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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Not good news for the Yankees.
Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season with a strained subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder, the Yankees said on Tuesday.
Washington Herald, March 22, 1917:
Dispatches received [in Detroit yesterday] from the training camp of the Detroit Americans at Waxahachie, Texas, state that the Detroit ball players are in sympathy with a movement started by fellow athletes to abandon the military drills they now are receiving. It is understood that the Cleveland club already has taken such action.
Several Detroit players claim that the drills have caused severe strain upon muscles not brought into play on the baseball ...
“It means a heck of a lot,” outfielder Andrew McCutchen said of Team USA finally clearing the semifinal hurdle. “We’ve got a great group of guys on this team who have dedicated this time to be able to try and win some ballgames. Sacrifices had to be made, and there are no egos when that door opens.”
Posted: March 22, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
The numbers here would be even worse if it weren’t for what the Twins did this off-season. The Twins became only the second organization with two people of color on the air when they added Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins to their rotation of TV color commentators. They are not the main analysts, that job goes to Bert Blyleven, but they will be in the group of people regularly joining the play-by-play announcer, Dick Bremer, for the roughly 70 games Blyleven doesn’t call.
The only other team ...
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Missing The Cut
Before we get to this year’s list, here’s a quick rundown of the players we ranked in the top 50 before last season (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) but who fell off this year’s list….
Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners (35)
He hasn’t been an elite pitcher in three years, and last season was the worst showing of his 12-year career. Hurling 2,415 2/3 innings can take a nasty toll on a pitcher’s arm. Mariners fans would gladly sit through an even heavier workload if it would mean ...
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:50 PM | 64 comment(s)
Krause was known to have a rocky relationship with then-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, with Jackson leaving after the 1998 season and the Bulls’ sixth title. Jordan also retired after that season, although he would later briefly return to play for the Wizards.
He retired as Bulls general manager in 2003, with an official explanation pertaining to his health, and amid a struggling Bulls rebuild around young players.
Prior to working for the Bulls, Krause, a Chicago native, scouted for a ...
A number of teams could win it all this year if things break right for them. But L.A. is the one best positioned to win even when things go wrong.
Here are SI’s complete postseason predictions:
AL wild-card game: Mariners over Rangers
NL wild-card game: Mets over Giants
AL Division Series: Indians over Mariners; Red Sox over Astros
NL Division Series: Cubs over Mets; Dodgers over Nationals
No, no, no. Give the *kid* some time in AA. If he does well, move him up to AAA. If he does well there, then, and only then, add him to the 40-Man Roster and bring him up to the big league club. If he plays well, he still makes his debut at age 20. (He was born on December 13th.)
Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1917:
Manager Mathewson is a great believer in speeding up the play during the games. He allows no loafing, and is constantly urging the players to keep on the move. Nothing annoys him so much as a game that lasts over two hours.
If time travel were a thing, I’d pay to see what would happen if Christy Mathewson watched Steve Trachsel pitch to Mike Hargrove.
The Chicago White Sox signed shortstop Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million contract extension Tuesday morning, a high-ranking executive with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
The executive spoke on the condition of anonymity since the deal isn’t scheduled to be announced until Tuesday afternoon.
The deal is the most lucrative contract given to a player with less than one year’s service in baseball history.
A look at team outfield defense using Statcast.
Jason Heyward’s impact on the defending champion Cubs is clearly present through these numbers, but did not necessarily make his center field neighbor a better defender. But perhaps the difference in left fielder made an impact, in the other direction, on Dexter Fowler as well.
In Baltimore, Adam Jones performed worse when partnered with Mark Trumbo. However, other components may be at play — like Jones’ age curve.
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
I haven’t been able to watch him hit this spring. What do are Cubs fans think?
Joe Maddon is steadfast regarding his opinion of outfielder Jason Heyward’s swing makeover. The Chicago Cubs’ third-year manager insists he’s seeing improvement after a lackluster 2016 campaign, although rival scouts who have followed the Cubs this spring don’t necessarily agree.
