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Monday, July 06, 2015
This contest determined by popular vote has totally devolved into a popularity contest!
Flat-out question: If you’re building two teams for the rest of the season and you get two of everything including six outfielders, how many Royals’re you choosing?
You know what? I think Gordon and Cain actually make my team, perhaps even as starters! With Perez backing up Russell Martin. So, yes—with the exception of Escobar, the Royals’ starters are pretty well-deserving. By this standard that ...
Sunday, July 05, 2015
The kids are damn good, and they’re part of one of the most significant youth movements in baseball in the past 25 years.
Baseball’s excellence is supremely concentrated in its young players at the moment. To get a sense for the balance of power in MLB, I calculated the average age of all position players in the league while weighting each player’s age by how good they were in a given year (using wins above replacement).
Since the early 2000s, the MLB’s weighted age has ...
Posted: July 05, 2015 at 02:03 PM | 21 comment(s)
Jonah Keri’s take on the mess in Angels front office.
There’s no doubt the Cubs need help, and not just the return of Jorge Soler or the arrival of reliever Rafael Soriano, who’s been hung up in the Dominican Republic with visa problems.
Epstein said Friday that “demand far outweighs supply” in the current market and everyone has to “recognize the trade deadline is not a panacea” for solving a team’s problems.
“If you look at the history of teams that go on and play in the World Series, very rarely is it (because of a) deadline deal,” he said, ...
Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 75 comment(s)
This might mean a return of Joey Gallo.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could be headed to the disabled list again, this time with a groin strain.
Hamilton had an MRI on Saturday but the results had not been revealed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hamilton wasn’t in the Rangers lineup for Saturday’s game with the Angels. He came out of Friday’s game after the seventh inning.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton came out of Friday’s game a little sore but said Saturday was a ...
Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3.
“When they announced my name before pregame and the fans gave a pretty nice applause there, that gave me some chills and some butterflies,” Corbin said. “And after that seemed to calm me down. I just wanted to go out there ...
Saturday, July 04, 2015
Detroit placed the slugging first-baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to the left calf strain he suffered trying to get a running start off first base.
The injury occurred when Cabrera took off from first base on a hit-and-run play with Victor Martinez at the plate. Cabrera, who had taken off several times during what ended up being an 11-pitch at-bat, pulled up immediately as Martinez fouled off another pitch.
Trailing the Tampa Bay Rays by 5-3 in the 12th inning on Friday night, Teixeira had an opportunity to ignite a rally with runners on first and third and one out. Suddenly, fireworks began going off outside the Stadium, minutes before the Fourth of July officially began, and Teixeira responded with a run-scoring single.
Moments later, McCann capped the show with a three-run homer to right field, propelling the Yankees to a 7-5 win, their first walk-off victory of the season.
“It’s one of ...
Posted: July 04, 2015 at 10:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
Thirty years ago today (and tomorrow morning), announcer John Sterling was well on his way to being beyond insufferable…
The voice on the other end of the phone was tense. The message was a newspaper editor’s equivalent of a naked threat.
“Need that story.”
It was 30 years ago today. More importantly, it was past 4 a.m. and I was on deadline in the press box at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium, trying to find language that would capture the history I’d just witnessed.
The Mets and ...
The Yankees, in a news release, said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game. Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees.
During their opening remarks, Rodriguez accepted an apology from Hample, who before recovering the 3,000th-hit ball compared Rodriguez to the devil, on Twitter.
“First of all, you are forgiven,” said Rodriguez, 39. “I have a Ph.D. in ...
Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.
Aren’t the Yankees and A-Rod wonderful people?
Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.
Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 17 comment(s)
Maybe he should worry about doing better in the AB he does get against lefties.
“I have no idea. It doesn’t come from anywhere in this clubhouse. Everybody knows what situations our general manager puts up there. I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.”
Reddick, who’s hitting ...
Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
Correa’s attorney, Nicholas Williams, said: “Mr. Correa denies any illegal conduct. The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St. Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited from that roguish behavior.”
The probe by investigators at the FBI’s Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting ...
Posted: July 04, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 54 comment(s)
Ben Zobrist? Don’t get me wrong, He’s a good player. But he’s the GUY they would overpay for? He is a free agent next year.
Trevor Bauer’s third plate appearance during Friday’s game against the Pirates was ... interesting. Either the Indians’ batters were telepathically controlling their pitcher from the dugout, or Bauer decided to show off a few very accurate impressions at the plate.
Friday, July 03, 2015
So there’s a rift in the White Sox front office ...
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart pinpointed his team’s biggest obstacle during Major League Baseball’s GM meetings in November. “You know the challenge with beating the Giants?’’ Stewart said. “It’s Bruce Bochy. He’s the key to that team. We would need him to be kidnapped and taken away someplace for us to have an opportunity.’‘
He’d just broken the record for cheesesteak consumption in the visitor’s clubhouse at the Phillies’ 11-year-old yard, downing 20 of the massive sandwiches as of Thursday afternoon—and counting. On Wednesday, Hanel broke the previous three-game mark held by Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill when he took the first bite of cheesesteak No. 18. On Thursday, Hanel blew past Marlins right-hander Mat Latos’ four-game record (18), and had already finished No. 20 when it was time to head out to catch ...
The Dodgers had a budget of $2,020,300 to spend, the fourth-lowest in the game. On Thursday alone, they signed two players who would have busted that budget by themselves, and a third who would have come close: Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez signed for $16 million, while Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito agreed to bonuses of $2.6 million and $2 million, respectively. What’s even better about all this is that the Dodgers signed nine players total, but we don’t yet know the bonuses for four of ...
What’s the worst that can happen? The guy could come up, get buried, lose his confidence, and become a used up husk of a player.
Sandy Alderson recently chided media members for overzealousness by dubbing them the denizens of Panic City. Funny. Alderson has a dry wit. What he doesn’t have is a good enough offense to support a superb rotation. What he doesn’t have yet is a trade market ready to deliver him a bat to enliven a comatose lineup.
The answers, for now, must come internally. And ...
Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:00 AM | 3 comment(s)
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