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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ike Davis is not an edge.
You have a roster of guys with professional experience. Is that an edge?
Weinstein: Sure, but so do the teams from Great Britain and Brazil, and we’ve got a lot of question marks because we’ve got a lot of old guys on there who really haven’t done a whole lot baseball-wise lately, guys like Josh Satin, Ike Davis and Jason Marquis, but we’ve got some names, and it’s a short series. Anything could happen in a short series. I’m optimistic. ...Read More...
Posted: September 18, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Brandon Belt called Buster Posey “pretty stone-faced.” Indeed, Posey usually saves his smiles for World Series clinchings, no-hitters, all that fun stuff.
That Posey was laughing and smiling as soon as he touched home plate, to see him break every rule in the Book of Buster and flash a huge grin and a thumbs-up directly into the dugout camera, underscores how happy and relieved he was to hit his first homer in two months during Friday night’s 8-2 victory against the Cardinals at AT&T ...
Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
Coors Field works wonders.
Descalso is hitting a remarkable .272 with an .820 OPS after hitting .205 with a .607 OPS in 2016. He credits his turnaround to a much-improved swing after studying reigning American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson, Mookie Betts, and former Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter.
“I just found a swing that I can repeat, and that I feel confident in,” Descalso said. “It has just allowed me to simplify my at-bats and just worry about getting good pitches to hit ...
Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
Alvarez is who he is. A left-handed DH with power.
Alvarez will be a free agent at season’s end and Boras believes he’ll be an attractive free agent coveted by a number of teams. (Yes, he always says that, but more times than not his high-profile clients hit the jackpot in free agency).
Boras says he thinks the Orioles will be in the mix for Alvarez this offseason, especially if they don’t think they can keep pending free agent Mark Trumbo and don’t want to lose their surplus of power. ...Read More...
The closer you look at Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s 30-day suspension by Major League Baseball for his part in the Drew Pomeranz-Anderson Espinoza deal on July 14, the more you realize the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
The Red Sox should be upset they didn’t receive compensation. What happened, according to major league sources, is the Padres didn’t input important information about Pomeranz’s injury history — especially regarding an injury he was receiving treatment ...
Posted: September 17, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 30 comment(s)
Friday, September 16, 2016
“Chaim is great,” says one longtime baseball man and former department head. “Unlike a lot of those analytics guys, he can actually carry on a conversation.”
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 05:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
Probably just a publicity stunt to get fans in the stands to watch the GM.
At first glance, Knichel appears part-stereotype: Her hair is perfectly curled and she wears a large, monogramed necklace. Her office is not only decorated with nine years’ worth of Blue Crabs momentos, but also with a pink base from a breast cancer awareness event and a mug scrawled with “World’s best lady boss” in pink script. On the wall behind her desk, there’s a framed picture of the Blue Crabs’ opening pitch.
When the month began, Mackanin said he planned to play Tommy Joseph more at first base in an effort to see more of the younger half of the first base timeshare. But he’s reversed course, knowing that this could be it for Howard.
“I just kept thinking about it, the whole year I’ve been thinking about it, that situation,” Mackanin said. “Especially as well as he’s handled the whole thing, he’s been so good about the whole thing, I want to give him something.”
Mackanin will start ...
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 45 comment(s)
Exhibit 2,157,874: Winning is hard.
“It just isn’t happening, man,” said first baseman Eric Hosmer. “I don’t really know, man. There’s no excuses. Didn’t really feel like their pitching was overpowering, or good enough to hold us, but stuff just didn’t happen.”
These are proud professional athletes, and most of them are accomplished at their sport’s highest level, so most will bristle at what is nonetheless a fairly obvious and noncontroversial observation — they tapped ...
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 24 comment(s)
Some high-end snark in the New York Evening World, September 16, 1916:
Benny Kauff has improved his batting wonderfully since he stopped swinging at throws to first to catch the runner napping.
After years of experimenting with rook shorstops they have finally decided that the best way to fill Hans Wagner’s shoes is to put ‘em out in the rain.