Many showed no hesitation in stating the swing—and subsequent results—are very much like last year’s. Maddon, meanwhile, says it ...
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 36 comment(s)
It was the golden-locked men of Puerto Rico, who prevailed, 4-3, in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday night at Dodger Stadium when Eddie Rosario’s sacrifice line drive to center field drove home Carlos Correa, sparking a celebration by first base and ending a marathon that clocked in at 4 hours, 19 minutes, and will be talked about for quite some time in both countries and beyond.
“It means a lot, because Puerto Ricans have gone through a very difficult [economic] situation currently, ...
Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
Monday, March 20, 2017
Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league has “comprehensive programs” in place, from educational and developmental sessions in the Dominican all the way up to employee assistance programs and security briefings at the major-league level. MLB Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark expressed similar sentiments, adding, “Educated players make educated decisions.”
Some former players say it’s not enough.
“You can say whatever you say you have, but the results are not ...
When I was a kid—and maybe you used to do something like this, too—we would practice making home run-robbing catches. It wasn’t exactly authentic. The walls were chain-link fences, and they were probably no more than four-feet high. And these weren’t actual home runs we were saving but were, instead, thrown balls. The idea was to throw the ball high enough to clear the chain-link fence and potentially end up in the Zepkin’s yard (where it might end up in the Zepkin granary of lost baseballs) ...Read More...
So it really is the size of the fastball and not how you use it that counts.
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
Tim Tebow’s baseball odyssey will continue in South Carolina with the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ low Class-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he will play every day as attempts his a transition from quarterback to corner outfielder.
“Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday on Monday. “And based on what he’s done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 28 comment(s)
I think it was a poor move when Brady brought along Drake LaRoche.
Some players, too, are uncomfortable with Anderson’s presence.
Anderson last played for the Orioles in 2001, but he has a locker inside the team’s clubhouse at Camden Yards, where he gets into uniform to coach.
“A baseball clubhouse is always going to be something that players want to keep locked down as much as possible. That’s where it’s a fine line,” said former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who recently ended ...
Pittsburgh Press, March 20, 1917:
“Aviation,” says Charlie Herzog, “has a remarkable fascination, once a fellow becomes interested in it. Several times this winter, after I had become interested in the art of flying, I decided to give it up, but in a few days I was back in the seat of the old hydroplane. It’s great stuff, and I have become quite enthusiastic about it.”
This is the first mention I’ve seen of a big league ballplayer being an aviator. I guess this means he wouldn’t have been in any ...Read More...
The Geek Department has spoken, reaffirming Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s belief that Kyle Schwarber should be the leadoff guy atop another monster lineup projected to score more runs than the 2016 World Series champions.
“I’m all about the geeks,” Maddon said. “Everybody should have their own geek.”
“I talk to the guys upstairs: ‘This is what I’m thinking. Tell me where I’m wrong,’” Maddon said. “Like I said a couple years ago when Schwarber finally came up, I thought of hitting Schwarber ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 65 comment(s)
“I never really played anything but baseball growing up. My parents would have let me play anything. My dad played all three sports,” Turner said. “But I loved baseball. I always wanted to play baseball. In Florida, I got a chance to do it year round. So it was fun for me.
“I didn’t do some of the things kids are doing now — all the lessons, like video my swing when I was 10 years old. I think that’s a little too much,” Turner added. “I just had fun with it.”
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 9 comment(s)
All of which allowed starter Jake Odorizzi to feel good about turning down a deal two offseasons ago that would have guaranteed him close to $30 million over six years and could have exceeded $50 million over eight.
“There’s pros and cons, and you’re committed to this for whatever it is, six, seven, eight years,” Odorizzi said. “Sometimes it boils down to, and I hate to say it, but the dollar amount. We all know the money in this game and the value of players and what your value is. And ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 13 comment(s)
“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”
Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.
“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’
Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.
“You have to be able to slow things down and relax,’’ said Girardi, who in his playing career was always there as a catcher to try to guide the way. “The pressure of pitching in New York, the pressure ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you ...
Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
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