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Monday, June 20, 2016
The first thing that impresses one on a visit to the Polo Grounds on any day of the week is the number of spectators. It makes no difference what day it is or which clubs are to compete, there are always crowds on hand to watch a match. On Fridays and Saturdays there are more persons than on other days. But a match between two of the more prominent nines of the League will call out 7,000 or 8,000 persons, no matter what the day may be. The wonder to a man who works for his living is ...
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
I’ve got nothing. Just a beautiful but heartbreaking piece.
Chris thanked everyone who had reached out to him, expressed his grief for the other families and fielded 15 questions. “I didn’t think about it at all,” he’ll say later. “I just spoke from the heart.” Someone asked if he had a message to pass on to a world horrified that a young man could walk into a church and fire 77 bullets at a group of people as they studied Scripture, ending nine lives, stealing sisters and ...
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM | 0 comment(s)
While some of you were watching a silly basketball game I was enjoying a very special moment.
Catching prospect Willson Contreras came up as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and hit the first major-league pitch he saw over the wall in center field for a 2-run home run.
The delirious crowd of 41,024 screamed for a curtain call, and Contreras obliged, eating up the attention. Contreras, 24, will get his first big-league start Monday night, but it would be hard to top Sunday.
“It was amazing,” ...
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
It looks like a road trip is in my future.
Andrew Benintendi is about to have some company.
Top prospect Yoan Moncada has been promoted to Double-A Portland, the High-A Salem Red Sox announced on Twitter on Sunday night. Moncada hit .307 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage in almost 300 plate appearances with Salem, including a remarkable 25 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 61 games.
Pittsburgh Press, June 20, 1916:
Third Baseman Johnny Dodge of the Mobile Southern association team, died from a concussion of the brain. He was struck by a pitched ball Sunday thrown by Pitcher Tom Rogers of the Nashville club.
Dodge was drafted by the Philadelphia National league club several years ago from the Virginia league upon the recommendation of Frank Haller, who was scouting for the Phillies at the time. He figured in a trade with the Cincinnati club, after a year’s service with the ...
Somebody isn’t trying hard enough.
Bill James has written more about baseball—encompassing history, analytics, and opinion—than I will ever get to read. That doesn’t stop me from reading, and often re-reading, his work. One old passage of his I came across recently covered all three elements I just named, and offered a prediction that he didn’t test—but I can.
De Aza brings nothing to the Mets.
D’Arnaud, set to complete his rehabilitation stint Sunday night, will be there barring something crazy happening. And it would be crazy to not give Nimmo, the prodigal Wyomingite, a shot, with either Michael Conforto or Alejandro De Aza departing to make room.
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
Well, this is an expensive mistake.
Since he was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Castillo would clear Monday. He’s still owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with a $13.5 million option after 2019. Because of that price tag, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and be outrighted to Pawtucket. He will no longer be on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.
Castillo’s contract was record-setting for an amateur international player, surpassing the $68 million deal that Jose Abreu signed ...
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 76 comment(s)
Now that basketball is over, baseball season is in full swing. My college home team LSU just lost a heartbreaker that kept them from going to the college world series. I’m a die-hard Yankees fan and tune in to a number of their games. But it’s a presidential election year, so a tough choice of what to watch; a baseball game or political rallies?
Just what is America’s favorite pastime? Is it politics or baseball? Politics has always been a major spectator sport, particularly here in ...Read More...
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Just finished reading Kenny’s new book. I enjoyed it very much. It was entertaining and insightful. If you visit this site and like “Baseball Now” and Kenny, you will enjoy this book. Although I have a review copy I plan on paying for a Kindle version so I can more easily reread the book and highlight passages to refer to later. When I get the Kindle version, I will try and post a more in-depth look at the book.
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
And maybe that’s one of the lasting lessons to take away from The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. That despite the careful planning, the on-the-fly adjustments due to injuries or player poaching (at this level), the dedication of the players and support staff, the superstitious rituals, and the motivational speeches that are poured into baseball clubs, not to mention the attempts to drag baseball kicking and screaming into the sabermetric age, we will never be able ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 3 comment(s)
We only have one.
