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Sunday, January 26, 2014
The Tigers have picked up three players – second baseman Ian Kinsler (in the Fielder trade with Texas), utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi (in the Fister trade with Washington) and outfield Raji Davis (as a free agent), who don’t clog the bases.
Rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos has average speed, which means he is more athletic than Fielder (two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera has been moved back to first base from third). Jose Iglesias, acquired late last season to replace Peralta, who ...
Posted: January 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
Jump up and click your hotdog bucks…Madden is back!
The additions of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran more than offset the loss of Robinson Cano from the lineup — assuming they all stay healthy — and, if nothing else, thrust the Yankees into the winter “winners” category as one of the clubs that did the most to improve themselves. Problem with the Yankees was they had a whole lot more improving to do than most of their rivals, and even with their ...
Posted: January 26, 2014 at 09:50 AM | 29 comment(s)
“The horror…the horror ...”
He can still be productive at 36, and he made sense for a team that needed right-handed power, better outfield defense and a contract that wouldn’t further mortgage the future.
“All of us do. You keep hearing old, old, old ... we’re not an old team,” Byrd said. “We can still play. Once you can’t play, then you’re old. We still have a lot in the tank, we just to have to show that and stay healthy.
“If I was a fan I’d rather have Robinson Cano, I’d rather have ...
Posted: January 26, 2014 at 09:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
He might have been another Cliff Johnson, but had the misfortune of coming with the Tigers when they had Bill Freehan and the A’s when they had Gene Tenace.
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 08:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
By using WPA! (Wally Post Archive ~ .000/.273/.000 with Cleveland in 1964)
One reason the Indians offense was able to score so many runs was their ability to hit in the clutch. Most offensive statistics weigh or count things that happened during a game. What most stats do not do, is take into consideration the game situation. Most people intuitively know that a home run in the ninth inning that ties a game is more important that a home run in the sixth inning when your team is down by 10 runs. ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 05:47 PM | 11 comment(s)
Strasburg finally opens up at NatsFest about cavorting with loose bodies:
The way loose bodies work is that when you get hot and you get the blood flowing, your [arm] straightens out and you feel [normal]...
Harper’s knee hurt before he hit the wall
Espinosa also had an interesting quote regarding the broken wrist (shredded shoulder} he played with last season. He said he should have rested the injury when it first occurred in April (really 2012).
I shouldn’t have [played]. But at the ...
Yeah, we saw this coming…. earlier this week we posted our review of the Sundance documentary, “Battered Bastards Of Baseball,” and within, our own Katie Walsh declared, “you will start fantasy casting the near-inevitable Hollywood remake of this story.” And indeed some studio execs are already doing just that.
Justin Lin has acquired the rights to Chapman and Maclain Way’s documentary, with the project already starting a war between Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight and ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM | 6 comment(s)
The statue honoring Jim Thome, the Indians all-time home run hitter, will be unveiled on Aug. 2 at Progressive Field.
Thome, talking Saturday at Tribe Fest, said he’s overwhelmed by it.
“All I can tell you it’s going to be pretty awesome,” said Thome, who works as a special assistant for the White Sox. “ “How do you ever imagine, when you play this game, getting an opportunity to have an organization put a statute up of you? I’m a little lost for words.
“As a player, I ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 02:49 PM | 42 comment(s)
Worst Morris snub since Morris Ankrum didn’t win an Oscar for “Taza, Son of Cochise”!
On the day he officially returned to the Minnesota Twins broadcast team, Jack Morris answered a few questions about the Hall of Fame.
Not the Twins Hall of Fame, the one former teammate Chuck Knoblauch will enter this August. The one in Cooperstown, the one Morris failed to reach on Jan. 8 in his 15th and final appearance on the ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
“I’m relieved,” ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 01:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
As Eddie Leon “Daddy Wags” Panetta pointed out…“The Rangers will do whatever they have to do to protect their lineup!”
In the last three seasons, Prince Fielder served as the lineup muscle that protected a Most Valuable Player: Ryan Braun with Milwaukee and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit the last two years. As the cleanup hitter, Fielder bullied teams into pitching to the MVP.