The Giants’ belated rally is somewhat similar to an ice skater reaching the top of his form in June.
Physiologists can’t figure out whether ...
Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee)
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 5 comment(s)
I usually just ignore Tony Massarotti’s columns but this one popped up on my feed. Tony Massarotti is pretty much wrong about everything. This is just one small example.
All together now: we were wrong about Hanley.
I was wrong about Hanley.
At least this year.
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
I’m sure you want Brian Kenny’s reaction.
So the win, and the 20-win season in particular, continues to hold sway in the Cy Young Award voting despite a brief glimmer of progress a half decade ago. Indeed, while Porcello is having a fine season, as his 20 wins do indicate, he has not been the AL’s best pitcher to this point in the season. ...
How does he survive this? Read the whole thing.
Baseball operated without a template in determining Preller’s punishment; no general manager in recent memory has been suspended for such an infraction. Still, some execs believe the penalty for Preller should have been harsher, particularly since he had been disciplined before.
One exec went so far as to equate Preller’s actions to “fraud,” contending that the damage extended to other franchises that wanted to trade pitching to the Padres’ ...
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
The Brewers spoiled the Cubs’ party plans on Thursday, but just before midnight, Chicago was able to celebrate. The Cubs lost, 5-4, to the Brewers after pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett smacked a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. A few hours later, fans were cheering in Wrigleyville. The Cubs were the National League Central champions for the first time since 2008.
The Cubs claimed the division title after the Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-2, in San Francisco late ...
Thursday, September 15, 2016
He hit .346/.426/.654 in June, .280/.357/.550 in July. Kemp was acquired on July 30th. Heyman is a great reporter and a shoddy analyst.
Freddie Freeman continues to be brilliant since Matt Kemp came over as lineup protection. Freeman’s OPS is 1.137 since Kemp got there, 2nd best in majors Say what you want about Kemp’s shape, but he is a presence. And lately, a very big one
Posted: September 15, 2016 at 10:10 PM | 15 comment(s)
The league has suspended Preller for 30 days:
Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs. The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.
As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that ...
I bet he can’t bend spoons either.
“I know there are some teams out there who think, ‘Well, you know, we have the best pitching coach in the world, so we’re going to take so-and-so and turn him into something really good,’” Alderson said. “You’ve got to be careful about that. If you get your person at the right price, looking to turn him into something better than what you’ve purchased, fine. But I think you’ve got to be real careful about saying, ‘We’re going to make him ...
Posted: September 15, 2016 at 02:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
After Backman lost his chance at managing the Diamondbacks, his future in baseball was pretty much sealed. That he lasted this long in the Mets system shocks me.
Backman and GM Sandy Alderson didn’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, and Marc Carig of Newsday cited a few, such as Backman not agreeing to play Michael Conforto vs. lefties, and not agreeing to bat Brandon Nimmo. Though, in an interview with WFAN, Backman said, “Whoever put that out there, the source within the system, they ...
Posted: September 15, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 14 comment(s)
In his landmark book from 1965, The American Diamond, Branch Rickey wrote:
Baseball does not fit the television screen. Not yet! . . . The shape of the home television screen must be changed in the years to come. The “sports screen” doubtless will be produced by major television manufacturers on a 2 or 2½ to 1 ratio. When the width of the screen is 2½ times the height (in home projection) then you will see the baseball diamond in its full dimension and the interaction of its ...
Posted: September 15, 2016 at 02:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
You know part of the story - but not the most galling part.
Through it all, Dahl has played in 138 games, 19 more than he has during any other season in his professional season. And the 22-year-old outfielder is discovering the physical toll a full season can take.
“The last couple weeks, I’ve lost some weight, bat feels a little heavier, stuff like that,” Dahl said. “It’s just something that I’ve got to get used to, especially if I want to play here in the big leagues and play that long of a season.”
Dahl was out of the lineup for the ...
Posted: September 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
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