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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
With this, Trumbo became the first Oriole to have home runs on seven straight hits. The MLB record is 11 straight, set by Mark McGwire in 2001, and nobody else has more than eight to his name.
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
For all the criticism the Dodgers front office has received, they have consistently put a playoff caliber team on the field.
If the Dodgers’ bats came alive in Sunday’s win, they were downright perky on Monday. With seven home runs, including four slugged during the top of the fifth inning, Los Angeles took a wild 18-9 victory over the Reds to gain a split of their four-game series.
Adrian Gonzalez did the most damage with three homers and a career-high eight RBIs, including a three-run shot in ...
Posted: August 23, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
Monday, August 22, 2016
After the rep departed, the players said, Valencia confronted Butler and told him, “Don’t you ever loud talk me in front of a rep. That was wrong,” and walked aggressively toward Butler. Butler turned around, took a couple steps toward Valencia, and according to both witnesses, said, “I can say whatever I want and your b— ass isn’t going to do anything about it.”
One player said that the men leaned in, bumped heads and then started pushing each other, Valencia started swinging ...Read More...
I haven’t liked most of the stuff the Diamondbacks have done in La Russa’s time but firing them now says more about the owner’s problems than the La Russa and Stewart front office.
In a rare case of agreement, I’m actually with LaRussa and Stewart on the idea that they shouldn’t be fired simply because the team performed badly in 2016. The results of one season, whether positive or negative, don’t provide enough information about the quality of the decisions made, and especially not the ...
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 27 comment(s)
Minor League Baseball today announced the Class A Advanced Carolina League will add two teams for the 2017 season as part of a broader realignment at that level of play. The California League’s Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks will cease operations at the completion of the 2016 season.
The 2017 season will see a return of professional baseball to Kinston, North Carolina. Kinston served as the home of Carolina League clubs from 1956-57, 1962-74 and 1978-2011. Several locations are ...
“Kill the Win” indeed. And it should be in honor of Vern Law.
“After 18 innings of grit and guile, an exhausted Law was lifted from the game. Bob Friend was brought in to start 19th. Friend promptly gave up a run—and the lead—on two hits and a walk. The Pirates scored two in the bottom of the 19th to take the game, giving Friend “the win.” A friend indeed.”
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM | 4 comment(s)
That fastball. It’s arguably the best in the minor leagues, and it is certainly the fastest. He hit 105 miles per hour in his third start off the disabled list, and now constantly hits in the high-90s. It’s fair to think that he is getting by with his fastball alone, but his secondary offerings are also improved.
His slider was once mediocre with inconsistent control, but like his fastball, it has become a pitch that has some power behind it. He lands his slider in the low-90s, and a 90 ...
If I were Joe Maddon, I would have made Jason Heyward take advantage of it while the Cubs were there. A day hike among a riot of wildflowers. A whitewater rafting trip. Some time atop a mountain that no hitting guru could scale. Maybe a tour of the state’s burgeoning herbal industry.
Instead, the manager kept his struggling hitter in the dugout for the three-game series against the Rockies in Denver. Actually, describing Heyward as “struggling’’ might imply that he has known something ...
Topeka State Journal, August 22, 1916:
The Philadelphia Athletics, for many years the idols of the game, have provoked much mirth this season and are now preparing to finish the race the worst last we have had for a long time.
It may sound queer to many, but as the season begins to sight its close Connie Mack is expressing satisfaction with the team he has been training this summer.
“By next year I expect to have a club that will be a big factor in the pennant race, and within two years ...
On this day in 1870, pitcher Fred Goldsmith demonstrated to baseball writer and historian Henry Chadwick that the curve ball is real. And the world was never the same.
The New Haven Register, Goldsmith’s hometown newspaper, wrote about the event recently.
“No game was scheduled this particular day, but a large crowd, curious to the proceedings, began to gather,” the Register reported. “[Goldsmith’s friend Ham] Avery, the story goes, drew a 45-foot line in chalk. He then hammered ...
“I had a bad year last year and I was coming off a hip surgery, and everybody wants to look at you like your career is done and you can’t do it anymore,” Moss said. “I wanted to tell them, ‘Hey man, pump the brakes a little bit. I’m fighting though a lot of things here.’
