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Thursday, April 02, 2015
Baseball teams scored an average of 4.07 runs per game last year, more than one run fewer than they averaged in 2000. It also was Major League Baseball’s lowest scoring average since 1981 and the same rate teams averaged way back in 1969. Batters also struck out a record 37,441 times, more than 15 times per game, an 18 percent increase from just a decade ago. The major league batting average of .251 was the lowest since 1972.
Posted: April 02, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
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: service time clocks.
Outfielder Juan Lagares agreed to a four-year, $23 million extension with the New York Mets that includes a club option to buy out one season of free agency, major league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The 26-year-old Lagares is best known for his brilliant defense in center field, and the Mets are hopeful his bat catches up. In his two major league seasons, Lagares has hit .262/.302/.368.
The contract, which will be official after a Thursday physical, starts in 2016, at which point Lagares ...
Stats, charts, breakdowns, snark and the surprising admission that the best thing about the Cardinals is “The players, probably. The players are pretty good.”
From what I have seen from Semien this spring, he has a looooooooonnnnnnnnnggg way to go before he’s a major league shortstop. If he keeps booting as many routine plays as he has been, he won’t last the season as a starter at the position.
Posted: April 01, 2015 at 05:37 PM | 3 comment(s)
The infield fly rule is neither a rule of law nor one of equity; it is a rule of baseball.
As we approach opening day, the Facebook data team is releasing several maps detailing Major League Baseball fandom across the US. The first map displays Facebook fans of all MLB teams by county. Each county is color-coded based on which official Facebook team page has the most likes from people who live in that area.
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Posted: April 01, 2015 at 04:31 PM | 33 comment(s)
Have you ever wondered what Mike Trout would look like with a James Harden beard? What about Robinson Cano with an Italian mustache? Well, if you said yes to those questions, today is your lucky day because you can now add those features to any player of your choosing through the wonderful Baseball Reference.
But that pitching staff … holy shit. I’m far from the first person to notice that the starting rotation will be a weak point for Boston, but if anything, I think we’ve underplayed the implications of Rick Porcello being the Sox’s best pitcher.1 Boston is attempting to win a championship behind a starting rotation comprised of three youngish guys who aren’t nearly as good as people seem to think they are (Porcello, Wade Miley, and Joe Kelly) and two older guys (Clay Buchholz and Justin ...
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Posted: April 01, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
As if the drama surrounding the possible departure of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team wasn’t enough, nextSTL has learned that the St. Louis Cardinals may relocate if funds are not found for a new “top tier” stadium.
Opened just a decade ago to much fanfare, Busch Stadium III is already seeing wear, and is considered by many to be outdated. The final construction cost of just $364M, a modest sum by today’s standards, ironically makes the stadium almost expendable.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
Axford, who returned to pitch a bullpen session on Tuesday, had not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.
Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
Pittsburgh Press, April 1, 1915:
Lee Meadows, the Cardinals’ young player, who has attracted national attention because he wears spectacles while pitching, was botany professor at the Horner Military academy in Oxford, N.C. If he decides to quit baseball, his old place is open to him.
Jim Thorpe, who has yet to show that he is a ball player of real class, but who is recognized as one of the best football players who ever lived, says that he would rather play baseball than football any day ...
The Jays are going young.
The decision to promote both Castro and Osuna means the Blue Jays will open the season with six rookies. Top pitching prospects Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris will start for Toronto, while Dalton Pompey and Devon Travis will start in centre field and at second base, respectively.
Posted: April 01, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
“I think if I can get ahead in counts, shave my walks down, throw strikes, and pitch deep into games that I’m going to have a pretty good season,” says Dickey. “I would say a successful season for me would be 200 innings, 15 or more wins, keep my walks around 50 or 60, [while] going to the playoffs and hopefully to the World Series.”
Aramark and the Phillies announced Tuesday that this season they’ll be selling booze at Citizens Bank Park’s general concessions areas for the first time. Beer they already sold, but liquor and wine were only available in the fancier parts of the ballpark, like the premium seats. Not any more.
