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Thursday, April 28, 2016
We interrupt the coronation of the Cubs to remind you that that the NL Central features two other contenders with powerful offenses.
Yes, the Cubs already lead the Pirates by three games and the Cardinals by 3½; neither of the trailing clubs is pitching as well as expected, while the Cubs rank second in the NL in ERA.
The race, however, remains intriguing.
Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 39 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thor could crush somebody in Times Square and he wouldn’t lose fans.
The Mets flamethrower has teamed up with SportsNet New York for a segment where he hits the street of New York City dressed as Thor.
The most obvious route, especially in the first year of the international bonus pools, was a package deal. Take a player for July 2 you want to sign for $2 million, but give $1.5 million to him on July 2 and give $500,000 to another player from the same trainer before July 2. Prior to July 2, 2012, there were no bonus pools, so you save half a million dollars from your 2012-13 bonus pool.
While the decision should ultimately be up to the player and his family, the reality is that the trainers ...
ST. LUCIE 10, CHARLOTTE 5: Amed Rosario went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. He smashed a two-run homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. It was Rosario’s third long ball of the season and second in three games. Rosario added a two-run triple in the eighth to put the Mets ahead by four runs. Rosario has two four-RBI performances in the last three games. He was seeking a double for the cycle, but was stranded on deck in the ninth.
Rosario is off to a very good start with the bat in ...Read More...
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 27, 1916:
FUTURE GIANT HURLS NO-HIT GAME
Erasmus Hall High School won another baseball game by defeating Manual Training High School by a score of 4 to 1…Waite Hoyt, who is under contract with the Giants and who pitched a no-hit game Saturday, relieved Davidson and repeated his feat of holding his opponents hitless. Hoyt went into the box in the second inning, and during the remainder of the game was never touched for even a scratch hit. He struck out ...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Recently, the present author began the process of process of reproducing the broadcaster rankings which appeared on this site roughly four years ago. The purpose of those rankings? To place a “grade” on each of the league’s television and radio broadcast teams — a grade intended to represent not necessarily the objective quality or skill of the relevant announcers, but rather the appeal those announcers might have to the readers of Fangraphs.
I have a feeling I know how CFB will vote ...Read More...
Tinder’s location-specific search makes an athlete’s road game easier, and longer stays increase the chances of consummating a match, so for MLB players, in particular, scores come in bunches. “Tinder is better for an area you’re not familiar with, so that’s how a lot of guys meet people,” says Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s off the market but estimates that a third of his single colleagues are right swipers. And that number spikes during spring training, when regulars can punch out by ...Read More...
“The Oakland Athletics announced that righthander Sean Murphy, a member of the organization since 2010, unexpectedly died on Monday in Arizona.
The 27-year-old had not pitched in an official game since 2014 as he rehabilitated from Tommy John surgery. He was suspended for 50 games in February after testing positive for a drug of abuse.”
Even though some of the initial rewards had already been realized by 2009, there were still significant gains to be made by semi-early adopters. To measure them, we built a model estimating how good a team was before its front-office hires, using the following factors for each team: its winning percentages over the previous three seasons, its payroll and market size and its Baseball America farm-system ranking. Using these variables, we generated an expected winning percentage for each team ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 26, 1916:
LAVAN TRIES TO CALL BALK ON OWN PITCHER
For the first time in a big league a team has tried to call a balk on its own pitcher. When Graney stole second in the first inning of Monday’s Indian-Brown battle while Groom held the ball, then took third on Groom’s wild throw, Johnny Lavan rushed in with a wild shout of “balk.” He claimed Groom moved from the pitcher’s pose and that therefore Graney was only entitled to one base on a balk.
Very quick thinking on ...Read More...
If you were in the Atlanta area on Sunday, you could have seen matinee performances of ‘Dream Girls’ (at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta) or ‘Ragtime’ (at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center). You could have attended an Italian Film Festival at the Plaza Theatre, or the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Centennial Olympic Park, where the craft beer was flowing and live music played. It was a free entrance day at several National Parks, including nearby Chattahoochee Park. ...
16 of the 20 teams who have won at least 30 of their first 40 games went on to win the pennant. Nine of them won the World Series, six of them losing it (one played before the World Series began).
Most promising for teams that win at a 75% clip through 40 games is the fact that 18 of the 20 teams to do so have finished in first place and advanced to the postseason.
When we look at teams that won at least 17 of their first 20 (twelve total), we see that five of them failed to even make the ...Read More...
