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Thursday, July 07, 2016
According to a source with knowledge of the situation, top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo expressed his displeasure about not getting promoted from Single-A Tampa to Double-A Trenton, but there were indications that might not have been the reason the infielder was hit with a two-week suspension that was announced Wednesday night.
Because he will be suspended, Mateo will not participate in the Futures Game this Sunday in San Diego. News of the suspension was delivered through the Yankees public ...
Posted: July 07, 2016 at 02:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
BP’s midseason prospect Top 50.
1. J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Why He’ll Succeed: He has the broadest base of skills in the minors, and one of those skills is plus defense at shortstop. Couple that with a strong hit tool and approach, note the double-digit home run potential, and you may be looking at a perennial all-star at shortstop.
Why He Might Fail: Crawford hasn’t hit as much against upper-minors competition as you’d like to see from your top prospect, the glove and ...
“Some of the guys on the team wish our fans were a little more boisterous and crazy. A little bit like we see in different stadiums when we’re on the road. We also realize that a lot of our fans are new Nationals fans. A whole bunch of them were Cubs and Mets [fans], wherever they come from. That’s the dynamics of D.C., which you realize. But we’re trying to win everybody to us.
We need their energy, big time. Especially on days, there are some days when you don’t have the energy. There’s ...
Milwaukee Sentinel, July 7, 1916:
HERZOG TOO EXTRAVAGANT FOR CINCY STOCKHOLDERS
Red Manager Stops at Best Hotels on Road and May Lose Job as Result
Let the denials fall where they may, Charles Herzog, present manager and shortstop for the [Cincinnati] National league club, is about to reture as leader of the Reds, and he will be succeeded by Hal Chase…
Herzog is dissatisfied with his present job because of the refusal of the Cincinnati stockholders to work in harmony with him. Herzog, a ...
Thus far, each sub-committee has convened twice with the Expansion Era voting in 2010 and 2013, the Golden Era voting in 2011 and 2014, and the Pre-Integration Era voting in 2012 and 2015. However, in its short history the Era Committee process has drawn a fair share of criticism for a variety of reasons and with December’s Pre-Integration Era vote representing two full cycles under the current format it is likely that the Hall of Fame board members will review and possibly modify to the ...Read More...
Okay, so apparently screwed something up last night. Oh well. The secret code OMNICHATTERS will have to wait for next week.
Until then, welcome to the Lucky 7 OMNICHATTER!
Posted: July 07, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 164 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
At this point he has great stuff but only so-so command.
The club has not confirmed the news that Glasnow, Pittsburgh’s No. 1 prospect, is coming up from Triple-A Indianapolis. But a Pirates source confirmed that Glasnow is expected to start Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Posted: July 06, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 3 comment(s)
There once was a time when every team in baseball deserved to have an All-Star to call its own. Unfortunately, that time was, oh, about 1957. Not now.
So on Tuesday night, when the 2016 All-Star teams were announced, Eduardo Nunez wound up on this team—as the Minnesota Twins’ mandatory rep—but Carlos Correa didn’t.
And Alex Colome was on this roster—as the Tampa Bay Rays’ designated All-Star—but Aroldis Chapman wasn’t.
The Philadelphia Phillies had to have an All-Star, too, so Odubel Herrera ...
Posted: July 06, 2016 at 03:25 PM | 41 comment(s)
all star game
Last week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Braves had quietly asked for and received new traffic ordinances from Cobb County lawmakers. The Accessory Special Event Parking rule, which is among those edicts, bans all privately owned parking lots near the team’s new stadium from operating on game days when it opens next season.
There will be no public transportation to the stadium, so people will have to drive, and park, and the rule effectively stipulates that only the team ...
Baseball’s banned hit king Pete Rose today filed a federal lawsuit for defamation against Rose investigator John Dowd for making “false and malicious” accusations last summer that Rose had underage girls delivered to him and that he committed statutory rape, Today’s Knuckleball has learned.