Hey, guys, you need help with that cocktail list? It seems like the Phillies roster offers plenty of inspiration, such as:
• The Ryan Howard Slammer — it’s a big ol’ drink that costs $25, but don’t ...
The Kane County Cougars have introduced one food item for the 2015 season that is not shy about its number of calories. Based on its description, the Heart Attack Burger sounds like it could deliver what it promises.
New in 2015, the Heart Attack Burger should cover any fan’s breakfast, lunch and dinner palate. The half-pound beef patty is topped with grilled onions, a fried egg, slice of melted cheddar cheese, chipotle bacon mayo, two strips of bacon with a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches ...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
No such thing as grit? The science says otherwise:
If you detect something profound in the NCAA tournament, there is no need to apologize, because you are right, according to renowned neurobiologist Angela Lee Duckworth. A MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant” recipient who has her own research lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth studies traits that predict achievement, and her special focus is on the quality known as “grit.” It’s not just a descriptive term the way ...
These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.
Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher
You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a ...
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 65 comment(s)
Getting White Sox fans to buy a package of 11 weekday home games in April and May is near impossible, except if you sell them for close to nothing. That’s exactly what the team is doing, announcing the “Ballpark Plan” that gives a fan a ticket to every home game the team plays on a Monday through Thursday in the first two months of the season—for $29 total. The cheapest ticket sold separately this season is $7.18. The White Sox are offering another package, which includes every game in April ...
With the usual suspects already getting their own jerseys, the Altoona Curve decided to take a different approach to Star Wars night. Jabba the Hutt is most certainly an evil character, and, yet, he’s also one of the most iconic and beloved creatures among Star Wars fans. While Jabba’s gross tongue isn’t included on the jersey, the drool is a nice touch.
Following the game, the uniforms will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefiting the St. Vincent De Paul Society Soup Kitchen. There will ...
As part of their special events this season, the Oakland Athletics recently introduced Pride Night. Pride Night will “celebrate the Bay Area’s LGBTQ community.” Partial proceeds from the event will benefit a non-profit charity supporting the LGBTQ media arts. After hearing about the promotion, some fans decided they did not want to attend the game, and would rather sell their tickets. Enter Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of A’s reliever Sean Doolittle. Dolan put up a post on her website, telling ...
Look, you can believe that Ortiz wasn’t “cheating” or not. But without naming names, shouldn’t we assume that players were gobbling up just about anything they thought would make them better baseball players? Especially if their pals were doing the same thing? It does seem that Ortiz has internalized the standard excuse, that drugs were to “sustain workouts” instead of, you know, help him hit the ball 20 feet farther than before. But there’s every reason to think ...
New York Mets
Worst Offseason Move: Signing Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal. I’m still trying to figure out what the Mets were thinking here: Cuddyer hit .332 with 30 combined homers in 2013 and 2014, but (1) he did it at Coors Field, and Citi Field sure as hell isn’t Coors Field, (2) injuries limited him to just 49 games last season, and (3) he hasn’t played in more than 130 games since his last season with the Twins in 2011. Oh, and (4) Cuddyer is 36 years old, (5) he’s one ...
The good, the mediocre and the ugly from the NL East.
Good news for you owners of “the Hawpah”
Dish Network has added MLB Extra Innings to its sports offerings for the first time.
The multiyear agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) also includes authenticated access to the MLB.TV streaming sports service.
Dish and MLB Network also reached a multiyear renewal agreement for continued carriage of MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone, including digital rights for those channels on DishAnywhere.com and via the ...
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Let’s start with this: If Ryne Sandberg manages with the strategic brilliance of Tony La Russa, assesses talent like Bobby Cox and grows as beloved in the clubhouse as Joe Torre, well, this year’s Phillies might win 72 games. This is a bad team Sandberg directs, and even channeling Casey Stengel won’t put them in the playoffs. But Sandberg is none of those Hall of Fame managers, and carries none of their attributes. So a poor team stands to be more wretched.
It says here 61 wins. And 101 ...
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