Posted: April 26, 2016 at 12:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Each team’s rating and its chances of advancing to the playoffs.
Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.
Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.
MLB.com’s David Adler cited a 2015 Scout.com interview in which Donny Rowland, New ...
‘s been over a year since we helped a professional baseball team choose the name “Hartford Yard Goats.” That was a fun time, but now we’re all kind of used to them. They’re just one creatively silly minor league team name out of dozens.
We need something fresh.
We need an entire alternate universe filled with new minor league teams.
Introducing the minor league baseball team name generator!
“The Rancho Cucamonga Steel Zebras”
Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 34 comment(s)
When most fans of Major League Baseball (MLB) think of players from the Pacific Rim, players imported from Japan’s professional league tend to come to mind. Whether it be Ichiro or for a period Dice K Matsuzaka, there have been a string of high profile players coming from Japan to the United States. That perception may be about to change. While more Japanese professionals have played in the major leagues, players from Korea are increasingly making their mark in MLB as well.
Because of the ...Read More...
Only to be thrown out by that stuffy Dean! I’LL GET YOU PUIG!
Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig had a little time to kill on Saturday night after Kenta Maeda and company made short work of the Colorado Rockies. So he decided he would surprise some Denver area high school students by crashing their prom party.
Puig shocked the students from Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.— which is a suburb of Denver — a little before midnight. He even posed for pictures with ...
Nothing about bat flips though.
“Laws of Base Ball” was put up for online bidding this month by SCP Auctions; the price paid was the most ever for a baseball document but below the $4.3 million paid in 2010 for James Naismith’s original 13 rules of basketball. The most expensive piece of sports memorabilia is a Babe Ruth jersey from 1920 that sold for $4.4 million in 2012.
“Laws,” which was written by Daniel Adams, who was known as Doc, established rules such as nine men on a side, ...
America’s poet expounded on America’s game in this little-known June 18, 1858 editorial from the Brooklyn Daily Times. But these were not Whitman’s only published words on the national pastime: in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass appears the line “Upon the race-course, or enjoying picnics or a good game of base-ball”; and in the Brooklyn Eagle of July 23, 1846 (only one month after the Knickerbockers’ purported first match game), he wrote: “In our sun-down perambulations, ...
A new MRI on Gallardo’s ailing right shoulder Sunday showed “no changes” from the MRI taken two months ago during Gallardo’s club physical, before the Orioles signed him in February, according to an industry source.
Gallardo left Friday’s game in Kansas City after just two innings after feeling discomfort in his shoulder and was placed on the DL before Saturday’s game against the Royals, marking the first time in parts of 10 major league seasons that he has gone on the DL with an arm-related ...
Posted: April 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
Not cool to “hack” into the Cardinals signs like that!
But the practice of sign-stealing goes from an innocent and understandable part of on-field play to a weirder and more concerning competitive advantage if and when teams incorporate agents and technologies beyond the diamond to figure out what their opponents are planning. The Toronto Blue Jays have long been dogged by allegations of a mysterious man in white clothing — the Man in White — who sits in center field at the Rogers Centre ...
New York Evening World, April 25, 1916:
Baseball statisticians have been conspicuously negligent in failing to tabulate whether left or right handed umpires are hit the hardest.
Touché. That hits a bit close to home, old-timey people. (I should mention that the “Answers to Queeries” below the linked blurb gave me a chuckle or two.)
I am shocked that an owner of sports team would be in favor of tax dollars being put into the pockets of another owner.
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg was asked Sunday for his thoughts on the $40 million approved by the Hillsborough County commissioners for renovations to George M. Steinbrenner Field, the spring home of the Yankees.
“Any money going toward baseball in Florida is fine by me,” he said. “It’s about the sport. It’s good for the spot. It shows that Hillsborough is ...
Posted: April 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
“This is a guy who walked 100-plus times in Korea last year, and I think he’s kind of seeing that there’s a little more attack mode here,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was telling me that six or seven out of 10 pitches he sees over there are breaking balls. And because of his reputation over there, guys pitched him kind of like how you see them pitch some of our guys when they’re swinging the bats. So it was tough for him initially when guys were really attacking him ...
Posted: April 25, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
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We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping The Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics.
Sunday’s game had everything a game could offer, from dramatic highs to head-shaking oddities. Bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and Baker, in his 21st season as a manager, have seen thousands of games combined, and the three agreed this was the wildest game they had been a part of.
It was definitely not the cleanest game ever played, but there were so many uncommon events that this one will be remembered for quite some time.
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