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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Leon had a great season. I’m still having trouble buying into having him as the Red Sox starter. I still think a Swihart/Vazquez combo (with Swihart also getting some games in the outfield) is there long-term answer behind the plate.
This is a tough choice on Gallo. He did appear to slide this season. It’s first base, though. Can’t the Rangers pull a Red Sox move from 2003? Acquire a couple of 1B AAA talents to compete with Gallo for the job?
This may be the most difficult decision because I’m not sure Gallo can demonstrate enough progress, regardless of his results in Venezuela, to earn the job. I’m also not sure if his value is high enough to allow him to front a deal for a middle-of-the-rotation (or better) pitcher, which ...
Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 29 comment(s)
Does he still have credibility with other GMs?
It’s not unreasonable for managers to expect to get 90-100 innings from a reliever. He might have to work in an extra off day once in a while but it’s doable. Limiting your most effective pitcher to 60 innings isn’t maximizing his value.
“If you watch the way (Indians manager Terry) Francona is using Miller, that’s exactly what he is doing. He’s using those off days to his advantage,” Britton said. “But, through the course of a regular season, we just don’t get those off days. It’s ...
Posted: October 20, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
Series tied 2-2.
Cubs (Lester) at Dodgers (Maeda).
Winner of series will face Cleveland.
Posted: October 20, 2016 at 12:43 AM | 875 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.
Born in scandal, killed twice before it caught on, the MVP Award as we know it was created in 1931. We’re still trying to figure out what the award actually recognizes…
Posted: October 19, 2016 at 02:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
most valuable player
19th century infielder Arthur Irwin tells the funniest baseball story he knows, Topeka State Journal, October 19, 1916:
“Frank Bonner, once a big league star, was at bat, with a fellow named Thomas pitching. Thomas was bald headed but not proud about it, so he wore a wig. Bonner knew nothing about the dome disguise.
“Frank picked out one of Thomas’s twisters and drove it right back at him. The ball smashed Thomas on the upper division of his forehead and promptly knocked off Thomas’s cap and ...
This sclerotic management technique was the unwitting handiwork of Jerome Holtzman, a sportswriter who devised a statistic in 1960 that he called a “save” in order to measure the impact of shut-down relievers. Roughly speaking, it meant entering with a lead of three or fewer runs and finishing the game without relinquishing it, though there were a few additional wrinkles. The number took decades to catch on, and for most of the 1970s and 1980s, teams wisely deployed “fireman” relievers ...
He carved them up with curveballs.
“It’s interesting,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Of the starts I’ve seen him this year, that wasn’t his best stuff. I think that curveball command wasn’t as I know he would like it. But that just shows he goes out there and competes.
“His preparedness, his guts really kept those guys at bay.”
Posted: October 19, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
When Major League Baseball expanded its amateur draft to Puerto Rico in 1990, it had a catastrophic effects on the island’s baseball community. In 2007, the island’s Secretary of Sport, David Bernier, told Jesse Sanchez, “The investment in Puerto Rico is not a cost-effective one for Major League teams and has lost charm for the recruiter. This reality is substantiated by the decrease in numbers of players selected through the Draft and active in the Major Leagues…. This creates a domino ...
4: Indians (Merritt!?!?) at Blue Jays (Estrada). Cleveland leads 3-1. TBS.
8: Cubs (Lackey) at Dodgers (Urias). Dodgers lead 2-1. FS1.
Posted: October 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM | 538 comment(s)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tippett said the Red Sox are about a half-game behind their own 2016 projection, which he shared as a graph in a slideshow. The team appears headed for right around 90 wins, based on the graph.
Tippett sees a connection to the 2011 club that fell apart in the final month.
“I predicted to myself as I was putting the slides together that somebody would think I’m predicting a September collapse,” Tippett said. “I am not predicting another collapse in September.”
Tippett felt in the ...
The thought of the Cubs getting to—let alone winning—the World Series, had entered the realm of outlandish fantasy. After all, the team’s current 107-year championship drought is the longest in not only professional baseball but also football, hockey, and basketball. The Cubs taking the pennant seemed like a sure sign of the apocalypse, as when W.P. Kinsella, in his short story collection The Thrill Of The Grass, has the Cubs finally triumphing… right before Armageddon. The team ...
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 03:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
Chicago also boasted the NL’s DRS leader at four individual positions—first base (Anthony Rizzo, 11), second base (Javier Baez, 11), shortstop (Addison Russell, 19) and right field (Jason Heyward, 14). That defensive core should be together for some time, too, as all are 27 years old or younger.
“That’s, I think, kind of a scary part for the rest of our league,” starter Jon Lester said. “For the next however many years, before these guys get to free agency and all this other stuff, we have got ...
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
“Having star players and depth should not be mutually exclusive,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said.
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
Misleading numbers? Not shocking. MLB is constantly looking to screw over taxpayers.
A WFAA-TV analysis has determined the actual costs and possible giveaways for the proposed $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers may be much higher than the “50-50” private-public partnership touted by City of Arlington officials.
WFAA-TV became the only media outlet to challenge the “50-50” claim four months ago, with City of Arlington officials and other media disputing the News ...
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 10:25 AM | 44 comment(s)
Bridgeport Evening Farmer, October 18, 1916:
It is [Yankees manager Bill Donovan’s] opinion that if pitchers continue to invent schemes which require something other than a natural delivery of the ball it is going to result soon in legislation which will force the pitcher to work without a glove, thus depriving him of his best means for practicing deception.
“That is the only way they will ever successfully curb the illegal and freak deliveries that are complained about,” says Bill, “for, to a ...
They are up 3-0. They aren’t down 0-3. This makes no sense to me.
Kluber has 136 Major League starts to his name. His 137th will be his first on short rest.
“I wouldn’t put anything past Corey,” Indians president Chris Antonetti said. “He does a great job of conditioning his body and putting himself in a spot, in a position, to do that. Exactly what that will be, who knows? We’ll have to leave that up to the game. The one thing I have great confidence in is Tito knowing when it’s the right time ...
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 120 comment(s)
In the days leading up to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, when Trevor Bauer sat in the Cleveland Indians’ trainer’s room getting treatment on his mangled right pinky, he kept asking the medical staff to use a soldering iron and burn shut the wound he suffered at a hotel when a drone he was repairing went haywire and sliced his finger from the nail to second knuckle. They laughed, even though they understood Bauer was dead serious and regretted not cauterizing it himself ...
Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 22 comment(s)
The best player in the world? We won’t know until he comes to MLB.
Otani’s 2016 performance produced the most climax-worthy stats page since late-career Barry Bonds. In 140 innings, he struck out 174 and allowed only four home runs, finishing with a 1.86 ERA — an improvement on his 2015 performance, when he’d been one of the top three contenders for the Sawamura Award, Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young. While he was at it, he hit .322/.416/.588 in 382 plate appearances, launching 22 ...
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