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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Would Smyly be hurt if he hadn’t played in the WBC? That’s an open question. If I were a GM of a team, I wouldn’t want my pitchers in the WBC because I’d expect my training staff to know my players better which *should mean* they’d be in a better position to have my players better prepared to open the season healthy.
It’s understandable that team officials would “remain wary of the WBC,” as Rosenthal wrote. Teams have many millions of dollars tied up in their players’ well-being and the ...
Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:12 AM | 1 comment(s)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
WARNING: You’ll never get these minutes of your life back.
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Neil Weinberg of Fangraphs responds:
Why did MLBN let Bill Ripken do a five minute segment on DRS without explaining how it works at all?
Better Phanatic’s ride than his wife, I suppose…
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The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him
Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016
Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) ...
The Red Sox placed Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles, but at this point, the belief is that the center fielder’s right knee sprain will be a short-term ailment.
. The average MLB team is worth $1.54 billion, 19% more than one year ago (to see the impact on the Forbes SportsMoney Index, click here). Values were driven higher by new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, surging profitability, and the escalating value of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the Internet and technology arm of MLB.
While over the past few years most of the new local television deals involved big market teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, ...
Pittsburgh Press, April 11, 1917:
It is hardly conceivable that the Pirates can prove disappointments this season. Very few persons are optimistic enough to concede them a chance to make a good showing in the National league race, which opens today. It’s a cinch that they can’t land lower than eighth at the finish and if they go higher than eight, they will apparently prove a big surprise to many critics and rival players. Just listen to this from the Cincinnati Enquirer: “The Cleveland Indians ...
How about reading it from the greatest manager in Pirates history?
“Clint Hurdle has gotten a lot of credit for becoming a Pittsburgher, and rightfully so,” Jim Leyland said earlier this month. “He’s gotten a lot of credit for being a motivator, and rightfully so. But Clint Hurdle has not gotten enough credit in Pittsburgh, in my opinion, for being the game manager that he is. He is a terrific game manager. I don’t think that has been recognized because the other stuff has kind of ...
Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:15 AM | 5 comment(s)
The Yankees, considering so many question marks in the rotation, would be hard-pressed to even make a strong run at the playoffs without excellence from the 28-year-old righty, whose motivations can hardly be stronger since he can be a free agent after the season.
Romine said he believes this performance will “help” Pineda when everything is not working quite as ideally as it did in the home opener, serving as a reminder to trust three pitches and his skills.
But as glorious as Pineda was ...
Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
Monday, April 10, 2017
“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”
It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” ...Read More...
I’m not sure what to make of this block.
49. Sean Forman
The founder of Baseball-Reference.com, the most complete source of baseball statistics on the Internet. MLB executives, as well as writers, broadcasters and fans rely heavily on the database Forman – and his company Sports Reference—has collected and maintained since 2000. One of the site’s major contributions to the sabermetric revolution is its efforts to roll all of a player’s contributions into a single, quantifiable number: ...
Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:00 PM | 45 comment(s)
Topeka State Journal, April 10, 1917:
“Color,” writes Christy Mathewson, “is what they want in baseball, and plenty of it. Rube Foster is ready to furnish all the color baseball requires.”
Big Six: class act.
Also in the newspapers 100 years ago today: Wind destroys part of the grandstand at Reading’s stadium, the Circus Maximus. I mention this because Circus Maximus is perhaps the best name for a ballpark I’ve ever heard.
“It’s a reminder to keep doing what we’re doing effortwise but also using our heads at the same time,” Baldelli said. “We don’t have to challenge the defense every time.”
To reinforce that, he had a sign installed in the clubhouse that reads:
Run the bases hard, but take what the defense gives you.
Posted: April 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”
Posted: April 10, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
No vaccinations required.
Ever since Steven Matz revealed he’s suffering from a strained flexor tendon, Mets officials have been privately asking who made the diagnosis. “Our [doctors] found nothing wrong,” said one person with knowledge of Matz’s care. The team is both frustrated and flummoxed, in the dark as to what’s actually wrong with Matz and when he’ll be able to pitch again.
It’s a sensitive subject among Mets executives, who say they like Matz personally and are convinced he’s talented enough to ...
Posted: April 10, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
Olney thinks MLB should do something before players get stuck together on a play at the plate:
The folks in uniform, as well as the reporters, could be rescued from this ridiculous dance if Major League Baseball and the players’ association would quickly rewrite the foreign-substance rule. The needed changes would relieve the players of the inevitable and silly accusations of cheating, something that Molina is wading through right now, by providing a cover of legitimacy to a common practice. And ...
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Ryan Tucker has gone from Marlins pitcher to marijuana producer.
According to Leafly, “the largest cannabis website in the world,” Tucker is developing a marijuana dispensary and greenhouse cultivation business in his home state of California.
“I got into the cannabis industry because it saved my life,” Tucker told the publication. “I remember asking myself, ‘Is this my future?’ And four or five years ago might have been a bit early to want to try this. But it went okay and I ...
Former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was reported missing on Sunday.
The Woodstock, Ga. Police Department tweeted a recent picture of Nixon and stated the 58-year-old was last seen Saturday at 10 a.m. leaving his residence in a gray 2011 Range Rover
Local police told Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta Nixon was wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black sweatpants and a black baseball cap with black Adidas shoes with white stripes.
He reportedly left to play golf but never arrived at the course. ...Read More...
Posted: April 09, 2017 at 09:41 PM | 34 comment(s)
[Texas] lawmakers in 2015 approved a plan to let 10 professional sports teams in Texas hold
50-50 raffles during sporting events, and voters also approved the plan.
[Team] officials said they were “very pleased” with the support they saw from Rangers fans during the first year of the Texas Two Split.
“We were able to raise significant funds to support Rangers Foundation programs, including the construction of the new Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, ...
Posted: April 09, 2017 at 08:34 PM | 1484 comment(s)
ormer Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned 38 on Saturday, and he was having a great day until the early evening.
Guthrie made a start for the Washington Nationals on Saturday, his first appearance in the majors since his days with the Royals in 2015. It should have been a happy day for him.
But it was a terrible outing for Guthrie, as the Phillies pounded him to the tune of 10 runs on six hits and four walks. He got just two outs. The Phillies ended up scoring 12 runs overall in the opening ...
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