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Friday, April 04, 2014
The Royal Blue Hysteria…
But musician, author and Jays fan Dave Bidini suggests that over the last few years, the people filling the blue plastic seats are increasingly drunk, boorish and entitled. “Guys with reversed baseball caps with wrap-around sunglasses coming in from Oshawa or Whitby…who act like jerks and then leave”, is how the Etobicoke native describes the problematic fans responsible for “a lot of vomit, a lot fighting” in the stands. Bidini suggests the Jays’ own ...Read More...
Thursday, April 03, 2014
The Ricketts family, which bought the team and stadium in 2009, is weighing whether to sell minority shares to help fund $300 million in fix-ups to the park plus a $200 million neighborhood redevelopment.
It was as if the Toronto Blue Jays passed around a hat, trying to collect enough money to sign free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
Several Jays players discussed deferring portions of their salaries to clear payroll for Santana last month, according to major league sources.
The discussions, which apparently did not progress past the conversation stage, raise new questions about the Jays’ payroll flexibility for 2014.
Hopefully Yangervis’ nickname is “Never Nervous.”
This article goes on to give a quantification of the count dependent strike zone.
TL;DR version: On two strike counts, boarder line ...Read More...
This happened while the servers were on the highway:
This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt… Magnante, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent.
I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about, which I forgot.
Have posts been building up inside you?
Francesspool: Asleep at the mic…asleep at the wheel.
Jay Jaffe dissects early season meltdowns.
Because it’s been far too long.
THIS season Major League Baseball is allowing its officiating crews to use instant replay to review certain critical calls, including home runs, force plays and foul balls. But the calling of the strike zone — determining whether a pitch that is not swung at is a ball or a strike — will still be left completely to the discretion of the officials. This might seem an odd exception, since calling the strike zone may be the type of officiating decision most subject to human foible.
In research ...Read More...
Trout is clearly an elite hitter already, at age 22. There is certainly no reason, on the surface, to question whether he’ll be worth his recent six-year, $144.5M extension that will carry him through his age 28 season. Still, let’s look into the game’s past and try to identify his peer group. Does he even have one? How did they age, when did they peak, and what might the future hold for Mike Trout, and for the Angels’ investment in him?
The start to Trout’s career is almost ...Read More...
This one’s a little tough to take, but Hanlon did a fantastic job reporting on the story. One of the finest published pieces today.
$25. $25. $25. $25.
International scouts Craig Shipley and Mike Lord plucked Xander Bogaerts from an unlikely place. | SportsonEarth.com : Jorge Arangure Article
All hail Xander Bogaerts!!
I bet they are not making it look more like Marlins Field.
I hope he doesn’t drink the bad water going around.
Although he doesn’t get as low, Tony Cingrani reminds me a lot of Sid Fernandez. He slings the ball in a way that really makes it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball. That he’s sitting 93-96, only makes their task that much harder.
Is there something in the water?
Friday, March 28, 2014
46,000+ tonight, 50,000+ expected tomorrow.
Consider this an all-purpose 2014 Predictions Thread. CBS Sportsline Predictions in the link.
[bq]What this really was, when you think it through, was the Last Great Umpiring Call (or Calls) of the Pre-Instant Replay Era, the technology which—beginning in 2014—will permeate the lives of every umpire who ever sets foot on a major league field from now on.
Never again will six men in blue work a World Series game, or any other game, knowing there is no replay machine, no technological wizardry, hovering in the background to serve as their safety net.
Never again will there be quite the ...Read More...
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