New team, new look for Fielder.
He has dropped weight. He has dumped the dreadlocks in favor of a high-and-tight haircut. ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM | 14 comment(s)
So how do we improve on an A+ grade? By working on OOTP’s extra-curricular activities, of course, and we have a bunch of them in store for OOTP 15, including support for 3D ballparks and 3D in-game ball flight, seven real international leagues, a new ratings system, a revamped interface, and much more.
Goodbye, free time.
The former Sox third baseman has gone 148-176 in two seasons since then-GM Ken Williams hired him in the fall of 2011 with no managerial experience. Hahn said Ventura had provided stability for a team that went 85-77 in 2012, then stumbled to one of the worst seasons in club history.
“We saw in 2012 and 2013 two extremes in terms of being a first-place club (for most of the season) and being a club that was disappointing ... and throughout each of those extremes, Robin’s leadership was ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 09:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
These are 10 players I like heading into the season, five position players and five pitchers. I’m calling them breakout candidates, although if you’re a fantasy player, you already know about them. You always have to be wary about projecting too much growth in a young player—many fantasy owners have been ruined by falling prey to prospect hype—but these are 10 young players I’d love to have in 2014.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres: He had an impressive rookie season with 23 home runs in ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 07:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
Wonder if Michael Kay will balk at his show’s name change to CenterStaged.
21st Century Fox said Friday that it was taking a majority stake in the New York Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network, known as the YES Network, a little more than a year after Fox first invested in the popular regional sports channel.
Fox said it would increase its stake to 80%, up from the 49% interest it bought in December 2012.
Fox declined to say how much it was paying for its increased interest. It paid $584 ...
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 17 comment(s)
Matsuzaka, 33, went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA (81 ERA+) in seven starts for the Mets late last season. He spent most of the year in Triple-A with the Indians, where he went 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts. Dice-K missed most of the 2011-12 seasons due to Tommy John surgery.
Matsuzaka will compete with Jenrry Mejia and John Lannan for New York’s fifth starter spot. All three pitchers have dealt with some kind of injury problems in recent years.
He’s a decent depth signing as he finished last year ...Read More...
Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee
Posted: January 25, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 12 comment(s)
Friday, January 24, 2014
Grant Balfour, by Jim Bouton
Free-agent closer Grant Balfour reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
The Mets extended an identical offer to Balfour, a source told ESPNNewYork.com, but Balfour chose the Rays because he lives in the area.
Balfour, a 36-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season in Oakland and made the American League All-Star team. He pitched previously in Tampa Bay from 2007-10.
“We’ve had some ...
Logan’s run to Tampa Bay.
The Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe from the Padres as part of a seven player trade.
Reliever Alex Torres heads to San Diego as part of the return package, along with right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn.
In addition to Forsythe, the Rays also get infielder Maxx Tissenbaum and pitchers Matt Andriese, Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis.
Forsythe, age 27, is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .214/.281/.332 with six home runs in 75 games. For his career, ...
Portland doesn’t have a big league baseball team.
However, there is a growing effort to bring a franchise to the city. And Portland has something other cities lack.
Portland’s backers of baseball have the blueprint for a state-of-the-art baseball-only stadium, which would have a retractable roof and seat 35,000. They have community support, including that of the current city administration. A site, endorsed by mayor Charlie Hales, has been chosen, next to Memorial Coliseum and the new Rose ...
Came across this as I was researching a goofy Pluto Jonze/Bruno Mars halftime riff.
The Aphex software uses competition-wide data based on a formula built by the pair plus their own form of ‘Moneyball’, the revolutionary baseball theory of recruiting players based on analytics and statistics.
Their version is the football WAR (Wins Against Replacements): a feature that allows teams to find the on-ground value of every player.
It is a tool being used through the trade and free agency period ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 0 comment(s)
And Kevin Mather as the president. (F Frank Bank)
The Seattle Mariners promoted Kevin Mather to team president and chief operating officer on Friday, replacing Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring at the end of the month.