George Brett is thinking about his father again, the man who punched him and kicked him and at least once threatened to kill him. George loved the old man. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that.
George has read stories that say he hated his father, and, sure, there were moments back when he was a kid in Southern California when that was true. But isn’t that how most of us are with our parents?
No, George never hated the man. Not in a real, lasting way, at ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
Watch your backs, fellas. Watch your backs.
Last season, the SI Yanks held a Game of Thrones Night, which set the attendance record for any game at Richmond County Ballpark.
The objective behind Sabermetrics Day is to accomplish the same result – and to entice (new) fans so that they begin – and continue – coming to games consistently.
Holley believes that if the event goes well, there could be another Sabermetrics Day next season.
Wright’s harmony with regular life is teetering on unbelievable, too.
“You look at the world today, there’s so many mean people out there,” Wright said. “There’s not too many people that you come across that are nice, just in general, day-to-day life. Why not?
“So many people are mean all the time and it’s just an easy way of life. Just to shy people away. . . . It’s really hard to make sure that you’re nice and you’re polite and you’re respectful to everybody ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
Trading Gray right now wouldn’t be maximizing his value. Unless he goes on a solid string of above average starts or a team decides to give full value in return, there is no sense trading him.
For sure, Gray isn’t what he used to be. But is he merely going through an adjustment period after having much success over his first three seasons? Every time Gray starts, he draws double-digit scouts from contenders. In his start last Wednesday, Gray looked like his dominating self for five innings ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 12 comment(s)
Are there still questions about his age?
“It’s more of an issue when a guy is listed at 32,” one scout said. “It’s not like someone who says he’s 22 and turns out to be 24 or 25. At 32 an extra year or two matters a lot more. You have to see if the athleticism is still there.
“Even if he looks good in a workout, I wouldn’t give him more than two years. The cost would depend on how many clubs get involved, but based on what some of the other (Cuban defectors) have gotten, it ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Freak is back with the freak turned low.
In the sixth inning, Lincecum clapped for his teammates when they turned a quick double play behind him. Lowrie lined his next pitch into left field, Robinson secured it, and fans again stood up to commend Lincecum on his performance.
His day was done. To use his favored idiom for fastball velocity, he did not pump any cheese, but he induced the kind of weak contact he could not in recent seasons for San Francisco.
“I’ve tried to scratch ...
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The guy is having a great month/season.
And Saunders nearly had a fourth, as he smoked a 2-2 fastball 330 feet to left field in the third inning, where it fell right in front of the outfield wall marker that reads “333.” Five more feet and Saunders would have made history.
“Michael’s in a nice little groove. He’s having a hell of a year for us,” said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. “And he’s using the whole field, too. He’s not just hitting his home runs pull side. He’s ...
Virtually every American today, be they a baseball fan or not, knows Lou Gehrig’s “bad break” was his diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fierce neurodegenerative disorder that robs one of muscle control, swallowing, breathing, and ultimately, life.
Two months earlier, on May 1, 1939, Gehrig gallantly took himself out of the lineup because he could no longer will his body to perform the athletic miracles that made him, arguably, the best baseball player ever to play the ...
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
The secret is out.
That same day, a few minutes after Espinosa chose the French press, Clint Robinson opted for the normal coffee pot.
“Too bitter,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t get it down.”
The French press coffee, it seems, is an acquired taste. Thanks to two of their most productive contributors off the bench, though, these Nationals have acquired it — and with it, though perhaps not related to it, a firm hold on first place in the National League East.
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 80 comment(s)
For outsiders, Chatwood is in the unenviable position of having the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in baseball yet the potential to be hamstrung by his own ballpark. But as Hundley notes, a lot of it is in your head when you’re on the mound in Denver.
“If you go out and try to control the atmosphere, the barometric pressure, the humidity levels, if you’re worried about that stuff, big league hitters are gonna eat you alive,” he said. “Tyler believes in himself and he believes in his ...
Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
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