having a better idea on how well a player will perform in the future will make projections of value better?
Ahh, thanks for the insight.
Most of the assumptions tended to have relatively limited effect on the approximate value of the opt-out. The key parameter is the standard deviation of forecasted WAR, which affects that last term reflecting the expected value post-opt-out conditional on not opting out. Further research into how projections change over time as the year in question gets ...
Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
This play was discussed on MLB Radio this morning. According to the hosts, the umpires reversed the call back after talking to Hurdle *and* after viewing a replay on the Jumbotron. If that’s true, MLB has a problem because balk calls aren’t reviewable. Of course, we are headed toward 30 second mound visits for pitching coaches to speed up the game and 10 five-minute replay reviews every game.
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Posted: April 20, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 28 comment(s)
Although there were a few vague chants, we couldn’t hear anything offensive. So we asked ESPN. When reached for comment, a spokesperson said that the game audio was being reviewed, but to their knowledge no slurs had been picked up.
When Heyward came to bat in the sixth inning, the Worldwide Leader cut to Bryce Harper’s at-bat in a game against the Marlins. Some people on Twitter attributed it to the network wanting to avoid any recurrence of audible slurs while Heyward was at the plate: ...
Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 102 comment(s)
These are just factors though. The overriding cause, as Bill James says, is that the incentives of the game point to more strikeouts. From the pitching side, well, it’s obvious that to win you want pitchers who strike people out. The best pitchers are, with very few exceptions, strikeout pitchers. You look at the best pitchers in the game now — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Jake Arrieta, Madison Bumgarner, David Price — all finished in the Top 10 in strikeouts last year. Zack ...
“[Wright] went above and beyond in my eyes,” he said. “It was pretty obvious there was no intent. You could see by his reaction.”
Colabello said the act of a pitcher sending a gift to a player after hitting him “happens more than people know. You build relationships with people.”
Wright said he did it because it scared so many, including Colabello’s parents, who were in the stands. Colabello graduated from high school in Milford, Massachusetts, and played college ball at Assumption in ...
In the bottom of the seventh inning of last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game, a Giants fan sitting near the left-field line accidentally reached out and grabbed a fair ball. This happens all the time at baseball games, but things took a turn for the tragic in this instance.
Nobody’s starters are throwing the curveball like the Phillies starters are throwing the curveball. More than a quarter of all pitches thrown by the Philadelphia rotation have been curveballs. The single-season high by a team in the PITCHf/x era is 24%, by the 2012 Pirates. After that, it’s just 19%, by the 2010 Cardinals. This Phillies team might have the most curveball-heavy rotation since we started tracking such things. Phillies starters have thrown 431 curveballs this season. No other ...
Posted: April 20, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Jason Heyward’s return to St. Louis was marred with racial slurs.
In addition to booing, ESPN crowd mics picked up multiple Cardinals fans yelling the N-word at the new Chicago Cubs right fielder, who played last season for the Redbirds.
Heyward — who signed an eight-year, $184 million contract in the offseason — spent just one year with St. Louis.
Sadly, fans who who felt slighted by his so-called betrayal, felt booing wasn’t enough to get their point across.
Is this really a problem? I like some of the players but I’m more a fan of the laundry than the players.
After meeting with the Giants last offseason, Zack Greinke took a walk to explore San Francisco.
No one recognized him, according to people who were in contact with him that day.
Think about that: Greinke, then a free agent, soon would receive the highest average salary of any pitcher in major-league history. Yet he went unnoticed in a city where fans should have been quite familiar with ...
Posted: April 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 60 comment(s)
Once all of his suitors made their financially generous overtures, it became clear to outfielder Jason Heyward that no matter what baubles and clauses the Cardinals were willing to add they could never offer what he truly wanted.
They didn’t play in Chicago.
They didn’t have the Cubs’ young players.
“It came down to Chicago was really where I would like to be at the time,” Heyward said Monday. The Cardinals “made a trade for me. They traded a couple good pieces. I feel like they ...
Maybe he should take off his necklace in the future.
Working party officials, much like coaches work referees is acceptable. Sen. Cruz is doing exactly this.
But once a state votes and the results are in, the candidate who wins the most votes should be awarded the most delegates. Even more important, voters should be allowed to participate in every manner throughout the process.
A situation like Colorado, where party officials changed the rules to exclude voting is akin to a rainout that was never rescheduled or played. A game in which the ...
Talk about junk bonds…
Shares of stock in the Braves are expected to begin trading Monday, according to team owner Liberty Media.
Liberty said it completed a long-in-the-works transaction late Friday to exchange its existing stock for three new tracking stocks – one tied to the Braves (Liberty Braves stock), one tied to the company’s 61-percent stake in satellite radio provider SiriusXM (Liberty SiriusXM stock) and one tied to the company’s other holdings (new Liberty Media stock). ...
Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.
“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”
The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter ...
Toledo News-Bee, April 19, 1916:
HORRORS! PEANUT SUPPLY RUNS OUT
Along about 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Swayne field (in Toledo) some of the fans who had been in line since about noon in order to get seats, began to grow hungry. Then came the demand on the peanut men. It was so great the supply ran out and crackerjack had to be substituted. Before the end of the game the crackerjack supply was pretty low.
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