On Tuesday, Harper told The Washington Post he has no plans to participate in the 2016 derby in San Diego, either.
In fact, Harper isn’t sure if he’ll ever do the Home Run Derby again. At least, that’s how he feels as of July 5, 2016.
“I just don’t want to, plain and simple,” he said after Tuesday night’s loss to the Brewers.
The phone call from the military recruiter that Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena had been waiting for came Tuesday, and if the U.S. Army calls again asking him to serve, he said he would probably leave baseball to do so.
Pena, 34, has been exploring the possibility of joining the U.S. Army Reserves, and he learned Tuesday that he will be able to participate in training and work as an ambassador, but his contract with the Cardinals forbids him from officially enlisting. But he feels called to ...
If you are interested in defensive metrics, this is a must read. Great work!
I originally sought to better understand Inside Edge’s defensive data on my accord and articulate the context of the data here. But my exploration evolved when anecdotal evidence seemed to turn into something more. En route, I offered here limited but still quantitative evidence that WAR, as we now calculate it, fails to properly account for the difficulty of defensive seasons, at least in the tail ends of the ...
In an effort to get better results from a pitching staff that has struggled for much of the season, the Red Sox have given Brian Bannister a role on the coaching staff, effective immediately.
Bannister was hired last September to be the team’s director of pitching analysis and development. He will now work along with pitching coach Carl Willis to help the Major League club on a daily basis.
Due to Major League rules, Bannister won’t be in uniform during games. But he will be on the field ...
Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
“We have been made aware of the allegation that has been made against Jung Ho Kang,” Pirates President Frank Coonelly said in a statement in response to questions from the Tribune about the sexual assault investigation. “We take allegations of this type extremely seriously. Pursuant to the Joint MLB/MLBPA Policy on such matters, this matter is exclusively before the Commissioner’s Office at this time. We have and will continue to cooperate fully with the Commissioner’s Office. As a result of ...
Posted: July 06, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 43 comment(s)
jung ho kang
I guess this post officially makes this Brian Kenny Day at BBTF.org.
Tom Verducci interviews Kenny about his new book, “Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution”:
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Pittsburgh Press, July 6, 1916:
Physicians attending Schuyler P. Britton, president of the [St. Louis] National league club, who was badly burned about the face from the explosion of a cannon cracker while entertaining his family in a July Fourth celebration, announced that they feared both eyes have been injured. The cracker exploded just a few inches from Britton’s face and left burns which probably will scar the baseball magnate for life. Fortunately for Britton the glasses he wears protected ...
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own off-topic thread, we won’t distract from the site’s true purpose, off-topic threads. Link goes to Kevin Durant’s announcement in The Players’ Tribune.
The Pirates put right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 15-day disabled list after their game Monday because of right shoulder fatigue, further thinning a rotation already suffering due to Gerrit Cole’s injury.
Taillon was scheduled to start today. To take his place, the Pirates will promote left-hander Steven Brault from Class AAA Indianapolis. Brault, 24, will make his major league debut.
Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
“Whether it was the slider or curveball or changeup or fastball, everything was just out of whack,” Harvey said. “Catching too much of the plate.”
What can the Mets do? Not much except keep sending him out there. Keep hoping he goes from dud back to stud.
Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
Toledo News-Bee, July 5, 1916:
It is said the Red Sox plan to shift Pitcher Ruth to the outfield. The Sox don’t miss Speaker. They only miss his fielding and hitting.
Man, the Red Sox must really be getting desperate if they’re thinking about using a pitcher in the outfield.
A mask with a built-in spring to absorb the impact of a baseball.
The 30-year-old catcher is no longer the only catcher in Major League Baseball to wear the mask. Other catchers such as Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart and Minnesota’s Kurt Suzuki have also converted to the Defender. A handful of MLB umpires have also started wearing the mask.
Safety concerns for all sports have never been higher. This mask comes at a perfect time when people are paying more attention to head injuries and ...
Posted: July 05, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 9 comment(s)
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