Mather had been serving as executive vice president of finance and ballpark operations. He has been with the team since July 1996 and had held that position since 1999. Mather oversaw Seattle’s financial and ticket services, retail operations, technology and daily operations of ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 12 comment(s)
The four-time All-Star and 1991 American League Rookie of the Year is set to become the 27th member of the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23, when he is inducted during a special on-field pregame ceremony before the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at Target Field.
DL from MN
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
hall of fame
But will the Nets retire no. 14?
With their move to Brooklyn, the Nets got rid of blue from their color palette, but in a nod to the tradition of their new home, the team is set to unveil alternate jerseys in the familiar blue and grey from the Brooklyn Dodgers days.
The Nets will first wear the blue and grey sleeved jerseys for the game against the Boston Celtics on March 21 and will wear them for four other games, to be called “Brooklyn Blue Nights,” before the season is over.
Freddy retired in my Baseball Pro 98 league this offseason with exactly the same career record as his real life counterpart. Pretty awesome.
With Fredi’s tendency to shred arms, it appears it will not last.
Warning Chimelis: Low fuel level.
The election of Frank Thomas to the Baseball Hall of Fame has been treated as a groundbreaking step for the selection of future designated hitters.
Red Sox fans in particular seem prone to look at the first-year election of Thomas, who played 1,351 of his 2,322 games as a DH, as a sign that David Ortiz’ immortality will inevitably follow someday.
Don’t be so sure.
People are probably tired of arguing about the Hall of Fame vote, but baseball season is not ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 06:55 AM | 161 comment(s)
Washington Times, August 24, 1914:
The refusal of one, August Lichtenberg, an amateur ball player of St. Louis, to adopt an Irish name cost him a trial with the Detroit Tigers. Jimmy Burke, one of Hughey Jennings’ scouts, was passing through the Mound City last summer in search of young talent when the work of Lichtenberg caught his eye.
Burke…offered Lichtenberg a contract, under the condition that he should take a short Irish handle like Kelly, O’Brien or Burke.
Lichtenberg refused to listen ...
MLB.com’s new Top 100 Prospects was released Thursday, with Minnesota outfielder Byron Buxton as close to a unanimous top prospect as there’s been in recent memory. There were 35 newcomers named to the list this year.
The time has come once again to unveil a new prospect rankings. The new Top 100 Prospects list is out and ready for you to tear down, err, analyze.
There were a total of 30 graduates to the big leagues from last year’s list. It started with six of ...
Posted: January 24, 2014 at 06:04 AM | 46 comment(s)
Thursday, January 23, 2014
No word on what cap logo he’ll use.
He brought a special intensity to Mariners Baseball in 1993. He gave Mariners fans their first taste of the postseason baseball in 1995. His 10 years as manager of the Mariners resulted in seven winning seasons. Today the Seattle Mariners announced that Lou Piniella will become the eighth member of the organization’s Hall of Fame when he is inducted on Saturday, August 9, at Safeco Field during a ceremony prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox. ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 19 comment(s)
Dirk Hayhurst COULDN’T hack it…again!
In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday, Dirk Hayhurst confirmed that he would not be returning to Sportsnet next season. Bob Elliott had first grumbled about the possibility around the end of December, burying the news in the middle of some silly listicle he wrote for the Toronto Sun.
I contacted Dirk to see if there was anything else that he could add, but he politely declined, explaining only that their parting of the ways was amicable, and that he ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 05:09 PM | 8 comment(s)
Seen the Lights Go Out on Michael Broadway…
The Washington Nationals, in partnership with Live Nation, announced on Thursday in a press conference at Nats Park that Grammy-winner Billy Joel will perform at the stadium on July 26. After headlining the first ever concert at the venue in 2009, Joel is back for another summer stop.
The event was announced just 24 hours prior and featured Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, as well as D.C.’s deputy mayor Victor Hoskins. The Billy Joel part was ...
Posted: January 23, 2014 at 04:05 PM | 284 comment(s)
Tony La Russa
....t’s the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me…....
“My wife Kathy and I grew up in baseball in Chicago, and then we had just an amazing experience in Atlanta with the Braves. It’s impossible for me to choose one of those teams for my Hall of Fame plaque, as the fans of both clubs in each of those cities were so ...
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