“You get tired of the constant questions about it. You’re going out there and fighting every single day to be the best for your team and your teammates that you can possibly be. Everyone in the room knows that you’re ...
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 10 comment(s)
Update (8/22/2016 3:10 PM EDT): Shoulder stain and rotator cuff irritation.
Shoulder not elbow. Ugh.
The Mets are still hopeful to have Steven Matz this week for their crucial series with the Cardinals. The Long Island lefty was heading to New York Sunday night to have his shoulder examined by team doctors Monday.
The Mets are holding his next scheduled start open for him, listing their starter for Thursday’s finale against the Cardinals as “TBA,” until they hear the diagnosis.
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
It was a dream more than 15 years—plus nearly five hours—in the making, but borders and politics always stood in the way. Yulieski Gurriel, at 32 years old, knew he was running short on time if he wanted to reach the pinnacle of the sport and play in the big leagues, which is why he took a chance and defected from Cuba with his brother earlier this year.
Gurriel, who defected following the Caribbean Series in February and signed with the Astros in July for $47.5 million, finally ...
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
The Arizona Diamondbacks are a mess.
Diamondbacks ownership is strongly considering making sweeping front-office changes, firing some of the most respected men in the game.
If owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall fire chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and his staff, including general manager Dave Stewart and assistant GM De Jon Watson, the D’backs will be changing GMs for the seventh time in just 11 years.
Stewart and Watson will have been given all of ...
Posted: August 22, 2016 at 06:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
Will they get another season?
La Russa paused when asked what he thought of the industry reaction. He said he understands the attention the trade received, particularly since the club had given up another first-round pick, pitcher Touki Toussaint, earlier in the year. But he questions the perception that everyone in baseball disliked it for the Diamondbacks.
“How many front offices, if you polled the other 29, how many would have questioned it or said it was a bad deal?” La Russa asked. ...
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Despite facing left-handed starters Saturday and Sunday, designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for the Athletics. Manager Bob Melvin said Butler was out sick due to nausea and vomiting, though he ruled out the flu.
There seems to be more to this story than a simple illness, however. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Butler was injured in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. No one with the A’s has commented on the incident. From ...
Dating back to June 21, Kluber has gone 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 69 strikeouts over 69 1/3 innings. Despite a slow start, that’s moved him into the top ten in several pitching categories. Most notably, he’s first in the AL in FIP (3.02). He also led in that category in 2014. He’s also second in WHIP (1.02), and still climbing in strikeouts and WAR.
Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
He also likes to pitch inside. Espinoza has received advice from Pedro Martinez, and not surprisingly, it includes the importance of intimidation.
“Pedro told me the ways I have to pitch,” said Espinoza. “He told me how to control myself, and to not be afraid to go inside. It’s OK to knock some guys down. After you hit them, they will be afraid of you next at bat.”
Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
“For each trade you make there are 20 that didn’t work,” said Rizzo. “It’s a process that takes time and requires great research by our staff. We’re not afraid to make a deal. For me, when the deal succeeds for both teams it’s a success.
“We have great discussions with our staff. We have great debates. I want people to tell me I’m wrong and back it up with how they feel about a player. We love analytics, but what this is all about is the scout who drives that extra 100 miles ...
It doesn’t sound like the Red Sox will be getting bullpen help via trade.
Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Kris Bryant isn’t Mike Trout, of course. No one is. But if you look at the numbers over the last year, you might be surprised how close it is.
Is Kris Bryant the best position player in baseball not named Mike Trout?
Posted: August 20, 2016 at 04:48 PM | 38 comment(s)
Memories from a fantasy baseball and sabermetrics pioneer.
Once upon a time, there was no internet.
It was a period of great struggle for fantasy leaguers looking for an edge. We had to rely on ancient forms of information, primarily books, magazines and newspapers. If an East Coaster needed to find out whether the Padres planned to put Shane Mack on the DL, we’d have to phone a distant relative or long lost classmate on the other side of the country, who then had to dig out yesterday’s ...
Posted: August 20, 2016 at 11:05 AM | 22 comment(s)
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